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Program Director, Tutor Career Pathways

ExpandED Schools 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 partnerships so that all New York City children thrive.

Established in 1998, the organization today reaches 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 academic and SEL support as well as ExpandED Schools’ vital function in providing high-quality learning activities.

This fall, ExpandED Schools launched a dual-impact initiative scaling access to high impact tutoring city-wide.  This initiative, in partnership with NYC Public Schools (NYCPS) and other city agencies, will help coordinate efforts to ensure high impact tutoring services reach all students who would benefit from them while also building capacity of the district, tutoring providers, and community-based organizations to deliver high impact tutoring. Initial implementation will focus on reaching 15,000 early elementary and middle school students in five to ten selected school districts over the next three years, as well as coalition-level support to reach additional students, schools and tutor partners throughout the city. In parallel, the initiative will also establish a strategic tutor-to-teacher pipeline to recruit and train the next generation of diverse and talented New York City public school educators.

Reporting to the Vice President, High-Impact Tutoring (HIT) the Program Director, Tutor Career Pathways plays a leading role in designing and implementing  ExpandED Schools’ High-Impact Tutoring educator pathway.  Unlicensed educators with training and experience as tutors represent an excellent untapped pool of future classroom teachers, and with the right resources and support to achieve certification and employment, they can help address NYC’s teacher shortage. The Program Director will be responsible for identifying the greatest barriers to teacher certification that tutors face, and building a system of supports to accelerate a tutor-to-teacher pipeline.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with external partners, including universities, alternative certification programs, NYCPS offices, and school networks, to support development of the tutor-to-teacher pipeline.
  • Host information sessions and identify tutors who are interested in participating in the professional development opportunities provided by the tutor careers pathways program.
  • Develop project-specific public-facing communications, including blogs, social media posts, conference sessions, webinars, and/or panels to increase publicity and visibility of the high-impact tutoring program.
  • Design data collection and tracking systems and processes for tutors.
  • Develop work plans, including timelines, targets, and distribution of responsibilities, for each component of the pipeline, and implement systems for progress monitoring to ensure all aspects of the pipeline stay on track.
  • Collaborate across departments internally to build programmatic voices into discussions and recommendations for the educator pathway for high-impact tutoring.
  • Develop and implement a catalog of professional development opportunities that focus on the critical aspects of support for tutors that aspire to be teachers; being sure to update and adapt tools in response to the changing environment of teacher preparation opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the research team to develop program evaluation plans. Provide ongoing support as needed to refine and execute plans.
  • Perform other work as assigned.

Desired Qualifications:

Deep commitment to ExpandED Schools’ vision of an equitable public education system that prepares young people for long-term success.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, with experience in education and professional development.
  • Strong cultural competence with respect for and knowledge of the cultures of stakeholders we work with and communities we serve.
  • Deep commitment and passion for educational equity, and specifically for creating career pathways for aspiring teachers in the K-12 teacher workforce.
  • Knowledge of career pathways and certification requirements for teaching positions in K-12 schools in NYC.
  • Expertise in developing and facilitating professional development to aspiring teachers and/or informal educators.
  • Experience providing career coaching, mentorship, or counseling to early-career adults.
  • Excellent speaking, writing, and facilitation skills with diverse audiences.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, motivation, and detail-orientation.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and comfort with complexity and change. Experience working in a start-up environment is a plus.
  • 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 Range: $78,000 – $84,000

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
  • Paid time off package which includes 24 vacation days, 8 sick days, and 12 paid holidays
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of 5% of annual compensation after one year of employment (no match requirement)
  • Hybrid office with a good deal of flexibility to work at home and in the office.
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after six months of service
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in training and coaching

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. ExpandED Schools is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, 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: [email protected], Subject: Program Director, Tutor Career Pathways.  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.