This is a full time, hybrid position based out of our New York City office location. It is expected that some duties will be performed on-site, and some remotely, with the understanding that government and public health guidelines will determine the extent to which it is safe to carry out in-person and onsite activities. Monday-Friday, able to work some Saturdays and evenings as dictated by programming needs.
We Propel Human Potential. SEO is an educational non-profit focused on improving outcomes for students that come from underserved and historically underrepresented backgrounds. For over 50 years, SEO has been an innovator in education, mentorship, and creating educational programs and opportunities that maximize the full potential of our students. We are on a mission to create an ecosystem of excellence for the students we serve!
ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARS
SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college–with a 90% college graduation rate. In high school, we offer intensive year-round academic preparation via a carefully-calibrated, rigorously-assessed course of supplemental education. Scholars also receive one-on-one mentorship, enrichment opportunities, SAT prep and strategy courses, tutoring, and individualized guidance through the college application and admissions process. (Learn more here: SEO Scholars)
The Associate Director, ELA is responsible for defining a national vision for SEO’s pedagogical approach to critical literacy (writing, reading, and vocabulary development) through critical pedagogical theories such as anti-oppressive pedagogy, culturally responsive pedagogy, etc. This includes codifying and developing the infrastructure to support implementation of this approach for in-person, hybrid and remote online delivery. The Associate Director, ELA establishes overall performance metrics, oversees learning analytics through SEO’s Learning Management System (LMS), and develops a research-based congruent and complementary vision for instructor training and curriculum design. The Associate Director, ELA is an innovative leader with the ability to inspire and motivate others through a pragmatic and systems-oriented approach to implementation and actualization of pedagogical vision and values.
Team and Program Leadership (40%)
Lead and manage the performance of a team that includes two full-time curriculum developers and managers, and 10-15 part-time writers
Work closely with senior and executive leadership to ensure SEO Scholars strategy and outcomes align with organizational-level priorities
Provide instructional material guidance and professional learning trainings/workshops for ELA team members on culturally responsive pedagogy/theory
ELA Curriculum Development (30%)
Develop and implement SEO’s strategy for increasing students’ proficiency in ELA that is informed by external and internal research
Lead a team of ELA curriculum designers and set curriculum development plans each year informed by culturally responsive pedagogy that challenges high-performing ELA students before college matriculation
Ensure adequate supports, resources and considerations are embedded in curriculum to support students with additional needs
In collaboration with the National Director of Learning and Director, STEM develop and maintain SEO’s graduate profile for ELA competencies and align all curricular units with identified competencies
Create budget proposals for ELA development each year and ensure expenses do not exceed budget
Regularly consult and liaise with SEO’s IT department to define, align and secure technological needs for the academic program
Collaborate with the Executive Team to align ELA program with the organization’s vision for continued success and growth
Collaborate with the Finance team to ensure all responsibilities related to budget management are executed according to SEO’s policies and protocols.
Represent ELA curriculum and instruction externally with parents of program participants, program visitors and donors
Develop and manage external partnerships (including vendor contracts) to support ELA integration into our academic program
Minimum Master’s degree in a English field or English Education required
Ability to design differentiated, research-based, culturally responsive, student-centered lessons and materials for a wide range of abilities and identities that promote deep conceptual understanding
Deep understanding of curricular frameworks, pedagogy, and quality classroom materials; experience developing and implementing curriculum for high school students
Thorough knowledge of effective instruction and knowledge of current theories of curriculum instruction and assessment
Experience managing and coaching individuals and teams to support exceptional outcomes
Strong management skills, with the ability to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with the ELA team, C&I team, and the High and College Scholars teams,
3+ years of experience teaching high school ELA; 3+ years of experience designing differentiated and UDL aligned curriculum and instructional materials for others
5+ years of experience in education leadership in a school system or academic setting
Experience and facility with managing systems and software platforms for both synchronous and asynchronous remote delivery of academic content
Exceptional skill in communicating complex systems, structures, and processes with clarity and precision
Strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit that translates into successful accomplishment of program departmental goals.
Highly adaptable and solutions-oriented with an ability to solve complex problems when faced with tight deadlines and resource limitations.
COMPETENCIES & SKILLS
Strong verbal and written communication skills for a in a variety of audiences
Experience with budget proposals and management
In view of governmental vaccination mandates in areas we work, the pending federal vaccination mandate for large employers, as well as the guidance of the CDC that vaccination is the most effective means to provide a safe working and teaching environment, subject to applicable law, applicants who obtain a conditional job offer will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement before beginning employment with SEO.
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At SEO we are committed to cultivating a team that embodies the backgrounds and experiences of the constituencies we serve and the communities we live in, and a workplace that reflects the impact we make in the world. Candidates from historically excluded and underrepresented communities – including people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ Community, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Equal Employment Opportunity is not just the law, it is our commitment.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/D/V. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other legally protected status.
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This is a full time, hybrid position based out of our New York City office location. It is expected that some duties will be performed on-site, and some remotely, with the understanding that government and public health…