ABOUT THE POSITION:
STC Newark is looking for a Program Manager to oversee all aspects of our Career Skills programming in Newark. This person will report directly to the Executive Director of STC Newark, and will be a key part of the STC team. This is an ideal opportunity for an exceptional leader with a strong passion for advancing innovation in urban education and specifically a strong commitment to expanding CTE and college readiness/exploration programming for all students throughout Newark. S/he will be responsible for the successful growth of this program and must be detail oriented, extremely responsive, highly motivated, and able to work both independently and with a wide range of stakeholders/individuals.
Career Skills is STC’s signature program designed to assist schools in preparing students for future careers through various career exposure and skill development opportunities. The Program Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the implementation and expansion and Career Skills, including liaising with Newark Public Schools’ College, Career, and Technical Education Office, working with the Newark Alliance, and building relationships with industry leaders, professional organizations, fellow high school CTE programs, and higher education partners, thus building a strong understanding of each sector – certifications, market trends, knowledge experts, and technology needed.
The Career Skills Program includes three key elements:
(1) Assisting schools in creating robust school-based career and technical education (CTE) programs aligned with high-demand, middle-or high-skill careers in greater Newark. Currently we work with three district high schools in various capacities to support CTE programs, which include robust curriculum, mentorships, internships, site visits, certifications, dual enrollment, and program Advisory Committees. In all cases, our goal is to help the schools make their program as robust as possible, thus best preparing students for future middle-skill, high-earning potential careers.
(2) Serving as co-leader of the Newark CTE Network, which aims to create a culture supporting robust CTE programming through policy and systemic change at the city level. Working in collaboration with Newark Alliance’s CareerWorks, the Program Manager will co-lead this initiative, leading working groups, meetings, and driving the direction of this collaborative.
(3) Executing and scaling our Bridging the e2e [Education to Employment] Gap programs. Now in its 4th year, this initiative guides high school students through skill building activities such as resume/cover letter writing, interviews, workplace readiness, externships/job shadowing days, and internships. In addition to running our citywide e2e program, the Program Manager will also continue our partnerships with Newark’s Summer Youth Employment Program and the City of Newark’s Office of the Mayor to bring to scale e2e program efforts with an ultimate goal of all Newark youth attaining valuable externship and/or internship experience.
Program Design and Implementation
- Work directly with Newark Public Schools, high school principals/staff, the City of Newark, Newark Alliance, and other community partners to coordinate and implement Career Skills Program
- Continue supporting administration at select high schools with their CTE programs, including direct oversight of the inaugural Manufacturing Program at West Side (assisting with site visits, internship coordination, advisory committee meetings, and working with students/program graduates)
- Work with partner schools to identify curriculum providers that align with state standards, and industry and higher ed partners, all which lead to industry recognized certification opportunities.
- Seek out potential college credit opportunities with our curriculum providers and high school partners
- Identify industry partners to serve in advisory, mentor, or other roles, including assisting schools in creating and leading CTE Advisory Committees
- Create and maintain partnerships with regional or state-wide industry associations, talent networks, and organizations
- Co-lead the Newark CTE Network by working regularly with Newark Alliance’s CareerWorks to create structure and strategy for this initiative; building and sustaining relationships with the wider Newark CTE community; and coordinating and leading working groups to actualize goals of the Network
- Oversee and implement STC Newark’s e2e programs, including leading the Annual Bridging the e2e Gap Program by recruiting schools and externship hosts, coordinating career skill workshops, executing the Interview/Networking Night, and coordinating all externships
- Implement and expand the pilot e2e: A Day in the Life program in which high school juniors go through a career exploration and prep program before simultaneously completing one-day externships; work to align their interests while recruiting strong externship host sites
- Develop and coordinate internships (summer and school-year) in collaboration with industry leaders, the Summer Youth Employment Program, City of Newark, and other partners
- Identify career and college pipeline options so that all students have next steps upon completion of high school
Program Evaluation, Strategy, and Expansion
- Conduct ongoing evaluation of all Career Skills programs, including providing written evaluation as needed or requested by Executive Director or other partners
- Continuously think strategically about Career Skills programming, suggesting adjustments to the model as appropriate
- Position Career Skills for outcomes that can lead to a continued healthy expansion of various programs
- Keep all Career Skills documentation current and contribute to marketing and/or other communication documents as needed by STC Newark and/or STC nationally
- Since STC Newark is the pilot site for this national program, be prepared and willing to assist other STC sites as they replicate the Career Skills Program in their cities
- Be an active member of the STC Newark team, including supporting the Executive Director with other STC Newark events or initiatives as needed
- Participate in STC staff meetings; be available to support other STC national events (including the National Forum which, in 2019, will be hosted by STC Newark) or initiatives as appropriate
- Be responsive to all communication, including submitting finance reports or other necessary documents by stated deadlines
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree; Master’s Degree preferred
- Minimum of six years of professional experience working in the nonprofit and/or education sector; urban education or workforce development experience strongly preferred
- Passion for ensuring that all children – particularly traditionally underrepresented students – access high quality educational options
- Stellar communication and interpersonal skills; very responsive to emails, calls, and other forms of communication
- Excellent at completing timely follow-up from meetings and discussions (ex: sending out meeting minutes, keeping shared folders updated, etc.)
- Proven history of effectively building relationships with diverse stakeholders
- Experience successfully managing multiple projects to meet goals and priorities
- Focus on outcomes with a drive to go above and beyond to push projects forward
- Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; able to create structure out of ambiguity and solve problems on own initiative
- Ability to work well both independently and with a team; skilled in identifying and leveraging others’ skills to realize goals
- Thrives in a fast-paced environment; adaptive, optimistic, diplomatic
- Embodies STC’s core values: collaboration, diversity & inclusiveness, results-orientation, responsiveness, and continuous improvement
- Proficiency in common technical tools (Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Dropbox) required; proficiency in specialized digital tools (SalesForce, social media) preferred
Combine resume and cover letter into one PDF and save as “LastName.FirstName.Newark”; send to [email protected] with subject “Career Skills Application.”