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Entrepreneurship Program Director

Organization Profile

The Gray Matter Experience (TGME) is a non-profit and entrepreneurial experience program for Black high school students. Our mission is to unlock the self-determining power of Black youth and strengthen their ties to the community through real world experience in entrepreneurship. We believe that by allowing students to serve on the front lines of community growth and ownership, we help to increase their self-worth and strengthen their ties to the communities in which they live.

This is an opportunity to join the founding team in our efforts to support black students in their entrepreneurial pursuits. As a leader in our organization, you will assist the CEO in creating programmatic structure, hiring programming team members, and contributing to the growth & development of countless student entrepreneurs.

Position Overview

The Gray Matter Experience is seeking a passionate and experienced educator to join our team as the Entrepreneurship Program Director. This person will be responsible for developing and managing entrepreneurship programming with an emphasis on high school students, and will play a critical role in ensuring that TGME’s programming addresses the academic, social, and emotional needs of youth through an array of educational and enrichment activities.

The ideal candidate will have strong experience in education, non-profit management, and community building, with an extensive understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial processes. We see this position as an integral part of our mission to uplift students from under-resourced communities and help close the education, knowledge and resource gap.

How We Define Success in this Role

  • Your creative ideas are aligned with our organization and your effort ensures initiatives are seen through to completion.

 

  • You create a process to seamlessly integrate new programs & initiatives without last minute, hair on fire, organizational detrimental chaos which negatively impacts the student experience

 

  • You connect the program content and approach to the students in a way that excites them and keeps them engaged

 

  • Your direct involvement in the programs leads to one or more of the following:

    • Sponsorships secured

    • Companies created

    • Fundraising opportunities

    • Revenue generated

    • New & continued partnerships

    • Increase in program demand

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RESPONSIBILITIES

Programmatic Design & Delivery

Creating new and maintaining current initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization, as it pertains to progressive entrepreneurial curriculum, fundraising/budgeting, and other long-term goals & objectives.

 

  • Oversee the quality and success of all aspects of program operations, management and relationships

  • Identify and coordinate student workshops, bootcamps, and engagements

  • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies, procedures, and approved budget of the organization

  • Visit program sites to observe, support, and evaluate instruction and implementation

  • Develop a “programming playbook” and continuously improve our product offering, processes, communications, and overall value add

Partnerships & Community

Translating new and existing initiatives to the team and key stakeholders (i.e. corporate & educational partners, students, grant writer, marketing audience, Board of Directors & Associate Board).

  • Communicate with members and other stakeholders to gain community support for the programs and to solicit input to improve programs

  • Represent the organization at conferences and other public events; leading activities, speaking engagements and trainings

  • Serve as a critical partner in stakeholder engagement, including organizing, holding and supporting events, and communicating with families and community members

  • Cultivate existing relationships with vendors, community groups, companies and schools with the goal of ensuring sufficient resources and access to services

  • Collaborate with grant writers, staff, community partners, etc. to provide understanding surrounding our program offerings to ensure we are all operating with the same goals. 

Program Staffing and Personnel

The Program Director has the support of both the organizational staff and the Program Instructors, but is ultimately responsible for maintaining the following:

  • In consultation with the Founder/CEO, recruit, interview and select well-qualified program staff

  • With CEO and senior management, establish and implement a performance management process for all program staff

  • Ensure all program staff members receive orientation and appropriate training

  • Supervise program staff by providing direction, input and feedback

  • Work with Program Instructors to develop and grow an effective volunteer management process

  • Meet with Program Instructors on a weekly basis to ensure smooth running of the programs

Impact & Measurement

The Program Director will analyze all programming initiatives and work with organizational staff to improve the overall program quality, experience and execution.

 

  • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement

  • Develop forms and records to document program activities

  • Monitor program activities on a regular basis and conduct an annual evaluation according to the program evaluation framework

  • Report evaluation findings to the Founder/CEO, management & funders, and recommend changes to enhance the program, as appropriate

REQUIREMENTS

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders (e.g. community partners, families, school admin, and donors).
     

  • Ability to work both in a team environment and independently with minimal supervision, be flexible, and manage multiple priorities
     

  • Ability to work with a small team to manage multiple projects for different stakeholders while managing your daily responsibilities in a fast-paced, startup environment
     

  • Organizational, communication and problem-solving skills - must be organized and able to manage a variety of tasks
     

  • Demonstrated success developing and evaluating program models, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programs
     

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail
     

  • Minimum of 3 years experience working and building positive relationships with high school aged youth and/or equal experience developing and managing impactful programs in an educational setting, youth development agency, or out-of-school program
     

  • Strength in hiring, recruiting, managing, developing, coaching, and retaining individuals and teams, empowering them to elevate their levels of responsibility and performance
     

  • Experience with data collection and using software management reporting tools (i..e. Airtable, Google Suites, MailChimp, Slack, Asana, etc.) Would prefer it if you have experience using any LMS such as Thinkific, Schoology, Teachable, or something similar.
     

  • Experience developing and implementing youth programming that considers the impact of race, gender, socio-economic status, and other identities on academic and educational experiences for youth

Before you apply...

ask yourself these questions. If you find yourself answering yes to all of them, we want you to apply! 

Have you designed a curriculum for programs or accelerators to promote the growth of entrepreneurs?

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Would you consider yourself a self-reflective person who has a positive disposition with a focus on continuous growth and improvement for self and others?

Have you witnessed disparities leading to the lack of resources and support for BIPOC in underrepresented communities.? Are you committed to finding solutions to positively impact these disparities through the creation of businesses, resources and support?

Have you held a leadership role within Education, State or Local Gov, Entrepreneurial Service Organizations, Nonprofits or Tech Startups?

Are you comfortable taking a leadership role and adapting as things change to keep momentum moving forward? Can you quickly assess problems and solve them?

Do you understand how to navigate entrepreneurial ecosystems, and can you convey this through program design to improve growth and scalability of student companies?

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We look forward to adding you to our team! We know your work with us will be both impactful for the organization and for your personal development. 

  • For more information about the role and to apply, email info@graymatterexperience.com with Entrepreneurship Program Director in the subject line.