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Miami-Dade Urban Debate League Program Director
« on: June 26, 2017, 08:56:45 PM »
Miami-Dade Urban Debate League
Director of Programming
Job Description

Organization Overview

The Miami-Dade Urban Debate League (MDUDL) seeks to cultivate a community of learners among urban public school students in Miami, focusing on teamwork, cooperative learning, academic excellence, critical reflection and individual student growth. The goal is to empower the student participants to become confident, successful citizens, who are advocates for themselves and their community and who successfully graduate from high school, pursue college degrees and become active leaders in their community. This last year we served 22 middle and high schools in the County’s most impoverished communities.  We sponsored a weeklong debate summer camp and conducted eight tournaments this last season with the tournaments held at our partner campuses of Miami Dade College, Florida International University and the University of Miami.  We are one of 22 cities that have such debate leagues under the umbrella cooperation with the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL)

The Position
Miami Dade Urban Debate League (MDUDL) seeks to hire an energetic, dedicated full-time program director.  Until MDUDL hires an Executive Director, the program director will report to MDUDL’s Board of Directors. The program director will manage the league’s programs and play a key role in building support for this new program among principals, teachers, students, and district leaders.  Primary responsibilities include:

•   Plan, prepare and direct monthly MDUDL debate tournaments and periodic student workshops.
•   Plan, prepare and direct an annual, weeklong summer debate camp.
•   Support students and teachers by visiting local school sites and participating in after-school debate practices.
•   Foster relationships with partner schools by meeting and communicating regularly with principals and teacher coaches. 
•   Recruit, train and support teacher-coaches and community assistant coaches, using appropriate and approved curriculum and materials.
•   In order to increase student participation, motivate all members of our school communities to embrace debate and the school’s debate team.
•   Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to act as mentors in partner schools and/or judges at debate tournaments.
•   Develop an annual program plan, including program benchmarks.
•   Prepare programming reports.
•   Regularly analyze program data and use it to improve MDUDL’s programs.
•   Assist with events, outreach, development and marketing, as needed.
•   Help plan and lead public debate programming associated with fundraising and outreach.
•   Identify and implement innovative program ideas.
•   Support fund raising efforts of the board, including attending meetings with potential funders and assisting with grant language

Ideal Job Qualifications
•   At least 5 years of experience coaching debate and/or teaching in a classroom preferred.
•   Policy debate experience – as a coach or as an urban debate alum preferred.
•   Experience as a teacher preferred.
•   Ability to engage with, interact effectively with, and earn the respect of all constituencies in the Miami Dade Urban Debate League community, including district and school leaders.
•   Excellent planning and execution skills, including the ability to achieve strategic goals.
•   Experience using data to drive decision-making.
•   Excellent written and oral communications skills; the ability to understand and communicate information to a wide variety of audiences within urban education; the ability to quickly
        compose clear, concise and compelling messages for public relations and community outreach purposes.
•   Excellent problem-solving skills.
•   An enthusiasm for building bridges between key stakeholders.
•   A strong work ethic, including a willingness to commit to a take and to follow through.
•   Enthusiasm for working in a start-up environment.
•   A demonstrated passion for urban education, education reform, and creating opportunities for urban youth. .
•   Bachelor’s degree is required.

Compensation and Work Conditions

Compensation will be based on experience and skills.  Total working hours will average 40 hours per week. The position will include work time in the evenings and on weekends, attending and running tournaments and workshops.  The position is an “at will” employment position.  Applicants must have access and use of their own vehicle.

To Apply
Candidates must submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, a short writing sample and their salary history in a single pdf, to be submitted via email to
The Miami Dade Urban Debate League is an equal opportunity employer.