JA Program Associate

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan - Detroit, MI



Junior Achievement: Empowering young people to own their economic success®

Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement (JA) reaches nearly 60,000 students annually in relevant, hands-on learning experiences that teach young people to manage their money, plan for their economic future, own their own businesses, and develop readiness for careers or college.

JA is the youth arm of the economy here in Southeastern Michigan. Everything JA does is done to better equip students for the business of life. This is effectively done through JA’s three pillars: Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, and Workforce Readiness.

Junior Achievement associates are known for their passion for the JA mission that brings together business and education to work with students in kindergarten through high school, so they are empowered to own their economic success. Members of the JA team interact with community leaders who support JA with their time, treasure, and talent.

POSITION CONCEPT: The Program Associate is responsible for providing support to the Director of Programs and Programs Team for all tasks related to enrollment and re-enrollment of students to achieve organization objectives. This position will work closely with educators, businesses, and community volunteers to implement JA Educational Programs at local schools and youth organizations throughout our ten-county service area. You will be part of a passionate team here at JA!


  • Recruit and re-enroll schools for JA Educational Programming.
  • Coordinate the implementation of JA Educational Programs with schools and volunteer groups.
  • Provide day to day volunteer and teacher support, including timely communication, training, and follow up.
  • Present JA Educational Programs in area classrooms.
  • Knowledge of and exposure to the use of both classroom teaching and online learning in education.
  • Adhere to JA Educational Program Implementation Standards.
  • Knowledge of, and sensitivity to, issues prevalent in diverse and under-served communities.
  • Knowledge and understanding of youth development and education.
  • Must have own transportation – travel required throughout our ten-county service area.

SCHEDULE: Selected individual will work up to 20 hours per week. Days (M-F), as well as start and end times to be agreed upon before start date. Parking is provided.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.
  • Strong oral, written, and organizational skills.
  • Effective time management skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated customer focus in dealing with a variety of constituents.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: sit, walk, occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, continually required to talk or hear, occasionally required to bend, lift, or climb, frequently required to lift and carry light weights (25-50 pounds), and specific vision abilities include: close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust or focus.

SERVICE AREA: Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan services ten counties: Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, Livingston, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw. Associates are occasionally required to travel outside of the tri-county area.

Job Type: Part-time


  • Time Management: 1 year (Preferred)


  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)