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Student Services Director

The Blake School
Lauderdale, MN
Closing date
Mar 2, 2024

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Student & Scholar Services
Position Type
Employment Type
Organization Type
College / University
Job Description
Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake's (BMB) mission is to support motivated students in overcoming barriers on their paths to college through engaging, academically rigorous, out-of-school programs while inspiring and preparing promising high school and college students, especially those of color, to become the next generation of educators.

BMB has an aspirational vision of what school and learning could be for all students when education is student centered, culturally responsive, and equitable.

About the Role:

As a crucial member of a small yet impactful BMB team, the Student Services Director (SSD) is primarily responsible for all non-academic, student-facing support services and programming as well as data management. As an ambassador of the program, the SSD builds supportive relationships with students, parents, and schools to ensure the academic and socio-emotional success of all BMB scholars.
  • Lead the development and execution of safe, engaging and culturally relevant youth development and enrichment programming for students (middle and high school) and support volunteers in its implementation
  • Manage recruitment, admissions, and ongoing support of BMB students, which includes recruiting students from Minneapolis Public Schools and other charter middle schools
  • Track student progress through available data (e.g. grades, test scores, attendance) and provide support to students and their families as needed to ensure BMB achieves its objectives
  • Manage family and student communication to foster maximum attendance and engagement
  • Sustain partnerships with local middle and high schools for the purpose of student recruitment, student support, and student data
  • As part of a team, support in the recruitment/selection of teaching fellows and volunteers; provide ongoing feedback and coaching as needed
  • Address behavioral incidents and conflicts with students and volunteers according to established BMB practices; use judgment to escalate incidents to executive director as needed
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned
Experience and Skills
Education & Experience:
  • Associate degree required in youth development, education, or equivalent degree; bachelor's degree preferred
  • 2 years' experience working with middle and high school aged students and their families in a youth development and/or educational setting
Ideal Candidate:
  • Takes initiative, self-motivated, able to identify problems and develop solutions
  • Sets high personal standards, follows through on commitments, models fairness and transparency in interactions
  • Results-oriented; holds self-accountable; able to achieve outcomes and meet deadlines in a flexible, fast-paced environment
  • Embraces a growth mindset, creates a learning environment; committed to continuous improvement
  • Ability to effectively communicate in diverse environments and with diverse groups
  • Ability to work flexible hours. This may include adjusting the weekly schedule to accommodate several evening events a year (such as parent-teacher conferences) and monthly Saturday sessions during the school year
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the barriers to educational equity and access to higher education and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Bilingual
  • Previous experience using: Salesforce, various social media platforms, and Google apps
  • Familiarity with the Breakthrough Collaborative model
Breakthrough Minneapolis at Blake encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We celebrate the diversity of our world and our community, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity in every way. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that same vision, as we wish to engage all those who can contribute to our work and this mission.

If you feel you can make an impact, send your resume and cover letter to Breakthrough Minneapolis Executive Director Tricia Crossman, at or visit for more information.

The Blake School is a pre-kindergarten through grade 12, co-educational, nonsectarian, independent day school enrolling 1,331 bright, talented students from nearly 56 Twin Cities-area communities. Founded in 1900, The Blake School has the advantage of facilities and campuses designed for specific developmental ages. Blake's mission is to engage students with a dynamic, academically challenging education in a diverse and supportive community committed to pluralism and a common set of values. Students pursue an integrated program of academic, artistic and athletic activities, preparing for college, lifelong learning and purposeful lives as community and global citizens. The school community is also guided by its Commitment to Pluralism and core values.

The Blake School believes that a diverse society enriches all individuals and communities. Diversity of race, ethnicity, national origin, geography, religion, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, age, physical ability, and marital, parental or economic status forms the fabric of our society. As a result of these beliefs, The Blake School actively seeks students, families and employees who value and contribute to the fullness of a diverse community within the context of its mission. In doing so, we recognize our responsibility to help make each person's experience a success. EOE

Job Benefits
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 403(b) 8% match
  • Vacation & Sick Time
  • Life Insurance

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