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Project Director, BoSTEM

Boston, MA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time, Contract
1 - 2 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 19 Oct 2017

Expires on 20 Oct 2017

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Project Director, BoSTEM

We unite people to create change that lasts: We call it harnessing the power of people working together. And
that means everyone – individuals, nonprofits, companies, and government agencies. We work every day to
achieve our vision and mission by focusing on the three core building blocks of a strong, vibrant community:
ensuring that all families have the resources and opportunities to lift themselves out of poverty; preparing children to enter school ready to learn and succeed; and inspiring and supporting youth to stay in school and realize positive options for the future.

POSITION TITLE: Project, Director, BoSTEM
STATUS: Exempt, Full-time, Grant-funded through September 31, 2022

** Deadline to apply is Friday, October 20, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with anticipated start date of  Monday, November 6, 2017 **

United Way seeks an experienced professional to join the Educational Success team within United Way’s Community Impact division to lead the BoSTEM initiative. Led by United Way in collaboration with Boston After School and Beyond, BoSTEM is a coalition of nonprofit and community leaders dedicated to increasing culturally responsive STEM out-of-school programming, aligned with in-school curricula, to prepare high-need middle-school students, academically and socially, for STEM postsecondary education and careers by: 1) Employing a collaborative, continuous performance feedback cycle to encourage innovative, customized sitebased strategies and supports within a framework for quality  implementation; and 2) Implementing culturally responsive STEM programming to increase students’ college- and career-STEM aspirations. Leveraging United Way’s corporate partners, BoSTEM cultivates a learning ecosystem that connects students to opportunities to practice STEM and critical skills outside the classroom, as well as develop a real-world context for the concepts they learn in school.

BoSTEM is the recipient of a 2017 Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) through the U.S. Department of Education to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, fieldinitiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations over the next 5 years. The EIR BoSTEM Project will address critical local and national needs for quality STEM education and college or career readiness, by refining, scaling, and studying our successful BoSTEM program as an emerging best practice for increasing postsecondary preparedness.
The Project Director will oversee implementation of this important effort which may potentially demonstrate that BoSTEM strategies are successful, scalable, and may be replicated.

Oversee direct implementation of the EIR-funded BoSTEM Project.

  • Provide project leadership and oversee day-to-day project operations.
  • Attend and coordinate Leadership Team and Advisory Council meetings with project updates.
  • Coordinate all data and reporting from program partners. Work with Boston After School and Beyond to ensure that program level data is provided to independent Evaluator as required and regularly review evaluation reports for timely presentation to stakeholders.
  • Manage, monitor, and submit all reports required by the funder in a timely manner.
  • Disseminate information (e.g., lessons learned) through Communities of Practice and other forums.
  • Supervise United Way’s BoSTEM Vista.
  • Develop recruitment, training, engagement, and retention strategies for community volunteers.
  • Collaborate with partners, companies, and community-based organizations to assess recruitment needs and strategies to create meaningful volunteer experiences that will benefit BoSTEM community partners and students.
  • Develop and implement systems for collaborating with BoSTEM partners to conduct volunteer outreach, recruitment, management, and communication.
  • Collaborate with the UWMB Volunteer Engagement and Corporate Development teams on efforts to engage companies and individual volunteers in BoSTEM mentoring initiatives.
  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with community-based organizations, volunteer recruitment, orientation, training, and retention strategies and tools (e.g., materials, marketing, databases, surveys).
  • Engage volunteers (individual and corporate) and manage tracking and evaluating volunteer recruitment and retention.
  • Support the creation, implementation, and refinement of a system for tracking volunteer engagement
  • sessions and communicating with prospective volunteers to enhance refinement of training efforts. 
  • Develop and implement data and evaluation systems for volunteer management and program evaluation for corporate engagement activities.
  • Develop a system to track and manage volunteers and students engaged in corporate engagement activities.
  • Build assessment tools to gauge and improve volunteer experiences; this includes implementing
  • surveys provided by US2020 and creating and documenting consent systems.
  • In collaboration with Boston After School & Beyond and US2020, implement systems for the
  • assessment of program delivery and effectiveness, including securing consent to implement student and partner surveys.
  • Analyze data and provide feedback and recommendations based on outcomes to inform the future development of the BoSTEM Project.


  • Significant experience in an administrative role, leading large initiatives, and working in a challenging,
  • fast-paced environment, including at least one year of supervisory experience.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and to work independently.
  • High level of proficiency in customer service, including providing support in stressful situations.
  •  Ability to work well with a variety of staff and agency representatives, evaluators, consultants, grant
  • officers, and corporate partners.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including experience writing grant/progress reports and
  • making presentations to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Professional demeanor, including telephone and email communications.
  • Past experience in data management, analysis and reporting.
  • Keen attention to detail and ability to produce professional, error-free reports and documents.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office environment: Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.
  • Knowledge of filing systems and file maintenance.
  •  Previous experience managing state or federal grants preferred.
  •  Commitment to excellence and the United Way

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
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