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Nashville Urban Debate League Director of Programming
« on: November 28, 2018, 01:29:59 PM »
Nashville Urban Debate League
Director of Programming - Job Description
Organization Overview

The Nashville Urban Debate League currently serves approximately 100 high school students and coaches in approximately nine Nashville public schools by providing extra-curricular policy debate programming and debate-related opportunities. The league empowers student debaters by developing skills that enable success beyond the classroom and after high school. With support from the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the league, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, has been serving Nashville public school students since 2010.

Position Overview

The league seeks to hire an energetic, dedicated, part-time program director, with the possibility of a full-time position. The program director will report to league’s Board of Directors. The program director will manage the league’s programs and play a key role in building and maintaining support for the league among principals, teachers, students, and district leaders. Primary responsibilities include:
•   Recruit new partner schools and promote program growth at existing partner schools.
•   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, including ongoing support for students and teachers by visiting local school sites and participating in after-school debate practices; curating and creating program resources and curriculum materials for coaches; and coordinating with MNPS to ensure that teacher-coachers receive annual stipends.
•   Recruit, train and coordinate volunteers to act as mentors in partner schools and/or judges at debate tournaments.
•   Plan and execute monthly league debate tournaments, periodic student workshops, and summer debate camps. Handle all aspects of budget management, daily league administration, and financial reporting compliance.
•   Collect and manage league data with support from NAUDL, including regular analysis and utilization of data to create and improve league programs.
•   Manage all communications and marketing on behalf of the league, including regular social media engagement.
•   Support fundraising efforts of the board, including attending meetings with potential funders and assisting with grant applications.
•   Help plan public debate programming associated with fundraising and outreach, including the development and maintenance of relationships and partnerships with potential donors, supporters, the debate community, and the local community.
•   Build, promote and support parent and community engagement.


●   B.A. degree or higher preferred, but not required
●   Two years policy debate experience – as a coach or competitor –  preferred.
●   Experience teaching high school and/or working in an urban education environment is preferred.
●   Ability to engage, interact effectively with and earn the respect of all constituencies in the league community, including district and school leaders. 
●   Ability to work with students and teachers effectively.
●   Ability to think strategically and develop solutions to practical challenges.
●   Strong work ethic and ability to follow through with integrity, competence and the highest ethical standards.
●   Superior problem-solving skills.
●   Collaborative working style and entrepreneurial spirit.

Compensation and Work Conditions
•   Part-time (25-30) hours per week.  Position demands are higher during school year and around tournaments, and allows for flexibility and the applicant to obtain another complementary position/pursuit.
•   Possibility of a fellowship with a local university/organization (being explored) and/or conversion to full time position dependent on performance and fundraising.
•   Pay of $20/hour. 
•   The Nashville Debate League does not provide insurance or other benefits.
•   Must have dependable transportation and ability to transport equipment and supplies for tournaments. Position requires capability to set up tournament equipment and supplies. Local travel required. Some out-of-town travel may be required.
•   The Nashville Debate League is an equal opportunity employer.
•   Ideal start date: By January 1, 2019.

To Apply
Submit your resume and cover letter to

M. L. Sandoz
Treasurer - CEDA
Director of Debate
Vanderbilt University