[eDebate] Job Posting

Les Lynn leslynn
Wed May 2 02:51:17 CDT 2007


The NAUDL is undertaking a hiring process for the position of Regional Program Officer.  If you think you might be interested, please see the attached job announcement, the content of which is pasted below.



Les Lynn
Executive Director
National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(o) 312-427-8101
(f) 312-427-6130
(c) 312-848-2271

Regional Program Officer
Job Description


?    B.A. or higher degree
?    Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively 
?    Excellent communications skills, written and oral
?    Significant (5 years or more) experience in the non-profit sector, preferably education non-profits
?    Working knowledge of urban education systems, at the school-site and administrative  levels
?    Experience in urban education ? non-profit, administrative, or classroom ? and/or academic debate is a plus
?    Capacity to implement NAUDL Model guidelines, adapting to local variations and overcoming obstacles
?    Capacity to negotiate effectively with diverse institutions and individuals ? e.g. urban school systems, local high school debate leadership, law firms and corporations, local UDL Advisory Board members, and universities
?    Ability to supervise local initiatives and coach a range of professional skills, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments
?    Capacity to juggle multiple priorities and projects simultaneously, and a demonstrated ability to execute complex projects and work under tight deadlines.  
?    Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures
?    Demonstrated success in advocacy, customer service, and problem solving 
?    High degree of determination, innovation, initiative, and persistence 
?    Intermediate to advanced proficiency with personal computers and Microsoft Office products
?    A demonstrated record of performing high-caliber work independently within general guidelines and to know when and where to involve other members of the staff and/or the board

Job Description

The Regional Program Officer will principally be responsible for working intensively with four Urban Debate Leagues.  The primary responsibility of the Regional Officer is to increase the breadth (number of schools and students benefiting from urban debate), depth (program quality), sustainability, and local ownership of each of the four UDLs which he or she manages.  

The Regional Program Officer will:

?    Coordinate project schedules and task lists in accord with the NAUDL?s League Building blueprint
?    Analyze the prospects for success of each new UDL methodically, through research and interviews with local leaders and experts, and develop practical implementation strategies
?    Collaborate with and engage local stakeholders across various constituencies in each city in order to organize and catalyze support for the UDL
?    Identify, develop relationships with, and activate additional local stakeholders and strategic partner entities to expand the political efficacy of the UDL
?    Recruit train, and support the local UDL Advisory Board, ensuring the proper blend of leadership and successful execution of its mission
?    Help the local UDL Advisory Board specify required resources, establish performance benchmarks, and design operations
?    Lead efforts to secure school system institutionalization by mapping the terrain, cultivating administrative allies, and helping overcome obstacles
?    Conduct technical assistance site visits that offer substantive on-site guidance and lead supporters toward a sustainability-orientation. 
?    Orient and train local UDL Coordinators
?    Demonstrate and initiate training of all local UDL Coaches
?    Provide ongoing consultation to help build a strong, stable financial and organizational infrastructure
?    Represent the NAUDL at community, school system, development, business, and civic meetings and present information on NAUDL programs and approach
?    Contribute to NAUDL efforts to encapsulate and promote the use of best practices in curricular and after-school urban education programming.  
?    Create opportunities for knowledge-sharing amongst UDLs, engendering a network that fosters innovation and leverages experience
?    Monitor the fidelity of implementation and help create quality assurance mechanisms for local UDLs
?    Help coordinate events that cultivate local support, raise money, and recruit volunteers 
?    Research, identify, reach out to, and apply for funding from local foundations and corporations, in conjunction with the NAUDL External Affairs Director and the local UDL Advisory Board
?    Regularly report to the Executive Director as to the progress and current status of the local UDLs relative to the NAUDL League Building blueprint.  
?    Provide stories for each Urban Debate NewsBlast 

Additional Information

Compensation will be commensurate with experience, $50,000 and up.   Candidates who pass through an initial screening process will be interviewed by the NAUDL Senior Staff and Board of Directors and must provide three references.  

It is the policy of the NAUDL to provide employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) as required by law. 

Submit your c.v. and a cover letter by June 1st to:

Les Lynn
Executive Director
332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 500
Chicago, IL   60604
(e) leslynn at urbandebate.org

Applications may be emailed or mailed, but not faxed.  Please do not phone the NAUDL office regarding this position.  Questions may be sent to info at urbandebate.org.

Thank you for your interest.  

Les Lynn
Executive Director
National Association for Urban Debate Leagues
332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(o) 312-427-8101
(f) 312-427-6130
(c) 312-848-2271
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