Job Opening: Site Manager, Jumpstart/Satellite Housing (Berkeley)
Jumpstart is a national early literacy organization that recruits and trains college students to work one-to-one with preschool children from low-income backgrounds. Through extraordinary attention in yearlong mentoring relationships, Jumpstart inspires children to learn, adults to teach, families to get involved, and communities to progress together. Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart was founded at Yale University in 1993 and has grown from a campus-based service program to a national education leader that currently engages 2,500 college students in service to 9,350 children in 22 states and 60 communities across the country.
In January 2004, Jumpstart in Boston launched a unique collaboration with Experience Corps to create and test a model for engaging older adults in the effort to ensure that all children enter school prepared to succeed. Given the high levels of satisfaction demonstrated by volunteers and program partners alike over the first two years of the pilot, the Jumpstart Western Region decided to take the intergenerational pilot a step further by partnering with Satellite Housing in Oakland.
About Satellite Housing
Satellite Housing, Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides affordable housing and services to low income seniors and adults with special needs, in order to enhance the quality of life, in the communities they serve. Since 1966, Satellite has been a leader in the development of affordable housing for low-income populations, providing a unique service-enriched environment and maintaining a long-term commitment to its residents through responsible ownership and quality property management. Satellite Housing currently has seventeen properties throughout the East Bay area, serving over 1200 residents. In a new partnership, Satellite Housing and Jumpstart aim to recruit, train and support a Corps of older adults to deliver the successful Jumpstart program that is currently delivered by college students.
The Site Manager is a full year position based at the Satellite Housing central office located in Berkeley. The primary responsibility of the Jumpstart Site Manager is to manage the day-to-day operations of the Jumpstart intergenerational program in order to ensure that Jumpstart Quality Standards, guidelines provided by Jumpstart, are met and that the program is meeting grant requirements. The Site Manager supports recruitment, training and support of 20-40 adults, age 55+, to work one-to-one with preschool children from low-income backgrounds during the academic year. The Site Manager works in conjunction with key Satellite Housing personnel and Jumpstart's regional and national staff to implement this new program model. A full work plan and program calendar is provided to assist the Site Manager in implementing the Jumpstart program.
Within Jumpstart a Site Manager is provided opportunities for professional development and growth. Professional development opportunities include (but are not limited to): training, facilitation of trainings, and field feedback.
The Site Manager will report directly to Diane Norman, the Resident Services Supervisor for Satellite Housing in conjunction with Erica Hodgin, the Program Director of the Jumpstart Western Region.
1. Early Childhood Education and Training:
Facilitate and refine Jumpstart training series for Corps of older adult volunteers
Observe Jumpstart sessions to monitor the quality of interactions between volunteers and children and the implementation of planned curriculum
Provide coaching and feedback to volunteers based on observations
Observe and support Curriculum Planning Meetings to monitor the quality of team collaboration, meeting facilitation and the design of curriculum to be used in Jumpstart Sessions
Ensure the site is meeting the requirements of the Jumpstart Quality Standards
2. Program Management
Plan and manage recruitment process; interview and select all volunteers for site
Support volunteers in the completion of expected commitment requirements
Provide volunteers and Team Leaders with systematic supervision and support, consistent and responsive management, and clear ongoing communication
Manage volunteer files to Grantee specifications
Prepare and submit reports on site fiscal and programmatic performance to Regional Office3. Community Partnerships
Build and manage high quality Preschool Program Partner relationships
Cultivate and manage external stakeholder relations to ensure sustainability and success of the program in the community
Contribute to the development of the Jumpstart brand by engaging in local media and public relations activities.
4. Jumpstart National Network Responsibilities
Participate in weekly one-on-one meetings with Jumpstart Program Director
Participate in Jumpstart Research and Development meetings to discuss time-sensitive projects and materials and to share ideas and problem-solve
Support assessment and evaluation efforts through quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and synthesis
Participate in twice monthly Jumpstart Regional Conference Calls
Attend Leadership Institutes annually and New Staff Training during first year
Support the development of National and Regional stakeholders by hosting site visits and engaging volunteers in events.
5. Satellite Housing Responsibilities
Participate in regular meetings with Resident Services Supervisor
Participate in monthly resident Town Hall Meetings
Other duties as assigned by Satellite Housing Supervisor or Jumpstart Program Director
Background in early childhood education and/or experience in an early childhood setting
Background working with adults, age 55+, preferable
Start-up experience in project management preferable
Commitment to serving the community
Strong organizational, management and leadership abilities
Ability to comprehend and manage basic fiscal matters such as budgets
Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with key partners
Demonstrated ability to use basic and some advanced functions of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) the internet and web-based forms
Extreme flexibility, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial sprit to accommodate high level of responsibility and multiple priorities
Energetic, enthusiastic and interested in learning within fast-paced, fast-growing organizations
Commitment to Jumpstart's mission and values of quality, challenge, diversity, respect and kindness
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, writing sample required
Must be sensitive to the needs and concerns of seniors, in addition to having a caring and compassionate approach in working with children and seniors of low-income
Must have experience working within a multi-cultural team environment
Ability to travel frequently to local preschool sites, as well as out of the area for periodic trainings and professional development institutes
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job is conducted in an office environment where noise and temperature variations are minimal, business casual attire. This job also involves regular visits to local preschool sites and resident buildings. Frequent driving is necessary and exposures to fumes, dust, and other environmental elements may occur.
Commensurate with education and experience, with competitive benefits
As soon as possible
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