Urban Scholars-Houston Managing Director

Programs · Houston, Texas
Department Programs
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor
Compensation Salary Commensurate with Experience

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 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.

Position Responsibilities:

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

Manage volunteers

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

Candidate Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree (Masters preferred) in educational psychology, social welfare, or related field

3 – 5 years of experience in a similar non-profit role

  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills
  • Strong relationships and knowledge of Houston Educational environment
  • Possesses a valid Texas Driver’s License
  • Able to obtain a live scan clearance
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Availability to occasionally work on weeknights and weekends
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the Social Justice Learning Institute goals, guidelines, and principles.
  • Able to form strong relationships with a wide range of constituents, including, but not limited to, parents, students, staff and leadership.
  • Ability to collaborate in a team environment.

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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  • Location
    Houston, Texas
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor
  • Compensation
    Salary Commensurate with Experience