Youth Policy Institute

  • Promise Neighborhood Director

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Promise Neighborhood Director will lead the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood (LAPN) in the Promise Zone (PZ) implementation team. The Director will support the team responsible for planning and implementing the academic programs to improve student learning and college readiness at 8 target schools located within the Los Angeles Promise Zone. The Program Director is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of team goals and objectives. The Program Director’s role is to provide guidance and support to team members and to serve as a link to other teams, organizations or partners.
    The centerpiece of the Promise Neighborhood is an innovative public-private partnership that blends diverse funding streams around a core set of outcomes and objectives. The Director will work closely with the department’s leadership team, other department managers, fiscal department, development department, research and evaluation, and quality assurance team. This individual will be flexible and personable, able to balance multiple projects at once, and handle all issues and concerns in a professional manner. This individual will be comfortable having results based conversations to improve results for participants, working in a close-knit team, and willing to take on additional projects as necessary to support greater community results overall. The Program Director will facilitate the seamless operation of programs in five areas of management: plan, organize, staff, lead and direct all aspects of the Program from implementation to general program management. This individual understands the multiple roles they will play; from interacting directly with community members, to assisting in the acquisition or maintenance of funds from major funders, to management of all staff employed in the department.


    • Hold the team accountable for high-quality, responsive program design and delivery of targeted instructional and college access services at LAPN in the PZ and Full-Service target schools.
    • Work with school leadership teams and YPI staff to support analysis of school needs and lead development of academic support growth plan.
    • Develop a program evaluation framework to assess the strengths of the program and to identify areas for improvement
    • Support ongoing communication between all LAPN in the PZ schools, Los Angeles Unified School District administrative staff, and YPI LAPN in the PZ staff;
    • Work closely with school personnel to address barriers to learning by providing strategic support and coordinating appropriate trainings and/or resources; and
    • Seek input from principals, teachers, school staff, parents, and students to determine student academic needs.

    Administrative Management

    • Responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of LAPN in the PZ grant, including managing Federal grant performance and budgets.
    • Management of project including development, planning, implementation and evaluation.
    • Plan the delivery of the overall program and its activities in accordance with the mission and the goals of the organization.
    • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the organization.
    • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcome of the program.
    • Develop an annual budget and operating plan to support the program. 
    • Develop additional and maintain existing funding streams for the program to ensure the continuous delivery of services.
    • Ensure that program activities operate within the policies and procedures of the organization.
    • Oversee the collection and maintenance of records on the clients of the program for statistical purposes according to the confidentiality/privacy policy of the organization.
    • Establish and implement a performance management process for all program staff.
    • Ensure all staff members receive orientation and appropriate training in accordance with organizational standards.
    • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, coaching, and developing a team.
    • Ensure that programs result in significant progress being made towards meeting LAPN in the PZ grant indicators and objectives.
    • Monitor contract compliance and oversee program budget.
    • Completion of statistical progress reports for funders.
    • Participation in coalitions, committees and boards to provide better services for students and families.


    Instructional Leadership

    • Work alongside Senior Director of School Impact and Integration and Chief Academic Officer to manage impact plan of LAPN in the PZ department and select evidence-based strategies for addressing needs of schools. 
    • Support with development and implementation of criteria and standards for evaluation of the instructional program;
    • Be the liaison between department and Research and Evaluation department in supporting the data analysis, planning and implementation of LAPN in the PZ schools as they increase rigor and ensure college and career readiness for all students in the pipeline;
    • Plan and deliver high quality, relevant, targeted professional development supports to school site staff focused on topics such as Common Core, using data to drive instruction, and educational change management. 


    • Advanced degree in human services, social work, urban planning or related field
    • At least five years experience in social services including four or more of experience in a supervisory positions. 
    • Broad understanding of current research, trends, and highlights from the field related to Common Core State Standards, targeted intervention, Linked Learning Pathways and blended learning implementation in schools;
    • Broad understanding of the Promise Neighborhood model; best practices to create cradle- to-college academic support programs at school and community sites preferred;
    • Broad general knowledge of curriculum, curriculum development, and best instructional practices and experience delivering professional development to educators and knowledge of best practices in adult learning;
    • Excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills;
    • Self-starter, organized, and detailed-oriented;
    • Ability to multi-task, meet strict deadlines, and work under time pressure;
    • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external constituencies;
    • Experienced problem-solver; strong conflict resolution ability;
    • Experience working with individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds;
    • Familiarity with the Los Angeles Promise Zone communities preferred.
    • Strong computer skills and complete knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).
    • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.
    • Must pass a criminal background check (Live Scan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment with children.
    • Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) prior to beginning employment dated within 60 days.


    • Monday through Friday, as well as some evening and weekend hours as needed.  


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