Careers

Careers at Breakthrough Miami

At Breakthrough Miami, we believe that for our community, our society, and our culture to reach its ultimate potential, it is imperative that each ambitious student is provided access to the optimum tools, networks, and opportunity to reach their potential. As a dynamic team of professionals with a passion for educational equity, we are dedicated to helping motivated students from under-resourced communities fulfill their promise as the architects of our future. We serve more than 1,300 Scholars in 5th through 12th grades, and 130 Teaching Fellows, across six sites utilizing an evidence-based “students-teaching-students” model.

Breakthrough Miami provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

For Immediate Hire - Director of College Access

The Director of College Access oversees all activities that support high school student college-preparedness, including all BreakthroughU site programs. The director will build relationships with students, parents and key high school and college partners to help students build the life and leadership skills necessary to enroll in competitive colleges and pursue career goals. The Director of College Access plays a leadership role in developing program and research partnerships with University of Miami, and maintains mechanisms for ongoing engagement of BTM college-based alumni.

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Site Director

Director of College Access

REPORTS TO: Managing Program Director

START DATE: Immediate POSITION

SUMMARY: The Director of College Access oversees all activities that support high school student college-preparedness, including all BreakthroughU site programs. The director will build relationships with students, parents and key high school and college partners to help students build the life and leadership skills necessary to enroll in competitive colleges and pursue career goals. The Director of College Access plays a leadership role in developing program and research partnerships with University of Miami, and maintains mechanisms for ongoing engagement of BTM college-based alumni.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and implement a robust BreakthroughU program that provides academic tools and real-life learning experiences and mentoring relationships that support on-time high school graduation and entrance into post-secondary plans.
  • Ensure accurate and effective data collection in order to evaluate outcomes, inform programmatic decision making, and continuously improve internal systems.
  • Meet established standards of accountability and measurements of success for program delivery, as well as student and teacher success.
  • Build strong, strategic partnerships to further all areas of programming; and collaborate with key community stakeholders to share best practices and resources that will maximize student outcomes.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with all University of Miami personnel and administration, including the School of Education and Human Development, as well as collaborations with other University Departments.
  • Champion students by nurturing individual student strengths and providing timely, appropriate interventions and resources as needed to ensure students are safe and supported.
  • Oversee collection and analysis of student records, including report cards, progress reports and Individualized Education Plans.
  • Provide students with connections to supplemental and enrichment opportunities during the summer and school year to aid in college preparation and leadership development.
  • Maintain positive, regular communication with students’ families, and provide personalized guidance and support through the college application, matriculation and financial aid processes.
  • Create opportunities for Breakthrough Miami Alumni to engage with current program participants .
  • Direct all BreakthroughU site operations, including the recruitment, management and development of at least one full-time staff member, a year-round work study intern, 20+ summer staff members and 25+ volunteers.
  • Oversee program budget; monitoring monthly expenditures.
  • Maintain Breakthrough Miami’s culture of collaboration; create effective and efficient cross-site communication and collaboration processes.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with the Breakthrough Advisory Network.
  • Lead programmatic special projects and initiatives, as they arise.
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Dependable and regular attendance; evening and weekend work are required to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum five years of experience in education or other relevant setting
  • Management/supervisory experience in an educational setting
  • Experience working with young adults, adolescents and families
  • Demonstrated success in:
    • results-oriented management/supervision; development and execution of systems to ensure accountability
    • understanding, building and managing key relationships
    • crisis/contingency planning and effective execution in the face of the unexpected

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent public speaking, writing, interpersonal communication, and computer skills
  • Displays ability to be effective ambassador for BTM mission, vision and values
  • Proficient in computer/smart phone/pad use, with expertise in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Salesforce
  • Good understanding of social media
  • Able to see the big picture while also paying attention to details
  • Operates effectively in diverse environments and interact successfully with, inspire and teach people from widely varying backgrounds
  • Self-directed, takes responsibility for own learning
  • Able to achieve outcomes in flexible, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to:
    • collect, report, analyze and use data as a management tool
    • meet deadlines and act with urgency
    • take initiative, identify needs and implement solutions
    • multi-task, handle multiple projects simultaneously and manage a dynamic work schedule
    • support staffing, budgeting, data analysis and other management and operations responsibilities
    • make informed decisions

    Leadership

    • Uses resources effectively to maximize results and leverage team strengths
    • Leads change, inspire others to action; communicate consistently, achieve outcomes in flexible, fast-paced environment
    • Invests in the success of others – able to coach and be coached, give and receive direction and feedback
    • Displays ability to create an environment of learning and continuous improvement

    OTHER SUCCESS FACTORS:

    • M.A. / M.Ed.
    • Professional Certification
    • Familiarity with Breakthrough Miami model and Miami-Dade Public Schools
    • Sets high personal standards, follows through on commitments, models fairness and transparency in interactions
    • Proficient in Spanish or Creole

    Click here to submit your resume.

