Breakthrough Manchester at The Derryfield School is a multi-year, summer-intensive, tuition-free academic program with year-round support for promising middle school students with limited opportunities. These motivated students – with high potential but limited opportunities - are in turn taught by outstanding high school and college students who are trained and mentored by Breakthrough staff and professional educators. Through this unique “students-teaching-students” model, the program provides a path to college for its younger students while inspiring older students to consider careers in teaching and educational leadership. Breakthrough Manchester is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative, a national network of programs that touch the lives of thousands of youth through this "students teaching students" model. For more information, visit breakthroughmanchester.org. The Derryfield School has been Breakthrough Manchester's most important partner and host since the program's inception in 1991.
The Assistant Director's position is complex and multi-faceted.
The Assistant Director is responsible for the planning and operational management of the overall academic program, including school-year Saturdays and the 9-week intensive summer session. Responsibilities include hiring and supervising seasonal staff, managing interns and/or work-study students, recruiting and retaining students, developing master schedules and transportation routes, tracking metrics of student success, maintaining collaborative relationships with Manchester middle and high schools and with the College Bound Breakthrough program hosted at SNHU, providing logistical support to the Executive Director and assisting with advancement projects and other initiatives that support the overall institutional success of Breakthrough.
Manage the recruitment and admission process for a cohort of new sixth graders from Manchester public schools each year while also managing the retention of current seventh and eighth graders in the program.
Manage the selection of area high school students as school-year teachers and advisors to Breakthrough students
Manage the recruitment, selection and hiring of college undergraduates for the 9-week, paid summer Teaching Fellowship
Foster a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse year-round and seasonal staff of high-quality people
Provide active supervision and management of the year-round Breakthrough staff. Manage a dynamic and high-performing team of 35+ seasonal staff and 40+ volunteers
Develop policies and procedures to support an effective, engaging, high-functioning and efficient organization and that hold participants to high standards
Ensure effective program assessment and evaluation
Design and lead or co-lead teacher training sessions, as time and interest allows
Work with instructional coaches to support and develop the program's young faculty
Provide leadership and oversight within the program's nine-week summer session and school-year Saturday programming
Plan and oversee program calendar/schedules, space usage, and logistics
Supervise temporary and seasonal assistants (work-study students, operations assistants, etc.)
Assess academic abilities and needs of each student participant and track growth over time
Support a successful and productive learning community that values high-expectations, perseverance, leadership, and collaboration for both students and Teaching Fellows
Coordinate efforts with each of the Manchester school district’s middle schools and the district as a whole
Contribute ideas, concepts and artifacts for the development of program materials including brochures, annual reports, and newsletters
Collaborate with the other sites within the Breakthrough Collaborative
Collaborate with the Breakthrough high school program based at SNHU to develop annual objectives and better align the student transition from the middle school program at Derryfield to the program at SNHU
Be a positive ambassador for Breakthrough Manchester, advocating for the program’s interests in the wider community.