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Director of Programs

SparkShare partners with youth (ages 15-19) and organizations to support young people in their efforts to drive positive change in their community and in their own lives. We do this by leveraging our network of youth, corporate, civic, academic, and religious organizations to enable young change makers to:
• Build skills
• Connect with organizational partners to support them in their work; and,
• Learn from other young people across diverse communities in Massachusetts.

• Build skills
• Connect with organizational partners to support them in their work; and,
• Learn from other young people across diverse communities in Massachusetts.

For more information, please contact Neil Silverston at nsilverston@sparkshare.org

Through Youth Summits and cross-network collaborations, SparkShare breaks down community boundaries to mobilize powerful partnerships for change.

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Key objectives for SparkShare in 2018:

SparkShare aims to quadruple the size of our network of youth teams and organizational partners working to empower young people. To do that we will:
• Expand the number of youth teams in the SparkShare network to eight communities, working with them to understand their needs, provide strategic guidance, and connect them to network resources that will help them to be successful
• Grow and leverage our network of organizational partners based on the needs of our youth teams
• Design and convene our next Youth Summit in November 2018, and develop plans for our 2019 Summits
• Develop communication infrastructure to enable more effective collaboration and communication across our network

Role for Director of Programs - "In the Field"
Our Director of Programs will be the operational point person for the organization, taking the lead in working with our youth teams and organizational partners, and in overseeing our Summits.

Specifically:
• Take the lead on engaging with youth teams
- Building relationships with and supporting existing teams
- Identifying skill development and resource needs and opportunities to address those through the network

- Engaging new teams

• Support network building of organizations
- Support Executive Director in engaging existing organizational partners
- Independently outreach to new organizations
• Manage communications and operations within the SparkShare Network
- Keep track of progress of teams, ensure they get the connections and support
they need
- Design and manage public communication within and outside the network
(e.g. events, successes, challenges, updates, communication with
funders/supporters)
• Collaborate with Executive Director in developing our network infrastructure
• Oversee implementation of the Summit

Critical qualities for Director of Programs
• Committed to our mission
• Organized and detail oriented
• Strong "consultative" skills - able to listen, communicate, solve problems
• Effective program/project manager
• Self-starter/Independent - able to craft and execute to do's/workplan based on
vision and agreed upon objectives
• Demonstrated ability to work with youth, and in particular, diverse communities
• Strategic thinker
• Someone who is generative and can contribute to our vision, not simply execute
• Strong writer with strong written presentation skills