Position: STEAM Coordinator, Middle Grades Academy (MGA)
Reports to: Senior Director of MGA & HS OST
Employment Type: Full-time, Exempt
Starting Salary: $50,000
About Us: Steppingstone Scholars is dedicated to helping educationally underserved students in the Greater Philadelphia region achieve academic success. Steppingstone’s Pathways program is Steppingstone’s neighborhood focused effort to offer integrated college and workforce prep from K-12 to strengthen families’ decision-making around high school and college, increase students’ academic and social emotional skills and support schools to set students on better college and workforce trajectories.
General Description: Reporting to the Senior Director of MGA & HS OST at Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., the STEAM Coordinator oversees the MGA at partner middle schools. The MGA is a joint effort between school leadership, Temple’s College of Education, and Steppingstone Scholars, Inc., to provide Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum with in-school and out-of-school programs. The Coordinator will facilitate communication between Steppingstone Scholars, local universities, school leadership, school staff, and outside organizations providing services to partner middle schools. The position is contingent upon grant funding. This is a Monday through Friday position with occasional weekend hours and the STEAM coordinator will be based at partner middle schools.
- Develops and coordinates programming/initiatives to support students of color’s academic, social emotional and leadership development from upper elementary to the transition to high school
- Oversee implementation of 21st Century Community Learning Centers programming at partner middle schools; Ensure sites are meeting programmatic data goals and student achievement goals
- Attract, interview, hire, manage, develop, evaluate and retain high-quality staff for programming; Seek partners and manage relationships with partners; Manage conflict between students, staff, and families
- Coordinate the afterschool STEAM programming, a school-based program focused on STEAM and career exposure. Monitor implementation through classroom observations, lesson plan feedback, data analysis, establishing student support systems, etc. Supervise off campus field trips.
- Sustain student and family engagement through application support, regular and varied communications, workshops, opportunities for feedback and incentives
- Partner with Steppingstone staff and school counseling staff to provide supplemental academic/school choice advice to middle school students and their families through one-on-one meetings and workshops with a focus on helping students and families find quality public high school choices; Support alignment of MGA with Steppingstone’s high school programming through curriculum, advising and application support
- Coordinate in-school enrichment activities focused on STEAM and career and college exposure
- Collaborate closely with the school’s principal to align all Steppingstone activities with the principal’s priorities for student achievement.
- Manage and improve systems for project planning, program evaluation, communication, and high-quality implementation
- Serve in a coordinator or teaching role in MGA summer programming
- Maintain data collection for grant reporting and to monitor student achievement
- Collect and organize paperwork for student stipends
- B.A. in Education or related field
- Math teaching experience preferred but not required
- Passionate about educational access for underserved communities, belief that all students should be held to high academic standards and in the importance of anti-racist education
- Experience working directly with youth through mentorship, teaching or general youth program implementation and project management
- Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and evident ability to handle multiple projects
- Skilled in keeping data, analyzing data, and creating reports or evaluations
- Ability to think strategically, identify potential problems, innovate, and provide proactive solutions
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to foster collaborative relationships with families, students, school partners, external partners and Board members
- Driver's license required for position.
Please note: In order to work at Steppingstone Scholars, you must have three clearances (PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal Record, and FBI clearance) issued within one year of start date on file at Steppingstone. You must also complete a mandated reporter training. You may not begin working until all clearances and the mandated reporter training are complete and received by Steppingstone. Receipts of clearances are not accepted.
All Steppingstone employees must also be able to provide proof of vaccination and sign off on our vaccination policy.