Sep 01, 2022

[2022-2023] Elementary and Middle School Program Director

  • DREAM Charter School
  • New York, NY, USA
Full-Time Administration/Operations Education/Training Other

Job Description

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit
The Dean of Programs will be responsible for leading DREAM's extended day school model and Student Life team at Mott Haven Elementary and Middle School. The ideal candidate is a reliable team player with deep expertise in and commitment to positive youth development.
This role serves grades K-3 at Mott Haven Elementary School, and grades 6-7 at Mott Haven Middle School.

Drive DREAM's Grow the Whole Child Program:

  • Lead execution of the curriculum that integrates social-emotional learning and health & wellness programming into DREAM Charter School's extended-day, extended-year model;
  • Supervise Youth Development Specialists and Family Engagement Manager responsible for executing on program outcomes;
  • Collaborate with Academic Deans to utilize student academic and social emotional learning achievement data to customize and improve instruction;
  • Partner with network teams responsible for the different components of Grow The Whole Child Model: academics, social-emotional learning, athletics health and wellness, and family and community engagement.

Student Culture Leadership:

  • Serve as a member of the Elementary and Middle School Leadership Teams;
  • Lead professional development of Associate Dean of Culture, Youth Development Specialists, and other members of Student Life Team;
  • Lead school staff coaching and development in large group, small group, and one-on-one settings;
  • Oversee school-wide design and implementation of Homeroom and Advisory;
  • Conduct walkthroughs, review student life data systems, and drive changes as needed to improve student culture outcomes.

Extended Day & Summer Program Management:

  • Oversee the design and implementation of DREAM's extended day school model;
  • Ensure program quality and compliance;
  • Own budget management;
  • Supervise Program Coordinator and Program Manager to support the design and implementation of afterschool and summer programming;
  • Partner with the Talent team to recruit, hire, and onboard seasonal program staff.

Hiring Organization

DREAM Charter School



  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in education, social work, youth development or related field; advanced degree in an education field, preferred;
  • Minimum 5 years experience working with and engaging youth, families and teachers in an academic environment, with at least 2 years in a management role managing full-time teams to outcomes;
  • Strong track record of success and achievement orientation
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Outstanding organizational skills and airtight follow through, including the ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong critical thinking skills, including the ability to independently solve problems;
  • Successful experience leading professional development in large group, small group and one-on-one settings;
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred;
  • Self-starter and ability to innovate and think creatively
  • Deep embodiment of DREAM's organizational values of teamwork, diversity, integrity, and fun;
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.
DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.
At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.
From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.
Come dream with us.
All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.

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