Debate Program Manager, ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships

Posted by After School Activities Partnerships (ASAP) on June 28, 2022

Through four citywide initiatives – Chess, Debate, Drama, and Scrabble – ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships helps more than 4,000 youth each year discover passions and friendships that can last a lifetime. Each year, ASAP coordinates 300 after school and summer enrichment programs in partnership with more than 200 schools, libraries, recreation centers, and community-based organizations throughout Philadelphia. ASAP’s program model can be adapted to a wide range of out-of-school time settings to help teachers, informal educators, and volunteers foster the personal growth and sense of belonging for participating youth.

The Debate Program Manager is primarily responsible for the ASAP Debate program, a citywide initiative that empowers youth and strengthens communities in Philadelphia through high quality scholastic debate programming. Since 2006, ASAP has organized the Philadelphia Scholastic Debate League, one of the largest urban debate leagues in the country. Following the National Speech and Debate Association rules for Public Forum Debate, middle and high school students learn to appreciate different perspectives while creating persuasive arguments and on a wide range of timely and complex topics.

We’re looking for individuals who:

  • Are passionate about empowering youth, strengthening communities, and providing equitable educational opportunities
  • Have at least 3 years’ experience with youth development programs, education, or community outreach
  • Are enthusiastic champions for student voice and excited to develop the public speaking and leadership skills of Philadelphia youth
  • Value creativity, critical thinking, and attention to detail
  • Display strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate impact in collaborative settings to accomplish strategic goals
  • Can multi-task and organize multiple long-term projects with overlapping deadlines
  • Are familiar with the Philadelphia school system, preferably as an alumnus
  • Have the flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
  • Have experience managing a team of volunteers and/or paid support staff
  • Required education: minimum Associate’s degree, Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Be able to obtain clearances required to work with youth (available through ASAP)

Preferred Start Date: August 1, 2022

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