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Organizational Need

The Sprout Fund supports learning innovation in the Pittsburgh region through its stewardship of the Kids+Creativity Network. As part of this work, we are launching a new program to recruit and train a corps of formal and informal educators in the effective use of digital media tools for learning. As Sprout’s suite of services grows to include more field-building, collaboration, and engagement activities, Sprout seeks a Program Associate to help extend the reach of the organization and its programs in the community.

Position Description

The Program Associate joins a 6-person team of program staff that work collaboratively to manage Sprout’s programs and activities. Specifically, this new staff position works on programs related to learning innovation, including the stewardship of Pittsburgh Kids+Creativity Network and the funding and field-building programs known as Spark and the Hive Learning Network.

Reporting to the Program Officer for Engagement & Collaboration, the Program Associate helps lead Sprout’s efforts to foster active knowledge exchanges among organizational and individual stakeholders in the Kids+Creativity Network by designing and hosting large-scale and small-scale events, promoting collaboration and partnerships, and facilitating community dialogue. In addition, the Program Associate is the principal staff person responsible for the implementation of the Remake Learning Digital Corps, a new cadre of educators, practitioners, and interested community members that will be trained in the effective use of digital learning tools and, in partnership with a local intermediary, deployed in out-of-school settings in Spring/Summer 2014.

More generally, the Program Associate works collegially with all staff and board members, participating creatively and cooperatively in advancing the overall mission of the organization. The position requires an eagerness to learn and a strong desire to work with diverse communities to leverage Sprout resources to create change in the Pittsburgh region. The at-will position is full-time and exempt from overtime.

General Responsibilities

      • Contribute to the development and successful implementation of Sprout’s programmatic activities and the overall strength of the organization and its supported projects
      • Assist with day-to-day concerns regarding Sprout’s civic engagement and community building activities
      • Help develop and implement knowledge-sharing events and activities such as training sessions, lunch & learns, affinity group meetings, social gatherings, major network convenings and other activities
      • Identify and research conferences relevant to learning innovation and assist network members and Sprout staff in securing attendance, participation, or presenting opportunities at such events
      • Assist in the management of the Remake Learning Fellowship program
      • Provide database management and track the status of all people involved in Sprout events and activities
      • Help facilitate the ongoing strategic development of Sprout engagement and collaboration initiatives

Digital Corps Management Activities

      • Grow and maintain dynamic digital learning tool library located at remakelearning.org/resources
      • Manage and/or lead the training of educators, practitioners, and interested community members educators on select web-based tools to serve in the Digital Corps
      • Work cooperatively with staff from Allegheny Partners in Out-of-School Time (APOST) to select deployment sites and place Digital Corps members in service at locations
      • Develop a plan for and manage the collection of quantitative and qualitative measures of success that document the learning outcomes for children and youth served by the participating sites
      • Develop opportunities for program expansion, including geographies beyond Allegheny County and in settings other than out-of-school time (e.g. formal education, a youth-led learning corps)

Other Duties

    • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, staff and board retreats, and assist with organization-wide events and activities
    • Represent Sprout at funded events and activities and non-Sprout gatherings to promote and inform people about Sprout programming
    • Help assure compliance with all the terms, conditions, and reporting requirements of major grants
    • Assume other responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications

Minimum

      • College-level degree in education, digital media, computer science, or a related professional field
      • Excellent computer skills; familiarity and experience with a Microsoft Windows/Office work environment
      • Proficiency in database management or other experience in tracking information using electronic systems
      • Flexible working hours, including the ability to work on weekends and weeknights at Sprout programs, projects, events, and activities as necessary
      • Ability to work at a computer for 6+ hours per work day; ability to lift up to 20 pounds
      • Reliable transportation to/from office, meetings, and activities using personal vehicle

Recommended

    • Strong organizational and small project management skills with a keen attention to detail
    • Experience leading training sessions, workshops, and other types of community dialogue; good facilitation skills that respect multiple viewpoints; ability to work with diverse audiences
    • Interest in free and open source learning tools such as Mozilla’s Webmaker products, Scratch, and Arduino; knowledge of web development
    • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, & InDesign
    • Good facilitation and training skills, respect for multiple viewpoints, ability to work with diverse audiences
    • Professional and positive attitude; strong work ethic; ability to work both independently and with a team
    • Previous involvement in the community and interest in grassroots organizations
    • Capacity to maintain a high level of productivity in a fast-paced environment
    • Comfort working in free-standing office building with stairs in a diverse, emerging urban arts district
    • No aversions to or fears of the presence of friendly dogs occasionally visiting the office environment

Salary & Benefits

The Sprout Fund offers competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume (no more than 3 pages) using the contact information below. Applications via web form at http://www.sproutfund.org/jobs/ are strongly encouraged.

The cover letter must include your salary requirements and also address directly the following 2 questions:

  • What skills and other strengths make you interested in and distinctly qualified for this position?
  • Tell a story about a time when you used your individual expertise to design or lead a community building activity, such as a workshop, training session, or large scale event.

The Sprout Fund seeks to fill the position in fall 2013. Prompt applications are encouraged. Applications will be accepted and interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.

Applicants should not contact The Sprout Fund prior to notification of receipt of application or hiring decision announcement to find out about the status of their applications.

Contact Information

Attention: Program Associate Candidate
The Sprout Fund
5423 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15206-3423
jobs@nullsproutfund.org
www.sproutfund.org

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Sprout Fund supports the diversity of persons and ideas within the organization, among applicants and funded projects, and throughout communities and other audiences that we serve. Sprout provides equal employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, medical condition, or economic and social status.

About Sprout

The Sprout Fund is Pittsburgh’s leading agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making our region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Founded in 2001, Sprout provides critical financial support for projects and programs in the early stages of development—when just a small amount of investment has the potential to yield big results in the community. Sprout projects create new initiatives, events, and organizations that help citizens take action on a pressing issue or enhance the cultural vitality of the Pittsburgh region.

Directed by a board of young, creative, and civically engaged people, led by its co-founders and a dedicated staff, and with strong working relationships to many community organizations and regional stakeholders, Sprout has worked successfully across political and geographic boundaries to make community-decided investments totaling more than $4 million in early-stage projects, organizations, innovators, and activities.

For more information on The Sprout Fund and its programs visit www.sproutfund.org.