Program Director

Durham, North Carolina, United States


Our bold vision is that one day, all students in Durham, regardless of the color of their skin and the amount of money their parents have in their pockets, will be able to succeed. In order to make this vision a reality, Student U’s mission is to empower students in the Durham Public Schools to own their education by developing the academic skills and personal well-being necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Student U aims to combat systemic racism and structural inequities by walking with students from the 6th grade through college graduation as they beat the statistics and become leaders in our community. The three components of Student U programming - an intergenerational college access-success pipeline, leadership development for students, families and staff, and intentional dissemination of our lessons learned is our contribution to creating a Durham where all children can succeed.

The newly created Program Director position will be responsible for overseeing Student U’s direct programs with students and families. This covers our middle, high school and college programs which support 550 students and families every year through a combination of our school year, after school and in school programs and summer academies and academic enrichment opportunities.

Position Proposition: Reporting to the Chief Program Officer, the primary functions of this position are to lead, oversee, and manage the implementation of all of Student U’s direct work with students and families. The Program Director will be responsible for leading, coaching and training the people that implement our daily programs by providing them with clear goals and outcomes, along with coaching and support to thrive in their positions, while ensuring that all staff members see themselves as part of one cohesive team. This position will be the internal face of the organization to staff, students and families and will work in close partnership with the Chief Program Officer, the Director of Student and Family Support Services, and the Research and Evaluations Coordinator to make sure all of Student U’s programs are high quality, healthy, and in alignment with Student U’s short and long term outcomes.

The questions that drive priorities of this role:

  1. Are we delivering the highest quality programming to our students and families?
  2. Are we implementing our model with fidelity?
  3. Are we recruiting/hiring/onboarding the right people, at the right time, with the right skills, right training, and right coaching to reach our goals?
  4. Do all of our program teams operate as one cohesive unit guided by a clear vision and set of goals and benchmarks?
  5. Are our programs operating at full capacity?

Strategy, Vision, Leadership:

Department Management and Program Oversight:

Program Evaluation:

Values, competencies and dispositions to succeed in the role:


Minimum Requirements

Direct Reports: MS Coordinators (2), High School Program Coordinators (2), Associate Director of College Advising and Success (1).

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for the Program Director position thrives in highly reflective, fast-paced environments, loves managing teams, creating unity among different departments while thinking strategically to meet organizational goals. Specifically, candidates will foster a strong and collaborative team culture among all the program teams, build upon already established systems to streamline programming operations and implement new ones, and provide exemplary coaching and leadership development for the program teams so they continue to grow as professionals and leaders within and outside of the organization. In addition to this, ideal candidates will have curriculum expertise and will lead the process of Student U revamping our core curriculum to align with our long term priorities. An ideal candidate will make a significant impact on the operations of the 11 year pipeline of student services and will be an indispensable member of the team within six months. At the minimum, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience.

Majority of Student U’s programming supports students during out-of-school time. This position will require some evening and weekend work.

Anti-Discrimination Policy & Commitment to Equity & Child Safeguarding Policy


Benefits and Salary: Salary for this position is competitive and depends upon prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

Deadline to apply: Monday, April 1st by 12:00 am

How to Apply: Please apply online. A complete application will include a cover letter, resume, and two professional references, one of which should be a prior or current direct supervisor.

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