Director of Education Initiatives at Stars (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Pasadena, CA


The vision of Stars is to see a thriving, interdependent community where lives are transformed. This is based on Isaiah 65:17-25. Stars is a Christian-based nonprofit organization that provides positive youth development initiatives in the greater San Gabriel Valley. Stars provides after-school programs for K-12th grade, one-on-one mentoring for 4th grade through young adulthood, group mentoring, wellness programs, college support, Summer enrichment programs, and school campus intervention programs. All of our work is done in partnership with families, volunteers, churches, school districts and community organizations. Stars strengthens our whole community. Our approach is unique in the depth of the relationships we form with the students and families we serve and our long-term commitment to the community. Programs start in kindergarten and continue through middle school, high school, college, and beyond.


Stars is a community that affirms, equips and emboldens young people to pursue a life of purpose, service and meaning.


Stars values are: dignity, mutuality, interdependence, reinvestment, advocacy, cultural humility, and Christ-centeredness. We recruit the most passionate people who thrive in diverse environments. In turn, our employees experience competitive compensation and a benefits program that enhances their lives and experiences. Employees enjoy a reflective trauma-informed workplace that promotes a healthy work environment with opportunities to publish, speak, and train. Stars also offers a sabbatical after seven years.


Director of Education Initiatives


To provide oversight and support for the Stars after school programs for grades K - 12, establishing college readiness benchmarks at key grade levels, coordinating program evaluation and curriculum development.

This position interacts with all programs of Stars, as well as like-minded public and private entities.

Stars Associate Director, Eric Johnson


  •  Shares a commitment to Stars’ mission, vision, and values as well as a passion for changing lives among underserved children and youth
  • Understands the nature of nonprofit and ministry organizations
  • Actively involved in a faith community or intentionally seeking spiritual direction
  • Goal oriented and experienced in leading people to meet goals collaboratively
  • Minimum 5 - 7 years experience in education, social work, or mental health
  • Up to date on current youth development research, including areas such as trauma informed care and restorative justice practices
  •  Sees systems that work and can build systems for sustainable impact
  • Ability to keep people accountable for goal completion with an empowerment mindset
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills
  • A high level of integrity, self-motivation, and desire for excellence
  •  Is culturally humble, able to affirm and learn from other cultural perspectives
  • Possess a growth mindset for themselves, those they supervise and the program they lead
  •  Skilled in project management and organization; able to balance a focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of annual goals and objectives
  •  Experience tracking outcomes and reporting to funders
  •  Strong writing, interpersonal, and presentation skills; and the ability to effectively interface with management, primary caregivers, partner agencies, pastors, urban youth workers, and stakeholders
  •  Experience in training, facilitation, and staff development
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both verbal and written communication, preferred
  •   Exhibit proficiency with: G-Suite
  • Experience using Salesforce® is a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree in education or related field preferred


  • Give overall vision and direction to the after school programs and other education initiatives in line with the organization and the program logic models
  • Establish college readiness benchmarks at key grade levels and facilitate implementation of programming and partnerships to help students achieve those benchmarks
  • Development and implementation of all curriculum for Stars’ education initiatives in conjunction with program managers and in coordination with PUSD and state standards
  • Design and conduct program evaluation and monitor ongoing analytics of after school programs and all education initiatives
  •   Train, mentor, supervise and evaluate after school program managers
  • Provide autonomy, authority and accountability relative to the roles of program managers and program leaders
  • Facilitate communication and continuity among after school programs
  • Strategically participate in program, organizational, and community events
  •  Participate in fundraising with both individuals and foundation partners as determined by the Director of Engagement and development team.
  • Collaborate with Associate Director to both develop and manage summer programming
  • Collaborate with the Director of Engagement and Volunteer department to best utilize and develop volunteers in after school program and other education initiatives
  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Development team relative to development initiatives, grant funding, and overall public relations and marketing pertaining to the education programs
  • Represent and promote Stars education initiatives in the community, with key partners, on committees, panels, and other avenues of public engagement
  • Produce research relevant to Stars education initiatives in conjunction with the local and state education departments and professional communities
  • Teach/lead programs as necessary
  •  Ensure after school programs are a non-discriminatory space guaranteeing that human rights are exercised without discrimination based on race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status such as disability, age, marital and family status, sexual orientation and gender identity, health status, place of residence, economic and social situation.
  • Must be able to operate an automobile and be in possession of a valid driver’s license


  • Full time, exempt position.
  • Must be available for occasional weeknight and weekend events.


  • $62,000 – $68,000 /yr. - based on qualifications.


  • Reports to: Stars Associate Director
  • Works with: Executive Director, and Stars staff, volunteers, students, parents, partners and community agencies.

INTERESTED PARTIES: Please send resume & optional cover letter to:



Stars (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
712 E. Villa
Pasadena, California 91101


Samuel Newby


Pasadena, CA
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
See job description
Ordained position
Exempt status
Health Care and Social Services