Director of Community Programs and Partnerships

This Deadline Expired: Friday, December 1, 2017

Our School:

TECH Freire is a public, non-profit charter school committed to reimagining teaching and learning, and redesigning the high school experience for students who live in North Philadelphia. TECH Freire serves the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, one of the most underserved communities in the Philadelphia area. 91% of our students are African American and 85% qualify for free or reduced-cost school meals under federal Title 1 guidelines.

TECH Freire’s focus is on tech-integration: the integration of technology practices, processes and experiences across core liberal arts disciplines. Our model promotes personalized, experiential and multi-modal learning.

TECH Freire was launched in 2016 by a small, committed cross-section of educational leaders, community organizations, volunteers, and philanthropists, and initially served 300 students. As of September 2017, we serve 450 students, and will grow to serve roughly 580 students in grades 9-12 by September 2018. TECH Freire is a member of the Freire Charter School network, a group of diverse, nonprofit, mission-driven schools.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to provide an educational program that unleashes creativity and potential in our students, enabling them to realize their academic and professional goals, and empowering them to overcome multi-generational poverty. Upon graduation, all TECH Freire students will have a post-high school plan and be prepared for their chosen next step, whether it be entering the workforce or continuing their education.

The Position:

TECH Freire is seeking a highly motivated and creative Director of Community Programs and Partnerships to oversee the launch and implementation of the school’s new Community Programs and Partnerships initiative, including our 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, Summer Term (S-Term), Maker Fairs, and Luncheon Labs, and to serve as the architect and operational lead for our TECH Elective Program.

The Director oversees management and reporting for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, and the creation of a cohesive plan for school/community partnerships and partner training. Primary duties include managing and reporting on this multi-year federal grant, and program and partnership development to support program goals. The Director also will establish and manage metrics and initiatives to further TECH Freire’s reach.

The Director of Community Programs and Partnerships reports directly to TECH Freire’s Head of School and the Freire Network’s Director of Advancement.


Develop innovative in-school, after-school and summer academic and engagement programs and events.
Research, identify, prepare, solicit and manage network of partners for in-school, after-school and summer programming and events.
Manage 21st Century grant, partners and staff; track, manage and report on grant activities.
Establish performance indicators to track and assess program progress and success.
Prepare partner and sponsor agreements, grant proposals and reports with support from Director of Advancement and Head of School.
Provide regular updates to program partners and conduct meetings with partners for feedback and improvement.
Support the development and execution of targeted cultivation and solicitation plans for corporate and major gift donors, and foundation and government grants through strategic programming with Director of Advancement.
Contribute to communication strategy and collateral promoting TECH Freire’s initiatives, including development and implementation of annual plans, budgets and program performance measures.
Provide vision, expertise and organizational skills to engagement and fundraising events, including input on content curation and onsite production.
Participate in advancement efforts as the leader of TECH Freire’s Community Programs and Partnerships.
Serve as program lead on major, multi-year foundation applications for program.
Contribute writing and data to grant proposals, grant reporting, updates to funders, and promotional materials.
Coordinate in-school events, including building tours and volunteer and partner recognition.
Conduct research on trends and funding sources within tech, gaming, engineering, coding, architecture, fabrication, VR and other impact sectors to drive partnerships and fundraising.
Present several times a year on the impact of technology integration at conferences, meetings, summits and other events.
Support Tech-Integration Planning Committee and work with groups/committees within our constituent base.
Oversee the design and launch of weekly Luncheon Labs program to engage students, teachers, funders and partners in year-round activities.
Develop schoolwide and future citywide design and maker fair competitions with Director of Advancement and Head of School.


Knowledge of and commitment to the education of underserved youth.
Bachelor’s degree required.
At least five years of executive-level nonprofit development and fundraising experience, including demonstrated success in grant writing, program development, and institutional planning and budgeting.
Proven success in building and managing volunteers, setting standards of accountability and measuring performance results.
Ability to take a team-centered approach with staff, volunteers and larger school community.
Demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills; ability to inspire staff while setting high expectations and professional direction.
Superior oral and written communication, priority-setting, and time management skills.
Strong analytical skills (financial, planning, and operational).
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Board members and staff, and to build positive relationships with individuals and groups of varied backgrounds.
Familiarity with and passion for technology and interactive media.
Comfort working independently in a fast-paced startup environment.
Experience working with educators and students.
Ability to travel occasionally to represent TECH Freire.
High energy, positive attitude and strong work ethic.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and DonorSnap or equivalent fundraising software.
Ability to work 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday, and 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays.
Some evening hours required.
Salary is competitive based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits offered. This position is open beginning immediately.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement

TECH Freire is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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