Program Officer for Immigrant Youth
Posted on Aug 20, 2021 by Liberty's Promise
Kensington, MD 20891
LIBERTY'S PROMISE (LP)
Program Officer, Full Time
Liberty's Promise supports low-income, immigrant youth, ages 15-21, through after-school programs of civic engagement and a professional internship program. We are a dynamic staff of 17 who are dedicated to helping our youth learn about their new communities and realize their true potential so that they may work towards their dreams after high school.
Civics and Citizenship, our flagship after-school program, is designed to provide immigrant youth from all backgrounds with information that will introduce them to their new country, community, and educational system. Our after-school sessions are meant to be friendly and fun, while delving into the topics of civic engagement, college access, and career readiness.
Nuestro programa CE-BELL (Compromiso Cívico para Principiantes Aprendices del Idioma Inglés) fue diseñada para apoyar a jóvenes hispanohablantes y brindarles la oportunidad para aprender la misma información que proporcionamos en Civics and Citizenship mientras todavía están aprendiendo el inglés. El programa CE-BELL se dirige completamente en español, pero tiene el mismo objetivo: ayudar a los participantes a sentir que son parte de su nueva comunidad, enseñarles sobre cultura y costumbres estadounidenses, y prepararles para graduarse y conseguir el trabajo que desean.
Our internship program, Opportunities Plus, connects hard working immigrant newcomers to professional internships in a wide range of businesses and organizations. Prior to their internship, we lead them through job skills workshops, where they develop their resume and cover letter, and learn about interview preparation and workplace culture. By the end of the program, our youth have gained valuable experience and confidence in securing their own employment in the future.
You can learn more about our after-school civic engagement programs and professional internship program on our website at LibertysPromise.org.
We are currently seeking an energetic and dedicated full-time Program Officer to run both after-school programs and Opportunities Plus in Prince George's County, MD (one position), and the City of Gaithersburg, MD (one position). Each Program Officer at LP is responsible for the implementation of two programs. The successful candidate will work at our office location in the mornings (in Kensington) and in the afternoons be onsite (twice weekly per program, 20 weeks annually) at their respective school(s). *Due to necessary travel between program sites, applicants should have their own car. Applicants must have oral and written fluency in English and Spanish as the CE-BELL program is conducted entirely in Spanish. All applicants must have substantial and successful experience working with adolescents, preferably in a multicultural environment. Application deadline is September 15, 2021.
* We are planning to be working in the schools in person for the upcoming school year. Full-time staff, however, are only required to work in the office three days per week.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Work with the school(s) to promote the after-school program to youth
Develop curriculum and lead after-school programs
Organize and schedule guest speakers and field trips
Coordinate and manage eight-week internships for youth at your school(s)
Meet one-on-one and assist youth with internship, job, college, and scholarship applications
Develop relationships with school administration, local organizations, and government agencies
Draft and edit grant proposals and reports
Track and update program outcomes and statistics using Microsoft Excel and our youth database (Salesforce)
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
Comfortable working in an office environment
Must exhibit flexibility, reliability, exceptional professionalism, and a strong work ethic
Exemplary written and verbal communication skills in Spanish and English
Ability to think on your feet and find solutions to unanticipated problems
Ability to function independently and as a member of a team
Comfortable being a "jack of all trades," and maintain a sense of humor
Deep belief in Liberty's Promise mission, vision, and values
Dedication to working with youth and helping our organization grow over the long term
How to Apply:
Please email a resume, cover letter, and three references to: with the Subject Line "LP Program Officer"