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Managing Director of Programs



The Managing Director of Programs will be responsible for creating and driving the Grow-the-Whole Child Model to drive exceptional outcomes for students, families, and staff. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who has a track record of driving results, developing senior leaders, and launching and seeing through ambitious initiatives.

At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality. Come dream with us.

All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.



  • Bachelor’s degree, required; Masters Degree in Education and/or School Administration, preferred
  • Extensive leadership experience with a record of achievement in SEL for all children. Principal and/or charter school network leadership experience strongly preferred
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in educational leadership & SEL
  • Expert knowledge, understanding and experience in developing curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development systems
  • Supervisory and leadership development experience with school leaders, instructional staff, and teacher leaders
  • Willingness to be hands-on and do whatever it takes to develop and maintain an excellent system of schools and programs
  • A drive to succeed and achieve great results on behalf of students, especially those furthest from opportunity
  • A successful record leading effective teams and individuals, managing organizational change and initiating key innovations
  • A strong analytic, performance management, accountability, and systems-thinking orientation necessary to inform strategy development and execution
  • An ability to connect with a diverse group of people and build strong relationships grounded in listening and high levels of challenge and support
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey complex information to a variety of audiences
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.


Effective Teaming:

    • Provide positive, collaborative leadership and participate in collegial problem-solving in a variety of situations and departments
    • Collaborate with network leaders to plan and execute summer institutes for school leaders, new teachers, and returning staff
    • Collaborate with peers and the Management Team to refine, articulate, and continuously improve DREAM’s Grow the Whole Child model to achieve targeted results
    • Work closely with the Managing Director of Schools and Managing Director Curriculum & Instruction to ensure the curriculum and pedagogical approach, effectively supports the Grow the Whole Child model and approach to SEL
    • Work with the Network Director of Mental Health to create and monitor processes to ensure mandates are being met across the network
    • Work with the Talent Team to support with the job design and hiring practices of relevant roles

Program Quality and Curriculum:

  • Ensure high-quality SEL, Mental Health, and Out of School Time (Afterschool and Summer) Programming by creating systems and structures for curriculum codification and implementation
  • Working with the Schools Team, establish dosage guidelines and criteria for success for advisory, morning meeting, RULER, Tier 2 intervention, summer and Afterschool SEL programming, Adult SEL programming
  • Establish curriculum vision, curriculum expectations and program dosage for all Out of School Time Programming
  • Establish and ensure successful implementation of network vision for positive culture practices and systems to build positive community among staff, families and students (community gatherings, family events, staff SEL, student incentive systems)
  • Lead monthly walkthroughs of all SEL and OST programming across all school sites
  • Facilitate collaboration with school leaders around alignment of content, systems and routines of afterschool, summer, and school-day programming to maximize student outcomes
  • Oversee the Deans of SEL and Community to ensure that mental health providers are meeting all IEP mandates

Professional development:

  • Lead training and professional development to Deans of SEL & Community and teachers, including but not limited to Leader Institute, summer institute, and monthly professional development
  • Lead implementation visits monthly with Dean of SEL & Community and Network Director of SEL & Mental Health to drive continuous improvement cycle
  • Oversee the design and execution of coaching and development for the Network Director of OST + Athletics, school-based OST & Athletic Directors, and all other OST staff

Data, Evaluation, and Infrastructure:

  • Collaborate with Data team to ensure fidelity of all program data systems and high-quality data collection
  • Develop and Lead Program Quality Observation Cycle to maximize impact of programming and ensure outcomes are met
  • Execute design and implementation of program innovation initiatives (including developing partnerships, logic models etc.)
  • Oversee Deans of SEL & Community to drive the execution of SEL data systems, including SEL data administration and collection, data analysis, continuous improvement, and action planning

How to Apply

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DREAM offers a competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience with the potential for an annual performance-based increase. The incoming salary range for this position is $150,000 to $160,000. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary closer to the start of the range depending on qualifications and internal equity. All staff are eligible for annual performance-based increases. Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap salary ranges.

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for medical plans and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time and paid holidays, referral bonuses, professional development, an employee assistance program (EAP) and a 403(b) plan with employer matching up to 4%.

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  • Date Posted

    August 17, 2023

  • Salary

    $150,000 to $160,000

  • Type

  • Location

PASE Impact, FY 2023

PASE Setters Mary Chen 4511


Afterschool Professionals Supported



Professional Development Events Offered

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PASE believes all kids deserve a safe, nurturing space during out-of-school time where they have opportunities to explore their passions while connecting with and learning from caring adults. We exist to improve the quality of afterschool programs for children and teens living in poverty.

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