Founded in 1995, Pongo Poetry Project’s mission is to engage youth in writing poetry to inspire healing and growth. In order to further our mission, Pongo is committed to becoming an anti-racist organization. Internally and externally, we support diversity, equity, inclusion, and the expansion of expressive arts programming to youth who lack access to it.
Pongo is a growing organization and recruiting and retaining a diverse staff is a high priority. Please check back periodically as positions become available. You may also contact us at: email@example.com
Echo Glen Children’s Center (Echo Glen) is a residential juvenile rehabilitation facility run by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. It provides treatment services for younger male offenders and is the only institution for female offenders. Echo Glen provides educational services for a wide range of youth with varying needs. It provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Aggression Replacement Training (ART), cultural programming, sex offense specific treatment, and inpatient chemical dependency treatment.
Pongo began its partnership with Echo Glen in 2022. We work in tandem with the educators at Echo Glen School, part of the Issaquah School District, to provide weekly poetry writing workshops for the youth.
The Poetry Project Lead reports to the Co-Executive Director, Programs and has overall responsibility for Pongo Poetry Mentors at Echo Glen, the project’s implementation, service delivery, communication, outcomes, and interconnectedness to the therapeutic and educational milieu of Echo Glen.
The Poetry Project Lead at Echo Glen must be thoroughly committed to Pongo’s mission. Candidates will be considered based on the range of their lived and learned experiences, professional background, and direct and transferable skills. Pongo seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills.
Preferred Qualifications include
Our ideal candidate will be:
This is a part time, hourly position at 6.5 hours/week, at a rate of $30/hour for the remainder of the project year (approximately January-June).
The Project Lead must be able to facilitate poetry workshops in-person at Echo Glen in Snoqualmie on Thursdays from 8:45 am-12 pm; hours worked outside this time are flexible.
There are no benefits at this time (e.g., no medical benefits, no mileage reimbursement), other than sick and safe leave. Pongo takes Federal Holidays off, along with the final week of December.
We welcome applicants to apply until end-of-day November 30th.
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references (including contact information) to Ashley Skartvedt at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, Pongo’s poetry mentorship sites require background checks of all outside visitors. If selected, prospective Project Leaders must be willing to complete a background check before working with youth.
Pongo Poetry Project is an equal opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are highly encouraged to apply.