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Job Opportunity: ExpandED STEM Options Program Manager

ExpandED Schools is dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched educational experiences. We give children more hours in the school day, bring more role models into the classroom, and infuse their learning with enrichments in literacy, STEM, arts, and sports and opportunities to build character and leadership skills. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than $500 million in private and public funds. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – developing scalable and sustainable models that provide more quality learning. Since our founding in 1998, we have reached more than one million students and trained more than 30,000 educators and teachers. 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. 

For the past six years, we have developed and implemented a program for teens called ExpandED Options. In ExpandED Options, high school students complete credit-worthy community-led courses where they learn a skill and how to teach that skill. Students who complete the program are connected to paid summer internship where they teach their new skills to younger kids. ExpandED Schools is seeking a Program Manager to manage STEM apprenticeships within ExpandED Options.   

This position is funded through a research grant from the US Department of Education. The ExpandED STEM Options Program Director will have the opportunity to play a critical role in implementing a study competitively selected from around the country. The study is a randomized control trial to test the efficacy of ExpandED Options to increase students’ interest and knowledge of STEM, STEM careers, and post-secondary readiness.  

The ExpandED STEM Options Program Manager will work closely with school staff, apprenticeship providers and external partners to support and monitor ExpandED STEM Options programming. The Manager’s priorities are to ensure programmatic milestones and outcomes are met and provide assistance to all partners to foster quality implementation. The ExpandED STEM Options Program Manager reports to the Director of ExpandED Options.

Responsibilities: 
Manage and implement ExpandED STEM Options:

  • Develop and/or monitor partnerships between apprenticeship providers, internship providers and school staff to ensure quality implementation of program model.
  • Review apprenticeship curricula to ensure alignment with DOE academic policy and curricula standards; and provide feedback to partners.
  • Conduct site visits to program partners.
  • Coordinate and conduct support and coaching visits to implementation schools and partners to provide on-site support, and to observe program quality; meet with school teams (principal, community partners, and educators) to support program implementation.
  • Ensure all students have internship placements and requirements to internship providers are clear.
  • Facilitate and design professional development opportunities for program partners.
  • Participate in reporting and technical assistance activities for the US Department of Education
  • Create and update tools and materials that operationalize best practices for all partners.
  • Assist research efforts as needed by collecting data.  
  • Contribute to the fiscal management of the initiative by overseeing contracts to partners, participant stipends, and payments to partners.

Other: 

  • Work closely with ExpandED Schools’ Communications Team to document and disseminate best practices including blog posts and communication briefs, as needed.
  • Serve as a knowledge-base by providing anecdotal data to shape ExpandED Schools policies as well as the growing field of expanded learning time.
  • Collaborate on special projects, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to educational equity.
  • Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools, community organizations and cultural institutions, particularly in a coaching capacity. 
  • Passion for building work-based learning; previous knowledge and experience strongly preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least two years of experience related to formal or informal science education; Experience working in NYC public schools or afterschool strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards a plus
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex programs to program partners, to share our work during conferences, and to lead high-quality professional learning for educators
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with a proven ability to execute tasks efficiently and with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and execute projects independently 
  • Flexibility, adaptability and comfort with complexity and change
  • Computer skills in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

This position requires regular use of public transportation and visits to school buildings that may require climbing stairs.

Benefits: 
ExpandED Schools offers a generous benefits package which includes: 

  • Full-time and eligible part-time employees receive medical, dental and vision plans for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by ExpandED Schools 
  • Health, dependent care and transit pre-tax accounts 
  • Employer-paid life insurance and supplemental disability coverage 
  • A generous paid time off package which includes 20 vacation days, 8 sick days, 4 personal days and 12 paid holidays (prorated for part-time staff) 
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of 5% of annual compensation after one year of employment (no match requirement) 
  • Commitment to work-life balance 
  • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after one year of service 
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: employment@expandedschools.org Subject: ExpandED STEM Options Program Manager– [Candidate’s First & Last Name]. 

No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer.