Middle & High School Programs Specialist

Young Storytellers

Los Angeles, CA

Who Are We?
Young Storytellers sparks creative self-discovery through storytelling. Our programs highlight young people as the center of their own narratives, emphasize that their stories matter, and celebrate their unique voices as the ones telling them. Young Storytellers works towards a future where young people experience the impact that their thoughts, feelings, and words can have on the world in which they live.

Young Storytellers works with students in elementary, middle, and high school. In elementary school, students write scripts that are completely their own; in middle school, students write monologues about challenges they face; and in high school, students write Public Service Announcements that address important issues in their self-identified communities. Students in each program work with volunteer mentors, and every student gets to see their work performed by professional actors. Young Storytellers programs are designed around Common Core standards, integrate Social and Emotional Learning activities, and include components of Learning for Justice’s Social Justice Standards.

What Is This Position?
The Middle & High School Programs Specialist is a new member of the Young Storytellers team. As we expand our program reach, we are looking for someone who can take ownership of growing our Middle School Monologues and High School PSA programs. The Programs Specialist will have the important job of communicating with the teachers running these programs in schools across Los Angeles, including schools who are systemically oppressed and have limited resources. The Programs Specialist will approach relationships with these teachers and schools with respect and care, providing creative pathways to bring our free programs to their students while meeting them where they are at. The Programs Specialist is responsible for integrating the YS values of belonging, connection, exploration, play, antiracism, and equity into their outreach, communications, program implementation, and into their development of sustainable and supportive relationships.

Cool, But Let’s Get Specific. What’s Involved in This Job?

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Creates and manages Middle and High School program schedules with all partner schools and YS program staff, and ensures that programs are on track throughout the year;
  • Oversees all communication and coordination with YS Middle and High School partner teachers and schools;
  • Creates training plans and materials for teachers involved in YS Middle and High School programs;
  • Supports participating teachers through ongoing communication, trainings, check-ins, and program visits;
  • Partners with YS Education Director and Curriculum Team to grow and scale Middle and High School Programs;
  • Recruits volunteer actors who align with YS values and are representative of students in the program, in partnership with teachers and the YS volunteer team;
  • Creates, executes, and reviews program surveys, and implements changes based on feedback received;
  • Assists the YS volunteer team with Middle and High School program mentor recruitment, trainings, and other support, as needed;
  • Implements YS’s DEIB and antiracism practices in all parts of program implementation and operations.

Am I A Good Fit For This Position?

Required Qualifications:

  • Prior experience coordinating with public school teachers;
  • Familiarity with Los Angeles Unified School District or a similar school district;
  • Experience coordinating program schedules and logistics;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Excellent organization skills and a keen attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications:
Prior experience training and support public school teachers;
Project and/or program management experience;
Experience working with upper grade students.

What is My Compensation for This Position?
The Middle & High School Programs Specialist is a full time, salaried position with a salary range of $45,000-$60,000, depending on experience. Total compensation includes a health insurance stipend, retirement savings program, and generous paid time off and holiday breaks. The Young Storytellers staff is returning to the office this summer as a hybrid work environment where some in-office work is required each week with the option of regular remote work.

Ok, I’m In. How Do I Apply?
Anticipated start date is August 2021 and applications will be accepted until the position is full or 8/13/21. To apply, please visit https://bit.ly/ysmshsprogramsspecialist to fill out an application and upload the following in PDF form:

  • Resume / CV;
  • A brief statement or cover letter that includes why you are interested in working with Young Storytellers; and
  • A short response stating how you would approach working with a group of teachers across a large district who have different classrooms and needs, while also maintaining the integrity of the programs (note that your response does not need to be lengthy to be effective) OR share a tracking system that you have used in the recent past to keep a program organized and on track.

Anything Else I Should Know?
Young Storytellers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. That being said, belonging is a core value of the Young Storytellers culture, and our daily practices around equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-bias, antidiscrimination, and antiracism are central to that value. Young Storytellers firmly believes that Black Lives Matter. We encourage women and gender diverse people, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, veterans, immigrants, and anyone with a disability to apply for this and all our positions. Young Storytellers has designed our interview, onboarding, and ongoing cultural practices to be a welcoming space for everyone. You can read more about our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism on our website.

For any questions or accommodations while applying due to a disability, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 323.962.4500.

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