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Alternative Classrooms Program Director

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Ramapo for Children
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Rhinebeck, NY
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Published 11 days ago

Reports to: Executive Director

Core Responsibilities: The Program Director, in partnership with Ulster CITL and Dutchess BOCES and the Ramapo team, will lead the innovative Alternative Classrooms Program on the Ramapo Campus. The Director is responsible for embedding the core components of SEL, experiential outdoor education, restorative practice and academics to create a unique and exceptional environment for students who have been deemed “unable to succeed” in District schools. Middle and High School students challenged by trauma, cognitive disability, learning differences, and other factors that manifest as barriers to participation in a traditional school setting experience success through positive relationships and learning. The Program Director will be responsible for maintaining the partnership between Ulster County CITL and Dutchess County BOCES and Ramapo for Children. The Alternative Classrooms Program Director will be charged with ensuring the success of the students and the programming on the Ramapo campus and will help to recruit, train and provide coaching and supervision for program facilitators and other Alternative Classrooms staff.

The Alternative Classrooms Program Director will be part of a dynamic leadership team that is developing and implementing innovative programming on our Rhinebeck campus and in the Greater Hudson Valley community. A year-round position, the Program Director will also be responsible for leadership within Ramapo’s summer camp programs and other activities on campus as needed. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Liaison with Administration and all personnel from Ulster and Dutchess BOCES
  • Build strong positive relationships with all stakeholders and participants by being present in classrooms and providing support to staff and students as needed
  • Collaborate with school social workers to develop and implement individualized plans for students
  • Partner with Ulster and Dutchess BOCES to recruit and enroll students into the Alternative Classroom Program at Ramapo 
  • Develop rituals, routines and templates that ensure documentation of all necessary information and processes for review and reflection with Ramapo and BOCES staff
  • Partner with Lead Instructor Experiential Ed to ensure that Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Outdoor Experiential Learning (OEL) are aligned and implemented
  • Effectively lead BOCES partners in embedding Restorative Practice in Alternative Classroom model: circles, restorative conversations, re-entry conversations 
  • Provide ongoing teaching, coaching and modeling of restorative practice with BOCES partners and Ramapo team
  • Partner with lead administrators from Dutchess and Ulster BOCES to facilitate ongoing professional development with a focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Supervise team of Alternative Classroom Ramapo staff including program facilitators and lead instructor experiential education
  • Conduct daily meetings at the beginning and end of day to support staff
  • Responsible for scheduling of staff
  • Develop relationships with graduate programs and provide field work supervision for master’s level interns
  • Co-lead weekly circle with all staff
  • Responsible for documentation of day to day programmatic components
  • Perform administrative duties for billing, data collection and administration of evaluative tools
  • Contribute as a member of Ramapo Leadership Team 
  • Partner with Ramapo departments: housekeeping, maintenance, dining hall, to ensure safe clean spaces for programming and the ongoing delivery of food to classrooms
  • Partner with Ramapo programs to enhance resources for BOCES participants:  retreats team for ropes course, residential camp for students, SYEP for high school students
  • Provide support and leadership in a summer role as needed:  providing clinical support to staff, teaching ongoing courses, supporting summer Counselor Development Meetings, providing programming
  • Assist in the smooth and timely transition from Alternative Classrooms to summer and back in the Fall
  • Assist in the ongoing recruitment of staff

Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience working in the school environment and partnering with the Department of Education 
  • Experience working in camp environment or non-traditional learning environments
  • Expertise in teaching and embedding restorative practice
  • Appropriate licensing/certification to supervise masters-level interns
  • Familiarity with adaptive program development and implementation
  • Innovative, flexible, eager to work in dynamic, fluid work environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to social/racial equity

About Ramapo for Children:

Through direct service youth programs and highly regarded training programs for adults, Ramapo has an impressive 99-year track record of working on behalf of young people, whose behaviors put them at risk of being relegated to the margins of their schools and communities.  At the heart of Ramapo’s work is the conviction that all people - children and the adults who care for and nurture them - seek the same things: to be in community, to learn, feel valued, and experience success.  Ramapo helps the adults in children’s lives, including educators and caregivers, see the behaviors they experience as challenging through the lens of meeting needs, developing skills and building community, and provides a set of tools for creating environments in which all children can experience success as they define it.

Ramapo’s programs include: Alternative Classrooms, a non-traditional learning environment that combines social emotional learning with outdoor experiential learning on Ramapo’s Rhinebeck, NY campus; Camp Ramapo, a residential summer camp in Rhinebeck, New York that serves over 550 children with a range of cognitive disabilities and behavioral challenges; The Staff Assistant Experience, a residential transition-to-independence program for young adults aged 18 to 25 with social, emotional, or learning challenges; Ramapo Retreats, short-term, adventure-based experiences for young people, educators, and community-based organizations, and; Ramapo Training, the component of the organization which brings the Ramapo approach to schools, youth service organizations and families through workshops, coaching and consultation.

To learn more about Ramapo for Children, visit: www.ramapoforchildren.org

Reports to: Executive Director

Core Responsibilities: The Program Director, in partnership with Ulster CITL and Dutchess BOCES and the Ramapo team, will lead the innovative Alternative Classrooms Program on the Ramapo Campus. The…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 9, 2021
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required

Salary

Competitive salary based on experience.

Benefits

Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, 401K employer match, educational assistance, meals onsite in Ramapo's Dining Hall, summer camp for children ages 4-12.

Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid time off, 401K employer match, educational assistance, meals onsite in Ramapo's Dining Hall, summer camp for children ages 4-12.

Location

On-site
Rhinebeck, NY, USA

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