Site Director, Northeastern University
ABOUT US AND OUR PHILOSOPHY
SMASH empowers brilliant, underrepresented students with rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, culturally-relevant coursework, and access to resources and social capital that allow them to pave a successful career in tech and entrepreneurship. SMASH Academy, a year-round STEM-focused academic program that serves underrepresented high school students, has been described by US News and World Report as "Perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields". Now in its 16th year, SMASH Academy is scaling through an ambitious expansion strategy to achieve national impact.
A research-based organization, SMASH informs and leverages research projects examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields. SMASH is funded by private donors, foundations, and corporate giving.
Working at SMASH is about fast growth, personal commitment, and the tenacity to challenge the status quo. This is a pivotal time for SMASH as we build on the success of our education programs and scale our work dramatically. This is not for the faint of heart, but if you have what it takes to change the face of STEM, join us.
In keeping with our believes and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/harassment based on "protected categories," SMASH also strives to prevent other, subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (e.g. stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at SMASH.
The Site Director (SD) will serve as the founding Director for the SMASH Academy at Northeastern University. The SD is responsible for building, sustaining, and improving the transformative educational experience that prepares SMASH Scholars to pursue, persist, and succeed in STEM. The SD provides leadership, vision, and direction to SMASH Scholars, their parents, and other community constituent groups aligned with the SMASH mission. With SMASH's current growth strategy and impact initiatives, this person will be a critical part of the Programs Team's work to scale SMASH and place it squarely on the map of national models.
The SD supervises seasonal teams of instructional, residential, and operational staff and is responsible for hiring, training, and overseeing these teams, as well as managing student recruitment responsibilities and admission decisions. Each SMASH site ranges from 35 to 100 rising 10th- through 12th-grade students and 15 to 35 staff members. The SD will report to the SMASH Program Director.
Program Management (60%)
- Build, implement, and sustain high standards and academic rigor, ensuring the success of all SMASH Scholars at the Northeastern University site
- Oversee the various components of a year-round academic enrichment program, including a five-week residential summer program at Northeastern University and academic-year networking, engagement, and recruitment activities
- Lead SMASH Scholar recruitment and admission processes
- Hire and directly supervise the Residential Director, Lead Instructor, and Program Coordinator
- Support the Lead Instructor, in tandem with the SMASH Curriculum + Instruction Director, with hiring and performance management of Instructors; classroom reservations, logistics, supplies, and activities planning; and administration and proctoring of assessments
- Support the Residential Director with hiring and performance management of Residential Advisors; planning and implementation of SMASH Academy residential planning; and enforcing program policy and actively managing scholar behavior
- Actively develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including SMASH Leadership, SMASH Scholars and families, university partners, corporate partners, and donors
- Plan and facilitate program events and activities throughout the academic year and SMASH Academy, including field trips, supporting the CS Saturday Academy, workshops, and volunteer opportunities
- Create a relationship-driven site team culture and implement innovative site staff retention policies
- Facilitate and manage all site processes, operations, and logistics in coordination with Northeastern University partners
- Work with SMASH Accounting staff and Program Director to establish the Northeastern University site budget; oversee and manage the site operating budget
Scholar, Alumni, and Family Relations (20%)
- Regularly communicate with applicants, Scholars, and parents regarding SMASH-hosted events, local opportunities, and STEM exposure activities
- Oversee SMASH Parent Representative Program through regular communication, guidance, and event planning support
- Actively develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including SMASH leadership, SMASH Scholars and families, university partners, corporate partners, and donors
- Collaborate with SMASH Alumni Team to ensure scholars and families are informed and participating in relevant alumni programming
- Facilitate scholar information and participatory requests from SMASH teams (e.g. Research, Development)
Relationship Development, Management, and Strategic Partnerships (20%)
- Act as liaison and primary contact with Northeastern University and partners including local school districts, schools, and community organizations
- Identify local prospective partners, donors, and supporters and cultivate strategic relationships
- Participate in conferences and community outreach to establish SMASH as a leading national STEM program and stay current with relevant developments in the STEM education field
- Travel as needed for planning and programming
As the incoming Site Director, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:
- You hold a bachelor's degree; an advanced degree in STEM or education is preferable.
- You bring at least 3 years of successful experience in program management in education or youth development.
- You have demonstrated success in working with youth from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, and you are committed to increasing STEM diversity.
- You have at least 2 years of staff management experience and are a strong leader who provides the encouragement, coaching, and motivation needed to build a positive team culture.
- You offer the ability to align day-to-day activities and details in support of big-picture, strategic goals.
- You are a self-starter with the ability to work on multiple initiatives at the same time, with excellent project management skills, attention to detail, and a high level of organization.
- You are excited about innovative education models and becoming part of a fast-paced, collaborative environment; you thrive in entrepreneurial cultures and roles.
- You are flexible, resilient, and adaptive in response to changing priorities, and you are a strong problem-solver.
- You have excellent communication (verbal and written), presentation, and facilitation skills and are effective in engaging a wide range of stakeholders.
- You exemplify and uphold SMASH's Organizational Values: Focus on Impact; Strengthen Our Communities; Balance Passion and Practicality; Experiment, Evaluate, Modify, and Implement; Be a Strong Link in the Chain; Celebrate and Have Some Fun.
SMASH provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, paid time off, 401k, volunteer time, and flexible spending accounts (i.e. parking, transit, medical, and dependent care).
Please note that all applicants for the Site Director, Northeastern University role should submit materials to Koya Leadership Partners at https://ats.k2-app.com/talent-profile?jobId=3617. Please do not submit materials through Workable.