The mission of the “I Have A Dream” program is to empower children from low-income communities (Dreamer Scholars) to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with post-secondary tuition assistance.

We are currently seeking three Senior Directors to lead teams of Program Directors (PDs) in successful implementation of a comprehensive program (academic, social emotional, parent partnership) to ensure the achievement of educational and personal goals of individual youth (Dreamer Scholars).  These new roles for the organization report directly to the Vice President of Programs (VP) and will support, provide oversight for, and evaluate all programs and services delivered to Dreamer Scholars during specific periods in their academic careers:

  • Senior Director of Primary Programs and Academics:  This position will focus on programs and services delivered to Dreamer Scholars during their primary years (grades K-5) with a specific focus on elementary level academics and closing the opportunity gap.  S/he will serve as a leader for academic programming across the organization, as well as provide guidance to whole-child programming focused at the primary ages.

  • Senior Director of Secondary Programs and Prevention:  This position will focus on programs and services delivered to Dreamer Scholars during their early secondary years (grades 6-10) with a specific focus on substance abuse prevention and whole-child supports.  S/he will serve as a leader for wellness, prevention and SEL programming across the organization, as well as provide guidance to academic programming focused on middle school and the transition to high school.

  • Senior Director of Post-Secondary Programs:  This position will focus on programs and services delivered to Dreamer Scholars during their late secondary and post-secondary years (grade 11 through college) with a specific focus on high school graduation and the transition to post-secondary opportunities.  S/he will also serve as a leader for college and career readiness programming across the organization with a specialization in college access and retention, and career preparation.


  • Develop and manage strategies to support the best implementation of group and individual instruction.

  • Ensure program activities at sites are successfully prioritized and supportive of the schools and communities where Dreamer Scholars are served.

  • Establish and standardize program activities focused on academic success, preventing risky behaviors and behavioral health, or college and career readiness.

  • Ensure successful parent partnership.

  • Work 1-on-1 with PDs to create their individual program structure, calendar, and schedule for after-school and summer programming.

  • Attend and advise case management meetings at each site regularly.

  • Provide on-site modeling and coaching for PDs on behavior management, curriculum implementation, program management, etc. in accordance with Site Visit Protocol (visit two sites per month, two weeks each).

  • Establish annual goals with PDs and evaluate performance on an annual basis.

  • Review PDs’ Fall, Spring, and Summer Work Plans to ensure adherence to program standards across sites.

  • Provide related training, on-site coaching, and feedback for lesson planning and delivery.

  • Collaborate with VP, school and district staff, and other community partners to schedule additional trainings related to behavior management, academics, social-emotional wellness, child development, or other related programs as needed.

  • Work with Evaluations Coordinator, school staff, and/or district personnel to collect, record, and analyze data relevant to Dreamer Scholar academic and behavioral performance.

  • Collaborate with school administrators, staff and PDs to make informed program decisions.

  • Meet once per trimester with each PD & Evaluations Director to analyze Dreamer Scholar performance data.

  • Collaborate with VP on overall program objectives and determining priorities, ensuring academics and social emotional programs are implemented and supported for the whole-child.

  • Lead professional learning communities (PLC’s) that emphasize area of specialization.

  • Co-create and present board reports.

  • With VP and Grants Manager, support related grants including the data collection, reporting and management with grantors

  • Senior Director of Primary Programs and Academics:

    • Guide PDs in teaching and behavior management strategies, and curriculum design

    • Provide expertise in academic standards, assessment and interventions for all types of students

  • Senior Director of Secondary Programs and Prevention:

    • Provide mental health resources that are accessible and readily available to address prevention and brief intervention needs

    • Serve as a brief interventionist for children and families, when needed

  • Senior Director of Post-Secondary Programs:

    • Provide leadership within Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative partnership and meetings

    • Oversee the distribution and management of scholarships


  • Extensive elementary in-classroom experience (curriculum design, behavior management, etc).

  • Belief in the whole-child approach, and associated system supports for student success.

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in related field preferred.

  • Fluent or comfortable conversing and leading groups in Spanish.

  • Experience working with multicultural and low-income populations.

  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication and computer skills.

  • Strong management experience of teachers, counselors, or equivalent.

  • Reliable transportation, good driving record and insurance.

  • Some evenings, weekends and conference travel.

  • Comfortable with data and managing grant reports.

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds.

  • Good sense of humor.


  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

  • Employer pays 75% of employee premium for medical and dental insurance.

  • Employer paid life and short-term disability insurance.

  • 403b retirement plan (employer contributes 3% of annual salary after first year.)

  • 15 days of vacation, 10 days of sick and 11 paid holidays.


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