Director, School Partnerships

Rochester Institute of Technology | Rochester, NY

Posted Date 5/26/2023

Director, School Partnerships



K-12 University Center

Job Summary

The Director of School Partnerships builds and maintains strong relationships between RIT and K-12 schools. They are responsible for planning and implementing strategic engagements with key partners to create mutually beneficial relationships the support pathways to enrollment at RIT.

Job Responsibilities

Please note: Occasional weekend and evening hours required.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Provide leadership and management to the Uncommon Partnership between RIT and Rochester Prep High School (RPHS). In consult with RPHS administrators, create and coordinate implementation of a comprehensive portfolio of educational opportunities that promote college readiness and career awareness through engagement with the RIT community and its resources. Oversee the RIT-RPHS capstone research program during fall and spring semesters. Manage the Uncommon Partnership account. Provide reporting on the partnership and its immediate and long-term impact.
  • Continue and strengthen relationships between RIT and City of Rochester K-12 schools. Identify prospective school partners, assess fit, and strategically develop programming in service of the schools and RIT around shared objectives. Create, promote, and implement experiences that expose youth to RIT and its resources, including the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program and RIT Certified. Serve as a liaison for RIT efforts to outreach to City of Rochester youth.
  • Develop strategic relationships and supportive programming with additional K-12 schools at the direction of RIT Leadership in support of university priorities.
  • Provide supplemental support to graduates of RPHS, the Uncommon School network, City of Rochester Schools, and other target schools as they bridge to RIT and during their time as RIT students. Liaise with Admissions, Enrollment Management, MCAS, and other campus resources to understand trends and address concerns in recruitment and retention.
  • Supervise the work of outreach specialists and student outreach assistants.
  • Ensure compliance with RIT’s Policy for Youth Protection in all efforts.
  • Support pre-college outreach activities, including summer camps, organized by the K-12 University Center and the campus community as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
This is an on-campus position that requires a Master’s degree or equivalent experience. Must be able to participate in outreach activities that may involve standing or sitting for long periods, providing campus tours, and lifting supplies up to 25 lbs. Must have regular access to personal transportation. This position reports to the Senior Director of Pre-College Programs in RIT’s K-12 University Center.

Required Qualifications


  • 5-10 years of experience in the design and implementation of college-readiness programming for minority and low-income youth.
  • 3-5 years of administrative experience with increasing responsibility
Specialized Skills
  • Expertise in the design and delivery of middle and high school-level programming in areas of: college-readiness, academic enrichment, social/emotional development, early career awareness, and STEM research.
  • Expertise in the college search, college application, and financial aid process.
  • Awareness of challenges facing youth and educators in the City of Rochester. Experience working in high poverty communities.
  • Knowledge of the RIT Strategic Plan and the RIT Action Plan for Race and Ethnicity.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; must be adept at communicating with audiences of all backgrounds and education levels.
  • Skilled in supervision and development of employees.
  • Strong written, verbal, electronic, and virtual communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service.
  • Positive attitude towards youth, growth mindset.
  • Values and supports individual differences. Able to work with diverse populations.
  • Values transparency, accountability, and communication. Embraces a team attitude.
  • Ability to work independently, managing and prioritizing multiple demands. Knows when to elevate issues.
  • Attention to detail in all responsibilities
  • Flexibility and willingness to assume new tasks or special projects as requested
  • Skilled and experienced at evidence based decision-making and continuous process improvement

PLEASE NOTE: The individual hired for this position will be required to have a pre-employment Motor Vehicle check, and the Motor Vehicle Report must clear RIT's Safe Driving Policy. (see Page 4)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in a Rochester City middle or high school.
  • Bilingual (Spanish, ASL)
  • Knowledge of RIT’s campus and programs.
  • Certification as a teacher, counselor, or administrator.
  • Admissions experience.

Required Minimum Education Level

Masters-Other, MS, MA

Work Location

Henrietta Campus — 100%

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Required Application Documents

Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae or Resume, List of References

What do we believe at RIT?

Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. We are dedicated to building a diverse community, one where employees feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring.

As a member of the RIT community, you'll receive a comprehensive employee benefits package that offers multiple options and access to additional employment advantages. You can tailor your benefit elections to meet your needs (affordable medical/dental/vision benefits; paid vacation/sick time/retirement saving plan with exceptional employer match; and tuition assistance for you and your family, to name a few).

Department/College Description

RIT K-12’s Office of Pre-College Programs works in collaboration with all divisions at RIT to build connections between the college and the K-12 community (youth, teachers, parents, schools). This is accomplished through a portfolio of initiatives including customized campus visits, onetime hands-on experiences, ongoing grant-funded programs facilitated in partnership with area schools, strategic partnerships with K-12 schools, broader impact efforts designed with RIT faculty, internships and career development programs, and summer camps. The outreach provided by the RIT K-12 aims to increase college-going attitudes, to spark interest in RIT’s areas of study, and to motivate youth to consider RIT as an eventual fit for college.

How To Apply

In order to be considered for this position, you must apply for it at: Click the link for search openings and in the keyword search field, enter the title of the position or the BR number.

Additional Details

The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Employment Type
Full Time

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