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.
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The Hidden Genius Project Innovation Educator
+ Salary range: $60K – $68K
+ Curriculum Specialist Designation – Potential for a salary increase for those earning a ‘Curriculum Specialist’ designation.
+ Includes very generous medical, dental, and retirement benefits packages
+ Paid time off (PTO) and floating holidays
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:
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.
Partner with The Hidden Genius Project instructional leadership to adapt and refine core curricula to meet the needs of the local site.
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 Assistance, and 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.
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- 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
- 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
- Ability to work collaboratively and across teams and sectors
- Strong knowledge of youth development field and models
- Firm belief in personal accountability, producing measurable outcomes, and sustaining high expectations
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Experience teaching problem-solving and/or math skills
- Experience working in the technology industry
- Commitment to achieving The Hidden Genius Project’s mission and vision
- Excellent writing, communication, presentation, and group facilitation skills
- Ability to work more than 40 hours per week, and during the evenings and weekends, as needed.
- Role Location: Greater East Bay, 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
- Dynamic, fun work environment.
- Paid professional development
- Excellent opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of numerous underserved youth.
- Entrepreneurial organization; implement your own ideas and immediately see the effects.
- Opportunity to 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
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform
the essential functions of this job:
- Regularly sit, stand, talk, and move around for extended periods of time.
- Periodically lift or carry up to 50 pounds.
- Travel and supervise the 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 email@example.com, with the subject head: “Innovation Educator.”