Director of High School Academics

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $50,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



The Lenfest Center, 2nd Floor
3890 N. 10th Street
United States


SQUASHSMARTS, INC. Keeping Kids In School + In Shape + On Track for Graduation 


DIRECTOR OF HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMICS Opportunity: Full Time Position Salary Range: $40,00-50,000 Commensurate with Experience Benefits: Employee Medical/Dental/Vision Available 


SquashSmarts is an award winning, out-of-school-time, urban youth enrichment program utilizing the sport of squash and academic tutoring. Since 2001, SquashSmarts has been providing high quality, high impact programs to girls and boys from the School District of Philadelphia’s most under resourced public schools. With headquarters in North Philadelphia’s Lenfest Center and West Philadelphia’s Drexel University, SquashSmarts mission is to improve the lives of underserved youth from Philadelphia public schools by providing intensive, long-term academic tutoring and squash instruction, while imparting high standards of personal integrity, health and fitness, and service to the community.” SquashSmarts is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization and an equal opportunity employer. SquashSmarts is a founding member of the National Urban Squash & Education Association and the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative. For more information, please visit:  


Director of High School Academics 


The Director of High School Academics is a unique opportunity for a well-qualified man or woman with classroom management experience to join a team and effectively guide young people from under resourced urban schools and communities. Primary responsibility is to engage, mentor and support high school students as part of a year‐round program. Individual will work closely with the Senior Academic Director and Director of High School Squash & Fitness to instruct a cohort of approximately 40 children who have graduated from SquashSmarts middle school program and are attending a variety of Philadelphia public, parochial and independent schools. Individual will collaborate daily with the full program staff to ensure strong relations with students, families, volunteers and partners; develop individual student goals; creatively design and deliver an intentional academic curriculum focusing on core skills; and track student progress via the organization’s student metric and evaluation system.  


Ideal candidate will have strong speaking, writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills and hold a BA/BS or equivalent international degree. Spanish-speaking candidates will be given strong preference. Interdisciplinary skills or coursework in education, childhood development, social work, education or psychology are a plus. Typical weekly hours of employment are (September-June) Monday through Thursday 10:00am-6:30pm and either Friday 12:00pm-6:00pm or Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm; and (July-August) Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm. Additional events throughout the year will require participation beyond regular expected hours.  


Specific Responsibilities: 1. Design and lead weekday/weekend academic tutoring sessions for focusing on homework help but also including non-homework-based reading, writing, organization and interpersonal skill instruction; 2. Communicate and meet frequently with students, parents/guardians to monitor performance; 3. Communicate and meet frequently with SDoP partner school teachers and counselors; 4. Recruit local professionals, college students and community members to serve as volunteer tutors; 5. Record daily student evaluation in the areas of attendance, behavior, progress and performance; 6. Organize enrichment outings as needed including cultural events, performances, museum trips; 7. Explore partnerships with area educational and cultural institutions as needed to enhance programming; 8. Support students/family with high school engagement including grade-to-grade matriculation, financial aid, and college preparation. 


Assist With The Following: 1. Assist Middle School staff with information about high schools and the placement process; 2. Program-wide recruitment, retention and relations with all students and alumni; 3. Providing information relevant to academic-focused grant applications; 4. Preparation of academic reports and updates for website, email and other printed materials; 5. Organization of academic summer enrichment opportunities; 6. Assistance with special networking and fundraising events; 7. Assistance with chaperoning non-academic events (tournaments, service events, etc)  

Additional Job Requirements: 1. Extensive knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Office required; 2. Must be an experienced driver with valid U.S. driver’s license; 3. Must pass a state and federal criminal background screening; 4. Must be physically capable of standing/sitting/moving for extended periods of time; tasks (lifting, exercising, coaching, tutoring, driving, etc.); 5. Non-U.S. citizen applicants must hold appropriate working papers valid for at least two years. 


Candidate should email cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references including full name, phone #, institution, and relationship to candidate, to: Alix Cummin, Senior Academic Director, 


Employee Health/Dental/Vision available

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Email cover letter, resume and three references