About Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano

Breakthrough San Juan Capistrano (BTSJC) is an education program hosted at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. BTSJC’s mission is to support highly motivated students from the local and surrounding San Juan Capistrano communities whose backgrounds are underrepresented in higher education by providing tuition-free academic programming and guidance from middle school through college graduation. The program currently serves over 300 students from grade 7 through college. BTSJC is an affiliate of the Breakthrough Collaborative, one of twenty-four sites around the country serving over 10,000 students.


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Position Objectives

The Executive Director leads a three-person office, directs the BTSJC program, manages the operational needs of the program, and acts as the lead liaison with the St. Margaret’s and external communities. Essential to success in this role is a deep passion for advancing educational equity, a firm belief that education can end poverty in a family line forever, and the ability to work effectively with a variety of constituencies.


Reporting Relationship

The Executive Director of BTSJC reports directly to the Director of Equity and Inclusion of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School.



Essential Duties/Responsibilities

Work responsibilities, including other duties that may be assigned, include the following:


Program Leadership

The Executive Director:

  • Oversees all programmatic aspects, including the middle school, high school, summer, and college programs, in addition to setting strategic direction and accounting for the team’s annual goals.
  • Directs and monitors the implementation of BTSJC’s strategic plan, while shaping the future strategic direction of the program.
  • Supports the Director of Middle and Early High School with the recruitment and selection of new students.
  • Supports the Director of College Access with the recruitment and selection of new college mentors.


Team Leadership and Management

The Executive Director:

  • Oversees the recruitment, hiring and management of BTSJC staff, including the Director of Middle & Early High School, the Director of College Access & Completion, summer Teaching Fellows, summer Instructional Coaches, other summer Staff, school-year college and high school volunteers, college interns, and other roles as needed.
  • Provides coaching, feedback, professional support, and direction for full-time staff, including professional development opportunities.
  • Sets and monitors team routines and procedures for physical and virtual work environments.


Fundraising, Development and Financial Stewardship

The Executive Director:

  • Acts as the primary owner of institutional and financial sustainability for the program.
  • Collaborates with the St. Margaret’s Advancement Office on fundraising and development plans and strategy.
  • Leads the grant writing process, including reporting and site visits, with support from an external grant writer.
  • Maintains relationships with corporate partners, foundations, and other grant-making organizations.
  • Grows, cultivates, and stewards the individual donor base.
  • Creates an annual impact report, presentations, and marketing materials for the program.
  • Plans and implements four annual direct appeals (Giving Tuesday, End of Year, Spring, and Fall)
  • Develops and monitors the BTSJC operating budget and diligent administration of expenditures.
  • Monitors expansion of the endowment and operational reserves.


Community Engagement and Public Relations

The Executive Director:

  • Builds and maintains relationships with all stakeholders including students, staff, partners, parents, funders, community advisors, the Breakthrough National organization, the school district, local colleges, local youth development organizations, local government, and the community.
  • Collaborates with St. Margaret’s Management Team to implement fundraising, programmatic, communications and public relations strategies for BTSJC.
  • Actively engages BTSJC advisors on a quarterly basis and follows up with community advisors as needed.
  • Creates, complies, and sends monthly newsletters, and makes social media posts, and updates website when needed.
  • Oversees the organization’s media and community presence to ensure it appropriately reflects the mission and vision of the organization.
  • Represents BTSJC at community events.


Support to St. Margaret’s Episcopal School

The Executive Director:

  • Collaborates with St. Margaret’s Admission Office to support Breakthrough SJC and other high financial-need families who express interest in the admission process.
  • Provides guidance and assistance to St. Margaret’s Tartan Support Group (TSG), presently over 30 students involved. TSG is a support system for students on significant financial aid over their years at the school.
  • Works directly with St. Margaret’s Middle and Upper School administrative staff to assist with providing ongoing support to Tartan Support Group students, including:
    • Organize quarterly Tartan Support Group luncheons.
    • Address school year requests for academic needs and additional financial support for school-related expenses.
    • Act as a liaison for parents/families of the Tartan Support Group.


Engagement with Breakthrough Collaborative

The Executive Director:

  • Engages as a member of the National Breakthrough Collaborative to share learnings and resources, identify and elevate best practices, and support the Collaborative’s strategic and programmatic goals.
  • Acts as a liaison between St. Margaret’s, the National Breakthrough Collaborative, and the BTSJC community.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Educational and/or Experience

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in education or a related field. A Master’s degree is a plus.
  • A record of success in leading adults and prior experience with direct management and supervision.
  • At least three successful years of working at a school, youth-serving organization, or other nonprofit program.
  • Strong record of serving students and families from underrepresented communities.
  • Experience in fundraising, community engagement, and communications is highly preferred.
  • Experience with a Breakthrough Collaborative program is highly preferred.


Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze and interpret reports, financial documents and programming plans, curriculum and educational proposals. The ability to write reports and correspondence is important. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from diverse groups including students, parents, part-time and full-time staff, advisors, donors and community stakeholders.

Spanish skills are required for this position.


Interpersonal Skills

Exceptional interpersonal skills and communication skills in English and Spanish are required, as are organizational behavioral skills. The ability to work as a team in a small office setting is imperative to serving the program well. Aligning messages and philosophy with those of the established program and host school are imperative to serving the program well. The ability to multi-task in an environment of growth and activity with efficiency and effectiveness are essential to success in this position, as is the ability to work effectively in diverse environments with people from very diverse backgrounds.


Reasoning Ability

Capacity to define a vision, build teams, and achieve results despite tremendous obstacles. Must possess proven ability to evaluate programming, faculty, peers, and students to offer constructive feedback to continually build a stronger program. The ability to be resourceful, detailed, and solutions-oriented in a timely fashion is imperative to success in this position. Ability to simultaneously manage strategic and tactical and long-term and immediate tasks is essential.



Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear, and the employee will regularly need to move throughout the school campus. There is regular travel throughout the community. The employee must have a current California driver’s license or ability to acquire one upon moving, and must maintain it current at all times.



Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The activity level in the work environment can be very high at peak times throughout the day, and is characterized by potential interruptions due to teacher, parent and student service – including walk-ins and telephone calls. The noise level in the environment varies from usually low in the office areas to moderate and high on the playing fields of the campus.




Job Category: Education
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Juan Capistrano

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