At WriteBoston, we believe that powerful literacy skills are core to social justice, social mobility, and equal opportunity. We work towards this goal with two complementary programs: 1) a youth journalism program, Teens in Print, which offers after-school and summer programming for Boston teens and 2) professional development (PD) and coaching services to secondary schools, districts, and education organizations so that they may better serve young people to develop into independent and engaged readers, writers and critical thinkers. To learn more, go to writeboston.org.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Coaching and Partnership Development will support, supervise and grow the scope of grade 6-12 PD services provided by WriteBoston. In addition to managing a team of two full-time instructional coaches, a primary responsibility of this position is to initiate new fee-for-service partnerships and oversee the planning, staffing, and ongoing quality of all WriteBoston PD engagements. Additionally, the Director will fulfill 1-2 days of contract coaching work with a partner middle or high school. This is a new leadership position at WriteBoston.
- Bring on new fee-for-service partners and grow WriteBoston’s professional development services to new high-need schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations in Boston and Massachusetts Gateway Cities. While some professional development partnerships are supplemented by fundraising dollars secured by WriteBoston, roughly 20% of the organization’s annual operating budget comes from fee-for-service revenue.
- Generate new prospects for partnership, identify and contact school decision-makers, screen potential partners, and facilitate regular pitch meetings for new work. This requires being attuned to the evolving instructional needs of secondary schools and thinking about how our expertise can respond to those needs.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director, regularly attend and participate in education, youth development, and equity-related events and presentations. A successful candidate will have proven experience proactively networking and building relationships with community groups.
- Project Planning: Work with clients to conduct all initial project planning around scope of work, goal setting, accountability structures, and plans for data collection and evaluation. This includes setting clear boundaries around the project scope and the related commitments that the school/partner will fulfill to set up the project for success.
- Project Monitoring: Work with coaches and educational partners to provide coherence around all PD contracts; this includes but is not limited to regular meetings with all clients to monitor progress and determine adjustments.
- Grants Management: In collaboration with the Director of Development, provide support around grant development, writing, and reporting for PD projects.
- Project Support and Advocacy: Be available to advocate for additional support team members may need to be successful in their assignments. This includes managing the project load among instructional coaches and distributing assigned contracts in an equitable and balanced way.
- Project Contracting: Manage all elements of the contracting process with school districts and education organizations. This includes drafting all proposals for potential partnerships, developing and managing related partnership agreements and statements of work, managing client invoicing, and serving as the primary point of contact for all PD clients.
Supporting a Team
- Manage a highly collaborative team of two full-time instructional coaches. This includes asking questions and giving agency while also making decisions and giving directive guidance as needed.
- Commit to fostering the personal growth and learning of those you supervise. This includes offering meaningful expertise, guidance, and coaching to team members; giving and receiving honest, actionable feedback; and researching best practices and finding tailored resources to support the professional learning of the team.
- Provide support and problem-solving to get projects back on track when team members encounter challenges in their professional development assignments.
- Recruit, train, orient and provide ongoing coaching of all new instructional coaches.
Facilitating Coaching and Professional Development
- Be deployed at least one day per week facilitating professional development for existing middle and high school partners. The percentage of time leading PD may shift over time.
- Support high-quality instruction in classrooms through modeling, co-planning, co-teaching, and providing feedback to teachers and youth-serving workers.
- Actively develop and revise workshop content for educators and youth development audiences. WriteBoston provides customized PD so nothing is “off the shelf.” Some training will relate to fee-for-service contracts and other workshops will be developed for the purposes of partner outreach and new partnership development.
WHO YOU ARE
You are someone who feels energized and excited by the range of roles and responsibilities that this role will entail. Consider applying for this position if you are someone who:
- Is passionate about and motivated by learner-centered and social justice-focused education.
- Has a clear and strong vision for high-quality, effective, meaningful instruction and curriculum and makes that vision explicit in your work and conversations with other educators.
- Can name concrete ways that you push for equity and justice in your professional experiences.
- Has an entrepreneurial spirit and is energized by making new connections and seeking out new partnerships. We are looking for big, bold ideas and the creative energy to realize them.
- Is committed to continuous learning, reflective practice and on-going improvement, for yourself and with others.
- Is a thoughtful communicator and problem solver. This job requires strong emotional intelligence, a willingness to have difficult conversations, and a solutions-oriented outlook.
- Relentlessly well-organized and able to develop systems and structures that complement what WriteBoston already has in place.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required
- Master's Degree required
- A minimum of 8 years of secondary-level classroom teaching experience with diverse student populations (ELs, students with disabilities). While the exact form may vary, significant experience with schools and classrooms is non-negotiable.
- Experience coaching adults and serving in teacher-leadership positions
- Rich experience with literacy, language development, MA instructional frameworks, effective pedagogy, etc.
- Demonstrated cultural proficiency and commitment to anti-racist teaching practices
- Fluency in Google suite of applications
Timing: The start date for this position is mid-August, in preparation for the 2022-2023 school year.
Location: WriteBoston’s home office is in the Bruce Bolling Building at 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA. This role requires travel outside of greater Boston to support current and existing school partners (with a focus on MA Gateway Cities).
Position Details: We are an explicitly family-friendly organization. We expect employees to work hard but also prioritize work/life balance and a culture of work that is both rigorous and humane.
WriteBoston’s work is guided by our conviction to create a more equitable and just education system that our students deserve. We actively seek to build a staff that is composed of people who share aspects of their identity and background experiences with the students and communities we serve.
As an organization, we stand against racism and all forms of oppression including homophobia, transphobia, classism, sexism, ableism, and xenophobia. We commit to a focused and sustained action to dismantle racist systems, policies, practices, and ideologies within ourselves and our networks.