As a member of U.S. Dream Academy’s Shared Leadership team, the Center Director is an inspirational leader and strong manager that reports to the National Program Director. The Center Director plays a critical role in collaborating with the National Office in leading and operating the Learning Centers as Dream Academy continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity to succeed as a larger organization that affects 40 – 80 students each year. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager and will lead and develop an internal team of up to 5 staff and 60 volunteers, as well as establish and grow external contacts in the following areas: city, school district, school administration, corporate partners, community groups, teachers, and parents. This is a tremendous opportunity for a leader and manager to maximize and strengthen a well-respected, high impact organization. Candidates will have experience of final responsibility for the quality and content of all programming, community impact, and reporting for their center, and will have preferably overseen education afterschool programs.
Founded in 1998, U.S. Dream Academy’s vision is to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration that affects society’s most vulnerable children and youth through an approach that emphasizes skill-building, character-building, and dream building. The organization targets second grade through high school students and seeks to intervene at critical points in their education before it is too late to provide the necessary support. The U.S. Dream Academy has served over 9,000 students to date in neighborhoods that are high risk to include high crime rates, high levels of poverty, and limited access to high-quality academic support. The organization currently operates in eight (8) cities including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; Orlando, FL; Indianapolis, IN, Salt Lake, UT and San Bernardino, CA. Due to the widespread demand for its program, U.S. Dream Academy is committed to expanding its reach to serve many more students than it currently serves and recognizes that it will need to build infrastructure and capacity to support this future growth.
Under the direction of the Center Director, the Program Assistant is responsible for assisting with the academic enrichment program, social values building program, as well as various administrative tasks. To perform this job successfully, the Program Assistant must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education required.