Our mission is to encourage the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. To empower students with the skills to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance. To support new and exciting approaches to writing and inspire student engagement. And to foster generations of creative writers and thinkers, who together will define a better future.
826NYC is a creative organization that highly values collaboration, creativity, and strategic thinking. There is a lot of laughter in the 826NYC office, yet we take our work seriously and operate with a high degree of professionalism. 826NYC staff members work hard, care about details, and work both independently and as part of a team. Our model is inherently community-based and responds to the dynamics within our city.
Commitment to Inclusion
As an organization committed to encouraging youth in their creative expression, personal growth, and academic success, 826NYC recognizes the importance of diversity at all levels and in all aspects of our work. In order to build and maintain the safe, supportive 826 environment in which great leaps of learning occur, we commit to inclusion: we will not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, language, parental status, military service, or (dis)ability. We strive to put our values into action through planning, decision making, and community building.
The Director of Education oversees all educational programming at 826NYC. This role includes the strategic direction, planning, execution, and evaluation of all student-centered programming. The Director of Education manages and mentors program staff and interns to ensure the high quality of educational experience provided to students, teachers, and families. In addition to working directly with students through program execution, the Director of Education also supervises the volunteer department and supervises the management of volunteers.
826NYC seeks someone with a proven passion for writing and learning exhibited through a documented involvement in teaching writing. This person is a skilled communicator (to all ages and all levels of learners), flexible with their schedule (this position requires some evening and weekend availability), willing to travel across the city to reach students and classrooms, engaging, creative, and dedicated to 826NYC’s mission. The successful candidate will exhibit an attitude that is equal parts can-do and can-inspire-others-to-do.
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Programs staff, volunteers, interns
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm (flex), with some nights and weekends
Program Development and Implementation
- Direct all aspects of 826NYC’s programs (After-School Tutoring & Writing, In-Schools & Publishing Residencies, Workshops, Field Trips, and the Writers’ Room) to ensure high quality, effective support for more than 4,000 students each year
- Oversee the volunteer department, which brings in over 400 individuals each year to support programming
- Oversee and direct the continued articulation and development of research-based teaching and learning practices in 826NYC programming
- Serve as the subject matter expert during the design of professional development, trainings, workshops. strategic partnerships, and other learning events
- Support and guide the team of full-time and part-time programs staff in the implementation of effective instructional practice
- In collaboration with the Executive Director and 826 National, review chapter specific data and develop strategies to ensure understanding and use of data to inform program success
- Provide reports and other written materials as assigned for purposes of accountability and reporting responsibilities
- Develop and manage all in-schools and partnership publishing residencies and records
- Develop and manage all workshops projects and records
- Oversee the programs and volunteer teams in the management of volunteer, field trips, after-school, and writers’ room records
- Work with the programs staff to develop programs related budgets
- Manage all project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures
- Support with the identification and development of grant opportunities and grant reporting to support the work of 826NYC
- Build and maintain relationships with K-12 education providers, including teachers, school principals, superintendents, researchers, and like-minded organizations
- Initiate and support existing arrangements with colleges, universities, and relevant organizations for volunteer recruitment and service partnerships
- Develop written content and material for the dissemination of information for publications, conference presentations, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and retention
- Serve in organization work groups and committees as needed
- In partnership with the Executive Director, steward the 826 brand and programmatic expansion
- Lead and participate in 826 leadership team meetings to collaborate with the other departments and drive programmatic strategy and execution
- Support organization-wide initiatives, requiring occasional evening events
- Lead and support and the programs and volunteer team by overseeing the hiring, on-boarding, training, management, and leadership development of coordinators and managers
- Conduct site visits to off-site programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City to support programs team
- Hire, on-board, train, and manage a team of 826NYC teaching artists who run in-schools and publishing residencies
- Lead bi-weekly programs meetings and maintain a schedule of staff observations and check-ins
- Represent the program and volunteer teams at 826NYC board meetings and in the execution of the organization’s strategic plan and vision
Education & Experience Requirements
- Master’s degree in education or a related field preferred
- Minimum of 3 years experience in education program development
- Minimum of 3 years experience working with a diverse group of youth age 6-18
- Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal
- Experience in creating systems for productive communication within teams and departments.
- Knowledge of current trends and issues in K-12 education, especially those related to New York City’s five boroughs.
- Experience creating and teaching writing-based curriculum
- Experience in program evaluation and utilizing evaluation results to strengthen programs
- Experience in shaping an organization wide vision and rolling that vision out to stakeholders
- Strong presentation and public speaking skills, and a desire to represent 826NYC, its vision, and its values to a wide community
- A belief in and a desire to foster a culture of professional development, continuous feedback, and mutual support among staff
- Desire to be mobile and to work in different educational environments and spaces
- Experience designing enduring, scalable systems that enable staff success and achieve results while maximizing resources
- Experience ensuring day-to-day operations are having maximum impact toward organizations short-term and long-term strategies
- Proficient with computer applications — (i.e. Microsoft office suite)
- A deep passion and commitment to the mission of 826NYC
- A understanding of the New York Public School system, connections to teachers, administrators, and schools
- Fluency or proficiency with the Spanish language is a plus
- Experience managing a remote, or multi-site staff
- Experience with copy editing and publishing
- Experience with Indesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is a plus
- Experience with Salesforce or similar customer relationship management systems is a plus
Full medical. Dental and Vision options. Transportation. 15 paid vacation days in the first two years. 20 paid after. Office closed most major holidays, including the week between Christmas Eve and New Years Day.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish, Fluent or Proficient a Plus
Minimum Education Required