Associate Director, Education

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate with experience.




2 Kingsland Avenue
United States


St. Nicks Alliance (SNA) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian community-based organization founded in 1975 to serve as a catalyst to revitalize for North Brooklyn for the benefit of low and moderate income people.

SNA’s Youth and Education Division focuses on literacy, academic and youth development that enables young people to perform well in school and develop the resilience to thrive as adults. The Associate Director, Education is responsible for conceptualizing, implementing and assessing high-quality academic enrichment for elementary and middle school youth. The Associate Director, Education provides leadership in Pedagogy (theme/unit design, curriculum development, lesson planning selection and development), professional development, strategic partnership development, Evaluation and Assessment.

At the elementary level is a comprehensive Literacy Immersion Initiative that combines Interdisciplinary Thematic Units, Family Literacy, Peer Mentorship, SNA’s BK Story Voyager mobile library, Reading Interventions, Staff Development and Data Analysis.  At the middle school level, Interdisciplinary Thematic Units employ project-based learning, and seek to develop higher-order thinking skills alongside literacy and creativity.

Reporting to the Director of Youth and Education, the Associate Director, Education oversees two full-time staff, responsible for arts learning and the BK Story Voyager, and three part-time curriculum developers who also design and lead staff development workshops.  The Associate Director, Education will also oversee a data support position.

The Education Director collaborates closely with leadership of elementary and middle school sites and classroom teachers, who are integrated into the afterschool hours as reading coaches for children and instructional coaches for youth workers.

Key Responsibilities

Teaching and Learning

  • Ensure the development and implementation of high-quality, research-based thematic units, curricula and lessons (literacy, STEM, arts, BKSV, family literacy, peer mentorship)
  • Work with school and afterschool personnel to align curricula, knowledge and skills during schoolday and afterschool
  • Ensure all facets of Literacy Immersion employ best practices and are implemented with fidelity
  • Drive the analysis of academic data and use of data to improve academic enrichment
  • Partner with classroom teachers to ensure high-quality academic interventions for struggling students
  • Drive the analysis of academic data and use of data to improve academic interventions
  • Develop partnerships with colleges, high schools and volunteer organizations to provide 1:1 mentorship, as an additional strategy to support student learning
  • Oversee programming for BK Story Voyager

Professional Development

  • Oversee planning, implementation and evaluation of professional development workshops and staff coaching
  • Lead group trainings and workshops for site directors and youth workers, in concert with curriculum developers, arts education manager and BKSV coordinator
  • Conduct site visits and serve as coach for sites without classroom teachers integrated into afterschool centers
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to build a cross-site learning community that shares best practices in staff coaching and reading interventions as well as analyzes data together
  • Employ effective observation and feedback protocols that support staff growth


  • Oversee books, supplies, equipment, technology
  • Research, develop and support strategic partnerships to build our capacity to deliver high quality and diverse literacy/STEM experiences for our youth
  • Effectively supervise two full-time and three part-time staff
  • Act as a liasion with external agencies to promote and support academic work, including United Neighborhood Houses, STEM Network, and others
  • As assigned by Director of Youth and Education

Core Competencies:  Creativity/Innovation, Planning and Organizing, Relationship Building and Effective Communication.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Education (Literacy or STEM Education strongly preferred)
  • Minimum of 5 years direct teaching experience and 5 years administrative experience required
  • Teacher Certification required.
  • Solid understanding of language/literacy development and project-based learning
  • Demonstrated ability to develop engaging, hands-on curriculum and lesson plans
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coach young adults and partner with classroom teachers
  • Strong leader who is creative and highly personable
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; bilingual a plus.
  • Computer literate, Microsoft Suite and Google Suite.
  • Excellent organizational skills.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send resumes and a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in this opportunity to No calls, please.

St Nicks Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages peoples of all backgrounds to apply.