Nov 18, 2022

Regional Program Director

$114,000 - $125,000 yearly
  • Summer Search
  • Hybrid (Oakland, CA, USA)
Full-Time Administration/Operations Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Programs

Job Description

While young people from low-income communities – who are disproportionately young people of color – face systemic inequities in school, in the workforce, and in life, they possess unique strengths, resilience and tremendous potential. When provided with support and resources, these young people fulfill their potential and achieve success in school, work, and life.  

Through a combination of mentoring and transformative experiences, Summer Search supports young people to successfully transition from adolescence into adulthood. We aim to unleash the potential of our young people while also building a toolkit for navigating and challenging systemic barriers to higher education and career opportunities. 
Summer Search’s Bay Area site is seeking a Regional Program Director (RPD) to support high-quality program delivery and performance for a region that spans eight Bay Area counties. This position supervises a team of program leaders representing all elements of the Summer Search program: school and community engagement, high school mentoring, summer experiential education, post-secondary access and success, and career development services. The RPD will embody a regional culture that is committed to equity, collaboration, and learning and serve as key ambassador for Summer Search Bay Area with external stakeholders. This is an exciting time for Summer Search as we are refining our programmatic approach and organizational priorities to align more strongly with principles of diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging (DEIB) and to be driven by the voices of our participants and alumni.
Specifically, the Regional Program Director will:
Program Leadership:
  • Supervise a program leadership team responsible for implementing all segments of core programming and comprised of a Director of High School Program & Outreach, Director of Post-Secondary Program, and a Summer Programs Manager.
  • Collaboratively lead the development and implementation of program strategy, innovation, and evaluation in close partnership with the program leadership team and National Program Team. 
  • Advocate for the needs of program staff and participants in broader decision-making with Executive Director, the Bay Area Board of Directors, and national leadership.
  • Collaborate with program directors to plan programming and set corresponding benchmarks annually to implement national strategic initiatives and meet Key Performance Indicator goals; oversee progress and prompt adaptation as needed.
  • Engage with national cohort of Program Site Leads (PSLs), consisting of senior program directors in each of the five Summer Search regions and members of the National Program Team. Advocate for Bay Area staff and participants while shaping national programming recommendations and decisions. 
  • Facilitate program team meetings to promote connection and hold space for processing. Hire and supervise a mental health consultant to support program staff in their work with participants.
Regional Leadership:
  • Cultivate a sustainable, people-centered, critically conscious team culture through personal reflection and work, development of values-driven systems and processes, and coaching and development of staff. 
  • Partner with Executive Director and the site leadership team to ensure alignment on program strategies, planning, budgeting, and key site decisions. 
  • Facilitate site-wide meetings and trainings, as determined in partnership with the site leadership team
  • Partner with the Bay Area Development team and Executive Director on fundraising & brand-building activities, including event strategy and execution, major donor & grant proposals, grant implementation, and meetings with donors and board members as needed.
  • Prepare and present program updates in board meetings and committee meetings.
  • Steward organizational and programmatic changes by (1) engaging relevant team members, program participants, and additional stakeholders to inform decisions, (2) building capacity of Bay Area teammates around program development and process design, and (3) aligning program and organizational priorities with team and individual capacity. 
External Partnership Management:
  • Serve as an ambassador for Summer Search and cultivate alliances with schools, summer program partners, community-based organizations, donors, and other external key stakeholders.
  • Coach and partner with program staff to build and maintain partnerships with external stakeholders, including student referral sources and summer program partners.
  • Lead contract/MOU negotiations with programmatic partners, in partnership with the Executive Director and program leads
Talent Acquisition and Development:
  • Support program leadership in local hiring, onboarding and offboarding, coaching, and enabling shared leadership and best-practice sharing across the Bay Area team. 
  • Oversee and support of site-level program trainings in partnership with program leadership and in collaboration with our national network. 
  • Ensure staff trainings align with the national DEIB strategy and partner with site leadership to identify and fill gaps in DEIB knowledge for site staff.
Program Operations:
  • Oversee the preparation and management of program budgets, tracking, and reporting of finances in partnership with the Executive Director and program leadership team. 
  • Oversee and promote fidelity of systems and processes to manage complex program operations and increase staff capacity across a geographically dispersed site. 
  • Establish and promote clear expectations for accurate and timely data collection by program teams, as well as by utilizing data to analyze key drivers/barriers to program progress and performance.
  • Identify and address operational bottlenecks in effective delivery of program, enabling participant-facing staff to focus on relationship development and participant support. 
  • Ensure program team practices adhere to national standards for participants/programming and general employment.

