Urban Scholars-Houston Location Managing Director
Founded in 2008, Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) is a community based organization, located in Inglewood, California. SJLI is dedicated to improving the education, health and well-being of youth and communities of color by empowering them to enact social change through research, training and community mobilization.
The City of Houston and Houston Health Department has partnered with the Social Justice Learning Institute to bring its Urban Scholars program to Houston. We are seeking an energetic, forward-thinking individual to serve as the Urban Scholars-Houston Managing Director to lead the implementation of the program citywide. The ideal candidate will have a collaborative spirit and positive attitude responsible for implementing and ensuring program outcomes while working with instructors, school administrators and community partners.
URBAN SCHOLAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Urban Scholars is a program created to improve educational and socioeconomic outcomes for high school aged young men of color. The program positively impacts youth by improving academic performance, strengthening identity development and critical consciousness, creating pathways to college and employment, facilitating healing and post-traumatic growth, and mobilizing youth to be social justice leaders.
SJLI believes that community change is possible when it involves active participation and engagement of its community members and young people our organization serves.
Reporting to the SJLI Executive Director, the Urban Scholars-Houston Managing Director is responsible for achieving programmatic outcomes at the site level. The Managing Director will oversee implementation of SJLI’s educational programs, manage on-site staff, coordinate school service providers and support the program team in building school and community partnerships. Working closely with school administrators, teachers staff and other community service providers and partners, the Managing Director will ensure that each Urban Scholars school site is operating effectively and meeting the needs of students in alignment with SJLI’s mission and values, as well as the desired objectives of Urban Scholars and MBK Houston.
Program Management and Oversight
Lead a team of full-time, part-time and temporary staff to meet organizational outcomes
Manage school sites including day-to-day academic and career support activities
Oversee the planning, directing, and coordinating of program activities and field trips
Manage program budget, including staff salaries, partnership fees and general overhead costs
Provide direct service and program support
Manage tutoring support and academic support services including teachers
Evaluate the work of staff and volunteers to ensure that programs are of appropriate quality and resources are used effectively
Prepare and maintain records, databases, and program reports including but not limited to budgets and training manuals
Assist with advocacy efforts
Communicating with SJLI Executive Director on program needs
Oversee and mentor tutors and volunteers
Provide monthly program updates and reports
Enforce established safety policies and protocols
Additional duties as assigned
School and Community Partnerships
Develop and manage partnerships with school district leaders and administrators to ensure effective implementation Houston Urban Scholars with target students.
Establish, maintain, develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with school staff and volunteers.
Liaise with community organizations in order to identify community engagement experiences for students as well as additional enrichment opportunities that support Urban Scholars students’ college and career readiness and success.
Establish and maintain relationships with partner agencies and organizations in the community and ensure services are not duplicated
Participate in fundraising activities and assist in securing in-kind support
Create awareness for Urban Scholar’s program
Act as community liaison
Assist with community and parent activities when needed.
Assist with community participation and volunteerism
Assist with the increase of organizational visibility in the community
Identifies opportunities for new community partnerships
Program Development and Evaluation
Assist with program staff leadership and development
Regularly gather and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to guide program implementation strategy and decisions
Supervise Houston data collection to ensure accurate reporting and reflection on Houston’s overall progress, performance and trends
Evaluate program goals and objectives to provide evidence of progress on program outcomes
Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in educational psychology, social welfare, or related field
3 – 5 years of experience in a similar non-profit role
Experience in working with young people from the youth development perspective.
In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate the following competencies through a combination of previous work and educational experiences:
Managing Change—initiates, sponsors, implements and supports innovations and organizational changes aimed at improving capacity and effectiveness, while helping others to successfully manage and implement organizational change as well
Managing and Motivating Staff Performance—utilizes management strategies appropriate for each employee’s work and learning style to ensure high performance of self and others through the setting of clear goals and expectations, regular coaching, tracking of progress, provision of feedback and prompt remediation of issues
Project Management—identifies and thinks through all necessary steps of a project, sets appropriate deadlines, moves seamlessly between prioritized tasks, identifies required participants and holds self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines
Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis—reviews quantitative and/or qualitative data sets in order to recognize patterns, identifies additional information or data needed, and draws conclusions
Strategic Thinking—takes into account and analyzes various points of view and data to form a perspective appropriate to execute a regional plan that is in line with national priorities, including the identifying or anticipating of problems and implementing of solutions
Targeting the Message to Audience—ascertains the priorities of a particular individual or group and crafts persuasive written or verbal communication given those priorities
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