The Youth Service Manager (YSM) plays an integral role in fulfilling our organization's mission of closing the opportunity gap through direct service and leadership as part of our Youth Service team. Additionally, the YSM is a member of DREAM's Employee & Member Support team. DREAM’s Employee & Member Support team, which strives to fulfill our organization's mission of closing the opportunity gap by supporting each other, our programs and our AmeriCorps members.
The Youth Service Manager has five primary areas of focus: 1) practice and promote diversity, equity and inclusion so the diverse population we serve is represented among our staff and volunteers, bringing knowledge of social and racial justice as it pertains to the opportunity gap for low income youth 2) to fulfill our mission by engaging each enrolled youth in each applicable element of our program model 3) to recruit and build a corps of volunteer mentors from college campuses 4) to support our team of AmeriCorps members and supervisors who engage in direct service with our youth, families and volunteers and 5) to manage and maintain DREAM’s relationships and general operations in their assigned region.
The DREAM Program is committed to dismantling systems of oppression that affect our youth and families. This organizational commitment means that members should join this space with an intention of learning, unlearning, and diving into ways that your involvement will directly contribute to DREAM’s mission of reducing the Opportunity Gap while also supporting the dismantling of other systemic inequities. We seek members who contribute to The DREAM Program’s diverse community, as having different perspectives, identities, and skills are what allow us to excel in our service. DREAM seeks members who are ready to engage in and foster an inclusive environment, and who strive to deliver culturally appropriate and relevant programming to the youth we serve. Incoming members and staff should understand that we serve marginalized communities, which means that it is imperative that diversity, equity, and inclusivity are infused into every aspect of our work as an organization.
Terms and benefits:
Position type/expected hours of work: This is a full time, exempt position. The position will average 35-45 hours per week with regular evenings and occasional weekend events over the course of the year. Participation and leadership at regular multi-day retreats is required (typically one each quarter).
Supervisory Responsibility: This position supervises the team assembled to support the programs DREAM operates in the locations they are assigned. Teams may consist of AmeriCorps members, volunteers and/or full or part-time employees. Additionally, this position is responsible for the supervision of any office or program space and its assets that DREAM occupies/owns.
Work environment/physical demands: This position operates in multiple spaces. The spaces included may have characteristics similar to a professional office environment, an indoor/outdoor environment with active children and students, a community center, a classroom/campus, and/or the homes of our members and/or participants. This role routinely uses standard office/school equipment (such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and printers) as well as equipment characteristic of an outdoor youth day camp (pop-up shade canopies/tents, hand tools, food preparation equipment, storage spaces and sports equipment/toys).
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee/member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
This position requires comfort working in outdoor environments, regardless of the weather. This position can be very active and frequently requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing. While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to communicate with individuals who talk and hear. The employee/member must occasionally lift and/or move items over 50 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee/member is regularly required to observe and comprehend using vision abilities that include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
Travel: Travel includes local travel (colleges, partners and communities with which we work) and regional travel (visiting other DREAM geographies and for retreats and special events) during the work hours described. Out-of-the-area and overnight travel will be expected.
AAP/EEO Statement: The DREAM Program is an equal opportunity employer and an incorporated 501(c)3 charitable organization. The DREAM Program prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
At will employment: The DREAM Program is an at will employer. Employment with The DREAM Program is voluntary and is subject to termination by you or The DREAM Program at will, with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. The policy of employment-at-will may not be modified by any officer or employee.
Other duties: Please note this position description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee/member for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
We seek a world in which all children have the opportunities, resources, and relationships necessary to achieve their dreams.
Our mission is to close the opportunity gap for children living in low-income housing.
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