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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Innovation Educator (Greater East Bay, CA)

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POSITION:
The Hidden Genius Project Innovation Educator

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


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, 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.”

Support Services Director (Oakland, CA)

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POSITION:
The Hidden Genius Project Support Services Director

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


PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:

The Support Services Director within The Hidden Genius Project is an essential architect of the organization’s strategy to provide responsive, culturally competent support to youth participants, with a particular emphasis on students participating in the intensive Immersion component. Hence, they are primarily responsible for coordinating—in partnership with internal and external stakeholders alike—the holistic care model necessary to ensure a safe and welcoming learning environment that promotes inclusiveness and retention. The Hidden Genius Project seeks to effect a radical transformation in the delivery of education services in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the Support Services Director also serves 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 startup environment. Finally, the Support Services Director works as part of a dynamic, communicative, and supportive team of staff, volunteers, and Board members committed to their success.
This is the consummate role for an individual with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.


MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Strategy Development — Develop and refine the comprehensive and holistic strategy to provide support to Immersion participants (Hidden Geniuses) that enhances the quality of their experiences and strengthens retention. Develop strategic vision and plan to build an effective, healthy, and dynamic organization capable of growing its reach to national levels. Engage with strategic partners to build relationships, collaborate, and share learnings. Represent The Hidden Genius Project as a thought leader in the field.

Mentorship and Positive Student Experience —Develop rich one-to-one connections with Immersion participants. Through mentorship relationships, identify holistic participant needs as they arise, and strategize with The Hidden Genius Project staff to develop a plan to address them. Solicit participant and parent/guardian feedback to guide responsive programmatic improvements to maximize participant enjoyment and success.

Interface with Key Stakeholders — Coordinate responsive communication with participants, their families, and key partners. Identify pressing constituent needs, and develop strategic responses.

Intern Coordination —Plan, organize, track, and communicate support strategies to Master’s in Social Work (MSW) interns and other volunteers, as needed, to support Immersion and Catalyst programs.

Model Staff Leadership — Provide positive and optimistic leadership and problem-solving in alignment with The Hidden Genius Project’s values. Oversee the knowledge-sharing strategy across The Hidden Genius Project’s sites, ensuring that information is standardized and easily accessible, and that site teams can learn from each other and share best practices. Work closely with Executive Director to develop and disseminate key support services practices, while ensuring compliance
with all relevant policies, laws, and regulations.

Other Duties as Assigned by Supervisor —Work on other short-term and long-term projects as the need arises.


QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Strong work ethic and passionate commitment to the wellbeing of young people
  • Proficiency in long-term strategic planning and short-term plan implementation
  • Familiarity with and belief in healing/trauma-informed care and holistic health models
  • Facility with building and implementing support services referral models to meet student needs
  • Experience working and communicating effectively with youth of color, underrepresented youth, and/or low-income youth
  • Ability to receive feedback and engage in continuous self-improvement
  • Strong cultural competence and commitment to asset-based youth development strategies
  • Creative, resourceful, inquisitive, reliable, organized, proactive
  • Sharp attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively and across sectors
  • Strong knowledge of youth development field and models
  • Strong knowledge of nonprofit fundraising models
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Bold strategic vision and bias toward execution
  • Ability to work more than 40 hours per week, and during the evenings and weekends, as needed.

 


ROLE OVERVIEW:

  • Role Location: Oakland, CA
  • Reports to: Programs Director
  • Status: Exempt
  • Schedule: Full Time (40 hours per week)
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s in Social Work Degree, or reasonably related
    certification and/or experience
  • Years of Experience: 5+ years in roles that demonstrate nonprofit management, youth
    development, and strong managerial/leadership experience
  • Compensation: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience
  • Benefits Include: Medical, dental, vision, 401K plan, and significant paid-time-off (PTO) package

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: “Support Services Director.”

Development Associate (Oakland, CA)

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POSITION:
The Hidden Genius Project Development Associate

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


PURPOSE AND SUMMARY:

The Development Associate will join The Hidden Genius Project as the first team member with responsibilities primarily centered on securing the organization’s long-term growth and sustainability
through fundraising and development.The Development Associate will drive activities that attract, maintain and increase the organization’s resources via grant development, donor stewardship, and relationship management.


MAJOR AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:

● Maintain institutional donor information, contacts and grant records in Salesforce
● Maintain program outcomes in an easily accessible format to be accessed for grant reports and
proposals
● Schedule and help coordinate Funder meetings and site visits
● In close collaboration with the grant writer, Executive Director, own all aspects of proposal
preparation including writing, editing, gathering supporting information and attachments, and
submission
● Work with Finance and Operations Director to ensure budgets and financial reports are produced
according to funders formats and submitted as required by donors
● Work closely with Director of Strategic Initiatives to develop and nurture corporate partnerships
and donations
● Practice sharing stories about program participants with various stakeholders
● Identify prospective donors to support annual revenue and/or Growth Campaign
● Other duties, as assigned by manager


QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

Required

Excellent leadership abilities
● High comfort level with technology
● Excellent verbal and written communication skills
● Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills
● Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
● Intense commitment to the life success of Black males and boys and men of color
● Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
● 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 across constituencies and sectors
● Ability to multitask and manage multiple high-stakes objectives

Desired

● Bachelor’s Degree
● Experience with programs coordination and direct service delivery
● Experience supporting fundraising activities (including grant writing, prospect research and donor
stewardship)
● Proficiency with Microsoft 365 (Office) suite and/or Google Drive suite
● Familiarity with Salesforce and/or other data management systems


ROLE OVERVIEW:

  • Role Location: Oakland, CA
  • Reports to: Director of Strategic Initiatives
  • Status: Exempt
  • Schedule: Full Time (minimum of 40 hours per week); starting by May 2022; working evenings and weekends, as needed

BENEFITS:

● Dynamic, fun work environment
● Excellent opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of numerous young people
● 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 a national organization
● Opportunity to innovate in building effective models for holistic technology instruction
● Potential for mobility as organization grows and scope of needs increases


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; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; the employee may frequently stand, walk, or sit; the employee may regularly grasp objects, talk and/or hear.
● The employee will occasionally lift up to 50 pounds; the employee will regularly lift up to 10 pounds
● This job requires vision abilities that ensure safety of operating and programming spaces for all stakeholders
● 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: “Development Associate.”