    Breakthrough Miami operates in a rapidly changing education and community environment. This job description is a summary, not a contract. The duties and responsibilities of this role may change due to organizational needs. Dependable and regular attendance, evening and weekend work are required to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Assistant Site Director

Assistant Site Director

REPORTS TO: Site Director

START DATE: Immediate POSITION

SUMMARY: The Assistant Site Director (ASD) is responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of programs and services that most directly affect Breakthrough Miami Scholars and families. An ASD oversees campus or site logistics, unpaid student volunteers, some stipended positions, such as Teaching Fellows. As an ambassador of the program, the ASD builds supportive relationships with students, parents, schools, the community and other stakeholders to ensure the academic and socio-enrichment success of all Breakthrough Scholars.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work collaboratively with Program Leadership to develop engaging and challenging curriculum models, and effectively implement these models during the school-year and summer program.
  • Provide current Breakthrough students with ongoing educational counseling and proactive academic outreach and intervention to ensure site achievement of all Breakthrough Miami objectives.
  • Manage programs and procedures for recruitment, admissions, scheduling and other activities for students and Teaching Fellows.
  • Supervise Teaching Fellows and other stipended positions. Participate in recruitment/selection; give ongoing feedback and coaching; participate in performance review process.
  • Manage unpaid student volunteers during the school year when there is no Site Coordinator.
  • Address incidents involving staff, students and volunteers according to established BTM practices; use judgment to escalate incidents to director level as needed.
  • Track student progress through grades, test scores, attendance, and other relevant data while maintaining up-to-date student data.
  • Manage family and student communication to foster maximum attendance and engagement.
  • Create and sustain partnerships with local elementary, middle and high schools for the purpose of student recruitment and student placement.
  • Manage site activities when Site Director is not available. Participate in and/or lead special projects as assigned.
  • Perform other duties that may be assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Dependable and regular attendance; evening and weekend work are required to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2 years teaching experience or professional equivalent
  • Demonstrated success working with adolescents, young adults and families

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Takes initiative, self-motivated, able to identify problems and develop solutions
  • Self-directed, takes responsibility for own learning
  • Results-oriented; holds self accountable; able to achieve outcomes in a flexible, fast-paced environment
  • Meets deadlines and acts with urgency
  • Ability to make informed decisions
  • Accepts direction and coaching
  • Embraces a growth mindset, creates a learning environment; committed to continuous improvement
  • Excellent public speaking, writing, communication, and computer skills
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain key relationships
  • Able to take on special projects as required
  • Effective at multi-tasking, able to oversee multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to collect, report, analyze and use data
  • Supports integration of Breakthrough Miami
  • Proficiency in computer/smart phone/tablet use

OTHER SUCCESS FACTORS:

  • Professional certification
  • Able to see the big picture while also paying attention to details
  • Understanding of the Breakthrough model and Miami-Dade Public Schools
  • Sets high personal standards, follows through on commitments, models fairness and transparency in interactions
  • Able to operate effectively in diverse environments and interact successfully with people from widely varying backgrounds
  • Coaches others
  • Experience in MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in Salesforce and Social Media
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Creole

Click here to submit your resume.

Breakthrough Miami operates in a rapidly changing education and community environment. This job description is a summary, not a contract. The duties and responsibilities of this role may change due to organizational needs. Dependable and regular attendance, evening and weekend work are required to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Data Manager

Data Manager

REPORTS TO: Managing Program Director

START DATE: Immediate POSITION

SUMMARY: The Data Manager is responsible for managing and maintaining databases for the organization, strengthening data systems, providing insights based on data analysis, driving data-informed decision making, creating and managing systems for timely data collection, and developing unified reporting and analysis of all organizational activities. In support of creating a continuous culture of improvement, the Data Manager will provide training and support to team members.

The individual in this role is organized, inquisitive and driven, with strong data and quantitative skills and experience as a Salesforce administrator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Oversee accurate and timely program data collection, inputting, and reporting in program databases
  • Champion a culture of data driven decision making
  • Serve as the system administrator for Breakthrough Miami’s Salesforce instance
  • Collaborate with the program team to ensure all applicant and current student data is in Salesforce in a timely manner
  • Oversee Salesforce management to support Scholar success and create a culture of data informed decisions
  • Use data to track operations and programming; synthesizing and analyzing data for data driven decision making
  • Effectively communicate and resolve technical challenges and support issues across the organization
  • Maintain reporting and compliance requirements
  • Work collaboratively with external evaluation partners in support of program evaluation
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge and documentation of products, solutions, and offerings
  • Lead all Salesforce builds and adjustments
  • Review processes to minimize duplication and create, maintain, and enforce data integrity standards in collaboration with department heads
  • Contribute to development of training modules for the team, Teaching Fellows, volunteers and other stakeholders
  • Provide program administrative assistance when required
  • Other duties as assigned to further the organization’s goals and objectives

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Dependable and regular attendance, evening and weekend work are required to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Salesforce Certified Administrator Certification
  • Experience working with adolescents, young adults and families

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Experience with Salesforce and with updating the CRM as needed
  • Experience with The Children’s Trust SAMIS database and reporting system
  • Ability to create reports and dashboards in Salesforce
  • Strong aptitude for technology and ability to learn new programs or tools quickly
  • Results-oriented; holds self accountable
  • Curiosity about our work and how to maximize the utility of data; and eagerness to learn and expand knowledge, including how to advance equity and apply our values in our data work
  • Ability to make informed decisions
  • Flexible; self-directed; able to achieve outcomes in a flexible, fast-paced environment
  • Embraces a growth mindset, creates a learning environment; committed to continuous improvement; accepts direction and coaching
  • Excellent public speaking, writing, communication, and computer skills
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills
  • Takes initiative; self-motivated; able to identify problems and develop solutions
  • Ability to develop and maintain key relationships
  • Able to take on special projects as required
  • Effective at multitasking; able to oversee multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to collect, report, analyze and use data
  • Self-directed; takes responsibility for own learning
  • Proficiency in computer/smart phone/pad use
  • Meets deadlines and acts with urgency

OTHER SUCCESS FACTORS:

  • Professional certification
  • Able to see the big picture while also paying attention to details
  • Understanding of the Breakthrough model and Miami-Dade Public Schools
  • Experience in MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Experience in Salesforce
  • Sets high personal standards; follows through on commitments; models fairness and transparency in interactions
  • Able to operate effectively in diverse environments and interact successfully with people from widely varying backgrounds
  • Coaches others/li>
  • Proficiency in Spanish or Creole

Physical requirements: Occasionally exert up to 20 pounds of force to lift or carry. Activities occur inside and outside. Indoor work is in an air-conditioned office or school/classroom setting. Occasional outdoor work is subject to temperature and humidity. Must frequently move about both indoors and outdoors. Requires keyboarding, use of a mouse, exchanging information accurately, and close visual acuity to enter, prepare and analyze data and view a computer terminal.

Click here to submit your resume.

Breakthrough Miami operates in a rapidly changing education and community environment. This job description is a summary, not a contract. The duties and responsibilities of this role may change due to organizational needs. Dependable and regular attendance, evening and weekend work are required to fulfill the expectations of the role.

Summer Site Staff

Breakthrough Miami Overview

At Breakthrough Miami, we believe that for our community, our society, and our culture to reach its ultimate potential, it is imperative that each ambitious student is provided access to the optimum tools, motivation, and opportunity to reach their potential.

As a dynamic team of professionals with a passion for educational equity, we are dedicated to helping motivated students from under-resourced communities fulfill their promise and reach their full potential as the architects of our future. We also foster new experiences and pathways for young people to enter the education sector.

We serve more than 1,300 Scholars in 5th through 12th grade, and 120 Teaching Fellows at six sites. Breakthrough Miami’s evidence-based “students-teaching-students” model empowers our Scholars with peer networks, high-rigor academics and extra-curricular enrichment; preparing them to enter and thrive in college-prep high school programs and four-year colleges and universities, while also creating transformative learning and development opportunities for Teaching Fellows.

