Director of Special Projects to the Chief Operating Officer

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

DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI), an innovative educational and youth development organization, is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as Director of Special Projects to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for its network of rigorous PK-12 public charter schools and out-of-school time programs. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Special Projects is responsible for the direction, planning, and project management of initiatives in a variety of areas including but not limited to talent initiatives, operational excellence, COVID response, strategic planning, and growth. The ideal candidate comes with a charter school network operations or talent background and is a results-oriented team player who is willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done through proactive problem-solving and the ability to adapt and succeed within changing and challenging circumstances. They demonstrate an exceptional ability to design systems and ensure implementation across multiple stakeholders.

This is an exciting opportunity for an exceptional project manager with strong interpersonal skills to lead a diverse array of critical network initiatives and projects in close partnership with network and school leaders, and shape the operational vision for DREAM's growing network of schools and programs.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Lead specific initiatives and teams, as needed, to meet DREAM's talent, operations, and student recruitment needs
  • Support with the execution of leave plans, including leading Student Recruitment while the Director of Student Recruitment is on leave (spring 2022)
  • Plan and prepare materials for internal and external meetings or presentations and facilitate meetings as needed;
  • Collaborate with organization leaders to develop, operationalize, and coordinate projects in need of additional capacity;
  • Conduct quantitative and qualitative research and make recommendations on core initiatives and special projects;
  • Develop and refine strategy documents and presentations for a variety of audiences;
  • Plan, oversee, and lead projects from ideation through to completion to ensure work stays on track and is done at a high level;
  • Provide high-level strategic visioning and project management for charter applications and growth planning.


  • Bachelor's Degree required;
  • Charter leader network or school-based operations or talent experience preferred;
  • Ability to create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency;
  • Demonstrated exceptional project management skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Extremely detail-oriented and well-organized, with the ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Highly resourceful with the ability to troubleshoot and problem-solve issues;
  • A positive, upbeat attitude, solutions-orientation, and high level of flexibility;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to build trusting and collaborative relationships with diverse constituencies;
  • A commitment to the mission of DREAM.


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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