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Managing Director Ė Elementary School Program - YES Prep System Office (IMMEDIATE)

Department: Senior Leadership
Location: Houston, TX

POSITION: Managing Director Ė Elementary School Programming

REPORTS TO: Chief Program Officer (and will work alongside the Chief Schools Officer)

START DATE: As soon as we find the right candidate!

LOCATION: Houston, Texas

This Job Description was updated September 14th, 2018

THE CHALLENGE & OPPORTUNITY: Lead the launch of our Elementary Schools ProgramAcross the nation, only half of all students from low-income communitiesí graduate from high school and only 10% earn a college degree. Even though 84% of their students are economically disadvantaged, YES Prep provides evidence that different outcomes are possible. Ninety-four (94%) of YES Prep alumni matriculate to college within one year and alumni like Eddie Zapata are earning their college degrees at four times the rate of their peers with similar socioeconomic backgrounds. How do they do this? Each of YES Prepís 18 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 as a result of transformative relationships with teachers and leaders and access to excellent educational opportunities.

As the first minority-majority city, Houstonís 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 7,000 families on YES Prepís waitlist. YES Prepís student enrollment is estimated to grow from 12,600 to 17,000, between now and 2023.

YES Prep needs a dynamic and diverse Managing Director of Elementary School Program to make our mission a reality in a new and unchartered territory for our organization. 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 lead the academic programmatic vision of YES Prep designed to produce excellent student outcomes.

THE PERSON Ė A visionary, hard-working and deeply passionate leader with expertise in elementary school programming driven by student experience and results.

We seek staff with diverse backgrounds, talents, interests, and ideas to meet the needs of our growing body of students. Certain traits consistently shine through for our most successful employees: passion for the mission, drive for results, care for students, resilience, and humility.

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

  • Alongside the Chief Program Officer and Chief Schools Officer, lead the vision, program development, and successful launch of YES Prepís first elementary school(s) that will enhance our commitment to students and communities
  • Collaborate intensely with multiple teams across the Home Office to ensure the successful launch of YES Prepís elementary school program including but not limited to: Finance, Operations, Compliance, and Schools Leadership.
  • Design an academic program that meets the academic and socioemotional need of elementary age students that serves to ensure that students are college ready by 6th grade
  • Align all aspects of curriculum, instructional resources, assessment, and teacher development in elementary school programming towards excellent student outcomes in underserved communities for students of color
  • Manage a high performing working group of leaders driving towards the successful launch of excellent student outcomes for elementary school students
  • Manage the resources allocated to elementary school programming with strong stewardship and strategic thought leadership around maximizing resources
  • Provide high stakes recommendations to the Chief Program Officer and Chief Schools Officer regarding changes to our core program in order to best align with an elementary, middle and high school experience


  • Bachelorís Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Masterís Degree in educational leadership, elementary education, literacy or other relevant course of study
  • 5+ years leading in an elementary school context with excellent results
  • Demonstrated success in program management and implementation within an elementary and 6-12 space
  • Exceptional skills in self-awareness, self-management, and relationship management


As the Managing Director of Elementary School Program, you will join a passionate, hard-working and driven Program Leadership Team at the Home Office.

YES Prep teams understand they are setting the example for how their students experience their YES Prep education and want to make sure it feels like a second home to them. Teams are obsessed with improving themselves because they know that living the core values translates directly into stronger results and college access for all students.


YES Prep offers a competitive salary (starting pay $100,000) as well as a full benefit plan. This role will start as an individual contributor that will hire a team over time. We value longevity and performance over time through our Commit to Five program and opportunities provided for performance increases. YES Prep invests in developing leaders through high-quality programs, effective coaching, and ongoing professional development. The strong culture of our campuses are just one of many reasons we were among Houstonís Best Place to work. We won the 2012 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education and were a 2016 finalist as well. Travel + Leisure recently named Houston the best city for foodies and, with an affordable cost of living Houstonians enjoy life and all the city has to offer.

For more detail about this opportunity, see our FAQís here.


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. 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 now. If you are not sure this opportunity is for you, are simply curious, or know someone who would be perfect, please reach out directly to our Chief of Staff via e-mail.

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