Get a Job! Alumni E-Newsletter 9/29/07

Announcements and Resources for Week of September 28, 2007

  1. What YOU can do to help Breakthrough students get into top colleges TODAY
  2. Breakthrough Collaborative, National Program Director, San Francisco, CA
  3. 30 Year Anniversary at Summerbridge San Francisco
  4. Summerbridge Philadelphia: Student Services Manager, Philadelphia, PA
  5. Summerbridge San Francisco: Master Teacher of Math, San Francisco, CA
  6. New Leaders for New Schools
  7. Spread the word about Breakthrough!

1. What YOU can do to help Breakthrough students get into top colleges TODAY

Breakthrough is growing so that now we’re able to spend more time focusing on providing services for our high school students around college counseling.

Where did you go to college? We’d like to compile teams of alumni from various colleges. If any of our students want to go to your school, they could then contact you to learn more about it or you could write to your alma mater and recommend this student for admission.

If you would like to help, send your name, college alma mater (or the one you’re currently attending), and current contact information to: Thank you for continuing to invest in the success of our students!

2. Breakthrough Collaborative, National Program Director, San Francisco, CAOrganizational Overview: The Breakthrough Collaborative is a leading national service organization that establishes and promotes high standards for, ensures the success of, and acts as the national voice of the Collaborative of 29 Breakthrough sites. Breakthrough has a dual mission: to prepare middle school students with limited educational opportunity to enter and succeed in college preparatory high school programs and college, and to inspire talented high school and college students, recruited to serve as teachers and mentors to the younger students, to pursue careers in education.

Recently recognized as the nation’s top summer academic program by the Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning, Breakthrough has received a $2.5 million planning grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to develop the infrastructure that will allow us to increase the number of students served from 2,000 to 5,000 per year. For more information, please visit our website at

Position Overview: The National Program Director oversees the development and delivery of program services, and manages the planning and operations of the Breakthrough Program team of five staff members including a Middle School Academics Specialist, High School Transitions Specialist, Teacher Excellence Program Specialist, Research and Evaluation Manager, and Research and Evaluation Associate. The National Program Director is a member of the Senior Management Team and reports to the Chief Operating Officer.

Specific responsibilities include:

• Develop and manage a high-functioning cohesive National Program Team that provides exemplary service to Breakthrough programs and helps all Breakthrough sites achieve their dual mission and annual goals.
• Develop a set of best practices, systems and trainings that promotes quality programming across the Collaborative.
• Provide individual coaching and guidance to each Program team specialist on goal setting, relationship building and execution of their work plans.
• Create strategy and processes for achieving organizational priorities, including timeline, resource allocation and support priorities within the collaborative.
• Supervise weekly, monthly and annual work of the Program Team; facilitate collaboration among the program team and conduct weekly Program team meetings.
• Write and conduct annual performance reviews of Program staff; plan professional development activities for Program Team.
• Develop, mange, and monitor the Program Department’s operating plan and budget.
• Facilitate collaboration with the Sustainability and Growth teams to ensure coordination of efforts, consistent communication and high quality service.
• Help plan and facilitate meetings of the Board of Trustees Program Committee; prepare agenda items for board meetings.
• As an organizational leader, participate in the Senior Management Team to provide leadership on the challenges and opportunities facing the organization. Ensure that the organization is working effectively in implementing the strategic plan and the work is integrated the organization. Promote the organization’s values and culture.

Coordinate the Program Team to focus on three organizational priorities:

  • Every Breakthrough middle school student will be accepted to and attend a carefully-screened and rigorous college-preparatory high school program.
  • Every Breakthrough student will succeed in high school: staying on track academically and learning the process and requirements for college admission process. Within four years, Breakthrough will be able to demonstrate that at least 85% of our students enroll in college.
  • As a result of the training, support, and experience that Breakthrough teachers from both the school year and the summer programs receive, a significant number will continue to work in the field of education.

• Develop the process and systems that utilize evaluation data as driving force for program development, planning and tracking of collaborative progress on organizational priorities.
• Coordinate the development of national and regional conferences and trainings.
• Develop systems to organize the Program Team to provide needs-responsive program support; respond regularly to requests for materials, ideas or advice as needed.
• Oversee the IT and Teacher Excellence Grants processes and the distribution of national pass-through funds to Breakthrough sites.

