The Public School Forum of North Carolina is seeking a full time dynamic, passionate, and capable individual to support the programmatic and policy efforts of the NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP). This individual will report to the Director of NC CAP.
How students spend time outside of school is a determining factor for school success and in life. Quality afterschool, expanded learning and out of school opportunities help to improve learning and provide engaging experiences after school has ended.
Established in 2002, NC CAP is a comprehensive statewide afterschool and expanded learning network, with key partners including afterschool providers, state agencies, state and local policymakers, law enforcement, universities and community colleges, business, and the philanthropic community, working together to increase access to high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs for all children and youth in North Carolina, especially for those at-risk of education failure.
Research shows that high quality afterschool and expanded learning programs improve academic performance, school-day attendance, nurture youth development, decrease juvenile crime and hinder other high-risk behaviors, while meeting the needs of working families. Learn more about NC CAP’s initiatives at https://ncafterschool.org/
NC CAP is part of a 50-State Afterschool Network focused on improving education and out of school time opportunities for children and youth. The goals of each of the State Afterschool Networks are:
1. Policy and Partnerships: Create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels.
2. Sustainability: Support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing school-based/school-linked afterschool programs.
3. Quality: Support statewide systems and partnerships to ensure programs are of high quality.
NC CAP’s current priorities are:
- Connect afterschool programs across NC with each other and provide info, best practices, funding opportunities, and professional development/technical assistance (highlighted by our annual SYNERGY conference) to help strengthen and grow afterschool programs in the state.
- Provide parents/students/public with access and information about afterschool and out-of-school time opportunities across NC through an online searchable database as well as regional and community-level landscape assessments and inventories.
- Advocate for policies at the local, state and federal level that elevate the importance of afterschool/out of school time learning and that increase out-of-school program affordability, access, and quality.
- Support and facilitate implementation of high-quality STEM learning into afterschool and summer learning programs to both demystify and ignite passion in all students around STEM and utilize the afterschool space to reach students traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields – particularly girls and students of color.
- Design and coordinate resources, initiatives and strategies for afterschool, before school and summer learning programs.
- Support Program Manager with coordination of and communication about STEM Hub and STEM Resources.
- Support coordination of NC CAP programs and events, including the annual Synergy Conference, Policy and Practice Convenings, POWER UP, Webinars and Advisory Board Meetings.
- Support NC CAP Director with communications strategy, including website, social media engagement, and other marketing and communication efforts.
- Coordinate NC CAP communications, including the Afterschool Observer E-Newsletter, website, and social media.
- Support communication with the NC CAP Advisory Board and coordinate quarterly Advisory Board Meetings.
- Support the Network’s policy efforts statewide and nationally.
- Monitor, document, and provide analysis of the state of afterschool in North Carolina.
- Increase NC CAP’s visibility and represent NC CAP by attending state and national convenings as needed.
- Other duties as assigned by the NC CAP Director.
- Experience with and commitment to afterschool, before school and summer learning. The ideal candidate will have one or more years working with or in an afterschool, before school, or summer learning programs.
- Commitment to addressing equity in education through policy and/or practice.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong relationship-building skills; ability to work well with diverse groups including partner education organizations and government officials.
- Excellent organizational skills; self-starter; exceptional attention to detail.
- Thrives in a team-driven, collaborative work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work on several simultaneous tasks and projects.
- Computer, web, and social media proficiency. Experience with WordPress is preferred and interest/experience in graphic design or data visualization is a plus.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
This is a full-time position, and the starting salary range is $48,000-$52,000 depending on education and experience. The Public School Forum offers the following benefits: a generous 401K retirement plan, personal leave policy, 10 paid holidays in addition to the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and a shortened (32 hours/Fridays off) summer workweek from Memorial Day to Labor Day, term life insurance, and employer-sponsored group health insurance with access to dental, vision, and short and long-term disability plans. The Public School Forum of NC is a 35-year-old nonprofit organization and not a state employer.
Position is located in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Hybrid work arrangement. Occasional travel required. Background check required for employment.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to the hiring team at firstname.lastname@example.org Please include “NC CAP Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Application deadline is Friday, September 8, 2023.
Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of the Public School Forum of NC to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all personals regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information,
marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.