Employment Opportunities

Development Director

LightHouse Holyoke is changing what school can be. We are an educational nonprofit in downtown Holyoke, Massachusetts founded in 2015. We are extremely proud of our inspired, engaged staff who truly enjoy working together. LightHouse serves 50 teenagers and their families, offering a transformational educational experience to some of the students who need it most. We are in the process of growing our development team, currently consisting of the Executive Director and an administrative support person, with further support from our Board of Directors. We are seeking a half time director with the hope and plan that this will grow into a full time position.

SUMMARY OF POSITION:

LightHouse is seeking a half time Development Director to help envision and oversee our donor relations and manage our fundraising initiatives. The Development Director will report directly to the Executive Director and collaborate closely with her in identifying and cultivating relationships with donors as well as stewarding donor relationships. This position requires a skilled collaborator who is inspired by our mission. Applicants should be detail oriented, creative, organized, self-starters with a commitment to creating a high-quality donor experience.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

⚬ Coordinate strategic development plan for LightHouse.

⚬ Envision and realize major fundraising events and initiatives.

⚬ Develop relationships with donors and communicate effectively about our work.

⚬ Coordinate donor cultivation process and maintain donor activity information in donor database with help from support staff.

⚬ Manage donor database for LightHouse fundraising. Produce standard and ad hoc reports on donor analytics.

⚬ Prepare and send timely donor acknowledgements.

⚬ Support additional marketing efforts and communications.

⚬ Manage printed materials, mailing list and tracking responses. Coordinate with post office, printer and mailing house in collaboration with support staff.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

⚬ One to three years working in development, ideally two to four years in a leadership position.

⚬ Demonstrated success in fundraising.

⚬ Knowledge of basic research principles and donor research, grant application and writing; proficient in English.

⚬ Computer knowledge and experience required, including Microsoft programs Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Experience managing databases is essential.

⚬ Must be able to manage multiple priority projects at once with ease and efficiency. Must be a self-starter who is highly motivated, can think independently and analytically, is organized, and detail oriented.

⚬ Experience coordinating events and experience maintaining relationships with donors.

⚬ Requires valid driver’s license and reliable transportation / vehicle.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Ability to interact with contacts inside and outside LightHouse with tact, professionalism, and care to establish and maintain productive and positive relationships.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with the ability to prioritize tasks, implement and track projects, set goals, and effectively manage time.
  • Independent and strong work ethic.
  • Ability to hold confidential data such as donor and grant application information which if disclosed may have adverse internal or external effect.
  • Creative thinker with the ability to effectively work in team environment.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adapt to new or unexpected challenges.
  • Excellent judgment, the ability to meet new or different situations positively, and make relevant decisions within established policies.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with diverse groups and present data on which LightHouse leadership bases important decisions, and the ability to read, write and communicate in English. Bilingual Spanish-English preferred.
  • Must be able to maintain regular onsite attendance when safe to do so in regard to CoVid, and the ability to work remotely when necessary.
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments, as well as to understanding and addressing issues of social (in)justice
  • Commitment to the belief that teens in and around Holyoke deserve a positive and affirming educational experience, and that authentic self-directed learning can be a pathway for fostering confidence, passion, and success

Position requires a commitment to our community values and a dedication to learning and personal growth. The position does not require a resume, a college degree, or a specific number of years of experience.

We acknowledge that the traditional higher education system and many hiring pipelines favor wealthy, white Americans. As a learning institution we care about what you’ve learned throughout the course of your life, and we believe the best candidates will have learned relevant job skills and developed their leadership experience in a wide variety of ways.

We do not drug test. We do run criminal background checks as one measure of safeguarding against sex offenders. We acknowledge that law enforcement, the courts, and the prison industrial complex disproportionately negatively affect the lives of people of color.

This position is a flexible 20 hours per week.

LightHouse Holyoke provides core staff with optional employer-sponsored health insurance, a 2% contribution to an IRA, a paid sick/personal time benefit, and four weeks paid time off during student vacations (December, February, April) as well as additional holidays during the academic year.

Salary is $35,000 for half time, with significant growth opportunity in coming years. We believe that the option to negotiate salary rewards those who are skilled at negotiation. We are offering a fixed entry-level salary with the intention of avoiding unconscious bias that leads to pay discrimination.

LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, or any other protected category. We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ability or gender identity—and encourage Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color (BIPOC) to apply. We also encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) folks, disabled people, and all people with non-dominant identities to apply.

To apply please send a statement of interest to [email protected] Please share why this position appeals to you and what you feel you would bring to the organization. We look forward to meeting you!

Student Advisor (and Teacher)

LightHouse Holyoke is an innovative educational program for teens choosing to pursue a personalized approach to their education. Guided by an advisor, LightHouse teens develop their own goals and learn at their own pace in a
supportive, bilingual community. Students have the opportunity to pursue learning through classes, individual tutorials, independent studies, volunteer work in the community, and through their own natural exploration and inquiry. LightHouse is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3pm, September through June, serving 50 middle and high school students.

LightHouse is seeking a skilled, creative, compassionate, and innovative individual to fill the position of Core Staff Advisor and Teacher. The Teacher/Advisor will be part of a team of “core staff” that also includes the Executive Director, Program Director, Development Director, Director of Entrepreneurship and Design, and several Teacher/Advisors. Together this team will guide LightHouse forward, working collaboratively to provide a positive and transformative education to teens.

The Advisor is focused on serving individual students and the larger LightHouse community. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing and teaching courses on varied topics throughout the year, based on their own expertise as well as the interests of LightHouse students.
    • Working one-on-one with teens to arrange and facilitate individual tutorials in subjects of interest.
    • Serving as an advisor for up to 12 teens, meeting one-on-one weekly to provide support in developing their individual academic programs and personal growth.
    • Providing guidance and support to all LightHouse students, through informal conversations, one-on-one meetings and group discussions.
    • Participating in community events, including the weekly community meeting, weekly staff meeting, helping to care for our space and professional development every Friday afternoon.

We are seeking an individual with, above all else, a demonstrated passion for working with young people, a commitment to transformative education, and an ability to be forward-thinking. The ideal candidate will meet many of the following criteria:

  • Experienced teacher and/or tutor
    • Background in education/working with young people
    • Knowledgeable and experienced with models of non-traditional education
    • Skill or expertise in relevant instructional area/in-demand knowledge base
    • Sense of humor, desire to have fun, laugh, and enjoy what we are doing!
    • A desire to be part of a team that strives to make decisions collaboratively and to work together cooperatively and supportively
    • Fluent in Spanish and English
    • Familiarity with Holyoke and its surrounding communities
    • Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments, as well as to understanding and addressing issues of social (in)justice
    • Commitment to the belief that teens in and around Holyoke deserve a positive and affirming educational experience, and that authentic self-directed learning can be a pathway for fostering confidence, passion, and success

Position requires a commitment to our community values and a dedication to learning and personal growth. The position does not require a resume, a college degree, or a required number of years of experience.

We acknowledge that the traditional higher education system and many hiring pipelines favor wealthy, white Americans. As a learning institution we care about what you’ve learned throughout the course of your life, and we believe the best candidates will have learned relevant job skills and developed their leadership experience in a wide variety of ways.

We do not drug test. We do run criminal background checks as one measure of safeguarding against sex offenders. We acknowledge that law enforcement, the courts, and the prison industrial complex disproportionately negatively affect the lives of people of color.

This position is 34 hours per week, 8:30am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 – 3:00 on Fridays, with
a half-hour lunch break each day. The position has an annual employment cycle of August 31- June 15 (dates may vary slightly year to year).

LightHouse Holyoke provides core staff with optional employer-sponsored health insurance, a 2% contribution to an IRA, a paid sick/personal time benefit, and four weeks paid time off during student vacations (December, February, April) as well as additional holidays during the academic year.

This is an entry level, 10-month position with significant training included and growth opportunity in coming years. We believe that the option to negotiate salary rewards those who are skilled at negotiation. Being a good negotiator does not mean you will be a better Teacher/Advisor. We are offering a fixed entry-level salary with the intention of avoiding unconscious bias that leads to pay discrimination.

LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, or any other protected category. We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ability or gender identity—and encourage Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color (BIPOC) to apply. We also encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) folks, disabled people, and all people with non-dominant identities to apply.

To apply please send a statement of interest to [email protected] Please share why this position appeals to you and what you feel you would bring to the organization. We look forward to meeting you!

