Job Posting: Director of NetPals (12 hrs/wk, school year)
Founded in 1966, Cambridge School Volunteers (CSV) is an independent non-profit organization supporting the academic and personal success of Cambridge public school children. CSV develops programs that match caring and competent adults with students of all needs and levels.
Cambridge School Volunteers provides structured program models for companies, universities, and city, state and federal agencies to collaborate with the Cambridge Public Schools in programs that enable employees to participate in regular, sustained interactions with students. CSV provides program development and management services to these projects, including the facilitation of volunteer screening, orientation, and training, and project coordination, evaluation, and documentation. The number of corporate partners may vary from year to year but is usually more than ten. Some partnerships have been in place for more than 20 years.
NetPals connects 7th graders with science/engineering professionals from local companies for mentoring via digital communication and 3 face-to-face visits at the school and the NetPal’s workplace. The program will match approximately 280 students at three Upper Schools with mentors from 14 companies. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of careers in STEM.
KeyPals is a smaller, predecessor program at one school which connects approximately 20 5th-grade students with mentors from 3 corporate partners.
Job Responsibilities and Compensation
Reporting to the Executive Director, the NetPals Director will supervise three part-time Program Coordinators. The Director oversees the NetPals mentoring program, the KeyPals mentoring program, and other corporate volunteer programs as assigned. The Director develops and sustains corporate and school partnerships. Working closely with the CPSD science department, the Director tailors the program to meet the District’s goals for science education. The Director has primary responsibility for program trainings, events, supervision/oversight, evaluation, documentation, and recognition. The Director convenes regular NetPals staff and planning meetings and guides the program to best support students. The Director is also responsible for maintaining relationships with the appropriate administrators and staff at the schools and other CSV staff.
This role may include, but is not limited to, work to support acquisition of new corporate partners, volunteer recruitment, training, administration, reporting, and evaluation.
This position is part-time, hourly, approximately 12 hours per week, during the Cambridge public school year, based in the CSV offices at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, with travel to the upper schools. Salary is commensurate with experience, $23-25/hour.
• Facilitating program planning for ten+ corporate partners in the fall.
• Convening NetPals staff meetings and supervising 3 part-time coordinators (one per school)
• Supporting the volunteer recruitment process at each worksite as needed.
• Developing and presenting a pre-service training program for each corporate program.
• Supervising programs through communication with corporate program coordinators, teachers, and CSV staff.
• Working with lead teachers and corporate coordinators to plan 3-4 face-to-face meetings for the students and adults in each NetPal/KeyPal program.
• Working with corporate coordinators and lead teachers to plan year-end celebrations for each corporate program.
• Working with CSV staff to recognize corporate programs and volunteers for their efforts and successes (e.g., annual CSV recognition event, Mack Davis Awards)
• Managing the program evaluation process for all programs. Preparing reports as required.
• Evaluating program effectiveness to assist in planning for program expansion and/or developing other program models.
• Functioning as an integral member of the CSV team, participating in and contributing to staff meetings, CSV-wide training sessions, overall program planning and evaluation on a regular basis.
• Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Start date: Approximately September 20, 2017.
• Advanced degree in education, or bachelors degree and 5+ years experience in education.
• Demonstrated knowledge in current approaches to teaching science and literacy across the curriculum.
• Successful experience in the development and/or implementation of training programs for educators preferred.
• Strong organizational and program administration skills.
• Experience in middle school teaching preferred.
• Competency with Google Drive/suite preferred
• Background in science/engineering a plus.
• Excellent digital and written communication skills.
• Competency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with adults and children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
• The ability to independently and creatively manage diverse responsibilities in a multi-faceted, expanding educational program.
• Ability to travel among school locations.
Cambridge School Volunteers intends to develop a staff that reflects the diversity of the students that we serve. People from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations are strongly encouraged to apply.
jfries [at] cpsd.us