[School Year 2024-2025] High School Student Life Director

New York, NY: Dream Charter High School
DREAM Charter Schools – School Support /
Full-Time /
Originally founded in 1991 as Harlem RBI, DREAM has grown to annually serve more than 2,500 youth across East Harlem and the South Bronx through a network of six PreK-12, extended-day, extended-year DREAM Charter Schools and community sports-based youth development programs. Through our commitment to rigorous academics, social-emotional learning, deep family and community engagement, and health and wellness, we create lifelong learners who are equipped to fulfill their vision of success in and out of the classroom. We dream big, as well, with an aggressive five-year plan to expand to serve 3,500 students across seven schools—growing our organization’s impact and leveling the playing field for all children. To learn more, visit wearedream.org.

Reporting to the Director of College, the Student Life Director is a reliable team player with a commitment to youth development. They will play a key role in implementing DREAM’s Grow the Whole Child model by driving excellence in Afterschool, Summer, Athletics, and Study Abroad Programming.


    • Lead execution of after-school, summer enrichment, athletic and study abroad programs to ensure high quality programing and strong program outcomes at DCHS;
    • Cultivate and build partnerships with high-quality enrichment programs to increase diversity of enrichment and summer opportunities programming for high school students, including career;  
    • Manage school-wide initiatives to ensure high school students participate and reflect on experience in meaningful summer opportunities;
    • Lead the professional development of enrichment instructors; including real-time coaching and feedback;
    • Collaborate with the Principal and School leadership to ensure alignment between school-day, afterschool and summer to maximize the impact of extended-day, extended-year programming;
    • Manage data collection and record-keeping to ensure accurate attendance and participation data;
    • Lead outreach and process for enrollment and participation in all enrichment programming with participants, families, and staff;
    • Hire and manage after school, summer, and athletics program part-time staff;
    • Collaborate with the Student Life team and Principal to strengthen school culture through attendance accountability, infusing joy into programming, and supporting implementation of positive youth development practices;
    • Manage execution of competitive athletics programming, including management of Athletics, Health, and Wellness Manager;
    • Additional duties related to the running of the school as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree, required; Master’s degree preferred; 
    • At least 3 years of youth development experience, required;
    • At least 1 year of experience directly managing people, developing teams, and leading others through projects, highly preferred;
    • At least 1 year of experience with building and managing partnerships and programming, highly preferred;
    • Experience collecting data and implementing data-driven practices;
    • A clear and aligned vision of what makes a positive, achievement-focused school culture and a desire to work to realize that vision;
    • Strong communication skills;
    • Excellent organizational and problem solving skills;
    • A strong belief in the mission and values of DREAM, including the desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families, and community.

Benefits and Paid Time Off

    • We offer comprehensive benefits including:
    • Flexible Medical Health Plans,  subsidizing the majority of costs for the employee, their spouse/domestic partner and children;
    • The ability to select between a variety of medical plans according to what best suits the employee’s needs;
    • Dental and vision plans;
    • Disability benefits;
    • Life insurance;
    • Up to 12 weeks fully paid of Parental Leave; 
    • Flexible spending account options;
    • Pre-tax commuter benefits (parking and transit);
    • Fitness and entertainment discounts;
    • A variety of support through our employee assistance program (EAP);
    • A 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching up to 4% after one year of employment;
    • Referral bonuses;
    • School-based 12-month employees have approximately 48 days off throughout the school year including holidays, school breaks, personal days, and wellness days;
    • Benefits are subject to change.


    • DREAM offers a competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience with the potential for an annual performance-based increase. The incoming salary range for this position is $80,000 to $90,000 per year. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary closer to the start of the range depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role. All staff are eligible for annual performance-based increases. Because we value staff tenure in each role, we do not currently cap salary ranges.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At DREAM, diversity, equity, and inclusion are a matter of mission. 

From our schools to our playing fields, DREAM is committed to building a team where each individual can bring their full identity and experience to work because representation matters—it enriches our team culture, enhances our ability to innovate, and strengthens our impact in and out of the classroom. DREAM engages staff that represent and appreciate the diversity of our majority Black and Hispanic student body, while working to ensure that our practices are equitable, welcoming, and productive. We are dedicated to creating a world where youth, especially youth of color, have permission to dream—along with the tools and opportunities to make their dreams reality.

Come dream with us.

DREAM Maxims 

All Kids Can. This Kid Can.
DREAM is Family.
Fun is a Serious Value.
Teamwork Makes the DREAM Work.
Fail. Persist. Exceed.

Applying to DREAM

We know applying for a new job can be a daunting process. In addition, studies have shown that historically underrepresented individuals often only apply to roles if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We encourage all applications! You may be just the person we need. If you have any questions about your application or interview process, do not hesitate to ask your recruiter; we are here to help!

DREAM provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and applicable state and local laws. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact your recruiter.