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 stories about challenges that they face; and in high school, students explore how various communities are portrayed in the media and craft stories that they feel represent 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 Program Support Specialist is an integral member of the Young Storytellers Programs Team. The Program Support Specialist works closely with Programs and Volunteers Team members with the primary responsibility of scheduling and coordinating elementary school programs. The Program Support Specialist also oversees the collection of student and family paperwork, ensures the integrity of the programs side of the YS database, and partners with the Volunteer Team so they can be successful recruiting volunteer mentors and actors. Through all parts of their work, the Program Support Specialist ensures that Young Storytellers’ programs run smoothly and equitably. The Program Support Specialist has a keen eye for detail, is a supportive and collaborative team player, and ultimately is passionate about Young Storytellers successfully carrying out our mission of raising student voices.
COOL, BUT LET'S GET SPECIFIC. WHAT'S INVOLVED IN THIS JOB?
– Coordinates program schedules with YS partner schools throughout the school year, focusing on elementary school programs and supporting middle and high school programs, as necessary;
– Collects and tracks student, school, and family paperwork, including student permission slips, writer selection forms, and student attendance;
– Ensures that student and school information is regularly and accurately updated in the YS database;
– Supports program logistics for YS programs, including organizing red carpets and creating Big Show flyers and programs;
– Collaborates with the Volunteer Support Specialist to ensure program schedules are accurate for volunteer recruiting purposes;
– Supports communications and building community with students, families, and schools, as helpful and in tandem with the Program & Schools Strategist;
– Supports Volunteer Team with paperwork, recruitment, and training, as necessary;
– Assists in the creation, execution, and review of school liaison, teacher, and family surveys, and implements changes based on feedback received;
– Implements YS’s DEIB and antiracism practices in all parts of program operations and school community work.
WHAT ARE THE SKILLS & EXPERIENCES NEEDED FOR THIS POSITION?
– Experience working with schools, families, or student-based communities;
– Excellent organizational and tracking skills;
– Thorough and clear communication skills, both verbal and written;
– A keen eye for details;
– Thrives while working collaboratively and with a team;
– Resilience with changing program logistics;
– A desire to see YS programs and mission carried out in an equitable way.
– Experience coordinating or communicating with large school districts and the schools within them;
– Experience working with a team to implement education or arts-based programming;
– Experience working with volunteers or within volunteer-based programming;
– Verbal and written fluency in Spanish;
– Experience with Google Suite;
– Experience with a database and tracking important details through spreadsheets.
WHAT IS THE COMPENSATION FOR THIS POSITION?
The Program Support 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.
OK, I'M IN. HOW DO I APPLY?
Anticipated start date is January 5, 2022, and applications will be accepted until the position is full. To apply, please visit bit.ly/YSProgramSupportSpecialist 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
– An example of how you’ve used a tracking system to coordinate with schools or within a comparable program, and a thorough description of how you used that system successfully (such as Google Sheets, Excel, a company database system, etc.; note that your response does not need to be lengthy to be effective).
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?
Young Storytellers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 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 worldview 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.
APPLY HERE by 12/3/21