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Sports Management Focus Program Instructor (Summer Role)

Company: EXPLO
Location: Bronxville
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Sports Management Focus Program Instructor

EXPLO Senior

An academic summer enrichment program for students in grades 8-10 on the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY.

EXPLO is seeking enthusiastic, knowledgeable folks to ignite curiosity in students and to help create an inclusive, safe, supportive, and fun campus community.

About Us

In 1976, an idea took hold in the halls of MIT: a powerful reimagining of the summer experience for high school students. That idea became EXPLO, a pioneering and world-class summer enrichment program where students pursue their interests unconstrained by grades and tests. The result? A collaborative, transdisciplinary learning environment, where students drive their own learning through exploration.

Today, EXPLO is a mission-driven, educational non-profit with more than 85,000 student alumni who hail from 90 countries. We offer residential summer programs for students in grades 4 through 12 on three of the most beautiful college campuses on the East Coast of the U.S.

Our Impact

For many, EXPLO is a life-changing experience. Our students sometimes describe it as the place where they feel like the truest version of themselves. As an organization, we believe learning should be joyful and create experiences with engagement, inclusion, and magic as first principles. Each summer we share these experiences with smart and curious students from all over the world.

EXPLO is also committed to access and equity. This is why, as a not-for-profit, we strive to make our summer programs as accessible for as many curious and motivated young people as we can. EXPLO's financial aid program provides grant and scholarship support to families who demonstrate need through the EXPLO Scholarship Fund.

The Opportunity

Focus Program Instructors foster our students' curiosities and help them envision where their skills and interests may fit with the field of Sports Management. They do this, in part, by making transparent where their own passions, experiences, and knowledge lie and by teaching our students in an immersive, engaging style.

Focus Program Instructors work closely with our Instructional Coaches, our resident experts in non-traditional teaching + learning techniques. Together, they find imaginative ways of delivering the Focus Program's planned curriculum within each session. Focus Program Instructors teach one 15-24 student teaching section for the full day. This includes delivering the daily lesson plans, facilitating group work, hosting guest speakers, and trips.

Focus Program Instructors may also play a role in student life outside of class as Advisors. Advisors care for and supervise communities of 14-30 students during a session. Advisors are on-duty every other night and will spend parts of the afternoon and evening on their residential floor with the members of their Advisor group. They also deliver student programming, such as daily events and activities, in the evenings and at night. Finally, Focus Program Instructors + Advisors may also chaperone student weekend trips.

Working at EXPLO

As a member of a summer faculty that is collectively responsible for caring for students 24-hours per day, 7-days per week, all summer long, you'll work longer and harder at EXPLO than just about any other summer job you're considering. The work will also be more fun, meaningful, and professionally rewarding than just about anywhere else, too. This trade-off is not for everyone, but the result is that you'll join a team of interesting, engaged people from across the country and around the world who have also chosen a more intensive, more meaningful summer working experience. These are folks who are on campus to share their passions, to leap forward professionally, and to make a real difference in the lives of our students. If this describes you too, then we'd love to connect with you.

EXPLO staff tell us some of what they love about EXPLO is:
The lifelong friendships made here.
The meaningful work with kids.
The good pay.
The leadership opportunities.
The autonomy to adapt your approach to fit your students' needs and your passions.
The mentorship and professional development we provide.
The teaching skills you gain such as facilitation, critical thinking, and communication.

"I would not be a successful attorney if not for my experiences working at EXPLO for six summers. EXPLO is where I learned to be an adult and a professional." - former EXPLO staffer Julie Rusczek, a lawyer with Drinker, Biddle & Reath, a firm in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Other benefits include:
Room and board for the duration of summer including all meals
Staff-only affinity spaces and other professional support and development opportunities
Access to a gym and other exercise equipment and spaces
A week-long, hands-on Orientation and job training
Best in the industry staff to student ratios
Ample time off, typically every other night off and one weekend day per weekend
Openness to working with your college or university to support internship or practicum credit for your EXPLO work

About You

You are:
Collaborative and communicative
A creative problem solver who thrives in a fast-paced environment
Open and curious about new ideas and eager to help EXPLO create a sense of belonging for all members of our summer community
Transparent in your thinking and open to change
Eager to learn and improve through feedback and professional development

You've got:
A thorough understanding of the Sports Management Field
Some experience working with adolescents
A strong work ethic
Availability for at least the entirety of the Sports Management Program, July 2nd - July 16th

Ideally, you've also got:
2+ years of post-high school experience by the summer
Coursework or a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management, Sports Leadership, or Business
Experience teaching or working in the Sports Management field or a related field

The Summer Experience

Before the summer starts, you'll:
Meet with your summer colleagues, including your summer supervisors.
Review and customize your curriculum and other job-specific materials to align with your passions, interests, and skills.
Complete innovative online training modules in working with your Program's age group, classroom management, DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice) practice at EXPLO, and more.

By the end of the orientation week on campus, you'll:
Build connections with other members of our 80+ member staff.
Complete a hands-on, experiential training with ample feedback and opportunities to practice the skills and techniques that come with your job or teaching assignment.
Help build a boarding school in under a week that's ready to welcome students from all over the world (and will certainly have moved something heavy or cleaned up something messy in doing so).

By the end of the first week, you'll:
Receive constructive feedback on your teaching, residential life work, or other job functions in the form of supportive, ongoing, one-to-one conversations with your supervisors.
Experience (and supervise students on) more than one spectacular EXPLO evening event or weekend trip to destinations around the East Coast of the U.S.
Teach something you feel passionate about to smart, curious, eager EXPLO students.

By the end of the summer, you'll:
(Quite possibly) be brought to tears by a fabulous piece of art, a final project presentation, or a prototype made by one of your students.
Know the summer tasks so well that you can clean up a messy Quad or refill a row of water coolers with your eyes closed.
Celebrate our summer community with an amazing Final Party for students (Oh, and the next night there's one for staff, too)
Gain valuable teaching and leadership skills and experience that you can leverage for future opportunities at EXPLO or elsewhere.

This is a seasonal position available for 2 or 7 week appointments starting mid-June. Compensation starts at $2750 plus room and board and is commensurate with experience and number of weeks spent at the program. For the health and safety of our community, EXPLO requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Interested in learning more? You can start the conversation by pressing the "Apply for this job" button below. You can learn more about other positions, the application process, or read about former EXPLO faculty at our Faculty Hiring website or by contacting us at 781-762-7400 or


EXPLO is an equal opportunity employer. We have a clear vision: to be an organization that attracts a diverse mix of talented people to come and do their best work. We are building a team that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

EXPLO, as a part of the Exploration School, does not discriminate on the basis of physical handicap, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarships, or other social programs. It affords all students the rights and privileges that are generally made available at the School.

Please click here to learn more about our programs and policies.

Keywords: EXPLO, New York , Sports Management Focus Program Instructor (Summer Role), Education / Teaching , Bronxville, New York

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