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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.