Assistant to the Director

LightHouse Holyoke is an innovative educational program for teens choosing to pursue a personalized approach to their education. Guided by an advisor, LightHouse students develop their own goals and learn at their own pace in a
supportive, bilingual community.

Looking for a positive, action-focused, go-getter

Do you believe the world could be a better place? Are you the sort of person who can’t sit still and always has to be doing something?

If so, we want to talk to you.

We’re looking for a personal assistant for the founder and director of this unique school, Catherine Gobron. This is a new position and we’re looking for someone who can help shape the position and bring value.

Duties include scheduling appointments, responding to emails, filing paperwork, research projects, and filling out paperwork, as well as keeping track of dates, students, and staff… but more important than duties is attitude.

We’re looking for someone who loves to do the little behind the scene tasks that tend to slip through the cracks. Someone who’s not afraid to ask questions, or push back when something doesn’t make sense. Someone who wants to be part of making a real difference.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Comfort with technology
  • Comfort asking questions when unsure
  • Comfortable making recommendations and challenging the status quo
  • Positive attitude and interpersonal dynamics
  • Sense of humor, desire to have fun, laugh, and enjoy what we are doing!

NICE TO HAVE:

  • Resident of, or familiarity with the City of Holyoke and/or Puerto Rican Culture
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Personal experience in non-traditional learning or being nontraditional learner yourself.
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with models of non-traditional education
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments, as well as to understanding and addressing issues of social (in)justice
  • Commitment to the belief that teens in and around Holyoke deserve a positive and affirming educational experience, and that authentic self-directed learning can be a pathway for fostering confidence, passion, and success

Position requires a commitment to our community values and a dedication to learning and personal growth. The position does not require a resume, a college degree, or a required number of years of experience.

We acknowledge that the traditional higher education system and many hiring pipelines favor wealthy, white Americans. As a learning institution we care about what you’ve learned throughout the course of your life, and we believe the best candidates will have learned relevant job skills and developed their leadership experience in a wide variety of ways.

We do not drug test. We do run criminal background checks as one measure of safeguarding against sex offenders. We acknowledge that law enforcement, the courts, and the prison industrial complex disproportionately negatively affect the lives of people of color.

This position is 30 hours per week, 8:30am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday, with a half-hour lunch break each day, and a couple of hours each week working from home, as well as occasional extra hours for special events.

LightHouse Holyoke provides core staff with optional employer-sponsored health insurance, a 2% contribution to an IRA, a paid sick/personal time benefit, and four weeks paid time off during student vacations (December, February, April) as well as additional holidays during the academic year.

Wage is $15/hour to start. This is an entry level position with significant training included and growth opportunity in coming years.

LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, or any other protected category. We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ability or gender identity—and encourage Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color (BIPOC) to apply. We also encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) folks, disabled people, and all people with non-dominant identities to apply.

To apply please send a statement of interest to [email protected] Please share why this position appeals to you and what you feel you would bring to the organization. We look forward to meeting you!

Teaching Positions

Courses at LightHouse are taught in 10-13 week blocks.  Classes meet twice per week for 90 minutes, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  Class times are 9:00-10:25, 10:30-12:00, and 1:00-2:30.

Some courses are taught by core staff directors, some by volunteers and college work-study students, and some by paid teachers.

Most classes are relevant to one or more of our Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts, Tech, and College Prep.

If you would like to offer a course, we accept proposals on a rolling basis.

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Lunch

LightHouse would like to provide lunch to all students four days per week.  Our ideal vision is that lunch prep be a class for 5 or 6 students to work with a local chef to prepare a meal that we will then all eat together.

Preparation will happen between 10:30 and noon, and we will eat together and clean up between noon and 1:00.

We are in the conversation with local chefs and kitchens to develop this possibility, and looking for more.

If you are interested in being part of providing fresh, healthy meals to our community, either as a cook, teacher, or visionary, please be in touch: [email protected]

Community Partners

LightHouse will spend Fridays off-site engaging in community work, service learning, and other enrichment activities.

Our goal is to partner with one organization per block or per year in order to give us time to build a meaningful relationship and to offer useful assistance.  LightHouse teens and staff will work on projects that are of use to our partner organization, and learn about the important work that the organization is doing.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or in being part of the vision team for this aspect of the program, please be in touch: [email protected]

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for some particular work,
and the desire for that work
has been put in every heart.”

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