21 Queen Street
ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL
Neighborhood House Charter School was founded over 20 years ago with a mandate both to provide a better education for Boston’s low-income families and to incubate the best in teaching and learning practices. Serving over 500 children from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods, we have become one of the most sought-after public schools in the city. The 70 percent low-income, 80 percent families of color we serve truly reflect the diversity of Boston. In keeping with our commitment to provide a better education option for Boston schoolchildren, we opened a Neighborhood House Charter School high school in the fall of 2017. We are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing Boston students as they move into high school, and we are both honored and excited to be able to offer a high school that will address these challenges and give families a new, distinctive option.
Important Things To Know About Our High School:
- Consistent with our current offerings to students in pre-K through 8th Grade, we will support students who struggle through a system of specialized academic and social/emotional supports
- One component of our college and career readiness program will offer 11th and 12th grade students the opportunity to take college-level classes at nearby universities and/or gain practical experience in local businesses, trade organizations, or non-profits
- Our high teacher-to-student ratio will enable teachers and students to collaborate in small group settings to address students’ individual needs
- We will continue to emphasize the importance of social/emotional competence in achieving success in school and in life
- In the fall of 2018 our oldest students will be entering the 10th grade; we will grow by one grade level each year until we have a 12th grade in SY 2020-2021
The Director of College and Career Pathways serves as a key team member in the creation, implementation and ongoing development of a college and career readiness program at Neighborhood House. In year one, s/he will create relationships with post-secondary institutions and will further define the curriculum for our College and Career Readiness classes, which are required of student in grades 7 – 12. In addition, s/he will work with other members of the Leadership Team to develop our Extended Campus Learning program, which will create opportunities for 11th and 12th grade scholars to attend courses at local colleges or participate in fieldwork or internships with local businesses, trade organizations, or non-profits. The Director of College and Career Pathways will oversee the guidance staff and in future years, the Extended Campus Learning Coordinator. Along with members of this team, s/he will meet with scholars and families to create plans and goals for the future.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Oversee the office of College and Career Pathways, including supervision of guidance staff
- Work with other members of the Leadership Team to develop vision for Extended Campus Learning program; begin to develop partnerships for the program
- Create and maintain relationships with admissions offices of post secondary institutions
- Create or further develop curriculum for College and Career Readiness classes; teach program to select grades and supervise guidance staff who teach other grades
- Develop plans to prepare students for college entrance exams
- Support students and families to create post secondary plans including admissions, financial aid, and scholarship applications
- Support students and families with non-traditional post secondary pathways
- Maintain accurate student data; analyze and track academic data as necessary
- Perform other duties as assigned
EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL STAFF
- Unshakeable belief that every child can be successful, no matter his or her background;
- An entrepreneurial spirit in creating a new vision for urban high school students and the commitment to see it through;
- Belief in two messages, simultaneously in balance: “We love you” and “We have the highest expectations of you – and you can and will meet them;”
- Ability to articulate a clear vision, set appropriate goals, and develop a strong framework for implementation and accountability;
- Strong team leader, capable of inspiring and motivating teachers and other school professionals;
- Belief that teachers and other professionals must learn and influence social/emotional strengths of all children in and out of the classroom;
- Desire to continually reflect and grow through professional development, peer feedback, and observation;
- Belief in a school community where students, families, teachers, and school leaders demonstrate accountability, flexibility, humor, effort, responsibility, respect, and hope.
- A passionate commitment to urban education and the belief that education and hard work are the keys to life success;
- Belief that problems are hurdles, not roadblocks, and that there is a solution if a student is willing to work harder, smarter, and more creatively.
- Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling preferred
- Minimum five years working with similar high school student population as a guidance counselor, teacher, or in a related role preferred.
- Supervisory or other administrative experience preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse staff. Please send a resume and a compelling letter of interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Director of College and Career Pathways” in the subject field. Thank you for your interest in our school.
Neighborhood House Charter School is an equal opportunity employer. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, age, disability, marital status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Further, any form of discrimination or harassment related to these factors is expressly prohibited.