Partner Site Director – CA

Office Location: Based in California, this position will be hybrid, working remotely as well as at assigned partner sites and events in California.  This position is not eligible for relocation. Travel to Chicago a few days a year, for the annual Mikva Summer Institute and Staff retreat are required.

Reports to:  CA Senior Director

Schedule: This is a one-year part-time contract position with the potential to increase to full time depending on the number of sites assigned, and contingent on funding.  There is potential for this position to be extended contingent upon continued funding.

About the Organization

Mikva Challenge is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens and community members who will promote a just and equitable society. We are a dynamic youth empowerment agency that provides middle and high school students with unique civic learning opportunities and hands-on experiences in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and youth activism programs. We do this by engaging youth in Action Civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

Mikva Challenge evaluations show the lasting impact of its programs.

  • 82% of students reported an increase in their civic knowledge.
  • 77% of students developed their sense of civic agency and increased their future commitment to civic action.
  • 83% of students took on new civic leadership.
  • 79% of students reported gains in their socio-emotional skills — many of which have direct academic outcomes.

About the Position

Mikva Challenge is seeking a Partner Site Director to manage the implementation of Mikva’s Action Civics work at one to two partner sites in California. We are looking for an experienced educator, youth worker, or community organizer with an interest in youth civic engagement and civic education. A good relationship builder with youth and adults, this individual should possess a strong belief in the potential of youth, as well as a commitment to youth power and voice, and appreciation for the resolute work of teachers. The ability to successfully partner with educators, community based organizations, not for profit partners, and other stakeholders is critical. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience in building partnerships with a variety of stakeholders. Strong adaptivity, facilitation, collaboration, written and verbal communication skills are important. This position will work closely with local teachers and district personnel.

Core Responsibilities

  • Develop key relationships with assigned Partner Site Stakeholders, including teachers, district personnel, funders, partners, families and students.
  • Support the customization and implementation of multi-year Action Civics strategy for the sites including;
    • Coordinating student voice events
    • Providing coaching and technical support to teachers and Instructional  Leads
    • Creating, adapting/customizing, organizing and providing resources for classroom teachers
    • Developing relationships and maintaining regular communications with teachers
    • Connecting classrooms to resources in their communities
    • Modeling lessons virtually and in the classroom
    • Facilitating professional learning for teachers
  • Collaborate with the National Program Team to develop, refine and deliver curriculum and professional learning.
  • Participate in a continuous improvement process of Action Civics Model Site initiative using data.
  • Coordinate the local evaluations process in accordance with Mikva standards and procedures.
  • Assist in the communication of success stories and the cultivation of funding. Work with the communications team to message the partner site work and steward funding stakeholders.
  • Engage in Mikva’s organization effort to strengthen the racial justice and equity focus of Mikva’s work.
  • Assist with other programmatic events and all other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Education:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. Masters degree or equivalent experience preferred.

Experience

  • 4+ plus years of experience in education, program development and management, and youth development
  • Experience in youth civic engagement, youth development and the political process preferred
  • Experience in event and volunteer management is preferred

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Enthusiasm, energy, creativity, flexibility, sense of humor, and the ability to work independently as well as on a team are essential qualities
  • Candidates should be highly organized, motivated and have excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management, scheduling, attention to detail and data management systems.
  • Strong relationship and partnership cultivation skills to build rapport with existing and potential partner site stakeholders.
  • Action-oriented and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and on teams, and has experience managing multiple projects independently.
  • Strong digital data management skills with both Mac and PC environments and proficiency in Google Suite and Zoom.

Compensation and Benefits

The full-time equivalent salary range for this position is $58,000-$80,000 annually commensurate with experience.  We offer a competitive benefits package for full-time staff to include paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K, disability and life insurance.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to careers@mikvachallenge.org with “Partner Site Director – CA” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Equity Statement

Mikva Challenge is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value diversity in our workplace. Mikva Challenge provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. 

Applicants from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.