We are currently seeking a Director, Sponsor-A-Scholar Program to join our team.
Since 1989, our Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program has worked with students in Philadelphia’s public schools from 9th grade through college completion. SAS high school students participate in a year-round intensive preparation program that will build academic skills, match them with a mentor, and guide them through the college application and admissions processes. The Director of Sponsor-A-Scholar leads the SAS staff in the development and execution of comprehensive college access programming.
Significant responsibilities of this position include:
- Manage the team of SAS student case workers, called “Coordinators,” as they provide comprehensive, individualized college access and admissions coaching to up to 200 students in grades 9 to 12, monitor student progress, and communicate with families, mentors and volunteers.
- Manage a limited cohort of students by maintaining weekly individual contact to assure program responsibilities are met, documenting individual student compliance with program responsibilities, developing remediation plans and communicating with students, mentors, families and volunteers as needed.
- Coordinate with the Associate Director of College Admissions to ensure seniors and staff are meeting key deliverables along the annual college admission program calendar.
- Teach courses within a comprehensive college guidance curriculum as needed.
- Conduct information sessions and recruitment sessions with identified high school partners, staff, parents and students and conduct personal interviews with potential students and family members.
- Participate in Admissions Committee activities to develop acceptance criteria for and evaluate student applications.
- Collect program data, maintain student records and prepare reports on students’performance and program effectiveness.
The successful candidate for this position will possess the following experience, skills and attributes:
- Master’s degree in education, social work or related field of study is required.
- Minimum of three years of experience in program leadership, cultivating professional relationships and in developing educational programs, teaching and/or training.
- Experience with delivery of services to first-generation-to-college students.
- Excellent written and oral communications.
- Strong background in program evaluation and measurement.
- Program management and project management skills.
- Passion for working with first-generation-to-college, low-income students.
- Knowledgeable and proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word and PowerPoint).
This is a full-time, exempt position and offers a competitive compensation/benefits package based on experience. This position reports to the Director of College Access Programs.
Philadelphia Futures is deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness. Philadelphia Futures is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.