Program Manager, School Friendship - Houston, TX

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Job Title: Program Manager, School Friendship
Department: State Programs and Operations
Reports to: Program Supervisor, Deputy/Area/State Director

Position Overview: The Program Manager for School Friendship Programs works with area schools (middle, high, and/or college) to maintain quality Best Buddies chapters. Key responsibilities include recruiting, training, and mentoring student leaders with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and working with faculty, campus and/or host site administration to form quality friendships between people with and without IDD.

Job Qualifications
•    Must be comfortable engaging with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)
•    Experience recruiting, managing, and motivating volunteers
•    Must be adaptable and able to quickly and effectively develop and balance multiple relationships, and get results from a variety of people
•    Basic presentation and facilitation skills
•    Basic project and time management skills
•    Strong written communication skills
•    Strong initiative, drive for results, and self-assessment skills
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team
•    Basic understanding of social media and familiarity with Microsoft Office
•    Must be comfortable working with youth and adults
•    Must be willing and able to travel frequently, use personal cell phone, and work evenings and weekends as necessary in order to accomplish job responsibilities
•    Bachelor’s degree or minimum 4 years’ relevant experience
•    Access to an automobile with applicable insurance

Job Duties include, but are not limited to the below and may include additional responsibilities as needed per office:
•    Recruiting, selecting, training, motivating, evaluating and mentoring student and faculty/host site volunteers to lead successful school-based chapters
•    Overseeing all day-to-day operations of chapters in region and providing ongoing support to all volunteers by meeting regularly with chapter leadership and attending chapter activities
•    Overseeing student leaders and advisors as they manage recruitment, chapter meetings, group outings, chapter development and matching and evaluation process
•    Ensuring that all chapters effectively engage at least one student leader with IDD
•    Evaluating and selecting new schools and appropriate public/private schools and college/host site pairings as needed
•    Working with supervisor to perform annual assessment of program
•    Working with supervisor to meet all goals and deliverables as required in foundation and/or government contracts
•    Participating in monthly programmatic calls
•    Communicating with participants’ parents as needed to discuss the quality of their child’s experience and provide information about state and chapter activities
•    Assisting and/or leading the development and implementation of local volunteer trainings, Best Buddies International Leadership Conference, and other programmatic events as assigned
•    Promote the e-Buddies program to people with IDD
•    Using Kintera, Microsoft Outlook, social media and the Best Buddies Online system appropriately to communicate with participants and the community

Marketing/Fund Development
•    Working with supervisor(s) on fundraising events as directed
•    Providing referrals regarding potential donors/supporters/committee or board members/etc. to supervisor(s) as appropriate
•    Supporting chapters as they seek donations and support from their local communities
•    Working with State Director and/or supervisor to increase awareness of Best Buddies through local marketing, public speaking and media initiatives
•    Contributing content and images for updates to state website
•    Engaging program participants and/or leading Best Buddies Day/Month activities
•    Providing information as necessary for state grant/foundation/funding proposals

•    Completing required reports in a timely and organized manner, including but not limited to monthly, mid- year, and end-year reports, and annual reviews.
•    Ensuring that personal reimbursements and vendor payments are properly coded and completed in a timely manner

•    Overseeing timely collection of participant application information, and using Kintera database and Best Buddies Online system effectively and appropriately to manage contacts
•    Overseeing timely collection of chapter dues

Salary: $30,000

Benefits include: group medical/dental insurance, paid vacation, holidays, personal & sick time, 401(k) retirement plan, short term disability, critical illness and life insurance. Commuter benefits available. Business casual environment.

In order for candidates to be considered for this position we must receive a resume and a cover letter. Please paste your cover letter in the resume field.

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