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Challenge Success is a non-profit school reform organization affiliated with the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. We are a small and dynamic team of educators, researchers, mental health professionals, and youth development experts committed to helping schools and families create a healthy, well-balanced, and academically engaging life for kids.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

Challenge Success is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Studies have shown that historically underrepresented groups are less likely to apply for positions unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. Our top priority is finding the best candidate to meet the current needs of the organization. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply even if you do not believe you meet each one of the qualifications outlined.

We are hiring someone for the following position:

  • Director of Programs

Director of Programs

Challenge Success Mission Statement

Challenge Success partners with schools, families, and communities across the country to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning.  

Organization Overview

At Challenge Success, we provide schools and families with the research-based information and strategies they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their kids. Since 2003, we have partnered with over 550 schools to support school change in areas such as student schedules, curricular design, assessment, school climate, and community education. We offer student, school staff,  and parent surveys, professional development and parent education workshops, coaching and support to school teams, and one-day seminars for school leaders. 

Position Summary

The Director of Programs is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the core programming, including supporting Program Team members, leading team learning, setting program priorities & goals, and evaluating the effectiveness of all program offerings. This person reports to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the CS Leadership Team to help set organizational strategy. This is a full-time position with a minimum 20% travel requirement.

Commitment to Equity

Challenge Success is a firmly anti-racist organization that continuously examines and revises our work to further engagement and well-being for all of our students, schools, families, and communities, including those for whom identity, culture, and socioeconomic status have resulted in exclusion.

We are committed to equitable and inclusive hiring practices and are actively seeking to grow our organization with people who bring diverse lived experiences to our team. Our top priority is finding the best candidate to meet the needs of the organization. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds and perspectives. 


Strategic Leadership

  • In collaboration with the CS Leadership Team, help set organizational direction, priorities, and goals and align efforts across the organization.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director, identify strategic priorities for the Program Team, set annual goals, and develop a project plan to meet those goals.
  • Partner with the Executive Director to represent the organization externally, as necessary.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director and Director of Strategic Initiatives to assess the feasibility and merit of potential new projects, collaborations, grants, and/or partnerships for Challenge Success. 

Program Development & Evaluation

  • Support cultivating and maintaining relationships with school/district partners (i.e., inquiries, outreach). Collaborate with the Communications & Marketing staff to coordinate efforts.
  • Plan Program Team meetings focused on progress monitoring and team learning around school transformation, coaching, equity, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Oversee efforts to track schools’ progress and collaborate with Program Team members to identify implications for current service delivery; identify patterns and needs across schools.
  • Maintain active involvement in each program area to provide direction and support as needed; foster a culture of continuous improvement and identify opportunities for refinement and development of CS content/products with an emphasis on equity and access.
  • Lead efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of the School Program and collaborate with the Research Team to identify opportunities for measuring impact.


  • Manage a staff of at least 5 Program Team members providing overall direction & coaching that supports high-quality performance and individual development.
  • Assess staffing needs and lead efforts to ensure appropriate staffing to deliver on contracted services, including recruiting, hiring, and evaluating external coaches/contractors and overseeing coaching assignments.

Background & Experience 

  • 5 – 10 years of experience in school transformation, including experience in a school setting and leading service delivery to school communities; preference for experience in an education non-profit setting
  • Deep knowledge of educational equity (including culturally responsive & sustaining practices) and experience leading and/or supporting organizational DEI efforts
  • Experience managing individuals and supporting the development of team members
  • Highly skilled in developing high-functioning teams through strategic planning & goal setting, execution & evaluation, and effective decision-making processes
  • Knowledge and experience with continuous improvement methods and using data and research to inform ongoing program design and implementation
  • Knowledge and experience with program evaluation
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • An ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • A dedication to learn, grow and develop as a professional
  • Strong interest in accelerating school transformation, disrupting educational inequities, and supporting educators and school leaders 
  • Comfort and familiarity working in a virtual work environment

Salary & Benefits 

Competitive salary & benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include medical insurance, 401k, paid time off and more. 


Interested applicants should apply on Idealist or send a resume and brief cover letter to including reference to your geographic location and why you are interested in our mission and in this position.

We will review resumes on a rolling basis until the position is filled.