Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Director of Academics and Social Emotional Learning (DASEL). This role reports to the Chief of Program Operations. This position is a Washington, DC metro or Baltimore metro-based position, and the person in this position is responsible for conducting observations regularly in our fourteen achievement centers. Significant travel will be required between Baltimore, DC, and Richmond (several trips per week including evenings for conducting center observations/support). As Pandemic restrictions continue to lift, this position should be based out of the Washington DC metro or Baltimore metro area.
Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Higher Achievement’s model delivers academic enrichment grounded in social justice principles. Our afterschool program for 5th-8th grade scholars combines small-group, high-impact tutoring with social-emotional skill building, culminating in placement in college preparatory high schools.
Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, and Prince George’s County, MD Higher Achievement’s award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Position works closely with: Learning Directors, Directors of Program Operations, Director of HSP, Senior Manager of Volunteers
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
*In addition to the qualifications listed above, Higher Achievement will also prioritize the demonstration of its Core Competency behaviors. All positions are also required to pass any background checks and clearances required for that role by state law, district policy, or grant requirements.
Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:
Compensation and Benefits: The salary for this regular, exempt position is in the low to mid seventies and is commensurate with skills, education, and experience. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); ten paid holidays; five weeks paid time off; retirement plan with company match.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in an office environment and a school setting, with occasional trips off-site to parks, museums, etc. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to walk from one part of the worksite to another and climb stairs. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication in small and large group settings with youth and adults; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations. Employee must have visual, auditory, and physical ability to respond quickly to critical incidents involving students and act in an emergency situation.
Additional Information: As of October 2021, Higher Achievement remains a mostly virtual work environment outside of offering our in-person school-based programming. Once our offices are able to more fully re-open, all staff will be able to work within a hybrid arrangement with in-person time focused on mission critical activities and relationship building rather than an expected amount of time in the office based out of one of our Higher Achievement offices (DC or Baltimore). Significant travel will be required between Baltimore, DC, and Richmond (several trips per week including evenings for conducting center observations or support). As Pandemic restrictions continue to lift, this position should be based out of the Washington DC or Baltimore metro area. Covid-19 vaccination is required for all Higher Achievement employees. This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire, and candidate must be able to pass all additional clearance requirements as mandated by school districts and state/local municipalities.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Director of Academics and Social Emotional Learning…
Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); five weeks paid time off; twelve paid holidays; early Friday closures; retirement plan with company match.
Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); five weeks paid…