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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
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).