• Manage programming for external conferences and workshops.
• Serve as a spokesperson for the organization when appropriate.

• Knowledge of barriers to academic achievement and an understanding of the pathways to college success.
• Experience with the Breakthrough model highly desirable.
• Proven success at managing, coaching and inspiring highly motivated and committed staff.
• Excellent oral and written communications skills, sensitivity to nuances of language, and the ability to communicate accurately The Breakthrough Collaborative’s vision and achievements.
• Ability to work on multiple projects, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and handle pressure situations.
• Ability to work well as a member of a team and work with minimal supervision.
• High energy, creativity, a sense of humor and a willingness to jump in with both feet.
• Ability to interact successfully with a diverse set of constituents, including students, alumni, trustees, directors, donors and heads of school.
• Willingness to travel to visit current and future sites and support programs across the U.S.
• 5+ years of related experience required; teaching experience or experience within an educational nonprofit sector preferred.
• BA or BS required, preferably in education. MA or MBA desired.

We seek candidates who demonstrate excellent strategic thinking, have the ability to cultivate high-level relationships, effectively manage others and who believe deeply in our mission. Breakthrough makes a particular effort to recruit people from all backgrounds for staff positions.

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2007 or until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter by mail to:
National Program Director Search
Breakthrough Collaborative
40 First Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Applications may also be faxed to National Program Director Search at 415-442-0609 or e-mailed to

3. 30 Year Anniversary at Summerbridge San Francisco

Help Summerbridge San Francisco celebrate thirty years of learning, community and spirit! We are hosting a kick-off meeting for volunteers on October 4th at 6:00-7:00pm in the Library at UHS. We will discuss the goals of the event and how you can help make the event a wonderful night.

Please RSVP to Meredith Laban at or 415-447-3127.

Many thanks,
Meredith Laban
Summerbridge San Francisco, a Breakthrough Program
ph: 415-447-3127
fax: 415-674-1292

4. Summerbridge Philadelphia: Student Services Manager, Philadelphia, PA

Founded in 1995, Summerbridge of Greater Philadelphia is an academic enrichment program that builds a path from middle school to college for low-income students from the city’s public schools. Summerbridge also inspires talented high school and college students to become educators and engaged citizens by giving them responsibility for teaching in the program. Programs operate at three sites — Germantown Friends School, Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, and Saint Joseph’s University. The organization emphasizes academic excellence, family involvement, teamwork, leadership, creativity, and diversity. Summerbridge is an affiliate of Breakthrough Collaborative — a national non-profit educational organization.

The Student Services Manager reports to the Germantown Site Director.


  • Coordinate the high school application process
  • Maintain files for students; ensure students are on track applying to the schools they hope to attend
  • Develop relationships with local high schools
  • Organize high school information night

Coordinate high school services including

  • The after school Drop-in Center
  • Mentor program for high school students
  • Summerbridge high school summer programs (other people operate these programs; manager handles pre-program logistics and provides support)
  • Connect high school students with other opportunities (e.g. scholarships, paid internships, college visits)
  • Lend vision for improved high school supports

Provide programmatic support to the site directors, as needed – primarily to the Germantown Site Director

  • Assist with the recruitment of students and teachers, communications to families and middle schools, coordination of Family Association
  • Oversee scholarship applications and other opportunities for students
  • Provide some support for the GFS middle school summer program


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • The ability to follow through on ideas and projects; strong organizational skills
  • Prior high school support, youth-service, or teaching experience
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds (ethnic, socio-economic, educational, professional, generational)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia-area schools a plus
  • Commitment to Summerbridge mission
  • Previous Summerbridge/Breakthrough experience a plus

Compensation: Mid-30s, 22 vacation days, individual health insurance at no cost to employee, TIAA-CREF

Email, mail, or fax cover letter and resume to:
Student Services Manager Search
Summerbridge of Greater Philadelphia
34 West Coulter Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Fax: 215-951-2397

5. Summerbridge San Francisco: Master Teacher of Math, San Francisco, CA
Position Summary
Title: Master Teacher of Math
Organization: Summerbridge San Francisco at University High School
Dates: School Year session: November 1, 2007- March 30, 2008
Hours: school year part-time, Tuesdays from 4:30-6:00pm for 14 weeks
Compensation: $2,500

About the Organization
Summerbridge San Francisco is a comprehensive program of education, counseling and advocacy for high potential middle school students from public and parochial schools, many of whom face limited opportunities. The program also serves as an immersion workshop in teaching for high school and college students.

