About the Foundation:
Bezos Scholars Program (BSP) is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation, an independent nonprofit Foundation that invests in the science of learning and the experiences that youth from prenatal through young adulthood need to pursue their own path for success. Throughout its work, the Foundation aims to address systemic inequities by partnering with the people and communities most affected by them.
Established in 2005, BSP is a transformative, year-long, no-cost leadership development program that amplifies youth voice and action so young people with passion can start making a difference today. The program’s structure and offerings foster adolescents’ remarkable capacity for learning and leading, with an emphasis on supporting students’ evolving needs for identity-building, agency, contribution and mastery. Each year, 17 exceptional high school juniors from the U.S. and Africa, along with educators from each of their schools, are selected as Bezos Scholars. At the center of the program are community change projects—fresh, achievable, and sustainable approaches to solving urgent problems, conceived, and launched by Scholars with the Foundation’s support. Educators serve as mentors, advocates, and allies to students and aim to build their ability to support and amplify the development of student voices, ideas and actions while helping to improve students’ leadership efficacy and skills.
After their initial year, Scholars go on to pursue a wide range of interests and endeavors, personally and professionally. The Foundation subscribes to the belief of “once a Scholar, always a Scholar” and aims to leverage its active 400+ alumni network, currently focused primarily on former student participants, to develop opportunities for and with them that allow them to give back and continue leading change for the greater good.
About the position
The Project Manager position provides direct support to the Program Manager and Scholars with project leadership, management and administrative support to all Bezos Scholar activities.
- Lead alumni strategy and engagement: Carry forward and evolve current alumni offerings to meet the needs of a diverse group of alumni Scholars at various stages and places in their careers and personal trajectories.
- Oversee educator Scholar support: Build rapport, engage, curate and facilitate activities and opportunities for current and alumni educators.
- Manage and support continuing community change projects: Oversee funding process and evolution of sustainable local community change projects founded by student Scholars, and support educators and new student leaders to carry projects forward beyond their initial year.
Support and Assist:
- Support current Scholar cohort over the year-long program: Build relationships, manage logistics and co-facilitate virtual sessions, coach student-led teams as they develop their community change project, and foster relationships that enhance the program’s mission while meeting Scholar needs.
- Help with national promotion and recruitment: Support public high school and partner outreach; help manage the online application cycle with application platform vendor.
- Volunteer management: Support Scholar selection process by managing 50+ volunteers, including some alumni, to annually serve on the selection committee.
- Curriculum development and facilitation: Assist with finding and/or creating curriculum that engages Scholars and meets learning objectives. This includes the ability to joyfully facilitate/co-facilitate curriculum or serve as an emcee with program partners at virtual or in-person offerings for Scholars and alumni.
- Help create content for digital properties: Program properties include its newsletter, website, social media channels, alumni application, etc.
Administrative and Logistics:
- Administrative support: Provide internal/external calendar management, agenda prepping, and note taking. Data entry and contact management as needed to support projects and activities.
- Partner management: Cultivate and manage relationships with experts, community leaders, potential partners and colleagues in the fields of education, youth development and leadership.
- Event curation and management: Lead and/or support various virtual and in-person Scholar events, many of which include coordinating travel, venues, vendors and other logistics.
- Internal team coordination: Partner with the wider Foundation team, particularly the operations, communications and adolescent teams, to support the needs of BSP and broader Foundation initiatives and needs.
- Track current events, issues and publications related to adolescent development, youth leadership and wellbeing.
- Travel and ability to work some weekends: Willingness to flexibly respond to needs of the Foundation and travel up to 10% and work half-days up to two Saturdays a month. Required to help chaperone annual Aspen trip with Scholars for up to 10 days, toward the end of June, beginning of July.
- Willing to be available to support other adolescent programs, as necessary.
Required Experience and Knowledge:
- Five+ years of experience in education or youth development fields, with priority for work supporting and facilitating programming to high school students and educators.
- At least three years of experience with project management, creating/using systems, tools and practices that support detail orientated work, and that include event coordination.
- Experience developing and designing opportunities for alumni communities or larger groups of participants over a period of time is desired.
- Nimble and tech savvy administrator who is comfortable using technology, including proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and database management experience. Salesforce experience is a plus.
- Excellent written, verbal, and oral communications and presentation skills and ability to represent program professionally and enthusiastically, including ability to communicate with an array of different and culturally diverse audiences in a captivating manner.
- Strong writing and copy editing experience with the ability to craft stories with and for the BSP community.
- Ability to build strong relationships, connect and communicate across difference. Fosters inclusive and equitable practices and provides support to a diverse array of Scholars, partners and constituents.
- Successful experience working on teams, fostering collaboration, seeking and integrating feedback and flexibility to shift a viewpoint.
- Ability to effectively prioritize projects and manage resources.
- Lived experience in a community traditionally under-represented in nonprofit leadership roles, and an understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.
- Passion for the mission of the Foundation and BSP, with an interest in fostering youth leadership.
- Ability to thrive in a creative, fast-paced and highly collaborative culture that emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork.
- Sound judgment with bias for action. Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and work under pressure with commitment to quality and accuracy with a strong attention to detail.
- Strong people skills (e.g., listening, negotiating, facilitating, managing conflict). Responsive, clear and able to adapt for diverse communication styles with colleagues and partners.
- Demonstrated ability to build trust with external partners and strong cross-functional relationships across an organization to achieve common goals.
- Possesses a positive, professional and proactive approach to problem solving.
- Unwavering work ethic, integrity, ethic, and comfortable with an open and transparent team environment.
- Ability to work collectively and take initiative to support changing needs of the team, effectively prioritize projects and manage resources.
- Innovative, resourceful and conscientious strategic thinker, ability to map daily responsibilities to the organization's overall mission and goals.
- Ability to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality.
Location: Seattle, Washington
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.
A note about location and the pandemic: Bezos Family Foundation is located in downtown Seattle. While we will continue to follow federal, state and local public health guidance, as of now, employees are working remotely and are expected to be able to report to our Seattle office when it is deemed safe to do so.
The Bezos Family Foundation believes all children are born with potential and deserve the experiences and environments needed to learn and thrive. In honor of these beliefs we are an equal opportunity employer and committed to creating a diverse, inclusive and accessible environment within our Foundation and with those we serve.