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Neutral Zone Job Posting #1:

Position: Zone Hack
Department: Programs
Reports to: Program Manager
Hours/Week: Part-time:  3-5 hours September-May
Appointment: Non-exempt

Background:  Over the past 5 years the Neutral Zone has been growing programs centered on digital arts and technology.  Our after school media arts programs now include video production where teens learn video shooting, editing and production techniques and Zone Hack.  Zone Hack is a collaborative space where teens come together to learn new technologies. The program provides a weekly hands on program space to support and mentorship to youth interested in learning traditional programing, video game design, app development, and virtual/augmented reality structures.  During the 2018-19 program year, Zone Hack will host a tech challenge project aimed at engaging high school student teams to participate in a community competition to design an app that addresses a community challenge.

Essential Functions:

Programs < 60% of time> – Responsible for a number of duties related to program design, implementation and evaluation including:

  • Facilitate a weekly space with teen leadership for teens to explore tech and app development.
  • Working with NetScout to host Tech Challenge that includes
    • Support an advisory of employees from NetScout
    • Design, coordinate and host Tech Challenge
    • Engage teen participates to attend ZoneHack from the Tech Challenge
  • Working with teens to build leadership opportunities for teens in Zone Hack
  • Building strong interpersonal relationship with teens in the Center
  • Supporting the program evaluation for arts programs by providing documentation of programs through participation numbers, written descriptions and photos.

Community Outreach < 30% of time> – Responsible for a number of duties in teen recruitment and outreach, developing & maintaining community partnerships, marketing & public relations, and working with volunteers including:

  • Outreach to 3-5 high schools to recruit teens and engage them in the Tech Challenge
  • Responding and meeting with community contacts as needed related to programs including parents, community organizations and partners, and teens.
  • Work with NZ staff to develop marketing materials for programs including press releases, flyers, and community announcements.

Administration: <10% of time> – Responsible for a number of administrative duties and organizational responsibilities, including:

  • Respond to emails and coordinate outreach with school leaders
  • Provide regular program updates to the Visual Arts and Media Technology Manager

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of youth development practices
  • Knowledge and experience of program design and implementation.
  • Strong organization skills with attention to detail and follow through
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking and writing
  • Ability to multi task, be flexible, and adapt
  • Experience with diverse populations of youth, adults, and community groups especially youth of color.
  • Ability to fulfill professional responsibilities including:
    • Punctuality
    • Organization and Planning
    • Strong follow-through

Education, Qualifications, Credentials and Experience

  • Minimum of two years of college, an Associate’s Degree or work equivalent.

Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to Visual & Media Arts Manager: Mary Thiefels, thiefels@neutral-zone.org, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor MI 48104.  Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Neutral Zone Job Posting #2:

Position: Opportunity  Coordinator
Department: Programs
Reports to: Program Director and Education Coordinator
Hours/Week: 40 hours a week
Appointment: Exempt

Position Summary: Support the mission of the organization to offer positive youth development practices, and diversity and youth-driven leadership. The Opportunity Coordinator’s essential functions focus on –

1.) Oversight and support of the Juvenile Justice program.
2.) Assist with development, implementation, and evaluation of education programs including tutoring, teen internships, and college preparation support.
3.) Co-advise and assist with the coordination of the School Career Opportunities aRe Endless (SCORE) leadership program.
4.) Support and work in the Drop-In Program for 15-20 hours per week.
5.) Support community education initiatives at Neutral Zone and in the community as needed.

Essential Functions:   

Programs < 70% of time> – Responsible for a number of duties related to program design, implementation and evaluation including:

  • Coordinate the Juvenile Justice Program for court appointed youth and partner with the Washtenaw County Juvenile Trial Court Probation Officers, community members, local schools, and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the week long Juvenile Justice Camp, Monthly Dinners, and manage the mentorship component by coordinating mentors and volunteers.
  • Provide support in  the After School Drop-In Program to provide a safe space, monthly dinners, and meaningful community building.
  • Assist with coordination and implement Education Programs- tutoring, mentoring, college preparation, and internships.
  • Support oversight and coordination of SCORE Interns for ongoing work and career development.
  • Facilitate leadership training for SCORE Interns and support their efforts to host weekly Zone-In meetings.
  • Coordinate community forums to engage the Rising Scholars Programs.
  • Support the emotional safety needs of teens across all programs, especially teens in the SCORE Program.
  • Support the program evaluation for education programs including benchmarking teen goals and activities and distributing surveys to understand demographic participation, program outcomes, and satisfaction.

Community Outreach < 10% of time> – Responsible for a number of duties in teen recruitment and outreach, developing & maintaining community partnerships, marketing & public relations, and working with volunteers including:

  • Respond and meet with community contacts related to Drop-In Program and Education Programs including parents, community organizations, program partners, and teens.
  • Work with the Program  Director to outreach to teens and educators about NZ programs at local high schools.
  • Oversee the development of marketing materials for Education and Drop-In programs including flyers, web page, and press releases.

Administration: 20% of time> – Responsible for administrative duties and organizational responsibilities, including:

  • Document teen registrations/payments/scholarships in the database
  • Coordinate communication with the Juvenile Justice Court Staff and any other community partners
  • Coordinate mailings to parents for program fees
  • Document monthly participation numbers across all programs
  • Participate in weekly program staff meetings to support overall program operations
  • Help develop, support and track goals and objectives in organization’s strategic plan

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of youth development practices.
  • Knowledge and experience of program design and implementation.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • Ability to multitask, be flexible, and adapt.
  • Ability to build relationships with community leaders, educators, parents, and youth.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to fulfill professional responsibilities including:
    • Punctuality
    • Organization and Planning
    • Strong follow-through

Education, Qualifications, Credentials and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 2 years working with youth programs.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with youth of color or marginalized teens.
  • Experience with diverse populations of adults and community groups.

Please submit your resume to Suzie Staley, Program Director, Suzie@Neutral-Zone.org.