Details: Commensurate with experience
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway Room 540
Long Island City
The Director of College & Career Readiness is a brand new position that is being launched at Long Island City High School. This is a great opportunity for a candidate interested in education, relationship building, community development, and place-based systems change. Zone 126 is working to fundamentally shift the approach around program collaboration in New York City public schools by creating a Neighborhood Schools approach from cradle to college to career.
Zone 126 is a start-up nonprofit organization working to support children/youth and families living in Astoria/Long Island City. Zone 126 is currently looking to hire a Director of College & Career Readiness who will be an integral part of developing a strategy around supporting a cohort of students through the college application and financial aid process. This full-time position calls for a quick strategic thinker who is ready to prepare a plan of action, and see it through with creativity and passion.
The Director of College & Career Readiness will work at Long Island City High School and supervise one Coordinator, and one AmeriCorps member. The focus will be to work with a cohort of students who are living in NYCHA Astoria, Ravenswood, and Queensbridge Houses. Youth Development professionals with College and Career Counseling experience are strongly urged to apply.
The Director of College & Career Readiness will work closely with Long Island City High School’s two College Advisors. This person will be responsible for building strong relationships throughout the school, SAT Partner-Let’s Get Ready, along with colleges, students, and their families. The Director of College & Career Readiness will also, work on developing a College & Career Readiness Group that meets on a weekly basis, to support the needs of students specifically living in public housing to ensure college and/or career is a reality for them. The Director of College & Career Readiness will serve as the lead representative around supporting student’s to/through the process on a pathway to college or a career track at the school for the organization.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
In-School Program Management:
- Coordinate and support Let’s Get Ready SAT Prep Program for 200 students
- Maintain up to date and accurate records on students and families progress within the specific cohort of students living in public housing
- Provide opportunities for families to gain in depth insight into college and career options, job strategies, and future goals
- Attend relevant meetings on behalf of Zone 126 and provide updates on College & Career Readiness
- Assist in the development of Implementation Action Plans (IAP) that logistically map out the role of all parties in launching programs that are College and Career focused
- Ensure constant and effective communication between partner organizations and families as well as with the Zone 126 senior management team
- Support the Community School Director and Managing Director in making assessments on services needed to uniquely support the school's individual needs
- Responsible for collecting data from all Zone students/families in Collective Impact programs including: Parent Data Consent Agreement, Photo Consent, and Pre- and Post-Survey Assessments.
- Organize data, perform quality assurance checks, and conduct case management for all Collective Impact programs at assigned schools.
- Responsible for collecting and maintaining records on attendance of all Collective Impact programs.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in human services, non-profit management, education psychology, social work, or related field
- At least 1 year of experience in a non-profit in an administrative and/or project management capacity
- Experience in College & Career Readiness
- Prior work experience in urban education a plus
- Experience working with youth and families
- Proven verbal and written communication skills
- Exceptional attention to detail and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Proven ability to manage multiple complex assignments in an efficient and effective manner
- Demonstrated ability to exercise leadership and effectively work independently and as part of a team
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Word, PowerPoint
- Understanding of New York City public housing and Queens neighborhoods (a plus but not required)
- Bilingual a must (Spanish)
The right candidate will also be:
- Passionate about the Zone 126 mission and vision
- Excited to work with a small team in a fast-paced, start-up environment
- Able to connect with students and their families on a personal and professional level
- Work independently and act as a lead around College & Career Readiness at the school
- Detail-oriented and committed to tracking data in a highly efficient manner when it comes to students and their families
- Enthusiastic about interacting with a broad range of key stakeholders: students and families, school leaders, business and community leaders, volunteers, and Collective Impact partners
- Able to resolve conflicts and keep channels of communication open and clear
- A team-player with a sense of humor!
Working Relationships: The Director of College & Career Readiness will work cross-functionally with the Community School Director, Organizing Director and Managing Director
Generous benefits package
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish speaking is a must
Minimum Education Required