Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.
Reporting to the Director of College, the ideal candidate is a reliable team player with a commitment to youth development. They will play a key role in leading DREAM's extended-day, extended-year school model.
Serve as a member of the High School Leadership Team to lead DREAM's Grow the Whole Child program during the school day:
- Lead school-wide design and implementation of DREAM's 9th and 10th grade social-emotional learning (SEL) and Early College & Career Access-focused course (called Lower Studio), including collaboration with Academic Deans on AVID integration;
- Collaborate to ensure strong academic and social-emotional outcomes for all high school students, by ensuring that all educators embed SEL practices in their teaching practice and classrooms;
- Collaborate with Academic Deans to utilize student academic and SEL achievement outcome data to customize and improve instruction;
- Supervise and coach OCAPSS Youth Development Specialists (YDS) responsible for executing on pilot outcomes via weekly 1:1's with YDS staff, observations of YDS work, and providing supportive and intentional feedback;
- Design and evaluate advisory program, and manage outcomes, that are aligned with SEL and Academic advising vision through collaboration with Restorative Justice Manager and the high school leadership team;
- Supervise and lead professional development for Enrichment teachers;
- Lead staff professional development in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings;
- Collaborate with network teams responsible for the different components of the program: academics, social-emotional learning, athletics, health and wellness, and family and community engagement;
- Facilitate routine convening of the DCHS Student Life Team.
Serve as a member of the Office of College Access and Post-Secondary Success (OCAPSS) Team to lead extended-day and extended-year programming that enriches students' college preparation profile:
- Supervise all club leaders;
- Recruit, hire, and onboard partners and staff to run programming;
- Drive and coordinate student recruitment to program opportunities;
- Oversee program quality and compliance;
- Oversee program budget management;
- Design and develop menu of summer learning, work, and enrichment opportunities for students across all high school grades, including collaboration regarding Summer School;
- Manage OCAPSS team members to guide students through the process of identifying, applying for, enrolling in, and completing summer opportunities;
- Develop and manage systems for tracking data and impact of afterschool and summer programming;
- Develop and manage relationships with external partners to facilitate programming which exposes students to extracurricular, internship, college, and alternative pathway opportunities and experiences;
- Collaborate with other network Deans of Program across the network to ensure continuous improvement of programming for all DREAM students.
- Bachelor's Degree in Education, Social Work, Youth Development or related field required; advanced degree in an education field preferred;
- Minimum 5 years experience working with and engaging youth, families and teachers in an academic environment;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills;
- Outstanding organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple responsibilities;
- Ability to read and write in Spanish and fluency in spoken Spanish (preferred);
- Successful experience in providing staff development in a large group, small group and one-on-one settings;
- Understanding of opportunities and challenges in the lives and education of urban youth;
- A desire to make a different in the lives of our students, families, and community;
- A deep belief in the mission, model, and values of DREAM, including the belief that all students can succeed, and a desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.