Alumni Programs and Partnerships Director
The Alumni Programs + Partnerships Director (APPD) will be responsible for the development, implementation and analysis of a comprehensive SMASH Alumni engagement plan to strengthen and foster scholar college readiness and career pathways from their senior year of high school through college graduation. The APPD will exercise creativity, resourcefulness, and decision-making to conceptualize and build programming for recent alumni and current SMASH scholars that will include education, communication, engagement, stewardship, and community development. This role will actively work to bridge the LPFI and Kapor entities networks, in addition to University partner resources, with the SMASH Academy communities. The APPD will provide meaningful guidance, support and development opportunities with the primary focus of ensuring a SMASH scholars’ successful pursuit of a post-secondary degree and career in STEM.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Create, implement and direct all engagement strategies and initiatives to promote an active, connected and supportive SMASH Alumni community
- Lead decision-making related to developing new partnerships, and managing and expanding existing effective partnerships with vendors and other external stakeholders, e.g. community-based organizations and higher education institutions, in order to provide strengthened college and career readiness resources and programs
- Represent SMASH Seniors and Alumni during engagements with internal and external stakeholders
- Set and manage the priorities related to the Seniors college and Alumni career readiness vision, in concert with LPFI leadership and cross-functionally across Kapor Center for Social Impact (KCSI) teams.
- Facilitate collaborative efforts of LPFI and Kapor Center for Social Impact (KCSI) partners, to foster relationships or access for Scholars and Alumni to the larger LPFI and KCSI community, i.e. career, internship and professional development opportunities
- Cultivate relationships with a critical mass of Alumni in their current cities of college residence; build programs to engage Alumni and parents in the innovation, academic and community life of LPFI
- Actively engage with Seniors and Alumni using multiple communication channels and social media tools
- Lead the development of programs, resources and supports for SMASH Seniors and families with the transition to college to pursue a degree in a STEM discipline
- Define and manage the annual plan and budget to deliver the Scholar and Alumni college and career readiness vision
- Prepare internal reports for leadership, some of which includes evaluation and implementation recommendations for programming
- Foster a SMASH Senior and family orientation to promote, engage and serve as SMASH Alumni
- Lead community-wide communications and data initiatives to accurately and completely maintain alumni database records
- Facilitate the participation and readiness of Alumni for LPFI fundraising campaigning and special initiatives
- Participate in conferences and community outreach to establish SMASH Academy as a leading national STEM program and stay current with relevant developments
- Supervise volunteer, seasonal, part-time or full-time staff, as approved and assigned
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- Advanced degree in education or STEM field and/or 5 + years of experience in STEM education, youth development and community engagement, or equivalent
- Experience in the design, integration, implementation and management of an educational program
- Strong leadership abilities including an encouraging, motivating presence to help with culture and team building, prioritization and strategic planning, mentoring and coaching.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in working with youth from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds
- Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and facilitation skills
- Self-starter with ability to work on multiple initiatives at the same time; excellent project management skills.
- Ability to be flexible, resilient and adaptable to changing priorities.
- Detail obsessive with strong organizational skills
- Energetic and entrepreneurial spirit about innovative education models and nonprofit organizations
- Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team environment
- Demonstrated commitment to STEM diversity
- Exemplifies LPFI Organizational Values -- Focus on Impact, Strengthen Our Communities, Balance Passion and Practicality, Experiment, Evaluate, Modify, and Implement, Be a Strong Link in the Chain, Celebrate and Have Some Fun
Personal Attributes and Characteristics:
Ideal candidates will also demonstrate the following:
- Ability to work in a dynamic office with diverse co-workers and a highly entrepreneurial culture.
- Deep and authentic commitment to our organizational values:
- We extend TRUST and CARE from day one.
- We operate with PERSONAL INTEGRITY at every turn.
- Our DIVERSITY is critical to our success.
- We create and pursue OPPORTUNITIES that further our mission.
- We appreciate and uphold our unique organizational CULTURE.
- We prioritize working with individuals and organizations that share values similar to ours.
- Innovative and creative thinker who is not afraid to try something new and inspire others.
- Very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness.
- Strong work ethic with minimal need for direction.
- Work well independently as well as part of a team.
- A desire to work and grow in a fast-paced and fun environment.
KCSI provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance, 401K, paid time off, holiday benefits and more. The KCSI office is located in the uptown district of Oakland, with excellent access to public transportation.