Search

Idealist logo
Jobs
Job

Center Director

Posted by
Higher Achievement | Washington, DC
Apply

Higher Achievement


New
|
Published 16 days ago

The starting salary for this regular, full-time, exempt position is in the fifties commensurate with skills, experience, and geographic region.

Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks candidates for the position of Center Director in Baltimore, DC, and Richmond.

Position Summary: The Center Director manages the relationships and operations necessary to run an achievement center that provides year-round academic programming for up to 100 middle school students. The Center Director works intimately with Higher Achievement full-time and part-time staff, scholars, parents, volunteer academic mentors, and the host school’s faculty.

Our Team

 

Talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. Higher Achievement works to close the achievement gap for motivated, underserved students from low-income communities with rigorous mentoring, individualized attention, and comprehensive academic support.

 

We are in the process of adjusting our programs and staffing to accelerate our scholars’ outcomes in middle school, helping them advance to college-preparatory high school programs, graduate from high school, and go on to post-secondary success. Over the next several months, we are adding services that will allow our team members to spend more time with scholars and families, implement a new mentoring curricula, and integrate social, emotional, and academic learning. These changes include 15 new positions to join our team, some of which will be filled by internal candidates. This unprecedented hiring effort offers a chance to be a part of shaping our organization as we build our future.

 

Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, Higher Achievement has changed the lives of more than 10,000 young people in the mid-Atlantic. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school and beyond by providing 5th-8th grade students with academically rigorous programs, social-emotional learning, and opportunities to build relationships with caring role models. As 8th graders prepare to graduate from our program, we help them successfully transition to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. As a result, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.

 

We currently host programs in Washington, DC, Alexandria and Richmond, VA, Baltimore and Prince George’s County, MD, and Pittsburgh, PA. Higher Achievement’s award-winning model is proven by leading research and demonstrated student success. For more information about Higher Achievement, visit our website, http://www.higherachievement.org

Key Duties and Responsibilities

Center Management

  • Provide comprehensive leadership, planning, implementation, and administration of Higher Achievement’s Afterschool and Summer Academy program model
  • Support recruitment efforts and retain a roster containing between 80 and 100 scholars
  • Model and maintain a positive, youth-focused center culture, including positive incentives, restorative justice, behavior management, etc.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships among host school administration, including serving on the leadership team, attending faculty and staff meetings, and regular communication and data sharing with the school
  • Ensure high quality implementation of Higher Achievement’s rigorous curricula through support staff and volunteer academic mentors
  • Facilitate large-group meetings of 50 to 100 people
  • Maintain consistent communication with scholars, parents, support staff, Summer Academy teachers, elective leaders, mentors, host-school staff, and community partners
  • Maintain oversite of the achievement center’s operating budget as it relates to daily expenses and supplies

Staff and Volunteer Management

  • Directly manage one full-time employee year-round, including providing ultimate oversite of all volunteers and mentors
  • Manage part-time staff and AmeriCorps volunteers during Afterschool Academy (approximately three to five staff), including recruitment, hiring, training, coaching, performance management, and compliance
  • Implement, with a high attention to detail, Higher Achievement systems for attendance tracking, record-keeping, scholar evaluations, and communication with mentors and staff

Evaluation and Training

  • Provide ongoing assessments, feedback, training, and support to all Center-based staff
  • Use data to provide ongoing assessment of scholars’ performance, including in-depth academic evaluations and evaluations of scholar attendance, participation, and social development; make recommendations for programmatic changes based on data when appropriate
  • Provide ongoing evaluation of center operations
  • Facilitate orientations for staff, scholars, and parents

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement
  • Bachelor’s degree OR post-secondary certification (related field) required
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working directly with middle school youth in an educational setting required; teaching experience a plus
  • Experience directly managing staff and volunteers
  • Experience in community building, mentoring and youth development
  • Strong skills in planning, organizing, attention to detail, written and oral communication
  • Experience building relationships with diverse community stakeholders, including families, schools/community partners, and corporate partners, including making public presentations and community outreach
  • Strong skills in technology and data analysis
  • Spanish language skills a plus

Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:

  • Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement's mission.
  • Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others.
  • Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best.
  • Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone.
  • Maintains a solutions-oriented mindset during planning periods and when challenges arise.

Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks candidates for the position of Center Director in…

Details at a glance

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

Benefits

Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; six weeks paid time off; retirement plan with company match; and professional development funds. 

Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid…

How to Apply

Visit www.higherachievement.org/careers. Interested applicants must upload a resume and cover letter. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed qualifications and their interest in the mission and work of Higher Achievement. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately; the position will remain open until the spot is filled. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.

Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Visit www.higherachievement.org/careers. Interested applicants must upload a resume and cover letter. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed…

Location

Washington, DC

Join Idealist

Sign up today to save your favorite jobs and get email alerts when new ones are posted.
Apply