Breakthrough San Francisco at SF Day School supports motivated San Francisco students on the path to college and trains outstanding college students for education careers. In 2017-18, we’re serving 244 young people in grades five – twelve, providing intensive year-round academic enrichment and support; 89% will be the first in their families to attend a four-year college. Each year, we also train 32 Teaching Fellows through our highly selective eight-week summer teaching residency, and provide a meaningful service experience to roughly 150 volunteers. Founded in 1993, we are a community involvement initiative of San Francisco Day School and one of two dozen affiliates of the national non-profit organization Breakthrough Collaborative. For more information, please visitwww.breakthroughsf.org.
The Director of Middle School Programs oversees all aspects of fifth - eighth grade students’ experience at Breakthrough. They ensure students are participating actively in our year-round programming, succeeding academically, building supportive relationships, and embodying our core values of collaboration, excellence, gratitude, perseverance, and responsibility. They build a strong relationship with each student and work collaboratively with their family members, teachers, and tutors to ensure their success. They maintain a culture of strong community and high expectations among our student body, and effectively handle all academic, behavioral, and social issues that arise. They lead all student-facing aspects of our six-week summer academic program for rising fifth - eighth graders, and are closely involved with all aspects of our after-school program during the school year. The Director of Middle School Programs collaborates closely with the other members of our administrative team and reports to Breakthrough San Francisco’s Executive Director.
Student Support and Leadership
Serve as the main point of contact, year-round, for Breakthrough fifth - eighth grade students. Build strong relationships with each student, characterized by positive rapport and clear communication. Ensure each student participates actively in our program, succeeds academically, and embodies our core values.
Regularly review student performance data (report cards, test scores, teacher feedback, attendance, etc). Maintain organized systems for both performance data and student contact information.
Promptly and effectively handle all academic, behavioral, and social issues that arise throughout the year. Maintain high expectations while always affirming each student’s dignity and tremendous potential. Demonstrate cultural competence and thoughtful communication at all times.
Maintain a culture of strong community and high expectations among our student body.
Communicate proactively with Breakthrough teachers, tutors, and other staff. Provide coaching and leadership as needed to ensure each student is academically challenged and receiving the best possible support.
Communicate regularly with family members, building a strong partnership that supports each student’s success; utilize translation/interpretation as needed.
Plan and prepare for all student and family-facing aspects of our summer program, working closely with Breakthrough’s Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Lead student and family-facing aspects of our program, including Morning Meeting, All-School Meeting, and Silent Elective. Plan and lead our Pre-Summer Orientation, Back to Breakthrough Bash, Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences, and Celebration.
Oversee development of advisory curriculum and ensure effective implementation.
Provide student supervision during arrival, passing periods, lunch, recess, study hall, and dismissal.
Support Teaching Fellow selection, training, and management, including assisting with facilitation of faculty and grade-level meetings.
Support end-of-summer final student report writing process and other summer wrap-up work.
Support after-school program planning and preparation.
Support planning and leadership of events including Back to Breakthrough Bash, end-of-semester Celebration, and Saturday events. Assist with facilitation of All-School Meetings.
Provide student supervision during tutoring, study hall, recess, and dismissal.
Support selection, training, and supervision of after-school program tutors, including training sessions and mid-semester check-ins.
Support recruitment and selection of new Breakthrough students.
Oversee middle school guidance process for fifth grade students and families.
Collaborate effectively with other Breakthrough staff members, as well as staff at San Francisco Day School and other Breakthrough sites nationally; participate actively in staff meetings.
Complete other projects as needed.
Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree a plus)
At least 3-5 years of experience working with youth, preferably at the middle school level
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with first-generation college students and their families
Demonstrated ability to hold students to high standards and achieve meaningful results
Demonstrated commitment to educational equity
Demonstrated cultural competence and responsiveness
Demonstrated history of reflecting on own performance and striving for professional growth
Exceptional organizational and time management skills
Additional Salary Information: Competitive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with education and experience and consistent with San Francisco Day School personnel policies.
About Breakthrough San Francisco
SFDS is an independent, co-educational, K-8 school. SFDS educates, nurtures and inspires girls and boys of diverse backgrounds to achieve their highest academic and creative potential, to embrace ethical values and to become active contributors to their communities. San Francisco Day School welcomes and celebrates children, families, faculty, and staff that reflect the broad range of diversity in the Bay Area. The school values the strengths and accomplishments of the individuals who are part of the community and takes pride in and celebrates the diversity and special character of the community as a whole. Therefore, San Francisco Day School encourages people of color and LGBT applicants to apply.