About Us and Our Philosophy:
SMASH empowers brilliant, underrepresented students with rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, culturally-relevant coursework, and access to resources and social capital that allow them to pave a successful career in tech and entrepreneurship. SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students, has been described by US News and World Report as “Perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields”. Now in its 17th year, SMASH Academy is scaling through an ambitious expansion strategy to achieve national impact.
A research-based organization, SMASH informs and leverages research projects examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields. SMASH is funded by private donors, foundations, and corporate giving.
SMASH Rising, provides SMASH Academy alumni with early professional workplace exposure. The program helps develop stronger, more diverse and socially conscious teams by providing college students of color STEM centric work experience during their college years.
This is a paid internship for SMASH Academy Alumni entering their first, second and third years of college. The program, supported by dedicated project managers, allows Scholar-Intern teams to put the skills developed at SMASH Academy into action.
The goal of SMASH Rising is to support the development of the next generation of STEM leaders across industries.
In 2018, SMASH piloted Rising with 13 alumni across 3 partners — Canary Center at Stanford, IDEO CoLab, and Pandora. In 2019, quadrupling in size, and placing 50+ alumni across 2 regions at 10 industry leaders. In 2020, the team was positioned pre COVID-19 to place 80+ alumni across 4 regions at 16 industry leaders. SMASH Rising is positioned to virtually place 100 alumni across 18 industry leaders in 2021.
Working at SMASH is about fast growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the status quo. This is a pivotal time for SMASH as we build on the success of our education programs and scale our work dramatically. This is not for the faint of heart, but if you have what it takes to change the face of STEM, join us.
Reporting to the Rising Portfolio Lead (RPL), the Project Manager (PM) will virtually lead the team throughout the duration of the program and will liaise between the partner organization, SMASH and the working pod of SMASH Rising Scholar-Interns. The PM will play an integral role in delivering and sustaining the SMASH Rising experience by supporting the design thinking + rapid prototyping process to ensure project goals are met. The PM will be placed and assigned to a SMASH Rising partner with a designated pod/team of 4-5 SMASH Rising scholars and liaise between SMASH, the partner and pod. You can see our SMASH Rising partners here.
Depending on the partner placement, this will be a 5-9 week assignment (June to August), with a full time engagement period through the duration of SMASH Rising (attendance at all program and training dates is mandatory). Although the majority of the position will function as described below, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving programmatic needs.
Project Manager Training Week | June 14-18 | Full-Time
Scholar-Onboarding Week | June 21-25 | Full-Time
5-Week Program | June 28- July 23 | Full-Time
8-Week Program | June 21 – Aug 13 | Full-Time
9-Week Program | June 21 – Aug 20 | Full-Time
Rising Debrief & Wrap Up | July/August | 11 hours total
*See program and training dates for additional information, attendance at all dates is mandatory
This is a 100% remote position. The position can be done virtually, from a home office or, if feasible, from any virtual location with reliable Internet connection (at least 25 Mbps download speed). The responsibilities listed below demand a quiet space and we expect facilitators to provide their own equipment. You will need a personal computer (desktop or laptop) that has a working webcam, speaker and microphone for video conferencing capabilities (i.e. Zoom, Google Hangouts, Cisco Webex, etc).
What you will do:
- Attend Project Manager Training Week
- Support Facilitation of Scholar Onboarding Week (training for this is included during the Project Manager Training Week)
- Lead SMASH Rising curriculum implementation at site level — including framing a challenge and applying design thinking + rapid prototyping methods to build high-impact solution prototypes while ensuring brief on track to meet all deliverables for partner site
- Ensure participation of project brief stakeholders to ensure deliverables are on track
- Track deliverables to ensure project completion is on pace
- Provide Scholar-Intern and SMASH Team feedback weekly through 1:1 meetings, Team Meetings
- Collaborate with SMASH Rising Project Manager network across all sites, to add/enhance SMASH Rising curriculum and experience
- Troubleshoot challenges and identify sustainable solutions that arise at the site level, in partnership with Portfolio Lead and SMASH Team
- Ensure consistent Scholar-Intern engagement and/or commitment to SMASH Rising; address scholar-intern issues through a Restorative Practices Approach
- Attend and/or facilitate required meetings (e.g. PM Workspace, Scholar-Intern 1:1s, Team Meetings, Portfolio Lead Meetings, etc.).
