Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach

Esperanza Academy
Lawrence, MA United States

Esperanza Academy, an independent middle school for girls from Lawrence, Massachusetts, seeks a full-time Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach to join the Graduate Support Program (GSP) team of three. Esperanza Academy was founded in 2006, and currently, we serve 60 students from grades 5 through 8 and 189 alumnae. This position is designed to support the growth of our institution and work with alumnae, particularly as we strengthen the high school and college-level support and develop career readiness initiatives.

Together, the team commits to our student’s academic and personal success from the time they enter Esperanza and as they make their journey through high school and college. Our 12-year commitment provides mentoring and targeted academic, social-emotional, financial, and career support to our alumnae. We walk alongside our graduates and positively impact the trajectory of their lives in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and beyond. The GSP has helped transform Esperanza alumnae’s lives by empowering them to graduate high school at a 100% rate and create rewarding futures for themselves and their families. Our alumnae have diverse outcomes: 30% go to independent boarding schools, 25% go to independent day schools, 27% go to parochial schools, and 18% go to local public schools. 70% of our alumnae enroll in college.

The Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach should be a relentless ally to black, brown, and other girls of color, who will be the first in their families to attend college, have been underserved in their communities, and want to lead successful educational journeys. In this role, the Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach will oversee a caseload of 30 current students and 30 alumnae and collaborate with the Director and Chief of Equity and Alumnae Success (CEAS). As an administrative staff member at an extended day school, the Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach will be expected to be on-campus most days, with some hybrid work and flexibility in the schedule as the school year unfolds.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Student and Alumnae Support
● Oversee a caseload of approximately 60 students (30 current, 30 alumnae) to support them on their path to high school graduation
● Teach a weekly one-hour high school preparation class to seventh-grade and eighth-grade students;
● Co-facilitate two annual “Preparing for High School” workshops for 5-8 grade
● Experiment with and strengthen the current high school preparatory curriculum that centers girls of color and looks at how identity, academics, and socio-emotional health intersect
● Manage the annual eighth-grade high school placement process; communicate with school partners and families throughout the admissions season
● Coordinate the summer program placement for rising eighth-grade students
● Manage and supervise three annual eighth-grade workshops: financial aid, interview, and essay writing
● Provide opportunities for Esperanza students and alumnae to learn about high school, college, and career options through speakers and visits to campuses
● Conduct annual visits to 9-10 grade alumnae at their high school and communicate with advisors
● Maintain a regular schedule of communication with alumnae and track academic and socio-emotional progress
● Develop content for alumnae newsletter sent out three times a year
● Facilitate annual high school transition workshop for graduating eighth-graders
● Coordinate outreach and interventions with alumnae in crisis
Program Support
● Track and record student progress, using quantitative and qualitative measures
○ Enter data into the database within three business days of a student interaction
○ Create assessments and academic plans twice annually
○ Maintain accurate student contact information in the student database
● Collaborate with the GSP team to coordinate annual alumnae social events
● Assist the Director and CEAS by coordinating college visits, SAT preparation, and assistance with the financial aid process
● Attend weekly supervisory and faculty meetings to provide updates on alumnae and provide input on curricular decisions
● Maintain the GSP Center to offer mentoring and targeted academic, personal, financial, and career guidance to alumnae
● Collaborate with the GSP team to design and implement programming for current students, alumnae, and partnering schools that will further our mission of empowering alumnae to reach their educational goals
● Collaborate with the GSP team to manage and communicate effectively with high school, college, and community program partnerships
● Maintain an active presence and participate in campus life
● Other duties as assigned by the Director or Head of School. (May include student supervision during lunch, recess, and arrival/dismissal assigned in the staff rotation)
● Ability to engage young people and work from a strength-based, trauma-informed lens
● Commitment to partnering with low-income families and institutions for alumnae success
● Familiarity with these platforms: Salesforce, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite
● Ability to build effective relationships across lines of difference, resolve conflict, and gain the confidence of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
● At least three years of related work experience
● Excellent communication and facilitation skills (virtually and in-person; one-on-one and group)
● Organized and detail-oriented
● Creativity and the ability to improve upon existing systems
● Fluency in oral and written Spanish is highly preferred
● Bachelor’s degree required
● Strong personal commitment to our school values; A growth mindset, curiosity, and humility
● A valid driver’s license is required

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Esperanza Academy offers an attractive benefits package including 403(b), medical, dental, life, and disability insurance, and a comprehensive professional development program.

Contact Information

Please send a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three professional references to

Non-Discrimination Policy
Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, family status, economic circumstance, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.