Peace Community Center | Employment









Position Overview

The High School, College & Career Program Manager is a full-time, non-exempt position responsible for supporting the development, implementation, and evaluation of Peace Community Center’s (PCC) Hilltop Scholars high school and post-secondary programs.  The Program Manager will lead the program elements in alignment with program strategy and end outcomes, helping ensure that students fully participate in program and build academic and social-emotional skills essential to success in high school and beyond. There are three main components of the Program Manger role: program leadership; daily program management (after school and in summer); and building a strong culture of learning and community with students.  The Program Manager will work in close partnership with the Senior Director of Education Programs and the program team at Peace Community Center. The Program Manager will specialize in day-to-day program management and student support.

Primary Responsibilities

Program Leadership

Support Hilltop Scholars program development and improvement

  • Oversee student enrollment, ensuring enrolled students meet the PCC target population; support recruitment marketing efforts
  • Building connections with families, parents, and guardians of students and oversee additional staff to make those connections as well
  • Take part in goal setting and carrying out action plans for program improvement
  • Supervise Academic Coaches, Service Team members and serve as main point of contact and manager for program partners
  • Lead weekly team meetings with core program staff
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships with key program partners, which include: teachers and administrators, community partners, current, former, or potential Scholars students/families, and Peace Lutheran Church community
  • Work with program staff in designing, developing and managing systems to highlight student achievements and build a strong culture centered on learning and social-emotional development
  • Ensure accurate and consistent data collection in accordance with systems (such as student data and attendance), protocols, and procedures that maximize program efficiency
  • Oversee program staff in drafting and publishing communication for staff, students and families
  • Partner with the Senior Director of Education Programs and the program team to analyze program and student-level data in order to adjust student support/programming as needed
  • Participate in budget process by helping set and adhering to program budget, and turning in reimbursement and credit card receipts on schedule
  • Attend trainings and development as requested
  • Participate in and oversee effective and efficient instruction that facilitates student growth in accordance with program learning goals and standards
  • Develop and nurture a culture within the program that is safe and lives out Peace Community Center’s values, builds community, encourages responsibility and excellence
  • Coordinating a diverse portfolio of academic and enrichment partners and manage invoicing with PCC finance
  • Bring solutions to Senior Director for improvement of systems and structures to improve program delivery and student outcomes
  • Participate in the recruitment and selection of program staff including AmeriCorps Members, volunteers, teachers, and other part-time staff
  • Oversee and implement a performance management process for all program staff

Daily High School Program Management

Oversee day-to-day programming for high school after school and during summer programs:

  • Implement Hilltop Scholars program model with fidelity, including designing and coordinating daily/weekly/monthly/annual program activities and schedule
  • Oversee program with a lens towards the YPQA model as a measure of success
  • Problem-solving day-of student issues that arise in line with program procedures including following up with students and families; report back to Senior Program Director with major issues and support needed
  • Build and maintain relationships with families
  • Work with program staff to problem-solve student challenges aligned with program’s system and procedures for Behavior Management and social-emotional regulation
  • Communicate back to relevant program staff about decisions or support plans for students
  • Build investment in prioritized program areas with enrichment partners, volunteers and Service Team staff through weekly team meetings, daily huddles and ongoing communication
  • Ensure program space(s) has signage and postings that develop and support a strong culture rooted in student learning and student voice

Programing for College & Career

  • Weekly social media and cyber presence promoting opportunities and announcements
  • Manage the book buying program and cyber purchase services
  • Track contact information for students as well as post-secondary metrics
  • Provide career & college exploration opportunities for all Scholar
  • Develop relationships with college admission representatives, key departments at various schools throughout the state, scholarship partners
  • Support coaches in assisting students with selecting colleges and finding internships/jobs
  • Provide financial literacy & life-skill training/workshops to students
  • Help coordinate volunteers that support post-secondary students
  • Coordinate and implement curriculum for Summer Bridge program

Administration, and Special Projects

  • Participate in all staff and ongoing staff meetings
  • Participate as a member of the organizational management team
  • Participate in special projects and committees as requested and approved by supervisor
  • Support development and fundraising activities, which includes but is not limited to: providing stories, connecting students/families with development team, participating in site visits, and supporting and inviting people to fund raising activities
  • Participate in Peace Community Center board meetings, board activities as requested, as well as appropriate Peace Lutheran Church events

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Experience & Qualifications

Successful candidates must be committed to the vision and values of Peace Community Center and have a passion for and commitment to the Hilltop community and the education of Hilltop children and youth. Strong candidates will be detail-oriented, approachable, and committed to learning the public school and post-secondary education systems. Successful candidates will also be committed to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence.

  • BA Degree in Education, Social Work or related field, or related experience
  • Minimum: Three years working with youth in educational settings or youth development programs, 4+ years preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity:
    • Experience working in racially and ethnically diverse environments
    • Demonstrated commitment to understanding and dismantling structural racial inequity
    • Desire to further personal understanding of racial and social justice work
  • Demonstrated record of effective leadership through team building, empowerment and sharing leadership; project management; discerning best practice and future trends; and strong communication.
  • Committed to the belief that all children and youth can learn and be successful contributors to and leaders of their community and society
  • Ability to connect and build rapport with people (e.g. youth, staff, families, etc.) of diverse cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, professional and faith backgrounds
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills that sustain and facilitate sound decisions
  • Effective at coordinating details
  • Familiarity with challenges and opportunities for first-generation college students
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills required
  • Ability to exercise strong personal initiative and independence
  • Ability to adapt to new and rapidly changing situations
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suit and/or Google Apps

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation: This is a full-time (40 hours/week), non-exempt position with a pay range of $18.50-$20.50 per hour ($38,480-$42,640/year).

Benefits: Eligible for full benefit package, including generous vacation/sick time; medical, dental, and vision at 100% employer paid premiums for employee and 50% for dependents; 403(b) retirement plan with 3% employer contribution.

Application Process

Please submit job specific cover letter and resume to with the subject heading: Program Manager—High School, College & Career. Priority deadline is September 27th, 2018.