Urban Scholars Educational Equity Programs Director
Reports to: SJLI Associate Director of Programs Status: Full-Time, Exempt
At the Social Justice Learning Institute, we are dedicated to improving the education, health, and well-being of youth of color by empowering them to take hold of their educational future using research as a tool for community and social change. We train students to conduct research on problems in their community using a rigorous yearlong curriculum while providing basic academic support (i.e., tutoring, homework assistance, academic counseling, etc.) and college preparatory education. Our youth learn what it takes to achieve academically in order to go to college and become civically engaged, solution oriented and critical participants in the democratic experience. We envision an educational system where youth become engaged citizens who discover their best talents and apply them to help improve the world they live within.
This member of the senior management team is responsible for implementing and supervising the overall vision of SJLI’s Educational Equity programs across Los Angeles County, including coordinating programmatic, operational, development, community outreach, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Workers during their hours toward their licensure.
This candidate must manage multiple program elements, including supervising regional managers, a Youth Services Coordinator and a College Persistence & Workforce Development Coordinator. This Director works at the intersection between Educational Equity programs and the other primary SJLI departments.
Additionally, he or she must maintain an overview of the various contracting, program service delivery, reporting and evaluation activities. The Educational Equity Programs Director also serves as a lead community liaison throughout Los Angeles County and works in conjunction with other senior managers to represent the organization locally and regionally.
This person is also a licensed mental health professional, either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or other licenced professional who can assume the responsibility of supervising Associate Clinical Social Workers who are working hours towards acquiring their license. The selected candidate will be required to maintain a current and active license in good standing, The Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW) will add to SJLI’s capacity to provide mental health services to our youth.
Strategy Development, Program Planning and Implementation
- In concert with the Executive Director and Associate Director of Programs, develops, designs, refines and implements the goals, objectives, activities and strategy for SJLI’s Educational Equity programs.
- Confers with the Executive Director and Associate Director of Programs on strategic direction and new initiatives.
- Works with Educational Equity team to design, and coordinate and update team program planning and evaluation sessions, meetings and retreats
- Plan, design, oversee and coordinate expansion of Urban Scholars into new school districts and school sites
- Stays current and maintains an overview of issues and activities pertaining to Los Angeles County youth development efforts and partnerships.
- Consults and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to achieve Educational Equity goals and objectives
- Schedules and facilitates monthly Educational Equity Team meetings (face-to-face and virtual) to provide coordination and facilitate milestone performance discussions
- Seek opportunities to leverage existing and newly identified relationships and investments to obtain financial support from public and private resources
- Identify scholarships and job opportunities for SJLI’s Urban Scholars.
- Support resource development strategies including attending meetings and supporting relationships with potential partners and contributors as needed
- Assist with planning, organizing and implementing community, fundraising and school district events and which promote Educational Equity programs
- Provides clarification of Educational Equity priorities and feedback on proposals
- Assist with drafting content, graphs, and narratives for grant proposals
Community Engagement and Partner Relations
- Represents SJLI at various school district, task force, community, and community meetings and events
- Assumes leadership roles in professional networks and collaborations
- Assists with increasing the Educational Equity’s program visibility in the community
- Manages key activities including organizing and speaking at community and parent outreach meetings
- Responds to external requests for information.
- Provides information and data to Development and Communications team that assists with producing relevant collateral and outreach materials
- Prepares and presents written and oral analysis of program deliverables and impacts
- Assumes primary responsibility for communicating progress and results to internal and external audiences by consolidating Educational Equity program data and information about progress, achievements and outcomes
Program Monitoring and Evaluation
- Oversee, coordinate, and manage program monitoring and data collection efforts
- Consistently conduct assessments to determine the extent to which the Educational Equity program is meeting their strategic objectives
- Manage relationships with external program evaluators to provide information on Urban Scholars activities and outcomes
- Prepare summaries, reports, charts, graphs and analysis of Educational Equity program activities and outcomes
- Supervise Associate Clinical Social Workers’ (ACSW) weekly for one hour up to the maximum hours as required by California State Licensing board,
- Review case notes and provide feedback to ACSW.
- Complete and wire all of the required paperwork as a LCSW supervisor.
Educational Equity Staff Hiring and Supervision
- Work with Educational Equity Regional Managers on team member staffing plan
- Interview and make hiring recommendations for Regional Managers
- Review hiring recommendations for other Educational Equity team members
- Supervise, manage, and evaluate the Educational Equity Regional Managers
- In concert with Regional Managers, review, interview and select Associate Clinical Social Workers
Financial and Contract Management
- Work with Regional Managers and other team members to prepare Urban Scholars program budget
- Manage Educational Equity budget by reviewing program expenses
- Identify, recruit and make recommendations for the selection of needed contract services and consultants
- Contract management and consultants/vendors reporting
- Exceptional writing and editing skills with meticulous attention to detail
- A dynamic personality and passion for supporting Boys and Young Men of Color
- Must understand or have familiarity with social justice organizational mindset and experience with the nuances of progressive fundraising
- The ability to quickly understand the complex concepts of Educational Equity’s work and to thoughtfully translate that work into presentations, proposals, appeals, and other collateral materials
- Experience with supervising Associate Clinical Social Workers.
- Strong and well-tested project management skills (specifically for complex program and funding proposals)
- Effective organization, time, and interpersonal management skills with a nimbleness to shift between projects as needs evolve
- Ability to manage a program calendar and meet established deadlines
- Experience working with and learning from a diverse community of strong, intelligent, and passionate team members
- Sensitivity to and interest in diversity, equity and inclusion
- A desire to support other team members to ensure the best work outcome
- Strong emotional intelligence skills and an understanding of their own work style and strengths, with the desire to grow from constructive feedback
- Experience instituting development processes and best practices as well as managing support staff
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google platforms (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangouts, etc.), as well as comfort learning new technology and systems
- Experience working with development databases
- Access to a vehicle
- Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time and use computer
- Ability to lift 20 pounds
- Ability to pass a background check
- California Mental Health Professional License
- A Masters in Social Work and or related field
- A licensed mental health profession (LCSW, LEP) whose license is current and in good standing with the ability to supervise those acquiring their service hours on Day 1.
- 3 or more years progressive senior leadership and program management experience in the educational field