Oct 21, 2019

Director of Programs

  • Education Open Doors
  • Dallas, TX, USA
Full-time Community Engagement and Outreach Executive Leadership Product and Program Management Other Education

Job Description


We're looking for a passionate and driven all-star to join our team. If you have the mindset of a champion, are motivated by doing meaningful work and driven to create lasting change for students and families, come join our high-performing, passionate team!


About Us

Education Opens Doors’ primary focus is to open doors for middle school students from historically underserved communities by providing rigorous, culturally relevant college and career access curriculum during the academic school day. EOD is an innovative 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes all students deserve the opportunity to pursue their limitless potential. We are redefining the status quo around college and career access by legitimizing and increasing exposure to college and career knowledge for all middle school students through intentional partnership with schools and teachers.


EOD Core Values

  • Purpose Driven
  • Equitable
  • Life-long Learners
  • Empathetic
  • Innovative


About Our Star Player

The Director of Programs will play an integral role at EOD, and is a senior leader at the organization. The Director of Programs sits on the Senior Leadership team and is poised to consult and influence the strategic direction of the entire organization, as well as drive the program function. 

They will be responsible for setting vision and direction for the overall program team and managing key stakeholder relationships. In addition, this person is responsible for leading and coaching a dynamic team of Impact Managers, who partner closely with classroom teachers to implement the EOD program.

Given the tremendous potential for influence and impact, this is a key role at Education Opens Doors.


The Star Player will demonstrate

  • Vision, initiative, and self-awareness
  • A leadership mindset: passionate about leading effective teams through intentional coaching and feedback mechanisms
  • Adeptly build and manage relationships with various stakeholders and constituencies to accomplish goals through strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral and written communication, including formal presentation skills
  • Openness to new ideas and ability to embrace change in a fast-moving, start up environment
  • Achieve organizational and program goals through teamwork and collaboration


The Play Book

Effective Team Management:

  • Initiate and set goals with the program team in alignment with the strategic plan
  • Build systems and procedures to implement an effective, efficient, and high quality program
  • Develop evaluation strategies to monitor performance and determine the need for improvements
  • Provide individual and team oversight and coaching in key areas, in order to:
    • assist staff with site retention, growth, and problem solving
    • lead and coach program team through teacher and administrator relationships and challenging circumstances
  • Organize and facilitate monthly site management meetings by setting agendas and maintaining continuity in order to:
    • share and disseminate information
    • address training needs and provide feedback to staff
    • coordinate site consultation to provide opportunity for problem solving and mutual support
    • create cohesive working groups leading to intentional, productive collaboration
  • Ensure quality management of partnerships and effective project management

Cultivate External Relationships

  • Collaborate with the Director of Strategic Partnerships to secure sustainable partnerships
  • Steward key relationships to increase support for EOD in the community
  • Connect with administrators, community organizations, and other key stakeholders in order to share the EOD program, build relationships and investment with existing and potential stakeholders, and secure and/or maintain partnerships.

Contribute to overall vision and goals of Education Opens Doors

  • Maintain a supportive work environment and positive staff culture
  • Ensure that data and curriculum team activities are aligned with organization vision
  • Assume lead role in hiring and onboarding for Impact Manager team in order to ensure the hiring of qualified personnel



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Business, etc.)
  • Minimum of two years program experience including demonstrated success developing, evaluating, and successfully operationalizing programs
  • Experience leading successful teams and coaching individual contributors
  • Strong project management skills resulting in measurable successes and program growth
  • Record of results of building and sustaining relationships with various stakeholders
  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for equity and the mission of Education Opens Doors


To Apply

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement matching, flexplace, professional development stipend, and more. We also offer a generous vacation package and the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of change makers.

You can apply using the link here.


Equity Statement

Education Opens Doors is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, religion, ancestry, color, race, ethnicity, or creed. LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Now