Senior Director of Program Innovations

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Think Together | Santa Ana, CA

Think Together

Published 11 days ago

Start Date

July 1, 2019

Application Deadline

June 30, 2019

Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids by providing award-winning programs during and outside the school day. We’re one of California’s largest nonprofits working in school districts from San Diego to San Francisco. Whether you’re interested in early learning, elementary, middle, or high school, you can invest in your community by working at a local school or working within our home office providing support!



The Senior Director of Program Innovations leads the program development team and all aspects of program design at Think Together. S/he ensures our programs are innovative, high-quality programs that are researched-based and have standards aligned to meet the needs of our partners in supporting expanded learning that helps students succeed toward college & career readiness. In addition, this position provides leadership and guidance for organization-wide data management & program evaluations. 


Dedicated to the mission of Think Together, the Senior Director is a confident and competent leader who is skilled at representing the organization in establishing strategic programmatic partnerships. S/he has extensive background in K-12 education and student engagement in expanded learning programs.


Above all, the Senior Director is responsible to ensure that Think Together remains at the cutting edge of non-profit education programs in the State of California. While reporting to the Deputy Chief of Innovations & Partnerships, the position supervises a team which includes the Director of STEM Innovation Programs, Director of Data & Evaluation, Program Development Specialists. This person also works cohesively with the entire Program & Operations team to achieve program goals and outcomes.



  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of state standards, pedagogy, and innovations in student learning/development in expanded learning and K-12 education to support curriculum and program development.
  • Ensures high-quality, cutting edge program design, curriculum integration & implementation support that aligns with known best practices for engaging students in expanded learning activities.
  • Ensures program alignment with adopted California educational standards, the Quality Standards for Expand Learning in California; and compliance with all state & federal grant funding requirements.
  • Studies and analyzes trends in student progress & performance data for district partners across the State, and makes recommendations for strategic programmatic solutions to support cohesive alignment toward student achievement.
  • Researches, vets, recommends & manages programmatic partnerships with mission-aligned organizations that demonstrate expertise in specific program components. 
  • Collaborates strategically with the fund development team, and the grant writing process to ensure adequate partnerships & philanthropic resources to successfully implement program innovations. 
  • Collaborates effectively with the entire Program & Operations Team (e.g., program development, organizational development, data & evaluations, early learning, student support services, and human capital), as well as regional leadership teams to ensure quality implementation and fidelity to program design.
  • Provides strategic oversight, leadership & support for data & evaluation projects that critically examine program effectiveness and student impacts/outcomes. 
  • Maintains an informed pulse on program implementation/effectiveness through regular field engagement, site visits, program observations, assessments, and analysis of program data & evaluations.
  • Maintains a multi-year program innovations & evaluations plan, providing leadership and oversight for all organization-wide program development projects.
  • Provides periodic reports/presentations on program design and impact.
  • Provides effective and efficient leadership for the Program Development and Data & Evaluations Teams by training & developing team members, managing department budgets, and adhering to all organizational policies & procedures.
  • Represents Think Together in strategic local, state-wide and national program conversations as assigned.


  • Collaborate strategically across all departments to ensure organizational cohesion toward the achievement of goals.
  • Remain current on educational developments, published research, professional thinking and relevant trends, practicing “passionate curiosity” for Think Together’s work.
  • Execute supervisory responsibilities with integrity and in a thorough & timely manner.
  • Confidently represent Think Together with a clear understanding of the urgency of our mission, the importance of our work, and the effectiveness of our programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree (BA) in education or related field from four-year college or university; additional course work or Master’s degree is desirable.  
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in education/expanded learning.
  • California issued multi- or single-subject teaching credential highly preferred
  • At least one year in a supervisory or leadership position preferred.
  • Fluency in a second language (Spanish) is desirable.

Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids by providing award-winning programs during and outside the school day. We’re one of California’s largest nonprofits working in school districts from San…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Managerial

How To Apply

Please apply directly via the link provided in this job post.

Please apply directly via the link provided in this job post.


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