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Director of Student Support Programs & Practice

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City Connects
Newton, MA
Publicado hace 9 días

Background: Growing and dynamic organization seeks an experienced education professional to lead implementation and development of effective student support practice. Housed at Boston College within the Mary E. Walsh Center for Thriving Children, City Connects (cityconnects.org) is an innovative approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that can impact students’ achievement and thriving in schools. City Connects assesses the strengths and needs of each student and collaborates closely with districts, schools, and partnering community agencies to connect every student to a tailored set of supports and enrichments in the school and community. Currently City Connects is implemented in over 130 schools across five states and an international pilot in Dublin, Ireland. We seek to grow our direct service footprint by creating local proof points demonstrating improved student outcomes and creating conditions for statewide systemic change. 

The Center for Thriving Children is a national center for researchers, and practitioners to learn about evidence-based student support. We reach across multiple disciplines and approaches to share knowledge, promote best practices, test innovations in the field via City Connects’ research and development platform, study outcomes for students and schools, and provide professional development, technical assistance, and resources to support effective integration of school and community resources at scale. In addition to expanding the implementation of City Connects, the Center aims to empower districts that want to move in the direction of evidence-based student support by offering formal learning pathways designed to support their progress towards implementation of effective practices. 

Role Summary: City Connects, housed at Boston College, seeks a full-time Director of Student Support Programs and Practice to lead and integrate diverse offerings that enable schools to implement effective student support, including the City Connects intervention. The Director will be an integral member of the Center’s leadership team to support the ongoing development and implementation of the strategic plan. The Director will be a leader in the conversation about the use of data to drive practice and the use of practice to drive research questions. The Director will lead the Programs and Practice Team. This team engages in close collaboration with district and school leaders by assisting them in assessing their student support needs, introducing City Connects and other Center offerings, collaborating to determine the best approaches for them, and providing ongoing implementation support, including tailored professional learning and coaching. The Director will engage in collaborative conversations with practitioners implementing City Connects directly and with school and district personnel engaged in other Center implementation offerings. In addition, the Director will contribute to innovations and adaptations of City Connects and other student support practice offerings. 

The responsibilities of the Director of Student Support Programs and Practice include: 

  • Oversee the integration of Center student support offerings, including City Connects, district and school academies, and continuing education offerings
  • Translate and implement the Center’s vision for the role of schools, community partners, and families in supporting student thriving into Center offerings
  • Develop and maintain relationships with districts, school and related organizations interested in the Center’s student support offerings
  • Articulate and act on the relationship between research and practice
  • Provide consulting to district leaders seeking student support approaches or professional development for their schools
  • In collaboration with other staff, lead and document practice innovations and major contextual adaptations of the City Connects model
  • Support coaching for Program Managers implementing the City Connects model and for Systemic Student Support Academy (S3) participants implementing student support elements in their districts and schools
  • Contribute to the design of professional learning offerings and professional learning communities for City Connects and other student support practitioners 


  • Master’s or doctoral degree in education, human services, or related field
  • Five years or more of management experience in schools, school districts, or non-profits working in or near the education sector 
  • Experience delivering coaching and professional development 
  • Ability to prioritize goals and organize a team’s work in accordance with strategic vision
  • Experience using data to inform project or practice-related decision-making 
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion


  • Experience with a research-practice partnership or a demonstrated commitment to translating research to practice 
  • Experience implementing a school- or district-based practice related to student support and/or inclusive school culture 
  • Experience working with under-resourced communities 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite 
  • Experience participating in or leading networks of school and/or district leaders, practitioners and/or community partners 

City Connects and the Center for Thriving Children is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to build and sustain a diverse team and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color and from any minoritized or marginalized groups. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume.

Background: Growing and dynamic organization seeks an experienced education professional to lead implementation and development of effective student support practice. Housed at Boston College within the Mary E. Walsh Center for…

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