REACH Program Director

Our Story: Founded in 2002, REACH (Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools) is an entirely free educational and leadership enrichment program that prepares Catholic, middle-school aged boys to earn scholarships to Regis, as well as other top Catholic high schools in New York City. Designed as an access program, REACH serves students whose families demonstrate significant financial need. With an understanding of how critical the middle-school age years are in determining the trajectory of secondary as well as post-secondary education, REACH is devoted to making substantial gains in academics, leadership potential, and a commitment to service. In alignment with the founding mission of Regis, REACH strives to attract highly motivated students from predominantly immigrant and disenfranchised backgrounds.

Every year, REACH works in partnership with parochial, traditional public and public charter schools, as well as parishes from the New York City metropolitan area. REACH accepts nominations of boys currently in the 5th grade who display early signs of academic and leadership potential. After they apply in the 5th grade, admitted students begin their REACH journey in the summer before 6th grade. With three years to work with, REACH’s value-added model is set out to cultivate the potential demonstrated in the elementary school years. It is important to note that REACH is not a school; rather, it is a supplementary program designed to work around the student’s normal middle school schedule. Our programming takes place on Saturdays throughout the school year and during the summer. Over our first 17 years of operation, our fourteen graduated 8th grade cohorts have received over $20 million in 4-year high school scholarships. In those years, we’ve graduated approximately 32 students annually. With our recent expansion in 2015-16, REACH is on target to graduate approximately 50 students annually by 2019.

Position Summary: As the head of the program, the director oversees the overall operation of the academic, spiritual, and student development activities of REACH. The Director coordinates all hiring for these areas, submits a program budget, supervises and evaluates both a full time and part time staff, and creates the master schedule and program annual calendar. The REACH Director reports directly to the President of Regis High School. It is a 12-month position. Work hours may vary and will include some evenings and weekends associated with the design of the program. The position comes with competitive benefits, and the salary is competitive for the New York City area and is commensurate with experience. The ideal start date is mid-June prior to the start of the summer session on July 6th.

Requirements:

  • B.S. Degree
  • Experience working with adolescents
  • Successful teaching/administrative experience in high school or middle school
  • Excellent organization and communication skills

Preferences:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • A background working with immigrant families and a familiarity with the Jesuit tradition of education
  • Familiarity with and understanding of practical uses of technology for instruction

Major Responsibilities

  1. Student Recruitment:
    • Oversees the admissions process, coordinating with the REACH admissions director. This includes recruitment, admissions programming, interviewing and final admissions determinations.
  2. Staffing:
    • Supervises a REACH staff of four, including two academic deans, an admissions director, and a director of graduate student support.
    • Recruit and hire staff (including: graduate student intern, professional teaching staff, alumni and collegian staff, and Regians).
  3. Curriculum:
    • Take responsibility for the overall direction of the REACH curriculum alongside the two academic deans.
  4. Program Implementation:
    • Supervises and delegates to REACH staff the implementation of the program’s various program components. This includes the program schedule, annual calendar, curriculum development, all summer programming and strategic planning.
    • Coordinates the logistics for both summer learning academies at Fordham University and the University of Scranton.
    • Coordinates the collection and utilization of data.
  5. Religious Formation / Student Spiritual Development:
    • Plan and execute all activities in this area.
  6. Student Academic Development:
    • Track student assessment.
    • Communicate student progress to students, parents/guardians and school officials; also, requests information from schools regarding students’ progress.
    • Work with students, parents/guardians, high school admissions and financial aid officials to coordinate high school placement and scholarship opportunities.
  7. Financial/Budget Management:
    • Submit an annual budget to the Regis President and Board.
    • Assist Regis Development staff in their efforts to raise funds and develop funding strategies.
  8. Communication:
    • Direct and manage communication and partnerships with officials from the offices of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn, individual schools, community organizations, graduate schools of education and institutes.
    • Communicate with Regis school community (including, when directed to, the Regis Board of Trustees) regarding program development, progress and needs.
    • Update the REACH Board on program developments and elicit critical feedback.
  9. Board Involvement:
    • Is the staff liaison with the REACH Board committee which provides input and advice to the Director. Provides a quarterly report for the Board meeting packets, and attends the Board meetings at the invitation of the Regis President.

To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, statement of educational philosophy, and a list of three references by email to Ms. Silvia Gerber, Secretary to the Search Committee, at employment@regis.org. Qualified applicants, when all their required documents are submitted, will be contacted regarding next steps.




Regis is an EOE (Equal Opportunity Employer)

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