Site Director, Stanford University
About Us and Our Philosophy:
SMASH Academy, a program that US News and World Report called “Perhaps the most ambitious program to encourage African American and Latino students in STEM fields” is heading into its 13th summer and national scaling and exposure. It is the flagship program of the Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI), an organization committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation.
Founded in 2001, LPFI (www.lpfi.org) is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that operates four STEM-focused education programs for underrepresented middle and high school students: the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH) is a year-round academic program that serves high school students, the Saturday Math and Science Honors program (SMASH Prep) serves African American boys in grades 6-8, and Level the Coding Field hackathons are a two-day coding exposure experience for middle and high school students. Additionally, (and connectedly) LPFI conducts research examining inequity in access and opportunity across K-12, higher education, and workplace contexts in order to improve the outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM fields. LPFI is funded by private donors, foundations, and corporate giving and is currently expanding in exciting ways.
Working at LPFI is about fast growth, personal commitment and the tenacity to challenge the status quo. This is a pivotal time for LPFI as we begin building on the success of our education programs, we are embarking on an aggressive expansion strategy to achieve national impact. This is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you have what it takes to dare to change the face of STEM. Join us.
Reporting to the Program Director, the Site Director (SD) will serve as the Director for SMASH at Stanford University. The SD is responsible for building, sustaining and improving the transformative educational experience that SMASH Scholars need to pursue, persist and succeed in STEM. SMASH site instructional, residential and operations seasonal teams will report to the SD. SMASH site size ranges from 30 to 100 rising 10th through 12th grade students. SDs, with the help of the Central Office, are responsible for hiring, training and overseeing the site teams, typically between 15 to 30 staff members, along with student recruitment responsibilities and admissions decisions. The SD provides leadership, vision and direction to SMASH Scholars, their parents and other community constituent groups aligned with the LPFI mission. With LPFI’s latest growth strategy and impact initiatives, this person will be critical to the Programs Team with the scaling of SMASH and placing it squarely on the map of national models.
Program Management (60%)
- Build, implement and sustain a vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all SMASH Scholars at respective program site
- Oversee the various components of a year-round academic enrichment program, including a five-week residential program at the host university/college, while actively developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, e.g. LPFI leadership, Scholar and Family Community, University Partners, Corporate Partners, Donors, etc.
- Hire and directly supervise Residential Director, Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator
- Support the Lead Instructor with (in tandem with Curriculum + Instruction Director):
- Hiring and performance management of Instructors
- Classroom reservations, logistics, supplies and activities planning
- Administration and proctoring of assessments
- Support the Residential Director with:
- Hiring and performance management of Residential Advisors
- Planning and implementation of SMASH Academy residential programming
- Enforce program policy and actively manage scholar behavior
- Lead recruitment and admissions processes of SMASH Scholars
- Plan and facilitate program events and activities throughout the academic year and SMASH Academy, including field trips, supporting CS Saturday Academy, workshops and volunteer opportunities
- Uphold academic rigor and program code of conduct
- Facilitate and manage all site processes, operations and logistics
- Work with Accounting and SMASH Program Director to establish site budget; oversee and manage site operating budget
- Manage all event space reservation procedures
- Manage volunteer programs, conduct training and necessary communications
Scholar, Alumni and Family Relations (20%)
- Regularly communicate with applicants, scholars, and parents regarding LPFI-hosted events, local opportunities and STEM exposure activities
- Oversee SMASH Parent Representative Program through regular communication, guidance and event planning support
- Facilitate alumni information requests from various LPFI departments, e.g. Research, Development, etc.
- Ensure scholar engagement and/or commitment to SMASH
- Oversee implementation and collaborate on strategic direction of SMASH Alumni Program
Relationship Development, Management and Strategic Partnerships (20%)
- Act as liaison and primary contact with university/college, school district, school and community organization partners
- Identify strategic relationship and partnership prospects
- Cultivate potential funding relationships
- Manage the alignment of individual site needs with LPFI priorities
- Create a relationship-driven site team culture and implement innovative site staff retention strategies
- Participate in conferences and community outreach to establish LPFI as a leading national STEM program and stay current with relevant developments.
- Travel as needed for planning and programming
Desired Skills and Qualifications:
- Bachelor degree in the STEM field; Advanced degree in STEM or education preferred
- 3+ years in program management in education and/or youth development, or equivalent
- Strong leadership abilities including an encouraging, motivating presence to help with culture and team building, prioritization and planning, mentoring and coaching.
- Demonstrated effectiveness in working with youth from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds
- Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and facilitation skills
- Self-starter with ability to work on multiple initiatives at the same time; excellent project management skills.
- Ability to be flexible, resilient and adaptable to changing priorities
- Detail obsessive with strong organizational skills; solid and creative problem-solving skills
- Energetic and entrepreneurial spirit about innovative education models and nonprofit organizations
- Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative, team environment
- Demonstrated commitment to STEM diversity
- Exemplifies LPFI Organizational Values -- Focus on Impact, Strengthen Our Communities, Balance Passion and Practicality, Experiment, Evaluate, Modify, and Implement, Be a Strong Link in the Chain, Celebrate and Have Some Fun
- Ability to travel to LPFI main office located in Oakland, CA for a one month training residency upon hiring and a minimum of once per quarter for various meetings and activities
- Regular evening and weekend work may be required leading up to summer program launch during March - June
- A minimum 3-year commitment to role is desired
LPFI provides competitive compensation commensurate with experience, and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life/disability insurance, paid time off, 401k, volunteer time and flexible spending accounts (i.e. parking, transit, medical and dependent care). Our collaborative office is located in Oakland’s dynamic Uptown District. LPFI shares the building with several professional service and nonprofit organizations. We also hold community-building events and have a collegial atmosphere with a shared mission for social justice and educational equity.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In keeping with our beliefs and goals, no employee or applicant will face discrimination/ harassment based on: race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital/ domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. Above and beyond discrimination/ harassment based on "protected categories," Level Playing Field Institute also strives to prevent other, subtler forms of inappropriate behavior (e.g., stereotyping) from ever gaining a foothold in our office. Whether blatant or hidden, barriers to success have no place at Level Playing Field Institute.