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Carpe Mundi is hiring for a PDXchange Program Director!

Carpe Mundi Organizational Overview:

Carpe Mundi is a small nonprofit with a mission to facilitate the transformation of economically disadvantaged Portland youth into globally aware and socially engaged college graduates. In August, 2019 Carpe Mundi will begin our 8th year of holistic programming, supporting 20-30 low-income, diverse, and mostly first-generation college students from the Portland area in a yearlong mentorship program that includes an experiential education semester abroad.  

We pride ourselves on being the only nonprofit in the US that provides low-income college students with a scholarship to study abroad in addition to a holistic support network to ensure student success. We believe in student engagement, learning communities, and providing equitable opportunities to all students. We work closely with our sister organization, Carpe Diem Education, which facilitates the development of our study abroad experiences and enables students to earn credit from Portland State University during the program.

PDXchange Program Director Position Summary:

Carpe Mundi is a close-knit team of three passionate educators that share office space with our partners at Carpe Diem Education. Our office culture is supportive, collaborative, creative, and lively. We have strong relationships with our community partners, and a diverse base of alumni students that continue to stay engaged and involved with our organization.

We are seeking a dynamic individual to step into the role of Carpe Mundi PDXchange Program Director (PD) beginning in mid-July, 2019. The PD supports in the selection and mentoring of students and provides academic, developmental, emotional, and logistical support in Portland and internationally. This year-round, salaried position includes two months of international travel as an Overseas Educator.

The successful PD has a strong desire to positively affect the lives of young people. They enjoy the challenge of educating and mentoring young adults as they expand their self-awareness through traveling internationally, often for the first time. They love travel and approach their work with energy, curiosity and a sense of fun. They are committed to diversity and inclusion, their own personal development and have strong emotional intelligence, interpersonal and program management skills.

Carpe Mundi seeks to build an inclusive workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our student community. We are committed to fostering a culture where difference is celebrated, and everyone feels safe and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socio-economic status, or disabilities. We consider all applicants holistically and we strongly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.

Essential Job Functions:

Before and after international travel, spend approximately two-thirds time on student support functions:

  • Mentor and supervise individuals to ensure they are logistically and financially prepared for the entirety of the program (passports, visas, scholarships, co-admission to Portland State University, Financial Aid requirements, Carpe Mundi/Diem payments etc.)

  • Plan and facilitate student group meetings on a weekly and monthly basis, including a two-day orientation in August

  • Utilize prepared curriculum and develop new lessons that are proactive and responsive to the needs of students such as: goal setting, budgeting, non-violent communication, social and environmental justice, mindfulness, cultural humility, and other interpersonal skills

  • Act as a writing and academic mentor for students

  • Identify and secure post-travel volunteer placements

  • Liaise with Carpe Diem Education to plan international travel

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director (ED) in:

    • Presenting the Carpe Mundi program at local high schools, colleges, and college fairs for recruitment purposes

    • Interviewing and selecting students

    • Developing and implementing more robust forms of program evaluation to track individual student outcomes

Spend approximately one-third time on administration and fundraising.

  • Actively participate in fundraising efforts including an annual auction and spring online giving campaign

  • Support students in managing and obtaining required educational and travel documents

  • Update and maintain online databases relating to students and donors

  • Develop and document processes and procedures

  • Maintain and update the website and social media channels

  • Support in creating Carpe Mundi marketing collateral (brochures, t-shirts etc.)

  • Design and manage email marketing campaigns for student recruitment

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director (ED) in:

    • Identifying grants and grant-writing

    • Reviewing and evaluating curriculum and program content

During international travel:

  • The PDXchange PD is required to travel for two months to a developing country, most likely in Central America (mid-February to mid-April)

  • Lead and mentor students while supporting their physical, emotional and educational needs 24/7

  • Participate in a 10-12 day leader training in Portland, hosted by Carpe Diem Education

  • Function as a Carpe Diem Education Overseas Educator with the support of a Carpe Diem Education co-leader

  • Follow the health and safety policies and emergency response protocol of Carpe Diem Education; provide medical assistance and first aid, as needed

  • Maintain frequent and effective communication with Executive Director

  • Support students in completing academic requirements

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience working with teens and young adults from low-income and diverse backgrounds; desire to connect, develop and maintain long-term, caring and trusting relationships with youth

  • Strong mentorship, coaching, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence

    • Able to encourage and support students in overcoming obstacles and navigating potential logistical barriers to travel

    • Able to responsibly encourage students to stretch beyond their comfort zones

    • Reinforce expectations for college level academic skills and learning

  • Committed to self development and growth

  • Navigate traveling in a foreign country while guiding a group of 10-12 students (often first time international travelers)

    • Impart knowledge on cultural curiosity, intercultural communication, and demonstrate an excitement for activities; teach and model what it means to be a respectful/responsive traveler, not a tourist

    • Able to translate travel experiences into personal life lessons

    • Engage in a safety mindset at all times, and respond effectively and calmly to adverse and unpredictable circumstances, including medical or emotional crises

    • Maintain awareness of relevant issues related to host countries such as culture, religion, current affairs, environment, etc.