- Complete all programmatic deliverables (e.g. final presentations, attendance, etc. with SMASH, complete and share PM evaluations with SMASH, etc.)
- Internship will culminate with a final presentation, Project Managers are accountable for supporting final deliverable
- Utilize data-driven, quality assurance and performance measuring tools/dashboards to support ongoing program efficacy
- Update Rising Team knowledge management platforms (e.g. updating documentation in drive, etc.)
- Support the operational logistics of, including but not limited to: Scholar Onboarding, Friday Seminars, Final Presentations, etc.
- Support facilitation and implementation of Friday Seminars and ensure active participation
- Support site activities and ensure active engagement
- Participate in pre- and post-program evaluations to assess impact on students, partners, and SMASH
- Maintain relationship with partner site, including cultivating a strong relationship with partner site staff
- Create a collaborative environment, working professionally with SMASH staff and various stakeholders under the direction of Rising Portfolio Lead; timely communication with manager and partner site staff is critical
- Ensure responsiveness to internal and external stakeholder inquiries and/or needs
- As you approach your work, keep programmatic goals front and center:
- Ensure Scholar-Interns continue to increase their STEM knowledge, skills, and preparation for STEM studies and career.
- Ensure Scholar-Interns gain access to role models, develop support networks, and develop positive identities necessary to pursue and succeed in a STEM career.
- Build relevant working knowledge of STEM career pathways.
- Further instill a sense of social responsibility, growth mindset, critical thinking, and leadership in all Scholar-Interns.
- Further instill a sense of positive identity, belonging and confidence to innovate in the STEM fields.
- Drive student enrollment, persistence, and graduation with degrees in STEM in higher education at rates higher than the national average.
The attributes you possess:
- Collaboration: Exceptional communication skills; professionalism; excellent time management and organizational skills; timeliness and dependability; ability to have difficult conversations
- Relationship Building: Respect for individual differences of everyone in the room; humility; patience when addressing situations; ability to listen to multiple perspectives
- Problem Solving: Remain curious, innovate, iterate, and quickly pivot as needed; keep activities on task and think creatively in the face of unexpected events; consider multiple perspectives in all situations
- Resilience: Approach situations with a growth mindset, adapt, and reflect to ensure desired outcome(s) are met; sense of urgency
- Life-long Learner: Willingness to model learning and figure out content alongside scholars open to feedback; learning from what scholars have to offer
What you bring:
- Demonstrated effectiveness working with young people from economically underserved and underrepresented communities in diverse academic fields
- Commitment to SMASH’s mission; willingness to embrace goals/values is essential; committed to ensuring programmatic outcomes
- Bachelor’s degree in Business, Education or related field required; advanced degree preferred (completed or in progress)
- A minimum of two years experience in facilitation, design, or education
- Experience in design-led thinking workshops/efforts and/or relevant work experience
- Strong ability to set realistic deadlines, and to communicate them consistently to necessary parties
- Highly flexible for an evolving program in its fourth year
- Exceptional project management skills with the ability to set clear goals, lead pod/team to the finish line through seamless information flow, effective communication; an ability to read the room, influence and maintain strong team momentum through project completion
- Content competency and enthusiasm for design + prototype thinking
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, presentation skills
- Excellent critical thinking skills, self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset
- Ability to lead an engaged cross-functional team and work on multiple initiatives at the same time, while motivating pod/team members to their highest potential
- Demonstrated success at building team relationships and partnerships
- Proficiency in communicating with data to drive change
- Excellent management; openness to various and/or new paradigms
- Willingness to be self-reflective and deeply empathic; a critical thinker with strong problem-solving abilities who can make quick decisions
- Availability for all training dates and additional events listed above required
Apply for this position below. The application includes a place to upload your resume and cover letter. This position closes on April 1, 2021 or when filled.
If applying to multiple sites, please rank your site preference in your cover letter. List of partners can be found at https://www.smash.org/programs/smash-rising/
$12,000 – $18,000 depending on site location and program length, which includes training and post-program debrief (a bonus for return staff may also be available). Should the employee miss any hours or days of work, the daily and therefore total compensation will be adjusted accordingly. If your assignment ends earlier than we anticipate for any reason, your compensation may also be reduced accordingly. These policies are subject to variation based on specific circumstances.