Dec 01, 2021

Program Coordinator

$55,000 yearly
  • Spark
  • San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Full-Time Civic Engagement Education/Training Programs

Job Description


Spark is a Career Exploration and Self-Discovery Program that gives middle school students opportunities to understand, experience and pursue what’s possible for their future. We are leading The Possibility Movement by bringing together diverse communities of families, schools and companies who care, share, teach and inspire. Spark Lab, Spark Mentorship and Spark High School Pathways use workplace experiences, mentoring and guided support to help students explore careers, build skills, and find the right path to a successful future.

Candidates for the Program Coordinator role should embody Spark’s Core Values: being a student and a mentor, working with passion and compassion, committing to collaboration and diversity, aiming high and true, and trusting/respecting each relationship.


Reporting directly to the Program Manager (PM) or Program Director (PD), the Program Coordinator is a crucial component of our mission and is the "face of Spark" within schools, and the primary relationship manager with our students and their families. This position supports Spark’s middle grades programming for their assigned partner schools. Coordinators should expect to spend 80% of their time directly on-site at their respective partner schools.


Program Implementation (45%)

Student Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention

  • Serve as primary Spark staff liaison for students
  • Work with the program team and school partners to set targets at each of your schools
  • Execute student recruitment process to meet agreed upon goals
  • Create strategies to keep students engaged in the program throughout the school year

Student Coaching & Behavior Management

  • Conduct regular check-ins with each Spark cohort (30 - 40 students) at your schools
  • Collaborate with school partners to develop and implement student management techniques and ensure student well-being
  • Coach students through building relationships with caring adults
  • Observe and support on-site or virtual mentorships
  • Facilitate Spark Lab & High School Pathways sessions for Spark students and adult volunteers (up to 60 participants)

Support the Spark Culture Within Schools

  • Support Spark’s position as a cornerstone partner in each of our schools by building relationships with students, families, and staff; providing support for school’s goals through Spark programming virtual and in person
  • Identify and use school’s methods of communication and systems to effectively communicate Spark updates and resources with students, family, and staff
  • Spend one full day a week at each of your schools
  • Attend applicable non-Spark events (Report Card Pickup, conferences, field trips, showcases, etc.) at each of your partner schools

Program Logistics (25%)

Lead Student Transportation (Dependent on school re-opening and on-going COVID-19 regulations)

  • Serve as primary Spark staff chaperone on trips to and from the school to corporate partners with your cohort; expect to travel 4 days a week

Support Programmatic Events

  • Help staff and schools prepare for Spark’s mentorship kick-off and culminating events, as well as support in any fundraising or community-building events
  • Lead student and family participation in any Spark events

Family Communication (20%)

  • Communicate with student families for weekly program reminders and updates
  • Conduct monthly phone calls home to families for every student in your cohort
  • Communicate and coordinate with families on an ongoing basis to address any student concerns, such as attendance, participation, or behavior

Data Collection & Entry (10%)

  • Administer, collect, and enter informal and formal student surveys and evaluations
  • Maintain accurate records for students (attendance, consent forms, etc.) and maintain all database input needs

Hiring Organization



  • Commitment to social justice and racial equity
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; Expected and recent college or university graduates are welcome to apply
  • Experience and passion for providing direct service or volunteering with youth, preferably middle school students
  • Ability to build and leverage relationships across multiple stakeholders such as school partners, families, and students
  • Ability to plan and execute initiatives to meet agreed upon goals and targets
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage student and classroom behavior
  • Comfortability traveling via public transportation to school and corporate sites or reliable access to a vehicle and ability to drive to and remain on-site
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, GSuite, familiarity with Salesforce and email or phone communications
  • Must reside in the region they are applying, or be willing to relocate; Spark cannot provide moving assistance
  • Fluency in Cantonese or Spanish (preferred)
  • Legally eligible to work in the United States; no sponsorship provided

In addition, to be successful as a member of the Spark team in this role, you will:

  • Be an independent, results-focused, highly-organized self-starter
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment, operating with a results-orientation and exceptional attention to detail
  • Have a proactive personality; eager to partner with our communities
  • Be comfortable giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback
  • Team-centered and collaborative
  • Possess high-level strategic thinking skills and flexibility while working with youth

Spark is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation, and evaluate all candidates based on merit; we strongly encourage and seek qualified applications from underrepresented groups.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Youth Development




Health Benefits: Full health coverage is provided for all full-time roles, including medical, dental and vision no more than 30 days after an employee’s first day. Spark covers up to 100 percent of monthly premiums for employees, and a portion of the monthly premiums for dependents. Employee-funded flexible spending accounts for health and dependent care are offered. A life insurance policy providing $50,000 of coverage is also included.

Learning Benefits: Spark highly values staff’s personal learning pursuits. Priority is placed on opportunities to pursue your choice of professional training opportunities, including workshops, conferences, and more.

Retirement Benefits: Spark offers a 401K plan for employees to make retirement planning investments. Spark will match 100% of the first 4% of employee contributions.

Paid Time Off: Employees receive unlimited PTO.

Non-Monetary Compensation: The opportunity to be an integral member of an energetic, innovative, hard-working and rapidly growing team, within an organization that has the potential to significantly change the trajectory of middle-school education nationwide.

Application Instructions

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