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We’re always on the lookout for kind, talented, ambitious professionals who want to help us teach, inspire, and empower kids, families, and our greater community. Please send your cover letter, resume, and three references to info@operationshoestring.org. We will respond to confirm that your application has been received. No calls or walk-ins please.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Must meet highly qualified requirements of a certified teacher or paraprofessional (when supervised by licensed teacher); successful classroom teacher performance and/or tutoring experience with challenged or at-risk students.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide academic leadership for Project RISE:

  • Tutors a small group of students in the content area of English, reading, or math; utilize scientifically research-based materials and lessons.
  • Assists in developing students’ cognitive capacity, increasing academic skill development, and respect for learning; foster students’ self-esteem and motivation through positive interaction.
  • Be directly supervised by the Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator for the 21st CCLC and the grant guidelines.
  • Attend scheduled meetings with Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator to coordinate program design, evaluation process, and outreach efforts.
  • Work closely with Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator to:
    • Organize schedule of academic and enrichment activities.
    • Implement evaluation tools.

Serve as liaison between the school day staff & afterschool staff:

  • Facilitate evaluation requirements with school-day teachers, including dissemination and collection of teacher surveys.
  • Obtain updates on student needs/progress reports.
  • Coordinate student and staff outreach, including communication between school-day teachers and Project RISE staff.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians regarding student progress and performance.

Design academic curriculum for Project RISE:

  • Ensure academic activities are aligned with district curriculum standards.
  • Develop individualized academic plans for all students enrolled in the program for tutoring with input from the Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator.
  • Assess students’ needs and interests to design an effective academic program.
  • Evaluate student progress and program effectiveness.
  • Be prepared to teach each day with lesson plans, activities, and resources. If you will be absent, make sure you communicate your plans to your sub.
  • Respect the classroom by maintaining order and not allowing students to touch any items in the classroom that belong to the classroom teacher.
  • Welcome and supervise the work of leaders/volunteers assigned to your classroom.
  • Provide direction and encouragement to leaders/volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Must pass criminal background check; successful experience working with challenged or at-risk students in diverse population setting; talented or skilled in an area of student interest (e.g. archery, jewelry making, etc.)

 

ASSISTANT RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide enrichment and recreation leadership for Project RISE:

  • Facilitate planned enrichment and/or recreational activities to group of students (average group size 12-18).
  • Assists in developing students’ cognitive capacity, increasing academic skill development, and respect for learning; foster students’ self-esteem and motivation through positive interaction.
  • Be directly supervised by the Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator for the PRMS program and the grant guidelines.
  • Attend scheduled meetings with Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator to coordinate program design, evaluation process, and outreach efforts.
  • Work closely with Youth Program Officer and Program Coordinator to:
    • Organize schedule of enrichment and/or recreational activities.
    • Implement evaluation tools

Serve as a liaison between the school day staff & after school staff:

  • Facilitate evaluation requirements with school-day teachers, including dissemination and collection of teacher surveys.
  • Obtain updates on student needs/progress reports.
  • Coordinate student and staff outreach, including communication between school-day teachers and program staff.
  • Communicate with parents/guardians regarding student progress and performance.

Design enrichment and/or recreational curriculum for the Project RISE:

  • Ensure activities are aligned with district curriculum standards (where applicable)
  • Assess students’ needs and interests to design effective programming.
  • Evaluate student interest and outcomes from participation.
  • Be prepared to teach when scheduled with lesson plans, activities, and resources. If you will be absent, make sure you communicate your plans to Youth Program Officer/Sub.
  • Respect the classroom by maintaining order and not allowing students to touch any items in the classroom that belong to the classroom teacher.
  • Welcome and supervise the work of leaders/volunteers assigned to your classroom.
  • Provide direction and encouragement to volunteers.

Reports To: Executive Director
Classification: Director (Full-Time), Exempt

Major Functions
The Communications Director will be supervised by the Executive Director, although s/he will also work closely with the programs director, the financial director, the program coordinators, and the development staff. With a strategic plan centered on the following objectives, the communications director will ensure OS constituents—donors, grantmakers, volunteers, the community at large—are receiving consistent and powerful messaging that is intentional in its purpose, timing and format. This is essential, as effective communications are what expand program impact beyond the individuals directly served, to the hearts and minds of an entire community, city, state, etc., thus promoting not only OS messaging, but ultimately resource development and organizational sustainability.

