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Program Director - Work With Youth & Cars!

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Project Wreckless
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San Francisco, CA
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Published 22 days ago

About Project Wreckless:

Project Wreckless is a workforce and capacity development program targeting at-risk youth (ages 14-25) in San Francisco. Project Wreckless aims to help youth overcome personal and professional barriers by providing them with the skills that prepare them for life and workplace success through an immersive curriculum centered around restoration of classic cars.

During each 9-month program cycle, Project Wreckless restores 1 classic car from the ground up. Each program cohort of 16 youth are empow­ered to lead all aspects of the car build project from design to sale and everything in between. Powered by a curriculum centered in trauma-informed practice, our youth rotate through our 7 job roles with their own unique set of skills necessary for the effective operation of an auto shop: Auto Technician, Program Manager, Accounting Manager, Human Resource Manager, Parts Manager, Safety Manager & Community Manager.  

Project Wreckless was explicitly founded to be the bridge for at-risk youth to gain both the hard and soft skills to fill the vocational jobs of the future. Our programs address the lack of opportunities of work experience, skill building, professional networking and mentorship for youth who face personal and systemic challenges to their success including poverty, racism & sexism, mental health and addiction. We believe that youth born into families or communities facing economic, health and systemic hardships should have access to the same opportunities as their well resourced peers.

We prove that when provided with the right tools, youth that have been labeled as too far gone, can thrive, prosper and become the next generation of leaders in their community. Our goal is to help our students realize the success that we know they are capable of, and the happiness that we know they deserve. To learn more, please visit www.projectwreckless.org

Position Overview:

Project Wreckless is seeking a motivated and experienced Program Director to join our team.  The ideal candidate will have advanced knowledge of auto mechanics and car restoration, a passion for working with youth and experience developing/implementing creative and engaging programs and curriculum.

The Program Director oversees the development, implementation and strategic growth of Project Wreckless programming to at-risk youth in San Francisco and actively engages with our community to develop partnerships and opportunities that support our students’ success.  The Program Director develops the curriculum framework and project plans in partnership with staff and Board, and executes the curriculum, in partnership with the program staff and volunteers. The Program Director oversees and manages our Tools For Life curriculum, supervises program staff and volunteers, coordinates all program logistics and contract compliances with partner agencies, supports the development of and manages program budgets, tracks student progress and evaluates program curriculum in order to ensure that standards and guidelines are adhered to. The Program Director leads our youth outreach efforts, oversees shop classes and builds relationships with youth to ensure engagement, support, and learning. 

Position reports to the Executive Director and is based on-site at the Project Wreckless Garage (1449 Mendell Street, San Francisco)

Salary Range: $65,000 - $80,000/year Depending on experience


ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Operations:

  • Develop & manage the Project Wreckless Tools for Life curriculum framework in partnership with other staff & board including but not limited to:
  • a full vehicle build/restoration plan
  • quality completion and delivery of vehicle for auction or sale 
  • the seven Project Wreckless job roles 
  • Tools For Life Workshops
  • Family dinners/relationship building
  • Supervise all program staff & volunteers
  • Be on-site for all classes (or arrange for a staff sub if schedule conflicts arise)
  • Proactively plan for curriculum, class, job, or build, setting the appropriate goals & milestones, and tenaciously managing this plan to ensure we remain on task, on time, & on budget 
  • Develop quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals for program
  • Maintain the overall shop calendar for each cohort - class curriculum, field trips, etc as well as integration with community stakeholder and potential donor visits
  • Coordinate staff and volunteers to administer the agreed upon curriculum for each class – this includes ensuring there’s enough staff for each class, assigning youth to teams, and educating staff to ensure proper execution of our programming
  • Support program staff/volunteers during class to ensure youth are in uniform, on task, engaging in safe behavior, cleaning the shop during and after class etc.
  • Recruit, interview and manage automotive and non-automotive volunteers to help mentor youth in relevant skills
  • Process background screenings for all staff and volunteers
  • Work with Executive Director to develop annual program budgets. Manage and track program income and expenditures in accordance with board approved budgets & finance policies
  • Source, interview, recommend, accept, and on-board new youth into our program 
  • Develop and maintain registration and intake systems and procedures in compliance with all contract requirements and maintain youth files in the Google drive
  • Serve as the main contact for youth and families to contact throughout the program and maintain regular check-ins with youth and family members to assess their progress in the program and uncover additional areas of need.
  • Maintain, track and input participant data (attendance, demographics, etc) in accordance with contract, funder and partner compliances and requirements
  • Oversee the maintenance and safety of our physical shop, ensuring all necessary program equipment & supplies are provided
  • Identify and communicate areas of opportunity to improve program operations
  • Attend staff meetings & collaborate with other staff
  • Work with the Executive Director as needed, for special projects and fundraising: such as providing statistics for grant reports, donor engagement, program data and collateral for marketing materials

Youth Empowerment & Mentorship

  • Create, maintain, and protect the safe space (our garage) for the Project Wreckless youth
  • Develop personal connections with the youth throughout their time at Project Wreckless
  • Provide direct mentorship to youth
  • Assist youth in identifying, taking action towards, and achieving success in their personal goals alongside other Project Wreckless mentors 
  • Document youth attendance, progress and interaction and maintain proper documentation in the program google drive - issues should be escalated to the Executive Director or Board.

Community Engagement:

  • Identify partnership opportunities / IRL events for PW students
  • Attend community events, with and without youth, to represent Project Wreckless, recruit new youth, volunteers and partners
  • Research, identify, and propose community events for Project Wreckless’ participation and exposure
  • Maintain positive and open relationships and communication with local businesses and neighbors to ensure consistent support of our efforts
  • Attend relevant community meetings and trainings
  • Speak with probation officers, mentors, social workers, parents, therapists and other community members who want to learn more about our program
  • Maintain close relationships with youth services, schools, SFPD, DA’s Office, and other organizations from which we source our youth participants
  • Develop new relationships with providers that may help us source new youth participants
  • Coordinate and provide tours of the garage as requested
  • Build and maintain an outreach list of local organizations, volunteers, and supporters of Project Wreckless
  • Visit SF schools and organizations to talk with students and teachers, promoting Project Wreckless
  • Provide content for social media, marketing & publicity
  • Communicate with media about PW programs as approved by the Board

PW reserves the right to change your job responsibilities based on organization needs and as your manager sees fit.

Our programs aim to support and uplift  marginalized communities— including BIPOC, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Project Wreckless is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Project Wreckless does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.


For More Information Contact: annie@projectwreckless.org

About Project Wreckless:

Project Wreckless is a workforce and capacity development program targeting at-risk youth (ages 14-25) in San Francisco. Project Wreckless aims to help youth overcome personal and professional barriers by…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    January 1, 2022
Salary
USD $65,000 - USD $80,000
/ year

Location

On-site
1449 Mendell St, San Francisco, CA 94124, USA

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To Apply: Please attach a cover letter and resume - can also be emailed directly to annie@projectwreckless.org

Our programs aim to support and uplift  marginalized communities— including BIPOC, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ people. We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

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