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Program Associate (Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program and Right Turn Career- Transition Initiative) - Position Description

Program Associate (Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program and Right Turn Career- Transition Initiative) - Position Description

Program Associate (Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program and Right Turn Career- Transition Initiative) - Position Description

Background: The Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) mission is to partner with under-resourced communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for postsecondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic and community engagement. In recognition of the need for substantial improvements in workforce preparation systems in this country, IEL established the Center for Workforce Development in 1991. CWD focuses on helping leaders in both the public and private sectors build bridges that connect individuals with and without disabilities in transition from school to postsecondary education and work. Our focus is on the linkages between the individual, school or training institutions, and the workplace to promote leadership of youth and adults with disabilities in the nation’s diverse workforce.

Some of our recent work has included the creation and operation of the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth); development and operation of the youth-led National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (NCLD/Youth); implementation of the District of Columbia Advocacy Partners program; leadership of the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC); and creation and management of the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) and the Right Turn projects.

Overview: The Program Associate provides ongoing administrative and logistic support for the staff and initiatives of the Center. Specifically, this position will support the program managers for RAMP and Right Turn.

Core Responsibilities:
 Provide administrative and logistical assistance to support both program managers (RAMP and Right Turn)
 Help maintain routine communications with project sites, partners, and other stakeholders
 Manage financial processes, including bi-weekly preparation of vouchers and basic tracking of expenditures and payments (i.e. meeting invoices, site visits and other project related invoices) to ensure timely and accurate payment
 Write, edit, and produce a variety of project materials as well as IEL products as directed (e.g., conference programs, correspondence, program handbooks, quarterly reports, project guidelines, policies, proposals, newsletters, etc.)
 Assist with planning and organization of annual all-site conferences, site visits, webinars, and meetings
 Monitor and help to maintain project material on the IEL website
 Provide training materials and technical assistance to program and sites on data collection methods and reporting
 Perform data collection, input, analysis and reporting in support of monitoring sites’ progress toward performance measures
 Coordinate the dissemination of project publications and products, using the IEL family of websites
 Manage communication platform and direct mailing strategies in support of project and sites
 Represent projects at select meetings and conferences
 Serve on IEL-wide ad hoc committees and planning groups
 Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Abilities:
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Data analysis and reporting knowledge
 Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
 Proven capacity to work effectively as a team member
 Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
 Proficient with various software packages: Microsoft Office; Adobe Acrobat; online bulk email services; some experience editing websites with online content management systems

Education and Experience:
 Bachelor’s degree
 Strong experience/interest in promoting equity for opportunity youth including program development, leadership development, workforce development, and/or disability public policy.

Salary Range: $47,500 - $60,000

If you would like to apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no specified length) to Maame Appiah at Please include “RAMP/RIGHT TURN Program Associate” in the subject of your email application.

Application Deadline: November 6, 2020

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran's status or disabled veterans' status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Due to the current COVID-19 health pandemic, IEL has implemented temporary teleworking arrangements for all employees.