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Higher Achievement
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Richmond, VA
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Published 8 days ago

Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Learning Director. The Learning Director, reporting to the Director of Program Operations, ensures Higher Achievement scholars achieve academic and social emotional learning (SEL) goals and outcomes, working towards our anchor indicator of preparation for and placement in college preparatory programs. The Learning Director has the incredible opportunity and responsibility of ensuring that all of the components of our program model and all of the supporting staff and volunteers are effectively driving towards academic gains, social and emotional development and preparation for high school. 

 

Higher Achievement showers our scholars with academic opportunities through a proven year round program model that includes afterschool programming from September-May and summer initiatives such as college trips and summer meetings with all Higher Achievement families.  Afterschool Academy includes small group literacy tutoring, high school placement mentoring, community meeting, and learning blocks. During learning blocks, scholars practice key SEL skills such as self-management and goal-setting by identifying for themselves how to best use their prep block. For some scholars this might mean preparing for school by completing HW or doing additional work for HS applications. For others, this might mean exploring a passion through an external elective or community project. Scholars are supported by a caring adult alternating among 3-4 small groups. ​ 

 

The Learning Director is expected to work from their center/host school(s) on most days with occasional work days in the Higher Achievement office for key meetings and trainings.  

 

We are planning for in person programming for the school year of 21-22, however, we will need to be flexible and nimble should our school district partners require us to be virtual, or toggle back and forth due to Covid-19 safety precautions. The willingness to potentially move between the two modalities and engage scholars across both is critical. Additionally, one Learning Director may be asked to split responsibilities between two sites if scholar rosters are lower. 

 

 

The Organization 

Higher Achievement believes that talent is everywhere, but opportunity is not. We work to close the achievement gap for motivated - yet underserved - students from low-income communities. We intervene during the critical transition to middle school by providing year-round, multi-year support for students in the 5th – 8th grades. As students prepare to graduate from our program in the 8th grade, we help them transition successfully to advanced high school programs that keep students on track for college. On average, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars graduate high school on time. 

 

Founded in 1975 in Washington, DC, as a grassroots effort to create learning opportunities for children in low-income neighborhoods, Higher Achievement has impacted the lives of more than 10,000 young people and currently operates achievement centers in Washington, DC, Prince Georges County, MD, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, and Richmond, VA. Higher Achievement’s award-winning model of rigorous academic mentoring, individualization of services, and comprehensive academic support is guided by leading research for effective out-of-school time programs. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org. 

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

 

Scholar and Family Support  

  • Ensure scholars are meeting academic and social and emotional learning (SEL) targets that prepare them for college-preparatory high school programs. This includes ensuring scholars maintain A/B’s; or improve their grades in core courses, make progress toward reading on grade level/literacy learning objectives, maintain or improve high SEL indicators, and successfully apply to college preparatory programs their eighth grade year 
  • Use data to provide ongoing assessment of scholars’ performance, including in-depth academic evaluations and evaluations of scholar attendance, participation, and social development; make recommendations for programmatic changes based on data when appropriate 
  • Ensure the effective delivery of literacy tutoring sessions. This will include preparing and coaching volunteers and part time staff to do so, and could include leading actual sessions with scholars, depending on scholar and volunteer roster. 
  • Support scholar recruitment efforts led by the DPO and retain a pre-determined scholar roster 
  • Maintain consistent communication on scholars’ academic and SEL progress, and attendance with parents, host school staff and volunteers 
  • Facilitate orientations for scholars and parents 
  • Ensure scholar information such as attendance, grades, behavior, parent communication and contact information is stored accurately on Salesforce  

 

Staff and Volunteer Management 

  • Effectively manage the team of staff and volunteers that together meet the academic and SEL needs of all scholars  
  • Ensure high quality implementation of Higher Achievement’s rigorous curricula by providing instructional and SEL coaching to staff and volunteers. This includes conducting regular observations and sharing constructive feedback to volunteers and staff on a bi-weekly basis and ensuring volunteer and staff complete monthly training in literacy, SEL and cultural competency.  
  • Work with Senior Manager of Volunteers & Curriculum to ensure all volunteers complete clearance/ background check procedures  
  • Directly manage between one and two full-time employees year- round, the Learning Coordinator(s) and an AmeriCorps Achievement Fellow (depending on the location), and implement Higher Achievement management practices  
  • Based on scholar rosters, manage part-time staff and volunteers, where applicable, including recruitment, hiring, training, coaching, performance management, and compliance  

 

Center Management  

  • Ensure center operates safely, smoothly, and follows Higher Achievement’s program model. This includes creating a center culture that develops a love of learning, builds on Higher Achievement’s social justice pillars, voice, freedom, justice, and solidarity, and is youth-focused  
  • Ensure center staff is following scholar safety risk management procedures, including behavior management, scholar transitions, arrival and dismissal 
  • Coordinate schedules and logistics between Higher Achievement, host school, and outside partners 
  • Maintain oversight of the achievement center’s supplemental budget as it relates to daily expenses and supplies 

 

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. 


