Program Director

April 29, 2021
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Program Director Job Description

About Black Men Teach:

Our Mission is to recruit, prepare, place and retain Black male teachers in our elementary schools.

Our Vision is a community in which all students have the opportunity to attend schools staffed with racially and culturally diverse teachers and leaders, reflecting the students’ race, ethnicity and cultures, creating an environment that affirms students for who they are.

Minnesota’s education system is a paradox. Minnesota is considered to have one of the best public education systems in the country but at the same time it is one of the most inequitable. The graduation rate for Black high school students in Minnesota ranks 50th among 50 states. Minnesota has the second largest Black-White education achievement gap in the nation, and Black students are suspended or expelled at eight times the rate of their White counterparts.

Research and experience reveal that a diverse teacher corps improves student outcomes for all children, especially children of color. For example, Black boys in elementary school who have just one Black male teacher are 29% less likely to drop out of school. Those who have two Black male teachers are 32% more likely to enroll in post-secondary education. Black Men Teach focuses on “closing the teacher gap" and is seeking to do this by building a robust pipeline that recruits, develops, supports, and helps retain Black men in elementary classrooms. Within six years, the organization is committed to seeing 20% of the teacher pool in its partner schools as Black men.

Basic Job Descriptions:

Black Men Teach is looking for a dynamic, high-energy leader to join our growing organization as a part of our leadership team. The Program Director will work closely with the Executive Director to co-create and facilitate programming. The Program Director is an inspirational advocate whose work will create accessible and affordable pathways for Black men to become elementary school educators. The Program Director will create, manage, and oversee various events, with an emphasis on coordinating high school and college fellow programming and overseeing the activities of Black Men Teach outreach committee volunteers.

· Event Programming: Oversee the planning and execution of flagship events. Lead the monthly meetings for our college men, coordinate summer work opportunities for High School and college men through Freedom Schools and other community organization partnerships and manage a group of volunteers that work on annual Black Men Teach events.

· Recruit Program Participants: As assigned, provide leadership to engage organizational resources and our community coalition to recruit and select high school and college students into their respective cohorts. Lead the team in identifying and assigning students to participate in the fellowship programs.

· Track and Report on Progress of High School and College Fellows: Assist in developing and overseeing Black Men Teach’s tracking, evaluation, and reporting outcomes for High School and College Fellows. Manage fellow tracking and providing support for them to ensure that they are successful.

· Partner Management: Build strong partnerships with high school and college officials and peer programs in the community. Facilitate effective collaboration that serves as a conduit for additional opportunities.

· Ensure Program Quality & Provide Organizational Management: Oversee the implementation of curriculum for our High School Fellowship program to ensure that the on-site lead operates with fidelity. In that aim, the Program Director will provide high-quality training and development for High School Fellow coordinators. Use data to inform decision making and performance goals.

· Manage Social Media Accounts: Develop, implement and manage a social media engagement strategy and post relevant and timely content highlighting the organization's work on its various accounts.

Minimum Qualifications:

· A deep commitment to closing the opportunity gap.

· A track record of leadership, taking initiative, going above and beyond, and relentlessly pursuing results.

· Knowledge of the college admissions process and an understanding of the Black male college experience.

· Track record of working with the Black male community.

· Experience working with high school and/or college students of color.

· Possess strong problem-solving skills, the ability to manage projects with minimal direction, an entrepreneurial growth mindset, and a can-do attitude.

Preferred Qualifications: We are seeking candidates with:

· Teaching experience is preferred but not required.

· An understanding of management best practices and experience in management or supervision.

· The ability to work independently and collaboratively in a start-up environment.

· Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail and deadlines. A focus on continuous improvement and open to feedback and guidance.

· The capacity to manage multiple demands and shifting priorities.

· The ability to face challenging situations calmly and competently.

· Strong professional communication skills; comfortable engaging with a variety of audiences; personable and engaging.

· Experience working in education, a related field, or with high-need communities.

· Someone tied to this mission and you cannot walk away from this because it is integral to who you are.

What We Offer:

The position pays an annual salary of $60,000-$80,000, based on qualifications and experience. Black Men Teach also provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

· Reimbursement for a portion of your health care insurance premium.

· 401k plan with company match.

· Paid time off (PTO) which will accrue at the rate of 15 days per year.

· You will also be provided with eight paid holidays per year. These holidays are:

New Year’s Day


Good Friday or other religious holiday of your choice

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day


Christmas Day

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume to Black Men Teach, at, with “Program Director” in the subject line.

Deadline: The job will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received by May 15.

Black Men Teach is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from diverse candidates. All decisions regarding recruiting and hiring will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.

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Company Name:

Black Men Teach


$60000 - $80000 Per Year

Job Category:

Program/ Project Management



Position Type:

Full Time