Date of Award

Fall 8-1-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.


College of Education



First Advisor

Chris Jenkins, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Heather Miller, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

John D'Aguanno, Ed.D.


The purpose of this correlational study was to determine the relationship between perceived servant leadership and job satisfaction within 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program leaders in Maryland. The purpose of the 21st CCLC is to create out-of-school time programs that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities as well as additional services designed to complement their regular academic program. The approach used a quantitative methodology to analyze the relationship between servant leadership characteristics and job satisfaction. The target population for this study were the 21st CCLC program leaders in Maryland. The sample included all program leaders who attended Maryland 21st CCLC quarterly leadership meetings. The participants were asked to complete the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire to assess their level of job satisfaction. The participants were then asked to complete the Servant Leadership Survey to rate their perception of their leadership style. The study results indicate that there is a significant relationship, suggesting that adopting a servant leadership style in 21st CCLC programs may increase job satisfaction and decrease employee turnover.