Positions Report to: Principal
Start/End Date: 2019-2020 School Year
Hours: 7:40 am – 4:15 pm + some out of school time responsibilities
Compensation: Commensurate with years of experience. In addition, East Harlem Scholars Academies offer a comprehensive benefits package.
Who We Are
Scholars Academies is a branch of the East Harlem Tutorial Program. East Harlem Tutorial Program began in 1958 as a children's reading group and has since grown into a multi-site after-school program for public school students and a charter school operator focused on significantly increasing the college graduation rate in East Harlem. Between its after-school programs and charter schools, more than 15,000 East Harlem youth and their families have walked through its doors – and, by participating in EHTP's year-long, free programs, they have improved their academic skills, developed confidence, and found community.
For more information about EHTP's mission, model, and programs, please visit us at www.ehtp.org.
What Sets Us Apart
EHTP aims to serve as an agent of change and thoughtfully contribute to the national fight for racial equity. Through our organization-wide commitment to anti-racism work, we prepare our scholars to effect change, challenge the status quo, and thrive in the world around them. Furthermore, as staff members we face our own racial identities and conscious and unconscious biases. With this in mind, all of our professional development, curriculum, organizational materials and processes are designed with a goal of racial justice. To read EHTP’s Racial Equity Statement, please click here.
The Work and Why it Matters
We believe that a positive school culture is critical to fostering student success and we behold family members as full educational partners in our work. As a member of the School Leadership Team, the Director of School Culture & Family Engagement works at the right hand of the Principal and Managing Director, playing a critical role in the success of East Harlem Scholars Academy II Middle School by overseeing the implementation and refinement of policies and programs that promote school culture and family involvement.
Who You Are
- You hold yourself to high professional and ethical standards
- You enjoy and/or have experience working with diverse populations of students and communities
- You believe that every student can and will learn when provided with a quality education
- You have demonstrated success in raising the achievement levels of traditionally at-risk students
- You are willing to be flexible in your role and adapt to school and student needs
- You are committed to continuous improvement and learning through professional development
- You have strong clinical skills and experience providing crisis intervention and short-term treatment to children and their families
- You have a minimum of five-year’s experience in relevant educational positions
- You have Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work or related field preferred
- You have the ability to successfully manage a wide range of student behaviors and effectively address their socio-emotional needs
What Success Looks Like
School Culture & Program Support
- Drive the vision and implementation of school culture
- Conduct regular school culture walkthroughs to maintain a high bar of excellence
- Encourage supportive classroom communities that maintain East Harlem Scholars Academies’ high academic and social expectations for students
- Help lead recognition and celebration events (e.g., for perfect attendance or academic achievement) and other school-wide culture-building activities
- Oversee Scholars Academy II Middle School After School program to ensure consistency with Scholars Academies procedures and expectations
- Drive the vision and implementation of family engagement
- Build relationships with families of East Harlem Scholars Academy II Middle School scholars through frequent communication
- Create and lead a schedule of events throughout the year to involve families in school community
- Engage families in support of the school’s goals by communicating student progress, upcoming events and programmatic changes at Scholars Academy
- Lead on-boarding process for new families, potentially involving home visits with new parents
- Coordinate the activities of the Family Leadership Council.
- Establish protocols and best practices to ensure that teachers communicate regularly with parents.
- Drive the vision and implementation of school-wide and class-based behavior management systems
- Write, update and maintain systems and policies for attendance, entry, breakfast, class transitions, cafeteria usage, lunch, bathroom usage, dismissal and homework.
- Create meaningful incentives to reward good behavior and effective consequences to correct misbehaviors.
- Analyze school-wide trends in attendance, behavior, homework and class transitions, communicate these trends to staff and lead initiatives to address challenges.
- Work with teachers to create individual plans for students with behavior challenges; partner with teachers to provide extra interventions.
Reflection and Continuous Improvement
- Actively work to improve own practice, to acquire and enhance the skills and knowledge necessary for excellent instruction and to generally increase effectiveness in the school community
- Assume responsibility for all scholars’ success by holding staff and oneself accountable to expectations set by the East Harlem Scholars Academy II Middle School community
Thank you in advance for taking the time to apply to East Harlem Tutorial Program.