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Program Director - Utah AmeriCorps Education Initiative

Reports to: President & CEO

The Director plays the critical role of overseeing and guiding the Utah AmeriCorps Education Initiative (UAC) to generate increasingly meaningful results for children throughout the state of Utah. The director will oversee all programmatic operations including; guide program refinements, supervise program staff, train and monitor members, conduct regular visits to monitor compliance, foster professional relationships with the administration at each site, facilitate data collection procedure, and oversee monitoring of the fiscal components.

Elementary Program (formerly known as Read.Graduate.Succeed.)
Elementary Program AmeriCorps members implement a 1:1 tutoring program for children in grades K-6 using the evidence-based STAR Reading tutoring program with the incorporation of dyad reading practices (Neurological Impress Method). AmeriCorps recruit and train community volunteers that provide 1:1 tutoring. The program is implemented primarily at Title I elementary schools. The tutoring program participant dosage is 30 minutes, twice a week for 30 weeks. AmeriCorps members are trained to track student attendance and provide case management to identified chronically absent students to support high levels of attendance, which will improve literacy and academic performance. AmeriCorps members provide resources for students and families, including tips for reading at home, addressing barriers to regular attendance, and incentives for completing individual goals.  

Secondary Program (formerly know as Mentoring for Success)
Secondary Program (SP) AmeriCorps members implement a 1:1 mentoring program for youth in grades 7-12. This is the smaller of the two programs. Program participants are identified by excessive school absence and low grades indicating risk of not graduating. Title I middle schools with low proficiency scores and high schools with high dropout rates are targeted. AmeriCorps members assigned to the SP will: (1) mentor student participants, supporting them towards on-time graduation and college preparedness; (2) engage parents in supporting on-time high school graduation behaviors and connect them to appropriate resources; and (3) recruit and train adult volunteers that will act as program mentors. AmeriCorps members in the SP will be also trained to track student attendance and provide case management to identified chronically absent students to increase attendance, which--as research has shown--will improve academic performance and graduation rates. The program participant dosage is 30 hours of mentoring over a period of 30 weeks. Program participants will receive mentoring and support by an in-school peer or community volunteer. Students will be given incentives to complete individual goals.

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Key Responsibilities:
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Supervision

  • Train, supervise, evaluate office and field staff (2-4 FTE)
  • Support AmeriCorps members’ completion of hours
  • Ensure accurate implementation of program at sites
  • Plan ahead to fill all member slots approved in grant
  • Create, maintain and adjust budgets. Submit changes and requests for reimbursement to UServe Utah
  • Work with district business offices to reimburse them for member living allowances
  • Track and approve all purchases, verify funds are spent is within the parameters of the grant

Administration/UServe Utah Requirements 

  • Attend quarterly program director meetings
  • Communicate regularly with UServe Utah staff
  • Support spring member gathering
  • Attend western regional conference
  • Respond to audits by Userve Utah
  • Establish, and staff, an advisory committee to advise and support UAC
  • Write grant continuation 

Grant Monitoring/Data Collection

  • Collect quarterly data from sites - check for accuracy
  • Create quarterly progress reports to monitor achievement of performance measures

Human Resources

  • Support districts/schools in hiring AmeriCorps members
  • Support principals with daily supervision of members
  • Monitor for prohibited activities or contract violations
  • Issue warnings, corrective action plans, letters of release if necessary
  • Handle early release from service requests by members

Member Training 

  • Organize and conduct pre-service training in August
  • Schedule, prepare agenda and conduct regional trainings throughout the year
  • Conduct individual training at sites as required

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Other Responsibilities:
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Coordinate with United Way Leadership

  • Participate in United Way’s management team, demonstrating a commitment to building
  • collaboration among managers, staff, programs and departments.
  • Work with the Director of Research, Assessment and Evaluation who oversees
  • all data support United Way (assessment, evaluation, data management, dashboards, etc.)
  • Work collaboratively with President & CEO and Director of Marketing and Development on
  • development efforts and branding/marketing.

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Position Requirements:
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Bachelor’s degree in education, social sciences, human services or related field
Minimum of 5 years working in education or human services field
Experience in education/human services managing multi-stakeholder projects
Experience tutoring or mentoring
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple institutions
Experience working on state or federally funded projects
Experience supervising professional staff
Demonstrated ability to design, implement and execute projects
Demonstrated leadership capabilities
High standards of professional ethics and conduct
Strong public speaker; excellent written communication skills
Strong skills in Microsoft Office/Google Suite productivity tools

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Required Competencies:
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  • Understanding of school environments.
  • Attention to detail - ensure compliance with CNCS and UServe Utah rules and regulations, timely data collection and analysis to monitor implementation and use continuous improvement processes to refine program execution
  • Action Oriented - Take on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm
  • Interpersonal Savvy - Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people
  • Adaptability - Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations
  • Drives Results - Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances

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Preferred Qualifications:
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  • Master’s degree in Education, Social Work, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Extensive experience implementing literacy, tutoring and/or mentoring programs and well versed in research and best practices.
  • 10+ years working in education or human services field.
  • Experience as an AmeriCorps Member / working with Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) programs.

Wage: Competitive - based on experience and qualifications ($65,000 - $75,000)
Location: Ogden, Utah
Hours: Full-time with competitive benefits package (health, dental, and 403B match of up to 10% after one year of employment). This position requires substantial overnight travel providing support to principals and their AmeriCorps members throughout the state of Utah.
How to Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Tim Jackson at tjackson@uwnu.org.
Closing Date: Open until filled. Application review begins June 24. Tentative interview dates June 26th and June 28th.

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