Director of Program Services

Job Type

Full Time




Scholar Athletes
57 Magazine Street
United States


Director of Program Services

Mission: To support academic achievement through athletics

Organization Overview: Scholar Athletes (SA) is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit organization that was launched in 2009 with the support of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and former Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, in response to a series of Boston Globe articles that identified deficiencies within BPS’ athletic programming. With Suffolk Construction’s CEO John Fish as the founder, Scholar Athletes is designed to reduce the opportunity gap for urban public high school students and pursues this vision across school sites in Boston, Springfield and Everett, MA. The program's mission is based on the proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance.

Position Summary: The Director of Program Services will be responsible for supporting the Managing Director of Program Services and other key staff to deliver high quality programming in all SA communities. Reporting to the Managing Director of Program Services, the Director of Program Services plays a critical role in shaping the development and implementation of all athletic, academic and social emotional programming in the schools in which we operate, establishing a strong sense of community across work streams and engaging external stakeholders in our school and organizational based programs and opportunities. As a member of the Expanded Executive Leadership team, this role serves as an active contributor to the talent development of Program Services staff and will provide regular input into site planning activities, and positively represent the organization on behalf of leadership.

Department: Scholar Athletes

Reporting To: Managing Director of Program Services, Scholar Athletes

Direct Reports: Program Manager (x5)

Location: Boston

Status: Exempt/Salary


Team Leadership

·       Serve as a strategic thought partner on department planning and implementation of programming in Boston, Springfield and Everett.

·       Cultivate and maintain external partnerships which can be leveraged for the benefit of the organization

·       Serve as a coach and supervisor to the Program Managers to advance their management, leadership, external relations and program implementation skills

·       Monitor clear and measurable objectives for staff to ensure effective planning and execution of programs

·       Develop, manage and coach Program Managers through consistent contact, visits to their schools, bi-weekly one-on-one meetings, beginning of year goal setting, mid- and end-of-year performance reviews and supporting their participation in professional development opportunities

·       Collaborate with other Directors to ensure all staff are held to consistent standards and receive the support necessary to exceed their goals

·       Create actionable goals and schedule of activities that make it possible to turn the mission into tangible results for each region in which Scholar Athlete’s expands

Program Development and Management:

·       Actively contribute to the evaluation of existing programs and development of new programs in collaboration with organizational leadership, department Directors and other relevant staff

·       Regularly monitor progress at all schools to ensure program implementation is aligned with goals and challenges are addressed in an appropriate and timely manner

·       Respond to a variety of requests for information on school-specific programs, partnerships, and impact

·       Continuously seek to gain new knowledge of trends, research, and announcements in public education, , and athletics

·       Partner with relevant staff to support the timely collection of student-level data and feedback from Zone members and partners as outlined by the organization

Relationship Management:

·       Work with Managing Director of Program Services and Program Managers to develop and support the implementation of school partner stewardship process across all schools

·       Build strong working relationships with all school partners to facilitate service delivery and develop external champions for Scholar Athletes work

·       Serve as a proxy for the Managing Director of Program Services when they are unable to attend meetings with district leadership, school or community partners

·       Design and execute new program strategies, as needed, that can be used to foster academic and athletic success and/or enhance the overall experience for Zone Members served by the organization

o  New strategies may be required periodically to target specific challenges and/or goals (e.g., addressing medical ineligibility, increasing athletic participation, etc.)

·       Serve as the key liaison between Scholar Athletes and the relevant departments of the districts served by the organization; manage the relationships formed with staff within these departments

·       Ensure that the delivery, promotion and operation of all programs and services are consistent with Scholar Athletes’ organizational policies, compliant with local and state regulations, and brand guidelines to maintain a consistent image for the organization in all settings

Professional Requirements:

Scholar Athletes is seeking an experienced professional with a minimum of 4 years of successful work in a management and strategy-setting role, preferably in a youth development setting. The ideal candidate will be someone who possesses strong managerial and execution skills and who is adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and following through; someone who is highly energetic and able to balance multiple competing priorities; someone who is skilled at building and maintaining strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. A track record of leadership, initiative, and program and personal development is essential.

In addition s/he will have:

•       A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)

•       A track record as an effective communicator; highly developed skills in writing and speaking; competence in creating strategic reports, presentations, and performance evaluations; the ability to communicate the program’s mission and interests to a broad audience

•       Strong interpersonal and staff management skills, with successful experience managing direct reports

•       Adequate software skills, particularly with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

•       An understanding of the Public Schools systems, particularly at the high school level

•       An affinity and proven track record for teamwork and an ability to work well with a broad range of constituencies

•       Experience leading self-directed projects, including the ability to generate effective workplans and to execute on schedule

•       An ability to compile and analyze data (experience using Salesforce and Excel is preferred)

•       Proven success in managing relationships with and securing buy-in from key external partners

•       An ability to receive and positively respond to feedback

•       Passion for nonprofit work, preferably in the field of education

•       A comfort level for working under pressure to meet deadlines

•       An ability to thrive in a fast-paced, data-driven environment

Personal Characteristics:

The ideal candidate will be dependable, energetic, and adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing, and executing on organizational and self-generated strategies.

In addition, s/he will be:

•       Comfortable with goal setting and quantifying results

•       Accountable for his/her performance against targets

•       Committed to, knowledgeable of, and enthusiastic about the program’s mission and strategy

•       Diplomatic, respectful, and balanced in his/her approach to others

•       Energetic and willing to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of initiatives ranging from the day-to-day to the long-term, from the highly creative to the tedious but effective

•       Possessive of a strong work ethic

•       Self-motivated and detail oriented


Scholar Athletes offers a competitive benefits and 401k package to employees

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to