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Coordinator of Special Projects

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Overview of Position: A strong and dedicated faculty is paramount to best serving our students and families and to establishing Unity as an exemplary school. Most critically, our faculty equip students with the knowledge and skills needed, including the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently, to experience secondary and postsecondary success. Our English Language Arts Teachers have the privilege and responsibility of delivering on these outcomes as they advance students’ knowledge and skills as powerful readers and writers.


Overview of Unity - Our Model and Approach: Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn (Unity) is a tuition-free, open-enrollment, independent charter school that offers a progressive education in the liberal arts & sciences to over 500 students in grades 6-12. As a community-based school, we proudly serve the communities of central Brooklyn in New York City. Our middle school and high school campuses are located in the neighborhoods of Bedford Stuyvesant and Williamsburg, respectively. 


Unity’s mission is to empower students as scholars and citizens so they may lead fulfilling academic, personal, and professional lives. We accomplish our mission through the integration of seven key elements that serve as the backbone of our school’s design. Collectively, these elements reflect our beliefs on what makes for an exceptional secondary education in today’s world:


A Grades 6-12 College Preparatory Curriculum:​ a college-preparatory liberal arts and sciences program of study in mathematics, English language arts (ELA), science, and history that fosters in students the desire and capacity to learn independently, think critically, and communicate proficiently so that they are fully prepared to succeed in their postsecondary studies


Excellent Teaching:​ ​​an enthusiastic faculty of expert educators who are demonstrably successful in promoting student learning, couple high expectations with high support, go above and beyond the call of duty for students as scholars and as citizens, and serve as role models for students as life-long learners and as individuals who take the utmost pride in perfecting their craft


More Time for Learning:​ ​​an extended day, week, and year that provide approximately 20% more time than the local district average for academic enrichment and extracurricular activities that deepen learning and engagement, accelerate academic growth, and expose students to new pursuits


Intensive and Differentiated Academic Support:​ customized settings and support provided by caring specialists for remediation and acceleration, including small class sizes, integrated co-teaching, literacy interventions, after-school and weekend tutoring, as well as advanced-level course offerings at our middle school and high school


Ample Enrichment Courses and Extra-Curricular Activities:​ enrichment courses in the performing arts, visual arts, computer science, and foreign languages, as well as elective clubs, athletic teams, internships, and other “beyond-the-classroom” activities that serve to reinforce what students learn in their core courses, accommodate individual student interests, and develop important professional and citizenship skills through real-world, meaningful application


A Positive and Supportive School Culture:​ ​​a culture built on a framework of Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) in which compassionate adults explicitly guide students in the following: 

  • modeling the behaviors that contribute to a positive and productive learning environment
  • developing socio-emotional skills needed to be successful, including how to manage emotions, reduce stress, make healthy decisions, and learn from one’s mistakes


Active Family and Community Involvement: ample opportunities for family engagement and community service that promotes open communication, meaningful collaboration, and active involvement and service within Unity’s community and beyond


Our Recent Accomplishments: Regardless of where students are academically or otherwise as they enter our school, our focus is on accelerating growth and on cultivating long-term academic and non-academic success. This focus has reaped impressive results for our students and families in recent years. Among our accomplishments:

  • 98% of our Class of 2020 earned their high school diploma in four years. 100% of our graduates had formal college and career plans with approximately 90% enrolling in a two- or four-year college. 
  • 95% of our graduates complete at least one Advanced Placement (AP) course in high school. This compares favorably with the 33% of NYC graduates who enroll in AP courses during their high school tenure.
  • Our students who comprise subgroups that are traditionally least effectively served by our education system, including students classified as economically disadvantaged, black, Latino, and students with disabilities, have consistently outperformed their district and state peers on state exams.
  • Our 8th grade students have consistently outperformed their district peers in mathematics and ELA on state exams.
  • In holding true to our belief in providing a truly empowering education, a vast majority of our students experience the following over their seven years at Unity:
  • After-school extra-curricular activities, including athletics and clubs;
  • Formal community service initiatives;
  • End-of-year Roundtable presentation - a 45-minute oral presentation given to families, Unity faculty, and community members, and;
  • Intensive counseling in College & Career Readiness beginning in 9th grade.


Core Responsibilities: Unity’s school model and educational framework place an absolute priority on anticipating, understanding, and addressing the educational and emotional needs of the students and families Unity serves. The Manager of Special Projects plays an integral role in meeting this mandate by performing inquiries, assembling and analyzing data, and orchestrating improvements in critical areas of Unity’s programmatic offerings, such as technology, student attendance, and student assessment data.


