Director of Learning & Program Development

Job Type

Full Time




57 Magazine Street
United States


Mission: To support academic achievement through athletics

Organization Overview: Scholar Athletes (SA) is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization that was launched in 2009 with the support of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and former Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, in response to a series of Boston Globe articles that identified deficiencies within BPS’ athletic programming. With Suffolk Construction’s CEO John Fish as the founder, Scholar Athletes is designed to reduce the opportunity gap for urban public high school students and pursues this vision at school sites in across the Commonwealth. The program's mission is based on the proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance.

Position Summary: The Director of Learning and Program Development will be responsible for supporting the Managing Director of Program Services and other key staff in the execution of high-quality programming in Boston, Springfield and Everett. Reporting to the Managing Director of Program Services, the Director of Learning and Program Development plays a critical role in shaping the development and implementation of all curriculum and training opportunities related to athletic, academic, college and career readiness and social emotional learning in the schools we serve. The Director of Learning and Program Development will work with the organizational leadership to develop a comprehensive professional development plan to support all staff within the organization both at orientation and throughout the program year. The Director of Learning and Program Development will work closely with the Information Systems Manager and field staff to evaluate programming and utilize both first hand experiences and data to inform program improvements. 

Department: Scholar Athletes

Reporting To: Managing Director of Program Services, Scholar Athletes

Direct Reports: Volunteer and Alumni Engagement Manager

Location: Boston

Status: Exempt/Salary


Program & Curriculum Development/Implementation

·       Manage the development and implementation of all program and curriculum design elements for Scholar Athletes in collaboration with Managing Director of Program Services.

·       Support SA staff in program delivery for the three core program areas implemented in the Zones: Health & Wellness, Academic Coaching & Mentoring, and College & Career Readiness.

·       Research and consult with experts to manage the design, development, and updating of new curriculum and program elements or tools. 

·       Work with program partners to expand learning and exposure opportunities available to the Zones and Zone members.

·       Provide ongoing oversight of program delivery including observation, evaluation, coaching, and program improvements

Professional & Leadership Development

·       Responsible for management and operations of all SA professional development programs aligned with Executive Leadership Team (ELT) organizational priorities and focus.

·       In collaboration with key SA staff and other managers, oversee the design, delivery, and assessment of organization-wide learning, programming, services, and training. This also includes new employee program orientation and onboarding, change management, career development, and observation/coaching support.

·       Work with SA staff to develop innovative professional development opportunities to help meet the needs of organizational challenges

·       Collaborate with Operations and Finance department to design and evaluate organization-wide and individual staff development plans

·       Identify and manage external training vendors/resources that provide best in-class service across a variety of disciplines

·       Plan, coordinate and implement professional development (PD) events including annual Summer PD, onboarding/orientation, February PD and various PD sessions throughout the year. 

Other Responsibilities

·       Help establish annual budgets related to Learning and Development and Program Design. Manage relevant areas of the budget to ensure effective utilization of resources (materials, budgets, vendors, and people).

·       Project management responsibilities including, but not limited to, planning and scheduling timelines, tracking project deliverables using appropriate tools, constantly monitor and report on progress of the project to all stakeholders, present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions and implementing/managing project changes and interventions to achieve project outputs.

·       Cultivate a healthy work culture with particular focus on shared leadership, collaboration, innovation, inclusion, accountability, and data-informed decision making.

·       Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

·       Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree preferred.

·       Minimum 5-7 years experience in developing programs and curricula, developing and implementing strategic and tactical plans, and supervising staff, preferably in human services, education and/or youth development.

·       Ability to improve the organization’s productivity through training and development while creating a high-performance, high-engagement culture

·       Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to manage information and messaging across the entire organization

·       Preference for experience in working with community constituencies and diverse populations.

·       Must be knowledgeable of youth development principles and human service delivery systems.

·       Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to facilitate understanding across multiple audiences and inspire confidence with the community, staff and Zone members.

·       Strong interpersonal and organizational skills required; MS Office and web competency required

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Scholar Athletes, or

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to