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Commitment to the mission and work of Higher Achievement 
  • Bachelor’s degree or post-secondary certification (related field) required 
  • Minimum of three years’ experience working directly with middle school youth in an educational setting required; teaching experience a plus 
  • Experience directly managing staff and/or volunteers required 
  • Experience in community building, mentoring and youth development strongly preferred 
  • Strong skills in planning, organizing, attention to detail, written and oral communication strongly preferred 
  • Experience building relationships and/or working with with diverse community stakeholders, including families, schools/community partners, and corporate partners, including making public presentations and organizing community outreach efforts preferred 
  • Strong skills in technology such as Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce and data analysis preferred 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) strongly preferred 

 

Higher Achievement Core Competencies: Higher Achievement values our core competencies, and as such, we expect that competitive applications will be able to demonstrate strengths in these areas: 

  • Proactively builds relationships to advance Higher Achievement's mission. 
  • Uses candid communication to express ideas and to listen to the thoughts and feedback of others. 
  • Persistently pursues excellence by holding oneself to high expectations and seeking the best. 
  • Possesses a growth mindset for learning new things and stepping out of one’s comfort zone. 
  • Maintains a solutions-oriented mindset during planning periods and when challenges arise.  
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Compensation and Benefits: The starting salary for this regular, full-time, exempt position is in the low to high fifties depending on experience and specific Higher Achievement Affiliate. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; six weeks paid time off; and retirement plan with company match. 

 

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is regularly performed in an office environment and a school setting, with occasional trips off-site to parks, museums, etc. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to walk from one part of the worksite to another and climb stairs. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighting up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication in small and large group settings with youth and adults; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations. Employee must have visual, auditory, and physical ability to respond quickly to critical incidents involving students and act in an emergency situation. 

 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

 

Additional Information: Higher Achievement’s physical offices are currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic with all staff working virtually from home. Candidates must have the ability to work virtually from home while Higher Achievement offices are closed, and once the physical offices re-open this role will be based out of Higher Achievement’s main office. Learning Directors work Monday through Friday; each Center runs programming approximately 4 days per week. On center days during the school year, the Center Director works (on average), a 12pm to 8pm schedule, with the second half of the day on-site at the school where the Center is based. On non-center days, the Learning Director works with a standard business schedule. During the summer, work occurs primarily during standard business hours. Candidate must have ability to travel in between main office and Achievement Center(s) on a daily basis via reliable transportation. Occasional weekend availability is required, as well as availability for one annual three day overnight college trip each summer. This position requires a criminal background check prior to hire, and candidate must be able to pass all additional clearance requirements as mandated by school districts and state/local municipalities. 

 

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter through the link below. Candidates should indicate in their applications the affiliates they would like to be considered by (Baltimore, DC Metro, Richmond). Instead of a cover letter, applicants are asked to answer specific questions about their qualifications and interest in working with Higher Achievement directly in the application in addition to uploading a resume. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately; the position will remain open until all spots are filled. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.    

 

Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

 

Higher Achievement, a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization working to close the achievement gap for motivated, yet underserved students from low-income communities, seeks a Learning Director. The Learning Director, reporting…

Details at a Glance

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

Compensation

See below
The starting salary for this regular, full-time, exempt position is in the low to high fifties depending on experience and specific Higher Achievement Affiliate.

Benefits

 Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid holidays; six weeks paid time off; and retirement plan with company match. 

 Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including: company-paid insurance (medical, dental, vision, life, and long and short-term disability insurance); eleven paid…

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Richmond, VA
Associated Location
Richmond, VA, USA

How to Apply

Please submit your resume through the link: http://www.higherachievement.org/careers and then select "Job Board" to see the current listing. Candidates should indicate in their applications the affiliates they would like to be considered by (Baltimore, DC Metro, Richmond). Instead of a cover letter, applicants are asked to answer specific questions about their qualifications and interest in working with Higher Achievement directly in the application in addition to uploading a resume. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply immediately; the position will remain open until all spots are filled. Please, no phone calls, emails or recruiters.    

Please submit your resume through the link: http://www.higherachievement.org/careers and then select "Job Board" to see the current listing. Candidates should indicate in their…

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