Jan 14, 2022

Program Director

$85,000 - $95,000 yearly
  • Boston, MA, USA
Full-Time Education/Training Programs

Job Description

Organization Profile: 

Founded in 1999, BUILD’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to ignite the potential of youth in under-resourced communities and equip them for high school, college and career success. BUILD’s mission is to ignite the power of youth in under-resourced communities to build Career success, Entrepreneurial mindsets, and Opportunity. 

BUILD’s unique program offers students in middle and high school access to engaging entrepreneurial experiences designed to develop 21st Century Skills and motivate student engagement in school. Through these experiences, BUILD helps students become the CEO of their own lives.

We are building entrepreneurial mindsets and skills for youth in communities that are underserved, overlooked, and underestimated. With a 20-year proven track record of providing an award-winning, innovative entrepreneurship program, BUILD is uniquely positioned to build a new generation of entrepreneurs. 

Students engage with BUILD through the design challenge or in school in an entrepreneurial course. After completing the intro entrepreneurship programs, students can access opportunities and programs at BUILD to grow their businesses, explore college and career options, and work through the college application process.

BUILD currently serves thousands of high school students annually at programs located in our legacy regions of San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, New York City and Boston. Generation Entrepreneur (Gen E) is how BUILD is pushing for an equitable society to build leaders and change makers across America through digital acceleration, geographic expansion and systemic change. 

Our Culture:

BUILD believes in the potential of every student and is dedicated to breaking down the educational, economic and social barriers that stand in the way of their long-term success.  The remarkable young men and women whom we serve are at the center of everything we do. We are intentional about our culture so that we can best support them. Our culture thrives by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, including cross-cultural understanding. We work in a collaborative environment where flexibility, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are encouraged and celebrated.  Kindness, empathy and respect are at the forefront of the way we treat each other, our students, our teachers and our supporters.

Position Summary: 

Reporting directly to the Boston Regional Executive Director (RED), the Program Director (PD) holds primary responsibility for adult learning and achievement of programmatic outcomes at the site level. The PD will manage a small team including: Program Managers, the Director of Mentor and Community Engagement and the College and Career Access Program Manager.  The PD will coach school-based facilitators, provide programmatic leadership, implement training and development, and support the program team in building school and community partnerships. In addition, the PD will cultivate a culture of student-centered innovation and excellence, collaboration and learning among an increasing number of Boston sites and other community partners. Working closely with the RED and Program Managers, the PD will ensure that each site is operating effectively and meeting the needs of students in alignment with BUILD’s mission and values, as well as the Boston Region’s strategic vision. 

This role serves as the lead for balancing program quality, consistency, cost effectiveness and innovation as the Boston region develops into a self-sustaining region with increased independence and accountability.

In addition, the PD is a key member of the Boston Leadership Team, composed of the Regional Executive Director and the Director of Philanthropy. The Boston Leadership Team will develop and implement the overall strategic plan for BUILD Boston, create and maintain a healthy organizational culture and ensure that all BUILD Boston staff, partners and students are set up for success.  

Position Responsibilities: 

Adult Learning & Development

  • Lead a team of full-time, part-time and temporary staff with regular coaching, performance reviews

  • Identify and using external or internal partners, provide professional development opportunities to grow individual staff members’ and school-based facilitators’ skills, ensuring program excellence

  • Guide and coach school-based facilitators in using effective instructional practices, including experiential learning, for under-served youth

  • Foster a culture of belonging, trust, effective communication, perseverance, collaboration and overall excellence across the region 

  • Work with the RED and the National Team to hire, onboard and provide continuous growth for direct reports

School & Community Partnerships 

  • Develop and manage partnerships with district leaders and school administrators to ensure effective implementation of BUILD with target students

  • Liaise with community organizations in order to identify community engagement experiences for students as well as additional enrichment opportunities that support BUILD students’ college and career readiness and success

  • Collaborate with the Boston Director of Mentor and Community Engagement, and the regional Development team to develop and manage partnerships with corporations and universities to streamline mentor and volunteer pipelines and other community engagement opportunities

Program Development & Evaluation

  • Contribute to BUILD’s Boston Program by contributing to strategic innovation of program elements and evaluation methods to improve organizational outcomes of BUILD’s four year program model, working in collaboration with the National Leadership Team

  • Foster a regional culture of inquiry through regularly gathering and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data to guide regional strategy and decisions;

