Program Lead, Design to Better [Our City]

Job Title

Program Lead, Design to Better [Our City]


Program and Education


St. Louis, MO



10 hours a week/10 weeks in the fall (September 18, 2017 - November 17, 2017) and 10 weeks in the spring (February 12, 2018 - April 13, 2018)


$11-$14 an hour

Reports To

President and CEO

Position Summary

The Program Lead, Design to Better [Our City] will facilitate Design to Better [Our City], an afterschool entrepreneurial and action-learning civic engagement program that challenges Black and Latinx high school youth to advance racial equity where they live through creative problem solving, cultural history and healing, civic leadership, and entrepreneurship. The Program Lead, Design to Better [Our City] will also provide administrative support including program management and logistics, supervising college mentors, program evaluation, and partner/client communication.


Program Facilitation and Logistics

  • Co-design and lead major Design to Better [Our City] trainings, workshops, events, outreach efforts, and milestones critical to student and citywide engagement, performance management, and team culture, including scheduling guest speakers and facilitators.

  • Assist with securing venues and speakers, food, attendance tracking, and A/V needs for program and event sessions.

  • Provide support, guidance and management of how best to leverage volunteers, college mentors, local advisory council members, and education partners to best serve our students and create greater impact.

  • Ensure the effective administration and operation of Design to Better [Our City], including MOU agreements, student releases, research data agreements and collection, expense reporting, college mentor guidance, budget, and program management.

  • Oversee student collection and identification of needed data.

  • Keep Creative Reaction Lab’s executive team up-to-date on program and projects’ progress.

  • Ensure program alignment with existing community priorities, existing reports, and measurements.

  • Ensure compliance with insurance, legal, health, and safety obligations.

  • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems on the program days.

Awareness and Communications

  • Coordinate youth storytelling efforts, including blog posts for Equal Space publication, video captures, etc.

  • Assist with communication and management of education partnerships.

  • Manage development of public awareness art and design campaign.

  • Assist with recruitment of community partners, youth participants, and college mentors.


  • Complete data entry of all program evaluations.

  • Evaluation and development of youth participant and college mentor evaluations.

  • Propose ideas to improve program services and event quality.


  • Bachelor's’ degree from a four-year college or university and/or at least five years of related experience/training in youth development/civic engagement.

  • Two years of supervisory experience, preferred (non-traditional settings acceptable).

  • Experience working with youth, preferred.

  • Strong oral, written, public speaking, and interpersonal communications skills.

  • Excellent writing, editing, planning skills.

  • Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from youth, family members, and local advisory council members.

  • Ability to manage multiple projects independently and within a team.

Preferred Personal Qualities

  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.

  • Strong adaptability to changing directions.

  • Ability to work positively and effectively as a part of a group.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

  • Commitment to promoting racial equity.

  • Commitment to continuous improvement.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Strong enjoyment of fast-paced and continuously evolving environment.

  • Willingness to support other team members to achieve organizational goals.

Additional Requirements

  • Must have flexible and reliable transportation.

  • Must be able to move program materials weighing up to 20 pounds.

How to Apply

Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references to Antionette Carroll, President and CEO, at Include Program Lead, Design to Better [Our City] in the subject line.


Applications will be reviewed immediately with the final deadline of September 11, 2017 if position not filled.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required.

Creative Reaction Lab is committed to a policy of Equal Employment and will not discriminate against an applicant or employee on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, physical or mental handicap or disability, medical condition, pregnancy, familial status, caregiver status, veteran’s status.