School Partnership Coordinators
The Urban Assembly - New York, NY

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The Urban Assembly network of successful public secondary schools is hiring for two (2) unique school-based positions at the forefront of public-private sector collaboration in urban education reform.

The Schools

The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce (UASGC) and the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management (UASEM) are in development for September 2013. Both Career & Technical Education (CTE) high schools, they will prepare students for dynamic careers in their respective industries via higher education or immediate workforce entry with a recognized credential.

Each school will employ a partnership coordinator who will be its primary liaison to industry partners, representing the interests of the school and the needs of its students in designing and running course electives, internship programs, extracurricular activities, field trips, guest speaker series, summer enrichment experiences, and other activities that constantly and meaningfully engage experts.

The Urban Assembly

The Urban Assembly (UA) is a non-profit organization that creates and manages a growing network of small New York City public secondary schools. We are dedicated to empowering underserved students to break the cycle of poverty by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary to graduate from college. Most of the UA's 21 middle and high schools are located in under-resourced areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The UA is open to all students. Our youth population is: 94% African American or Latino (compared with 73% citywide); 52% below grade level in Math upon enrollment (compared with 29% citywide); 70% below grade level in English upon enrollment (compared with 43% citywide); and 18-19% classified for Special Education (compared with 8-10% citywide).

The UA's high school graduation rate is nearly 20% above the citywide average for African American and Latino youth, and our college matriculation rate is more than double the citywide average. We achieve this level of success through of our theme-based curricula, emphasis on supportive relationships with adults, and corporate and professional partnerships that blur the line between academics and the real world. It is partnerships in particular that distinguish the UA education: we are committed to giving each of our students at least one formative experience with a professional in every year of their study. We do so through a combination of services and exposure opportunities that enliven academics and make career goals tangible. The Position The primary role of a partnership coordinator is to ensure that students are exposed to their school's theme and the professional world through substantive experiences with partner organizations, and to integrate the development of career skills creatively into a robust school day. This includes marketing the school, managing external relations with high-profile institutions, and organizing imaginative and educationally valuable interfaces between the school and its community of partners.

The partnership coordinator will also be responsible for managing the school's CTE Advisory Board, a group of professionals from relevant fields who work to ensure alignment of the school's curriculum and work-based learning program with industry needs and postsecondary expectations.

Qualifications

Above all else, ideal candidates will:
  • Be well-versed, networked, and preferably experienced in the industry suggested by the school's theme (transportation, distribution and logistics for UASGC; emergency response and management for UASEM);
  • Possess passion for, deep intuition about, and preferably some background in the holistic education of adolescents and the framework of teaching as an act of social justice;
  • Demonstrate a history of successful institutional relationship-building, most notably for long-term collaborations with multiple moving parts and unconventional metrics;
  • Know how to envision, plan, implement, evaluate, improve, and grow complex portfolios of service over time, having designed programs and brought them to scale; and,
  • Appreciate the need for strategic and creative use of resources and feel confident seeking alternative funding sources for programs not fully supported by a public school budget.
Additionally, successful candidates will possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Duties will bring them into frequent contact with diverse stakeholders, ranging from professionals in the public, private and non-profit sectors to Department of Education representatives, administrators, teachers, and students.

Successful candidates will be well-organized, flexible, able to multi-task effectively, capable of finding the intersective priorities of different constituencies, and attracted to the fast-paced environment of an urban public school.

Candidates should possess an undergraduate degree, at least two years of professional experience in education, public relations, or communications and an interest in or exposure to the industry embodied in UASEM or UASGC.

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