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Job Opening: National Program Associate - Volunteer Teaching and Learning

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    ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Peer Health Exchange ( PHE ), is a national non-profit organization that gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 28, 2012

      Peer Health Exchange ("PHE"), is a national non-profit organization that gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. Since our founding in 2003, we have trained more than 5,000 college student volunteers to deliver effective health education to over 57,000 public high school students in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and will be expanding to Washington, DC, in fall 2012. We recently launched our 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. The plan has three major priorities: deepening impact, investing in more robust program evaluation, and developing and testing additional methods for impact, all while serving 120,000 teens over the next four years. To achieve these priorities, we will grow from a staff of 40 and a budget of $9.5M today to a staff of over 100 and a budget of $14M in 2015.

      PHE's National Program Team oversees the development, revision and evaluation of PHE's program model, as well as the high quality implementation of the PHE program in local sites across the country. Over the course of the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, the National Program Team will also lead the development and evaluation of strategic investments aimed to improve the impact of our program model. The work of the National Program Team is concentrated in four areas: Volunteer Teaching and Learning, Teen Teaching and Learning, Volunteer and Alumni Development, and Organizational Learning and Support.

      The Volunteer Teaching and Learning (VTL) area aims to increase our impact on teen learning and healthy behavior by fostering the highest quality teaching in every PHE volunteer. The primary responsibilities of the three staff members working in the VTL area are to oversee the development and implementation of volunteer recruitment, selection, training, assessment and coaching. Over the next three years, the VTL area will also lead strategic investments focused on volunteer teaching quality, in order to deepen PHE's impact on every teen we serve. Those investments include the
      • Quality and Diversity of Applicant Pool and Selectivity in Application & Selection Process: These investments aim to align PHE's recruitment and selection processes with the new PHE Volunteer Teaching Quality Framework in order to recruit and select applicants with the greatest potential for high volunteer teaching quality.
      • Volunteer Training: This investment involves revising and expanding PHE's volunteer training in order to provide volunteers with a strong teaching skills foundation to be highly effective in the classroom.
      • Internal and External Coaching: These investments will test how on-going coaching and support can increase volunteers' teaching quality, and therefore our impact on teens.
      • Online Video Database: This investment involves creating a PHE video database resource for use in volunteer training and coaching.


      The primary responsibilities of the National Program Associate – Volunteer Teaching and Learning (VTL) are to assist with the development of the current PHE Program Model, and the creation, revision and evaluation of strategic investments in the VTL area. The National Program Associate – VTL will report directly to the National Program Manager – VTL. This is a full-time position with a competitive salary and benefits package.

      PHE values diversity and seeks to build and sustain a diverse staff. PHE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


      The PHE National Program Associate - Volunteer Teaching & Learning will:
      • Take a leading role in the development and continual improvement of the following components of the PHE Program Model related to VTL:
      o Volunteer recruitment and selection
      o Volunteer training, including managing the training calendar
      o Volunteer assessment and coaching
      o Volunteer management
      o Workshop scheduling and related volunteer teaching logistics
      • Support high quality program implementation, with a focus on VTL, across all PHE sites by:
      o Traveling to PHE sites as needed to provide in-person program training and support to local teams on PHE Program standards and, in particular, VTL standards
      o Assisting with ongoing trainings to roll out components of the Program Model related to VTL, and ensure their high quality implementation
      • Take a leading role in the design, revision and evaluation of the VTL strategic investments by:
      o Leading the development and vision of the Online Video Database investment
       Manage and participate in the research, design, revision and evaluation of the database, including overseeing the selection and collection of exemplar video clips to include in the database
       Conduct external meetings with experts to inform development of the database
      o Supporting the development of all of the other VTL strategic investments (named above) that work to deepen PHE's impact through improving volunteer teaching quality
      o Contributing to the development of investments related to other National Program Team areas, as needed
      o Designing and ordering materials for strategic investments in the VTL area
      o Working with the National Program Manager– VTL to oversee the implementation of the strategic investments in PHE sites
      • Support the National Program Team by:
      o Collaborating with staff members in the National Program Team's other areas
      o Attending bi-weekly National Program Team meetings
      o Assisting the National Program Manager – VTL
      o Assisting the Managing Director of Program Quality

      Peer Health Exchange is looking for someone who:

      • Has strong passion for PHE's mission to give teenagers the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy decisions
      • Has a Bachelor's degree
      • Has at least three years of teaching experience in low-income public schools, with additional experience coaching new teachers and/or designing and implementing trainings for adult learners preferred
      • Has exceptional writing and editing skills
      • Has exceptional verbal communication skills, including exemplar public speaking skills (especially in the classroom/training context)
      • Has excellent organizational skills and strong detail-orientation
      • Has the ability to design systems to streamline tasks and increase productivity
      • Can effectively communicate across teams and to various constituencies
      • Has strong interpersonal skills
      • Is efficient in managing diverse tasks, activities, and projects
      • Exercises excellent judgment in decision-making
      • Has command of all Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
      • Has a can-do attitude and feels comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment

      Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (3 pages or less) via email to vtl@.... Only candidates who submit all three application materials will be considered for the position. Please include the title of the position to which you are applying in the subject line of the email, and how you learned about the position in your cover letter. If you are applying for multiple positions at PHE, please note this in your cover letter as well as any preference for primary consideration. Please, no phone inquiries.
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