Site Director, Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts, United States · Full-Time



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.

Key responsibilities:

Program Management (60%)

Scholar, Alumni, and Family Relations (20%)

Relationship Development, Management, and Strategic Partnerships (20%)



As the incoming Site Director, you will possess many, though perhaps not all, of the following characteristics and qualifications:


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 Please do not submit materials through Workable.

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