55 Exchange Place
SEO SCHOLARS is a free eight-year academic program that gets highly motivated, low-income public high school students to and through college—with a 90% college graduation rate.
The 10th grade Program Manager role is the perfect role for someone who considers themselves a lifelong scholar and is committed to providing students with access to rigorous academic experience and unwavering support, both of which combined can empower youth to alter the trajectory of their lives.
The 10th Grade Program Manager is responsible for the management and performance of a cohort of 80-90 10th Grade Scholars. The Program Manager works as part of a five-person team (Senior Program Manager, second Program Manager, Program Coordinator, and the Assistant Director of 9th and 10th Grade) to lead Scholars through SEO programming during their 10th grade year. SEO Scholars is first and foremost an academic program. Program Managers provide effective guidance and support to ensure that Scholars develop the necessary skills to make the most of their opportunity in the classroom. In addition to providing academic guidance, Program Managers help Scholars foster academic mindsets, study skills and positive habits. The ultimate goal of the 10th grade program is to ensure that Scholars develop the foundation necessary to successfully navigate 11th and 12th grade. The 10th Grade Program Manager will lead at least one new initiative for the team including a male mentorship program, coding instruction, or parent engagement strategy.
- In coordination with other 10th grade staff, lead and implement SEO Scholars programming on Saturdays, after school, and during the summer for a class of 250+ Scholars
- Provide academic advising to all Scholars in their assigned cohort, including leading advising hours, conducting meetings for students and parents, and meeting with Scholars 1:1 or in small groups
- Monitor the performance and engagement of all Scholars in their assigned cohort, including program attendance, assignment completion, assessments and grades in SEO Scholars classes, high school courses, and state test scores; use data to drive advising with Scholars (recommend tutoring, etc.)
- Consistently set high expectations for all Scholars to adhere to program policies and behavioral standards
- Provide socio-emotional support in addition to academic guidance to ensure Scholars’ successful completion of the program
- Track attendance and assignment completion rates; achieve attendance, retention, and assignment completion goals, and provide timely data to the Assistant Director
- Meet with other 10th grade staff on a weekly basis to ensure grade-wide goals are met
- Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, develop content and best practices for advising
- Facilitate weekly instructor check-in meetings to gather information about Scholar performance and collaborate on action plans to support specific Scholars
- Work with 9th and 11th grade staff to transition Scholars into and from the 10th grade each summer
- Foster and maintain relationships with parents, school partners, volunteers, and corporate partners
- Assist with the planning, coordination, and supervision of occasional trips (e.g. college tours)
- Collaborate with the Development department to advance SEO’s relationships with existing and prospective funders, including hosting visits to Saturday and Summer Academy, reporting on grade-specific data, and providing information on specific Scholars
- Provide substitute instruction in ELA or math at Saturday or Summer Academy as needed
- Other duties as assigned
- Understand the academic achievement and opportunity gap as it relates to secondary education
- Familiarity/experience with secondary education and/or recruitment is highly desirable
Competencies and Skill Requirements
- Demonstrated passion for closing the achievement and opportunity gap on the high school and college level for first-generation and low-income students
- Data-driven and results-oriented with an unquestionable commitment to high-quality work
- Strong communicator and writer, including ability to effectively present in front of a room of 250+ Scholars
- Ability to conduct difficult conversations with Scholars and families to give honest, productive feedback
- Excellent interpersonal skills and high level of professionalism
- Intermediate to advanced Excel skills and experience working with databases
- Bilingual Spanish/English is highly preferred
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)
- Experience teaching in a public/private middle or high school for 2+ years (teaching experience in a NYC public high school highly preferred)
- Experience in a fast-paced, dynamic start-up and/or entrepreneurial environment is highly preferred
- Experience leading a program for young men of color is highly preferred
- Ability to work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and some nights as dictated by programming needs
- To Hold Students to the Highest Possible Standard – “There is no back row in SEO.” We are passionate about closing the achievement and opportunity gap for first-generation and low-income students. We recognize the privilege to work with some of the most inspiring students in NYC and refuse to settle for anything less than 100% student engagement.
- To Speak with Candor and Conviction – We are dynamic, engaging leaders able to present SEO Scholars to a variety of audiences and stakeholders in a compelling and informative way, as well as to navigate difficult conversations providing honest, productive feedback to students and their families.
- To Prioritize Collective Objective over Personal Need – “It’s not about you. It’s about those who came before you and those who come after you.” We are a rapidly growing, data-driven organization always eager to add ambitious team members who want to make a lasting impact on our program.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email your application to ScholarsStaffing@seo-usa.org using the following conventions:
- Subject: 10th Grade Program Manager – First Name Last Name
- Body of Email: Include name, contact information, salary requirements
- Attach: Cover letter and resume saved as “First Name Last Name_cover letter” & “First Name Last Name_resume”
Minimum Education Required