Job Title: GLOWS Program Manager

Reports to: Director of Operations & Programs

Type: Full-time, one-year contract


Are you passionate about youth education, inspired to support your community, and seeking a super rewarding and fun job? KAST is hiring an experienced Program Manager to support our youth STEAM education program! GLOWS (Growing & Learning Opportunities With STEAM) provides opportunities to help youth ages 5-19 in the Kootenays find inspiration about their post-secondary education in a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) disciplines. GLOWS is an initiative of KAST which is the hub of Kootenay tech and innovation and the only non-profit technology association serving the entire Kootenay economic region.

The GLOWS Program Manager develops, communicates, secures funding for, and delivers all GLOWS initiatives throughout the Kootenay region. In this role you’ll inspire hundreds of youth through a variety of GLOWS events and summer camps in collaboration with external partners, stakeholders and school districts. The candidate will recruit and manage our bright young program participants and volunteers, promote events, produce engaging social media and website content, and develop exciting program materials and curriculum.

The Program manager works in partnership with the Director of Operations to set specific operational goals and targets and secure and maintain funding for the program. The ideal candidate will have a passion for and experience working in science education and/or managing similar youth focused programs, a proven track record in fundraising/grant writing, and strong organizational and planning skills. This is a 1-year contract position with the possibility of renewal dependent on available program funding.

To support employment equity and diversity in the workplace, we welcome all applications. This includes women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+), and others who may contribute to our diversity. We also recognize unique styles, perspectives, beliefs and creativity that support a diverse, respectful, inclusive and collaborative work environment.

Key Responsibilities:

Programs and Outreach

  • Develop and maintain consistent, vibrant GLOWS annual programming throughout the region
  • Identify, solicits and cultivates GLOWS stakeholder relationships with educators, school districts and community partners to promote the advancement of science and technology education in the region
  • Fosters relationships among stakeholders, including schools, colleges/universities, businesses, and community programs to enhance GLOWS programming
  • Develop program materials, design curriculum, coordinate all event logistics, and conduct evaluation and needs assessment related to current GLOWS initiatives
  • Continually provide polished, accurate and current information to the public about GLOWS initiatives on website and social media
  • Provide GLOWS representation at kids/youth targeted science and tech-related events throughout the region

Finance, Administration and Management

  • Maintain and strengthen funder relationships, identify and secure additional sponsorships and funding to support GLOWS initiatives
  • Work with Program Director to identify and secure ongoing operational funding for the program
  • Develops and manages a cost-effective program and operational budget, monitoring revenues and expenditures on a monthly basis
  • Manages the administrative infrastructure of the program including logistics, facilities, human resources, and communications
  • Provide effective staffing oversight, including management of Community Engagement Coordinator and recruitment and selection of necessary event and summer camp staff/volunteers
  • Develop and track metrics to identify and measure success of the program; responsible for writing and submitting timely reports to program funders

Experience & Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a relevant field combined with a minimum of 3-5 years recent and related experience
  • Demonstrated experience working with science and education organizations and others in the STEAM education field for youth; OR equivalent program management experience in a not-for-profit organization
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising, grant writing and/or securing sponsorship
  • Ability to organize and effectively execute events and project plans, excellent organizational skills, strong attention to detail and troubleshooting ability
  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to work independently, adapt to changing work demands, anticipate roadblocks and work to mitigate their impact
  • Well-developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills with the ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals including students, parents, educators, sponsors, funders and program stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in Windows, including MS Word, EXCEL, and PowerPoint, Adobe and G-Suite (Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Docs) and the demonstrated ability to quickly grasp new software programs with proper training
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Kootenay region


Kootenay Region. This can be a remote home-office based position for the right candidate OR KAST has office space in Nelson and Trail, BC. Travel and access to own vehicle will be required.

How to Apply:

Submit the following in Word or PDF format directly to before April 6, 2020.

  • Cover letter – 1 page; format and content will be used for evaluation purposes. Please concisely articulate why you would be the best candidate for the position and why you are applying
  • Resume – no longer than 2 pages

We thank all applicants but only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Professional reference and criminal record checks will be conducted prior to appointing the successful candidate.

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