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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualified applicants, when all their required documents are submitted, will be contacted regarding next steps.