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Job Opportunity: Work Based Learning, Exploring Futures Program Manager

ExpandED is dedicated to ensuring that all young people have access to enriching learning opportunities that affirm their identities, teach them valuable skills, and spark new possibilities. Through program development, capacity-building, research and advocacy, we work toward our vision of a vibrant and stable publicly-funded system of school-community partnership so that all New York City children thrive. 

Established in 1998, the organization today works with more than 119,000 children and 900 programs throughout New York City to ensure that students in under-served communities have access to innovative, engaging ways of learning to enable them to reach their full potential. Over the last two decades, ExpandED Schools’ program, research and policy efforts have led to increased recognition of the academic, social, and emotional benefits of afterschool, increased funding, and new models for school-community partnership. 

The pandemic further highlighted the importance of afterschool and ExpandED’s vital function. Afterschool provides opportunities for caregivers to work, keeps kids safe, and builds strong and equitable communities. The organization and its partners brought stability to working families during a period of ongoing turmoil. Its programs served as nurturing centers for kids to work on projects that build their academic and social skills, talk to mentors who help them process their feelings, think about their next steps and careers, and connect with friends. During the pandemic, ExpandED played a leading role in reimagining the City’s summer jobs program and securing 35,000 work-based learning experiences in summer 2020 and 75,000 in summer 2021. 

ExpandED Schools is seeking a Program Manager, Work Based Learning. This position will support school and CBO partnerships, with the overall goal of expanding young people’s access to Work Based Learning, especially through implementation of Exploring Futures, our career exploration program for middle-school students 

About the Position

Reporting to the Director of Work-Based Learning, the Program Manager will work in partnership with all stakeholders to implement a shared vision for Exploring Futures, including managing and supporting CBO and school partners to implement the program model. 

Exploring Futures helps students in grades 6 through 8 begin to link their personal interests to career goals and professional identities. Using a career exploration curriculum, Exploring Futures combines classroom learning with engaging career exposure opportunities. The model offers middle schoolers a research-based program for robust career exploration, beginning with afterschool programming during the 6th grade year and moving into a more formal setting during the school day for 7th and 8th grade.  Linking this work throughout the traditional school day and afterschool hours allows for:

  • Diverse career learning experiences, ranging from foundation building to experiential deep dives into specific industries
  • Expanded opportunities for authentic, real-world career exposure events aligned to students’ interests
  • Continued and varied connections between career learning and educational choices

At each Exploring Futures site, schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) partner together and align their work with students and families to create a strong culture of career exploration centered on student-level interest data and content expertise.

The right candidate for the role has strong familiarity with at least two of the three areas: formal middle school instruction, out of school time program management, or New York City CTE schools. 

Duties & Responsibilities

Exploring Futures Program Implementation:

  • Support and monitor the implementation of Exploring Futures at school and summer sites including leading start up meetings, troubleshooting via email and phone calls, and holding regular meetings to check-in and guide programming. 
  • Track program progress through a shareable and easy to read tracker.
  • Provide program-wide updates and resources via regular listserv email communications
  • Coordinate and conduct support and coaching visits to implementation schools and partners to provide on-site support, observe program quality, and offer feedback.
  • Support program evaluation by sharing and tracking survey completion, coordinating student and staff participation in focus groups, and facilitating end of year reflection and fidelity conversations.  
  • Lead monthly partnership calls to keep all stakeholders informed of the program's progress. 
  • Lead and/or coordinate professional development for CBO and school partners on program materials

Exploring Futures Program Development:

  • Support program design by providing feedback to program stakeholders and evaluators on program strengths and challenges based on implementation.
  • Support program design by providing feedback on program curriculum and materials. 
  • Create and update tools and materials that operationalize best practices for all 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 three years of related experience or six years related work experience in formal middle school instruction, out of school time program management, or New York City CTE schools; 
  • Knowledge of the NYSED learning standards at the middle level, highly preferred. 
  • 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 Google Drive, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Strong cultural competence with respect for and extensive knowledge of the cultures of the various stakeholders we work with and the communities we serve.
  • Willingness to travel throughout NYC for school visits.

Salary Range: $65,000 – $72,000

Benefits:

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 one year 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.

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: Position Title. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer