Part-Time Academic Program Director, Horizons at San Francisco Friends School (CA)


Based on an award‐winning national model, Horizons at San Francisco Friends School (SFFS) provides a free summer learning program that leverages a unique public/private partnership to address the opportunity and achievement gaps for K‐8 public school students from low‐income Mission District families. Strong academics, arts enrichment activities, and swimming lessons build upon these students’ strengths and support their confidence, motivation, and skills, thus increasing the odds they will achieve at grade level, graduate from high school, and complete a college degree. In addition to the six‐week summer program, Horizons provides activities for its students and families throughout the year. Horizons at SFFS works in partnership with Horizons’ families, referring public schools in the Mission District, and its host school (SFFS) to offer culturally responsive programming that promotes higher‐level thinking, academic skills, leadership, and self‐efficacy – all while bolstering children’s sense of what’s possible for themselves and the future.

Horizons currently serves 102 students from Kindergarten through fifth grade and will continue to grow until the program serves 153 Kinder through 8th Graders in the summer of 2022. For more information about Horizons at SFFS, please visit, and


Horizons at SFFS is seeking an Academic Program Director (APD) to help fulfill Horizons’ mission by managing all summer and academic year education programs. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Academic Program Director will design high‐quality curriculum and activities for all grade levels; hire, train, and support teachers; and play a key role in building a new middle school program. The APD will be responsible for building strong, caring relationships with Horizons students, families, volunteers and staff and for supporting the ongoing development of programmatic partnerships in the community.

We are looking for a collaborative, professional, inspiring educator with strong program and instructional leadership skills, expertise in experiential and culturally responsive curriculum, and a passion for closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for students in San Francisco.


The Academic Program Director plays a key role in ensuring Horizons’ sustainable growth, programmatic excellence, and positive student academic outcomes. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Works in partnership with the ED to hire, train, supervise, and evaluate teaching staff and to maintain a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse, highly qualified, and collaborative staff
  • Works with the ED to create a ‘vision plan’ to enhance existing programs and address service gaps for school year and summer offerings to elementary and middle school students
  • Develops and manages an exciting and challenging summer program featuring thematic, project‐based learning that maximizes academic growth for each student, including:
    • Articulates academic frameworks aligned with grade level math, literacy, and science standards and effective, hands‐on, and culturally responsive instructional practices
    • Refines and enhances the summer’s daily schedule to best align with student needs and teacher efficacy
    • Works with the ED to identify new partnerships, build on existing relationships, and leverage community resources to best serve our students and families
    • Helps build a community of students, families, volunteers, and staff who feel a sense of joy and belonging, and who feel empowered and energized to learn
    • Works with ED and faculty to develop and implement a program‐wide social emotional learning and behavior system. Supports students with behavioral and/or social and emotional concerns and works with faculty and staff to provide needed intervention, when necessary
    • Supports the planning and execution of Visitor’s Day, back to program night and end of program celebration
    • Oversees student assessment and data collection, including pre and post summer program testing in reading and math for all grades
    • Supports the planning and integration of off‐campus trips, program‐wide events, and enrichment programming
    • Meets regularly with the ED and staff to accomplish goals and/or problem solve as issues arise and to compile evaluative feedback at the end of the summer, including analyzing student data and identifying areas for growth and recommended strategies for the future
  • Develops and delivers high quality instructional support and PD to teachers and staff leading up to and during the summer, including
    • Coordinates, plans and leads teacher orientation and curriculum planning meetings
    • Ensures a positive classroom culture and high‐ quality math, literacy, and STEM programming by providing training and coaching that augments staff and volunteer skills and knowledge (eg., differentiating instruction, inquiry based learning, supporting second language learners, integrating project based curriculum across subject areas, and backwards planning for the end of summer student showcase)
    • Conducts teacher observations and reviews
    • Orders, purchases, organizes program supplies, materials, and books
    • Stays informed about best practices that enhance and inspire student learning and support healthy youth development
  • Coordinates student feedback and reporting to families and works with schools to collect and share student information during the school year
  • Participates in Board and Program Advisory Committee meetings
  • Serves as an ambassador for the program and supports the Executive Director, staff, and Development Committee on fundraising initiatives


In addition to a strong commitment to Horizons’ mission, this position requires a balance of practical experience in program management, knowledge and skills in K‐6th grade curriculum and instruction, and a gift for inspiring a love of learning in all students.


  • Strong desire to make a difference in the lives of Horizons’ students and to address racial and socioeconomic disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes
  • Knowledge of youth development principles and best practices for out of school time academic enrichment programs, and understanding of the issues and challenges facing Latino and other immigrant and low income students and their families
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, cultural competency, and demonstrated ability to build and sustain positive and respectful relationships
  • 5 or more years experience and demonstrated efficacy as a K‐6th Grade teacher, preferably in a SF Bay Area public or charter school
  • Knowledge and skill in classroom management, social emotional learning, and specific strategies for developing children’s critical thinking skills as well as their focus, determination, empathy and confidence
  • Curriculum design, student assessment, and instructional leadership expertise, with extensive knowledge of best practices for teaching second language learners
  • Demonstrated competence in team‐building, supervision, and training, including ability to clearly articulate expectations and skillfully give and receive feedback
  • Strong organizational and project management skills, with the ability to balance multiple priorities, problem solve, and produce quality results on schedule
  • Ability to thrive within a small, multidisciplinary team environment and work collaboratively or independently as needed, with high degrees of personal initiative and accountability
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking and presenting
  • Proficiency in using data and data management software
  • Elementary teaching credential, with a BCLAD preferred.


  • Fluency in English/Spanish
  • Experience working with local public schools
  • Experience engaging and empowering underserved parents as participants in and advocates for their children’s academic success
  • Master's degree in education


This is a half-time, year round, exempt position, with the opportunity to work significantly more in the summer.

Summer, 2019
Monday, June 17 ‐ Friday, June 21: Teacher orientation week and classroom set‐up
Monday, June 24 ‐ Friday, August 2: Six‐week program (no program on July 4 and 5)


The salary range for the Academic Program Director position is based on a full time, annual salary of $75,000‐$83,000 (commensurate with experience).


Please email a resume and cover letter outlining your skills and experience (Word format, please) to Abby Rovner, Director of Horizons at SFFS at with subject line “Horizons at SFFS Academic Program Director”.

Horizons at San Francisco Friends School is an equal opportunity employer.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.