Associate Director of Education

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles, CA

Job Title: Associate Director of Education
Department: Education
Reports to: Director of Education
Status: Exempt

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 2005, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) is a place-based community development corporation that is deeply committed to serving South LA’s low-income neighborhoods. CRCD has a laser focus on young people, & leads several programs to achieve the community vision for a safe & economically vibrant area where youth have opportunities to thrive. For more than a decade, CRCD has assisted South LA’s young people (ages 16-24) to further their education, obtain training & jobs, or secure housing.

OVERVIEW OF POSITION: CRCD’s Education and Youth Development Departments have the ambitious goal of forging a robust out-of-school to college-completer pipeline leading to basic skills proficiency, postsecondary readiness & completion, & careers with family-sustaining wages for opportunity youth in South LA via high-impact programming & partnerships with educational institutions, public systems, local nonprofits, & young people. Since 2010, we have partnered with YouthBuild Charter School of California & Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC) to operate CRCD Academy – a 140-seat dropout recovery high school for 16-24 year olds – with two campuses:

LATTC and All Peoples Community Center. Since fall 2016, we have operated Project Tipping Point, an innovative pilot program providing cohort-based support services & coaching to foster youth working on their AA degrees at LATTC.

We are seeking a collaborative & results-driven Associate Director of Education that is adept at coordinating across a multi-disciplinary team with the following goals in mind -- (1) strong day-to-day operations of CRCD Academy and Project Tipping Point, in strong partnership with staff from YCSC, LATTC, & CRCD and (2) building out & strengthening dual enrollment, college readiness, & college completion programming offered at CRCD to ensure a smooth transition to & completion of postsecondary education for our students.


  1. Collaborate closely with the Associate Director of Youth Development to ensure that education programming is alignment with the needs of our flagship youth development programs (South LA YouthBuild and VCN YouthSource), which are intended to provide comprehensive workforce development & supportive services to opportunity youth in South LA;
  2. Provide direct supervision to the Project Tipping Point Program Manager to ensure successful pilot implementation and ongoing continuous improvement of CRCD’s new foster youth college completion initiative;
  3. Provide relational supervision to the CRCD Academy Site Coordinator to ensure the full implementation of college preparation programming at CRCD Academy, including implementing systems for supported dual enrollment & guidance for students that are transitioning to college;
  4. Work with LATTC and CRCD Academy staff to ensure that non-credit & lower-division college courses are made available to CRCD Academy students on a regular basis & that the overall school culture represents a focus on college & career readiness;
  5. Work with CRCD’s youth leadership councils to ensure youth voice informs continuous improvement of programming and creates opportunities for community action projects;
  6. Maintain understanding of implementation challenges in education programming and working with program staff to develop comprehensive solutions to address them;
  7. Developing and ensuring the implementation of a comprehensive and youth-centered outreach and recruitment strategy to ensure program/school enrollment goals are met;
  8. Working closely with CRCD’s Data Manager to ensure consistent and reliable data entry and inquiry practices;
  9. Lead collaboration efforts with other nonprofit partners hosting sites of CRCD Academy;
  10. Build relationships with a range of relevant stakeholders in LA;
  11. Oversee event planning for the department including the high school graduation;
  12. Serve as a partner to the Director of Education to execute solutions & celebrate/capitalize on successes.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Someone with the skills and experience to do the above work well. Someone with at least five years of experience in a youth development/education setting; a degree in Education, Social Work, Public Administration, or a related field; and a strong track record of building or implementing evidence-informed youth development or education programs and stakeholder relationships for out-of-school, foster, homeless, and/or court-involved youth in LA or a similar area.

You must enjoy developing systems and structures, and be adept at communicating the accompanying changes to staff, partners, and youth/young adults (for whom change can be an anxiety trigger). You must be willing to navigate complex education and public systems, and collaborate with staff within those systems. This is a brand new position in a relatively new department, so you must be enterprising, solutions-oriented, and willing to work through the challenges that naturally arise during programmatic restructuring. You must have strong facilitation skills and able to move a team forward in a collaborative, but deadline-driven, environment. You must have an unwavering belief in the potential of the young people we serve, and approach the work with a social justice lens.

The ideal candidate will also have experience as a consumer of a public system (child welfare, juvenile justice, public education) or have experience implementing programs such as: YouthBuild, Jobs for the Future Back on Track, Jobs for America’s Graduates, WIA/WIOA, etc.

COMPENSATION: This is a full-time, exempt position. We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


To apply

TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter and resume (both combined into ONE PDF document) to [email protected]. If you advance to the interview stage, you will be asked to provide one writing/work sample. This position is available for immediate hiring, and will remain open until filled.