The primary responsibility of this position is to manage the relationship with the sites currently in operation and to scout for/ recruit additional sites in the surrounding community.
Community Engagement Managers are in charge of building and managing relationships, and networking with key stakeholders in the communities they cover that serve middle school age youth and girls in particular (Schools, Libraries, Community Centers, Girls Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs)- all potential hosts of JerseySTEM sponsored programs. This job requires some in-person stakeholder meetings. During these meetings the Community Engagement Manager will represent JerseySTEM, detail our offerings of potential programs that the site can host. Once an agreement is reached, the Community Engagement Manager will coordinate with Finance, Curriculum, College Engagement and Marketing to make sure programs run smoothly. Programs start in September or in January.
JerseySTEM partners with Community institutions that caters to middle school students( (Schools, Libraries, Community Centers, Girls Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs) in New Jersey to secure a physical location and the participation of partners willing to host/organize JerseySTEM sponsored programs.
About the Department
In this partnership, JerseySTEM provides:
funding in the form of Grants
scouting, training, and support of the coaches assigned to the location
marketing support to recruit middle school students
The host site (Partner) provides:
a safe location with basic services (tables, electricity, Wifi)
a legal construct for the coaches to volunteer
outreach to enroll the students
oversight of the local operation (safety/security of the kids,...)
The relationships with communities are extremely important because the aim of JerseySTEM is to help build local capacity for those communities to run the programs autonomously in the long run (year 3,4,...)
There are 300+ communities, 400+ middle schools, 250+ libraries in northern New Jersey with about 50% of them in underserved communities. They represent our target audience and directly impact our ability to get 25,000 middle schoolers taught by 2025.
Essential Duties of the position:
Communicate (phone, email, in-person) regularly with the sites under the portfolio
Detail the JerseySTEM offering for new sites and the mode of operation
With the site, establish a budget of the operation to issue grants to the site
Obtain the Memorandum of Understanding for the partnership
Assist in the launch of the program by coordinating with Finance, Curriculum, College engagement, and Marketing
Assist the site in recruiting
Use Salesforce.com to update the contact lists associated with the sites under portfolio
Essential Qualifications and Skills
Genuine concern about/interest in solving the gender gap and opportunity gap in education in general and STEM education in particular
Resourceful, Can-do attitude
attention to detail
Sales experience preferred
Local to NJ, preferably member of the community the position will serve
The ideal candidate would have a flexible/ at-home work schedule or be retired so that you can meet with people in person during the day (1-2 times a month)
JerseySTEM utilizes G-Suite (Gmail, Sheets...), JIRA and Slack
Since most roles in the organization are virtual, it requires access to a personal computer and WiFi
A week in a life:(average for 3 hours/week)
Daily: check email/Salesforce to see if any urgent matter needs immediate attention (15mn)
Once a week: have a call/meeting with the host sites (30mn)
Once a week: Participate in the departmental review of Pipeline (30mn)
Once a month: Visit the site in person during class (1 hour)
Once a month: Departmental review with Community Engagement Oversight Committee (1,5 hour)
Our Mission JerseySTEM is a grassroots 501(c) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math ("STEM") education to pre-teen and teenage girls and underserved children in New Jersey. We partner with socially responsible companies and their employees, youth organizations in underserved communities, and civic-minded college students and universities. Together we develop and deliver innovative, hands-on afterschool projects and inquiry-based learning opportunities that develop teamwork, 21st century problem solving skills, and self esteem. Our Goals Reduce the gender gap in STEM participation by serving 25,000 girls by 2025 Bridge the innovation gap in STEM education by introducing novel formats for teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Address the opportunity gap by expanding access to STEM programs in underserved communities
Incorporated in 2013, JerseySTEM started bringing afterschool enrichment programs to middle school girls in 2015. We have since provided 1,000 students with exposure to afterschool enrichment programs delivering more than 20,000 hours of instruction. Students learn to code, build robots, solve problems and through that process gain self-esteem and confidence that they can be the leaders of tomorrow.