Associate Program Director

Job Type

Full Time




United States


Our flagship program in the Bay Area is seeking an Associate Program Director (APD) to support high-quality program delivery and performance for the entire region. This is a new position that will report to the Regional Program Director and partner to oversee program delivery, evaluation, and strategy for the site during an exciting time when Summer Search is refining its programmatic approach and organizational priorities to align more strongly with principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and be driven by the voices of our students and alumni. The APD will embody a regional culture that is committed to equity, teamwork and learning.




Talent Acquisition and Development (45%):

  • Lead all local program team hiring processes, engaging relevant members of the National Talent Team and local Bay Area Team, for approximately 5-10 hires per year.
  • Develop hiring materials and training for all staff involved in hiring processes that reflect site values and priorities.
  • Coordinate administrative aspects of hiring processes including budget approval for new positions, offer letters, and HR paperwork.
  • Develop tools and resources to streamline onboarding and offboarding processes. 
  • Coordinate cross-departmental Bay Area Learning and Development Committee to develop and facilitate program trainings in line with team needs and interests, ensuring locally designed and delivered trainings complement those offered by the Summer Search National Program Team.
  • Serve as a coach to program team members at all levels as needed; this role will assume direct supervision responsibilities within the program as we execute our regional program strategy over the course of FY19.
  • Champion positive staff morale and retention by modeling Summer Search's values and cultivating communicative, relationship-driven, open and inclusive team environment.

Program Operations (35%)

  • Support Regional Program Director in managing program expenses for a site budget of approximately $8 million including overtime for non-exempt team members as well as non-personnel expenses. 
  • Develop systems and processes to manage complex program operations and increase staff capacity across a geographically dispersed site
  • Identify and address operational bottlenecks in effective program delivery, enabling student-facing staff to focus on relationship development and student support.
  • Coordinate site team of CoPilot Site Specialists to develop expertise in our program data management system and cultivate strong practices around data management across program teams.

Strategic Planning and Change Management (20%):

  • Support in developing Summer Search Bay Area's regional program strategy, including priority community areas for short and long term expansion as well as infrastructure for effective program delivery.
  • Support Bay Area team engagement in roll out of new organizational-wide site plan in FY19
  • Partner with Regional Program Director to develop and execute on local program vision aligned with the long term national strategic direction of the organization.
  • Partner with local leadership to manage organizational decision making and changes effectively at the site level, grounding these efforts in equity and transparent communication
  • Partner with Regional Program Director to refine scope and focus areas of this role based on ongoing learning.



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
  • 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 justice and equity, 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 Associate Program Director will embody Summer Search's values and provide team leadership through a standard of excellence, spirit of gratitude, a practice of collaboration, and an authentic and unwavering commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.


Additionally, this hire will bring:

  • EXPERIENCE: At least 8 years of professional experience, including 3+ years in a leadership role with responsibility for managing programs and teams. Leadership experience in education, youth development, or similar mission area required. Experience in these sectors in the Bay Area is a plus.
  • STRATEGIC IMPLEMENTATION: Big-picture thinker with the ability to anticipate needs, recognize unexplored opportunities, utilize data to inform decision making.
  • TEAM LEADERSHIP: Skill as a team leader with experience in coaching indirect reports.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Mastery in communicating up, down, and across within an organization.
  • CULTURAL COMPETENCE: Cultural sensitivity and humility in working with diverse and low-income populations, with an understanding of institutionalized racism and classism facing low income communities.
  • EDI KNOWLEDGE: Professional or personal content knowledge of developing self, coaching staff, leading conversations, and helping teams engage around Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • JUDGEMENT AND PROBLEM SOLVING: Extremely sound judgement, responsiveness, and flexibility in problem solving and unexpected challenges; an understanding of crisis management and safety issues, ideally with low income youth is a plus.


  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience is required; Master’s degree or certification in education, nonprofit administration, business or related field a plus.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development is a plus.
  • Prior experience operating within a nationally networked organization is a plus.
  • Bi-lingual in English-Spanish/Vietnamese/Cantonese a plus.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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