Director of School & Community Engagement

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Summer Search Bay Area is seeking a Director of School and Community Engagement to serve as champion and ambassador for our program across the Bay Area. This hire will drive a strategic effort to engage school partners, community-based organizations, alumni, families, and students in pursuit of our annual student recruitment goals. Additionally, this hire will be a key partner to the Regional Program Director in the development and implementation of our regional program strategy, particularly around:

  • Identifying priority community areas for Summer Search Bay Area to focus our programmatic growth over the next several years based on regional data.
  • Partnering more closely with school partners to align our entire program with existing school resources and needs.
  • Embedding our program more deeply in communities and developing partnerships with community-based organizations to more effectively support all Summer Search students.

This is an exciting opportunity for a skilled and well-organized relationship manager and strategic thinker to enhance the presence of Summer Search's programmatic and strategic direction in the Bay Area.



Develop and implement an effective annual outreach strategy (30%): 

  • In partnership with site leadership, develop and execute a plan to engage approximately 33 school partners across nine Bay Area counties and recruit high school sophomores during our annual outreach season, with an overall goal of enrolling 160-220 new students in the 2018-2019 school year. Outreach season activities include:
  • August-September: Meeting with school partners for the year
  • September-October: Developing a plan to collect student nominations from school staff, administration, and students. 
  • October-December: Conducting outreach presentations at schools for nominated students and collecting student applications.
  • November-February: School-based, one-on-one interviews for student applicants
  • Pursue creative ways to engage students who match our key demographics (low-income students who aim to be first-generation college goers), leveraging school staff, school and community resources to increase Summer Search's presence and reputation in our target schools.
  • Collaborate with and provide project supervision for program staff to execute annual outreach season activities, including in-school presentations, interview days, student events, and school communication.
  • Develop and implement data management processes and hold accountability for accuracy and completeness of all outreach data.
  • Drive a refined and enhanced outreach strategy as Summer Search prepares to move from a purely individual mentoring model to hybrid mentoring, which incorporates bi-weekly group mentoring sessions with student cohorts at school and community sites.

Facilitate community-based program implementation and program alignment with schools (20%):

  • Collaborate with High School Program management to identify space needs and timing for
  • community-based aspects of program, including:
  • Individual meetings between students and mentors
  • Group mentoring sessions for student cohorts (8-12 students each) and mentors
  • Student college application and financial aid workshops
  • Large-scale student and family events
  • Build and maintain relationships with schools and other community organizations to facilitate regular access to community spaces for programming 
  • Hold accountability for securing space for all community-based aspects of program, leveraging additional team members as needed.
  • Ensure appropriate members of the Summer Search team are connected with relevant stakeholders at schools or community-based organizations in order to partner on program delivery and student support.

Staff management and team leadership (15%):

  • Directly supervise one School and Community Engagement Coordinator responsible for execution of outreach strategy and supporting community-based program implementation.
  • Contribute to learning and development of School and Community Engagement Coordinator through clear expectation setting, coaching around project and relationship management, regular feedback conversations (in formalized site-wide quarterly check-ins and annual performance reviews, as well as informally on an ongoing basis), and support in accessing professional development opportunities.
  • Model a willingness to engage in self-reflection and personal work around intersection of own identity and positional power of this role, as well as examination of how own history and identity contribute to potential biases. 
  • Model a learner's mindset in proactively asking teammates for feedback, engaging in conversations to understand others' perspectives, and embracing and navigating disagreement and challenges when they arise to ultimately build stronger relationships.

Engage in local and national strategic planning work (15%):

  • Serve as site lead for national outreach cohort to represent site context in national outreach decision-making processes and regularly communicate outreach cohort work to broader Bay Area team.
  • Partner with Regional Program Director to support regional program strategy development and implementation.
  • Collaborate with members of local and national team during 2018-2019 as a foundation-building year before broader roll out of Summer Search's regional program strategy and national strategic plan for 2019-2020.

Build and manage relationships with community stakeholders (10%):

  • Oversee relationships and program participation with 33 active school partners
  • Identify and cultivate new school partnerships based on the direction of the regional program strategy.
  • Regularly assess health and potential of school partnerships, closing partnerships when needed
  • Develop a multi-year plan for cultivation of partnerships with community-based organizations that aligns with short and long term professional programmatic and site priorities
  • Foster collaborative partnerships with other strategic partners, ensuring a clear understanding and responsiveness to their specific interests and goals in working with Summer Search
  • Serve as an ambassador to broaden knowledge and support of Summer Search with schools, community-based organizations, families, civic leaders, key donors, board members, volunteers and other constituents.



We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our intense investment includes:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution
  • Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans
  • 401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually
  • Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, 2 floating holidays, 10 company-wide holidays and a 1-week December closure. 
  • Individual, local, regional and national training; plus a $200 professional development stipend for external training
  • A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization.
  • An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and holistic self-care
  • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve 


With a staff that cares deeply about social and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. 


We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with students, as well as how we work together as a team. 


We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.


Level of Language Proficiency

The Director of School and Community Engagement will be a highly motivated and self-led professional with at least 8 years of professional experience in external facing roles at a youth development, educational, or similar organization. Specifically, well-qualified candidates will bring:

  • Experience in working with culturally diverse and low-income populations, with an awareness and sensitivity to institutionalized racism and classism facing low-income communities.
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to analyze situations, innovate solutions, and implement plans that keep the big picture in mind.
  • Exceptional project management skills with the ability to remain organized and composed while juggling multiple workflows and logistics.
  • The initiative to identify, prioritize and pursue ideas for improvement.
  • Strong data management and analysis skills, including command of Microsoft Office applications and database operations.
  • A track record of building and managing trusting relationships with a broad set of stakeholders (e.g. schools, school districts, community based organizations, alumni, students), bringing a collaborative spirit to internal and external partnerships.
  • Public speaking skills with an ability to adapt communications styles based on the priorities and needs of a given audience.
  • Above all, a commitment to summer Search's mission of closing the opportunity gap for low-income youth, as well as an ability to thrive in an authentic, feedback-driven environment.


  • Knowledge and experience working in Bay Area schools and local communities 
  • Spanish, Cantonese and/or Vietnamese language skills are a plus
  • Valid driver’s license is preferred.
  • Bachelor's degree is required

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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