Hiring Organization

Summer Search


The Regional Program Director will embody Summer Search’s values & community agreements and provide team leadership through a standard of excellence, spirit of gratitude, a practice of collaboration, and an authentic and unwavering commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB). Specifically, this hire will bring:
  • EXPERIENCE: At least 10 years of professional experience, including 4+ years in a leadership role with responsibility for managing programs and teams. Leadership experience in education, youth development, or similar mission area required. Experience in these sectors in the Bay Area a plus.  
  • CHANGE MINDSET: Engages with change by seeking to understand its effects upon Summer Search, key stakeholders (e.g., students/participants, alumni, staff members, donors, community partners, volunteers), and own role. Guides others through change by providing direction to encourage successful performance. Supports others’ experience of change through open communication and information sharing.
  • CRITICAL CONSCIOUSNESS: Recognizes sociopolitical barriers and understands the systems of oppression that operate in day-to-day lives of stakeholders. Applies critical thinking and acts against the oppressive aspects of reality. Cultural sensitivity and humility in working with diverse and low-income populations, with an understanding of institutionalized racism and classism facing low-income communities. Professional or personal content knowledge of developing self, coaching staff, leading conversations, and helping teams engage around DEIB.  
  • COMMUNICATION EFFECTIVENESS: Mastery in communicating up, down, and across within an organization, teamed with the ability to convey enthusiasm about an organization’s mission with a variety of stakeholders. Listens effectively for understanding and clarifies information as needed.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Holds self and others responsible for process, decisions, actions, and commitments to results and to drive high-quality outcomes for students. Upholds and models Summer Search’s Community Agreements in how they approach relationships and community engagement.
  • TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: Experience with Salesforce is a plus. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office 365 suite, including but not limited to PowerPoint, Excel, Word, SharePoint, and Outlook preferred.  
  • LANGUAGE SKILLS: Bilingual in English-Spanish/-Cantonese/-Vietnamese is a plus.
In addition, all Summer Search staff bring a commitment to our mission of unleashing students’ potential through mentoring and transformative experiences, as well as the ability to thrive in an environment that values excellence, gratitude, well-being, diversity, authenticity, and collaboration.  
This is a hybrid role, with the regular in-person work expectations. While the Bay Area site has no required ‘in-office’ schedule, the RPD must be a consistent presence in each of the Bay Area office locations (Oakland, Richmond, Santa Rosa, and, starting in 2025, San Jose) and to support in-person programming. The RPD must be able to travel as needed between our Bay Area office locations and to meetings & events across the entire region, as well to staff/attend events outside of normal work hours, as needed (typically no more than quarterly).
Summer Search requires all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Employees who are unable to be vaccinated due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious objection may be able to qualify for an exemption, consistent with state and federal law.

Industry/Service Area

Youth Development




Competitive and transparent salaries. This is an exempt position with an annual salary ranging from $114,000 to $125,000. Summer Search is committed to transparent, equitable compensation practices. Salaries are benchmarked using current market data and salary bands are created to demonstrate the growth potential within the band. Typically, offers are made at the starting place of the salary band. The hiring manager partners with the Talent Team to ensure offers are appropriate, competitive, and maintain internal equity.
We are committed to staff learning, growth and development. Our investment also includes: 
  • Medical insurance with up to 90% employer contribution 
  • Dental, vision, FSA, life and disability insurance plans 
  • 401 (K) and Employer Match up to $2,000 annually 
  • Generous time off including 15 vacation days, 10 sick days, and 18 holidays (2 floating holidays of your choice, a birthday day-off, 10 company-wide holidays, and a 1-week December closure). 
  • Stipends to support professional development and personal wellness
  • Individual, local, regional, and national training 
  • A commitment to developing leaders from within the organization 
  • An organizational culture that supports staff well-being and holistic self-care/community care 
  • Ample opportunities to connect with the students and communities we serve 
With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and racial justice, we believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment and enhance our ability to pursue our mission. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with students, as well as how we work together as a team. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a justice-centered organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued. 

Application Instructions

Submit a resume and targeted cover letter, addressed to Kenyon DeVault, Interim Executive Director, that answers the question, “Why are you interested in the Regional Program Director opportunity at Summer Search?” 

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