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Educational Counselor
Job Classification: Full Time, Salaried/Exempt
Department:
Programs – Mobile Team
Reports to:
Co-Program Director, Mobile Team
Hours:
40 hours/week

Compensation & Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous benefits package includes Health, Dental and Life insurances, paid holidays and time off and Simple IRA with matching contribution.

Denver Kids Inc. – Every student counts.  Every student graduates.

This is the vision of our organization and what we stand for and work towards every day.  We provide educational counseling and one-on-one mentoring support for students, grades 3-12 in Denver Public Schools, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments. Once a student falls behind and loses their footing—whether that’s in elementary, middle, or high school—it’s challenging to catch up. This is where Denver Kids intervenes and plays a transformative role with our professional Educational Counselors working one-to-one. Our programs ensure that students successfully complete high school, explore post-secondary options and become contributing members of the community.

Inclusiveness Statement of Principal:
At Denver Kids, Inc., we are here for kids. In recognition of our increasingly diverse population and our mission to support the educational success of our students, Denver Kids, Inc. is committed to creating, instilling, and modeling a sustainable culture of inclusiveness. We define inclusiveness as creating a safe, compassionate, accepting environment, based on equality and fairness that honors, respects, and values the unique contributions and backgrounds of all people.

Through positive role modeling, we embrace our differences and advocate for kids, ourselves and others. We empower and promote active participation in partnership with our students, parents, staff, boards, volunteers and any stakeholders, which allow everyone to voice opinions and express their ideas towards creating the greater success of Denver Kids, Inc.

Everyone has special talents and gifts to share. At Denver Kids, Inc., our inclusion speaks to diversity not only of our staff to our students, and families but it also addresses teamwork. We are seeking team players who work well together. Combining teamwork and inclusion will make you a desirable candidate.

We are committed to engaging in continuous learning and integrating inclusiveness into all of Denver Kids, Inc.’s programs, policies and procedures for the success of our students, our personal growth, and the better serve our community.

Position Summary:

Educational Counselors serve an extraordinary and essential function, owning the primary relationship between youth and Denver Kids, Inc., and serving as a liaison with parent/guardian and school. Reporting to the Co-Director, Educational Counselors implement trauma-informed, strengths-based, social, emotional, and academic learning (SEAL) interventions to assist students in achieving their goals. Educational Counselors coordinate a variety of supports and enrichment services for the student.  They create the conditions in which students are most likely to learn, grow, and develop. We seek professionals that demonstrate a growth mindset, an interest in personal and professional growth, and a willingness to practice the SEAL skills that we teach the youth we serve.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide individualized support to a caseload of up to 55 students 3 – 12th grade with an expectation to meet students as frequently as needed through one-on-one, small group meetings, and/or enrichment events
  • Work with youth to implement the Denver Kids Best Practice Frameworks (trauma-informed, strengths based, and Social Emotional and Academic Learning powered)
  • Build strong and positive relationships with youth, families/caregivers, school staff and volunteer mentors in order to teach growth mindset, implement SEAL interventions, and empower students to reach their goals
  • Monitor student progress (attendance, behavior, and passing grades) to inform interventions and support
  • Collaborate with DPS school staff, parents/caregivers, volunteer mentors, and community to better understand and meet the youth’s needs and coordinate action plans for success
  • Communicate with parents/guardians monthly (at minimum) to engage them in their child’s educational & social/emotional success and collaborate on the development and achievement of student goals
  • Assist parents/guardians and student in navigating the education system, school policies, and school choice process
  • Communicate with Denver Kids’ volunteer mentors monthly (at minimum) to ensure adherence to Denver Kids policies/procedures and provide coaching
  • Utilize community resources, extra-curricular activities, and Denver Kids enrichment events to meet a student’s needs and broaden their exposure to experiential learning opportunities
  • Provide crisis intervention support and coordinate referrals (e.g. medical, mental health, legal, basic needs support, etc.), in order to support
  • Work with other educational counselors (including other satellites) to coordinate events, small group interventions, and other activities that support student and family SEAL
  • Work with other educational counselors to help build a Denver Kids community among students, families/caregivers, and volunteer mentors
  • Maintain proper documentation of student services and support
  • Participate in professional development
  • Other duties as assigned

