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Job Opportunity: Pathways Fellowship Program Director

ExpandED Schools is a leading afterschool organization that advances educational equity for students from under-served communities across New York City. Founded in 1998 with a catalytic $125M from the Open Society Foundations, ExpandED designed the nation’s first city-wide, publicly-funded system for afterschool programming. Today, through advocacy, research, and program development, ExpandED continues to build the capacity of the NYC afterschool field to address the educational inequities that prevent far too many students from reaching their full potential. 

Now more than ever, under-served students need access to innovative, engaging ways of learning to help them deal with the trauma of the pandemic and racial injustice and make up for lost learning time due to the public health crisis. In the face of remote learning and cuts to city and state budgets, ExpandED is designing online programming, organizing and uniting partners across the afterschool field, and leading the fight for urgently-needed public funding to ensure kids from communities most affected by COVID-19 will continue to have access to a robust public education, whether in-person or remotely.

Purpose of Position

The Pathways Fellowship Program Director will shape the next phase of program growth and evolution for the Pathways Fellowship, which diversifies the teacher workforce in NYC by supporting approximately 25-30 aspiring teachers of color each year in developing the skills, experiences, knowledge, and relationships necessary to successfully transition from college to positions as K-12 classroom teachers. The Program Director will work closely with partner organizations, universities, CBOs, and internal staff to oversee and support program implementation and advance professional development, the afterschool practicum, career coaching, instructional mentoring, and networking opportunities that support the Fellows. The Pathways Fellowship Program Director will report to the Director of Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance, and will supervise one full-time Program Manager and consultants who support the program.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Co-develop with the Director of Capacity-Building and Technical Assistance the plan for ongoing development and long-term sustainability of the Pathways Fellowship, including aligning the program’s role to a larger vision for ExpandED’s capacity-building work for the afterschool field. 
  • Develop vision and plans for all essential program components, including mentoring, the afterschool practicum, professional development, career coaching, networking, and retention activities. Establish and/or maintain relationships with partners who will support each component, including both internal partners and external consultants and volunteers. Negotiate clear work scopes and agreements with each partner. 
  • Maintain a core set of programmatic functions (e.g. design and facilitation of professional development, site visits, coaching Fellows and site directors) while managing a full-time Program Manager in implementing the Pathways Fellowship.  Be responsible for ensuring that all Fellows receive the supports included in all program components and are set up for success.
  • Develop workplans, including timelines, targets, and distribution of responsibilities, for each component of the program, and implement systems for progress monitoring to ensure all aspects of the program stay on track.
  • Devise plans and targets and provide project management, oversight and support for annual recruitment and selection efforts for new Fellows, field placement sites, and teacher mentors.  
  • Identify and build relationships with partners who support recruitment efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department to develop and plan for the dissemination of recruitment materials.
  • Establish selection criteria.
  • Design selection and onboarding materials, tracking systems, and processes.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with external partners, including universities, alternative certification programs, NYCDOE offices, and school networks, to support development of the Pathways Fellowship.
  • Work closely with ExpandED Schools’ Communications Department on project-specific public-facing communications, including blogs, social media posts, conference sessions, webinars, and/or panels to increase publicity and visibility of program.
  • Track programmatic spending and analyze expenditures against program budget.  
  • Participate in fundraising and reporting activities for private funders.
  • Collaborate with research team to develop program evaluation plans. Provide ongoing support as needed to refine and execute plans.
  • Develop and oversee implementation of plans to provide ongoing support for program alumni.
  • Perform other work as assigned.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, with experience in program management and supervision of a team.
  • Deep commitment to and passion for educational equity, and specifically for creating career pathways for aspiring teachers of color in order to diversify the K-12 teacher workforce.
  • Knowledge of youth development and related best practice.  Familiarity with curricular and pedagogical expectations for K-12 classroom teachers.
  • Knowledge of career pathways and certification requirements for teaching positions in K-12 schools in NYC a plus.
  • Experience working in both the afterschool sector and the traditional school-day classroom setting preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and work as part of a team.
  • Excellent speaking, writing, and facilitation skills with diverse audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and comfort with complexity and change
  • Creative thinking, strong interpersonal skills, the desire to work collaboratively, and a sense of humor
  • Competent computer skills, including knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Willingness and ability to travel within New York City frequently and occasional overnight trips

Salary: $70,000+ 

ExpandED Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Our benefits package 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 24 vacation days, 8 sick 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 six months of service
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities 


ExpandED Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students.  

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to: employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: Pathways Fellowship Program Director.  No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer