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AmeriCorps VISTA Fundraising Coordinator

STEM Library Lab, in partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA and Southeastern University, seeks an energetic and creative new team member to help us grow our organization as a VISTA Fundraising Coordinator.

Full time 40 hrs/week.

About STEM Library Lab

Founded in 2016, STEM Library Lab is a nonprofit equipment lending library that fosters academic success by providing teachers and students with access to equipment and support for high-quality active learning. Last school year, we worked with 26 school partners to implement over 840 new hands-on lessons for more than 14,200 preK-12 students.

Serving with STEM Library Lab will give you an opportunity to be a part of a small, passionate team that values open communication, new ideas, and the ambitious pursuit of educational equity. Since this will be our fourth full year of operations, you will learn how to launch and grow a nonprofit and have a direct impact on how we develop. Together, we can make sure every child has the opportunity to discover their passion for STEM and pursue a brighter future.

About AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps VISTA is national service program that enables you to provide capacity building service to strengthen your community. Over the course of your 12-month term, you will participate in valuable skills building and professional development opportunities that prepare you for your next career steps, while making a real impact in the lives of New Orleans students. In exchange for your service, you will receive a living allowance of $1,150 per month, free benefits including health insurance, and an education award of $5,815.

AmeriCorps VISTA Fundraising Coordinator
The VISTA Fundraising Coordinator will break the cycle of poverty in New Orleans by increasing the resources available to local STEM teachers and students by building STEM Library Lab’s capacity through effective fundraising and community outreach. The VISTA will design and implement systems to track and monitor grant application submission and receipt, as well as processes and timetables for how grant writing is completed internally which will facilitate improved capacity in future years.

Primary responsibilities include:

  1. Revitalize fundraising efforts through direct activities and stewarding donor relationships:
    • Research possible grant opportunities from philanthropic and corporate foundations that will be a good fit for STEM Library Lab;
    • Raise funds by writing grant proposals, and soliciting in-kind donations;
    • Steward relationships with funders by preparing acknowledgement letters, writing thank you cards, and supporting preparations for donor visits.
  2. Streamline future fundraising efforts through development of systems and protocols:
    • Use existing documentation to improve record keeping by designing boilerplate templates;
    • Keep up to date records of current and historical grantmaking;
    • Coordinate fundraising efforts of other likeminded organizations to find collaborative opportunities; improve efficiency for similar programs across the region:
    • Plan an end of year sponsorship fundraising event in celebration of local teachers.
  3. Coordinate a multi-pronged fundraising approach around needs and capacity for our renovation our new facility:
    • Develop a recurring donor campaign centered around soliciting operational funds from individuals to support ongoing costs associated with the building;
    • Raise funds for individual projects associated with the renovation, including a capital campaign for building improvements.

Qualifications

  • Strong passion for STEM Library Lab’s educational equity mission; SLL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply;
  • Ability to work with diverse sets of educators, students, and community stakeholders;
  • Desire to work in a small, startup environment that will require self-motivation and flexibility;
  • BS/BA is strongly preferred;
  • Strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to maintain effective and professional work relationships;
  • Attention to detail is a must for this position. Strong management and organizational skills, in particular time management and multi-tasking;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel;
  • Ability to work 10:00am-6pm Monday-Thursday and a flexible 8-hour schedule on Fridays, with occasional duties on weekends as events require.
  • Ability to pass a background check as administered by VISTA for all participating AmeriCorps members.

To apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume, to monique@stemlibrarylab.org.

Education Ecosystem Coordinator

Organization/Agency Mission and/or Goals:

Founded in 2016, STEM Library Lab is a nonprofit equipment lending library that fosters academic success by providing teachers and students with access to equipment and support for high-quality active learning. In 2020, 89 teachers borrowed 136 times from our Equipment Lending Co-op. This resulted in an estimated 435 new
inquiry-based lessons, creating over 6,300 inquiry-based learning experiences, virtual demos, and other hands-on opportunities for students.

