Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000.00
Maximum: $60,000.00
Details: Salary commensurate with experience and education



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Palo Alto
United States


Program Manager (full-time)– Middle School Program at DreamCatchers

(an after-school program for low-income students in Palo Alto, CA)


Join a close-knit team of professionals working to close the opportunity gap. DreamCatchers is seeking a professional who is inspired by the opportunity to make a palpable difference in the lives of low-income middle school students in high-income Palo Alto. Your primary role will be to manage the operations of our after-school academic support program where low-income middle school students attending Palo Alto Unified are paired with near-peer volunteer tutors from Stanford and local high schools.


Required Commitment:

·     After-school program hours (typically M/W 3:00-8:30 PM, Tu/Th 5:30-8:30 PM)

·     Daytime hours for school meetings, internal staff meetings (M-F flexible)

·     A few half-day Saturday orientation/training sessions for tutors


Roles and Responsibilities:

DreamCatchers is a highly structured program. Every session is carefully planned according to a year-long calendar. Your role will be to supervise the actual after-school sessions. You will work closely with our Program Director and Education Director in all aspects of the job. You will assist teams of Stanford student leaders (“Classroom Directors”) who manage each classroom of DreamCatchers students. You will assist with tutor recruitment, coordination and training. A typical week may include:

·     Supervising the after-school program (two hour sessions)

·     Attending staff meetings; collaborating with professional team

·     Providing support to student-tutor pairs and to Classroom Directors

·     Assisting with tutor orientation and training sessions

·     Managing tutor recruitment and coordination

·     Managing communication with and between tutors, parents and classroom teachers



The ideal candidate will have the following education and experience:

•     Bachelor’s degree, minimum; Candidates with a two-year degree or taking a gap year in college will be considered only with strong qualifications

•     Successful experience working with young adults; ability to serve as a role model

•     Ability to work in a professional setting with a small, close-knit team 

•     Excellent organizational, communication and relationship skills

•     Ability to take initiative, create plans, be flexible and complete tasks efficiently

•     Ability to connect with parents (mostly Spanish-speaking)

•     Working knowledge of SLACK (cloud-based app) and Google Drive preferred

•     Experience in education, counseling, social work or similar field preferred

•     Working knowledge of Spanish is highly valued

Level of Language Proficiency

Communicative competence in Spanish highly valued.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please include a cover letter and resume with your email