Technology 

  • Maintain Unity’s technology infrastructure
  • Conduct inventory of Unity’s technological assets at regular intervals in conjunction with the School Aide at each site 
  • Coordinate loss prevention efforts
  • Coordinate maintenance of staff and student computers, school website, and school wireless networks
  • Update and maintain Unity’s Fixed Asset Tracker
  • Maintain Unity’s bell schedule and public address system

Student Attendance Tracking

  • Maintain school-wide attendance data to identify attendance rates and chronically absent students
  • Coordinate with Unity’s Social Workers to support chronically absent students
  • Act as liaison with NYCDOE with respect to attendance data
  • Ensure the accuracy of student attendance in conjunction with the Administrative Assistant at the MS and the Operations Coordinator at the HS

Assessment Coordination

  • Receive testing materials from NYCDOE/NYS and ensure secure storage
  • Support the coordination of interim assessments, mock state tests and actual state tests
  • Coordinate the collection and organization of test materials
  • Facilitate submission of test materials to scoring site
  • Manage and facilitate all aspects of the 8th Grade State Science Test

Student Information System

  • Manage all aspects of Jupiter grades system
  • Upload and continuously update student/family contact information, courses/sections, class meetings calendar, bell schedule and any other system fields pertinent to use at Unity
  • Manage all aspects of Hapara Teacher Dashboard system
  • Orient staff on program features in relation to monitoring student technology use
  • Upload and continuously update sections/classes in system to ensure it remains in sync with offerings via Jupiter 
  • Manage all aspects of School Messenger system
  • Ensure that all automatic exports from Jupiter to school messenger are successful, make edits and changes to system and export files as needed

Enrichment Clubs

  • Manage Unity’s Enrichment clubs program
  • Create and modify club facilitator contracts with community-based organizations (CBO) that are partnered with Unity as necessary
  • Create and modify contracts and stipend memos for internal Unity club facilitators
  • Work in conjunction with CSBM to ensure CBO invoice validity 
  • Track program budget allocation, personnel spending and supply spending
  • Orient, manage and coach all club facilitators
  • Determine program’s space allocation, teacher attendance duties and admin roles/posts during club hour
  • Facilitate student club selection surveys, generate rosters and manage club attendance tracking system
  • Assign and track club coverages, work in conjunction with Deans to modify behaviors in clubs and safeguard all purchased club materials
  • Serve as liaison to St. Nicks Alliance After-School program while supporting programs efforts and integration to Unity

Facilities and Safety

  • Serve as facilities liaison between co-located school administration pertaining to building usage, custodians, school foods and school safety personnel
  • Ensure that all extended space use permits are entered in a timely manner via the Custodial Payroll System, that School Safety personnel receive permit and that permit information is entered in Unity’s permit tracking system
  • Serve as Building Response Team leader in conjunction with PS44 BRT leader and coordinate all required safety drills at regular intervals.
  • Ensures staff readiness in case of various emergencies by orienting staff of drill types and their responses.  

Misc.

  • Support facilitation of student perception surveys and DOE parent/student surveys
  • Organize student perception survey information in drive for teacher and leadership viewing


Key Qualifications: An ideal candidate for this position has the following qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to the vision and philosophy of Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least one year of experience in the Operations department of a school or a comparable position in a comparable organization
  • Expertise in working with diverse populations of students and families; familiarity with Unity’s student population and the community to be served
  • A demonstrated openness and responsiveness to constructive feedback and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and professional growth
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members; experience working collaboratively in team settings
  • Approaches work with maturity, humility, versatility, a solution-oriented mindset with a strong work ethic, and, of course, a sense of humor
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite programs is required; experience with ATS, CIR is preferred
  • Sets the highest standard of excellence for herself/himself 
  • Is committed to acting with honesty and integrity in all matters involving Unity students, parents, staff, and community members

Overview of Position: A strong and dedicated faculty is paramount to best serving our students and families and to establishing Unity as an exemplary school. Most critically, our faculty equip students with the knowledge and skills needed…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required

Benefits

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 403b

Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and 403b

Location

On-site
432 Monroe St, Brooklyn, NY 11221, USA

How to Apply

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators, please visit http://www.unityprep.org/careers to begin the application process. 

If you seek to contribute meaningfully to the development and successful operation of an innovative public school with a strong team of talented educators, please visit http://www…

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