Program Manager, Grade 10

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity


Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
55 Exchange Place Suite 502
New York, NY, 10005



Job Type:



Full Time

Last Day to Apply:




Specific Days Needed:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Number of Available Positions:


Area of Focus:

Academic Support/Homework Help, Leadership/Mentoring, Office/Adminstrative Support

Job Description:

SEO SCHOLARS is a free eight-year academic program that gets highly motivated, low-income public high school students to and through college—with a 90% college graduation rate.
The 10th Grade Program Manager is responsible for the management and performance of a cohort of 125 10th Grade Scholars. The Program Manager works as part of a five-person team (along with two other Program Managers, a Program Coordinator, and the Assistant Director of 9th and 10th Grade) to lead Scholars through SEO programming during their 10th grade year. SEO Scholars programming is focused mainly on academic preparation but also includes study skills, leadership development, and college awareness. The ultimate goal of the 10th grade program is to ensure that Scholars develop the academic skills and credentials needed for success in 11th and 12th grade, including building a habit for excellence. The position reports to the Assistant Director.
  • In coordination with other 10th grade staff, lead and implement SEO Scholars programming on Saturdays, after school, and during the summer for a cohort of 250 Scholars
  • Provide academic advising to all Scholars in the cohort, including leading advising hours, conducting meetings for students and parents, and meeting with Scholars 1:1 or in small groups
  • Monitor the performance of all Scholars in the cohort, including program attendance, assignment completion, assessments and grades in SEO Scholars classes, high school courses, and state test scores; use data to drive discussions/sessions with Scholars (recommend tutoring, etc.)
  • Provide appropriate psychosocial guidance to all Scholars to ensure that they adhere to program policies and behavioral standards and to support their successful completion of the program
  • Track attendance and assignment completion rates; achieve attendance, retention, and assignment completion goals, and provide timely data to the Assistant Director
  • Meet with other 10th grade staff on a weekly basis to ensure grade-wide goals are met
  • Under the guidance of the Assistant Director, develop content and best practices for advising 
  • Conduct weekly instructor check-in meetings to gather information about Scholar performance and to develop action plans to support specific Scholars
  • Work with 9th and 11th grade staff to transition Scholars into and from the 10th grade each summer
  • Foster and maintain relationships with parents, school partners, volunteers, and corporate partners
  • Assist with the planning, coordination, and supervision of occasional trips (e.g. college tours)
  • Collaborate with the Development department to advance SEO’s relationships with existing and prospective funders, including hosting visits to Saturday and Summer Academy, reporting on grade-specific data, and providing information on specific Scholars
  • Provide substitute instruction in ELA or math at Saturday or Summer Academy as needed
  • Other duties as assigned
Please email your application to using the following conventions:
  • Subject: 10th Grade Program Manager – First Name Last Name
  • Body of Email: Include name, contact information, salary requirements
  • Attach: Cover letter and resume saved as First Name Last Name_cover letter & First Name Last Name_resume


  • To Hold Students to the Highest Possible Standard “There is no back row in SEO.” We are passionate about closing the achievement gap for first-generation and low-income students.  We recognize the privilege to work with some of the most inspiring students in NYC and refuse to settle for anything less than 100% student engagement.
  • To Be Impeccable in Word and Deed – We are dynamic, engaging leaders able to present SEO Scholars to a variety of audiences and stakeholders in a compelling and informative way, as well as to navigate difficult conversations providing honest, productive feedback to students and their families.
  • To Prioritize Collective Objective over Personal Need “It’s not about you. It’s about those who came before you and those who come after you.” We are a rapidly growing, data-driven organization always eager to add ambitious team members who want to make a lasting impact on our program.

How to Apply:

Please email your application Email:

To the Attention of:

Saskia Op den Bosch

Required Skills/Experience:


Knowledge Requirements

  • Understand the academic achievement gap as it relates to secondary education
  • Familiarity/experience with secondary education and/or recruitment is highly desirable

Competencies and Skill Requirements

  • Demonstrated passion for closing the achievement gap on the high school and college level for first-generation and low-income students
  • Data-driven and results-oriented with an unquestionable commitment to high-quality work
  • Strong communicator and writer, including ability to effectively present in front of a room of 250 Scholars
  • Ability to conduct difficult conversations with Scholars and families to give honest, productive feedback
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high level of professionalism
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills and experience working with databases
  • Bilingual Spanish/English is highly desirable

Education and Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred)
  • Experience teaching in a public/private middle or high school for 2+ years (teaching experience in a NYC public high school highly preferred)
  • Experience in a fast-paced, dynamic start-up and/or entrepreneurial environment is highly desirable
  • Ability to work a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and some nights as dictated by programming needs