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Urban city and school district
  • Engaging students and families who may or may not face circumstances, including but not limited to, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and immigration
  • Driving daily to and from schools in your own vehicle, events and/or other local entities as necessary
  • Occasional after/before regular working hour home or school visits
  • During the school year, provide occasional transport for student/family according to academic need and support

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Ability to model a growth mindset (curious, calm, creative) and adapt to change
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging youth and assist them in overcoming obstacles toward academic success and social /emotional management
  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in student/youth case management, counseling, or mentoring
  • Understanding of youth development and trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches
  • Bilingual language ability (English and Spanish) preferred
  • Proficient in utilizing technology to attain results
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Proficiency in writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work outside of normal school hours and days
  • Satisfactory health and sufficient physical energy to maintain a rigorous schedule
  • Requires current Colorado Driver’s license with a safe and clean driving record
  • Ability to lift at least 20lbs
  • Up to date auto insurance with limits of $100/$300/$100 and $5K in Medical Payments

Application Instructions:
Please send a resume and cover letter to apply@denverkidsinc.org with the job title you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Your response will not be reviewed if it doesn’t include a cover letter. No phone calls or mail submissions.

Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and developing an inclusive staff team. Minorities and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Program Director – Mobile Team
Job Classification: Full Time, Salaried/Exempt
Department:
Programs
Reports to:
Vice President, Programs
Hours:
40 hours/week

Compensations and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with Experience. Individual Health & Dental Coverage, Individual Retirement Account Contribution and Paid Time Off

Position Summary:
At Denver Kids, we create career and college pathways for at-potential students open to growth and guidance by providing multi-level support to students, their families, and the school community. The Program Director (PD)- Mobile Team works under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Programs and oversees all mobile team programming (across Denver Public Schools) at Denver Kids. The PD’s responsibilities will include staff hiring, training, and development; ensuring fidelity of programming and accountability across the mobile team; liasioning and partnering with schools and community partners; program design and continuous improvement. The PD will also assist with evaluation efforts, grant reporting, and budget management. The Program Director will play a critical role in implementing the new Denver Kids Best Practice Framework and in managing staff culture and development in an exciting time of organizational change.

Primary Responsibilities:

Staff Management and Development

  • Provides direct operational supervision to Regional Team Leads (2) and Educational Counselors (approx. 4)
  • Oversees the process of recruiting, hiring, and training of mobile team staff, in partnership with Regional Team Leads
  • Ensure quality and quantity of 1:1 check-ins of staff and supervisors; ensure fidelity of programming and accountability of all staff in a model that is trauma-informed, strengths-based and SEAL (social, emotional and academic learning) powered
  • Monitor caseloads and ensure that staff are working at/near capacity and that systems of equity exist in caseload assignments
  • Provide guidance to supervisors on coaching for staff and troubleshooting issues of accountability and fidelity
  • Oversee data collection by Educational Counselors and ensures a culture of evaluation in regular performance insight conversations
  • Ensure gaps in staffing are adequately addressed from a client services perspective
  • Serve as an expert in the Denver Kids Best Practice Framework and provide guidance to staff on best practice
  • With VP of Programs and other Program Directors, design an annual calendar of professional development and assist in facilitating professional development seminars
  • Establish and maintain a positive culture during organizational change by modeling and promoting a growth mindset

