Program Coordinator

  • Job posted by Scholar Athletes

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Organization Overview

Scholar Athletes (SA) is committed to supporting academic achievement through athletics and was designed to reduce the opportunity gap for urban public high school students. Through its programming, which includes Academic Coaching and Mentoring, Health and Wellness initiatives, and, College and Career Readiness. Scholar Athletes strives to enhance the scholar-athlete experience, provide regular instruction to the coaching staff, and improve academic performance and personal growth.

With the support of former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino and former Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, Scholar Athletes launched as a small pilot program in 2009 with Suffolk Construction’s CEO John Fish as the founder. Seven years later, SA is a multi-million dollar program pursuing its mission across more than twenty school sites in Boston, Springfield, and Everett, MA. To read more about the program’s impact, visit our scholar-athletes

Position Summary:

The Program Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing and managing a Scholar Athletes (SA) Zone learning center, located in a partner public high school. They are responsible for the recruitment, enrollment and retention of current and potential scholar-athletes into the Scholar Athlete Zone throughout the year. The Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that all Scholar Athletes Zone members have access to academic coaching and mentoring, health and wellness, and college and career readiness. Measuring and tracking key performance metrics to ensure program effectiveness is an essential element of the position. Program Coordinators will also help Scholar Athletes build long-term relationships within the school building and local community to support and enhance the program mission and goals. 

Responsibilities and Expectations

Program Management

  • Recruit, enroll and retain scholar-athletes throughout the school-year using various methods to increase Zone membership and meet program targets; including engagement with “out-of-season” athletes to encourage participation in the Zone to help facilitate in-season eligibility
  • Implement Scholar Athletes programming to provide academic coaching and mentoring, health and wellness, and college and career readiness to Zone members grades 9-12, and manage and ensure security of all resources within a Zone, including the physical space
  • Enter and manage program data to meet and execute against key performance targets and outcomes
  • Supervise on-site support staff and manage volunteer engagement with scholar-athletes to ensure effective interactions

Stakeholder Management and Engagement

  • Build strong partnerships with school officials including principals, athletic coordinators, guidance staff and other key decision makers by demonstrating an understanding of the school’s priorities and working collaboratively to craft and implement solutions in support of scholars
  • Establish positive working relationships and collaborate with other community-based organizations within the school building to leverage all resources available to Zone members
  • Consistently meet with and engage all coaches to generate buy–in, increase awareness of Scholar Athletes’ programs, and leverage their position to engage student athletes in the Zone
  • Engage parents/guardians in Scholar Athletes’ programming and build awareness of the resources available to Zone members

Other Responsibilities

  • Participate in Scholar Athletes and individual school events, including, but not limited to, All-Star games and athletic clinics, fundraising events, funder site visits, Board and Committee meetings, SAT practice tests, professional development trainings, and community events
  • Serve as brand ambassador both internally and externally to key stakeholders and new constituencies
  • Participate in site-wide and position-specific professional development initiatives
  • Perform other tasks as needed to support the organization

Professional Qualifications:

Scholar Athletes is seeking Program Coordinators who possess many of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of 1-3 years of successful work experience in a youth development context and/or urban, public school system
  • Passion for and understanding of working with youth, public school districts and urban education, and nonprofits
  • Strong time and project management skills, with an ability to prioritize projects, manage multiple tasks, problem-solve, and deploy resources effectively and efficiently
  • Experience with and a track record of success managing relationships with students, families, and school-based staff and community organizations
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills; a team player with developed skills in writing and speaking who is receptive and responsive to feedback
  • Belief in the Scholar Athletes mission and the ability to communicate the program’s mission and interests to a broad audience
  • Experience working on an innovative team and/or program in a sophisticated organization with a reputation for excellence and high expectations and flexibility to accommodate the organizational priorities and needs at any given time
  • Adequate software skills, particularly with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or equivalent

Necessary Attributes:

Candidates must possess the Scholar Athletes Core Values:

Driven by our mission

Committed to our scholar-athletes

Focused on our future

Innovative in our approach

Scholar Athletes is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Commongood Careers

Scholar Athletes has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Program Coordinator. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter (both in Word format) addressed to Shanna Scafuri and outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity at

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.