Program Director, The Aspire Program of Hathaway Brown School
Job Title: Program Director of The Aspire Program
FLSA Status: Exempt
About The Aspire Program
The Aspire Program of Hathaway Brown School is a tuition-free academic enrichment and leadership program in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 2002, Aspire targets motivated and high achieving girls who are limited in opportunity because of low family income and lack of exposure to higher education. Over the course of a three-year commitment during middle school, girls who attend Aspire participate in a variety of leadership-building activities in academic classes and exploratory workshops. Aspire increases a girl’s awareness and investment in her learning, leadership, and choices.
Aspire also offers high school and college students an introduction to teaching in an innovative environment. These young people work together with experienced educators to implement creative, engaging classes. Aspire develops their awareness of the components of a high quality education, thereby leading them to be effective advocates for education and consider teaching as a career.
Aspire is seeking a dynamic person to lead an innovative program that for twenty years has influenced the futures of high-achieving girls from under-resourced schools. This individual will develop program components to tap the leadership of girls and expand their educational opportunities. The program director will also have primary responsibility for the teacher mentoring program which cultivates teaching talent in high school and college students.
This position is a full-time twelve month administrative appointment with extensive benefits. Refer to Hathaway Brown's website for details.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Create a powerful middle school learning environment that increases college awareness and develops leadership through a series of activities that offer mentorship, choices, and exposure.
Design and implement high school programming that makes college more accessible to alumnae.
Engage mentors and new teachers in an experience that offers an effective introduction to teaching.
Encourage the highest level of engagement from students (100+), alumnae (500+) and 30 seasonal staff.
Management and Tracking
Manage all aspects of program implementation including curriculum, planning, logistics, schedule, budget, and transportation.
Manage recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation of 30 seasonal staff
Participate in program evaluation. Track individual student and teacher progress in the database, using a variety of tools including surveys, interviews, the web site and social networking options to gather information.
Works with others to administer programming elements and to identify opportunities to improve program design and sustainability. Creatively address particular challenges and successes of the program.
Coordinate logistics with individuals throughout HB to implement program elements (transportation, food service, space use, etc.)
Partner with area elementary schools to manage aspects of middle school student recruitment and selection. Coordinate admissions committee (10 individuals).
Seek ways to cultivate community and encourage collaboration among participants through year-round communications, web initiatives, and events.
Interest and Experience: 2-4 years teaching and/or youth development experience. Understanding of the challenges facing girls in under-resourced schools. Work experience at Aspire or other program designed to improve educational access and address educational inequity preferred.
Leadership: Strong leadership and problem solving skills. Insightful approach to community issues and the ability to identify multiple solutions. Experience in hiring, managing, evaluating and/or leading a staff (30+ individuals).
Collaborative Approach: Respected leader in fostering relationships, creating partnerships, and developing talents among individuals with varied backgrounds. A hopeful, positive and energetic approach.
Effective Communicator: Effective communicator who can write and speak persuasively to inspire participants, increase program visibility, and gain support.
Conscientious Work Ethic: Organized approach, the ability to prioritize and complete a wide variety of tasks efficiently, and the energy to work in a flexible and fast-paced environment.
Technology Skills: Versatility and comfort using a wide variety of technology; including Google suite, social media platforms, and educational tools. Experience in database managements systems (Blackbaud) a plus
Hathaway Brown is a school for girls, and it's so much more. It’s a school for scientists and writers and artists and budding entrepreneurs. It’s a training ground for athletes and dancers and musicians and actresses. It’s a place where young people are empowered to ask questions, challenge conventions and explore opportunities.
And everything we do is guided by our motto: Non-Scholae Sed Vitae Discimus - We Learn Not For School But For Life.
Since 1876, HB has given students the tools they need to confidently embrace all the possibilities that exist for them beyond our Shaker Heights campus. The faculty’s dedication to hands-on experiential learning at all levels can be observed every day in the classrooms, libraries, science labs, theatres, dance studios and art rooms, as well as on the athletic fields. In addition to the superior academic preparation they receive, at every turn, HB students are inspired to become the best people they can be. We encourage girls of all ages and boys in our Early Childhood program to take chances, stretch their minds, work together, and pick themselves up and start over when they need to. The results of this philosophical approach are both ...astounding and humbling. Through the years, we’ve amassed more than our fair share of awards and accolades in every discipline you can imagine. Students continually perform with notable distinction on high-level tests and in the rate at which they’re accepted to their first-choice, top-tier colleges and universities. But no matter how well they fare by these measures, all of our students are able to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to their lives. They know how to test theories, challenge conventions, find beauty in overlooked places, implement creative solutions, and lend a hand where it’s needed. Wherever they go from here, HB graduates bring strong character, unparalleled intelligence, unbridled enthusiasm, and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge along with them.
Our school has consistently been selected as a Top Workplace! As well as free parking, we offer wonderful, free, healthy lunches with a fresh salad bar and hot and cold food stations every day. Also great homemade soups!