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Academic & Family Support Director - Beacon/ExCel

Buchanan YMCA
Full time
Competency level: 
Team Leader
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Careers with a Cause

Imagine going to work knowing that what you do each day positively influences the lives of people and communities. As the nation's leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of San Francisco offers more than just a job--we offer you a career with a future and the chance to make a lasting difference in your community. At the Y, you can discover your passion and a lifelong career helping to solve some of the nation's most pressing social issues.

In order to keep staff and participants as safe and healthy as possible, all staff working on-site will be required to be vaccinated (COVID-19) prior to beginning work.

About the Job

The Academic Director is responsible for cultivating a positive and mutually beneficial school day/afterschool program partnership through intentional work during structured and unstructured times of the school day. The Buchanan YMCA’s school day programs include an academic support program intended to serve the needs of our schools lowest performing students and English Learners by providing academic interventions during the school day and support them in making significant gains in reading, writing, and math throughout the year. Additionally, we aim to support these students during the afterschool hours. During afterschool hours, the Academic Director is responsible for coaching and developing the asp staff at all Beacon and Excel sites to ensure high quality expanded learning environments and activities. They will also facilitate small group interventions with Tier 3 ASP participants. The Academic Director works in consult with the instructional leadership of the school to achieve these goals both in classrooms during the school day and afterschool.    

Minimum Qualifications

  • At Least 21 years old for middle school programs, at least 18 for elementary school programs
  • Bachelor’s Degree   
  • Available Mondays-Fridays (some weekends) 
  • 3 years of experience working with Elementary or Middle School students
  • Familiarity and experience working in or with schools and with community-based organizations
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the best practices in youth development program planning
  • Previous supervisory experience
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification (can complete upon hire) 
  • Fingerprint background check clearance
  • TB test clearance
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education or teaching credential or passing score on NCLB exam
  • Experience with EPs, SSTs, 504s and all other interventions and accommodation plans.
  • Knowledge of San Francisco Unified School district math, reading and writing assessments and curriculum 
  • Previous experience in OST programs/settings
  • Connections in the Fillmore, Western Addition or the greater San Francisco Community are a bonus.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in primary and/or secondary education.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese


All employees working with the YMCA are considered to have supervisory or disciplinary action relationship over minors.  Job offers are conditional and contingent upon background clearance. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance and CA Fair Chance Act, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Everything you need to know about us

We offer the following benefits:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive health benefits - medical and dental plans for full time employees
  • Retirement benefits – 12% employer contribution after completion of eligibility requirements
  • Employee Assistance Program for all employees
  • Commuter Benefits via pre-tax payroll deductions
  • Flexible Spending Account – Medical and Dependent Care on a pre-tax basis  
  • Use of YMCA of San Francisco Fitness facilities
  • Paid time off benefits for part time and full time employees upon completion of eligibility requirements
  • Training and staff development for all employees