  • Supervise regional data collection processes to ensure accurate reporting and reflection on region’s overall progress, performance and trends

Regional Growth & Operations 

  • In partnership with Regional Executive Director, explore avenues to continue to grow the program in Greater Boston through additional sections, schools, districts and licensed partnerships

  • Manage regional program budget, including staff salaries, partnership fees, earned revenue generation and general overhead costs

  • Oversee the planning and execution of regional events

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following core values and competencies through a combination of previous education/work experiences: 

BUILD’s Core Values:

  • Keep Students at the Center - As BUILDers, we hold an unwavering passionate commitment and belief in the power and potential of youth. Our organization exists to serve students. We seize each opportunity to contribute to the foundation of knowledge, skills, and networks from which students can build extraordinary lives. Our operating principles and decisions focus on what is in the best interest of our students.

  • Bring the Spark - As BUILDers, we excel in the entrepreneurial Spark Skills that we teach our students - Communication, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Innovation, Grit and

  • Bridge Communities - As BUILDers, we develop and foster relationships in service of creating access and opportunities for our students, staff, and stakeholders. We value all who come to the table as partners to maximize our collective impact. By connecting the communities in which we work, we build empathy, equity, and social capital.

  • Promote Diversity and Social Action - As BUILDers, we understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion matters, but what matters even more is Action. We strive to create equity of voice, access, influence and power across lines of difference – both in and beyond BUILD, specifically for groups that have been historically denied social and economic justice. If we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem. We welcome, celebrate, and embrace the unique expressions and contributions of us all – our backgrounds, race, ethnicity, gender, language, sexual orientation, and social class.

Role Specific Competencies:

  • Managing Change—initiates, sponsors, implements and supports innovations and organizational changes aimed at improving capacity and effectiveness, while helping others to successfully manage and implement organizational change as well

  • Managing and Motivating Staff Performance—utilizes management strategies appropriate for each employee’s work and learning style to ensure high performance of self and others through the setting of clear goals and expectations, regular coaching, tracking of progress, provision of feedback and prompt remediation of issues

  • Project Management—identifies and thinks through all necessary steps of a project, sets appropriate deadlines, moves seamlessly between prioritized tasks, identifies required participants and holds self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines

  • Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis—reviews quantitative and/or qualitative data sets in order to recognize patterns, identifies additional information or data needed, and draws conclusions

  • Strategic Thinking—takes into account and analyzes various points of view and data to form a perspective appropriate to execute a regional plan that is in line with national priorities, including the identifying or anticipating of problems and implementing of solutions

  • Targeting the Message to Audience—ascertains the priorities of a particular individual or group and crafts persuasive written or verbal communication given those priorities

Position Details:

  • Location: BUILD Offices, Boston, MA

  • Frequent travel between local sites is required so employees should have their own vehicle for transportation (valid proof of insurance required). Mileage for work-related travel beyond the normal commute will be reimbursed at the stipulated IRS rate.

  • Occasional travel is required during the year for visits to BUILD sites and gatherings nationally.

  • Capable of quickly moving about in a fast-paced office environment.

COVID-19 Commitment to Safety:

BUILD requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable accommodations based on a qualifying medical exemption or sincerely held religious beliefs are being considered in accordance with applicable law.

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Candidate Requirements:

  • BA or BS degree required. Master’s degree preferred.

  • 5+ years of classroom teaching experience or direct service working with under-served youth. 

  • 3+ years of managerial experience required.

  • High cultural competence with experience serving diverse populations and students from under-resourced communities.

  • Experience with entrepreneurship education and experiential education preferred; college counseling, and/or workforce development training a plus.

  • Proven track record of effectively recruiting, training and managing a culturally diverse staff to achieve programmatic excellence.

  • Fluency in one of the 5 main languages spoken in Greater Boston is a plus (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese/Cape Verdean Creole, Vietnamese).  

Industry/Service Area

Education, Youth Development





The salary for Program Director ranges from $85-95k in accordance with BUILD’s equity focused salary bands. BUILD offers a competitive benefits package for eligible employees.  This includes employer paid medical, dental & vision coverage, flexible spending accounts, employer paid life insurance, and a 403(b) plan with match.  In addition, eligible BUILD employees qualify for generous vacation, sick time, paid Federal holidays,  and a flexible work environment.

Application Instructions

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.  Please be advised that you will receive an automated acknowledgement of your application.  We will contact all applicants that meet the requirements of the role.  BUILD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.

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