Program Director - Gear Up


GEAR UP is a school-based program that serves students beginning in grade 8 through grade 12. The program seeks to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by combating the multitude of challenges that prevent students from being college-ready. The Director will provide day-to-day oversight, implementation, and management of all program components.  The Director will provide feedback to staff to ensure that they are on track with their program duties. The Director will also be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with community and partner organizations to ensure that the appropriate services are provided for all participants. The Director will complete monthly reports that highlight all daily program activities and progress towards goals.



  1. Supervise and coordinate all program components, support services, or special projects to ensure that program goals are met. Program components include: case management, mentoring, counseling, academic tutoring, educational field trips, college tours, career exposure activities, financial aid counseling, and parent engagement activities.
  2. Provide hands on-instruction to ensure program activities are implemented in accordance with funders’ guidelines.
  3. Lead staff in developing Individual College Development Plans (ICDP) and Student Contract with each youth, and periodically review and revise these documents to reflect changes in the youths’ academic situations.
  4. Work with staff to collect student data as required by funders in a timely manner to track program progress.
  5. Oversee the administration of pre- and post-tests and other tools to track participants’ outcomes for the purposes of program evaluation.
  6. Monitor programs’ progress towards goals and develop plans for corrective action as required.
  7. Prepare and submit monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports as required by management and funders that detail the outcomes and program activities.
  8. Represent the GEAR UP program when working with school district staff, teachers, students, parents, funders, community members, and program partners.
  9. Interview candidates for positions and make recommendations on personnel decisions to the Human Resources Coordinator.
  10. Monitor and evaluate the job performance of each team member of the GEAR UP program.
  11. Recruit and manage volunteers.
  12. Find, develop, and track match dollars for program as required.
  13. Find, and develop new funding sources as required.
  14. Work with the Program Planning and Evaluation department to develop funding applications.
  15. Participate in agency management meetings and contribute to the development of agency policies and problem solving.
  16. Attend and participate in Urban League functions and fundraising events.
  17. Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.




  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, human services or social work and or related field is preferred OR Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, human services or social work and or related field with 5 years of work experience may be acceptable.
  • Three to five years' experience in a professional or administrative capacity in a field related to the human services and/or education
  • Knowledge of youth services programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate work in an office setting with diversity in program goals.
  • Demonstrated supervisory ability with experience in organizing and directing programs and/or support services
  • Ability to relate to youth from diverse backgrounds and understand the barriers to success that less advantaged youth often face.
  • Ability to interface with external parties and community partners.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Must be available to work Saturdays as requested.
  • Knowledge of community resources for youth and families is a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus.