Placement Organization: The Grassroot Project
Placement Location: Washington D.C.
Eligible Citizenship: American
About: The Grassroot Project (TGP) is harnessing the popularity of sports in a powerful way. In a city that faces an AIDS epidemic on par with several African countries—one in 20 adults in Washington DC is estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS—TGP is using sports and athletes to break the silence around this issue.
Each semester TGP recruits all-star athletes from the top athletic programs at DC universities to become health educators. After undergoing TGP’s Athletes2Coaches training program, these athletes partner with P.E. classes at 31 DC schools, rolling out innovative sports-based HIV prevention and life skills programs for hundreds of local youth. At the end of each semester, TGP hosts community events that bring all of its youth together to celebrate what they’ve learned.
TGP was founded by 40 athletes from Georgetown University in 2009, and in just three years has grown to involve more than 400 athletes from four DC universities. Due to its unique programs and deep impact, TGP’s work has been supported by corporations like Nike, MTV, and PNC Bank, and has been featured in The Washington Post, Seventeen Magazine, the BET Awards, CNN International, Good Morning America, and ABC’s Emmy-nominated Everyday Health.
TGP successes to date are a result of a very clear mission, contagious positive energy, self-motivation and an incredible input from hundreds of volunteer student athletes. We are an organization comprised entirely of student athletes who are strongly committed to our mission. Working with TGP presents a unique opportunity for someone in the beginning of their professional career to be able to hold a senior management role at an innovative NGO. We are looking for an outstanding program manager who will thrive in our culture and become a core part of our operations, delivering much-needed services to youth in Washington DC.
Position Overview: To position TGP for future success, we seek a Program Manager with a wide range of responsibilities and to work with TGP staff including the CEO, COO, and Special Programs Manager. The successful candidate will be in charge of coordinating our core activities, including athlete training, school interventions, and graduation ceremonies.
- Plan and direct the recruitment of college student-athlete volunteers from Georgetown University, George Washington University, Howard University, and the University of Maryland
- Plan and direct two training-of-trainers courses for college athletes to become facilitators of the TGP curriculum
- Plan and direct 8-week school-based interventions in 30+ DC middle schools
- Plan and direct two community ‘graduation’ events, in December and May
- Communicatewith school and site administrators, teachers, and principals with regards to program information and logistics
- Input program expenses into accounting software
- Maintain the TGP culture of passion, hard work, and teamwork
- Think strategically and make decisions based on the overall strategy of the organization
- Is not afraid to make tough decisions and take on a leadership role, including empowering and motivating staff
- Holds staff accountable while also being fair and transparent and providing sufficient structure, process, and tools in order for them to succeed
- Cares about TGP staff and volunteers and ensures that they are learning and developing along with the organization
- Other duties and special projects as assigned
Required Skills and Experience:
- Demonstrated interest in public health, HIV/AIDS or community development
- Demonstrated ability to work with & communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
- Proven ability to manage large workloads and multi-task
- An interest in sport preferred, and an appreciation of its extraordinary potential to impact social development
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team environment
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Comfort using Microsoft Excel, Google Calendar, and Dropbox
- Experience with college or professional athletics and/or demonstrated ability to understand the lifestyle of a student-athlete
- Internship experience working in the public health sector
- Grassroot community organization or volunteer coordination experience a plus
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $750/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.