Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program Summer 2018


Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Program - Summer 2018

Deaconess Foundation will sponsor a network of CDF Freedom Schools programs for children in grades kindergarten through five in the St. Louis region. The seven-week program provides summer enrichment around five essential components: high-quality academic enrichment, parent and family involvement, civic engagement and social action, intergenerational leadership development, and nutritional, physical, and mental health. Enrichment is driven by the Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) which primarily focuses on literacy to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps.

Deaconess will hire one (1) individual, as Project Director, who is committed to active lives of leadership and service for children. Individuals with a valid Missouri teaching certificate are strongly encouraged to apply. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to by January 3, 2018. 

Project Director Position Description

The Project Director works in conjunction with the Executive Director to manage operations for the CDF Freedom Schools program. The Project Director should have strong leadership skills with empathy for children and their families. The Project Director should be committed to the goals of the program, able to work collaboratively with all program constituents and be familiar with the culture and dynamics of the community.


  • Work with Executive Director to manage adequate staff to operate program(s) and ensure overall quality as outlined by the standards of the CDF Freedom Schools program.
  • Work with Executive Director to recruit children and families that are our most vulnerable populations.
  • Maintain the safety of all staff and students on sites.
  • Attend all required trainings.
    • March 14 - 18, 2018 in Clinton/Knoxville, TN
    • All local trainings
  • Maintain regular communication with the CDF Freedom Schools national staff, as appropriate.
  • Conduct local training with program staff prior to and after the June Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute.
  • Work in conjunction with site coordinator to check book inventory upon receipt and notify CDF Freedom Schools national staff of any discrepancies.
  • Submit all required documents to CDF by the requested deadline.
  • Ensure that the appropriate program staff inputs child, staff and parent enrollment data in CDF’s reporting system.
  • Serve as the liaison between the sponsor organization and the program site(s).
  • Ensure that the CDF Freedom Schools Integrated Reading Curriculum is implemented with fidelity.
  • Establish programmatic safeguards and practices which prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or any other characteristic protected by Missouri state laws.


  • Senior level staff with experience managing programs for children and families
  • Ability to translate a strategic plan into direct implementation
  • Administrative leadership skills and experience in managing an intergenerational staff
  • Ability to motivate others, pay attention to detail, and lead long-term planning
  • Solid commitment to the success and well-being of children
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Exhibit positive behavior and attitudes; model a mature and professional demeanor
  • Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history and the willingness to be open and respectful of other cultures. 
  • Authorization for background check for criminal and child protective findings