8 th GRADE ACADEMY PROGRAM MANAGER, MASSACHUSETTS
Note to Current Citizen Schools Staff: For priority consideration, please apply by 5pm on Tuesday, March 19 2013. Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis.
About Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children across the country. We mobilize a second shift of afternoon educators, who provide academic support, leadership development, and "apprenticeships"—hands-on projects taught by volunteers from business and civic organizations. At Citizen Schools, students develop the skills , knowledge and beliefs they need to succeed in middle school, advance towards college, and become leaders in their careers and communities.
Citizen Schools’ approach is innovative, rigorous, and evidence-based. Recent research has reported that high attendance and academic success in middle school are critical indicators of high-school graduation and college completion. We work intensively with students to develop their academic and leadership skills, and forge strong partnerships with students’ families, classroom teachers, corporations, and community organizations to create a network of supportive adults in each student’s life. Citizen Schools offers an array of hands-on learning opportunities that make learning relevant, and introduces students to diverse colleges and careers through trips and projects that connect current learning with future opportunities.
Building on thirteen years of programming innovation and results, Citizen Schools is in the midst of a strategic growth plan to scale up its programs to serve 10,000 students by 2017. We currently operate 37 campuses in eight states (California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New Mexico and Texas), serving approximately 5,000 students and engaging over 4,000 Citizen Teachers.
Citizen Schools has been recognized as a national model program by the U.S. Department of Education, has been named a national winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award, and has been chosen by the Skoll Foundation as a winner of the Skoll Social Entrepreneurship Award.
About the position
The 8 th Grade Academy Program Managerwill work to continue the growth and impact of Citizen Schools’ capstone program Eighth Grade Academy (8GA) and support student alumni development. The 8GA program engages ~150 8 th grade students from 3 different schools, 50+ community volunteers, 1000+ alumni, and 8 full-time staff. The 8GA Program Manager will oversee city wide programming for 8 th graders including the Writing Program, College visits and High School application support. The 8GA Program Manager will also lead on developing and sustaining relationships with Campus Leaders who supervise 8 th Grade Academy Fellows to ensure alignment and consistency across campuses. A large component of this work will be dedicated to the use of data to determine action plans for maintaining a culture of achievement and continuously improving systems of communication to increase results for staff and students. Excellent 8GA Program Managers possess a commitment to education, a passion for community building, and demonstrated experience in staff development and/or peer leadership. This is a full-time position based in Boston and reporting directly to the Managing Director of Program.
· Manage progress toward regional 8GA goals and steward the project planning and execution of regional 8GA program elements including the Writing Program, College Trips, High School Application process and Bridging Magazine.
· Design and facilitate training for 8GA Team Leaders and Campus Leaders on execution of regional 8GA program elements
· Support and model strong culture of achievement among staff, apprentices, families and community, based on Citizen Schools values
· Coordinate with Massachusetts Operations Manager to facilitate transportation and planning for city wide programming including writing program and college trips
· Provide student behavior support on College trips and during 8GA programming on site as needed
· Support Campus Leaders to recruit and onboard approximately 150 8GA students and execute family events throughout the year
· Plan 8GA year-long schedule; confirm schedule and coordinate logistics with 3-4 Campus Directors
· Develops vision and strategy for 8GA program buckets (high school choice support, college trips, writing program, and college-to-career curriculum)
· Spend one rotating day each week at an 8GA campus to develop presence at each site and collect observations to inform planning for regional 8GA program buckets and progress toward regional goals.
· Plan and facilitate weekly meetings with 8GA cohort
· Build relationship with each Campus Leader who manages 8GA Team Leaders to ensure alignment and communication around 8GA program quality, implementation and progress toward goals.
· Facilitate monthly 8GA leadership meetings with Campus Leaders who manage 8GA Team Leaders
· Manage relationship with Boston Public Schools Welcome Services, photographer, and annual Bridging Magazine publisher
· Manage relationship with Citizen Schools’ Research & Evaluation and the National Program Department
· Manage 8GA systems (budget, 8GA photos, permission forms for all events, data entry, intranet documentation)
· Attend/Support 8GA related events
· Represent 8th Grade Academy within the MA State Team & Campus Director cohort
· Support one 10 hrs/week staff (High School Choice) to:
o Build and manage relationships with public and private Boston-area high schools for high school choice & placement (admissions)
o Track high school applications and acceptance data
o High School dinners (1 per campus)
o High School visits (where appropriate)
o Plan and execute Lucky 8 Celebration
· Support one 10 hrs/week staff (College to Career) to:
o Cultivate college partnerships for up to 6 monthly Saturday college trips
o Develop Scope and Sequence for College trips and College to Career programming
o Plan and execute one overnight College Trip to Hamilton College
o Plan and execute one closing 8GA Graduation experience
· Support one 10 hrs/week staff (Writing Program) to:
o Partner with the regional external engagement team to execute writing coach-related programming and events (Bridging Magazine party, writing coach hand-off)
o Develop Scope and Sequence, lesson plans and manage internalization process for Writing Program lessons at firm and at school
· Support one 10hrs/week staff members (alumni) to lead on:
o Research and share high-quality programs and scholarship opportunities
o Work 1-on-1 with a few select students to apply for and follow through on opportunities
o Support program staff to engage alumni regularly as role models on campuses and field trips
o Work with state team to identify opportunities for alumni participation and prepare alumni to represent
o Build relationship with high school contacts to learn about opportunities/pathways within schools and about improving the hand-off from middle to high school
The 8GA Program Coordinator will lead a team of front-line educators in the delivery of an outcomes-focused, hands-on educational program. All candidates will be expected to demonstrate maturity, leadership potential and a track record of achieving results in a demanding environment. He or she must possess the following:
· 2-3 years of experience in the education sector, with teaching and/or other instructional experience in a low-income setting strongly preferred
· Previous experience working at Citizen Schools in a student-facing role, though not required, is strongly preferred
· Proven coaching skills, including demonstrated ability to support, teach, and model excellence for staff and volunteers
· Demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external partners, including peers
· Commitment to using evaluation as a program quality management tool, and proficiency with using data to drive decision-making
· Highly developed interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to influence and motivate others
· Excellent time management skills and organizational skills
· Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills
· Energy, creativity, initiative, and enthusiasm
· Resilience, resourcefulness, and sound judgment
· Demonstrated commitment to diversity
· Ability to model Citizen Schools’ core values: Pride, Joy, Respect, Courage, Teamwork, Perseverance, and Vision
· Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary range is commensurate with experience. Full benefits include health care, 403B, three weeks vacation, and extensive training and professional development opportunities. All 8GA Program Coordinators participate in the Citizen Schools national network via trainings, site visits, institutes and organization wide retreats and meetings.
Please complete the online application at www.citizenschools.org/careers and submit a résumé and cover letter. Candidates will be reviewed on an on-going basis.
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