Director of Programming (Central Valley)

Mentor Fellowship · Stockton, California
Department Mentor Fellowship
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation $60K-$70K

Director of Programming


Company Overview:

Improve Your Tomorrow (IYT) was founded in 2013 with the mission to increase the number of young men of color (YMOC) to attend and graduate from colleges and universities. We envision a world where men of color are overrepresented in higher education, underrepresented in the criminal justice system, and leaders in their communities. We work to combat academic inequities and build a college-to-community pipeline with remarkable resilience, authenticity, and passion.


Position Overview:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Programming oversees program sites and Program Managers. In this role, the Director will oversee the recruitment and onboarding of staff and Mentor Fellows, coordinate staff development, and oversee implementation of core services. Ultimately, this individual will support IYT’s presence across the Central Valley and ensure strong programmatic outcomes. 




Program Management:

  • Supervise IYT college programming in the performance of their stated duties, including site visits, focus coaching, program improvement, and engagement. 
  • Responsible for meeting program’s annual goals, including GPA, college retention, college graduation, and program engagement
  • Ensure site accountability to the program expectations and requirements as outlined in the district memorandum of understandings. 
  • Provide fellows with written service agreements outlining program requirements and expectations; 
  • Develop strong partnerships with IYT schools to support overall program goals, ensure fidelity to the IYT program model       
  • Develop an effective plan of action for running our programs from inception to completion 
  • Utilize sound human resource and inclusion practices and principles to recruit, enroll and retain staff and mentor fellows
  • Provide ongoing professional development and training to staff and mentor fellows
  • Implementing strategies to develop and retain staff and mentor fellows
  • Documenting and reporting on employees performance
  • Responsible for the financial operation within the College Academy and Mentor Fellowship department, including tracking and managing expenses
  • Strategically map out a program schedule, processes, and timeline and ensure it is followed.
  • Facilitate structured site visits with policymakers and program supporters at IYT schools to educate interested parties on the program model. 
  • Provide support and guidance to fellows to ensure fidelity to the IYT program model and adherence to federal AmeriCorps regulations through site visits, email, and phone call communication; 
  • Ensure the region has a thriving IYT presence along with strong student outcomes at program sites. 



  • Source potential candidates for the mentor fellowship through online channels (social platforms, professional networks including Indeed, LinkedIn, etc.)
  • Identify, organize and attend job fairs and recruitment events 
  • Coordinate virtual and in-person presentations to colleges, universities, organizations and other venues that attract IYT’s Mentor Fellow target population 
  • Assess candidate information, including resumes, cover letters, and contact details, using our Applicant Tracking System
  • Plan interview and selection procedures, including screening, calls, in-person, and Zoom interviews
  • Forecast quarterly and annual hiring needs, design recruitment strategy, and provide hiring forecasts.



Must Haves

  • Believe in the mission, vision, and values of IYT
  • Knows and can successfully articulate the organization and program mission, vision, and values to other stakeholders and collaborators;
  • Must reside in or be willing to relocate to Northern Central Valley
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Excellent communication skills and judgment with the ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality;
  • Ability to operate with an appropriate, responsible level of transparency and vulnerability, engendering confidence and trust 
  • Ability to self-motivate to achieve results  
  • A multi-tasker with a solid ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and produce quality results 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including mornings, evenings, weekends, and occasional late nights



  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Masters degree preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience



  • At least 3-5 years of experience managing, coaching, training, and developing leaders 
  • Proven leadership skills and the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Adaptability and flexibility in the face of changing conditions; tolerance for adversity and uncertainty
  • Experience working with young men of color in an academic setting (preferred)


Computer Skills 

  • Familiarity with Salesforce and Microsoft Suite application


Schedule: Full time with occasional weekend work events


Salary/Benefits: Salary range is $60,000-$70,000. Benefits include vision, health, dental, 401K, and five weeks paid vacation. 


Work Location: The Director of Programming will be expected to travel throughout the Central Valley but will be based at the main office in Stockton, Ca. 


Apply now at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


IYT is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

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  • Location
    Stockton, California
  • Department
    Mentor Fellowship
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  • Minimum Experience
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