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Academic Director

Position Deleted on 5/02/2012. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Seattle, WA
Admin - Other Administrative Positions
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
Founded in 2000, Year Up is a non-profit organization with a mission to prepare urban young adults aged 18-24 for life and work in our technology-driven society, while guiding them toward successful careers and higher education. Through a one-year, intensive training program, students receive a unique combination of hands-on technical and professional skills, college credit and corporate internships.

In our twelfth year of operation, Year Up will serve more than 1,200 students per year across eight sites in Boston, Providence, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle. Year Up continues to be recognized as a non-profit leader; we have received numerous awards, including Fast Company Magazine's Social Capitalist Award for innovative business model and social impact in 2005, 2007 and 2008 and Opportunity Knock's Best Nonprofit To Work For in 2009. In 2009, when 75% of non-profits either did not grow or remained flat, Year Up grew its revenue by 23%, enabling us to increase the number of students served by 56% each year since our founding. Much of our success is attributed to our talented and committed staff. Please see for more information about our program.

Reporting to the Director of Program, the academic director will play an integral role in providing pedagogical leadership, vision and guidance for the site's Academic Team. The academic director will work closely with the instructional staff, maintain and where necessary create curricula for multiple academic streams, and provide ongoing professional training and development for Year Up instructors across team and sites. In addition, the academic director will play a lead role in building, maintaining and growing relationships with YUPS' current and future academic partners, including community colleges, CBOs, and other organizations that directly impact YUPS' curriculum and academic health.

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for Academics and make sure department is aligned with YUPS's site-wide goals. Work closely with Director of Program to insure quality staffing, curriculum, professional development and student assessment data
  • Create, maintain and supervise YUPS curriculum so that it provides students with a rigorous and relevant, world-based academic experience. Insure that curricula aligns with site's corporate and college partners and incorporates high-level critical thinking skills that enable students to anticipate work and college needs
  • Serve as chief education liaison with higher education partners and help establish YUPS as a dynamic educational partner with local colleges and universities
  • Design and lead ongoing professional development program for instructional staff and for non-instructional staff members who lead classroom sessions. Introduce meaningful teaching practices for all instructional staff
  • Develop pipeline for recruiting, training and retaining high-quality instructors. Create and maintain department identity and unity
  • Oversee supervision and evaluation of site instructional staff
  • Strategize all academic functions of the program site and lead, support and evaluate local instructional initiatives
  • Work closely with the National Director of Academics, National Director of Program, and Program and Academic Directors at other sites in shaping and implementing national academic program goals.
  • Lead effort to collect, analyze and use student data to strengthen program site's academic program
  • Oversee scheduling and programming of classes
  • Work collaboratively with Site Leader and staff to ensure consistent implementation of Year Up's rules and core values
  • Oversee routine administrative duties related to academics, such as maintenance of textbook inventory and requisitioning educational materials
  • Function as part of the program site's leadership team
  • Work with Director of Internships to align program curricula with corporate partner needs
  • 5-7 years experience leading an instructional program
  • Masters degree in a related field (Doctorate preferred)
  • Demonstrated passion for working with urban youth, an unshakable belief in their potential, and a commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • An engaging and collaborative leadership style with mature interpersonal skills and the ability to juggle and manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and databases
Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Year Up also offers a competitive benefits package including zero employee contribution healthcare, dental, 401(k) match and vacation.

Submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter stating the skills/experience you have that match the qualifications of this position as well as how you heard about the position at No phone calls, please.

Year Up is an equal opportunity employer.
Year Up is an equal opportunity employer.
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