Beyond Walls is Twin Cities based out-of-school time, youth development program which uses the sport of squash, in combination with academic mentoring, college readiness, community services and fitness education in order to make a deep impact on the lives of urban youth. Beyond Walls strategically partners with the University of Minnesota and the Squash and Education Alliance (S.E.A.) Beyond Walls works with approximately 50-70 youth in grades 6th-12 from key partner schools and over 15 college mentors.
The mission of Beyond Walls is to inspire confidence and encourage academic excellence with urban youth as life-long learners and active leaders-both on and off the court.
Job Title: Academic Program Manager
Full Time: 40 hours per week, plus benefits and possible travel compensation/stipend
Salary Range: $38-000 to 45,000 (DOQ)
Reports to: Program Director
Broad Job Scope and Function of Job:
Leads all facets of Beyond Walls academic after school programming sessions. Promotes developmental assets, leadership development skills and college preparatory skills in a group format for local youth grades 6-12 through intentional out-of-school time programming. Design academic programming to support their educational, civic leadership, life skills and positive adult relationships. Works to meet the goals of Beyond Walls. Ensures youth receive support from trained staff and volunteers who consistently reinforce student developmental needs, foster youth development, knowledge, and respect and understanding for people of diverse ethnicities and ages. Ability to relate and connect outreach to all segments of a multi-cultural community.
The responsibilities of the Academic Director include, but are not limited to:
- Plan and facilitate 75 minute study session Monday-Thursday using best practices, intentional lessons and individualized work plans.
- Visit student’s schools, attend meetings with teachers, and receive progress updates on students at least two times a month.
- Create, locate, and execute enrichment and community engagement activities to align with student coursework.
- Identify and address students’ academic progress and area of needed growth via an Individual Learning Plan.
- Work collaboratively with community partners to ensure a 3:1 student to staff ratio.
- Communicates progress and goals with parents and other key stakeholders.
- Co-lead and co-facilitate training for all academic volunteers/mentors to ensure high quality mentoring and leadership
- Track student achievement relative to school grades, enrichment activities, and student goals, attendance, and overall student participation in programming
- Schedule, communicate, and co-train all academic mentor and volunteers communicating with volunteer partner sites as needed
- Manage all program and youth records ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of program participants and their families.
- Assist Executive Director in completing necessary reports/evaluation to meet professional contractual obligations, in compliance with BW procedures.
- Communicates effectively with each school contact pertaining to student attendance, student behavior, and transportation needs provided by the program.
- Collaborates with Program Director and other direct service staff to ensure high quality youth programming
- Actively seeks to improve effectiveness via staff development opportunities, workshops, training and conferences etc.
- Identifies professional, on-going goals through the programming period.
- Potential travel opportunities with the organization, including day trips to visit colleges, and weekend trips to play tournaments.
- Attend all staff meetings and individual supervision meetings as scheduled.
- Fulfill additional responsibilities at the discretion of the organization.
Education /Preferred Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Child/Youth Development, Education, Social Sciences or related field or two or more years working in youth development. Teaching license preferred.
- Must maintain a valid MN Driver’s License and safe driving record
- Understanding of youth development and effective professional practices
- Works across ethnic/racial/economic lines for effective communication and rapport.
- Works in a collaborative and coordinated effort
- Understands best practices for facilitating groups
- Communicates effectively in oral and written forms
- Self-starts and effectively problem solves
- Ability to prioritize duties and organize workload
- Handles confidential information separately
- Sets appropriate limits on personal and professional boundaries
- Criminal background check required if hired
- Computer competency required