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Program Manager, Work-Based Learning

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.

About the Position

The Work Based Learning Team uses the knowledge gained through running programmatic initiatives to support NYC CBOs and schools. The Manager of Special Initiatives will support the growth of 2 current projects:

  • ExpandED Options: This work-based learning program offers high school students the opportunity to earn an academic credit while learning professional skills and expertise. Students apply their new skills teaching younger youth during paid summer jobs.
  • WBL Institute: This series of workshops provides professional development and technical assistance to non profit organizations, such as SYEP Providers and organizations who specialize in content areas, and schools. Using the knowledge gained through Options, the Institute prepares CBOs and schools for partnership.

The right candidate for the role has strong familiarity working with or within at least 2 of the 3 following settings: New York City high schools, career focused out of school time opportunities or SYEP and other citywide internship programs.

Duties & Responsibilities                                                                                     

ExpandED Options:

  • Develop and/or monitor partnerships between apprenticeship providers, internship providers, and school staff to ensure quality implementation of the program model.
  • Review apprenticeship curricula to ensure alignment with DOE academic policy and curricula standards, and provide feedback to partners.
  • Conduct site visits to program partners.
  • Coordinate and conduct support and coaching visits to implementation schools and partners to provide on-site support, and to observe program quality; meet with school teams (principal, community partners, and educators) to support program implementation.
  • Support the designing and planning of quarterly meetings with apprenticeship providers to share best practices, discuss program implementation, and share tools and resources.
  • Support the internship placements of ExpandED Options students and ensure internship providers understand therequirements
  • Create and update tools and materials that operationalize best practices for all partners.

WBL Institute:

  • Lead workshops for non profit organizations and schools to support partnership development and connect WBL opportunities to graduation requirements.
  • Become knowledgeable on Department of Education academic policy to be able to explain how CBO programming aligns with policy to school and CBO audiences.

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 four years of experience related to formal or informal science education; Experience working in NYC public schools, afterschool, or with SYEP is strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of the NYSED learning standards, all subjects, a plus
  • 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.

Salary Range: $70,000 – $74,000

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 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: [email protected], Subject: Program Manager, Work-Based Learning.  No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer