Associate Director of Graduate Success and Outreach – Episcopal News Service

Esperanza Academy, an independent middle school for girls in Lawrence, Massachusetts, is seeking a full-time Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach to join the three-person Graduate Support Program (GSP) team. Esperanza Academy was founded in 2006, and currently we serve 60 students in grades 5-8 and 189 alumni. This position is designed to support the growth of our institution and work with alumni, particularly as we build support at the high school and college levels and develop career readiness initiatives.

Together, the team is committed to the academic and personal success of our students from the moment they enter Esperanza and throughout their journey through high school and college. Our 12-year commitment provides targeted academic, social-emotional, financial, and professional mentorship and support to our alumni. We walk alongside our graduates and positively impact the trajectory of their lives in Lawrence, Massachusetts and beyond. The GSP has helped transform the lives of Esperanza alumni by enabling them to graduate 100% from high school and create rewarding futures for themselves and their families. Our alumni have mixed results: 30% go to independent boarding schools, 25% go to independent day schools, 27% go to parochial schools, and 18% go to local public schools. 70% of our alumni enroll in university.

The Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach is expected to be a relentless ally to black, brown, and other girls of color, who will be the first in their families to attend college, have been underserved in their communities, and want to lead educational journeys successful. . In this role, the Associate Director of Graduate Success & Outreach will oversee a workload of 30 current students and 30 alumni and collaborate with the Director and Head of Alumni Equity and Success (CEAS). As an administrative staff member of an extended day school, the Associate Director of Graduate Success and Outreach will be required to be on campus most days, with hybrid work and flexibility in schedule as and as the school year unfolds.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Support for students and graduates

  • Oversee a workload of approximately 60 students (30 current, 30 alumni) to support them on their journey to high school graduation
  • Teach a weekly one-hour high school preparation class to seventh and eighth graders;
  • Co-facilitate two annual “Preparing for High School” workshops for students in grades 5-8
  • Experiment with and strengthen the current high school preparatory curriculum that focuses on girls of color and examines how identity, academics, and social-emotional health intersect
  • Manage the annual eighth grade secondary school placement process; communicate with school partners and families throughout the admissions season
  • Coordinate summer program placement for rising eighth graders
  • Manage and oversee three annual eighth-grade workshops: financial aid, interview, and essay writing
  • To provide Esperanza students and alumni with opportunities to learn about high school, college, and career options through guest speakers and campus tours
  • Conduct annual visits to alumni in grades 9-10 of their high school and communicate with counselors
  • Maintain a regular schedule of communication with alumni and track academic and social-emotional progress
  • Develop the content of the graduate newsletter sent three times a year
  • Facilitating the annual transition to high school workshop for eighth graders
  • Coordinate awareness and interventions with graduates in crisis

Program Support

  • Track and record student progress using quantitative and qualitative metrics
    • Enter data into the database within three business days of an interaction with a student
    • Create assessments and academic plans twice a year
    • Maintain accurate student contact details in the student database
  • Collaborate with the GSP team to coordinate annual alumni social events
  • Assist the Principal and CEAS by coordinating college visits, SAT preparation, and assistance with the financial aid process
  • Attend weekly supervisory and faculty meetings to provide updates on alumni and provide feedback on program decisions
  • Maintain the GSP Center to provide mentorship and targeted academic, personal, financial, and career guidance to alumni
  • Collaborate with the GSP team to design and implement programs for current students, alumni, and partner schools that will advance our mission of empowering alumni to achieve their educational goals
  • Collaborate with the GSP team to effectively manage and communicate with high school, college and community program partnerships
  • Maintain an active presence and participate in campus life
  • Other duties assigned by the principal or headteacher. (May include supervising students during lunch, recess, and assigned arrival/departure in staff rotation)


  • Ability to engage young people and work from a strengths-based and trauma-informed lens
  • Commitment to partnering with low-income families and institutions for graduate success
  • Familiarity with these platforms: Salesforce, Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Ability to build effective relationships across differences, resolve conflict, and earn the trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • At least three years of related work experience
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills (virtually and in person, one-on-one and in groups)
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Creativity and ability to improve existing systems
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish is highly appreciated
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong personal commitment to our school values; A mindset of growth, curiosity and humility
  • A valid driver’s license is required


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Esperanza Academy offers an attractive benefits package including 403(b), medical, dental, life and disability insurance, and a comprehensive professional development program.

To apply
Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three professional references to [email protected]

Non-Discrimination Policy
Esperanza is committed to a diverse and inclusive community with respect to race, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, economic status, age, and physical disability in its student body, faculty and staff. Esperanza Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs . Esperanza Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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