Instructional Coaches

Instructional Coaches

General Job Description Our model aspires to make learning fun and engaging, and to grow the potential of our Teaching Fellows, staff, and students in a supportive environment. Instructional Coaches (ICs) are experienced and successful professional educators who provide content specific support for BTM Teaching Fellows throughout the summer, and engage fully in the BTM community. ICs dictate the level of academic rigor during BTM’s summer program through their interactions with Teaching Fellows. Exemplary ICs effectively communicate content specifics to Teaching Fellows, guide Fellows through effective planning and execution, and hold both Fellows and students to the highest standards. Each IC will have a group of Teaching Fellows in his/her department(s) and is expected to lead department meetings, visit Fellows’ classes at least twice a week, evaluate lesson plans and curriculum overviews, and meet individually with Fellows regarding their on-going work; all the while giving constant feedback and support. Since ICs are the only professional teachers on-site, they are accountable for the quality of instruction BTM students receive, and are responsible for supporting BTM Teaching Fellows through their teaching experiences.

Specific Instructional Coach Duties

Pre-summer:

  • Complete training session (May, TBD)
  • Consult with BTM staff regarding 5th – 9th grade academic content in your specific content area
  • Meet with program staff to plan orientation workshops

Teaching Fellow Orientation:

  • Help facilitate workshops on topics, such as classroom management, lesson planning, creating classroom culture, etc.
  • Participate fully in all orientation workshops
  • Work with Teaching Fellows to design six-week unit plans and lesson plans

Six-Week Summer Program:

  • Guide Teaching Fellows through developing lesson plans, creating assessments and locating appropriate teaching resources
  • Provide Teaching Fellows with support and regular feedback as they design lesson plans
  • Observe each Teaching Fellow in your department twice weekly, followed by a debriefing session in which Fellows receive concrete feedback based on Breakthrough’s Teaching Fellow Excellence Rubric
  • Communicate regularly with Site Director to discuss Teaching Fellow progress
  • Plan and lead departmental meetings
  • Lead at least one large group, mid-summer professional development session
  • Engage fully in the BTM community; sharing your passion for teaching, learning, and leading
  • Supervise and guide the Teaching Assistants who work with the Teaching Fellows

Evaluation Week:

  • Submit a final evaluation, as well as growth letters for each Teaching Fellow
  • Evaluate the overall summer program
  • Supervise Teaching Fellows as they compile their summer portfolios and evaluate the final products
  • Read and edit student evaluations

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • State of Florida Teaching Certificate or equivalent
  • Outstanding track record as a professional classroom teacher for a minimum of two years
  • Superior presentation, writing and organizational skills
  • High degree of flexibility; ability to multitask between projects
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills
  • Ability to hold others to high standards, while also offering support and maintaining positive relationships
  • Ability to deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback; both written and verbal
  • Experience with curriculum development and implementation
  • Outstanding knowledge of subject matter and broad knowledge of available resources
  • Comfort and confidence in working with children and adults
  • Creativity, energy, and commitment to excellence
  • Commitment to, and passion for, teaching students from diverse backgrounds
  • Prior experience with Summerbridge or Breakthrough is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with Miami-Dade County Public Schools is highly desirable
  • Experience in an academically rigorous college-preparatory institution is highly desirable

Schedule and Compensation

Dates and Times:

Prior to Summer Program: A few hours a week in May, as needed

Required Instructional Coach Training: May, TBD, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Start Date: June 5, 2021

Teaching Fellow Orientation: June 7–June 11, 2021, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Summer Program: June 14–July 23, 2021, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Evaluation Week: July 26–July 30, 2021, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Compensation:

Instructional Coach – $3,500 stipend (paid over three pay periods)

Application Deadline: April 5th

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Summer Assistant Site Directors

Summer Assistant Site Directors

General Job Description The Summer Associate Site Director works collaboratively with full-time directors to ensure a successful Summer Institute; and works closely with the Scholars and their families, and the Teaching Fellows to ensure their needs are met.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist Site Directors with the coordination and management of student attendance and reports for funders and BTM
  • Assist Site Directors with management of student information in the BTM student database
  • Assist Site Directors with student discipline/conduct issues
  • Assist Site Directors with coordination of student transportation
  • Assist with fire and evacuation drills
  • Assist with Teaching Fellow Training and professional development during Orientation Week and throughout the summer
  • Assist with management and development of Teaching Fellows
  • Assist with implementation of the Teaching Assistant program
  • Assist with collecting and reviewing all required paperwork and timesheets from faculty
  • Assist Site Directors in designing, implementing and overseeing Evaluation Week schedule
  • Assist Site Directors in remaining in compliance with the Breakthrough Collaborative, and funding guidelines
  • Assist Site Directors in preparation for major events at their respective site, including Visitors Day, Family Night, and other events as scheduled
  • Assist Site Directors with all program evaluations during final ten days of programming
    • Staff Evaluations of Students
    • Student Evaluations of Teachers
    • Staff and student Evaluations of Program
    • Parent Evaluations of Program

