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4355Job Opening: Program Coordinator at Techbridge Girls After-School Programs - Bay Area and Seattle

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  • Jennifer Wei
    Apr 17, 2014
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      Want to make a difference in a girl's future? 

      Techbridge is an innovative after-school program that inspires girls in technology, science and engineering. Girls work on a variety of projects such as electronic toy design, 3D modeling of a “green” home, and forensic science lab tests.  Girls also take field trips to company worksites where they meet inspiring role models who work in technology and science fields.


      Program Coordinators are essential to the success of Techbridge programs. These engaging, dedicated, and caring adults work closely with girls and families that may face social and economic barriers to inspire them in science, technology, and engineering.  Techbridge is seeking Program Coordinators in Oakland and Greater Seattle who will be responsible for coordinating and implementing after-school programs at its school sites. Coordinators teach technology, engineering, and science skills, inspire confidence and leadership in girls, and have strong relationship-building skills – with students, teachers, families, role models and corporate partners.


      About Techbridge


      Organization Overview:

      The mission of Techbridge, an award-winning nonprofit with a proven, data-driven model, is to empower girls to realize their dreams through science, technology, and engineering. Our innovative after-school and summer programs inspire 5th through 12th grade girls from underserved communities to change the world, providing girls with hands-on projects and career exploration through our curriculum, role models, and field trips. Techbridge girls build confidence, problem-solving skills, perseverance, and public speaking abilities that will serve them well in any career. Building on 14 years of experience, Techbridge after-school programs have served over 4,000 girls across six school districts. In 2012, Techbridge received Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s national award for innovations in science education and the East Bay Innovation Award in 2014.  


      Techbridge’s holistic approach gives girls a strong support network that includes their peers, teachers, families, and role models. Through its national professional development efforts, Techbridge has reached over 15,000 adults through trainings and resources for role models, educators and families. It has a national reach through its partnership with Girl Scouts and is at an exciting inflection point in its growth as it embarks on a national expansion of its after-school program, beginning with Seattle in fall 2014.




      SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING – The Program Coordinators’ main role is to help girls develop interest and skills in science, technology, and engineering. They guide girls through curricula designed to spark an interest in STEM fields.  Coordinators plan, prepare materials, and co-teach 4 after-school programs a week at different school sites with a classroom teacher.  


      YOUTH DEVELOPMENT – Program Coordinators serve as mentors and role models for Techbridge girls. They impact students’ lives by helping them develop science and engineering skills, as well as empower girls with the skills needed to be successful in life, such as problem-solving, teamwork, confidence and perseverance.   Coordinators communicate regularly with teachers, families, and Techbridge staff to provide support and guidance for girls.


      CAREER EXPLORATION– Program Coordinators support Techbridge role models – STEM professionals or university students who share their personal story and passion with students.  Program Coordinators provide training to role models to help them engage girls effectively through hands-on activities, personal stories, and career guidance.  Coordinators also organize and support Techbridge field trips.


      PARTNERSHIP AND OUTREACH – Program Coordinators cultivate strong relationships with partnering schools, including teachers, administration, and families. Program Coordinators also work closely with outreach partners, including role models, universities, corporate partners, and other girl and youth serving organizations. Coordinators may be asked to help disseminate Techbridge’s model and best practices with local and national partners through presentations, social media outreach, and blogging. 


      OPERATIONAL SUPPORT – Program Coordinators manage individual program budgets including purchasing supplies, tracking expenses, and submitting invoices and receipts.  Coordinators maintain the Salesforce database including, but not limited to recording student and family information and feedback on field trip and role model visits.  Coordinators may support other administrative projects as needed. 


      Desired Qualifications

      • Bachelor’s degree required  (science, engineering, social work and/or education field highly desired)
      • Minimum of 2 years of facilitating youth programming, preferably in a role using technology or science skills in informal education settings
      • Ability to co-lead and manage a strong classroom culture with up to 30 girls
      • Bilingual (particularly Spanish) a plus
      • Strong technical skills and the ability to quickly learn new programs
      • Excellent organizational and time management skills.  Strong record of follow-through on assigned tasks to ensure successful outcomes 
      • Experience working with families, schools, and communities from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds required
      • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and relationship-building skills
      • Ability to disseminate best practices through presentations to program partners
      • Knowledge of and interest in equity issues affecting women of color in science and engineering
      • Must be resourceful, self-motivated, creative,  flexible, and a self-starter
      • Experience with taking initiative to ensure successful outcomes
      • Able to identify and act upon lessons from both accomplishments and less-successful experiences by reflecting and proactively seeking feedback
      • Experience with “Making” activities and/or computer programming a plus
      • Must possess a valid Driver’s License with clean DMV record; proof of insurance and reliable transportation


      This is a full-time position; health, vacation, retirement and other benefits offered. 

      Start Date: This position will start in July, 2014 and will be open until filled.  This role will be based out of Techbridge’s Oakland or Greater Seattle office.  We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of race, sex, age, marital status, color, national origin, religion, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation.  Job requires a fingerprint and background check.

      Please compose a cover letter that describes your commitment to the mission of Techbridge and how your experience fits the qualifications of the position.  Please email cover letter and resume with the subject “Program Coordinator – Bay Area” or “Program Coordinator – Greater Seattle”  to jobs@....

      For more information, visit www.techbridgegirls.org









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      Jennifer Wei



      7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 519

      Oakland, CA 94621

      (510) 777-9170 x308


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