Workshop Coordinator (Antioch and Richmond)
Rubicon transforms communities by equipping low-income East Bay residents to break the cycle of poverty. We believe community transformation is best accomplished when led by residents themselves, and our program offers participants the opportunity to become change agents in their community. By strengthening their own financial, social and health situation, participants emerge ready to act as leaders in community and civic life. Their personal successes will have a ripple effect, benefiting their family and broader community.
Successful program participants accomplish significant achievements during their 3-5 year relationship with Rubicon in the areas of income, asset building, health, and positive social connections. To support their achievement, our multi-service program is designed, delivered and evaluated with participant history, values, goals, life experiences and worldviews at the core. Participants chart their own course, accessing a wide range of services including Employment/Career/Entrepreneurship, Financial, Wellness, Housing and Legal, gaining self-confidence and valuable work and life skills along the way.
Rubicon’s program starts with a 40-hour workshop series delivered over the course of two weeks. This Foundations workshop series serves three vital functions to the success of the program:
Introducing the Rubicon culture to participants, and engaging them in programs at Rubicon beyond the two week core workshop.
Building practical skills and knowledge, including an increased awareness of the historical and systemic forces that place and keep people in poverty.
Creating a community of peer support, and ignite in participants a sense of empowerment and possibility for themselves and their families.
Foundations workshops are facilitated by multiple members of the Rubicon program team. In addition to facilitating several of the workshops, the Workshop Coordinator schedules and coordinates the entire two week curriculum, including providing administrative support to staff and partners for their presentations, and filling in for other staff as needed.
The Workshop Coordinator must have strong facilitation, classroom management, communication, relationship building and organizational skills, as well as an outstanding ability to connect with, motivate and inspire our participants.
This position is part of a program pilot with responsibilities and program delivery strategies expected to evolve over time; in addition to the competencies detailed below, innovation, initiative and a tolerance for ambiguity will therefore be critical competencies for success.
Facilitation: Deliver Rubicon’s Core Foundations workshop curriculum to participants in a culturally accountable, participant-centered way; includes utilizing experiential and didactic facilitation techniques appropriate to adult learners, communicating information about participants to other Rubicon staff as appropriate, and filling in for other facilitators as necessary.
Workshop Coordination: Includes the development and delivery of monthly recurring 40-hour workshop schedule, completing administrative tasks related to scheduling and administering workshops, registering participants into workshops and tracking workshop attendance.
Pilot participation: Includes actively participating in development and execution of pilot experiments to assess the effectiveness of program components, tracking and reporting on metrics specific to the pilots.
* To perform successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The responsibilities listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these duties.
Strong proficiency in participant-centered facilitation with adult learners required, including leading interactive exercises, teaching to learning objectives, reading and responding to group dynamics, maintaining objectivity, honoring the group and affirming its wisdom.
Expertise in the multiple, complex obstacles to prosperity for people in poverty; solid understanding of social, institutional and systemic causes of poverty, and strong sense of cultural accountability.
Working knowledge of motivational interviewing, coaching, and trauma informed care principles desired.
Relationship building, interpersonal flexibility, open mindedness, and growth mindset.
Skillful teamwork and leadership, solid organizational abilities, attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills.
This position requires the incumbent to travel efficiently throughout the East Bay. If s/he opts to meet these travel requirements by driving, proof of a valid and current driver license, current auto insurance, and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report are required.