Organization Profile:
BUILD was founded in 1999 in Silicon Valley with a big idea that entrepreneurship presents a powerful opportunity to ignite the potential of disengaged high school students and equip them with the tools necessary to achieve in school and life.  BUILD has since expanded nationally into a four-year college and job readiness program with almost 2,000 students enrolled in the San Francisco Bay area, Washington D.C., Boston and New York City.  We launched our program in New York in 2016 and are currently serving over 400+ students in several partner schools across the city.

Our program begins in ninth grade as a daily, elective course taught by teachers who receive training and ongoing support from BUILD.  During years one and two of the program, students work with teachers, volunteer mentors and BUILD staff to start and manage small businesses.  In the final two years, students apply the entrepreneurial mindset they have acquired to launch their future college and career pathways. BUILD staff and mentors guide students through a process that includes self-exploration; college and job research; developing a personal brand and a resume; job internships; college visits, financial literacy instruction; and assistance with college applications and financial aid. 

BUILD graduates transition to college or other post-secondary options with the skills and confidence needed to persist in higher-education and to be successful in achieving their long-term career goals.
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Our Culture
BUILD NYC believes in the potential of every student and is dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success.  The remarkable young men and women whom we serve are at the center of everything we do.  Our culture thrives by embracing diversity and cross-cultural understanding.  We work in a collaborative environment where flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated.  Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers and our supporters.

Position Summary:
BUILD NYC’s ability to build a dedicated team with the right mix of skills and passion for our mission is critical to our future growth in NYC.  Therefore, we are passionate about sourcing exceptional talent.  We seek achievers, leaders, visionaries and change-makers.  At BUILD NYC, each team member brings their skills to a challenging and evolving vision of how we can profoundly influence our students, their schools and their communities.

Reporting directly to the New York Regional Executive Director (RED), the Program Director (PD) will lead the implementation of the BUILD program at our partner schools.  S/he will maintain and develop school partnerships as well as manage program staff.  The PD will provide instructional and programmatic leadership, training and accountability. The Program Director will liaise with the RED and all staff to cultivate a culture of teamwork, excellence, collaboration and learning among existing and future BUILD sites and community partners.  Working in collaboration with the RED and program staff, the Program Director will ensure that each site is operating effectively and meeting the needs of students in alignment with BUILD’s mission and values, as well as New York’s strategic vision.  This role serves as the lead for balancing program quality, consistency, cost effectiveness and student-centered innovation.

Position Responsibilities:

Instructional Leadership & Development
  • Lead a team of full-time, part-time and temporary staff to meet organizational outcomes
  • Collaborate with program team to provide trainings and guide and coach school-based facilitators in using effective instructional practices, including experiential learning, for under-served youth
  • Provide regular coaching, performance reviews and professional development opportunities to grow individual staff members’ and school-based facilitators’ skills, ensuring program excellence
  • Foster a culture of belonging, trust, effective communication, perseverance, collaboration and overall excellence across the region
  • Contribute to BUILD’s curriculum design focused on college and career readiness

School & Community Partnerships
  • Develop and manage partnerships with district leaders and school administrators to ensure effective implementation of BUILD with target students and offer best in class school partner experience
  • Support the identification and selection of BUILD program teachers In collaboration with school partners
  • Liaise with community organizations in order to identify enrichment and community engagement opportunities that support BUILD students’ college and career readiness and success
  • Collaborate with the RED and Development Team to support donor stewardship and management of partnerships with corporations and universities to streamline volunteer pipelines and other community engagement opportunities
  • Participate in regional educational working groups and events, as needed, to enhance BUILD’s regional impact and presence

Program Implementation, Evaluation & Development
  • Lead and oversee the regional implementation of BUILD’s program, curriculum and events to ensure organizational outcomes are met
  • Provide guidance and support to team members as they implement and innovate programming to improve outcomes, working with regional and national staff
  • Foster a regional culture of inquiry through regularly gathering and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data to guide regional strategy and decisions;
  • Supervise regional data collection processes to ensure accurate reporting and reflection on region’s overall progress, performance and trends
  • Utilize data to identify promising practices, celebrate successes, surface areas of improvement and recommend strategies to promote organizational growth across the region and nationally
  • Contribute to the refinement of program elements and evaluation methods to improve organizational outcomes

Regional Growth and Operations
  • In partnership with the RED and Local Advisory Board, explore avenues to continue to grow the program in New York through additional sections, schools, and districts
  • Manage regional program budget, including staff salaries, partnership fees and general overhead costs
  • Oversee the planning and execution of regional program-related events
  • Work with the RED and Development Team to communicate program results to funders and other key stakeholders
  • Research and explore earned revenue opportunities for abridged programming based on demand and community needs.

Candidate Requirements:
  • BA or BS degree in education or youth development, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 5+ years of classroom teaching experience or direct service working with disengaged youth.
  • 3+ years of managerial experience required.
  • High cultural competence with experience serving diverse populations and students from under-resourced communities.
  • Familiarity and experience navigating the NYC Department of Education a plus.
  • Experience with entrepreneurship education and experiential education preferred; college counseling, and/or workforce development training a plus.
  • Effective coaching support that enables others to develop their skills rather than offering all the answers.
  • Proven track record of effectively recruiting, training and managing a culturally diverse staff to achieve programmatic excellence.
  • Strong critical thinking skills with clear understanding of and comfort with data and how it informs programming and student performance.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, creativity, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven strategic thinker with the ability to manage short term needs with long term planning and growth over time
  • Self-starter, thrives in fast-paced environment and has a sense of humor
  • Spanish fluency a plus.

In addition, successful candidates will demonstrate the following competencies through a combination of previous education/work 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 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

BUILD offers a competitive compensation and benefits package to all full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and a 403(b) plan.  In addition, BUILD employees enjoy flexible vacation time, paid sick time, and a flexible work environment.  

Position Details:
  • Location: Manhattan, NYC
  • Frequent travel between local sites required with occasional visits to BUILD sites nationally.

Department: Program
This is a regular full time position

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