Volunteer opportunity:
Program Advisor

The volunteer program advisor is responsible for providing information, resources, advice and encouragement to volunteer mentors at two to three assigned program sites. She/he works to achieve high-quality program facilitation and the retention of students and volunteers by supporting mentors in leading the curriculum, addressing student behavior issues, and supporting other site logistics (as needed).  

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Because each site has its own unique set of strengths and challenges, the program advisor may serve as a resource for addressing those challenges and guiding mentors through that process. As requested by mentor teams and/or Bold Idea leadership, the advisor may conduct site visits to gain an understanding of each site and provide targeted feedback on identified challenges.

Term: Ideally, this position is a two-semester commitment - though we can be flexible with a volunteer’s availability
Time commitment: About 6 - 8 hours monthly, including program site visits and communicating with volunteer mentors 

Volunteers should have:

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to problem solve
  • Demonstrate dependability, honesty, and credibility
  • Understanding of the Bold Idea mission and program goals
  • Ability to attend weekend or evening program sites
  • Attention to detail
  • Flexibility to work in new situations and address unforeseen challenges
  • Ability to collaborate well, especially through gathering mentor/parent/student feedback

We will depend on the program site consultants to:

  • Check-in with mentor teams regularly either in person at their sites, via Slack, via email, etc.
  • Work with our volunteer mentors to identify and troubleshoot any challenges that may come up during the program semester (behavior issues, engagement, etc.)
  • Support student and volunteer recruitment in the geographic region of your program sites
  • Work with digital marketing team to locate student success stories
  • Ensure collection of student measurement data and feedback
  • Promote the volunteer awards program 
  • Identify opportunities to improve the program and discuss among the site consultant team and Bold Idea staff
  • Record/share best practices from sites to highlight great ideas in facilitation, behavior management, student engagement, etc.

Reports to / coordinates with: 

  • Ben (curriculum content, facilitation, behavior management)
  • Robyn (volunteer recruitment, student success stories, external partner management)

Benefits of volunteering:

  • Develop skillset in program/project management to support career goals
  • Network with professionals in the technology industry
  • Support the delivery of Bold Idea’s mission to develop and empower young minds to execute bold ideas as a team through the power of technology