Position Summary   

The Senior Director of Programs is a highly skilled and proven leader who is passionate about and committed to changing the life trajectories of high school students who are traditionally underserved and underperforming by furthering opportunities for these students to attend high performing high schools that graduate them prepared for success in college.

The Senior Director of Programs is responsible for the design, implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of programs consistent with ISA’s mission and its research and evidence-based model. As a member of the executive leadership team, the Senior Director of Programs participates in strategic planning, program and project development, growth planning, and budgeting. S/he is the key liaison between ISA and its partner school and district leaders and facilitates communication, collaboration and problem solving among all parties to support high quality program implementation and customer satisfaction. The Senior Director of Programs supervises the senior math and literacy specialists and the manager of programs, oversees and monitors the work of consultants, and collaborates closely with the co-director of the National Center for Research, Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST) at Teachers College, Columbia University in the selection, assignment and oversight of school/leadership and content coaches.


  • In collaboration with the Executive Director for Strategic Business Development, develop and implement a due diligence process for assessing the alignment of prospective partner schools and districts with ISA’s philosophy, mission and research-based approach
  • Assume responsibility for ISA’s overall program development, administration, supervision, monitoring and evaluation
  • Develop the systems and management infrastructure needed to effectively implement, supervise, monitor and evaluate school programs across many states.
  • Develop internal processes and systems that support schools in achieving success
  • Work collaboratively with school district leaders to ensure that district policies, practices, and systems support quality program implementation, fidelity and impact at their respective schools
  • Facilitate the identification and development of tools, resources, practices and strategies that support and enhance schools’ customized implementation of ISA’s seven research-based principles as the framework for high school transformation
  • Analyze trends in program implementation, identifying issues and developing and recommending solutions
  • Ensure the continuous improvement and enhancement of ISA’s programs to accomplish its mission by keeping abreast of research, new knowledge, innovative programming and emerging issues in education.
  • Leverage the appropriate divisions at ETS, such as research and product development, to guide the development of new and innovative products and services
  • Facilitate partnerships with appropriate public, private and government agencies (e.g., city council, colleges and universities, foundations) that can provide resources, services and opportunities to broaden ISA’s impact and reach
  • Support the development of a robust and impactful national network of ISA school leaders who share effective practices, problem solve issues, engage in professional development activities, and provide input and advice for ISA programming
  • Adhere to ethical standards and comply with the laws and regulations applicable to your job function

Education, Certifications, or Special Licenses

Minimum of a Master’s degree in education administration, curriculum and instruction or related education field.

Relevant Years of Experience Required

  • Experience as a secondary school principal and/or school district leader highly preferred. Minimum 8 years of experience desired
  • Proven track record of accomplishment in an education leadership position

Other Skills/Requirements

  • Demonstrated results working with schools engaged in whole school reform or other school turnaround initiatives
  • Proven track record of achieving strong outcomes for underserved students, preferably in an urban school setting
  • Compatibility with and commitment to ISAs research and evidence-based whole school transformation approach
  • Adept at establishing, cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and working collaboratively to achieve common goals and outcomes
  • Strong organizational, strategic thinking and analytical skills
  • Is self-motivated and comfortable working in a fast-paced, outcomes driven, learning organization
  • Possesses a sense of entrepreneurial curiosity and shows evidence as a forward thinking and innovative leader
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Work and Outlook
  • Strong Managerial skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to travel to clients, as necessary

Our strength and success are directly linked to the quality and skills of our diverse associates.  A background and/or knowledge of accessibility and accommodations for individuals with disabilities, whether through your own experiences or those of someone close to you, is highly desirable.ETS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristic protected by law.

Apply at www.ets.org.

ISA Website: https://www.studentachievement.org/our-story/