(MS) 2 Director

Administrator / Full-Time

Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Andover’s longest-running educational outreach program, (MS)2 (Mathematics & Science for Minority Students)  advances diversity in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by developing the skills, competencies, and self-confidence of outstanding high school students of color to prepare them academically and emotionally for college and beyond. Each year (MS)2 identifies and selects a new cohort of approximately 35 students, targeting students from low-income backgrounds who identify as African American, Latinx, and Native American. Selected students join a close-knit and supportive community for a fully-funded academic experience anchored in scholarship and personal growth which celebrates their unique cultural heritage. Through three consecutive summers spent in residence on the Phillips Academy campus, students are exposed to high-achieving and motivated peers, talented educators, and world-class facilities, which support them through their journey toward college and into STEM careers.

Building off the success of the past 45 years, the next Director will provide strategic and innovative leadership to guide the program toward deepening its impact on students and alumni. The Director will focus on increasing (MS)2’s operational effectiveness and core mission delivery. Reporting to the Director of Outreach & Summer Session, the (MS)2 director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program’s operations, including the recruitment of faculty and student participants, development and execution of summer programming, support of a 12-member advisory council, and management of year-round and temporary staff.

This is a full time, year-round administrator appointment. As a member of the Phillips Academy administration, the director is subject to the terms and conditions described in the Phillips Academy General Policies Handbook and Supplement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategic Leadership:

  • Refine and communicate the mission of (MS)2 to internal and external audiences, which may require redefining the program’s theory of change and/or conducting an impact assessment, market analysis, or literature review.
  • Consistently gather, analyze, and use data from a variety of sources to guide program development and decision-making. Regularly assess the effectiveness of the program and its impact on students and alumni.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Outreach and Summer Session, program faculty and staff, and other stakeholders to develop and implement a strategic plan to guide the next phase of (MS)2’s programming.
  • Maintain engagement of and thought partnership with Phillips Academy faculty and administrators, members of the (MS)2 Advisory Council, leaders of similar programs, and other key program stakeholders.
  • Prepare the annual report to the Board of Trustees and meet with Trustees as necessary.

Instructional Leadership

  • Maintain an awareness of best practices and standards in STEM curriculum and instruction, as well as transitional support programs for students from traditionally marginalized backgrounds, and incorporate these into the program’s approach.
  • Develop and communicate a clear instructional vision and aligned curriculum, reviewing and adapting the existing curriculum as necessary to best meet the program’s objectives.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum and instructional delivery, and offer feedback to teachers and program staff in service of ongoing improvement.

Operational Leadership:

