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Program Events Manager

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Denver Urban Scholars
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About This Role: Denver Urban Scholars seeks to hire a Program Events Manager. This individual will design and implement mentoring, community, and college and career readiness events and workshops for scholars in grade 6 through post-secondary. The Program Events Manager will additionally oversee the restructuring of our social-emotional curriculum, Real Talk, to be implemented in the school based setting. This individual will work closely with other members of program leadership to coordinate the annual program events calendar and ensure that staff execute events with fidelity across sites. The Program Events Manager will take a lead role in facilitating workshops and will provide support to other staff who implement the curriculum.

Who we are:  Denver Urban Scholars envisions a life of choice and opportunity for every young person. We partner with high poverty, high performing schools to unlock the potential of students facing added challenges by creating individual pathways to college and career. Students have the choice to enter Denver Urban Scholars at 6th or 9th grade and can continue in our program through post-secondary as long as they stay at a partner school.

What we do:  When it comes to supporting our Scholars, a coordinated, integrated approach is more effective than any one element in isolation. Our program seamlessly combines academic and social support, deep mentor relationships, and an unwavering focus on the future to help every Scholar chart their individual pathway to career and college.

Why it matters: When youth in Denver drop out of high school, our community pays a heavy price – estimated at $524,000 in lost wages and public services over each dropout’s lifetime. The students we serve face a complex set of negative factors that are often determinants of school failure, dropout and delinquency. We believe that every student has tremendous potential and the innate ability to succeed, regardless of the challenges they face.

Areas of Responsibility
  • Program Design
    • Design and coordinate all program workshops and events in line with best practice and current research; ensure vertical alignment of core concepts throughout stages of programming.
    • Manage the annual program calendar, to include:
      • 1:1 Mentoring: enrollment, pairing, matching events and monthly community workshops focusing on college and career readiness
      • All Community Events: industry awareness days, career/life fair, community cookout, holiday and graduation celebrations
      • Peer Mentoring: summer bridge, back-to-school kickoff, matching event, and monthly community workshops 
    • Menu of Services:
      • Oversee the restructuring of the Real Talk social-emotional curriculum into developmentally-appropriate group content for grades 6-12
      • Continue to develop curriculum content, as needed, for the new model implementation
  • Event Management
    • Develop annual calendar of program events and disseminate to internal and external stakeholders
    • Manage all event logistics, including: creation and distribution of marketing materials, RSVP management, coordination of site visits, event timelines, staffing assignments and trainings, pre-planning and debrief meetings, solicitation of event feedback, etc.
    • Regularly facilitate/host portions of workshops and events; serve as a lead facilitator and exemplar to other staff in that role
    • Provide coaching and support to staff in the execution of program events
  • Evaluation and Continuous Improvement
    • Design and implement evaluation tools for workshops and events; recommend/implement changes to improve programming as needed
    • Conduct regular process evaluations with mentors, students, and families to collect feedback and improve programming
    • Provide recommendations to the program leadership team on policies, procedures, and program design changes
    • Track necessary demographic information and outcome data at direction of COO for grant/funding purposes and continuous program improvement
    • Assist in grant reporting as necessary
  • Budgeting
    • Oversee program events budget; ensure that expenses fall within guidelines
  • Leadership
    • Serve on the program leadership team overseeing the new program model implementation
    • Coordinate with the Director of Volunteer Engagement to ensure alignment between mentor training content and mentoring curriculum
    • Serve as a staff member of the Program Committee 
    • Opportunity to supervise interns, if applicable
  • General
    • Adhere to Denver Urban Scholars Policies and Procedures as well as ethical standards of the field.
    • Create and maintain productive, professional relationships with all staff.
    • Work collaboratively in a team-based setting.
    • Participate in any leadership/professional development as needed including on-going training opportunities pertinent to job execution 
    • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
    • Assist with transportation for scholars to events as necessary

Reports To: Senior Director of Programs

  • Education/Certificates/Licenses: Bachelors Degree required; Masters preferred
  • Minimum of two years’ experience in direct work with adolescents and families
  • Knowledge of adolescent development and appropriate interventions
  • Commitment to working with low-income, diverse communities
  • Demonstrated success in event/workshop design, management, and evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate workshops and promote youth engagement
  • Familiarity with College and Career Readiness theories, Positive Youth Development, Trauma Informed Care, and/or Restorative Justice models a plus
  • Passion for working with youth, families and mentors
  • Ability to prioritize and balance workload and delegate tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively in teams
  • Organized with a high level of attention to detail
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License and own transportation
  • Must pass background check

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, exempt position. Denver Urban Scholars offers a competitive salary and total compensation package including: health, vision and dental insurance coverage, generous PTO and office closures, flex and compensatory time, and eligibility for 403b matching. 


How To Apply

Denver Urban Scholars is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment. We value both formal and informal education and experience related to serving our youth and families, and encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. 

Send cover letter and resume to with “Program Events Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis for this open position. No phone calls please. 

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