DEPARTMENT: REGIONAL CENTER OPERATIONS
SUPERVISOR: LEARNING DIRECTOR
STAFF POSITIONS SUPERVISED: VOLUNTEERS
By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven academic model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Higher Achievement’s model delivers academic enrichment grounded in social justice principles. Our afterschool program for 5th-8th grade scholars combines small-group tutoring with social-emotional skill building, culminating in placement in college preparatory high schools.
Higher Achievement, founded in 1975, closes the opportunity gap during the pivotal middle school years. By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven model provides a rigorous year-round learning environment, caring role models, and a culture of high expectations, resulting in college-bound scholars with the character, confidence, and skills to succeed. Higher Achievement’s model delivers academic enrichment grounded in social justice principles. Our afterschool program for 5th-8th grade scholars in Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, Baltimore, MD, Richmond, VA, and Prince George’s County, MD combines small-group, high-impact tutoring with social-emotional skill building, culminating in placement in college preparatory high schools. More information about Higher Achievement may be found at: http://www.higherachievement.org
The Achievement Fellow role is a full-time stipend volunteer position, made available through partnership with the AmeriCorps Program. The term of service will begin in September and end in August, with the option to renew for a second term. To successfully complete the AmeriCorps program, the individual must complete 1700 service hours. The position includes both direct involvement with scholars, and administrative tasks, to support Higher Achievement’s progressive, skills-based cultural and academic model. Working closely with the Learning Director and Learning Coordinator, the Achievement Fellow will manage relationships and operations necessary to run a successful Achievement Center, providing year-round academic programming for up to 70 middle school students. Responsibilities will focus on four key areas:
· academic support and instruction
· high school placement
· communication with teachers and families
· scholar recruitment
AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
ACADEMIC SUPPORT & INSTRUCTION:
Outcome(s): Learning Blocks will operate successfully with focused, productive scholars who are treated with respect and held to high expectations.
· Supervise and manage a group of up to 15 scholars three or four days per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday).
· Review scholars’ assignments; help them to prioritize daily assignments, along with setting realistic time-tables with prioritized task-lists for longer-term projects
· Ensure that homework is completed by all scholars to a high degree of quality. High-quality assignments are characterized by a high level of accuracy, an organized and clear presentation, and answers that indicate thinking beyond the surface level.
· Assist scholars in preparing for upcoming quizzes and tests; coach them to develop strong study skills
· Supervise study hall aides who are typically college volunteers; ensure they are assisting scholars with homework and abiding by Higher Achievement’s expectations
· Answer questions from scholars and re-teach necessary concepts to scholars when needed
· Provide scholars with engaging, meaningful supplemental activities when all homework has been completed
· Reinforce Higher Achievement’s culture principals and positive work culture
· If allowed, operate out of the center’s host school for a substantial portion of the work week
· Lead a weekly elective scholars can participate in of your choosing that provides scholars with enrichment opportunities
Outcome(s): Scholars and families are offered engagement with the program during the summer to propel forward progress towards high school placement goals. Scholars feel supported and excited by field trip opportunities and extracurricular engagement.
· Lead high school field trips and discussions for scholars, particularly 7th and 8th grade scholars either in-person or virtually
· Foster relationships with rising 8th grade scholar families and make outreach calls on a regular basis to determine the support they will need the following year
· Lead High School Readiness Academies in late July for scholars at your center
· Scholar Recruitment: attend summer bridge opportunities that schools host for rising 6th graders and present about Higher Achievement
· Attend college trips with staff and scholars and supervise groups of up to 20 scholars during the trip as they meet with professors and students, and learn about the college
· Attend and co-lead summer engagement opportunities for scholars that your center is offering (field trips, scholar/family retention events, etc)
· Support team in the planning and preparation for the following Afterschool Academy
HIGH SCHOOL PLACEMENT
Outcome(s): 85% of 8th grade scholars will apply to at least two college preparatory high schools; 100% of our scholars will enroll in high school by Washington, DC’s designated deadline.
· Track all scholar progress towards completing high school applications
· Manage scholars’ high school placement portfolios including 7th and 8th grade report cards and test scores
· Through trainings, serve as on-site “expert” in high school placement process
· Manage and support high school placement mentors
· Serve as main point of contact for families regarding high school placement process
· Support with entry exams to high schools, as needed
· Support with Higher Achievement’s annual High School Fair
· Participate in all individual parent/guardian meetings with scholars
COMMUNICATION WITH FAMILIES, TEACHERS, AND STAFF
Outcome(s): Higher Achievement maintains strong and consistent communication with schools, teachers, and families so that strategies are sought and scholars’ needs are adequately met.
· Serve as a bridge between scholars’ schools - to include faculty team meetings, classroom observations, and parent/teacher conferences
· Serve as lead expert in High School placement with families and schools; collaborate to lead meetings and support high school placement mentors
· Communicate with scholars’ teachers and families to secure quarterly report cards and annual standardized test scores for scholar data analysis
· Track scholar progress; communicate with scholars’ teachers and families when concerns or successes arise
· Participate in Center Staff meetings; discuss individual scholar needs and map plans to ensure scholar progress.
