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Title: Program Director
Location: Flexible, travel to Texas required
Travel Expectations: Travel to El Paso approximately every other week for 2-3 days during the SY 2018-2019 school year (August 3rd-May 31st) + up to 3 business development trips + 2 team retreats in NYC
Work Schedule: Flexible when not at clients’ site
Reports to: Executive Director
About School Empowerment Network
School Empowerment Network (SEN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to harnessing the power of transformational school leadership to improve options and outcomes for chronically underserved students. Our goal is to help school districts develop home-grown and self-sustaining leadership pipelines.
SEN was founded in 2015 by a group of experienced district leaders, principals, school founders and master teachers. Core members of our team previously selected and trained leaders for over 120 new schools in New York City, as part of the city’s efforts to replace large, failing high schools with smaller, more effective ones.
The El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) has received grant funding from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to participate in a Transformation Zone Program. The Transformation Zone Program is designed to assist districts and other local educational leaders to plan and design a Transformation Zone. Transformation Zones group multiple campuses that are low-performing together, provide these campuses with autonomy over people, time, money, and academic programs, and utilize a range of interventions or actions to transform the campuses.
As part of Transformation Zone (T Zone) efforts, The El Paso Independent School District is partnering with School Empowerment Network to launch a number of new, small learning communities on a historically struggling EPISD campus in the Fall of 2019. In the first year of implementation (SY 18-19), the Program Director will lead the training and development of a small cohort (up to 4 candidates) of T Zone fellows who will be the first to design and launch small learning communities that will launch in Fall 2019 and grow one grade at a time until they reach full capacity in Fall 2022.
The Program Director (PD) designs and delivers coursework and coaching over the course of one school year to prepare T Zone fellows to effectively launch and grow a small learning community in Fall 2019. This coursework and coaching focuses on the development of personal leadership, instructional leadership, and cultural leadership competencies. During the course of the 18-19 SY, the PD also assists in recruitment and selection of the second cohort of T Zone fellows that will participate in the LDI over the course of the 19-20 SY.
Roles and Responsibilities
Program Design and Implementation
• Lead the design and execution of coursework and coaching for a cohort of Leadership & Design program participants
• Develop program materials, including scope and sequence, session plans and materials, facilitation guides, and assessments
• Establish developmental goals aligned with program expectations for each participant
• Monitor and evaluate progress of program participants
• Provide on-going, rubric-based informal and formal feedback to program participants
• Monitor effectiveness of program curriculum and materials and revise for improvements
• Collaborate with other program directors to maximize alignment between SEN programs
• Assist with Recruitment and Selection (R&S), in coordination with SEN’s Director of R&S
• Provide post-opening support to a cohort of leaders after launch
• Coordinate/liaise with the district as needed
• Contribute to on-going development of organization-wide approaches and strategies • Support Executive Director in contract management, as necessary
• Previous experience as a school leader with a proven track record of raising student achievement, preferably in high-needs context
• Experience coaching and facilitating professional learning for school leaders and teachers
• Deep commitment to serving underserved populations
• Ability to design and implement rigorous professional development experiences for adults
• Ability to generate and communicate effective feedback
• Ability to effectively communicate with a wide variety of stakeholders (district leadership, school level teams, parents, students)
• Ability to tackle sensitive issues and facilitate and model difficult conversations
• Strong public presentation skills and ability to provide thoughtful and compelling insights in a variety of settings
• Preferred: experience raising student achievement for English Language Learners
How to Apply
To be considered for our Program Director role, please complete our online application at
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning April 15th, 2018.
Minimum Education Required