Program Administration

  • Serve as a liaison for the mobile team with other program teams and departments, and ensure positive communication across the organization
  • Cultivate relationships with key partner schools across the mobile program
  • Oversee student nomination (intake) practices for the mobile program, and collaborate with the Admissions Coordinator and the Director of the Deep School Team to ensure that intake practices work for all teams
  • Ensure that intake and service targets are reached or exceeded
  • Coordinate with the enrichment team and Regional Team Leads to ensure that regional events provide experiential learning opportunities for youth
  • Create/Maintain community partnerships that benefit students receiving case management 1:1 support
  • Continually evaluate overall program performance through the use of evaluation tools
  • Oversee a continuous improvement process, incorporating research, data, and staff feedback, which may include: revising program design, policies and procedures, updating job responsibilities/requirements, and overseeing a communications plan for relevant program changes
  • Assist in the development and dissemination/training of program policies and procedures with a lens for best practice and risk management
  • Work closely with the Vice President of Operations and the Vice President of Programs to ensure caseload of students and mentors have completed any required evaluation measurement tools
  • Track necessary demographic information and outcome data at direction of Vice President of Operations for grant/funding purposes and continuous program improvement
  • If appropriate, coordinate with other Directors to oversee an internship program, including hiring, training, and placing interns annually
  • Other duties as assigned

Shared Leadership Responsibilities: 

  • Support strategic planning and organizational development
  • Attend relevant board/committee meetings as required and present programmatic updates to these stakeholders
  • Provide leadership for the broader non-profit and philanthropic sector around Denver Kids mission and values
  • Create and model a culture of inclusiveness, collaboration, trust and open communication
  • Ensure all program initiatives meet budgetary constraints and relevant timetables

EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Required:

  • Minimum 2 years experience in:
    • Supervising and developing staff/interns
    • Program leadership (program design, policies/procedures)
    • Counseling or case management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth development and appropriate interventions and resources
  • Demonstrated ability to coach for change and motivate staff, balanced with accountability
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically about program design, policies and procedures, and implement improvements based on best practice, feedback, or evaluation results
  • Commitment to youth who are challenged by higher risk environments
  • Experience working with a diverse population and commitment to inclusivity

Preferred:

  • 5+ years experience in:
    • Supervising and developing staff/interns
    • Nonprofit program leadership
    • Counseling or case management
  • Counseling background in educational or non-profit setting
  • Master’s degree and licensure in educational/professional counseling, social work, or a related profession

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Urban city and school district
  • Working with students and families who may or may not face circumstances, including but not limited to, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and immigration
  • Requires current Colorado driver’s license
  • Up to date auto insurance with limits of $100/$300/$100 and $5K in Medical Payments
  • Driving to and from schools, events and/or other local entities as necessary
  • Occasional before /after regular working hours
  • Occasional transport for student/family according to academic need and support

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and commitment to continuous professional growth
    • Good organizational skills
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple requests
    • Effective written and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to work outside of normal school hours and days
    • Satisfactory health and sufficient physical energy to maintain the rigorous schedule
    • Safe and clean driving record
    • Ability to lift at least 20lbs

Application Instructions:
Please send a resume and cover letter to apply@denverkidsinc.org with the job title you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Your response will not be reviewed if it doesn’t include a cover letter. No phone calls or mail submissions.

Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and developing an inclusive staff team. Minorities and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Events and Communications Manager
Job Classification: Full Time, Salaried/Exempt
Department:
Development and Communications
Reports to:
Development Director
Hours:
40 hours/week

Compensation & Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Individual Health & Dental Coverage, Individual Retirement Account Contribution and Paid Time Off

Denver Kids Inc. – Every student counts. Every student graduates.

The mission of Denver Kids is to create career and college pathways for at-potential students open to growth and guidance by providing multi-level support to students, their families, and the school community. We believe that it is important to offer the students we serve a holistic approach to their development and growth and hence provide learning opportunities to engage in activities that they otherwise might not have the opportunity to participate in outside of school– enrichment.

