Job Opportunity: Literacy Manager, Operations Division
ExpandED Schools works to ensure that all kids, from every zip code, have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. So we give kids more hours in the school day, bring more role models into the classroom, and infuse their learning with the arts, STEM, sports and character-building activities. These are the supports and experiences kids need in order to grow into caring, confident and successful adults. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than four dollars in private and public spending for every dollar of our founding grant. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – seeking to ensure that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. We develop scalable and sustainable models that provide more learning time. We:
- EXPAND the school day: Adding 2.5 hours each day; closing the learning gap by 450 hours/school year.
- ENGAGE the community: Bringing additional role models – tutors, coaches, college students and teaching artists – into the classroom.
- ENHANCE the learning: Balancing the curriculum with the arts, sports, STEM and character-building enrichments.
Purpose of Position:
Working in the Operations Division, the Literacy Manager will develop, oversee and implement ExpandED School’s technical assistance (TA) services to expanded learning (after-school, summer) programs and schools, supporting the delivery of high-quality literacy instruction and enrichments. The target audience for technical assistance will be program directors, community educators and teachers. The Literacy Manager will also design, lead and support the training of Ready Readers, a multi-agency, multi-school literacy initiative. The goal of the project is to build the higher-order reading skills of children in grades 2-3. You are the colleague we are looking for if you: Are committed to expanding education opportunities for all students; Understand how your role contributes to the overall success of the organization’s mission; Have the skills and desire to transfer knowledge and expertise to others; Maintain a sense of humor and perspective.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Oversee all deliverables and activities related to ExpandED Schools’ Literacy Technical Assistance contract with the City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)
- Lead the design and implementation of literacy-related professional development activities for the Ready Readers initiative, including providing coaching and feedback to community educators and Literacy Managers from other agencies connected to the project.
- Work with ExpandED Schools, community organizations and school staff to assess the literacy professional development needs of the diverse workforce
- Identify and promote curricular offerings that are aligned with learning standards and responsive to the needs and goals of participating programs and schools
- Equip community-based organization staff to embed an array of effective teaching strategies to create learning opportunities for students
- Establish and support a learning community among program directors, instructional coordinators, education specialists and teachers that addresses issues of planning, alignment with the school-day, professional development and assessment
- Help community partners and schools establish observation and coaching programs
- Develop and maintain relationships with leading professional development providers
- Evaluate all professional development activities to continuously improve offerings
- Document and disseminate best practices in literacy professional development
- Manage contracts and budgets for curriculum and professional development activities, maintaining appropriate records and providing required reports
- Master’s degree in education, training in literacy education preferred
- Minimum of three years K-8 teaching experience with demonstrated instructional leadership preferred
- Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools and community organizations Knowledge of and passion for creating hands-on, project based learning
- Experience designing and delivering professional development
- Expertise in using data, broadly defined, to improve activities and instruction
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects
- Desire to work collaboratively and participate as a member of a diverse team
- Strong computer skills: knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook and the Internet required
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to:
email@example.com, Subject: Development Associate.
No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.