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Matchmaking Outreach Intern

The Wayfinding Academy

The Wayfinding Academy

Posted: 5/5/2017
Location: Portland Metro
Closing Date: open until filled
Industry: Education, Marketing, Nonprofit
Type: Part Time

Title: Matchmaking Outreach Intern
Term of Service: May 2017 to October 2017 (6 months)
Time Commitment: 10-15 hours per week on average, flexible scheduling
Salary: $500 monthly stipend
Reports to: President (Michelle)
Location: Wayfinding Academy (8010 N Charleston, Portland, OR 97203)

The Wayfinding Academy is a new two-year non-profit college at the heart of a movement to revolutionize higher education. It was founded on the realization that, for many, our culture of higher education is backwards. First you pick a 4-year college, then you pick a major from a list, then you figure out what you’re going to do, and then you try it out and hope you are lucky enough to love doing what you chose to learn about. The Wayfinding Academy exists to turn the system frontwards.

We are currently looking for our second cohort of students who will start in August 2017. Our matchmaking team connects with students, parents, and community organizations to help prospective students determine their best next steps and if Wayfinding Academy may be a fit for them. Our current students come from all over the country and currently range in age from 18-39.

Key responsibilities for this position include:
- Outreach & Events:

- Establish relationships and partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations to spread the word on Wayfinding with a specific focus on building relationships with traditionally underserved populations.

- Create basic online profiles for Wayfinding Academy (e.g., a Wikipedia page) to make it easier for interested students to find us with organic internet searches.

- Generate lists of short term and long term outreach ideas that we can pursue that will help people who believe what we believe know we exist and want to get involved with us. (Examples: get us on the SuperSoul Sunday with Oprah or get press coverage for our Commencement Day activities or get a book written about our story of creating Wayfinding)

- Maintain some of our social media accounts and engage with prospective students (e.g., send direct messages to people via Instagram, get conversation started on Facebook, etc.)

- Participate in online forums on Wayfinding's behalf. Comment on articles, blog posts, etc.
Identify good match publications (print and digital) to get the word out via advertisement or article.

- Help maintain and update blog on website to improve SEO.

- Identify events, conferences, and gatherings that our audience and potential students are involved in for attending or targeting ads at.

- Online Research and Database building:

- We are looking for all sorts of new people and organizations to connect with and one of the ways we are doing this is to build a thorough database of people we can communicate with who might be able to connect us to prospective students. This internship will include some element of building out that database.

- Choose-your-own-adventure: In keeping with our commitment to handcrafted learning, a portion of your time each week should be devoted to a project that you design and propose. This project should aid the mission and operations of the Wayfinding Academy, be largely self-directed, and provide you with a learning opportunity that will be useful to you in your personal or professional path.

Who we think will thrive in this role:
Someone who is collaborative, self-directed, tenacious, asks great questions and is an even better listener. Someone willing to push themselves in service of a mission. Positivity is a big plus. So is curiosity. Experience building relationships with and serving adult learners is preferred, but many sorts of lived and professional experiences will be helpful and taken into account.

Why you might want to do this:
the Wayfinding Academy can help you learn new skills, expand your network through ours, make new friends, and stretch yourself in the context of a supportive community. This is a flexible position, and we will work around the right candidate’s schedule. If you want to struggle for greatness, laugh while you work, define your own path, build something that matters, and change the lives of students, this is a good opportunity for you. We are committed to helping everyone we work with figure out their next steps and help them take those steps, so you’ll know what you’re doing next when the internship is over.

Statement of diversity & justice:
We believe that diverse backgrounds and perspectives are not simply ideal, but critical to the Wayfinding Academy, the movement to re-imagine higher education, and to the students we serve. We believe that justice is an active pursuit, not a passive stance. As such, we place special emphasis on candidates from underrepresented racial, ethnic, religious, gender association, sexual orientation, economic, (dis)ability, and cultural backgrounds which will increase the diversity of our organization and help us strive toward justice on those (and other) fronts.

Wayfinding Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, religion, national origin, disability, previous military service or any other protected category in the admission of students, employment, access or treatment in its programs and activities or the administration of its educational and employment policies.

Wayfinding Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicable federal and state laws and guidelines are followed, including Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246 of 1965, as amended by Executive Order 11357 of 1967; Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Application Guidelines/Contact:
How to apply:
To apply, please email with a resume and a brief description of why you think you would be perfect for this role and why you think the Wayfinding Academy deserves your awesomeness.

We're looking to hire for this position quickly, so applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, with a target of finding the right person in May 2017.

500/month stiped

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