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Job Opportunity: Pathways Fellowship Program Manager

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 is designed to diversify 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 Pathways Fellowship Program Manager will oversee the professional development, on-site coaching and support, and career development of participants in Pathways Fellowship. In addition, the Program Manager will assist in the recruitment of participants, build and maintain partnerships with new and existing field placement sites, and manage the implementation of the initiative at placement sites across the city. Reporting to the Pathways Fellowship Program Director, the Program Manager will play a pivotal role as ExpandED Schools expands and deepens its workforce development and equity work.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee all deliverables and activities related to ExpandED Schools’ Pathways Fellowship.  Work closely with school principals and teachers, afterschool Site Directors and educators, ExpandED Schools colleagues, and external project partners to ensure successful completion for all Fellows.
  • Manage the recruitment and selection process for each new cohort of Pathways Fellows.
    •  Conduct outreach and host information sessions to raise awareness and recruit applicants,
    • Refine and distribute program application,
    • Design and implement a timeline and process for reviewing applications and selecting Fellows
    • Maintaining regular communication with applicants and admitted Fellows
  • Manage recruitment of field placement sites, coordinating placement of Fellows in sites, and supporting the onboarding process. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with program sites, program partners, and participating educators.
  • Plan and carry-out support visits, including observations, feedback and coaching conversations, and technical assistance to program participants.
  • In partnership with the Pathways Fellowship Program Director, develop and implement a year-long scope and sequence for the professional development of Pathways Fellows that includes content-specific workshops for each of the three fellowship tracks (literacy, STEM, and computer science), as well as general sessions to orient Fellows to the teaching profession and support them in translating afterschool experience to work in the traditional k-12 space. 
    • Secure and support facilitators, both internally and through external consultants, to provide professional development that is coherent, relevant, and responsive to Fellows’ needs.
    • Manage all communications and logistics for professional development sessions.
    • Design and facilitate select team-building, networking, and/or professional development sessions aligned to the Program Manager’s areas of expertise.
  • Coordinate and conduct program implementation support efforts for Fellows and schools, including career coaching, on-site observation and feedback sessions, teambuilding experiences, networking events, etc.
  • Serve as a point person and thought partner for external partners who coordinate mentoring for each Fellow by a certified NYC school teacher.  Provide consultation and support around recruitment, selection, and matching of mentors to Fellows; training of teacher mentors; and monitoring and providing support for successful implementation of mentoring.
  • Participate in the evaluation of the Pathways Fellowship, e.g. by managing outreach to Fellows, alumni, site directors, and/or teacher mentors to encourage participation in surveys and other forms of data collection.
  • Work deeply with project partners and internal evaluation team to discuss program implementation and quality, seek improvements, and operationalize program features.
  • Participate in reporting for initiative funders. 
  • Support implementation of plans to provide ongoing support for program alumni.

Required Qualifications:

  • At least two years of experience related to formal or informal education required.  Experience working in both settings a plus.  
  • Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools and community organizations, particularly in a coaching capacity.
  • Experience with recruitment, selection, and onboarding of program participants.
  • Experience working in NYC public schools or afterschool strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge about traditional and alternative pathways into the teaching profession a plus.
  • Computer skills in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Google Suite tools, and Excel.
  • Commitment to educational equity, and specifically to the diversification of the teacher workforce in New York City.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and comfort with complexity and change.
  • Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools, community partners, and cultural institutions.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to New York City Public schools 2-3 days per week during afterschool hours.

Salary: $65,000+

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

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer