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Position: Eureka! Program Coordinator
Responsible To: Associate Director of Programs & Advocacy
Position Summary: We are currently seeking a Eureka! Program Manager who is passionate about the Girls Inc. mission and is excited to motivate more girls to consider STEM post-secondary and career pathways. The Eureka! Program Manager will support the development and oversight of this year-round program by coordinating monthly learning sessions, summer camp experiences, quarterly parent meetings, and internship opportunities for participants.
To Apply, please send cover letter and resume in PDF format to: Cherice G. Arrington, Associate Director of Programs & Advocacy firstname.lastname@example.org – The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Eureka! Program Coordinator Application”.
Organization Description: Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. Girls Inc. responds to the changing needs of girls through research-based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights.
The Girls Inc. national network serves over 140,000 girls through 84 affiliates. Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey is the local affiliate serving 3,000 girls in the Greater Philadelphia region and Camden, New Jersey.
Eureka! Program Description: Girls Inc. Eureka! is a five-year program that brings 8th-12th grade girls onto a local college/university campus for an intensive summer program. During Eureka!, girls participate in exciting and compelling activities that explore the cutting-edge world of STEM through hands-on experiences in a college campus environment. In years 1 & 2, participants engage in STEM exploration and leadership development activities. In years 3-5, participants engage in more intense STEM activities, learn job readiness skills, and advance post-secondary planning initiatives. With complimentary activities in sports and physical fitness, healthy living, and financial literacy, Eureka! fully fosters educational, professional, and personal development. As the program continues through the school year, cohorts of 20-25 girls stay together for personal and professional development opportunities. Girls are introduced to the requirements and resources to make higher education and future career goals attainable through the program, so they see themselves as an essential part of the future workforce.
- Collaborate with the Eureka! staff to plan, coordinate, and implement STEM, personal development, and health wellness activities for all Eureka! cohorts.
- Review lessons with Eureka! Program Specialists to ensure they meet program goals and will spark curiosity, creativity, independence, positive risk-taking, and confidence in girls.
- Ensure that lessons are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Youth Development practices.
- Implement programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.
- Lead the recruitment and interview process for girls and their families.
- Facilitate family engagement sessions to promote girls and family interactions within the program.
- Plan an annual Girls Inc. Eureka! Retreat for participants and mentors.
- Establish a positive rapport and a safe learning environment for youth and their families.
- Communicate regularly with families to provide program updates, including but not limited to logistics, behavior, and attendance.
- Supervise Eureka! participants on field trips to STEM career exploration workshops, educational outings, and other Girls Inc. outings.
- Maintain and implement high quality and safety standards for physical and emotional safety.
- Act in accordance with Girls Inc. policies and procedures.
Community Collaboration and Partnership
- Participate in program planning meetings with college and corporate partners. In addition, cultivate new and existing corporate, higher education, and community partnerships to provide additional activities for the program.
- Represent and actively participate in key community committees and meetings related to program focus, goals, and youth development. Share findings with Eureka! team.
- Foster relationships with school partners. This includes spending non-direct service time at sites to meet with teachers/administrators, observe students in the site setting, talk with administrators about the students’ progress, and execute recruitment and retention strategies.
Reporting and Evaluation
- Collect and keep appropriate records of participants’ membership, participation, and individual projects. This includes program applications, program surveys, Strong, Smart, & Bold Outcome Measurement Survey (SSBOS), parent consent forms, and other documents required for participation in the program.
- Collect, enter, and track program data in the Girls Inc. database, including demographics and program hours.
- Maintain required paperwork with accuracy–logs, attendance, records, etc., for evaluation/reports. Generate written reports as required.
- Develop retention strategies with the goal of 90% retention year to year and identify program improvement and expansion areas.
- Attend events and fundraisers that support the organization’s mission.
- Perform other duties as requested by supervisor.
- Participate in local and Girls Inc. National trainings essential to the execution of job functions.
- Participate in staff meetings and conferences to share ideas and concerns.
- Take advantage of other professional development opportunities.
- Strong passion for the Girls Inc. mission and values.
- Collaborative, optimistic, energetic, and sense of humor.
- Experience working with middle school and high school youth.
- Experience in leading post-secondary planning, leadership development, or STEM exploration programs.
- Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented.
- Independent, self-directed with a high degree of professionalism.
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
- Flexibility in hours, including some evening and weekend assignments.
- Strong communication skills and the ability to connect with people individually and interface with families, community organizations, businesses, and workplaces in the Greater Philadelphia region.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, preferably in education, STEM, social sciences, or related field.
- Minimum of two years work experience in youth development, specifically in program coordination or management.
To To Apply, please send cover letter and resume in PDF format to: Cherice G. Arrington, Associate Director of Programs & Advocacy email@example.com – The subject line of the email should include your full name and “Eureka! Program Coordinator Application”.
Applications will be reviewed and processed in the order received through January 15th or until the position is filled. To learn more about Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia & Southern New Jersey, please view our website at www.girlsincpa-nj.org.
July 16, 2021