Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Senior Director, Educational Foundations

4 months ago
Job ID
Edu Found & Academic Inno
Atlanta, GA


Program will lead with a creative and relentless focus on impact that balances big-picture ideas with a rootedness in the realities of how to lead scaled program activation across the more than 4,200 Clubs that define the BGCA federated model of impact. The team is responsible for services that contribute to the development and educational achievement of elementary, middle and high school aged youth with a focus on developing well rounded leaders who are prepared for the rigor and opportunities of the innovation economy. 


Reporting to the National Vice President, Educational Foundations & Academic Innovation this role will lead national efforts to curtail summer learning loss, creating fun and engaging experiences for at-risk youth that are readily implemented across varying local settings, build the capacity of local Boys & Girls Clubs to build cultures of academic success and lead a portfolio of programs, trainings and services.   


This role will deliver the innovative thinking and business-changing recommendations that are at the core of our youth development social impact work.  He or she will work in small, flexible teams that require a politically savvy collaborative leader, who is able to build powerful relationships to represent the interests of Program, partnering with Resource Development, Marketing and Communication, Field Services, Planning and Measurement, Human Resources, Government Relations, corporate partners, and others, to add value.  This person must have a proven background as a content area expert, program portfolio manager and/or program design leader with a very high level of quantitative comfort, to partner in the analysis and translation of research findings, to drive organizational learning and impact.


A primary responsibility will be leading in the design of strategy and programs that address the critical issue of summer learning loss.  The senior director will help in creating, identifying, evolving, and evaluating current programs as well as the initiatives and trainings that support local Clubs to plan, implement, assess and reflect on programming.


The ideal candidate will have high-level expertise in the areas of academic development, educational achievement, summer learning loss and summer programming along with positive youth development.  It is also important that they begin their work with a high level appreciation of the mission of BGCA and an ability to quickly understand the relevant literature across BGCAs three priority areas (academic achievement, good character and citizenship, and health lifestyles) with the ability to integrate outcomes across these priority areas.  The candidate must have an understanding of various topics including but not limited to 21st Century Leadership Skill Development, On-Time High School Graduation, STEM, Creativity and Innovation, Summer Learning Loss Prevention, Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Federal Evidenced Based Certification processes, and more.



Master’s degree in education leadership, non-profit management, business administration, curriculum and instruction, social innovation or a related discipline is preferred.



  • Minimum seven years of experience, with progressive supervisory responsibility, in youth development, human performance enhancement, research evaluation and assessment, change management, strategic consulting, corporate responsibility, brand management, social work or related discipline is required.
  • Three years of experience leading change management, developing seven figure funding applications with program implementation budgets, guiding strategic planning processes and activation, conducting training and impact projects, and evaluating complex data to drive change is essential.  Federal grant development and management preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook.

High energy level, comfortable performing multi-faceted projects in conjunction with day-to-day activities.  Superior interpersonal abilities.  Ability to get along with diverse personalities, at all times displaying tact, maturity and flexibility.  Good reasoning abilities and sound judgment. Skills essential for successful communications include speaking and writing.


Travel estimated at 25% - 30% (can be up to 5- 7 days or more in a month – including weekends - depending upon scheduling requirements). The individual selected for this position must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and be able to navigate areas of the country by using a map or other direction methods. 


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