Director, College Quest

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Published 29 days ago

HEAF is a comprehensive supplemental education and youth development organization that works to help motivated students develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resilience they need to ensure success in school, career, and life. Using a variety of after-school, Saturday, and summer programs, HEAF identifies scholars in middle school and supports them until they are admitted to and graduate from four-year colleges.

About the Position:

HEAF is seeking an energetic and dynamic Program Director to oversee all aspects of our College Quest division. Our ideal candidate will be responsible for shaping and implementing the organization's work in postsecondary exposure and readiness. They will build upon the strengths of the HEAF’s current To & Through College initiative and expand it to include other postsecondary options to ensure all participants succeed in making informed decisions about their pathway from high school to college, certificate programs, and careers.

The ideal candidate will bring a range of knowledge regarding effective counseling skills for high school students, partnership management, effective lesson planning, and workshop leadership. The Program Director- College Quest will also participate in strategizing and research opportunities to document best practices and implement successful structures for maintaining student retention, as well as the ability to promote HEAF’s positive reputation and mission statement.

Our ideal candidate should also have a keen understanding of various college and summer programs available to high school students in grades 9-11. They should also be able to assist students in obtaining these experiences and opportunities. 

Key Responsibilities:

Programming Planning and Management:

●     Work with Chief Program Officer to hire, onboard, and train program staff

●     Maintain and evaluate the quality of instruction, materials, and resources at all HEAF program locations

●     Uphold Department of Education’s grade-specific scope and sequences for curriculum design and instruction

●     Collaborate with program staff to design classes that are both interdisciplinary and inquiry-based

●     Work with staff to plan and oversee the implementation of all high school co-curricular offerings which includes community building, college preparedness, academic skill development, and career strategies

●     Cultivate relationships with higher-ed institutions to create pipelines that promote college access through the development of strategic enrollment initiatives

●     Work with Chief Program Officer to develop and oversee training and professional development opportunities for program staff’s continuous education and growth 

●     Work with the Chief Program Officer to develop, implement, and update program policies and procedures

●     Research and coordinate external professional development opportunities for staff

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●     Alignment of programming from 6-12 and college.

●     Management of partnerships and collaboration

●     Providing programming services to families and community at large

Administrative & Data Management:

●     Oversee the collection and tracking of participants’ information and progress through Salesforce database; maintain accurate records and submit regularly

●     Ensure regular and accurate reporting on program data and metrics

●     Analyze data consistently to determine outcomes and areas for growth and improvement

●     Management of Salesforce in alignment with College Quest staff

Family & Community Engagement:

●     Serve as the primary liaison with external community partnerships and schools for recruitment, growth, and sustainability

●     Work with program managers and associate directors to organize and/or lead population-specific student orientation at the start of each session

●     Serve as liaison to parents and students on all topics regarding student safety, student life, and general program information.

●     Work in collaboration with Youth Development department on broad-ranging family engagement events

●     Work in collaboration with Alumni Affairs and Development on alumni engagement and development strategies

Qualifications and Job Requirement:

●     Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in the area of education, social work, urban studies, psychology, or similar field, Master’s degree preferred

●     4-6 years of youth development experience working directly with students to excel academically

●     Indepth knowledge of the New York City education system; progress to graduation, etc.

●     Commitment to the HEAF mission statement

●     Exceptional leadership, communication, fiscal management, and managerial skills

●     Experience managing complex programs and capable of balancing multiple priorities effectively

●     Experience in identifying and managing program staff and volunteers

●     Experience working in an after-school environment or similar educational setting

●     Ability to work well independently and collaboratively within a team environment

●     Bilingual (Spanish/English) a plus

●     Knowledge of Salesforce a plus

Hours & Schedule:

Virtual School Year - Monday - Friday 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

On-Site School Year - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday ** Subject to change with notice**

Summer Program - 8:00am - 4:00 pm

Location: 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, Suite 10, New York, Ny 10027

 Hybrid for the 2021-2022 school year

Compensation: 70k annually 

HEAF is a comprehensive supplemental education and youth development organization that works to help motivated students develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resilience they need to ensure…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


USD 70,000 - USD 70,000


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
2090 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10027, United States
10th Floor

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