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Job Opportunity: STEM Pathways Program Manager

ExpandED Schools is a national nonprofit dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences.  In 1998, we were founded as The After-School Corporation. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than four dollars in private and public spending for every dollar of our founding grant. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – seeking to ensure that all kids have opportunities to discover their talents and develop their full potential. We develop scalable and sustainable models that provide more learning time. We:

  • EXPAND the school day: We add more time each day to help close the learning gap by up to 450 hours each school year.
  • ENGAGE the community: We bring additional passion, talent, child development expertise and role models into the classroom.
  • ENHANCE the learning: We balance the curriculum with the arts, movement and personalized hands-on enrichments such as robotics, book clubs, knitting, debate and salsa dance.

ExpandED Schools is seeking a Program Manager to support aspiring STEM educators in the Pathways Initiative, a program designed to recruit and support people of color who are interested in education or youth development careers. Working closely with the Director of STEM Programs and the wider Pathways Initiative team, school and community partners, the

Program Manager will oversee the professional development, on-site coaching and support, and career development of participants in STEM pathways tracks.  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 Director of STEM Programs, the Program Manager will play a pivotal role as ExpandED Schools expands and deepens its workforce development and equity work. The role is ideal for a passionate, detail-oriented person with roots in education and/or youth development in New York City.

Responsibilities:

Manage and implement STEM tracks of the Pathways Initiative:

  • Work closely with school principals and teachers, afterschool Site Directors and educators, ExpandED Schools colleagues, and external project partners to implement a STEM-specific career development pathway for aspiring teachers, primarily people of color.
  • Coordinate and conduct support and coaching visits to schools to provide instructional coaching, on-site support, and to observe program quality; meet with school teams (principal, community partners, and educators) to support program implementation.
  • Collaborate with New Teacher Center to develop and facilitate professional development workshops (including two Saturday workshops throughout the year), execute the program management plan, and identify areas for continuous improvement.
  • Work deeply with project partners and internal evaluation team to discuss program implementation and quality, seek improvements, and operationalize new program enhancements.
  • Participate in reporting and technical assistance activities for funders of the Pathways Initiative.
  • Contribute to the fiscal management of the initiative by overseeing contracts to partners, participant stipends, and payments to partners.
  • Facilitate trainings, cohort-building events, and team-building activities for aspiring educators.  Most trainings will be applicable for afterschool STEM, but other topics will likely include youth development (positive behavior management, trauma-informed care, SEL) and general education topics (lesson-planning, lesson delivery).

Other: 

  • Work closely with ExpandED Schools Communication Department 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 adjacent STEM initiatives, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to educational equity and a diverse teacher workforce.
  • At least two years of experience related to formal or informal science education required.  Experience working in NYC public schools or afterschool strongly preferred.
  • Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools, community organizations and cultural institutions, particularly in a coaching capacity.
  • 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.
  • Creative thinking coupled with a sense of humor, strong interpersonal skills, and the desire to work collaboratively.
  • Computer skills in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to New York City Public schools 2-3 days per week during afterschool hours.
  • Willingness to travel outside of New York City as needed.
  • This position requires regular use of public transportation and regular work in school buildings that may require climbing stairs.

Salary: $60,000

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 

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to employment@expandedschools.org Subject: STEM Pathways 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.