General Job Description
The Master Teacher is responsible for developing an algebra/beginning geometry math curriculum and to teach eighth graders one afternoon a week (4:30-6:00pm) in the after school program. This curriculum should directly prepare students for success in a Math II course at an academically rigorous high school. The Master Teacher will be paired with a high school or college aged Assistant Teacher and will be responsible for mentoring them.

This position requires a professional educator with at least 5 years experience teaching, preferably at the middle school level. Familiarity with both middle school and high school curriculum is preferred. San Francisco University High School is a college preparatory school; we seek employees who are well educated in their disciplines and devoted to the love of learning. Throughout the school, we seek to hire adults who are stimulating and supportive in their work with students and who share our belief in the moral and educational value of diversity.

How to Apply
Candidates should let us know of their interest by submitting a résumé, the names and contact information for three references, and letter of intent describing their experience, their interest in the position, and their potential contributions to Summerbridge.

Meredith Laban
Director of Summerbridge
San Francisco University High School
3065 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
For further information about the school and Summerbridge, please visit our website:

6. New Leaders for New Schools

Great schools are led by great principals.
For more information, to nominate a great candidate, or to apply, visit

When you worked at Breakthrough Collaborative/Summerbridge, you joined a national movement to increase educational opportunity for low-income students. As a teacher, you made a dramatic impact in the classroom, and you likely realized that, for those gains to continue during the school year, our students need effective principals to lead teachers and the school community.

New Leaders for New Schools is a national nonprofit organization that focuses on this very need in order to transform urban education. New Leaders provides alternative certification and a new pathway for passionate and resourceful educators to become school leaders in low-income communities across the country. We need your help to find outstanding educators to lead urban public schools and drive achievement for ALL students.

New Leaders for New Schools has one clear mission: ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools they lead, at scale. Now in its seventh year, 431 New Leaders serve over 200,000 students in Baltimore, California’s Bay Area, Chicago, Memphis, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City, Prince George’s County, MD, and Washington, DC.

We are looking for current or former educators, including Breakthrough alumni like you, who have:

• An unyielding belief and sense of urgency to ensure that all students achieve academically at high levels,
• Instructional expertise in a K-12 classroom,
• A record of success in leading adults and students, and
• A relentless drive to lead an excellent urban public school.

New Leaders for New Schools’ comprehensive program includes nine weeks of rigorous training; a year-long, paid residency in a public district or charter school; weekly coaching from successful veteran principals; administrative certification; and ongoing leadership and school support once on-the-job as a school leader. New Leaders also become members of a nation-wide community of driven and results-oriented colleagues who share a goal of ensuring high academic achievement for every student.

Already, New Leaders are making significant gains – across the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 academic years, 75% of schools led by New Leaders principals for at least two consecutive years made noteworthy progress in student performance. Average gains by district ranged from 9 to 20 percentage points over the two-year period.

You Can Help!
Please support us as we find the next generation of school leaders!
• Apply to become a New Leader. Applications must be submitted online at by October 25th!
• E-mail or call us with names of great candidates. Contact Margot Lowenstein at or (646) 792-1054.
• Forward this e-mail to your networks, and highlight this opportunity in newsletters, meetings, and other correspondences.
For more information visit our website at and learn about our recent press coverage in Time Magazine, EdWeek, and on NPR (

Together, we can ensure that all students have strong school leaders dedicated to their achievement. Thank you for your help and commitment to quality education!

Ensuring high academic achievement for every student by attracting and preparing outstanding leaders and supporting the performance of the urban public schools the lead.

8. Spread the word about Breakthrough!

I would like to thank the 100 summer teachers who are helping to share the word about Breakthrough by sharing names of friends and family members to add to Breakthrough’s newsletter and communications mailing lists. This is a great way for parents and friends to learn more about this organization into which you’ve invested so much of yourself. We will send them our triannual newsletter, annual invitation to contribute to Breakthrough, and invitations to special receptions and events in their local area.

If you also have friends or family that might be interested in learning more about Breakthrough, please send names and addresses (and email and phone if you have it) to me at You are the greatest promoters we have for the program. We really appreciate your support in this way!

Thank you!
Zoe Reyes
Development Associate
Breakthrough Collaborative

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