  • Oversee the administrative functioning of the (MS)2 office and its staff, offering supervision, management and guidance to year-round and temporary employees.
  • Work closely with the Director and Dean of Admissions of Summer Session to ensure smooth collaboration and connection between the two programs.
  • Oversee the staff in their management of all aspects of the (MS)2 program and operations throughout the year and during the 5-week summer term*, which typically includes the following:
    • In partnership with the Director of Outreach and Summer Session, coordinating faculty arrival, registration, and orientation.
    • In partnership with the Director of Outreach and Summer Session, coordinating student arrival (including travel reservations and payment), course/dorm/activities assignments, registration, orientation, weekend activities, and departure.
    • Planning and facilitating (MS)2 program meetings for students and faculty.
    • Identifying students in need of additional support, and coordinating resources to address their needs.
    • Overseeing daily classes and evening study halls, including making necessary space reservations and setup, catering and technology requests, managing attendance, and ordering supplies and materials.
    • Coordinating major events such as Cultural Sharing, Career Fair, and Graduation.
    • Reviewing student grades, teacher comments, and partnering with the Summer Deans to address any concerns raised or disciplinary issues that arise during the session.
    • Communicating effectively with students, faculty, and families, both in a scheduled cadence and as-needed in response to emergent issues.
  • Lead and collaborate closely with program staff and supporting faculty on the recruitment, selection and admission of all students into the program, including:
    • Defining the program’s target student population and developing guidelines for use in identifying new recruitment sites and in making admissions decisions.
    • Reviewing all applicant materials.
    • Conducting interviews with finalists and their family members, either virtually or in their home communities.
    • Making all final admissions decisions.
    • Overseeing the work of the program staff to:
      • Create marketing materials that will be used for recruitment.
      • Maintain an updated, informative website.
      • Promote the program to prospective students using current and new contacts.
      • Regularly review application materials and processes for bias, and updating to reflect best practices in admissions.
      • Coordinate the review and evaluation of applicant materials.
  • Work closely with the Director of Outreach & Summer Session to recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate all (MS)2 teachers and teaching assistants, totaling approximately 30 each summer, including:
    • Determining available summer positions.
    • Advertising summer positions.
    • Reviewing resumes and selecting candidates for interview.
    • Interviewing candidates.
    • Conducting reference checks.
    • Making hiring decisions.
    • Determining faculty teaching & administrative assignments.
    • Observing classes during the summer.
    • Coordinating feedback to faculty at the end of the summer.
  • Oversee program staff’s efforts to support alumni as they transition into college and careers, including:
    • Directing the work of the Director of College Access in support of current (MS)2 students and recent (MS)2 graduates.
    • Generating letters of recommendation and transcripts for recent (MS)2 graduates to support their college applications.
    • Exploring a variety of possible approaches to building out programmatic support for alumni in college and careers, leading the development of any new programmatic initiatives, and overseeing their effective implementation.
    • Maintaining connection to and deepening engagement of (MS)2 alumni through alumni events, regular communication, faculty recruitment and hiring, and Advisory Council participation, among other strategies.
  • Manage and enhance the financial resources of (MS)2 through active partnership with Phillips Academy’s Business Office, Comptroller, and Office of Academy Resources (OAR), including:
    • Generating both annual budget and long-term budgetary projections.
    • Making informed and fiscally responsible decisions related to the program’s operating expenses, endowment draw, and current use fundraising.
    • Communicating and/or meeting with potential or existing donors (some travel may be required)
    • Collaborating with the Office of Communications to create materials for donor stewardship, appeals, and annual program reports.
    • Participating in alumni solicitation campaigns.
    • Contributing to grant applications and final reports.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with, engaging and supporting all (MS)2 constituencies (current (MS)2 students and their families; (MS)2 faculty; alumni; donors) throughout the year by maintaining a cadence of regular contact, offering year-round programming, and executing other strategies.
  • Proactively conducting outreach to raise the profile of the program both within Phillips Academy’s faculty, staff, student and alumni bodies, as well as with external stakeholders.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Master’s degree plus three to five years teaching and administrative experience
  • A strong academic background in the STEM fields preferred
  • A record of successfully working with diverse and underrepresented students and a clear, demonstrated commitment to the mission of (MS)2
  • Interest, and a record of demonstrated success, in collaboration, especially within complex organizations and with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Proven communication skills, including speaking, writing, meeting facilitation, and consensus building.
  • Mastery of software and technology used in the daily processes and functioning of the office (including but not limited to Canvas, Google, Outlook, Word, Excel, ChromeRiver)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to multitask
  • Willingness to travel

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, our top priority is safety. Accordingly, the Academy will require, subject to disability and religious accommodation exceptions under federal and state law, that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  This includes the Covid-19 Booster by February 1, 2022 or 5 months after completing the primary vaccination series with Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months after receiving the J&J/Janssen vaccination.

Phillips Academy is an equal opportunity employer. Phillips Academy is an intentionally diverse and inclusive residential community “committed to creating an equitable and inclusive school in which students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences—including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and ability—learn and grow together.” The ideal candidate supports the inclusive and diverse nature of the community. Any offers of employment will be contingent upon successful CORI/SORI and fingerprinting background checks as well as unrestricted authorization to work in the United States.

Phillips Academy

Andover, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender