2023-2024 Student Life Director

DREAM Charter School - New York, New York - Full time

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization's impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the Director of College, the ideal candidate is a reliable team player with a commitment to youth development. They will play a key role in implementing DREAM's Grow the Whole Child model by driving excellence in after school, Summer, and Athletics Programming.


  • Lead execution of after-school, and summer enrichment and athletic programs to ensure high quality programing and strong program outcomes at DCHS
  • Cultivate and build partnerships with high-quality enrichment programs to increase diversity of enrichment and summer opportunities programming for high school students, including career
  • Manage school-wide initiatives to ensure high school students participate and reflect on experience in meaningful summer opportunities
  • Lead the professional development of enrichment instructors; including real-time coaching and feedback
  • Collaborate with the Principal and School leadership to ensure alignment between school-day, afterschool and summer to maximize the impact of extended-day, extended-year programming
  • Manage data collection and record-keeping to ensure accurate attendance and participation data
  • Lead outreach and process for enrollment and participation in all enrichment programming with participants, families, and staff
  • Hire and manage after school, summer, and athletics program part-time staff
  • Collaborate with the Student Life team and Principal to strengthen school culture through attendance accountability, infusing joy into programming, and supporting implementation of positive youth development practices;
  • Manage execution of competitive athletics programming, including management of High School Athletics Director


  • Bachelor's degree, preferred;
  • At least 3 years of youth development experience required;
  • Experience with building and managing partnerships
  • Experience collecting data and implementing data-driven practices;
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills;
  • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.


  • Monday to Friday, approximately 10am-6pm (occasionally later with some weekends depending on programming)


  • The salary range for the incoming Student Life Director is $80,000 to $90,000. Incoming salaries are determined based on the number of years of leadership experience and internal equity. All leaders are eligible for annual performance-based salary increases. Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap salary ranges.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for medical plans and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time and paid holidays, referral bonuses, professional development, an employee assistance program (EAP) and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching up to 4%.


DREAM requires vaccination against COVID-19 for all employees. Reasonable Accommodations based on a qualifying disability or sincerely held religious belief are being considered in accordance with applicable law.


At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission.

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.

Come dream with us.


All Kids Can. This Kid Can.

DREAM is Family.

Fun is a Serious Value.

Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.

Fail. Persist. Exceed.


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K12 School Operations

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DREAM Charter School

Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs.
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