Dec 15, 2022

National Network Coordination Lead

$84,800 - $94,976 yearly
  • Bolster Mission Consulting, Inc. for Imagine Science
  • Remote (New York, NY, Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA, San Diego, CA, Washington D.C., USA)
Full-Time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Education/Training Knowledge Management/Learning

Job Description

IMAGINE SCIENCE: INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF STEM LEADERS

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc., National 4-H Council and YMCA of the USA

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTED ROLE WITH BOLSTER MISSION CONSULTING ON BEHALF OF THE IMAGINE SCIENCE COLLABORATION.

Overview 

Imagine Science (I/S) is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning initiative that harnesses and unites the distinct expertise and resources of the: Boys & Girls Clubs of America(BGCA), Girls Inc., National 4-H Council (N4HC),  YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the STEM Next Opportunity Fund. Imagine Science is the first-ever national, joint-operations collaborative effort among these movements to design and implement high-quality, STEM programming in out-of-school time settings for underserved youth.

Collectively, Imagine Science partners aim to: a) help youth to build knowledge, skills, attitudes, interests, and behaviors about STEM and STEM career pathways, b) enhance existing capacity to connect with and engage diverse and under-represented youth across various communities, c) introduce innovations in nationally coordinated STEM programming in local communities across the nation driven by locally community-determined needs of youth, as well as d) develop a set of national and local delivery strategies that encourages interest and connection with STEM throughout the school year, in coordination with community systems, schools, and families.

Throughout their histories, the I/S partner organizations have developed extraordinary competencies, including the ability to scale programs, train world-class youth development practitioners, and cultivate critical relationships at national and local levels. This unique combination of scaling with domain expertise creates an unparalleled collaboration of depth and breadth. Each I/S partner shares a commitment to Positive Youth Development (PYD), which can serve as a catalyst for STEM engagement. PYD provides a common framework for youth-serving organizations that includes principles such as a safe and inclusive environment, youth voice, hands-on experiential learning, and supportive relationships. This shared commitment to PYD provides a strong foundation for the organizations to truly work together.

Through afterschool programming based on Positive Youth Development, Imagine Science presents a pathway to introduce underrepresented youth populations to STEM and provides an opportunity to inspire deep interest in science among them. As the four largest providers of afterschool programming in the U.S., the I/S partners offer high-quality STEM youth development programs, which have been demonstrated to improve interest and attitudes toward STEM fields and careers, boost STEM knowledge and skills through hands-on activities, and impact the possibility that youth will consider a future career in STEM.

To increase youth’s proficiency and interest in STEM, a twofold methodology is used. First, each I/S community combines the resources and skills of the four collaborative partners to jointly implement STEM programming that mutually complements each other. This partnership overcomes barriers to access by sharing transportation infrastructure, coordinating staffing, and leveraging existing community and school partnerships. Second, all I/S communities use common program elements to ensure fidelity and quality of programming as well as common measures (standardized data collection) to ensure validity and reliability of results.

National Community of Practice

I/S seeks a National Network Coordinator to lead the implementation of a new phase of a professional development community of practice for youth-serving program staff and managers with local affiliate Imagine Science organizations. Currently the I/S network is comprised of 12 local community collaborations (more than 30 independent nonprofits) and is expected to grow to add up to another 9 new community locations in the next two years to reach up to a total of 21.

Staff engaged in the national network activities come from highly diverse individual backgrounds and job roles within their home organizations while most are youth program managers and instructors with supervisory responsibilities with frontline program facilitators. Additionally, participating Imagine Science staff may take on collaboration specific roles such as captain of their collaboration’s steering or program committees.  

The new phase of the I/S national community of practice aims to support the healthy growth of existing local community collaborations as well as the start-up and increased impact of the new cohort of communities. The objective is to support I/S affiliated staff who seek to build their organization’s capacity to implement STEM in their afterschool and summer youth programming across the nation and the four national youth movements (4-H, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. and the Y) and highlight the most promising and proven effective program delivery strategies.

 

The Role

The National Network Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the overall process of developing, implementing, and administering the new phase of the national community of practice in collaboration with expert consultants, member organizations and the National Program Operations Manager and National Director. The goals of the I/S community of practice include:

1.    to develop knowledge transfer products;

2.    to gather best practices resources & tools;

3.    to promote peer networking and knowledge sharing among members including annual network conference(s) including the annual in-person Harvest Session; and

4.    to offer professional development opportunities for member organizations through online webinars and workshops.

The Coordinator will provide indispensable support to the growing Imagine Science network of national collaboration sites. In addition to the implementation and coordination of the community of practice, the Coordinator will also be responsible for overall member organization engagement ensuring a quality experience for each participating organization across all stages of participation: from early start up stage in years 1 -3 to self-sustaining stages in years 4+.

Hiring Organization

Bolster Mission Consulting, Inc. for Imagine Science Collaboration

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have 7+ years professional experience including 3+ years experience with nonprofit community-based organizations, and 3+ years’ in roles responsible for practice-based continuous improvement, capacity building and/or professional development and training; and possess a demonstrated commitment to social justice and anti-racism as well as an understanding of the fields of out-of-school time, youth development and informal learning are essential.

While the role is remote, the successful candidate will be willing and able to do some travel throughout the year.

Industry/Service Area

Education, Social Justice, Youth Development

Level

Director

Application Instructions

Send a cover letter and resume by email to recruit@bolstermission.com by January 13, 2023.


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