Program Manager – School-Community Connector

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Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership
September 24, 2021
San Diego, CA
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The Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP) is a small nonprofit organization leading a collaborative effort of dozens of organizations and community leaders committed to improving excellence and equity in public schools in southeastern San Diego.  DEEP is committed to ensuring that children attending public schools in this part of the city receive the support they require - both inside and outside of schools - in order to enter kindergarten prepared for success and complete third grade reading proficiently.  We are building a small team of thoughtful, resourceful, and collaborative leaders. Those seeking meaningful work, opportunities to develop professionally, and ability to innovate as the organization grows are encouraged to apply.


The Program Manager reports to the Executive Director. This position serves as a critical connector between DEEP’s partner schools and the many community-provided services offered through the DEEP partnership.  A direct employee of DEEP, the Program Manager will spend significant time at DEEP partner schools ensuring that DEEP’s efforts to support students and families are well-connected to school needs and priorities and implemented with high levels of fidelity and effectiveness.  In an effort to support schools in addressing the needs of the whole child, the DEEP Program Manager will interact regularly teachers and families to assist them in addressing barriers to children’s regular attendance and success at school; connecting families to community-based services; and encouraging families to participate in partner activities such as family workshops, after-school activities, and summer programs.  It is essential that the person in this position develop a strong understanding of the local community and its resources and be able to communicate effectively with families.  This position also requires regular driving between local school sites.


Managing Programs

  • Planning, supporting, and monitoring program execution;
  • Supporting the recruitment and regular participation in programs by children and families;
  • Coordinating project logistics and managing project interdependencies;
  • Creating and managing program budgets;
  • Documenting programs, including data collection, evaluation, and photos/video; and
  • Managing stakeholder communications, negotiations, and problem-solving.

Leading Collaboratively  

  • Maintaining strong working relationships with school staff, students, families, and partners to determine ongoing needs of school community and to implement responsive programming; and
  • Participating in DEEP’s All-Partner community meetings, and other school/community meetings as appropriate.

Serving the Whole Child

  • Coordinating wrap-around services in response to student & family needs (individual and school) as they relate to barriers to learning in grades TK-3, e.g. children experiencing high levels of absenteeism in grades K and 1; children requiring social-emotional supports, etc. 

Delivering Expanded Learning Opportunities

  • Leading and supporting activities before, during or after school, and during the summer months, including activities for families with children ages 0-5, Super Readers Literacy support programs, and Summer Readers-Future Leaders; and
  • Bridging communication between school-day and after-school staff

Engaging Families

  • Connecting in meaningful ways with families to build trust and ensure their voices are heard and their needs are met;
  • Leading or participating in family engagement events with the school and community partners;
  • Coordinating educational opportunities for the family - related to academics or other identified needs; and
  • Identifying potential parent leaders from each partner school and a plan for fostering their leadership skills to support early literacy efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in social work, education, sociology, or related field;
  • 2-3 years of experience in education or community-related, non-profit sector
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google and computer technology;
  • Ability to collect, input, and monitor data on program outcomes;
  • High standards of professional ethics and conduct;
  • Detail- and results-oriented;
  • A self-starter who is able to work both independently and in teams; and
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel between school sites.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish - verbal and written;
  • Familiarity with community resources; and
  • Familiarity with the community schools model and DEEP’s vision and mission

Work Hours:

  • Full-time. Regular work hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm. Work hours are subject to change based on events and activities happening at the school and with DEEP.

Salary Range:

  • $52,000-$62,000 annually - based on experience and qualifications, including generous Health Reimbursement Account and 401K.

How to Apply:

  • Email a cover letter and resume to
  • Resumes without cover letters that explain interest in, and qualifications for the position are discouraged.
  • No phone calls or recruiters, please.




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