Senior Program Director

The Westminster Schools, 1424 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Dec 19, 2018
Jan 18, 2019
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Odyssey is an educational non-profit organization partnering with the Atlanta Public Schools to serve students in grades 1-12 from economically disadvantaged communities. Odyssey’s academic enrichment program focuses on students with unmet potential, preparing them for high school graduation and supporting them on their path to college. The 6-week summer program (5-weeks for Odyssey High) is held on the campus of The Westminster Schools.  The 375+ students selected to attend Odyssey are enrolled at schools in the Atlanta Public School system and will be in grades 1 through 12 in the school year following their Odyssey summer.  All expenses to attend Odyssey including transportation, school supplies, healthy meals, and overnight college tours are provided through the generosity of our donors and supporters.  Odyssey strives to create an engaging educational environment that gives students the ability to excel in the upcoming school year and beyond, and to find value and excitement in classroom learning.  Critical components of our 5-year strategic plan include student recruitment, student retention, curriculum design, assessment, parent engagement and the development of a year-round program.

 Odyssey employees:

  •  Believe deeply in the mission, beliefs, and values.
  • Hold high expectations for each student.
  • Maintain a high standard of professionalism with teachers, students, colleagues, administration, volunteers, lay leaders, support staff and guests at all times. 
  • Engage and challenge our Odyssey students, staff and stakeholders every day.
  • Implement the school‐wide student management policies within classrooms, as well as on and off campus.
  • Compile, analyze, display and use data on student progress and achievement to target and differentiate instruction.
  • Celebrate student work on a regular basis using social media, public celebration, and news releases.
  • Be a champion for youth development, academic enrichment, and Odyssey in the community.
  • Work as an active member of the school‐wide team, doing whatever it takes to ensure our students’ needs are met.
  • Create, foster and model a positive and collaborative learning environment.
  • Invest in parents as true partners in ensuring our students achieve their audacious goals and full potential.
  • Zest, grit, self‐control, hope, love, social-emotional intelligence, gratitude, curiosity and a sense of humor.
  • A passion for being part of a team‐oriented, mission‐driven culture.
  • A strong desire to become a better professional by joining the Odyssey team and family.
  • Minimum of 3-years of course design and 3-years of experience working in a K-12 academic setting.
  • Demonstrated success in academic out of school programming and project based learning programs. 
  • Valid driver's license and daily vehicle access for errands, off-site meetings, etc.
  • Masters degree in education, instructional design or related discipline preferred.
  • Microsoft Office & Apple proficiency: Word, Excel, Power Point, Prezi. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current instructional theories and principals both live and virtual.
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders including donors, teachers, parents & students.
  • Demonstrated instructional design and training design experience.
  • Ability to regularly work evenings and weekends.
  • Flexible and self-motivated.


Program Management:

Manage all aspects of program development and improvement programs/projects as outlined in the strategic plan:

  • Serve as the organization’s chief academic program officer specializing in year-round enrichment.
  • Serve as the organization’s chief recruitment officer and representative in the public schools.
  • Manage multi-year, year-round after-school and weekend academic enrichment program development projects simultaneously by prioritizing project deadlines.  Track program development life cycles.
  • Create and manage the annual process for assessing and improving current Odyssey programs, themes, and content delivery.
  • Manage and communicate with a curriculum development team include consultants, Odyssey division directors, teachers, students, parents, and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with design team to review project efforts in scope, key milestones, and timeframe.
  • Develop and formalize a robust quality assurance review process of all existing and new teacher professional development programs.
  • Create and manage the process for capturing, assessing, and utilizing year-round school data on each student.
  • Create and manage the launch of a year-round program model for students in grades 1-12 as part of curriculum development.
  • Evaluate current individual student assessment tools and develop new and improved assessments that include skill mastery, academic, and social-emotional intelligence components.
  • Manage all year-round student event and program management.
  • Plan, organize and execute family engagement strategies and programs.
  • Work with division directors to launch new summer program design model.
  • Serve as Odyssey spokesperson, and manage ongoing student recruitment efforts.
  • Recommend and participate in professional development and assessment of directors and teachers.

Executive Support:

  • Support to Executive Director in communicating the vision and mission of Odyssey.
  • Collaborate with the Development Director on grant proposals, funding opportunities, and donor relations.
  • As a member of the Executive Team, attend all Boards of Directors meetings and staff program committee meetings.

Financial Operations:

  • Work with Executive Director to create and enforce accounting best practices.
  • Work with Executive Directors and Directors on program budgets.

As an equal opportunity employer, Odyssey does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations.

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