Assistant Director STEM Diversity Nonprofit

Greene Scholars Assistant Director Updated 12/12/20 Mission Greene Scholars is a Santa Clara based nonprofit which has provided STEM enrichment...
Greene Scholars
December 29, 2020
PO Box 6393, Santa Clara, CA 95056, Santa Clara
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Ayodele Thomas


Greene Scholars Assistant Director

Updated 12/12/20


Greene Scholars is a Santa Clara based nonprofit which has provided STEM enrichment programming to local Bay Area youth of African ancestry for 19 years. Our mission is to help youth of African ancestry in San Francisco Bay Area communities successfully complete higher education in science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM), and serve as positive role models and contributors to their communities. See more about the organization below. #diversity #STEM #Education #AfricanAmerican #Black


Reporting to the Executive Director, the Greene Scholars Assistant Director will provide day-to-day leadership for all student and parent facing programs and initiatives, including strategic planning, program execution, and community outreach.

Salary range: Full time position, $80k-$100K + benefits (based on experience)

Location: San Francisco Bay Area. Work is currently done remotely. Must be able to attend in-person meetings and programming primarily based in San Jose, CA on a weekly basis.

Apply here: (Google login required) - Cover letter and resume/CV required

Duties Include:

  • Collaborate with board of directors, part-time staff and volunteers to deliver on the Greene Scholars mission.
  • Implement and oversee monthly Saturday STEM workshops, STEM curriculum development, parent meetings, science fair, engineering competition, career day, summer science camps, program assessment and tracking academic progress and participation.
  • Work closely with corporate, nonprofit and university partners to facilitate collaborations for program and curriculum development.
  • Serve as a spokesperson to the organization’s membership, volunteers and the general public.
  • Supervise part-time program staff and large team of volunteer leaders, as needed for program implementation.
  • Manage budget and ensure maximum resource utilization.
  • Oversee implementation of marketing strategy and other communications efforts.
  • Review and provide input to grant writing, fundraising and stewardship efforts.
  • Oversee Operations Advisory Committee (OAC) meetings along with OAC President and Executive Director.
  • Resolve program issues and concerns. Provide recommendations on complex program policies. Mediate sensitive people issues.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors and/or Executive Director.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree and 3+ years of experience managing people and large scale projects, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • A background or experience in nonprofit administration; K-12 or higher education; and/or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related fields or organizations is highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Strong project management skills. Proven experience managing complex projects and events, including planning, implementation, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Ability to balance long-term goals with with day-to-day program activities and communications
  • Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to donors, volunteers and the overall community.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and collaborate with volunteers.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
  • Advanced computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
  • Comfortable learning new technologies quickly.
  • Advanced customer service skills.
  • High level strategic thinking and planning.
  • Experience mentoring children and/or teens.
  • Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy.
  • Fundraising and/or grant writing experience is preferred.



Since 2001, the Greene Scholars Program ( has fostered a community of college-bound scholars focused on developing their academic gifts in science and math. Inspired by Dr. Frank S. Greene,  an African American who was one of the pioneering technologists in Silicon Valley,  GSP’s primary goal is to increase the success rate of youth of African ancestry in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) course work and to increase the number of students choosing STEM career paths.  The program strengthens scholars’ leadership, problem solving, and self-esteem, and stimulates intellectual curiosity.

One hundred percent of our alumni have graduated from high school and been admitted to college and 60% have pursued STEM degrees. Even those who don’t pursue STEM leave GSP with STEM competence and STEM confidence. We have inspired over 700 students through our unique approach, which combines high quality, long-term STEM programming with parent engagement.

Unique features of the Greene Scholars Program include:

  • Long-term commitment. GSP is committed to the success of under-represented students and their families. Average scholar participation of 7.75 years with a year-to-year student retention of 89%.
  • Parental engagement. GSP successfully integrates 100+ parent volunteers to drive key projects and requires 40 hours of volunteering per family each year. Leveraging their technical expertise and individual leadership, parents perform specific roles in the organization until their Scholar graduates from high school. In addition to supporting the needs of the program, parents also receive powerful enrichment, best practices and strategies for engaging and motivating their children. We believe that parent engagement is a primary driver for the success of girls in GSP and our high year-to-year retention.
  • Active engagement with the local community. We recruit over 150 volunteers annually as Science Fair judges, Career Fair interviewers, Summer Science Institute facilitators, and classroom volunteers, many representing Bay Area technology firms. We also collaborate with Stanford University doctoral students to enhance our STEM curriculum development.
  • Sustained STEM enrichment. Students receive up to 140 hours of hands-on, direct programming per year, for up to 10 years.  Scholars meet monthly on Saturdays from August to May and participate in additional programming such as attending regional and national STEM conferences and participating on STEM competition teams.
  • Commitment to assessment. Over the past two years, GSP has been building out our technology infrastructure to allow more robust tracking and analysis of academic progress for our scholars and alumni in the future. In addition, we want to measure the impact of the mentoring, nurturing and involvement over an extensive period of time for under-represented youth. To that end, we use the Common Instrument Suite produced by the Pear Institute at Harvard University that was developed for outside-of-school time STEM programs. By utilizing the Common Instrument Suite, we will be able to gather longitudinal data about GSP impact, and compare ourselves to other organizations given the tool’s national reach.
  • Sense of community. Our program brings together a fragmented community of families seeking culturally relevant enrichment programming for their children in Silicon Valley, which has an African American population of less than 3%.

Over the past 19 years, the Greene Scholars Program has had the following impact:

  • More than 30 Summer Science Institutes
  • Over 100 Alumni who have gone onto college with 60% majoring in STEM
  • 450+ Scholars representing 200+ Families
  • 500+ STEM projects
  • 1000+ Science Fair Projects
  • $100,000+ in scholarships for graduating scholars
  • Thousands of volunteers

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