The Hidden Genius Project, a nonprofit organization founded in Oakland, trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. The Hidden Genius Project seeks to reveal the true potential of Black male youth and transform their communities from the inside out. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young Black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment. The Hidden Genius Project was founded in 2012 and established a full-time infrastructure in 2015. The organization now operates Intensive Immersion Programs in Oakland, Richmond, and Los Angeles California, and delivers short-term programming to catalyze interest in the technology space globally. As the program continues to grow, The Hidden Genius Project seeks to impact thousands of more Black males and young people in the coming years.


CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Office Administrator (Oakland, CA)

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POSITION:
The Hidden Genius Project Office Administrator

COMPENSATION:
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience


PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:

The Office Administrator will support the day-to-day operations of The Hidden Genius Project’s physical and virtual office environment needs. The Office Administrator will make sure that the office runs efficiently and that employees have what they need to be successful (e.g., supplies, a safe work environment). As The Hidden Genius Project continues to grow and expand, this role may also include the supervision of additional administrative staff. Beyond the day-to-day running of the office, this role requires that all customers and clients have a positive experience when visiting The Hidden Genius Project and that all queries and complaints are addressed promptly and are consistent with the best practices and mission of the organization.


MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Office Management:
● Able to clearly articulate the goals and mission of The Hidden Genius Project
● Manage scheduling and coordination of common spaces, including conference room, café space,
phone rooms, and/or lounge space. Manage inventory of office and common space supplies (including snacks, kitchen supplies, cleaning supplies, and other core office supplies). Order new supplies, as needed. Coordinate office activities/events and support operations to secure efficiency and compliance to company policies
● Handle facility-related needs and complaints, maintenance requests, and other concerns according to property-specific and company procedures
● Assist with local and internal business travel arrangements e.g., flight and hotel bookings,
coordination of ground transportation, and coordination of equipment and supply shipping and inventory
● Manage agendas/travel arrangements/appointments etc. for senior management
● Supervise administrative staff and divide responsibilities to ensure performance

Fund Development / Bookkeeping Support:
● Perform data entry for fund development platforms and grant portals and support donor
stewardship e.g., sending acknowledgment letters, tracking donor contributions, sending follow-up
communications etc.
● Provide bookkeeping and invoicing support

Reporting and Data Management:
● Create and update records and databases with personnel, participants, and other data and submit
timely reports.

Personnel On-Boarding Support:
● Provide payroll and new hire on-boarding support.

Internal/External Communications and Content Creation:
● Prepare presentations/proposals as assigned, send communications to staff or individuals
supporting or conducting business with The Hidden Genius Project.
● Manage phone calls and external correspondence (e-mail, letters, packages etc.) as well as compose
and send correspondence for other office staff
● Support board meeting coordination e.g., agenda preparation, presentations, scheduling, recording
of minutes


QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Required

● Proven experience as an office administrator, office assistant or relevant role
● Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
● Experience and high level of comfort working in entrepreneurial environments.
● Experience working in a fast-paced environment primarily focused on youth development.
● Excellent organizational and leadership skills
● Familiarity with office management procedures and basic accounting principles
● Experience in project management.
● Excellent knowledge of MS Office and/or Google Suite cloud software, as well as office management
software (ERP etc.)
● Qualifications in secretarial studies will be an advantage.
● High school diploma, BS/BA in office administration, or 5 years’ experience in a relevant field is
preferred.
● Commitment to the core mission and values of The Hidden Genius Project

Desired

● Familiarity with Oka secure identity platform to support employee data and key application access.
● Graphic design background e.g. development of slide presentation decks, flyers, and visual assets for
meetings, etc.


ROLE OVERVIEW:

  • Role Location: Oakland, CA
  • Reports to: Finance and Operations Director 
  • Status: Exempt
  • Schedule: Full Time (minimum of 40 hours per week)
  • Additional requirements: must virtually support some administrative needs for The Hidden Genius Project’s Los Angeles office. 

BENEFITS:

● Play a fundamental role in building a national program.
● Dynamic, fun work environment
● Excellent opportunity to support the growth and achievement of underserved youth
● Entrepreneurial organization; implement your own ideas and see the effects
● Meet and interact with multifarious individuals in the technology industry


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform
the essential functions of this job:
● The employee will occasionally climb or balance; regularly sit, stand, talk, listen, stoop, kneel,
crouch, reach with hands and arms, and move around for extended periods of time.
● The employee will occasionally lift up to 40 pounds; the employee will regularly lift up to 10
pounds.
● Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance vision; peripheral
vision; depth perception; and ability to adjust focus.
● Travel and supervise transportation of students as needed


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how your qualifications align with the above requirements via email to hiring@hiddengeniusproject.org, with the subject head: “Office Administrator.”

