May 06, 2019

Director of Program Initiatives (Teacher Evaluation) - YES Prep System Office (June 2019)

  • YES Prep Public Schools
Full-time Data Evaluation and Analysis Education

Job Description

POSITION: Director of Program Initiatives (Teacher Evaluation)

REPORTS TO: Chief Program Officer


LOCATION: Houston, Texas


Across the nation, only half of all students from low-income communities graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 85% of our students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Eighty-seven (87%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at five times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do we do this? Each of YES Prep’s 19 campuses serves 6th-12th graders like Monique Bowie. Students typically enter YES Prep one or more grade levels behind, but quickly find themselves on a different life trajectory. This is a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders, and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houston’s schools cannot keep up with demand from students like Eddie and Monique. Houston is the 4th largest city (on track to become the 3rd), and this booming population translates into 2,000 families on YES Prep’s waitlist. YES Prep’s student enrollment is estimated to grow 31% between now and 2023 (from just over 13,000 students currently to 17,000).


YES Prep needs a dynamic Director of Program Initiatives, with a diverse set of experiences, to make our mission a reality. As a YES Prep employee, you will achieve jaw-dropping results, create pathways to opportunity for our students, build transformative relationships, and eliminate educational inequities to advance social justice.

To put it simply, you will work directly with the Chief Program Officer to actualize projects, plans and initiatives that impact the student achievement strategic priority for YES Prep.


When you join the YES Prep team, some of the exciting work and responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the redesign of the Teacher Continuum, YES Prep’s teacher evaluation and compensation system, with the goal of launching a pilot of the new teacher evaluation  strategy in July of 2019;
  • Tracking and monitor progress against large scale Program priorities and initiatives, working closely with the Program team leaders to gather relevant data and project manage accordingly;
  • Performing research and development activities to determine whether new initiatives are viable and worthy of prioritization for Program efforts;
  • Serving as the lead project manager and problem solver for significant cross-functional program initiative efforts, moving into launch and implementation;
  • Designing tools and systems for high level accountability tracking for program requirements;
  • Managing several high-impact, cross-functional strategic projects for Program, to be determined collaboratively with the Chief Program Officer;
  • Additional duties as assigned.


We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility. Other traits needed and desired for this role are:


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • 3+ years of K-12 school or district level instructional experience
  • 3-5 years of project management and strategic planning experience at the district level
  • Ability to toggle between 50,000-ft. perspective and the nitty-gritty
  • Evidence of producing excellent work products and projects on quick timelines
  • Deep sense of possibility in all students and staff
  • Strong writing skills & aesthetically pleasing work product delivery
  • Strong team player, peer accountability partner, and high levels of practice in managing up


  • Advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and other MS Office programs
  • Project Management experience
  • Ability to navigate a highly detailed team and stakeholders who expect high levels of communication


  • Compensation – This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience.
  • Health and Supplemental Insurance –  A $0.00 medical option that includes $600 towards a Health Savings Account, in addition to a variety of supplemental benefits including Dental, Vision, Short and Long-Term Disability, Pet Insurance, Life, etc.
  • Paid Time Off – 15 days of Paid Time Off in addition to the system closures of our Academic Calendar
  • Paid Leave Programming – In the event you need to be out due to medical needs (including maternity and paternity leave), YES Prep offers up to 12 weeks of full paid leave
  • Professional Development - YES Prep values longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program. We invest in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development.


YES Prep strives to recruit a diverse team of leaders. We believe there is a transformative academic and social benefit for students when their teachers and leaders reflect a diversity of backgrounds. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of staff members agree that the organization provides a welcoming environment given their background and identity according to our latest system survey. 

YES Prep is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood.


If this sounds like your just right job, please apply here.

If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out to our Talent Acquisition team to be connected to a recruiter at [email protected].

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