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Education Program Coordinator

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p:ear
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Portland, OR
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Published 10 days ago


POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

Education Program Coordinator


About p:ear

p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth, ages 15-25, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. 


p:ear respects and celebrates the diversity, creativity and strength of the p:ear community. Equity and inclusion are a priority across all parts of our organization. We are committed to promoting equitable access to our programs and to identifying and eliminating disparities where they may exist. We are proactive in using our programs, resources, and voices to help create the world we want to build for the young people in our community.


Position Title: Education Program Coordinator

Type: Exempt, Full-Time, Salaried; Requires occasional evening and weekend hours

Compensation: $48,000; Benefits include generous paid vacation, health, dental, 2% Simple IRA match, short-term disability, 8 paid sick days, flex plan


POSITION SUMMARY:

p:ear is seeking an Education Program Coordinator for a new, full-time position. The selected candidate will be equity and trauma informed, autonomous and proactive, and a creative thinker and organizer. A background and proficiency in working with youth, facilitating small group dialogue and workshops, teaching, developing and managing educational programming, and building community partnerships.


The Education Program Coordinator will expand our capacity to provide p:ear’s community-oriented educational offerings. This person is responsible for working directly with youth as a mentor; creating education-based workshops, outings, programming and activities; working closely with program volunteers, guest teachers and other external community partners; maintaining and procuring education supplies; representing p:ear in the community at events and trainings; and, furthering p:ear’s mission by building meaningful and healthy relationships with youth, volunteers, donors and community members.


SKILLS, ATTRIBUTES, EXPERIENCE

  • Commitment to social justice and racial equity  
  • A minimum of 2 years working with youth ages 15-25
  • Highly adaptable sense of humor
  • Exceptional conflict resolution facilitation
  • Ability to make and sustain relationships with diverse populations
  • Committed to the goals, values and mission of p:ear
  • Superior written, oral and online communication skills
  • Self initiating, independent and highly motivated
  • Comfortable working with minimal supervision in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Strong experience with alternative education, community relations and project management
  • Excellent time management, decision making, organizational, problem-solving and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others to set goals, resolve conflicts and make decisions that enhance the effectiveness of p:ear
  • Shows a keen attention to detail 
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional skills with an ability to interface with a variety of individuals and other organizations
  • Committed to personal growth
  • Capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing space, juggle competing priorities and responsibilities and work calmly in a fast-paced and stressful environment
  • Possess high-level strategic thinking skills and flexibility while working with youth
  • Must possess a driver’s license
  • Able to work occasional nights, weekends and holidays


FUNCTIONS

Safe Space Support

  • Create a safe, supportive and structured environment
  • Develop healthy mentoring relationships with youth
  • Support program unity by participating in a team approach when providing services
  • Help with youth intake process and other outside p:ear referral assistance as needed
  • Participate in daily scheduled activities and projects
  • Together with other staff, prepare the facility each morning then clean and organize at end of work day
  • Aid in taking in and organizing all incoming donations 
  • Work with other staff to support the general needs of the program and seek interdisciplinary opportunities for learning


Education Workshops

Provide education workshops that operate in tandem with the other programs of p:ear:

  • Create and teach curriculum focusing on: social emotional and self-regulation learning, peace education, standard core curriculum competencies, workforce development and other soft and hard skills 
  • Secure teachers for workshops that stimulate creative expression, joy, and a sense of hope and pride in youth
  • Maintain and organize educational supplies and track donations
  • Ensure appropriate materials are available for workshops and outings
  • Collaborate with the p:ear works program coordinators and director in developing further educational opportunities via p:ear’s works programs: Barista School, Bike Mechanic School, Tech Tuesday, Art Gallery
  • Expand community partnerships to meet youth needs and expand workshop & programmatic offerings
  • Build and maintain relationships with individuals and local businesses to facilitate in-kind services and acquire material donations


Continued Education

  • Assist youth in discerning their education needs and interests and seeking out opportunities 
  • Identify youth that express talent, inclination or need to pursue higher educational, and / or employment goals, and meet with and mentor them on these goals
  • Collaborate with outside partners in establishing internship opportunities for youth
  • Manage and grow p:ear’s resource and referral service which connects youth with critical social service agencies and private market community supporters 


p:ear Works Support

  • Connect with p:ear works staff and "p:ear works” youth, ensuring students are supported through the rigors of the job training course work
  • Work as an integrated part of program expansion efforts to include workforce development educational opportunities and continued supportive services
  • Build relationships with both educational and employment institutions for continued education, internship, and otherwise training opportunities for p:ear youth
  • Expand p:ear’s capacity to provide community-oriented educational offerings - from high school / GED completion, college-entry assistance and on-going support, to resume and portfolio creation


Administrative / Organizational Support

  • Maintain accurate records and meet all database input needs
  • Actively participate in fundraising events of p:ear
  • Represent p:ear in the community 
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and monthly in-service
  • Manage education program budget


POSITION DESCRIPTION: 

Education Program Coordinator


About p:ear

p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth, ages 15-25, through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Salary

$48,000 - $48,000

Benefits

Benefits include generous paid vacation, health, dental, 2% Simple IRA match, short-term disability, 8 paid sick days, flex plan

Benefits include generous paid vacation, health, dental, 2% Simple IRA match, short-term disability, 8 paid sick days, flex plan

Location

On-site
338 Northwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

How to Apply

To apply: Please submit a resume along with answers to the following questions (in lieu of a cover letter).

1. How will you utilize p:ear’s equity statement (see below) to inform your work as the Education Coordinator?

2. What is your definition of education? Describe how you will use alternative teaching approaches in working with the p:ear youth community.

 

The above questions along with a resume can be emailed as PDFs to info@pearmentor.org or mailed to contact information below. No phone calls. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview.


p:ear

Attn: Tony Camacho Martinez

338 NW 6th Ave. 

Portland, OR 97209 

 

p:ear Equity Statement:

At p:ear, we respect and celebrate the diversity, creativity, and strength of our community. To foster individuality and truly give space to the value that each person brings — from the youth we serve daily to our staff, board, and volunteers — we must continuously work at creating an environment that is equitable and inclusive. 

Our organization was built on a foundation of compassion and love, but we know we must confront the systems of oppression that are embedded throughout our community and ingrained in ourselves. This means seeing and understanding systems of oppression in our everyday lives.

Ongoing work toward building an equitable and inclusive organization is a priority at p:ear. We are committed to examining our weaknesses as well as our privileges, and to examining the institutional and individual behaviors and attitudes that may perpetuate the very inequities we wish to change.

We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion, self-reflection, and personal growth. We are committed to using our time and resources — including our social capital — to combat these systems of oppression and create more opportunity. This means applying an equity lens to our decision-making processes, using our Equity Plan as an ongoing organizational guide, and updating that plan as we continue to learn and grow. This work will create more opportunities for individuals to thrive — from the youth we serve to our staff, board, and volunteers. 

To apply: Please submit a resume along with answers to the following questions (in lieu of a cover letter).

1. How will you utilize p:ear’s equity statement (see below) to inform your work as…

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