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Career Readiness Coordinator

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Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
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Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD)’s Career Readiness Coordinator is dedicated to making a positive impact on the lives of girls and young women by creating opportunities to explore and prepare for a wide range of careers. The position is responsible for coordinating GIMD’s year-round career readiness programs, including the implementation of internships and the delivery of career and job readiness curriculum. The position will provide significant leadership and oversight for the Eureka! STEM internship program that serves approximately 50 high school girls per year, as well as support career readiness activities for GIMD’s middle school and high school programs. This position will work closely with staff, corporate partners, volunteers and community advisors to meet annual program goals. Program delivery will take place at GIMD’s main facility in the West Colfax neighborhood and at school and other designated program locations across metro Denver.

Areas of Responsibility

Capacity Building and Leadership

  • Maintain an understanding of youth and workforce development trends and gender-specific programs
  • Exhibit a strong understanding of Girls Inc.’s philosophy, approach, and initiatives and remain current with research from the national office
  • Build and maintain contacts with community leaders, corporate partners, and youth development colleagues
  • Represent GIMD at meetings, workshops, and conferences in the community

Planning and Development

  • Work with GIMD’s Program Managers to develop a year-round program plan that includes: needs assessment, program goals, curriculum focus, implementation timeline, staffing plan, training plan, and evaluation method.
  • Collaborate with staff, corporate partners and STEM experts to build engaging and interactive lessons, plan field excursions and schedule guest presentations
  • Build and maintain relationships with girls and families through regular communication (email, phone, and face-to-face meetings)
  • Prepare materials that support program goals, including sponsor outreach materials, monthly program calendars, reports and program evaluations, etc.
  • Plan and facilitate orientations and parent meetings for interns and their families
  • Evaluate internship effectiveness and update and improve the program as necessary

Direct Services, Implementation, and Management

  • Interview, train, place and supervise girls in internships that align with their future career goals
  • Recruit, orient and support internship sites and supervisors at various companies and organizations
  • Coordinate field trips and activities that expose girls to a wide-range of career opportunities
  • Deliver trainings on career/job readiness topics that prepare girls for success in their internships
  • Help plan and facilitate monthly STEM Saturdays to build skills and maintain excitement and interest leading into internship opportunities
  • Ensure ongoing communication with girls and families regarding program opportunities and activities
  • Maintain participant records: registration forms, attendance, training delivered, internships data and completed evaluations
  • Oversee occasional special events planned for girls and families
  • Support parent engagement throughout the program and internship process
  • Assist girls in identifying, registering, and finding funding for alternate summer opportunities such as residential science camps, scientific research, pre-collegiate programs, etc.

Other Responsibilities

  • Serve as a strong adult mentor for girls
  • Attend staff meetings, trainings, and fundraisers/special events as needed or requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Status: Exempt, full-time, 40 hours per week salaried position

Schedule: Typical Work Hours
School Year: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Includes some late weekdays and at least one Saturday per month.
Summer: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

  • Demonstrate commitment to GIMD’s mission, vision and advocacy statements
  • Experience an appreciation for urban communities and diverse populations, cultures and economic experiences
  • Experience developing and delivering career/job readiness programs for youth or other underserved populations
  • Experience facilitating, implementing and evaluating programs
  • Experience developing and maintaining community and corporate partnerships
  • Ability to inspire, stimulate and support self-empowerment among girls
  • General knowledge of youth development and gender specific programming
  • Proven track record of leadership, professional maturity, self-motivation and commitment
  • Detail oriented, strong documentation skills, organized and able to work in a multi-tasked environment
  • Ability to self-start and work well in a team setting
  • Competent using Microsoft Office Suite and/or ability to learn new computer skills as necessary
  • Possess a valid Colorado driver’s license and have a driving record that allows employee to be covered by agency auto insurance and drive agency vehicles (must be at least 21 years old)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms
  • Conversationally bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred
  • B.A. or B.S. and a minimum of three years of experience planning and implementing youth development programs
  • Educational and/or professional background in STEM related field such as: math, science, technology, architecture or engineering preferred but not required
  • Experience working within communities of color and multi-racial communities
  • Experience working with youth of various cultural and economic backgrounds

Salary: A base salary of $36,000 with additions for education, experience, and special skills.
Benefits: Competitive benefits package available.

How To Apply

Application Requirements:
1. Cover Letter (please include an explanation of how your experience, qualifications, and skills fit the position)
2. Resume
3. Three Professional References
4. At least one paragraph, and no more than one page addressing the following question:

  • At GIMD we strive to be an anti-oppressive and inclusive organization. What is your understanding of and experience with anti-oppression and inclusiveness in your personal and/or professional life?

Send all application materials to (no phone calls please):
Attn: Lynna Kaucheck
Girls Inc. of Metro Denver
1499 Julian Street
Denver, CO 80204
Fax: 303-893-4352

Deadline: Priority deadline January 15, 2019 but position will remain open until filled.

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