Firewall is looking for an Elementary Program Director to join their team!

Elementary Program Director Job Description

Job Mission: The Firewall Program Director ensures that their assigned Firewall Center(s) operate effectively and that all student and program outcomes are being met.

Summary of Key Responsibilities:

  • Ability to write curriculum, oversee implementation of the curriculum, and train staff to teach the curriculum.
  • Develop a familiarization with the public school system and assigned schools and faculty to advocate effectively on behalf of Firewall, its students, and parents.
  • Evaluate the individual needs of the students at each assigned Firewall Center so that all general attendance, academic and/or behavior concerns are addressed and all necessary interventions carried out.
  • Ensure that assigned Center(s) are running effectively and efficiently – thus solving problems, mediating conflicts, and providing maximum accountability to everyone connected with the Center(s).

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred in Education or a related field.
  • 1-2 years of experience with elementary students, teaching, and writing curriculum.
  • Ability to manage and modify student and staff behavior
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work well with students, staff, parents, teachers, and school administrators.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Self-starter with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Knowledgeable in Microsoft Suite & Google Drive.
  • Highly organized with good time-management skills.

List of Duties:

  • Oversee Center operations and supervise staff, so that the Center is functioning efficiently.
  • Attend all necessary Firewall and school-related events.
  • Establish relationships with school administrators and teachers to ensure that students are being advocated for and that attendance, behavior, and academic outcomes are being met.
  • Review student applications and orient new students and their parents, prior to enrollment, to communicate program requirements and expectations.
  • Monitor student progress to improve student outcomes.
  • Conduct specific on-site and quarterly training sessions, to equip center staff to carry out academic and behavior plans of action for students.
  • Communicate with parents, teachers and school administrators as necessary to keep everyone informed and to address any special concerns.
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences including 504 and IEP meetings as necessary.
  • Observe and coach staff, developing their teaching and behavior management skills.
  • Ensure all centers are running smoothly, staff are completing their tasks, and students are meeting the program requirements.

Interested applicants can email with their resume and cover letter.

Student to Mentor: Why Mentoring Matters

Our Firewall Mentors are the core of what we do to transform students into servant leaders. Some of our best mentors are Firewall alumni. They are servant leaders and incredible role models for our students.

This year, we are excited to have a mentor who graduated from our Western High program, Zack Ortega. He has been a part of Firewall from the 7th grade through high school graduation.

Firewall mentors helped him academically and in developing positive social and behavioral skills throughout his middle and high school years. During High School, he struggled with academics and Firewall mentors were there to tutor him and keep him focused on his work.
Zack is now enrolled at Broward College. He is studying Emergency Medical Services with plans to become a firefighter. Zack serves at our Flamingo Elementary center, tutoring and mentoring a group of students who are much like he was growing up.

When asked about his experience as a Firewall mentor Zack said, “Working at Firewall has given me more patience then I could have ever imagined, especially with the elementary school kids. Now that I am a mentor, I understand exactly what my mentors were thinking. The best thing about working at Firewall is seeing the students grow.”

We couldn’t agree more, Zack. Way to go!