Academic Director

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The person we would be over-the-moon to work with is excited to add to our culture based on: a deep belief in our mission and a deep commitment to intentionally build our organization alongside a team with differing personalities, cultures, experiences, backgrounds. The Academic Director will see themselves in the examples below:

  • Efficiency and Organization - You organize your time in an efficient and productive manner. You have and can further develop your own systems and tools and know how to leverage those tools to hold yourself accountable, and help lead others. You are efficient and effective in your work.

  • Follow through on commitments. You live up to your professional and personal commitments and do not miss deadlines. You are reliable - in showing up in the work space and in following through what you commit to leading and creating.

  • Initiator. You take initiative to solve a problem on your own. You understand how you best absorb information and will take proactive steps to do what you need to do to learn something new even if your manager or boss is not presenting the information in a way that is most helpful.

  • Detail orientation. You do not let important details fall through the cracks and use tools (e.g. pen and paper, video notes, google docs, etc.) to keep yourself and others on track.

  • Team Player. You are community-oriented. You are flexible and are willing to jump in and do things that may not have been outlined in your job description. You have a growth mindset and welcome feedback as an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and as a team.

  • Honest Communicator. You communicate honestly and with transparency. You are willing to engage in courageous conversations.


  • Location: Lawrence/Trenton, NJ

  • Typical Working Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 4:00-8:30pm

  • Wednesday: 11:30-8:30pm

  • Other Administrative Tasks: Flexible Timing

  • Salary range: HomeWorks Trenton values our employees highly and acknowledges the importance of salary in recognizing and compensating for the value that employees create. We are continually growing in our ability to compensate employees as highly as we want to, and are actively fundraising in order to do so. Joining HomeWorks means being part of a deeply mission-driven and community-oriented organization that invests in development of staff as both people and professionals. We are, however, a young non-profit, and want to be transparent about what you can expect. In your first year, expect a salary of $35,000-$40,000.

  • Benefits:

  • Insurance HRA stipend of $150/month for any medical expense.

  • PTO - Following the Trenton Public School System

  • Start date:

  • ASAP

  • Application Deadline: Rolling

  • Non-negotiables:

  • Has Teacher Certification

  • Can Commit to the Typical Working Hours

  • Physical Demands: None

Sobre el rol


The Academic Director will co-lead with the House Director to lead the HomeWorks house; build culture around our values of intentionality, empathy and community; and revamp, lead and manage our Academic Program - including:

  • House

  • Ensure and meet the needs of scholars’ emotional and mental well-being. The Academic Director takes initiative in engaging in healthy conversations with the scholars to maintain open communication.

  • Develop a culture of intentionality, empathy and community.

  • Co-Lead and Assist with Scholar Recruitment

  • Academics

  • Create an Academic Program Manual to incorporate systems, policies, processes and materials for items below.

  • Revamp the Academic Program by leading tutors and the house team to execute plan in the Academic Program Manual.

  • Plan, Organize and Teach the Academic Hour from 4-5:30 on Mondays.

  • Lead and Manage Academic Study Hall from 6:30-8:30pm.

  • Develop curricular materials to target and supplement the learning of our scholars (school homework and test support, remedial work to get scholars up to grade level, extra academic projects for scholars who do not have homework or are doing well in school) and to ensure that the material and approach are culturally responsive.

  • Create and regularly facilitate a system to track student success in all subject areas.

  • Optimize Academic Program using technology platforms and tools.

  • Recruit, hire, train and manage tutors.

  • Create a sustainable system to communicate, train and manage tutors.

  • Regularly communicate with scholars’ teachers and counselors to better understand needs, progress, homework/testing schedule. Create a system for long term sustainability.

  • Foster a stronger atmosphere of learning where each scholar is invested in their own learning.

  • Organization, Team and Communication

  • Have a strong working relationship with the House Director, House Team and Admin Team. Communicate consistently with the team.

  • Complete incident reports and daily log as needed.

  • Occasionally assist with transportation and bus routes.

  • Remain adaptable and assist in other projects that may arise.

  • Uphold HomeWorks values for incidents and situations that arise that are above.

  • Follow local and federal laws (i.e. drug & alcohol use, mandated reporting).

The Academic Director’s goal is to co-create a culture around HomeWorks values, and build a sustainable Academic Program where scholars show significant academic growth and become invested in their own learning. The Academic Director will do this through working closely with the House and Admin team, as well as building relationships with Trenton Public Schools, tutors and scholars. We will use tools like Asana, Google and other necessary tools to amplify the work.

We hope the person in this role will have a passion for justice, education and community building, and is excited about the opportunity to lead the house, develop house culture and create an academic system that will ultimately equip Black and Brown girls in Trenton, NJ to be academically successful and become community leaders.

Sobre la empresa

HomeWorks Trenton, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs a free, community-based, after school residential program for Black and Brown high school girls in Trenton, New Jersey. We provide a space where Black and Brown girls can authentically express themselves while receiving academic and social-emotional tools to thrive despite living in a systemically unjust society.

Our scholars live in the HomeWorks house from Sunday evenings to Friday mornings and are transported to and from their Trenton Public Schools every day to ensure timeliness. After school, scholars engage in daily activities focused on academics and identity-driven leadership, eat a family-style meal, and stay overnight in our dorm with two full-time staff members. Our HomeWorks model decreases chronic absenteeism; improves scholars’ academic performance and social-emotional skills; and celebrates the power of Black and Brown sisterhood. By providing a space to explore and define their experiences, cultures, and identities, HomeWorks offers our scholars a chance to see that their ideas, visions, and presence deserve a place in this world.

HomeWorks was started in 2016. Since then, HomeWorks has built a diverse team of full-time and part-time staff, board members, and volunteers. Together, we have run five programs and built a HomeWorks community. The HomeWorks team has been honored to be recognized by Princeton University, McKinsey & Company, Echoing Green, Comcast, Hollister, TRESemmé, Camelback Ventures, Barclays, Vital Voices, The Rachael Ray Show and more.