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Director role in Washington State

Job Announcement: Director of Program$120-$125K+ annual salary, 40 hours/week

MISSION: Rainier Scholars cultivates the academic potential and leadership skills of hard-working, underrepresented

students of color. By creating access to transformative educational and career opportunities and providing comprehensive

support to scholars and families, we increase college graduation rates and empower new generations of leaders.

ORGANIZATION: Rainier Scholars is a comprehensive academic enrichment program that supports determined

students of color over a 12-year journey – from 5th grade to college graduation. We seek to serve those who are most

underrepresented on college campuses and have the greatest number of barriers to achieving a college education: 85%

qualify as low-income, 90% would be the first in their family to earn a college degree. Our program offers rigorous

academics, leadership development and personalized support for scholars, providing access to educational pathways and a

myriad of opportunities previously unimagined. With a budget size of $5.8 million, a staff team of 40 FTE and over 850

scholars and families whom we currently serve, the Rainier Scholars program has established a positive brand for our

unwavering commitment to education, proven success rate, and sustainable impact.

The Rainier Scholars - Tacoma program launched in late spring 2021 and will officially start serving families and scholars

in the greater Tacoma area in summer 2022. While the Tacoma program shares the same vision and goals as Seattle, the

approach for Tacoma will be uniquely designed for this community. Leading up to our official program start, we’ve spent

several months meeting with 60+ community organizations and leaders across the city, and recruitment is currently

underway for our inaugural cohort. The Director of Programs role will be critical to the early stages of our program

development and expansion.

SUMMARY: This educator role will provide direct support to Rainier Scholars - Tacoma students and their families during

our front-end academic intensive programming. Our Summer Stretch Academies and the school years in between are

designed to prepare scholars to be successful on college prep pathways by 8th grade. Over the course of three summers

and two school years, scholars will engage in roughly 1,000 hours of additional academic enrichment, exposing them to

content 1-2 grade levels above their current grade. The curriculum provides scholars with the opportunity to learn and

practice skills and habits they’ll need to be successful on a college prep pathway, including developing a strong sense of

cultural identity and resiliency. The Director of Programs will help develop and implement the Summer Stretch curriculum

and lead a team of teachers and support staff. As we continue to fill our 12-year pipeline with students and families, the

Director of Programs will oversee all programming along the 12-year continuum.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should upload their cover letter and resume here, or visit the ‘Careers’ page on our

website (from the main page go to ‘About Us’ then click on ‘Careers’): Please specify in your cover

letter how you learned of this position. Open until filled

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