Part Time Reading Rescue Program Associate
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.
Literacy Trust is an organization that values diversity, equity and inclusion. We demonstrate this by ensuring that our programs and offering reflect our values. Our focus is on promoting self-empowerment for educators, by providing additional resources and support, and by providing more students with opportunities to become readers (since we believe the ability to read is a basic civil right).
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 Associate'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 Associate manages all aspects of program quality, delivery and program implementation. The Reading Rescue Program Associate 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 Associate 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 (number of schools is dependent on need). Schedule is flexible and can be built out by applicant to meet the needs of school partnerships.
- Bachelor’s degree in education or related subject area
- Ability to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
- Experience in early literacy
- 2+ years working with elementary-aged students in an educational setting
- Thrives in a remote working environment
- Deep belief in our mission
- Access to reliable transportation to travel throughout the 5 boroughs, as needed
- US Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status
- Direct management experience of tutors and/or school staff
- Experience with literacy assessments and teaching strategies
- Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including early morning, and occasional evenings
- Well read on current best practices in literacy
- Knowledge of the New York City elementary education community
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office, as well as the ability to learn new software tools quickly (Google Drive, Salesforce, etc.)
- Spanish speaking
Level of Language Proficiency
English. Spanish preferred.
Minimum Education Required