What We Are Seeking: The Events and Communications Manager is a key position to help deliver on our vision of Every Student Counts, Every Student Graduates. An essential belief in the Denver Kids service delivery is that every child needs an interested and engaged adult who can help them develop an unlimited sense of their future.  The Events and Communications Manager is responsible for assisting with the organization’s fundraising and communications plans, and for implementing strategies to increase visibility for the organization. Areas of fundraising and marketing activities may include: individual giving; monthly giving; planned giving; corporate/business giving; events; marketing/messaging (volunteer, student and donor recruitment); advertising; PR and social media.

The Events and Communications Manager will also be responsible for developing and implementing special event goals, analyzing special event effectiveness, recruiting and managing event committees, and stewarding special event participants.

Job Responsibilities:

Special Events:

  • Leading the coordination and implementation of Denver Kids Annual Breakfast fundraiser including but not limited to:
    • Coordination and monitoring event timelines and budgets and ensure targets are met
    • Coordination of location and vendors
    • Assistance with acquiring event underwriters, table captains, and guests
    • Manage all communication and preparation of confirmed event underwriters, table captains, and guests.
    • Coordinate, development, and/or manage event program, including:
      • Program elements, including theme and overall presentation
      • Production of video(s)
      • Identification and preparation of speakers and opening act, including rehearsal
      • Script and showflow
      • A/V, including music and on-screen presentation
      • All program related collateral, including underwriting packet, invitations, program, etc.
    • Coordination and implementation of all efforts to publicize event
    • Manage guest RSVP process
    • Facilitation of a donor acknowledgement and follow up process
    • Recruitment and management of event volunteer
    • All additional activities required for the successful implementation of the Annual Breakfast
  • Leading the coordination and implementation of The Class Act Dinner fundraiser including but not limited to:
    • Leading and monitoring event timelines and budgets and ensure targets are met
    • Coordination of location and vendors
    • Assistance with event sponsorship and table sales
    • Manage all communication and preparation of all confirmed sponsors and guests.
    • Coordinate, development, and/or manage event program, including:
      • Program elements, including theme and overall presentation
      • Production of video(s)
      • Identification and preparation of speakers and other program participants, including rehearsal
      • Script and showflow
      • A/V, including music and on-screen presentation
    • All program related collateral, including underwriting packet, invitations, program, etc. Coordination and implementation all efforts to publicize event
    • Management and implementation of event online program (ex: Greater Giving)
    • Management of the auction acquisition process and auction implementation
    • Facilitation of a donor acknowledgement and follow up process
    • Facilitation and management of a volunteer logistics committee who will help with:
      • Acquisition and coordination of in-kind donations
      • Coordination of event correspondence and promotion
      • Volunteer recruitment and coordination
      • Registration, check-in/out, and bidding and donation procedures
    • All additional activities required for the successful implementation of the Class Act Gala

Communications:

  • Lead and implement the organization’s marketing efforts, including but not limited to:
    • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan
    • Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
    • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and Denver Kids website
  • Development and management of a marketing content calendar
  • Assistance with collateral generation and dissemination
  • Work with Marketing Committee as lead staff person to carry out the messaging of Denver Kids
  • Coordinate all e-newsletter communications including monthly e-blast
  • Manage Denver Kids social media presence
    • Track and measure the level of engagement within the network over time
    • Lead story collection and storytelling
    • Produce Denver Kids publications, Annual Reports, and related documents
  • Serve as Denver Kids media contact; develop and maintain strong relationship with local media
  • Present information to internal and external stakeholder groups
  • Design letterhead and other collateral templates, write templates for thank you letters and other communications, and assist with writing executive speeches

Development Support

  • Support the Development Team, as needed, with the successful implementation of the organization’s overall fundraising strategy.

Key Skills and Attributes:

Marketing and Communication – Proven experience is marketing and communications across multiple platforms including digital, media and web based-communications. Experience within the non-profit sector a plus.