Serving with STEM Library Lab will give you an opportunity to be a part of a small, passionate team that values open communication, new ideas, and the ambitious pursuit of educational equity. Since this will be our 4th full year of operations, you will learn how to grow a nonprofit and have a direct impact on how we develop. Together, we can make sure every child has the opportunity to discover their passion for STEM and pursue a brighter future.

Program Mission and/or Goals:

The Alliance for STEM Teachers is a new program of STEM Library Lab, in collaboration with partner organizations including the Tulane Center for K-12 STEM. The Alliance has two primary goals:

Goal 1:
Develop an open-access physical location with services and resources to support teacher professional and personal development
Goal 2: Create a synergetic regional ecosystem through partnerships with K-12 schools and STEM organizations

With these goals in mind, the Alliance will unify the various stakeholders in the STEM education ecosystem in service to local teachers.

Member Position Summary:
In a typical day at STEM Library Lab, the Education Ecosystem Coordinator (EEC) roles will fall into three categories, the predictable, the project based, and the unexpected. Predictable roles will entail approving new opportunities for the database and correspondence with partner organizations. The next tasks are project oriented. These might be prepping for events hosted in the space that week, focusing on an aspect of partner outreach that needs attention in the database, or coordinating with the marketing team on how to improve outreach to new schools.

The final set of activities are the unexpected. At STEM Library Lab, afternoons are often wildcard. Because teachers visit after school between 4-7pm, this time can go smoothly, or can be subject to changes. The EEC may meet a group of teachers visiting for the first time who need an orientation, or may engage in an impromptu conversation with a visiting nonprofit representative. This position will include both office work at a computer, and field work out in the community.

Member Impact:
The EEC will launch a new program of STEM Library Lab, with the two long term goals to:

  • Improve the capacity of local nonprofits to outreach their programming
  • Improve utilization rate of local nonprofit programs, by local schools

At present we have identified over 90 potential stakeholder entities in the greater New Orleans STEM education ecosystem for the database. Opportunities hosted by the database will include push-in programs, extra-curricular offerings, professional developments, lesson sequence modules, classroom grants, field trips, guest speakers, volunteer support in classrooms, and internships. The EEC will reach out to these stakeholders, and identify new ones, in order to facilitate getting opportunities into the database. Their success will be measured by the quantity of partner organizations and opportunities enlisted, as well as by the utilization rate of these opportunities by local schools.

Essential Functions of Position:

  1. Oversee Alliance Ecosystem Database
    • Coordinating buildout of the database to reflect the needs of local teachers and the offerings of local stakeholder entities
    • Monitoring usage frequency of member teachers to guide outreach for partners with low utilization rates.
    • Working collaboratively with SLL team members and Alliance partners to ensure that teachers are aware of how to engage with the database and partner sites
  2. Community Partner Outreach
    • Leading on-site orientations and training new partners in how to access the available Alliance resources
    • Visiting partner sites to sign up new members and assist them in uploading opportunities, as well as assure that current opportunities accurately reflect partner site activities
    • Representing SLL at events and promotional activities and traveling with the Executive Director to engage new potential partners as needed.

Support other SLL teammates in occasional fulfillment of additional duties

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong passion for STEM Library Lab’s educational equity mission; SLL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply;
  • Ability to work with diverse sets of educators and community stakeholders;
  • Desire to work in a small, startup environment that will require self-motivation and flexibility;
  • Strong oral/written communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to maintain effective and professional work relationships;
  • Attention to detail is a must for this position. Strong management and organizational skills, in particular time management and multi-tasking;

Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:

      • BS/BA is strongly preferred, 1+ years’ experience in a school setting is preferred;
      • Experience managing an online database
      • Website design experience is preferred

Required Transportation Needs: Driver’s license and clean driving record is required

Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, and 3 academic or professional references to twackerman@stemlibrarylab.org.