Job Responsibilities
Establish OS as leader/authority in the field of community transformation via a variety of methods/approaches, including the following:
• Editorial/article placement in media
• Promote OS leadership as go-to resource for local media outlets
• Promote OS leadership as speakers/representatives in relevant forums

Engage and motivate a growing set of stakeholders via a variety of methods/approaches, including the following:
• Promote OS messaging through traditional and social media, including TV/newspaper ads, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
• Design and create content for print publications, including newsletters, email blasts, website, brochures, signage, etc.
• Manage regular communications with donors, including thanks and recognition
• Develop strategy to expand outreach to new, potential donors
• Develop strategy to identify and capture specific success stories from service community members and OS alumni for marketing use

Promote the vision and purpose of OS campaigns/events to ensure their success, including the following:
• Annual fundraising events
• Capital campaign
• MS Statewide Afterschool Network
• Alignment Jackson
• City/State-wide summits

Ensure all communications adhere to consistent OS brand/messaging
• Create and maintain OS brand/format manual for use by staff/board/volunteers
• Create and update OS presentation packages (PowerPoint, speaking points, handouts)

Must have reliable transportation, liability insurance for personal vehicle and valid driver’s license. Limited travel may be required.

Reports To: Executive Director

Classification: Director (Full-Time), Exempt

Major Function: The primary responsibility of this position will be to develop and implement the organization’s short- and long-term fundraising plans in order to ensure that adequate funds are available to carry out Operation Shoestring’s work. The Development Director will effectively represent the organization to donors, prospects and the public and will continually seek out new opportunities and avenues for support.

Qualifications:
 Minimum qualifications required include a Bachelor’s Degree; hiring preference is given to a candidate with additional desired qualifications and advanced achievement such as an MBA degree.
 A minimum of three years work experience in professional fundraising and major donor solicitation, including grantwriting, is required; experience within the nonprofit sector is preferred; experience with building legislative/government relationships is a plus.
 The position demands the knowledge of most disciplines of fund development. The Development Director must be a self-starter, and be able to manage tasks and work independently without close daily supervision.

Requirements:
 Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
 Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
 Demonstrated ability in securing major grants and gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other private funding sources.
 Demonstrated ability in planning and implementing long- and short-range development initiatives in conjunction with strategic planning processes.
 Ability to supervise and train employees and volunteers, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
 Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects, volunteers, service recipients, coworkers and others.
 Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective, accurate, and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
 Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other complex activities in support of development objective.
 Experience using data management software for business growth and development.

Job Responsibilities:
 Plan, structure, implement and monitor an effective development program to increase the current and permanent assets of the organization, to include semi-annual fund appeals and other appeals, as needed.
 Work with the board, executive director, programs director and program leadership staff to position all development activities within the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
 Work with the communications director to position all development activities within the organization’s communications plan.
 Assist executive director and Capital Campaign Committee plan and execute a successful capital campaign.
 Develop new sources of funding, especially major donors, as well as secure multi-year funding sources to ensure Operation Shoestring’s long-term sustainability.
 Successfully research, plan/schedule and solicit annual and major donor gifts.
 Provide stewardship to major gift donors.
 Develop, coordinate and implement a direct-mail program.
 Work to move existing donors to the next level of involvement.
 Plan and execute fundraising and public relations events. This will be done in collaboration with the communications director, and other staff.
 Identify, conduct research, and cultivate new major donor prospects including individuals, corporations, and foundations in the state and throughout the country, through visits, phone calls, correspondence, and special events in order to strengthen and nurture the organization’s donor base.
 Develop and write proposals continually for submission to new corporate and foundation donors.
 Develop a planned giving program.
 Provide leadership and management of the database for internal tracking systems and for the development and maintenance of prospect records for mailings, solicitations, etc.
 Provide regular reports and updates to the executive director and board of directors as requested.
 Assume responsibility for certain aspects of budget management and financial reporting for development, both internally and to the board of directors.

Must have reliable transportation, liability insurance for personal vehicle and valid driver’s license. Limited travel may be required.