Organized & Effective Event Planner – Proven experience coordinating effective special events and/or fundraisers within the corporate or non-profit sectors. Experience managing volunteers and sponsorship engagement is a plus.

Self-Starter & Team Player – Takes initiative, possesses a strong sense of ownership, and is dedicated to ensuring quality and inclusive programs at all times. Inspires the trust and confidence of others in order to collaborate on projects and gain knowledge necessary to ensure success in coordinating activities and events.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Passion for Denver Kids’ mission and values
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in marketing/communications/special event development
  • Experience with Google suite, Excel, Microsoft Word
  • Ability to organize events around specific goals, from planning phase to logistics and follow-up
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License and reliable transportation
  • Up to date auto insurance with limits of $100/$300/$100 and $5K in Medical Payments
  • Ability to pass a background check

  Preferred:

  • Experience in non-profit sector
  • Experience with Salesforce or other database

  Working Conditions

  • Some evenings and weekends
  • Ability to transport materials in support of special event

Compensation/Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

What You Can Expect:

  • A competitive salary, generous PTO, great benefits package
  • To be part of a dynamic team committed to the Core Values of this organization
  • Ongoing desire to be made stronger by our inclusiveness and diversity
  • To join an organization with all of the right ingredients for growth and success: a timely mission, a 73-year track record of graduating / completing more than 80% of our high school seniors, a productive partnership with Denver Public Schools, over 300 committed volunteers, an excellent reputation, a committed 40+ person staff, and an active 30-person board.

Application Instructions:

Please send a resume and cover letter to apply@denverkidsinc.org with the job title you are applying for in the subject line of the email. No phone calls or mail submissions.

Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and developing an inclusive team. People of color and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Development Internship

Job Classification: Part-time
Department: Development
Reports to: Development Officer
Hours: 8-16 hours/week

Job Description:

An internship with the Denver Kids Development Team provides the opportunity for hands-on learning and work experience with a leading local educational/youth development nonprofit organization. As an intern, you will work closely with the Development Department to provide support in all aspects of development:

Special Events:

  • Assist Development Department in the planning and execution of fundraising and donor cultivation events
  • Researching and soliciting in-kind donations relevant to event needs
  • Tracking event RSVP and attendance lists
  • Assisting with the ordering, coordinating, and assembling day-of event materials
  • Participate in implementing day-of event logistics

Data Management:

  • Maintaining and improving the Denver Kids electronic donor database in DonorPerfect Online
  • Data entry and maintenance
  • Managing database reporting for analysis and donor recognition
  • Tracking fundraising event participation and donations

Development Department Support:

  • Supporting cultivation efforts that help establish strong relationships with donors
  • Researching funding opportunities
  • Opportunity to learn functionality of nonprofit departments including programs, finance, and marketing
  • Additional development/fundraising administrative tasks as needed such as mailing donation acknowledgements, etc.

Denver Kids, Inc. has worked in partnership with the Rotary Club of Denver and Denver Public Schools (DPS) to support students in higher-risk environments – homelessness, poverty, attendance and behavioral challenges, single-guardian households – to help them graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and contribute to their communities. Today, the organization continues to serve as a leader in youth intervention and dropout prevention, connecting more than 1,000 students in 70% of Denver Public Schools with Educational Counselors and volunteer mentors each year.

Hours range from 8 to 16 hours/week, flexible within Monday-Friday schedule, with some possible weekend opportunities. We are seeking interns starting January 2020, though interns are welcome to apply on a rolling basis. This unpaid internship opportunity is flexible depending on candidate needs and will be open until filled. Parking is free at our South Acoma Street location, but any other necessary parking/public transit expenses will be reimbursed up to $70 per month as needed.

All internships are part-time with no financial compensation, but are a learning opportunity. Academic credit is available. Please note, this internship is for those interested in the fundraising and administrative side of non-profit, and it does not involve any programming with students. 

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Kelsey_Grayson@dpsk12.org.