    • Willing and able to be available to students during travel times 24 hours a day 7 days a week

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues, and experience working closely with a co-leader or team member

  • Effective group facilitation skills

    • Able to establish and communicate clear expectations, and model and maintain appropriate boundaries with and for students

    • Strong conflict resolution and mediation skills

    • Able to create a friendly, positive, equitable, culturally sensitive and respectful climate that is student-focused

  • Effective organization, time management, and project management skills

  • Able to work independently, set and meet deadlines

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong and creative problem-solving skills

  • Flexible, and able to perform well under constantly changing environments

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • This job operates both inside and outside of an office environment.

  • This position is regularly required to see, talk, hear, stand, walk, climb stairs, use arms and hands

  • During travel there are periods of increased physical activity with moderate lifting, pushing, or pulling, standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching and climbing

  • During travel there is the possibility of exposure to unusual elements, such as varied or extreme weather, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors; there is the possibility of exposure to hazards such as disease, contaminated water or food poisoning

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

  • Oral and written Spanish proficiency

  • Two years of relevant work experience, such as in human services or non-profit organizations

  • Twelve months of paid or unpaid experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds and/or from low-income, high risk environments, preferably with young adults age 17-22

  • Direct experience independently traveling, working, volunteering or studying internationally, in the developing world

  • Professional experience leading or facilitating groups

  • Proficiency with email, Microsoft office suite (including Excel) and Google drive

  • Any combination of education and experience will be considered for meeting the minimum requirements

Additional Eligibility Requirements:  

  • Pass a background check* and reference check

  • Available to travel out of the country for two months, usually February through April

  • Obtain and maintain valid passport, applicable visas*, and any required vaccines*

  • Obtain Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification before December, 2019 (not sure how you’d pay for a WFR? Check out Carpe Diem’s WFR certification scholarship program)

  • Willing and able to comply with Carpe Diem Education’s No Drug and Alcohol policy during the two months of overseas travel with the students, foregoing alcohol and drugs during this time period

*These expenses will be covered or subsidized by Carpe Mundi

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in education, psychology, social work, international studies or other applicable field

  • Relevant work or humanitarian experience in Central America or other developing countries

  • Experience leading young adults on extended educational trips

  • Experience mentoring or coaching others

  • Experience with design applications (Canva, InDesign), iMovie, email marketing, social media, and database applications

  • Working knowledge of financial aid processes and college education systems

  • Fundraising and grant writing experience

  • Reliable vehicle and a current driver’s license

Compensation and Working Hours:  

This is a full-time, exempt position. The annual salary is expected to start at $36,000, depending on experience. Carpe Mundi provides up to $300 per month reimbursement for health insurance. During international travel, Carpe Mundi pays for airfare, room, board, travel and medical insurance, and required activities. This position includes 10 paid holidays and 15 days of paid time off (PTO) to be used while working in Portland.

During ten months of local work, office hours are generally between 9:00am - 5:00pm with occasional weekends and evenings as needed for student meetings and presentations. When traveling as an Overseas Educator, the position is full time. You and a co-leader are responsible for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for two months.

To Apply:

This posting will close once we’ve received a sufficient number of qualified applications, and is anticipated to close no later than May 22nd, at midnight PDT.

Please submit the following to

1.     Resume. Please include dates of employment.

2.     In your cover letter, please respond to the following questions:

  • This job involves two very different work lifestyles, 10 months in Portland and two months abroad. How do you plan on balancing those two different lifestyles? What excites you about working with students both in Portland and internationally?  

  • When is your available start date? (Carpe Mundi strongly prefers a start date of mid-July)

3.     Please provide 3 references that can speak directly to your group leadership abilities, facilitation skills, travel experience and interpersonal communication skills.

  • At least one must be a prior supervisor, and one should be a prior student.

  • Please include name, relationship, phone number, and email address (we will not contact references prior to obtaining your verbal approval).

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