Job Type

Full Time


Details: NJ LEEP offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees.



Start Date



570 Broad Street
Suite 700
United States



NJ LEEP is a college access and success program working with low-income and first-generation students from the greater Newark area. NJ LEEP currently serves 140 high school students, 100 college students, and more than 250 family members annually. We help students perform at high academic levels by building skills through educational programs, developing the habits necessary for college success and community leadership, and offering exposure to colleges, careers, and role models who have achieved professional success. NJ LEEP’s model is challenging and rigorous and 100% of NJ LEEP program graduates have gone on to college, including Amherst, Georgetown, Princeton, Rutgers, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and the University of Chicago.


NJ LEEP will be launching a new program for middle school students. The Middle School Program (MSP) will primarily consist of summer and Saturday programming, with a focus on promoting the academic and social-emotional skill development of students in grades 6 through 8. This full-time position will require a Tuesday-Saturday schedule during the academic year, and a Monday-Friday schedule during the summer months. We anticipate starting the program with a 6th grade cohort of approximately 50 students, with the hopes of scaling up to approximately 150 students in grades 6 to 8 by year 3 of the program. Reporting to the Managing Director of Programs, the Middle School Program Director will be responsible for planning, oversight and management of the middle school component of NJ LEEP programming.


Program Development and Management:

  • Serve as primary lead in the buildout of the Middle School Program (MSP).
  • Oversee the creation of all program content, systems and structure.
  • Lead and support all instructional staff to create positive, youth-centered classrooms and program culture.

·        Oversee day-to-day operations of the program to ensure standards and benchmarks are met across attendance, student behavior, safety, learning environment, and program offerings.

·        Ensure instructional staff have the proper resources to execute program activities and assigned responsibilities (e.g. curriculum, supplies, classroom space, technology, etc.).

·        Implement continuous improvement mechanisms to ensure program innovation, refinement, and high-quality services.

·        Develop the MSP’s classroom culture and family engagement plan, which will include parent workshops and home visits. Work closely with and coach all program staff to effectively lead and implement in their classrooms.

·        Work with College Bound Program (NJ LEEP program for High School students) leadership to ensure alignment between the two programs.

Data Management:

·        Oversee the collection, management and use of all student, family and programmatic data for MSP.

·        Generate performance reports to analyze outcomes and lead refinement of program and content.

Student Recruitment and Operations:

  • Recruit and ensure enrollment of class that is reflective of NJ LEEP’s demographic and focus areas, with a goal of 50 students per grade.
  • Develop partnerships with local elementary and middle schools to recruit students.
  • Ensure that student retention rates are met, with a goal of at least 75%.

Parent, Student, and Community Outreach:

  • Develop and maintain strong, meaningful relationships built on trust with families and students.
  • Collaborate with MSP Coordinator, instructors, and other NJ LEEP staff to ensure students are receiving the services and support they need.
  • Maintain existing community relationships and build new relationships with key community stakeholders to support the growth and success of the MSP.


·        Bachelor’s degree required, with a preference for a focus in Education, Child Development, or related field.

·        5+ years of experience in education, with at least two at the middle school level or minimum 2 years of experience managing educational activities with a high record of achievement.

·        Experience managing and/or developing staff and youth-centered programs.

·        Experience working in an urban education setting or community-based organization preferred.

·        Firm commitment to a growth mindset – both in building student culture, and personally.

·        Desire for and commitment to working with middle school students in an after-school environment.

·        Ability to manage program budget and all information for data collection purposes.

·        Demonstrated ability to multitask, prioritize effectively, and adapt to changes.

·        Strong attention to detail and organizational excellence and the willingness to take initiative to drive results.

·        Excellent written/verbal communication and interpersonal skills and experience interacting with all levels of an organization.

·        Capacity to build strong relationships with individuals at all levels, cultures and job functions (both inside and outside of the organization).

·        Willingness to approach challenges with a good attitude and with a sense of humor; flexible and focused on solutions.

·        Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for NJ LEEP’s mission.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Razeya Rahman at employment@njleep.org with the subject line “Middle School Program Director.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Due to the volume of applications, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

NJ LEEP is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our staff. We strongly encourage candidates from all groups and communities to apply.