Program Specialist, School & Youth

The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio was founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) as a human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry, and racism in America. The Diversity Center’s vision is to create communities where all people are respected, connected and valued. The Diversity Center is a member of the National Federation for Just Communities.

The Program Specialist will serve as a representative of The Diversity Center, enhancing its presence and reputation as a primary community resource in the area of diversity and inclusion. This position will focus on development, design, implementation, and delivery of ALL programs, including students, educators, youth serving professionals, workplace initiatives, healthcare disparities and interfaith initiatives. This includes the necessary outreach to expand these initiatives throughout a nine-county area while maintaining current relationships and building new partnerships.


  • Curriculum research, design and development –Primary Role: Elementary Education Diversity Programming
  • Organize logistics for conferences, retreats and special events
  • Facilitation of ALL Diversity Center programs – Primary Program: Diversity Through The Arts (DTTA)
  • School & Youth Organization Outreach
    • Building Elementary School Partnerships
    • Promoting & Facilitating DTTA K-12
  • Participate in community events, committees and roundtables
  • Provide ongoing support and resources to program participants
  • Develop marketing collateral for designated programs, events and retreats
  • Managing program and event budgets while also providing project data to support fundraising efforts

    Bachelor’s degree and at least three (3) years facilitation and curriculum design experience; graduate degree may be substituted for up to two years of experience
  • Solid knowledge of social justice education theories and pedagogies
  • Strong relationship building skills and ability to work as a team in a small work setting
  • Knowledge of educational systems and corporate workplace structures
  • Excellent interpersonal skills—ability to work successfully with individuals of all backgrounds
  • Passion for working with traditionally marginalized groups (people of color, women, youth, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Optimistic personality with the willingness to share ideas and receive constructive feedback in a positive manner
  • Must have car, valid license and current insurance coverage

  • Self-starter with an ability to conceive, develop, and complete tasks with minimal supervision
  • Results driven, tenacious and aggressive towards consistently exceeding expectations
  • Ability to function independently while being a team player across multiple departments
  • Ability to prioritize, organize & multitask many different elements of the job at once
  • Strong sense of thinking outside of the box in dealing with difficult situations
  • Flexibility to work some evenings/weekends including moderate travel
  • Related degrees/fields of study include, but are not limited to: psychology, sociology, education, diversity/multicultural studies, etc.

    Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision and retirement plan. Salary commensurate with experience.

    Please send resume, bio and include a detailed cover letter mentioning salary expectations by Monday, July 25, 2016 to lpennick@diversitycenterneo.org.

Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship Development/Marketing

The Diversity Center is seeking a self-motivated person committed to improving social justice in your community, in Northeast Ohio, and beyond.  Applicant must be able to commit at least 10 hours per week, be eager to learn, understand the importance of details, be perceptive while conducting research, have excellent writing skills, and have a good understanding of current social media sites.



  • research local leaders
  • research available / applicable grants
  • compile and edit lists
  • draft development / marketing blasts
  • organize and update social media, website, e-newsletters
  • assist with large event logistics



The Diversity Center offers:

  • A $500 stipend for your work (up to 120 hours)
  • Free parking
  • Experience gained in development, marketing, and programming

Contact Lorraine Pennick lpennick@diversitycenterneo.org for additional information or to apply. No phone calls please.






The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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