About Breakthrough Silicon Valley

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: a stunning 99% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges and 74% of BTSV Teaching Fellows are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

BTSV’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, advising, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, BTSV also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

The Position

The College Access Program Manager leads the implementation of programs for BTSV’s 9th and 10th grade students to ensure they are prepared for academic success in college. You’ll work closely with students and families as they navigate the high school years and hold students to high academic and community standards. The College Access Program Manager reports to the Senior Director of Programs & Instruction.

During the school year, you’ll introduce students and families to the ins and outs to college readiness, through workshops, field trips, and other community-building activities. And you’ll perform the logistical tasks that support this programming, such as scheduling, securing facilities, and arranging transportation as needed.

You’ll fine-tune BTSV’s academic advising services for 9th and 10th grade students and own the collection of grades and other student data, while also providing 1:1 advising to a cohort of students. This includes monitoring academic progress, setting goals for inside and outside of the classroom, and navigating school and other community resources, to ensure students stay on track for college. When needed, you’ll coordinate with personnel at our partner schools, both to ensure that resources and academic support are provided to students and to build relationships that will deepen our partnership in ways that will benefit BTSV, our students and families, and our school district partners.

Over the summer, you’ll lead one of BTSV’s hallmark four-week 9th grade summer program sites for 70+ students, managing a small team to build community and support academic readiness and the transition to high school. You’ll oversee day-to-day operations, serve as the primary point of contact for students and families, and partner with a Dean of Faculty to support BTSV’s Teaching Fellows as they execute our “students teaching students” model. You’ll also supervise BTSV’s summer program interns.

Throughout the year, you’ll work with the Senior Director of Programs & Instruction to develop a programming calendar and create systems to evaluate and improve program effectiveness, particularly through analyzing student data.

What background and skills do you have?:

  • At least three to five years of experience at a youth development or educational organization, particularly one focused on college access for first-generation students and students of color

  • Experience with college advising and supporting high school students on the path to college

  • Comfort with public speaking and the ability to deliver workshops and engage with families. Bilingual (Spanish or Vietnamese) speaking skills are highly desirable but not required.

  • Experience developing engaging curricula for workshops: both college-readiness curricula and social-emotional learning curricula that supports students’ growth

  • Experience with data collection and analysis, student assessment, and program evaluation

  • Strong project manager with the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and delegate when needed while executing multiple time-sensitive priorities

  • Commitment to Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s mission and goals as well as a passion for educational equity

  • Bachelor’s degree

Bonus points if you’ve got:

  • Experience as a counselor, preferably with 9th and 10th graders

  • Experience leading project teams and/or managing interns or other direct reports

  • Experience with curriculum development

  • Experience with Salesforce

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range for this position is $65,000-$75,000. BTSV typically makes salary offers between the range minimum and the range midpoint, taking into consideration the candidate’s qualifications, our budget, and internal equity.

  • Health benefits: Medical, dental, and vision coverage, with 100% of employee premiums and 50% of dependent premiums covered by BTSV

  • Retirement Benefits: 401(k) plan with immediate 3% company match

  • Paid time off: 15 days plus 11 holidays and two “shut-down” weeks

  • Professional development fund for professional growth and learning opportunities

Location and Hours

This is an in-person position, and you will primarily work at BTSV’s Franklin-McKinley School District office at Bridges Academy (1702 McLaughlin Ave, San Jose, CA 95122) or San Jose Unified School District office at Herbert Hoover Middle School (1635 Park Ave, San Jose, CA 95126). Travel to other partner school sites in San Jose during BTSV’s summer program is also required.

As BTSV is an “out of school time program,” you can expect to work some early evenings during the school year and early mornings during the summer. You will also need to work occasional weekends to support program events.

COVID-19 Information

BTSV requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 (one dose of Johnson & Johnson, two doses of Moderna, or two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech). Proof of vaccination must be provided prior to your first day of employment. Employees may request accommodation if they have a qualifying medical condition or on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

BTSV is also continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation locally and will continue to comply with all state, county, city, and/or school district directives on PPE, social distancing, vaccination, and remote work as they evolve.

Application Process

To apply, please apply online through this site. Please indicate where you heard about the position in your cover letter. We will review applications on a rolling basis.

BTSV engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, BTSV is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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