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Director of Programs

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Published 9 days ago

February 17, 2020
February 14, 2020
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

About SMART

SMART provides low-income students access to an exceptional education and the skills needed to thrive in college and in life. SMART’s vision is to end the cycle of poverty in San Francisco by providing students and families academic, social, and emotional support, as well as college preparation and career exploration. We provide a unique eight-year continuum of support that starts in 4th grade and goes all the way to college, including school support, after school enrichment, summer programming and college preparation. Since launching our high school program in 2011, 100% of SMART Scholars have graduated high school and matriculated to college. While only 21% of very low-income students who enter college will graduate within six years, SMART Scholars are currently persisting at a rate of more than 80%.

Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director or Programs is an inspiring and experienced leader who oversees all aspects of SMART’s programming from 4th grade through college. This includes our five program components: Recruitment, School Enrollment, the Summer Academic Enrichment Program, the Middle School Achievement Program and the College Achievement Program. In addition, the Director of Programs oversees the program’s curriculum development, Scholar advising, and the effective utilization of data toward program success. The ideal candidate is a proven leader in the field of education and youth development, an excellent communicator, collaborator and relationship builder, has an orientation to detail and ability to see the big picture, and thrives in a fast-paced environment. The Director of Programs directly supervises four team members: The Program Manager, Student Success, the Program Manager, Student Data, the Program Manager, School Enrollment, and the Program Coordinator, College Success.

Responsibilities Include (But Are Not Limited To):

Organizational Leadership:

  • Partner with the Executive Director to set program goals, strategy, and execution.
  • In partnership with the Chief Operations and Finance Officer, plan and oversee annual program budget.
  • Represent the program at board meetings, with funders, and at other external meetings and events.
  • Design and implement staff professional development, including coordinating, developing and leading workshops at staff retreat, organizational planning days, and throughout the year.
  • Partner with the Chief Operations and Finance Officer to ensure program safety, including planning for emergencies, allergies and other potential risks.

Recruitment and School Enrollment:

  • Set goals and oversee student recruitment process.
  • Oversee and support the Program Manager in the enrollment processes for middle school and high school, including maintaining strong relationships with schools’ administrators.
  • Lead the selection process of students into the summer program and into becoming SMART Scholars.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program:

  • Design and implement SMART’s summer program, including developing summer program calendar, assigning staff roles, hiring summer teachers and additional staff as needed.
  • Lead staff trainings and orientation for the summer program, and supervise summer teachers during the program.
  • Oversee updating and development of lesson plans, field trip planning and other aspects of the summer curriculum.
  • Oversee evaluation of program outcomes.

Middle School and College Achievement Programs:

  • Oversee all program activities to ensure Scholars’ social-emotional, academic and college readiness.
  • Lead program strategy and tactics towards the goal of 100% college enrollment.
  • Oversee the alternative entry recruitment process.
  • Develop, maintain and evaluate relationships with middle and high schools attended by SMART Scholars.
  • Develop relationships with current and potential partner organizations that could help further SMART’s mission.
  • Collaborate with school staff and external organizations to identify appropriate intervention resources and behavior support strategies for Scholars and families.

Student Data:

  • Ensure data are accurately and consistently collected and updated into database according to program metrics.
  • Oversee research and evaluation related to academic, social-emotional and college readiness supports, including, key performance and outcome indicators, metric development, data collection systems, and data integration across support systems.
  • Use data to evaluate student academic, social-emotional and college readiness support programs.
  • Assess intervention efficacy by gathering student, parent, staff and other stakeholder feedback.

Desired Experience and Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience, with a focus on working with youth, families and/or schools.
  • Strong passion for issues of educational equity for students from underserved communities.
  • Experience inspiring and managing full-time staff to achieve program goals.
  • Experience working directly with students from low-income families, students who are first generation in their families to attend college, and students of color.
  • Experience and demonstrated understanding of serving students in K-12 and college environments.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills, demonstrated ability to take initiative, solve problems, and lead multiple projects.
  • Detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills.
  • Spanish or Cantonese language skills preferred.

This is a full-time exempt position. Some evenings and weekend work required.

About SMART

SMART provides low-income students access to an exceptional education and the skills needed to thrive in college and in life. SMART’s vision is to end the cycle of poverty in San Francisco by providing students and families…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial

Benefits

SMART is proud to offer competitive benefits, including: Paid holidays, generous paid time off policy and parental leave policy, 100% coverage of employee medical and dental insurance, employer sponsored life insurance and long-term disability insurance, and access to pre-tax benefit programs such as commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts, and a 401K account.

SMART is proud to offer competitive benefits, including: Paid holidays, generous paid time off policy and parental leave policy, 100% coverage of employee medical and dental…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish or Cantonese language skills preferred.

Spanish or Cantonese language skills preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Asaf Bar-Tura, Executive Director. Due to the volume of applications we receive, please no phone calls.

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Asaf Bar-Tura, Executive Director. Due to the volume of applications we receive, please no phone calls.

Location

1061 Market St, Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA 94103

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