Innovation Educator (Greater East Bay or Los Angeles, CA)

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POSITION:
The Hidden Genius Project Innovation Educator

COMPENSATION:

  • Salary range: $60K-$68K
  • Curriculum Specialist Designation – Potential for a salary increase for those earning a ‘Curriculum Specialist’ designation.

PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:

The Innovation Educator within The Hidden Genius Project is the fundamental driver of student programming activities with a core focus on the Intensive Immersion Program inside the classroom.  Hence, they are primarily responsible for implementing the technical curriculum, including problem-solving, computer science, programming, and software design.  Additionally, they co-coordinate and oversee a team of Youth Educators to teach the entrepreneurship and leadership components.  The Hidden Genius Project seeks to effect a radical transformation in the pedagogy of computer science, entrepreneurship, and leadership, and the Innovation Educator will serve as a fundamental strategist toward this end.  Accordingly, it is vital that they continually exercise ingenuity, enthusiasm, and a deep commitment to continual learning within an exciting expanding environment.  Finally, the Innovation Educator works as part of a dynamic, communicative, and supportive team of staff, Youth Educators, and Board members committed to their success.  This is the consummate role for the educator with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.


MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Curriculum Design: Work with the Senior Innovation Educator and Curriculum Lead/Specialist to continually re/develop and innovate an existing in/external facing curriculum that is broadly accessible, aligned with The Hidden Genius Project Immersion Curriculum goals and values.

Curriculum Adaptation: Partner with The Hidden Genius Project instructional leadership to adapt and refine core curricula to meet the needs of the local site.

Core Instruction: Teach core curricular concepts (i.e. technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership) to Immersion cohort during summer and school-year sessions.  Coordinate Youth Educators and lead educational activities within Catalyst programming.

Training, Technical Assitance, & Facilitation: Facilitate training and/or convenings for Genius alumni interested in becoming Youth Educators. Train the current Youth Educators on advanced programming skills, enhanced content, and methods. Train and supervise Youth Educators to support classroom and Catalyst activities, and manage them within those settings.

Other duties as assigned by the Director of Curriculum and Instruction: Work on other short-term and long-term projects as the need arises.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serve as an exceptional role model and mentor to The Hidden Genius Project participants.
Communicate effectively (via email, phone, and/or postal mail) and in a timely manner with all relevant constituencies, including participants and their parents/guardians.
● Act as a dynamic ambassador to The Hidden Genius Project within the community.


QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Required

Excellent leadership abilities
● High comfort level with technology
● Experience working and communicating effectively with Black youth, underrepresented youth, and/or low-income youth
● Intense commitment to the life success of Black males and boys and men of color
● Experience mentoring and working closely with Black male youth
● “Can do” attitude and ability to work as part of a team
● Experience in project management. Willingness to develop differentiated learning experiences
● Ability to prioritize, organize, and delegate effectively
● Ability to receive feedback and engage in continuous self-improvement
● Ability to adapt to a dynamic, rapidly-changing work environment
● Ability to build positive relationships with all important constituencies
● Strong knowledge of youth development field and models
● Firm belief in personal accountability, producing measurable outcomes and sustaining high expectations

Desired

● Bachelor’s Degree
● Experience teaching problem-solving and/or math skills
● Experience teaching or studying computer science, and/or programming languages, i.e. Python, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Swift, Flutter, etc.
● Experience working in the technology industry
● Commitment to achieving The Hidden Genius Project’s mission and vision
● Ability to work more than 40 hours per week, and during the evenings and weekends, as needed


ROLE OVERVIEW:

  • Role Location: Greater East Bay or Los Angeles, CA
  • Reports to: Director of Curriculum and Instruction (based in Oakland, CA)
  • Status: Exempt
  • Schedule: Full Time (minimum of 40 hours per week)
  • Must be able to navigate various virtual platforms such as Zoom, Hopin, Microsoft Teams and Google Suite

BENEFITS:

● Paid professional development
● Dynamic, fun work environment
● Excellent opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of numerous underserved youth
● Entrepreneurial organization; implement your own ideas and see the effects
● Meet and interact with multifarious individuals in the technology industry
● Opportunity to play a fundamental role in building an international program
● Opportunity to innovate in building effective models for holistic technology instruction


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform
the essential functions of this job:
● The employee will occasionally climb or balance; regularly sit, stand, talk, listen, stoop, kneel,
crouch, reach with hands and arms, and move around for extended periods of time.
● The employee will occasionally lift up to 50 pounds
● Travel and supervise transportation of students as needed


HOW TO APPLY:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in the role and how your qualifications align with the above requirements via email to hiring@hiddengeniusproject.org, with the subject head: “Innovation Educator.”