Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) provides underserved youth with exceptional programs in academics, arts and athletics within a nurturing environment, empowering them to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.
Our core values are: Respect, Responsibility, Positive Communication and Support.
HOLA’s High School Department offers a comprehensive post-secondary prep program for 150, 9th – 12th grade students attending approximately 20 +area high schools. Our students represent a wide range of academic backgrounds. The majority of our high school students are first-generation college students and Dreamers who require specialized support.
HOLA’s unique structure of myriad supplemental departments is leveraged to inspire and advance students’ academic and personal growth, hone post-secondary goals and leadership skills, and equip them with the knowledge and tools necessary for postsecondary and career success. The High School Department works closely with the College Success Department to ensure that all of our High School graduates receive ongoing support throughout college and beyond.
There is a dual focus on academic preparation and community engagement: students receive academic mentoring, tutoring, and college prep programming, and participate in a variety of community service initiatives that expose them to avenues for engaging with and improving the community around the HOLA campus.
The High School Director is responsible for designing, managing and evaluating the High School Programs. This work includes collaborating with all other HOLA Directors, maintaining consistent communication with the ED, COO and Board members, and representing the High School Department to all students and their families.
The High School Director supervises a team consisting of a program coordinator, an academic advisor, college counselor, two dedicated tutors, 50 part-time program volunteers, and 5-10 community partners.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Management and some hands–on participation in all high school activities during programming hours (4:30pm-8:00 pm). Director typically stays until program close (8:00pm) 2 nights/week (Tuesday and Thursday).
- Supervise academic case management staff to ensure students in need of additional support are matched with resources.
- Manage volunteer program which includes tutors, mentors, guest speakers etc.
- Maintain database of youth attendance and academic progress, and report to the Grants Administrator on a quarterly basis.
- Partner with our Parent and Community Coordinator to develop a Parent Engagement Program through monthly parent meetings.
- Communicate with parents on a daily basis and hold monthly parent meetings for all participants.
- Participate in community outreach, working to build HOLA’s presence in the community and maintain and increase organizational capacity and volunteer participation.
- Be responsible for the implementation of high school retreats ranging from 4 to 14 days/year including: 24 hour supervision during retreat; establish travel arrangements and equipment rentals; organize lodging; attain parent and school permission; and collaborate across Departments to develop curricula and trip schedules.
- Work closely with High School Department College Counselor and College Success Team to build college prep curriculum and maintain substantive college knowledge, college application, financial aid and college enrollment support for all participants.
- Work and collaborate with all program Directors to ensure that high school students have access to Arts, Athletics, Parent and Community Resources, STEM and Leadership opportunities.
- Supervise High School staff, manage Department workflow to maintain efficiency, effective communication, and collaboration.
- Maintain timely and effective communication with all students to keep students engaged in programming throughout the year.
- Maintain positive relationships with Department partners, including SAT Prep provider, University partners, and guest instructors.
- Organize and supervise Department outings and celebrations on a quarterly basis.
- Develop and execute a 6-week High School camp during the summer.
- Develop and monitor a program budget that supports the mission of the Department.
- Support HOLA fundraising efforts by capturing and relating student narratives to the Communications and Development Departments.
- Contribute stories for various audiences about HOLA and the High School Program.
- Interface with teens on a daily basis as a mentor and teacher, maintaining a clear mentoring relationship while also being open, honest, and interested in becoming part of the HOLA family.
Minimum Qualifications (Education, Experience, Skills)
- 4-years’ experience in program management, assigning priorities and multi-tasking in a busy work environment.
- 2-years, experience working in school setting, youth development or other educational sector, especially with teens.
- Ability to delegate responsibilities and build teams through collaborative leadership.
- Knowledge of the first generation college student experience.
- Bilingual in Spanish and English.
- Over 5 years driving experience with a clean driving record, plus willingness to drive students in HOLA vans to field trips (including Northern California).
- Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
- Skilled in Word, Excel and Google Docs.
- Excellent communication skills.
- A strong desire to interface with youth.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences or related field.
- Acts ethically, responsibly and with utmost integrity.
- Maintains highest standards of conduct and comportment.
- Treats employees, donors, staff and youth with respect.
- Sets personal standards of behavior that serve as a model to others.
Equal Opportunity Employment:
HOLA affirms that it is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take action to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply for open positions. Heart of Los Angeles also encourages applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities we serve.
Full time employees will also be eligible to receive certain employee benefits after your introductory period of 60+ days including: Health, Dental, Vision, Life and unmatched 403(b) plan.
Time off benefits include: Five (5) Vacation days first year (up to (15) for three years of service), ten (10) Sick days a year, nine (9) Holidays, the week between Christmas eve and New Year’s day, and a week at end of Summer programming. You should note that HOLA reserves the right to change or eliminate holidays, vacation time, and extra weeks off if deemed necessary
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Must be fluent in English / Spanish
MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED