Duke University – Jumpstart Site Coordinator

Duke University - Jumpstart Site Coordinator

About the Position

This is an affiliate position of a Jumpstart higher education partner.  All affiliate positions are directly managed by the higher education institution, and not Jumpstart.  Any questions related to position qualifications; hiring process; salary and benefits matters; and general employment should be directed to the partner institution.

About Jumpstart

Jumpstart envisions the day when every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. A national early education organization with operations in 15 states plus Washington, DC, Jumpstart drives outcomes for young children in three critical ways. Jumpstart provides language, literacy, and social-emotional direct service programming utilizing an evidence-backed curriculum for preschool children from underserved communities, workforce programming to expand the pipeline of qualified, diverse talent pursuing careers in early education, and policy advocacy to support the early childhood field and promote high-quality early learning for all. By leveraging over 25 years of experience serving over 150,000 children with the support of more than 50,000 college students and community volunteers, Jumpstart executes these three objectives to improve the quality of the early education workforce and increase opportunity for young children to succeed across America. Learn more at www.jstart.org and join us in transforming the lives of young children!

Position Overview

In Fall 2020, Jumpstart will launch a new site in partnership with Duke University. The Site Coordinator plays a critical role in establishing the program across campus and within the Durham community.  The primary responsibility of the Site Coordinator is to implement high quality programming by overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program and to support language, literacy, and social-emotional outcomes for children.  The Site Coordinator recruits, trains, supervises, and coaches college students (called Corps Members) serving as part-time AmeriCorps Members, Federal Work Study employees, and volunteers to deliver Jumpstart’s evidence-based curriculum to preschool children from underserved communities.

The Jumpstart Site Coordinator role is an exempt, full-time, externally funded position based at Duke University.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Early Childhood Education and Training (20%)
  • Design and facilitate a training scope & sequence for Corps Members using Jumpstart’s training content and guidelines; adapt or develop training content for Corps Members when necessary
  • Observe Jumpstart sessions and planning meetings to monitor the quality of interactions between Corps Members and children and the implementation of planned curriculum. Provide feedback and coaching to Corps Members to enhance quality
  • Lead weekly team leader meetings to prepare team leaders for program delivery and to support their learning and growth in early childhood education practices
  • Partner with classroom teachers and preschool center directors to negotiate aspects of program implementation to best serve children
  1. Program Management (40%)
  • Plan and manage the Corps Member recruitment process; interview and select all members for the site
  • Support AmeriCorps Members in their completion of expected hours requirements
  • Provide Jumpstart Corps Members and Team Leaders with systematic supervision and support, consistent and responsive management, and clear ongoing communication
  • Work with Jumpstart national staff to ensure grant and programmatic compliance; this includes management of Corps Member criminal history checks and files; child data and assessment; and fiscal compliance per the Corporation for National and Community Service and/or other grant specifications
  • Manage grant-related expenses in compliance with Duke Sponsored Programs protocols
  1. Campus and Community Partnerships (40%)
  • Build and manage effective partnerships with preschools and other early childhood education stakeholders in Durham, NC
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with key departments and individuals at Duke University to ensure sustainability and success of the program on campus
  • Work with campus-based faculty, staff, and administrators who can assist with Jumpstart member training and recruitment, student supports, and higher education partner relationships, including but not limited to a dedicated campus champion



  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred, or equivalent relevant professional experience
  • 3-5 years of prior work experience in a relevant field
  • Strong planning, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adaptable to meet program or environmental needs
  • Previous experience supervising individuals or leading initiatives
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet key tasks and deadlines
  • Competency in Microsoft software, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, and Power Point
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships with community partners, preschool staff, and the general community
  • Ability and willingness to travel to local assigned locations/sites as necessary
  • Experience and comfort working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and communities
  • Commitment to the program’s core values: learning, connection, determination, joy and kindness

Strongly Preferred

  • Background or experience in an early childhood education
  • Prior work experience in a higher education setting and/or managing college students
  • Prior experience/interest in social justice, or diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Prior experience in supervising others; ability to provide verbal and written feedback
  • Prior experience working for or serving with programs funded by the Corporation of National and Community Service (e.g. AmeriCorps, NCCC, etc.)


  • Requires significant evening/weekend work at specific times during the program year
  • Approximately 15% local travel
  • Remote work as assigned
  • Other duties as necessary and assigned


Durham, NC

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Duke also makes good faith efforts to recruit, hire, and promote qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

Duke University is committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all

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