Executive Director
Start Date: January 1, 2024 (or a date determined after discussion with the successful candidate)
College Access Program

Grades 7-12, 80 students of which 30 are attending college and 50 are currently middle and high school students
43 Franklin Place, Summit, NJ

About the Program

For over 20 years, the PEP Program has provided a transformational learning experience for students with demonstrated financial need in Summit, New Jersey.  Now serving 50 students in grades 7 through 12 and supporting an additional 30 students in college, the PEP Program is a college-access program that offers academic support, social-emotional learning activities, and college support to select motivated students from Summit Public Schools. The program includes subject-based tutoring, study skills and test preparation, character development and cultural enrichment, along with on-going post-graduate support and career readiness. The PEP Program also looks to instill a sense of civic responsibility by requiring students to complete annual community service hours.

The program has experienced considerable success, documented both anecdotally and with performance metrics.  As the number of PEP students attending college has grown, so too has PEP’s support of these students.  PEP’s cumulative college retention rate is 85%.

The PEP House, where students gather with the administrators of the program and tutors, is located in central Summit.  The entire operating budget of the program, plus additional financial support for PEP graduates attending college, is funded by a family foundation.


The PEP Program increases opportunities for a select group of motivated Summit (NJ) Public School students with demonstrated financial need. We provide comprehensive academic, social, and emotional support, ensuring that participants accomplish a post-secondary education and become productive adults.

Core Values

  • We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential.
  • We believe that no child should be denied educational opportunity because of financial resources.
  • We believe that children can develop character through high expectations, role models and service to the community.
  • We believe that every child deserves a positive, nurturing and structured support system.
  • We believe that with support, children can and should set high goals and strive for excellence in their personal and academic lives.

About the Position

The PEP Program seeks an Executive Director to begin on January 1, 2024 or a date determined after discussion with the successful candidate. The Executive Director will lead a staff of three full-time administrators, one part-time counselor, and approximately 12 tutors. Moreover, the next Executive Director will lead the program in further defining its strategic vision and determining how its goals will be achieved.

Prospective candidates should:

  • Have an entrepreneurial view to the future, thinking about how access organizations of the future need to operate.
  • Be knowledgeable about current pedagogies and methodologies on leading practices for improving first-generation college outcomes.
  • Demonstrate proven fundraising capability or have a plan for how they will engage enthusiastically in development work in the Summit community.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and the ability to manage related conversations comfortably and confidently with all members of the community.
  • Possess strong interpersonal and management abilities, including exceptionally strong organizational, administrative, writing, communication, and analytical skills.
  • Be a visible and charismatic leader who makes themselves accessible to others and comes excited to engage fully in the PEP and Summit community.

Please see the Information for Candidates Report to learn more about this opportunity.

Application Materials Requested

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials in a Single Merged Document: 

  • EC Candidate Summary Sheet (Contact George Sanderson and/or Nat Conard for this document) 
  • A letter of interest addressed to the Search Committee
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Educational Leadership philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) 
  • Disclosure Form (Contact George Sanderson and/or Nat Conard for this document) 

Please Address Inquiries to:

George Sanderson, Partner, Educators Collaborative

gsanderson@educatorscollaborative.com – 609-213-0684

Nat Conard, Partner, Educators Collaborative

nconard@educatorscollaborative.com – 908-531-5183

Listing Date: September 6, 2023