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Spring, 2021

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18-24 year olds looking for a community and to learn something new.



Prodigy Coffeehouse: 3801 East 40th Avenue, Denver, CO 80205

(40th & Colorado Blvd)


Contact: Brady Grant

Director of Learning






Negotiable; Starts at $55,000/year



Average 40-45 hours per week; limited weekend and evening



Steph Frances, Executive Director


Prodigy is a nonprofit social enterprise, operating a craft coffeehouse & business apprenticeship in northeast Denver. Disconnected young adults work as apprentices, committing to deep work and deep learning in a culture of healing. In this unique education-infused workplace, apprentices build social capital and experience economic mobility. Here, young adults develop mindsets and skills not just for lifelong work in the new economy, but a basis to go beyond these walls and help Denver grow into a healthy, vibrant, equitable city. We have trained 200 youth and hired 60 apprentices in our first five years of operation. We currently operate a craft coffeehouse at 40th & Colorado Blvd in Denver. And, we are growing. In 2022 we will open a second coffeehouse with a new Learning Lab at 4500 Broadway in Globeville, and plan to operate up to 5 enterprises in the coming years. We are working to become a Registered Apprenticeship Pathway through the Department of Labor. And, we have a budding consulting arm.


Prodigy is seeking an Educator to teach and inform Professional Development and on-the-job coaching for apprentices and trainees.


With support from the Director of Learning, the Prodigy Educator will train young adult apprentices and pre-apprentices. The Educator’s primary responsibility is to support & facilitate professional development (via pre-apprentice modules, on-the-job training, 1-on-1 coaching, and group professional developments) and develop career/educational opportunities outside Prodigy. The Educator will work alongside another Educator, Director of Learning and Operations Manager in classroom, coffeehouse operations, and community settings. 


We are seeking a dynamic individual with experience in urban education, youth development and/or workforce development, as well as demonstrated passion for re-imagining traditional education and workforce systems. This individual will possess a skill and experience base that can motivate young adults to develop and articulate skills for success in a new economy. We hope this can be accomplished with a good dose of humor, play and levity. 


High-level training provided. Additional opportunities include: learn the intricacies of high-impact education in a social enterprise setting, co-design new Professional Development modules, introduction to craft coffee industry, network with like-minded educators, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, evaluation and more.


  • Proven track record of building healthy relationships with marginalized young adults is essential

  • Minimum 3 years youth development / teaching experience with youth from various backgrounds; Formal classroom teaching credential not necessary but would enhance the diversity of experience on our current team

  • Knowledge and experience of Culturally Responsive Teaching practices. Familiarity with Science of Learning and ability to develop independent learners with high level of rigor and support

  • Retail, restaurant, coffee, operations or craft experience required

  • Lesson Plan / workshop development experience required

  • Curriculum development experience desired

  • Diverse life experiences and/or experience with marginalization desired



  • Co-design and facilitate professional development trainings 

  • Train and work alongside apprentices in coffeehouse 

  • Evaluate apprentice progress toward individual goals and organizational impact goals

  • Develop opportunities for apprentices to build transferable skills, earning power, & social capital

  • Provide individualized support to apprentices, including goal setting, wrap-around service referrals, portfolio development and job development

  • Provide leadership development, cognitive coaching, and accelerated learning in coffeehouse operations setting as well as classroom and community settings; Maintain presence at shop(s) to support day-to-day apprentice needs and impromptu learning moments

  • Integrate basic academic skills into apprentice work experience as appropriate

  • Coordinate volunteers, partner organizations and outreach to employer partners

  • Support organizational Equity Plan

  • Generate evaluation reports and maintain evaluation data

  • Support overall Prodigy culture, reinforcing and co-creating program design

  • Attend staff trainings, planning meetings, board meetings, and other gatherings as appropriate

  • Perform operations/coffeehouse tasks as needed to support health of the organization



  • Mindset & actions aligned with Prodigy DNA, creating and reinforcing culture of healing

  • Demonstrate relentless focus on achieving equity and supporting apprentice and staff success

  • Self-reflective and exemplify a growth mindset 

  • Humble, bold, accountable leadership

  • Embrace risk, fails forward, and pivots to capitalize on opportunities

  • Encourages and embraces productive conflict

  • Proactive and effective communicator across multiple groups

  • Radical collaborator

  • Solid problem-­solving & efficient decision-­making skills

  • Ability to give and receive generative feedback

  • Must be willing to do every aspect of program and operations in a fluid, start-up like environment


Prodigy Ventures deeply values the diverse perspectives of all of its staff and participants and believes that our students’ experience and organization are most fruitful when all voices are heard and valued. As we look to build our team, we value the importance of reflecting the unique racial, socio-economic, life experiences, and backgrounds that our students bring.


Email in 500 words or less: What opportunities and challenges do you anticipate exist for an Educator in Prodigy's social enterprise setting? Please also attach a resume or overview of experience & skills. Send to Executive Director, Steph Frances.

Start-date for the position is flexible in summer/fall 2021.