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    Organization: Citizen Schools Position: Regional Director, California Location: About Citizen Schools: Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools provides after school
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 24, 2004
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      Organization: Citizen Schools
      Position: Regional Director, California

      About Citizen Schools:
      Founded in 1995, Citizen Schools provides after school and summer
      programs for more than 1,800 students, aged 9-14, at campuses
      (program sites) in Boston and around the country. With a mission of
      educating students and building strong communities, Citizen Schools
      works with community volunteers and front-line educators to deliver a
      creative and effective learning model that addresses community needs
      while building student skills through hands-on experiential learning

      Our goal is to prepare students for leadership roles in the 21st
      century. To achieve this goal, Citizen Schools has identified four
      important objectives for students' success:

      - Strengthen academic skills
      - Develop personal leadership skills
      - Facilitate access to resources
      - Build community connections

      Our learning model includes Apprenticeships, Explorations, Homework
      Investment Time, and Team-building activities. In all of these
      activities, Citizen Schools focuses on skill development -
      particularly in the areas of writing, data analysis, and oral
      communication – to help students find success in school and
      develop into model citizens. Apprenticeships, taught by local
      community volunteers, challenge students to learn a new skill or
      trade and to "teach back" to their communities. These activities turn
      children into community heroes as they argue trials before federal
      judges, design web sites for their schools, organize public events,
      publish newspapers and create lasting relationships with their
      volunteer mentors.

      In 2002, Citizen Schools launched a major national expansion, with
      the goal of strengthening the out-of-school time movement across the
      country. Local community- based organizations (CBOs) and school
      districts have affiliated with Citizen Schools to operate affiliate
      campuses in San Jose and Redwood City, CA; Houston and Baytown TX
      (2); New Brunswick, NJ; Tucson, AZ; Worcester (2), Framingham,
      Lowell; Malden, New Bedford, and Springfield, MA.

      We launched our first California site in spring 2002 in partnership
      with the Santa Clara Valley YMCA at the Castro Middle School, and
      supported by the American Business Collaboration and Work Family
      Directions. This fall, supported by the Peninsula Community
      Foundation, our second campus in California was launched by the YMCA
      of the Mid-Peninsula at the McKinley Institute of Technology.

      We are committed to regional growth in California, and to this end,
      recently secured a grant from the Omidyar Foundation to develop a
      Citizen Schools regional office. This office will support the two
      existing campuses in the areas of volunteer recruitment and program,
      as well as work diligently to identify prospective affiliates and
      funding partners for a Citizen Schools regional hub in California.
      Our likely mid-term goal for regional expansion is 5-7 campuses
      across 3-4 communities in California by 2006/2007. We are considering
      communities that include East Palo Alto and San Francisco.

      About The Position:
      The Regional Director will assume leadership for Citizen Schools in
      the California region. Under the direction of the Executive Director
      of National Partnerships, and in collaboration with the National
      Partnerships and Citizen Schools University teams, the Regional
      Director will manage existing relationships with senior level staff
      at Citizen Schools campuses in San Jose and Redwood City, support
      campus directors, and cultivate new relationships and funding for the
      growth of the California region of the Citizen Schools network.

      Management and Program Support to Regional Affiliates
      • Manage community relationships with affiliate executive
      director, Campus Directors, school principals and superintendents,
      and funders.
      • Provide program leadership, coaching support and technical
      assistance delivery to affiliate Campus Directors. Assist with staff
      hiring and management, school relations, curriculum, evaluation, and
      volunteer and student recruitment.
      • Provide training to program staff, using Citizen Schools'
      • Facilitate interaction among regional programs to share best
      practices and create network efficiencies; initiatives include
      sharing staff, conducting regional trainings, holding regional social
      events, etc.
      • Collaborate with Citizen Schools HQ, informing programmatic and
      administrative strategy and decisions.
      • Author reports for regional and national intermediaries and

      • Research and cultivate prospect cities and partners (CBOs,
      schools, and school districts)
      • Lead annual Request for Proposals (RFP) and selection process
      in the region, coordinating with and leveraging Citizen Schools HQ

      Fundraising, Regional Development, and Public Policy
      • Source and develop local and regional champions (individual,
      corporate, and civic)
      • Raise funds for Citizen Schools regionally and nationally
      • Track and coordinate fundraising efforts among affiliates
      within the region
      • Inform and advance public policy initiatives for the region
      • Build brand awareness of Citizen Schools

      Compensation and Benefits
      Starting annual salary will be $55K to $75K based on experience. Full
      benefits include health care, 403B, three weeks vacation, and
      extensive training.

      Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer.

      Additional Qualifications:

      All candidates should have demonstrated leadership skills, a passion
      for education and community, and effective collaboration skills.
      Other qualifications include:
      • 5+ years of work experience, and at least 2-3 years of
      management and fundraising experience
      • Knowledge of the region and well developed professional network
      • Ability to cultivate and manage high-level relationships
      • Familiarity and/or experience in an education environment
      • Entrepreneurial, resourceful self-starter; capable of managing
      multiple stakeholders with minimal oversight
      • Experience with non-profit organizations, management, program
      operations, and boards
      • Ability to interact at all levels of an organization, from the
      executive director to apprentices
      • Excellent presentation, verbal and written communication skills
      • Demonstrated commitment to diversity
      • Strong organizational, follow-up, and logistics skills and
      attention to detail

      Please send cover letter and resume to Amy Amatangelo, Human
      Resources and Administration Manager at Citizen Schools, 308 Congress
      Street, Boston MA 02210 or via e-mail to
      amyamatangelo@.... For more information on Citizen
      Schools, visit our website at www.citizenschools.org. Candidates will
      be reviewed on an on-going basis.
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