Director Alternative Program

About The Role

Responsible for implementing and maintaining alternative student programs and services in conformance with district and Big Thought (BT )objectives

About Big Thought

Big Thought equips youth in marginalized communities to imagine and create their best lives and world. The secret that makes our work uniquely effective is the powerful combination of our social and emotional focus, experiential learning, community-centered partnerships, inclusion/equity lens and future focus.

Throughout our 30+ year history of innovation, Big Thought has become a national model in arts education, out of school time systems, summer learning and juvenile justice intervention. Now, we’re one of six community partnerships in the U.S helping scale national best practices in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). We take direct-to-youth programs and resources to communities with the greatest needs and share our evidence-based best practices with other nonprofits and organizations through a suite of consultation services including professional development, curriculum design and technical assistance.

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#Big Thought Way:

Big Thought brings relentless optimism, innovation and imagination to everything we do. Our kids come first, and we use a collaborative, all hands-on deck approach to ensure that they are served well.

About the Ideal Candidate:

The candidate who appreciates and embraces the concept of alternative education is ideal for us, with demonstrated experience in the design, implementation and maintenance of alternative student programs and services in conformance with district and state objectives. And, to boot, if they can mesh/translate those objectives to align with Big Thought’s mission, have our attention. On our radar as well is a candidate who is or has been a principal or an educator in a principal certification program, experienced in Change Management, school turnaround, or is a school/learning innovator.

What the Role Entails

Must be engaging with people, determined to find solutions, have a high degree of emotional intelligence, lead with client service as an outcome, and have a background in community-based work/outreach.

What the Role entails:

  • Develop a strategic model for both current and future sites
  • Collaborates with others for the purpose of implementing and maintaining alternative services and/or programs (district, parents, BT, community etc.)
  • Manages and evaluates a wide variety of program components for the purpose of delivering services which conform to established guidelines and regulations
  • Facilitation and presentation skills
  • Monitors projects, funding sources, to ensure that services comply with district and other required regulations
  • Influence and persuasion skill set
  • Monitor and publish on an ongoing basis “results to plan”
  • Lead and direct several site staff to enhance performance via evaluation, staffing, etc.
  • High degree of EQ (emotional intelligence)
  • Assess processes/procedures and improve as appropriate
  • Partner closely with BT Development to enhance funding opportunities
  • Develop an Outreach Plan to attract new donors and/or foundations
  • Instill and practice Big Thought Values

Minimum Qualifications

  • 7-10 years directly related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, plus any other required certifications
  • Prior direct leadership experience

Physical Expectations (not an exhaustive list):

Big Thought jobs are hands on and can be physically demanding. To perform the duties of these roles successfully, you may regularly be required to: sit, stand, or stare at computer screen for long periods of time; participate in external activities; use various office equipment, some manual; work in environment with loud sounds, multiple distractions, and interruptions; be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures on occasion; maintain emotional control during stressful situations.

BIG THOUGHT ASPIRES TO BE A WORKPLACE OF INCLUSION & EQUITY. WE VISUALIZE A WORKPLACE THAT PROVIDES AN EXCEPTIONAL EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE. WE BELIEVE A BASELINE REQUIREMENT TO ACHIEVE OUR VISION IS EVERYONE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT – REGARDLESS THE ISSUE AT HAND.

Big Thought is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Employees of Big Thought are expected to participate in mission driven activities, meetings, committees, etc. BT is based on a team environment and openness to always “lend a hand” as appropriate to another employee.

All employees are required to adhere to BT policies and procedures. All employees may expect to perform duties as assigned. In addition, all employees may be assigned “other” duties in the spirit of teamwork.

Big Thought is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

NOTE: This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. The CEO and/or designee has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Employees must abide by all laws, Big Thought policies and guidelines.

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