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GirlsFirst STEM Coordinator

#17-0409 

REPORTS TO: Girls First Program Manager II

LOCATION: Alvirita Little Center, Central Seattle

DESCRIPTION:               

YWCA’S GirlsFirst program is designed to support young women of color as they transition from Middle School to High School.  Components of the program emphasize Leadership Development, Educational Growth, and Community Engagement.  The GirlsFirst program accomplishes this in a variety of ways, including bridging the technology divide for young women of color, discussions and advocacy around race and social justice, multicultural and multiracial social and emotional development, culturally competent art and fitness and academic tracking, and career preparation. 

This position works in collaboration with other program managers to provide a quality experience for the program’s participants.  In addition to general program support and participant recruitment, the position will use cloud systems and Amazon web services to teach Application Development, IT and Engineering/Design Technology to young women of color who are underrepresented in the technology industry because of institutional barriers around race and gender.

This position will both design curriculum and teach curriculum to the young women in the GirlsFirst program and facilitate an environment that promotes an equitable voice for them as they engage in their high school experience.

This position has a social justice component that will REQUIRE critical thinking around how external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersects with poverty.  Championing anti-racism policy are REQUIRED JOB SKILLS and CORE VALUES. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.   

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works jointly with other coordinators to recruit program youth and facilitate out of school activities
  • Secures impactful activities that rotate through the eight week, full day summer camp, STEM field trips, STEAM Labs, and school year curriculum
  • Assures program applicants and selected participants meet targeted populations (Girls of Color) that are generally economically deprived of opportunities
  • Meets contractual requirements of the City of Seattle and other public funders as required
  • Develops relationships with key school staff to support access to school space and encourage program participants referrals
  • Create relationships with parents and other supporting adults in youths’ lives
  • Update all recruitment materials: intake forms, brochures, and marketing materials
  • Create a Database of all youth recruited and all parent/guardian contact information
  • Document all recruitment processes in SharePoint and research all possible places for recruitment
  • Create an experiential, visual teaching curriculum around the following:
    • High School Science (Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, other general sciences)
    • Technology (including 3D printing; coding/ robotics, and other general technology)
    • Engineering (including mechanical engineering and other high school engineering)
    • Math (Algebra 1 through Calculus)
  • Document curriculum in Lesson Plan format and store lessons plans on SharePoint site
  • Teach 15-24 high school girls of color (per class) in three to four different schools during the school year from 3-5 pm on site
  • Teach one day/week in the Central District at YWCA site with co-manager – focus on STEM skills
  • Support a case load of young women and share your teaching support needs at required monthly staff meeting
  • Recruit 7th and 8th grade students from feeder schools into the GirlsFirst Program through creating and maintaining relationship with teachers, school specialists and administrators
  • Engage in parent home visits during recruitment process to explain the program to parents
  • Run an all-day (8am -3pm ) six week summer camp for young women of color transitioning from 8th to 9th grade – focusing on STEM skills
  • Work with Repair Revolution Garage to create and maintain Jr. Mechanics Program – a program to teach STEM skills with hands on learning
  • Participate in mock interviews and resume writing to help prepare youth for technology summer internships
  • Help organize and facilitate end of year and culmination events for graduates of the 9th grade program and students who have completed their summer internship
  • Attend ALL SCHOOL activities that are organized by Manager II/Team/Program
  • Supervise volunteers in the STEM
  • Transport youth in 15 passenger van, or work to coordinate a driver to transport the youth to LIA days; Seattle University Camp and other events as needed
  • Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems. Shows demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures.
  • Continues search for and adheres to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring. Works alongside volunteers, where applicable.
  • Assures that volunteers are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background.
  • Serve on the YWCA Safety Committee and complete all requirements for that committee
  • Other Duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS & CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • BA in related field, however a combination of experience and education can be substituted.
  • Ability to work flexible hours needed to implement program components
  • Automobile and valid insurance  required
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Core Competencies Expected:  Fostering Diversity, Social Justice Advocacy, Leadership Competencies, Setting Direction/Planning, Organizational Development, Leading and Developing Others

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS POSITION:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously uses speech and hearing abilities in exchanging information with clients, agency staff, employers, representatives of community organizations and other individuals in the community 
  • Frequently sits for extended periods while performing desktop activities
  • Frequently stands and walks in performing duties in the office or community
  • Repetitively uses hands and wrists, fingering, handling, grasping, and reaching in using telephones, computers, fax machines and other office equipment and supplies
  • Frequently bends in obtaining files in drawers
  • Occasionally pushes and pulls up to ten pounds

HOURS, RATE, & BENEFITS:

  • This is a 40 hour non exempt position – evenings and weekends will be required, along with some overnights in the summer
  • Salary DOE
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Non-exempt
  • Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
  • At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan.  Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.

TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter to gyhiring@ywcaworks.org 

CLOSING DATE: Until filled

YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish is an Equal Opportunity Employer