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.
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 Rescue Rescue please visit: www.readingrescue.org.
The Reading Rescue Program Manager's primary role is to train, lead, 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 Reading Rescue Program Manager manages all aspects of program quality, delivery and implementation in up to twenty schools. The Reading Rescue Program Manager 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 Reading Rescue Program Manager is an inspiring team leader, is goal-oriented and excited by both strategic and on-the-ground work. Reading Rescue Program Managers spend 100-120 days a year visiting and leading professional development at school sites. Candidates should be comfortable with spending about 30% of the year in the 9-5 office environment. 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.
- Act as liaison to school sites, the New York City District of Education and external partners.
- 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
- Schedule and 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.
- Utilize a high level of knowledge and competency in literacy strategies during professional development days.
- 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, and create subsequent strategies aimed at increasing student achievement.
- Utilize both qualitative and quantitative data, as available, to ensure the majority of students make significant gains and or reach grade level.
- 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.
- Master's degree in education or related subject area highly preferred
- Expertise in early literacy required
- Well read on current best practices in literacy
- Two or more years of experience as a Program Manager
- 3+ years working with elementary-aged students in an educational setting, teaching experience is strongly preferred
- Direct management experience of tutors and or school staff
- Experience with literacy assessments, teaching strategies, and student data analysis
- Access to reliable transportation to travel throughout the 5 boroughs, as needed
- Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including early morning, and occasional evenings
- Knowledge of and a connection to the New York City elementary education community
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office, as well as familiarity with Google Docs and Salesforce
- Deep belief in our mission
- Spanish speaking preferred
- US Citizenship of Permanent Resident Status
- Salary: Literacy Trust offers competitive salaries.
- Excellent benefits package: We provide employees with 100% coverage for medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, in addition to partial coverage for family members. We also provide retirement accounts with an employer match.
- Professional development: We provide employees with a professional development budget after your first year of service because we want to see you grow in a way that's meaningful to you.
- Vacation: We offer employees 15 vacation days to unplug, unwind, and relax. Additionally, employees have the Department of Education winter break as paid time off.
- Work-life balance: In case the vacation time or summer Fridays didn't make it clear, we pride ourselves in supporting staff to have a healthy work-life balance.
- Fun work environment: We love to celebrate accomplishments, birthdays and more. Our office is also located in a Wework office space that promotes celebrations and team building.
Level of Language Proficiency
Spanish speaking preferred
Minimum Education Required