Job Description: Associate Program Manager


Company: Alliance for Girls
Location: Oakland (San Francisco)
Job Category Management
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary $55,000-65,000 - Salary

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Associate Program Manager

Alliance for Girls (AFG) seeks to hire an experienced, flexible, and creative Associate Program Manager of School Partnerships & Policy (referred to as “Associate Program Manager”) to support our Meeting Girls Needs Initiative (MGNI) at Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). The MGNI program aims to create safer and healthier schools by and for girls and gender expansive youth, especially Black girls, by advocating to OUSD to be more responsive to girls’ identities, needs, and dreams. 

About the Meeting Girls Needs Initiative 

Since 2014, AFG has partnered with its membership to advocate for safer school environments where every girl can thrive. After learning that girls of color at OUSD experience sexual harassment every day at school in the Valuing Girls Voices: Lived Experiences of Girls of Color in Oakland Unified School District report (published in 2016), AFG, its membership, key champions, and girls themselves at OUSD successfully advocated for a modified OUSD Sexual Misconduct Policy. This policy centers the experience of those most impacted and ensures preventative, restorative, and responsive strategies to address sexual harassment and repair the harm it causes. 

The passage of this policy in 2017 solidified the partnership between OUSD and AFG, and resulted in the creation of the Meeting Girls Needs Initiative (MGNI) - a systems change model that centers the experiences of girls and their champions to implement the solutions they want to see. Over the past 5 years, AFG has worked with OUSD’s leadership, staff, and our membership to better incorporate a gender equity lens into OUSD policy and programming. Some key program wins include:

  • Established the Girls Collaborative, made up of 50 district, city, and community partners all inputting on the strategic direction of gender equity at OUSD;

  • Published the girl-created Meeting the Needs of Girls Toolkit outlining how schools can best meet the needs of girls and gender expansive youth of color; 

  • Incorporated five girl-produced sexual misconduct policy educational videos into the Teacher Resources folder within the Healthy Oakland Teens Curriculum so they are available to all sex ed teachers across OUSD as supplemental materials when covering topics of sexual harassment, consent and other forms of sexual harm in class.

Associate Program Manager Overview 

The Associate Program Manager will support the existing MGNI program at OUSD through relationship building, community mobilization, and facilitating girl-centered advocacy, as identified by our members and girls to ensure OUSD and its schools are more responsive to and inclusive of the identities, needs, and dreams of girls and gender-expansive youth, especially Black and Brown girls. 

Our successful candidate is driven, flexible, organized, collaborative, has a working knowledge of the OUSD education system, and is interested in building their advocacy skills to shift culture and policy within a school district. Ideally, the candidate is also a long-time community member of Oakland.

Duties and Responsibilities

The core responsibilities of the Program Associate Manager are to support AFG’s ongoing MGNI at OUSD by doing the following:

Advocacy and Program Coordination: 60%

  • Oversee day-to-day MGNI activities at OUSD, including update stakeholders, facilitate and coordinate meetings between AFG, OUSD administration, and member organizations, etc.  

  • Support our advocacy strategy of ensuring girls' voices are included in data collection and decision-making within OUSD policy and programming.

  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders, such as  AFG members, school partners, the Girls Task Force, school board members, community-based organizations outside of AFG network, and donors.

  • Co-design community engagement strategy to support MGNI goals at OUSD, in partnership with AFG’s Membership Services.

  • Participate and represent AFG in activities including coalitions at OUSD such as the Girls Collaborative, Girls Task Force, etc.

  • Track program and advocacy outcomes. 

Program Administration: 40%

  • Support program logistics, including: schedule meetings; secure meeting space; ordering food (where necessary); communicate with program participants; and prepare meeting materials.

  • Help plan and convene groups composed of multi-generational, multi-ethnic/racial individuals working in and outside of schools.

  • Track budget expenditure for the MGNI program and process program invoices, fund requests, and credit card payments.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Success coordinating programs at a community-based organization, nonprofit, or a similar space.

  • Proven ability to work with multigenerational and multi-cultural/racial groups, bringing an intersectional approach to the work - with explicit experience working with and for girls and gender-expansive youth.

  • Self-starter, able to work independently and within a team, with the ability to work on multiple programs and activities with competing timelines. 

  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills. 

  • Passion for gender equity and creating spaces where girls and gender-expansive youth of color, especially Black girls, can lead the implementation of program activities. 

Requirements

  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in program or project coordination.

  • Experience advocating for change within school systems. Working knowledge of the OUSD system is a plus. 

  • Comfortable working with intergenerational and multicultural/racial groups - with explicit experience working with girls and/or gender expansive youth.

  • Experience in 2 or more of the following areas: relationship building between schools and community, advocacy strategy implementation, implementing youth development programming in a school setting, and/or community mobilization. 

  • Ability to work effectively with stakeholders such as school administrators, teachers, grassroots groups, advocates, researchers, government officials, and girls.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong computer skills with expertise in Google-Suite, familiarity with PC Computer, SurveyMonkey, and social media platforms.Canva is a plus.

  • Knowledge of academic success measurements such as the California Accountability and Continuous Improvement Systems and school surveys preferred but not necessary.

The Associate Program Manager reports to the Advocacy Director. This is a full-time, exempt position. AFG is an equal opportunity employer. It offers a competitive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience, ranging from $55,000 - $65,000.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 references to haleema@alliance4girls.org.

Remote work: Temporarily due to COVID 19, with future onsite work 1-2 days per week.  

Alliance for Girls is committed to an equitable recruiting and hiring process. We aim to attract a diverse group of candidates by posting job openings on a wide variety of platforms, and by sharing them through our member and partner networks. We will also ensure each position remains open until we have a mix of qualified finalists who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. The hiring process will also be inclusive as we engage team members to conduct interviews. In addition, we value the lived experience on par with professional employment.