Part Time Reading Rescue Program Manager
New York, NY
At Literacy Trust, we believe education is a basic human right and access to high-quality literacy instruction is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our mission is to leverage what already exists in school communities to increase educational capacity in order to create fluent, motivated, self-confident readers.
Through our signature program, Reading Rescue, we provide professional development for teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school community members. Simultaneously, students are provided literacy intervention, particularly students of color in high-poverty neighborhoods. We strive to implement sustainable intervention models that eventually become a core component of the school’s literacy ecosystem. Reading Rescue is currently partnering with 90 New York City schools, reaching over 800 educators and 1500 students, throughout the five boroughs.
At Literacy Trust, we promote events, ideas, thinking, programs, and communities that inspire action in pursuit of universal access to literacy. To learn more about Literacy Trust, please visit: www.literacytrust.org. To learn more about Reading Rescue, please visit: www.readingrescue.org.
The Part Time Reading Rescue Program Manager's primary role is to provide professional development, coach, develop, and mobilize a team of school-based Program Coordinators and instructors to deliver high quality, effective one-on-one instruction to low performing students.
The Part Time Reading Rescue Program Manager manages all aspects of program quality, delivery and program implementation. The Reading Rescue Program Manager directs the day-to- day operations, manages internal and external relationships, coaches and supports instructors, drives processes and strategies to maximize literacy development in students at high risk of failure, and is proficient in analyzing data.
The Part Time Reading Rescue Program Manager is an inspiring team leader, is goal-oriented and excited by both strategic and on-the-ground work. Travel throughout New York City school sites is required.
What you’ll do:
School Relationship Building and Communication
- Foster positive relationships with school staff including teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, parents, and students.
- Train, coach and support Program Coordinators and instructors.
- Work collaboratively as an ambassador of the program, especially with school leaders and staff.
- Set up strong systems for communication and messaging.
- Break down complex topics for a variety of audiences and employ excellent written communication skills.
Program Implementation, Leadership and Quality Control
- Deliver professional development focused on program implementation to school staff.
- Conduct site visits to monitor program fidelity and quality control.
- Observe instructors and provide structured feedback.
- Lead implementation of our organization's assessment and curriculum and become an expert on Reading Rescue's curriculum.
- Ensure high fidelity of the Reading Rescue model at all school sites.
- Assess student performance using observations, analyze data with the support of Literacy Trust staff, and create subsequent strategies aimed at increasing student achievement.
- Demonstrate an ability to manage time effectively, balance multiple competing priorities at once and above all remain adaptable, flexible, and positive while navigating challenges.
- Anticipate challenges and/or questions, and proactively act to address them. Understand larger strategic priorities and make measurable progress against these larger goals.
Year-Round Requirements & Compensation for Accepted Applicants:
August 2018: Five full days of initial training
September 2018: First round of co-facilitating professional developments and observations of site visits
October 2018: First round of solo facilitating professional development sessions
October - April 2018: At least four (4) visits per school (numbers of schools is dependent on need). Schedule is flexible and can be built out by applicant to meet the needs of school partnerships.
- Master's degree in education or related subject area highly preferred
- Expertise in early literacy required
- Well read on current best practices in literacy
- Two or more years of experience as a Program Manager
- 3+ years working with elementary-aged students in an educational setting, teaching experience is strongly preferred
- Direct management experience of tutors and or school staff
- Experience with literacy assessments, teaching strategies, and student data analysis
- Access to reliable transportation to travel throughout the 5 boroughs, as needed
- Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including early morning, and occasional evenings
- Knowledge of and a connection to the New York City elementary education community
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office, as well as familiarity with Google Docs and Salesforce
- Deep belief in our mission
- Spanish speaking preferred
- US Citizenship of Permanent Resident Status
Level of Language Proficiency
English. Spanish preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and
experience meet the qualifications of the position, addressed to Dana Grau,
Director of Operations, Literacy Trust at email@example.com