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STEM Manager

STEM Manager

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The Youth Career Development Services (YCDS) STEM Manager builds Goodwill STEM Initiative, develops STEM partnerships throughout Colorado, executes and delivers youth STEM alignment curriculum and activities by supporting YCDS staff and students; organizes and provides opportunities and resources to help staff and students to develop an interest in and experience with STEM industries, designs YCDS curriculum to include to work based learning essential soft skills by performing the following duties:



  • Researches current STEM practices, organizes community STEM information through STEM database and partners and develops a long term strategy to formalize Goodwill STEM initiative.
  • Executes, exceeds/meets, and reports on GII Digital Skills Training grant and requirements outlined by other STEM funders.
  • Acts as liaison to/from Grants staff in application development, requests for program information and reporting requirements for STEM-related Grants.
  • Oversees collection of accurate and timely reports of STEM activities and data for progress reports to allow for the growth, success and sustainability of Youth Services Program; defines and reports on KPIs.
  • Articulates statistics/stories regarding the importance of connecting students to STEM careers and other middle skills jobs; articulates how Goodwill fits into that narrative.
  • Supervises STEM and middle school facilitators. Supports staff to best serve students; building a culture of a robust learning community through All-Staff Meetings, Team meetings, professional development trainings, new facilitator support sessions, boot camps, classroom observations, and one-on-one coaching.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises staff; sets performance objectives to meet individual and department goals through Individual Work Plans, Performance Evaluations, and Classroom and Event Observations; Responsible for communicating how individual performance and success ties into overall organizational impact in the
  • Participates the in the short and long-term strategic planning and implementation of YCDS Program initiatives.
  • Oversees revenue/expenses of YCDS programs, assists in developing departmental budget, and monitoring financial expenditures.
  • Responsible for monitoring and approving team member time card and leave requests.
  • Acts as Goodwill spokesperson at the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association, Colorado Technical Association and other trade groups; researches and participates education/government boards appropriate to growing this initiative.
  • Helps to create and update STEM/ Work based Learning curriculum in accordance to student needs as guided by Goodwill management team. Curriculum includes 21st Century skills: collaboration, creativity, innovation, use of technology, problem solving and cultivating a growth mindset.
  • Engages business and educational partners in collaboration with Goodwill Executive Team, Business Development Team and BOD to provide STEM opportunities to students, program participants and Goodwill employees.
  • Provides professional development to YCDS to effectively support students in STEM classrooms, site visits, volunteer events and internships.
  • Works to use lessons learned from DPS, Northridge and Northglenn STEM programs and activities to help to bring opportunities to less resourced schools.
  • Explores and analyzes potential new school sites.
  • Monitors program progress and meets with Youth Services management to regularly to assess impact of programming on academic and personal development.
  • Identifies goals and strategies to better serve the needs of youth preparing for productive professional lives and to address achievement gaps.
  • Monitors the quality of the data submitted through participation in monthly audits of their data with the Program Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) department. 
  • Utilizes data provided by the PME department to monitor progress towards annual goals. 
  • Acts as classroom instructor, as business needs dictate.
  • Supports Goodwill sponsored summer programming duties and responsibilities as needed.
  • Builds and maintains effective quality working relationships with internal and external community Uses effective written and verbal communication. Uses good interpersonal skills treating everyone with dignity and respect. Immediately advises supervisor of significant and unexpected problems. Promotes and demonstrates teamwork and cooperation.
  • Makes quality strategic/tactical decisions utilizing analysis, experience, judgment and input from others; then acts
  • Completes assignments, projects, reports, and paperwork accurately and timely.
  • Safeguards all Goodwill property including donated goods. Reports any incidents of theft or unauthorized possession/removal of Goodwill property.
  • Follows all Goodwill policies and procedures. Follows and enforces safety rules and regulations. Acts safely at all times.
  • Supports the best elements of our corporate culture while making culture change. Open to and supportive of new ideas and process improvement of systems and procedures.
  • Works flexible schedules, overtime, weekends, evenings and holidays if required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Analytical, Problem Solving, Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and Innovation.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree in related field preferred. Minimum of one (1) year experience associated with an aspect of the STEM industry. Minimum of one (1) year management experience.



Employee is responsible for directing department funds in accordance with approved budget standards. Any technology or Goodwill property used in the normal course of employment will be under the safekeeping and the responsibility of the employee to maintain in good working order.



Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the school community. Ability to write speeches and program promotional materials for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to act as a spokesperson for Goodwill programs at various school and community events.



Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as projections and statistical inference associated with program performance. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.



Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.



Knowledge of MS Office Suite, CiviCore or other case management software. Understanding of Infinite Campus and Naviance is preferred. Employee must be able to utilize audio/visual equipment and various forms of technology resources to facilitate curriculum in the classroom environment.



Ability to obtain a sub license if needed. Employee must have a clear Colorado driver’s license to drive on Goodwill business. Must pass background check.



Position is directly responsible for assigned YCDS staff and the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of related programs. 


Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, training and development of employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Employee will spend a majority of time working in a school and/or classroom environment. However, employee will travel to corporate headquarters and Goodwill event locations where environmental conditions may vary.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Travel between offices is approximately 30-40%.


Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision, Distance vision, Peripheral vision, Depth perception and Ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and taste or smell.


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