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Two or more years of relevant experience
  • Outstanding track record as a professional classroom teacher for minimum of two years
  • High degree of flexibility; ability to multitask between projects
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively in many different environments with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to deliver positive, constructive, and honest feedback; both written and verbal
  • Comfort and confidence in working with children and adults
  • Creativity, energy, and commitment to excellence
  • Prior experience with Summerbridge or Breakthrough is highly desirable
  • Familiarity with Miami-Dade County Public Schools is highly desirable
  • Experience in an academically rigorous college-preparatory institution is highly desirable

Schedule and Compensation

Dates and Times:

Prior to Summer Program: A few hours a week in May, as needed

Required Instructional Coach Training: May, TBD

Start Date: June 5, 2021

Teaching Fellow Orientation: June 7- June 11, 2021 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Summer Program: June 14 -July 23, 2021 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some evenings may be longer due to programming and family events

Evaluation Week: July 26–July 30, 2021 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Compensation:

$3,500 stipend (paid over three pay periods)

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Summer Site Coordinators

Summer Site Coordinators

General Job Description The Summer Site Coordinator is a critical member of the summer Administrative Team and helps ensure the smooth and safe operations of the Summer Institute at their assigned site.

Job Responsibilities

  • Train, coordinate and oversee volunteers
    • Organize schedules
    • Create rosters
    • Track community service hours
  • Supervise Summer Food Service Program and coordinate student and staff meals and snacks
    • Attend Food Service Training
    • Plan and procure snacks for program
    • Work with lunch sponsor/vendor to ensure timely prep and service delivery, and also ensure procedures and reporting requirements are fulfilled
    • Arrange for non-sponsor food needs, including special staff lunches and dinners
  • Oversee the general cleanliness of the campus
  • Coordinate and oversee general office administration, including answering phones and taking messages; making copies; checking mail; coordinating program communications; filing; and data entry
  • Work closely with BTM Business Manager to ensure all supplies needed are provided to the site faculty in a timely manner
  • Keep accurate inventory of program/office supplies
    • Dispense and track all office supplies, classroom supplies, art supplies and audio visual equipment
    • Assist with special teacher needs (video, music, etc.)
  • Oversee and manage early drop off and late pick up
  • Organize and document donated items
  • Serve as Zoom hosts/moderators for virtual learning
  • OHelp execute special events as needed

Qualifications

  • Strong academic record; minimum of two years of college
  • Two or more years of relevant experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to initiate and follow through on ideas and projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively in many different environments with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent writing, communication, and computer skills (good working knowledge of Microsoft Access, Excel, Word)
  • Familiarity with the Breakthrough model and/or Miami-Dade Public Schools

Schedule and Compensation

Dates and Times:

Prior to Summer Program: As needed by Site Director

Site Coordinator Training: May TBD

Start Date: June 5, 2021

Teacher Orientation: June 7–June 11, 2021 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Summer Program: June 14–July 23, 2021 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some evenings may be longer due to programming and family events

Evaluation Week: July 26–July 30, 2021 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Compensation:

$3,000 stipend (paid over three pay periods)

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Volunteer Opportunities

Get ready to make an impact on the future.
Volunteers are vital to the success of our program. Apply to become a volunteer by clicking on your preferred site below and completing the application. Following your application submission, a member of our team will contact you with next steps. Please be advised, if you are 18 and over, you will be required to complete a background check. In addition, all volunteers must complete orientation and training before starting.

Thank you for your interest in serving with Breakthrough Miami! It takes a village!

Apply to be a Teaching Assistant:

Breakthrough Teaching Assistants are young, energetic and enthusiastic high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who aspire to become Breakthrough Teaching Fellows. Breakthrough Miami is based on a “students teaching students” model. Each Teaching Assistant provides Teaching Fellows with avid support throughout the summer program. Teaching Assistants will be able to contribute to lesson planning activities and will be responsible for teaching 2 mini-lessons and actively participating in the learning process in the classroom.

For additional volunteer opportunities – begin your application by selecting a site below:

Breakthrough Miami

3250 SW 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL 33129