Lead Partner for STEM Paths Innovation Network 

Background: SVP Seattle’s Education Grantmaking Collaborative co-created a community-centered process that selected STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN) as our newest grantee organization. SPIN’s mission is to close the opportunity gap for women and BIPOC communities in STEM education and careers. 

SPIN’s current programming includes : 

  • SPIN Enrich, a suite of after-school programming serving kindergarten through eighth graders across King County. Classes such as 3D Printing, Circuitry, Engineering, and Coding are offered with attention to cultural relevancy and social emotional learning. 
  • SPIN Girls, a suite of programs focused on students of color in King County who experience girlhood as part of their journey. SPIN Girls Club serves 6th and 7th grade students; SPIN Girls serves 8th, 9th and 10th; and SPIN Fellows serves 11th and 12th graders (and is developing an alumni program). All SPIN Girls programs share STEM learning, contain elements of mentoring and coaching, and connect students with career and college-related experiences and resources. 
  • The Young Entrepreneur Project, focused on teaching STEM skills to grow entrepreneurship opportunities for 11th and 12th grade students with workshops, networking events, and one-on-one support. 
  • SPIN Connect, which brings together STEM professionals from across King County and elementary school students to cultivate enriching and meaningful career exploration experiences.  

About the Lead Partner Role

The Lead Partner serves as the key contact, project manager, and liaison between SPIN and SVP Seattle Partners, volunteering their time and treasure with SPIN. As the liaison between the SPIN and the Partner community, they keep SVP Seattle informed of the progress on project initiatives that have been jointly executed. It is also the Lead Partner’s role to involve and encourage other SVP Seattle Partners to participate and support these initiatives. 

Why Lead Partners? 

SVP Seattle believes that building relationships between our Partners and our non-profit partners is core to our work. The Lead Partner serves as the primary advocate for SPIN and works to recruit Partners to build relationships with SPIN, encouraging them to share their time, talent, treasure, and ties. The Lead Partner also serves as the project manager for skilled volunteering projects for time, often managing multiple projects at one time. 

Responsibilities of the Lead Partner include:

  • Advocating for SPIN and its programs inside and outside of SVP  
  • Acting as a point of contact between SPIN and SVP Seattle 
  • Working with SPIN lead to determine impactful projects for both SPIN and SVP Partners 
  • Serving as the SVP project manager, working with the SPIN team to support and monitor our projects 
  • Working with SVP and SPIN staff to identify, recruit, and support volunteers to work on identified projects 
  • Assist SPIN with the utilization of various tools, which may include organizational capacity assessment, work planning, and reports 
  • Participate in monthly Lead Partner Community of Practice Cohort meetings

Ideal Candidate

SPIN is a grassroots non-profit rooted in our communities and committed to social and racial equity. We are looking for a Lead partner who can help to guide us in our growth and strengthen our infrastructure as we continue to grow and serve our communities. The ideal candidate has a passion for STEM, is eager to work shoulder-to-shoulder with a local non-profit and is excited to connect people with their passions. SPIN will select the Lead Partner in consultation with SVP Seattle staff. 

Time commitment: 5-7 hours/month

To apply: Please email your interest to Tara Hedayati at tarah@svpseattle.org