Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks candidates for the position of Site Coordinator for the 2018-2019 school year. The Site Coordinator will play a key role in implementing a new partnership with the Center that Cares (CTC) which integrates Higher Achievement’s academic programming with the CTC’s ongoing focus on socio emotional growth towards a greater sense of community and connectedness for all middle school students in the Hill District.
The Site Coordinator is a part-time seasonal position, working 25-29 hours per week, Monday through Thursday, during the approximate hours of 1-7p.m. for the duration of Higher Achievement's Afterschool Academy from present through early May. The Site Coordinator ensures quality implementation of activities that support the establishment of systems, structure, and culture to support a high-quality academic program serving 10-25 5th through 8th graders during the hours of 2:30-6:30p.m. This is accomplished by:
- Implementing a focused, structured Study Hall from approximately 3:00pm – 4:30pm that supports Higher Achievement's progressive, skills-based cultural and academic model (including engaging parents and teachers as necessary to assure scholars’ academic needs are addressed) and
- Supervising part-time Afterschool Teachers to implement reading and math curricula from approximately 4-5:30pm
The Site Coordinator serves as lead liaison with the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center staff where the CTCoperates.
The Site Coordinator is expected to be at his/her center during its hours of operation, attend off site field trips with the scholars during regular programming time, and in the Higher Achievement Pittsburgh office outside these hours to plan and prepare for center. The Site Coordinator will work collaboratively with Grayson Center and Higher Achievement staff to ensure quality programming and report to the Higher Achievement Director of Programs.
Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We work to close the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from our program in the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time.
Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates Achievement Centers in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Pittsburgh, PA, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement’s award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
Manage Study Hall
- Supervise and manage a disciplined study hall of up to 25 scholars that has a positive culture and has scholars actively working four days a week on Mondays - Thursdays
- Review scholars' assignment notebooks upon their arrival; help them to prioritize daily assignments, along with setting realistic time-tables with prioritized task-lists for longer-term projects
- Ensure that homework is completed by all scholars to a high degree of quality. High-quality assignments are characterized by a high level of accuracy, an organized and clear presentation, and answers that indicate thinking beyond the surface level.
- Regularly collect scholars’ academic performance data.
- Incorporate scholars’ academic performance data into plans with Afterschool Teachers to create plans to respond.
- Assist scholars in preparing for upcoming quizzes, tests, and projects and coach them to develop strong study skills
- Answer questions from and re-teach necessary concepts to scholars to achieve mastery
- Provide supplemental work or other academic activities for scholars who complete their homework or who have been identified as needing additional help
- Reinforce Higher Achievement's philosophies and positive work culture
- Track scholar attendance and progress using the center's established tracking mechanisms
Communicate with Families, Teachers, and Community
- Communicate with scholars' teachers and parents/guardians through written communication in scholars' assignment books or through phone calls when concerns or successes arise. Report back to Director of Programs on the content and progress of these communications.
- Place phone calls to scholars' families as needed regarding attendance and performance in study hall and in classes.
- Serve as primary liaison to coordinate with direct service workers at the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center staff
- Serve as primary liaison on the Quality Committee of the Hill Youth Partnership for Enrichment to coordinate with community-wide afterschool quality improvement efforts
- Supervise and support 4-6 Achievement Coaches and Center Aides.
- Keep track of Achievement Coaches' and Center Aides' implementation of curricula and obtain all needed supplies and materials. Keep Director of Programs informed of status.
- Respond with adjustments to programming based on data.
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement
- Degree or certification in a related field preferred but not required
- Minimum of one year of teaching experience with middle school students strongly preferred
- Strong classroom management skills required
- Experience managing staff or volunteers strongly preferred
- Ability to build relationships with scholar families
- Familiarity with middle school curriculum
- Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to communicate professionally and effectively with scholars, families, teachers, and community members
- Comfortable with technology
- Strong skills in planning and organizing
- Understanding of quality programming
- High energy, dynamic, positive personality,
- Flexibility and a good sense of humor
Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas:
- Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievements mission.
- Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others.
- Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best.
- Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of ones comfort zone.
- Maintains a solutions-oriented mindset during planning periods and when challenges arise.
Compensation and Benefits: The hourly rate for this seasonal, part-time, non-exempt position is $20 per hour and is commensurate with skills, experience, and certifications. As a seasonal, part-time position, this role is not eligible for company benefits outside of those required by federal, state, or local laws.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in a school setting. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to walk from one part of the worksite to another and climb stairs. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication in small and large group settings with youth and adults; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations. Employee must have visual, auditory, and physical ability to respond quickly to critical incidents involving students and act in an emergency situation.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Additional Information: This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire, and candidate must be able to pass all additional clearance requirements as mandated by school districts and state/local municipalities. Position requires reliable transportation to travel between the main office, CTC, and local schools as needed. Candidate must be able to work the schedule indicated in the job description.
To Apply: Please submit your application through the link below. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who address the listed qualifications and their interest in the mission and work of Higher Achievement. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately; priority consideration will be given to all applicants who apply by August 15. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.
Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
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