Director, San Francisco Bay Area Hive Learning Network

Director, San Francisco Bay Area Hive Learning Network

Are you interested in transforming the Bay Area through youth leadership? Are you collaborative? Do you have a start-up spirit? Are you inspired by young people connecting to learning opportunities regionally ?

About the Bay Area Hive:

The Hive Learning Network is a networked community of youth-serving organizations committed to testing new ideas to initiate a Connected Learning framework. The Bay Area Hive is getting ready to launch, and we’re looking for an engaged and experienced education community leader with demonstrated youth development experience and superior organizational development skills to start up the Bay Area site of the national Hive Learning Network, The Bay Area Hive will link existing organizations to create new connected learning experiences in which youth can more easily participate in accessible, "anytime, anywhere" learning activities by pursuing their interests and following their peers.

The founding partners for the Bay Area Hive -- Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), California Academy of Sciences, KQED, and San Francisco Public Library, along with Friends of the SF Public Library and the National Writing Project -- are multidisciplinary, and provide support in a range of youth learning content areas, both in subject matter expertise and experience in digital and analog teaching and learning. Individually, the core organizations bring to the work of creating the Hive a rich history and deep experience of serving Bay Area youth and educators.

The goals of the Hive Learning Network include:

  • SHARED PROGRAMMING: The development of innovative learning programs and activities that contribute to a pool of shared and open assets for others to use and remix.
  • ENGAGING YOUTH LEADERSHIP: Young people lead, participate and advise Hive programs, operations and activities, establishing an intergenerational learning community and strong youth voice/presence.
  • DEVELOPING RESEARCH: Collect standardized data about the Hive model and share with a team of researchers in order to improve learning for youth within a thriving network.
  • INNOVATING TECHNOLOGY: Implement a technology infrastructure that connects young people to one another and to adult allies/mentors for shared learning and critique, collecting real-time data about activities for continued improvement.
  • ESTABLISHING BADGES: Plan and implement digital badges as a tool for valuing and making the learning that takes place in informal spaces visible and credible, redefining achievement.
  • PARTICIPATE IN A STEWARDSHIP TEAM: Connect with all Hive locations nationally and internationally.

The Bay Area Hive, officially launching in 2015,  will establish a collective vision and plan for implementing these goals through a set of activities for learning. The initial geographic boundaries of the Hive encompass “BART reach” throughout the Bay Area. The Bay Area Hive will be governed by a steering committee comprised of leadership members from the core team organizations and advise the Director on issues related to vision, strategy, policy, programming, and partnerships. 

Supported by a one-year planning grant, the Bay Area Hive Director is responsible for working with the steering committee to further the strategic direction and related events designed to support the planning and launch of the emerging Bay Area Hive through the 2014 calendar year. Building on the work of partner organizations and regional planning to date, the Director will work closely with Bay Area Hive Steering committee organizations to lead strategic planning efforts, direct bridge programming events, and support research and evaluation activities. Note this is a one-year position with an option to apply for the permanent director position, contingent upon funding and mission/skills alignment.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Vision and Leadership

Youth Involvement

Partnership Management and Operations

Fiscal Management


Salary /Intended & Start Date

$60,000 - $65,000 with benefits. Start Date of Feb 1, 2014


Reporting Structure

Director will report to the Bay Area Hive Steering Committee, including the managing partner-- National Writing Project.


To Apply: Applications including a resume and cover letter should be sent to the organizing entity, Friends of San Francisco Public Library No phone calls please.


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