· Support Higher Achievement staff with ideas and creative problem-solving support
Outcome(s): Full rosters (approximately 30 per grade) to start during Summer 2023
· Manage and facilitate all aspects of new scholar recruitment, with support from Learning Director
· Schedule and conduct classroom presentations to prospective scholars
· Complete scholar interviews
OTHER DUTIES (seasonal)
· Attend new employee orientation training prior to each Academy
· Assist in the recruitment, support, and training of Volunteer Mentors and Study Hall Aides
· Assist in administrative duties, such as data entry as needed
· Assist in the movement and set-up of center-related items, such as laptops, storage units, and classroom furniture
The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
· Must be 18 years of age or older
· High school or GED
· Citizenship or proof of legal residency
· Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience, preferred
· Dynamic, flexible, culturally sensitive applicants with positive personalities required
· At least one year’s experience working with middle school aged students strongly preferred
· Strong classroom management skills
· Familiarity with middle school curriculum
· Proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Outlook, and Word
· Bilingual speakers, particularly Spanish, encouraged to apply
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is regularly performed in an office environment and a school setting, with occasional trips off-site to parks, museums, etc. Employee may spend long periods of time sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to walk from one part of the worksite to another and climb stairs. Employee regularly lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communication in small and large group settings with youth and adults; employee must be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these situations. Employee must have visual, auditory, and physical ability to respond quickly to critical incidents involving students and act in an emergency situation.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position will begin on September 1, 2022, and end on August 31, 2023. AmeriCorps members work Monday through Friday with some Saturday hours meeting with families and doing high school placement. Each Center runs programming approximately 3-4 days per week. On center days during the school year, the AmeriCorps Fellow works (on average), a 12pm to 8pm schedule, with the first half of the day on-site at the Higher Achievement office and the second half of the day on-site at the school where the Center is based. On non-center days, the AmeriCorps member works primarily on-site at Higher Achievement with a standard business schedule.
During the summer, work occurs primarily during standard business hours. The standard schedule is Monday-Thursday, 9 am- 5:00 pm and Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, excluding an up to 30 min lunch break (optional). During the summer, there is flexibility to set a different regular work schedule and the ability to flex hours, subject to manager approval and full Higher Achievement policies. Candidate must have the ability to travel in between main office and Achievement Center(s) on a daily basis via reliable transportation and attend events in the DC Metro area on a regular basis. Occasional weekend availability is required, as well as availability for one annual three-day overnight college trip, if offered.
Higher Achievement is a hybrid work environment organization; All staff are able to work within a hybrid arrangement with in-person time focused on mission critical activities and relationship building rather than an expected amount of time in the office. This position can be within commuting distance of the Washington DC Metro Area. At that time, this position will be expected to spend in-person time at the Higher Achievement DC office for in-person-based needs, with more time expected during the onboarding period. This will primarily consist of day travel.
Higher Achievement requires proof of FULL Covid-19 vaccination* of all of its program staff to include: Managing Director of Programs, Director of Program Operations, Learning Director, Learning Coordinator, Literacy Aide, Director of Academic and Social-Emotional Learning, Senior Manager of Volunteers and Curriculum, Manager of Alumni Programs, Program Coordinator, Director of High School Placement and Alumni Programs, and AmeriCorps Member positions. *Effective 1/1/22 FULL Vaccination will mean that staff who are *eligible* to receive a booster shot, as per current CDC guidelines, will need to provide proof of receiving a Covid-19 booster shot, in addition to proof of having received the primary vaccination series. Unless an accommodation has been granted by HA, proof of vaccination is required before employment may begin.
Compensation and Benefits:
The Achievement Fellow will receive a living allowance of $21,000 designed to help meet the necessary living expenses incurred while participating in the AmeriCorps Program. Upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service, the Member will receive an education award in the amount of $6,495. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including company-paid health insurance; twelve paid holidays; six weeks paid time off; professional development opportunities, and SMARTrip benefits.
Background Check & Clearance Requirements:
If selected, the applicant must agree to undergo the National Service Criminal History Check, which includes: state criminal history registries for state of residence and Washington, DC; FBI fingerprint check; and National Sex Offender Public Registry. Candidate must be able to pass all additional clearance requirements as mandated by school districts and state/local municipalities. Higher Achievement pays for all clearance steps for its employees.
Visit Higher Achievement’s website (www.higherachievement.org) and click on “Careers” at the very bottom of the page. Interested applicants must apply through the AmeriCorps website, eGrants. This position can be found by searching "Achievement Member - Higher Achievement (22-23)” in eGrants.
Higher Achievement provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver or family status, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.
DC Metro Office
317 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
DC ACHIEVEMENT CENTER LOCATIONS FOR ACHIEVEMENT FELLOWS
Ward 1 Meridian Public Charter School
2120 13th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ward 4 Ida B. Wells Middle School
405 Sheridan Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Ward 5 Brookland Middle School
1150 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20018
Ward 6 Eliot-Hine Middle School
1830 Constitution Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ward 7 Kelly Miller Middle School
301 49th Street NE
Washington, DC 20019
Ward 8 KIPP AIM-Douglas Road Campus
2600 Douglas Road SE
Washington, DC 20020
For more information about Higher Achievement, visit www.higherachievement.org
DEPARTMENT: REGIONAL CENTER OPERATIONS
SUPERVISOR: LEARNING DIRECTOR
STAFF POSITIONS SUPERVISED: VOLUNTEERS
By leveraging the power of communities, Higher Achievement’s proven academic model provides a rigorous…
Upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service, the Member will receive an education award in the amount of $6,495. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including company-paid health insurance; twelve paid holidays; six weeks paid time off; professional development opportunities, and SMARTrip benefits.
Upon successful completion of 1700 hours of service, the Member will receive an education award in the amount of $6,495. Higher Achievement offers competitive benefits, including…
Visit Higher Achievement’s website (www.higherachievement.org) and click on “Careers” at the very bottom of the page. Interested applicants must apply through the AmeriCorps website, eGrants. Please visit this link to create a MyAmeriCorps account and submit your application directly through the AmeriCorps portal. This position can be found by searching "Achievement Member - Higher Achievement (22-23)” in eGrants. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply ASAP as candidates will be screened on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until all spots are filled.
Visit Higher Achievement’s website (www.higherachievement.org) and click on “Careers” at the very bottom of the page. Interested applicants must apply through the AmeriCorps…