Program Development Coordinator Grades 5-12

School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization made up of hundreds of volunteers, who give their time, talents, and support to the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness. Founded in 1993, the mission of School on Wheels is the enhancement of educational opportunities for children without a home, from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in the education of these children and provide them with the highest quality education possible.

Since 1993 we have:

  • Provided mentoring and tutoring for more than 50,000 students – each one with a story, past, and future.
  • We reach six counties in Southern California covering some 2,500 square miles.
  • We partner with 400+ sites across our region. Those sites include shelters, school districts, and after-school programs.
  • Each year we provide some 5,000 students with the school supplies they need 

Position Overview

Reporting to the Associate Director – Programs, the Program Development Coordinator – Grades 5-12 provides support to students in grades 5 through 12 and drives organizational growth by strengthening current and developing new academic and post-high school programs and resources. A successful Program Development Coordinator – Grades 5-12 will meet planning, implementation, tracking, and evaluation goals and will develop strong relationships with schools, agencies, and community stakeholders while being a liaison on behalf of School on Wheels.

Major Responsibilities:

Enroll, train, and support tutors and students (grades 5-8) in the Academic Program and students (grades 9-12) in the Believe- Understand- Succeed (BUS) Program (High School) – from enrollment to program completion.

Academic Program

  • Create program accounts and provide information to tutors
  • Monitor and process assessment results, and generate personalized curriculums using Freckle and other resources
  • Update assessment results to School on Wheels database
  • Support volunteers and Program Ambassadors in completing additional student assessments
  • Collaborate with the Data & Technology Administrator on program outcomes/evaluation
  • Analyze and assist in the enhancement of academic programs and resources
  • Develop and implement new materials, resources, lesson plans, and offline materials
  • Explore partnerships with other organizations to provide opportunities such as virtual field trips, arts, recreation, leadership, career exploration, etc, to students

Believe- Understand- Succeed (BUS) Program (High School)

  • Nurture current and develop new partnerships for students who complete the program
  • Refer interested students to partners and support and track students receiving services
  • Outreach and learn from nonprofits, institutions, and organizations; improve current and incorporate new aspects/components in the BUS Program to better support our students
  • Collaborate with the Data & Technology Administrator on program outcomes/evaluation
  • Collaborate with the Parent Engagement Coordinator on a parent/family component in the program
  • Organize, coordinate and publicize post-high school-related events and opportunities for students to learn about higher education and vocational training and preparation.
  • Analyze and assist in the enhancement of academic programs and resources
  • Facilitate, track, and measure academic achievement and high school graduation
  • Work with the Associate Director – Programs and various team members/committees to establish and manage a job shadowing program, vocational scholarship, and alumni network
  • Explore partnerships with other organizations to provide opportunities such as virtual field trips, arts, recreation, leadership, career exploration, etc, to students

Manage the Facebook/Meta/EdMod Beats Unlocked Program for Students 13+

  • Oversee the enrollment, training, and support of SOW facilitators in how to conduct Beats Unlocked Workshops
  • Ensure collaboration with SOW coordinators to conduct outreach and engage site partners
  • Support the completion of a minimum of four virtual or in-person workshops and meet a minimum student enrollment goal of 200 before the end of 2022
  • Liaise and communicate with Meta/EdMod staff on a monthly basis; negotiate change orders in the statement of work as necessary to support the goals of both organizations


  • Working knowledge of Salesforce or similar database management software.
  • Working knowledge of Google Suite, Zoom
  • Passion for education
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Empathy for students experiencing homelessness
  • Strong communications/presentation experience
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • At least one year of experience advocating for the educational needs of students experiencing homelessness
  • Educational requirement – Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • Must be currently fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Must pass a Livescan Fingerprint background check

Salary and Benefits:

  • Hourly rate – $20.19 to $22.15 DOE
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurances, 403b plan. 
  • 10 days per year of paid vacation and 12 paid holidays, plus a day off for your birthday 
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Professional Development stipend


  • Flexibility – flexible working environment and telecommuting providing enough freedom to spread your wings.
  • Autonomy – this position will provide you with a lot of autonomy as you will be required to take charge of projects and complete tasks with minimal supervision.
  • Ongoing coaching, training, career planning, and growth opportunities with room for vertical and horizontal mobility within the organization.
  • Skill diversification – you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks to develop your skills in many areas. 
  • Consistent and fair leadership – we’ll listen, share information, set clear goals, show you respect, and treat everyone fairly.
  • Culture – you will be a part of a passionate, mission-driven team where your ideas and feedback will be listened to and encouraged. You will have opportunities to be a part of team-based projects resulting in bringing change to the organization. 

At School on Wheels, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving students’ lives through education. 

To join this dedicated team, submit your cover letter, resume and work and/or writing samples (submitted as links and/or attachments) for consideration to with the subject line containing “Program Development Coordinator Grades 5-12”

Our review of your submission will be focused on your passion for and understanding of our cause, meeting our technical and educational requirements as well as the thoroughness of your response. Lived experience plays a major factor for School on Wheels and we encourage you to share those experiences in your cover letter.