Philadelphia Program Director, Springboard Collaborative

Posted by Springboard Collaborative on December 14, 2015

Philadelphia Program Director

Springboard Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Problem
Children spend 75% of their waking hours outside the classroom, yet our school system does shockingly little to capture educational value from this time for children in low-income communities. These students lack continuous access to learning at home and school, slowing down progress during the academic year and leading to chronic regressions over the summer.

The Solution
Springboard Collaborative partners with schools to augment children’s reading time beyond traditional classroom hours. Springboard helps teachers plan targeted reading instruction for prekindergarten through third grade scholars during summer or after school sessions. Teachers also conduct home visits and facilitate family workshops to equip family members to become reading coaches for their children at home. Teachers and parents collaborate as a team to help each scholar reach an individualized learning goal. Springboard strengthens this collaborative work by providing personalized coaching for teachers and by incentivizing family participation and student goal achievement. Through this work, Springboard aims to close the reading achievement gap so that Springboard scholars have the requisite skills to access life opportunities.

About the opportunity:
Springboard Collaborative invites passionate educators and operational candidates to apply for the position of Regional Program Director. The Regional Program Director is a cornerstone of the Springboard team. The role is designed to support regional educational programming and reports to the COO/CFO. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative multi-tasker with the ability to wear many hats in a fast-paced environment, as he/she will have overall responsibility for Springboard
Collaborative’s staff, programs, and mission.

He/She will ensure successful year-round programmatic excellence through program evaluation and consistent, quality administration of finance, communication, and IT systems. The Program Director will actively engage and energize Springboard’s seasonal and full-time staff, community partners, other likeminded organizations, and regional funders.

Along with Springboard’s Staff Development Director, the Regional Program Director will hire, lead, coach, and develop Springboard Collaborative’s programmatic support teams. Ultimately, it is the Program Director’s responsibility to guarantee successful programming while ensuring satisfaction on the part of the region’s stakeholders.

Lead Springboard programming:
• Oversee implementation of Springboard Schoolyear and Springboard Summer
• Recruit, hire, and train seasonal staff members
• Collaborate with school leaders to create unique and effective program plans
• Ensure all staff have training and materials needed to assess and teach
• Support nascent programs such as Springboard Schoolwide and Springboard@home
• Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling tight oversight of individual and organization goal achievement

Forge strong partnerships
• Support ED/CEO in the school partnership process
• Foster positive on-going school relationships and communicate frequently with school partners before, during, and after programming
• Partner with like-minded organizations (e.g., Philly Plus, Comcast Essentials, Reading Partners) to enhance programming

Use data to improve program quality
• Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all sites and to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees
• Collect, record, and analyze pertinent data; communicate data trends throughout programming
• Conduct a program quality inventory to identify growth areas at program sites

• Minimum of a B.A., ideally with an M. Ed., MBA or related degree
• At least 5-7 years of overall professional experience; ideally within education, non-profits or program management/operations

Requisite skills and characteristics:
• Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
• Strong technical skills and experience in managing and manipulating databases and datasets (Salesforce , MS Office products)
• Fierce organization and execution-orientation with acute attention to the smallest detail
• Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to collaborate, prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of diverse internal and external stakeholders
• Strong written and verbal communication skills befitting a persuasive and passionate leader

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Springboard Collaborative will offer a competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Springboard Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Send a resume and brief cover letter describing your interest:

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