The Program Manager and Director of Ally Learning is responsible for ensuring that a high quality leadership and professional development curriculum helps Allies understand lived experiences within the context of systems; builds skills needed to be successful in service placements; and prepares Allies for social change leadership and careers. This position also includes managing and coaching 15 Allies; managing corresponding partner relationships; supporting ally and community partner recruitment; and working collaboratively with a team to have a deep and lasting impact in the Washington region.
The ideal candidate is a team player; has a proven ability to get results in a fast-paced environment; the ability to balance strong relationships with timely administration; and is able to manage a heavy workload without dropping the ball.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS & KEY OUTCOMES
- Manage/Coach up to 15 Allies. Provide professional development for Allies through individual and group coaching, ongoing management, and providing supportive and direct feedback to ensure leadership development and Ally retention.
- Lead Ally Training and Learning programs, retreats, and service days including identifying diverse speakers, aligning ally interests with the curriculum, engaging community partners and alumni, and a regular system of evaluation and feedback to verify that Ally Learning is addressing Ally and Partner needs. This includes revising existing frameworks and expanding them with new content and partnerships.
- Complete administrative duties related to all aspects of our program, including maintaining accurate paperwork/record keeping for Ally team, regular AmeriCorps reporting, and ensuring Allies and community partners submit required paperwork and complete required data entry in a timely manner.
- Recruit Ally candidates from diverse backgrounds with an emphasis on talent and leadership in local communities. This includes outreach, evaluation of candidates, and service placements.
- Assist with partnership recruitment. Support partnerships between Public Allies and partner organizations balancing the needs of partners with Ally development, and resulting in no less than 50% of partners returning to Public Allies each year. Develop and deepen relationships with partner organizations to support Ally Team Service Projects and work with Public Allies on strategic initiatives.
- Strengthen and develop relationships that result in career, education, continued service, and entrepreneurship opportunities for graduating Public Allies.
- Manage two Ally Team Service Projects.
- Coordinate Public Allies events.
- Develop and implement strategies to effectively identify and engage a diversity of young people, community partners, and stakeholders in our program. These strategies should increase connections and strengthen relationships between staff, current Allies, alumni, and other stakeholders.
- Create and support program innovations that improve quality, increase impact, decrease costs and encourage growth.
- Other program related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & CREDENTIALS
- Commitment to Public Allies Mission, Vision and Core Values and the power of young people to transform communities.
- Bachelor’s Degree or comparative life experience
- Significant professional experience in supporting and working with diverse young adults ages 18-30+ to achieve their leadership and professional goals (minimum 3 years)
- Significant experience in building community partnerships; developing and managing relationships and collaborations
- Strong links with community based organizations, higher educational institutions, community leaders and training professionals to provide Allies with skills building and learning opportunities
- Strong understanding of adult education, community education and ways to engage diverse/multiple learning styles with experience planning and facilitating workshops and trainings
- Ability to manage multiple and varied tasks related to supporting and guiding young adults in their career from the educational, relational, emotional and social development perspective
- Strong commitment and asset-based approach to building a just and equitable region
- Have a passion for leadership development, ability to set and maintain appropriate boundaries and high expectations for a quality and transformative leadership experience for our Allies and community partners.
- Flexibility and willingness to work long hours (including nights and weekends when needed)
- Integrity: Commitment to Public Allies’ mission and values. Model and exemplify the professional and leadership qualities that the Allies are being supported to achieve.
- Diverse & Inclusive Leadership: Demonstrated values-based, results-driven leadership. Experience working in diverse work environments. Sense of Humor. Positive attitude in accomplishing responsibilities. Strong and intersectional understanding of racial, economic and social justice.
- Collaboration: Strong work ethic and experience working collaboratively with internal teams, community networks and interest in joining a national network. Strong preference for and experience in collaborative, team based work environments. Strong outreach and communication skills, including written, verbal, and presentations, including comfort with effectively using and engaging in social media.
- Continuous Learning: Ability to learn quickly, juggle multiple tasks, prioritize effectively, organize projects and meet deadlines. Commitment to personal and programmatic excellence. Proficiency in the use of Windows XP, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Innovation: Attention to detail and timelines. Ability to be adaptive, comfort with change and a dynamic work environment. Creativity in solving problems. Attention to detail, strong time management and project management skills.
The position is predominantly sedentary requiring the ability to sit, bend, stand and walk. It may require occasional stooping, reaching, stair-climbing and repetitive motions of the hands and wrist related to writing and typing at an electronic keyboard. It rarely requires kneeling, pushing/pulling and repetitive motions of the feet.
Physical demands of the position necessitate hearing, talking, handling and grasping regularly. Specific vision conditions include close vision reading. It requires the ability to operate a computer, telephone, fax, copy machine and adding machine or calculator.
The position is generally performed in an office environment. The noise level is generally low to quiet. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations, however, will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform said essential functions.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a full-time position with health, dental, vacation, and 401K benefits. The salary for this position is $50,000 annually.