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As a growing program, Breakthrough Silicon Valley (BTSV) seeks talented individuals committed to our mission of preparing highly-motivated students with limited educational opportunities for success in high school, college, and beyond. Please see our current openings below:

full-time positions

Senior Director of Programs and Instruction

As the Sr. Director of Programs and Instruction (SDPI), you help shape the strategic direction of the organization as a key member of the organizations’ executive leadership team. Reporting directly to BTSV’s Executive Director, you will be the lead architect of BTSV’s six-year program, including our summer Teaching Fellowship which is foundational to Breakthrough’s “Students-Teaching-Students” approach. Through your leadership and vision, you ensure that all aspects of programming meet the needs of our students and families, reflects our core values, and aligns with our theory of change. You lead a team of eight full-time staff, directly managing six individuals including the Director of Admissions and Middle School Programs and the High School Program team.

You are a data-driven leader who oversees BTSV’s program assessment and evaluation and demonstrates the ability to incorporate qualitative and quantitative data in your decision-making. You are passionate about creating conditions to support first-gen students develop academically and social-emotionally, and you are equally passionate about excellence in instruction and demonstrate the ability to support and coach others to be more effective in their work. As SDPI you lead the recruitment, selection, and training for approximately sixty summer Teaching Fellows and nine Instructional Coaches.

You are an entrepreneurial leader who demonstrates a passion for educational equity and for Breakthrough’s mission, who embraces a growth mindset, and is excited about communicating with and collaborating with students, the Breakthrough team, and external stakeholders to amplify our impact. Learn more and apply.

Director of Admissions and Middle School Programs

As Director of Admissions and Middle School Programs you will oversee all summer and after-school activities for our 240 seventh and eighth-grade students, ensuring that our youngest students and their families are on the path to success within our six-year program and ultimately to a four-year university. In addition to student programming and family engagement for our Middle Schoolers, you will also direct the recruitment, selection, and onboarding for all of our new rising 7th grade students and their families.

As a member of a four-person leadership team, you will inform the strategic direction of our organization. Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs and Instruction (SDPI), the Director of Middle School Programs supervises two year-round Middle School Program Coordinators. Through your leadership, you will ensure that BTSV delivers high-quality, engaging, and rigorous summer and after-school programming that meets the needs of our students and families, and aligns with our core values. You will seek to understand the needs of students and families and deliver programming to meet those needs.

You are an entrepreneurial and collaborative leader who brings experience in youth development and/or educational programming. You demonstrate a passion for educational equity and a deep understanding of the first-generation college-bound student experience. You are energetic and spirited, embrace a growth mindset, and you are excited about getting students excited about learning! Learn more and apply.

SR. coordinator of development and marketing

As Sr. Coordinator of Development and Marketing, you play a critical role in creating and disseminating electronic and printed material to ensure that BTSV’s mission is consistently articulated across multiple channels in a compelling way. In addition, you will build and maintain relationships with volunteers and corporate social responsibility teams, while supporting the overall fundraising function.

You engage in both high-level, strategic thinking, and in executing critical processes that drive the day-to-day development activities of the organization. You can switch between internal and external roles easily and frequently, as some days you are working diligently at your computer to track and analyze donor data, while another day you are pitching volunteer opportunities and “selling” BTSV’s mission to strangers at a corporate volunteer fair. You are a problem-solver who takes initiative, is highly organized, attentive to detail, and process-oriented. You understand that open communication and strong leadership are paramount, alongside an ambitious attitude and desire to drive continuous improvement within yourself and the Breakthrough Silicon Valley team. You are comfortable using databases, CRM’s, social media, email marketing tools, and creative software, and are always excited to add more technical skills to your toolkit. Learn more and apply.



BTSV is seeking highly effective professional teachers to serve as Instructional Coaches (ICs) for summer 2019. ICs are at the core of our summer program and play a crucial role by training, supervising, and supporting BTSV teaching fellows in becoming effective instructors and leaders. ICs observe, articulate, refine, and improve the techniques of aspiring teachers in a collaborative environment, and as a result, get the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate their own pedagogical practices. Rather than teaching students directly, ICs oversee lesson and unit plan development and execution, classroom management, and student interactions for our summer teaching fellows. They mentor and guide our teaching fellows over the course of the summer providing ongoing formal and informal feedback on each teacher’s performance. Furthermore, ICs have a unique opportunity to shape the professional path of tomorrow’s educators.

During the summer, our teaching fellows instruct a core academic subject (literature, writing, math or science) and an elective course of their choice. As subject area experts, ICs help our teaching fellows transform their passion into rigorous and engaging lessons. BTSV also implements a specific teacher training sequence, known as BIT (Breakthrough Instruction Trainings), which includes best research-based practices.

Click here for the full job listing. Interested candidates should email résumé and cover letter to Ariel Morris Spector, Director of Curriculum and Programming, at amorris@breakthroughsv.org