Director of Programs

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organization:The Pangaea Project
position summary:

The Pangaea Project empowers youth from low-income families to become effective "changemakers" in their community and the world. Each year, a new cohort of high school students participates in our core classroom experience, overseas journey, and graduate leadership program, combining local and international service-learning projects.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and with staff in Ecuador and Thailand, our unique model of education provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for disadvantaged youth to learn about local and global issues related to solidarity, human rights, social change and community organizing.

The Director of Programs is primarily responsible for the ongoing development, planning, and implementation of all Pangaea Project youth programs, including the measurement and evaluation of program objectives and outcomes.

Salary / Pay Rate:$38,000-42,000
Required Skills and Abilities:• In coordination with the Executive Director, cultivate an entrepreneurial environment that upholds the mission and core principles of The Pangaea Project among adults and youth; provide a strong leadership presence for all staff • Provide necessary support and expertise to program staff and volunteers in streamlining processes, creating efficiencies and identifying opportunities for growth and development; support integration of youth program components and collaboration among the team • In coordination with the Executive Director, oversee the employment, supervision and ongoing training of productive, professional program staff; implement formal job descriptions and ensure regular performance evaluations are conducted • Supervise the development and delivery of The Pangaea Project’s local, international and graduate programs and curriculums; supervise the implementation of all policies and contracts related to student participation and community partnerships • Supervise and assist in the logistical planning of all program-related activities; ensure compliance with all international travel requirements • Serve as the International Trip Leader (ITL) to Ecuador or Thailand for 4-6 weeks during summer months; in partnership with the Assistant ITL, supervise a team of students in achieving a safe, educational, positive and rewarding journey abroad • In coordination with the Program Instructor and partner school officials, ensure compliance with all appropriate professional standards and accreditation requirements • Supervise all fiscal and budgetary activities related to youth programs; prepare and manage program budgets; oversee program income/expenditure accounting and reporting; prepare and present monthly financial reports to the Executive Director • Manage internal and external written communications regarding youth program operations; provide data and student success stories as requested for the website, newsletters, etc. • Work closely with the Resource Development Officer to provide program data, budget information and personal stories needed for donor reports, appeal letters, etc. • Work in partnership with the Executive Director to manage all evaluation systems; steer evaluation systems and develop a comprehensive strategy to integrate evaluation into all segments of The Pangaea Project’s youth programs • Lead ongoing, consistent oversight of collection and analysis of program evaluation data; develop and manage systems for reviewing evaluation data with staff • Serve as a spokesperson for The Pangaea Project in the community; cultivate exceptional relationships with program supporters, students, graduates, parents, and school and community partners
Qualifications:Required Qualifications • Master’s degree in social work, counseling, education, public administration or related field, or equivalent experience • At least five years experience working with teenagers and young adults, including substantial experience working with high-risk, low-income populations • Demonstrated understanding of and passion for youth development work and leadership education programs; willingness to hold youth accountable for their choices • Extensive international volunteer or work experience, preferably in a developing country • At least five years experience in nonprofit program management, preferably within a developing organization; must have experience leading/managing evidence-based programs • At least two years experience overseeing a nonprofit program budget • Demonstrated understanding of the importance, purpose and processes related to designing and implementing program evaluation strategies, including collection and analysis of data • Available to lead a 4-6 week student trip abroad during summer months; flexible and willing to work occasionally on weekends and evenings • Strong project management, administrative and organizational skills; very detail-oriented • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work hard independently, responsibly and ethically • Confident, self-driven and professional in demeanor • Exceptional interpersonal skills; collaborative in nature • Excellent oral and written communication skills; comfortable speaking in public • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; experience using time management programs, familiarity with Google Calendar • Valid Oregon driver’s license, passport, and the ability to pass a criminal background check Preferred Qualifications • Fluency in Spanish or Thai • Extensive work, volunteer and/or homestay experience in Ecuador or Thailand • Experience designing and delivering curriculum, and aligning content with state educational standards; familiarity with a variety of educational assessment and evaluation tools • Familiarity with Portland’s public and alternative schools systems • Experience using DonorPerfect or other comprehensive constituent database *******This position was originally posted on December 3, 2009 and will be open until filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected]*******
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer