SquashSmarts: Director of Middle School Academics
SquashSmarts is an award winning out-of-school-time urban youth enrichment program utilizing the sport of squash and academic tutoring. Founded in 2001, SquashSmarts provides high quality, high impact programs to girls and boys from the School District of Philadelphia’s most under resourced public schools. With headquarters in North Philadelphia’s Lenfest Center and programs at West Philadelphia’s Drexel University, SquashSmarts mission “improves the lives of underserved youth from Philadelphia public schools by providing intensive, longterm academic tutoring and squash instruction, while imparting high standards of personal integrity, health and fitness, and service to the community.” SquashSmarts is a 501c3 not-for-profit charitable organization and an equal opportunity employer. SquashSmarts is a founding member of the Squash & Education Alliance and the Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative.
Director of Middle School Academics
The Director of Middle School Academics is a unique opportunity for a well-qualified man or woman with classroom management experience to join a team and to effectively guide young people from under resourced schools and communities. Primary responsibility is to engage and mentor students through our year‐round middle school education program. The individual will work in tandem with the Director of Middle School Squash & Fitness to engage and instruct a cohort of 30 students per grade in 6th, 7th and 8th grade that are recruited from School District of Philadelphia (SDoP) partner schools in North Philadelphia’s Hunting Park. The individual will collaborate closely with the full program staff to ensure strong relations with all students, families, volunteers and partners; recruit new students annually; creatively design and deliver an intentional academic curriculum focusing on core skills; manage high school placement; and track student progress via the organization’s student metric and evaluation system.
Candidates should have strong speaking, writing, presentation, and interpersonal skills and hold a BA/BS or equivalent international degree. Spanish-speaking candidates will be given strong preference. Interdisciplinary skills or course work in education, childhood development, social work, education or psychology are a plus. Typical weekly hours of employment are (September-June) Monday through Thursday 10:00am-6:30pm and either Friday 12:00pm-6:00pm or Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm; and (July-August) Monday through Friday 9:00am-4:00pm. Additional events throughout the year will require participation beyond regular expected hours.
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