Position Reports to: Chief Schools Officer

Start Date: July 2024

Compensation: The salary range for this role is $113,000-$135,000. (We believe in compensating staff members fairly in relation to each other. We take into consideration qualifications, credentials, years of experience, and one's impact on behalf of the organization - internal and external equity is taken seriously. East Harlem Tutorial Program also offers a comprehensive benefits package.)

FLSA Status: Exempt


Who We Are

East Harlem Tutorial Program (EHTP) began in 1958 as a children's reading group and has since grown into a multi-site after-school program for traditional public school students and a network of public charter schools focused on significantly increasing the college graduation rate in East Harlem. We are on track to serve at least 25% of East Harlem students by 2025, with enrollment for this year at approximately 2200 students in our schools and after school programs. In 2020, 99% of our seniors were accepted to college, and our current scholars in college are on-track to graduate at eight times the national average of their peers.

At EHTP we also aim 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. 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. Read our racial equity statement here.

We ground all of our work in racial equity, in our core values, and in our four guiding pursuits: the Revolutionary Pursuit of Love, the Radical Pursuit of Knowledge, the Responsive Pursuit of Healing, and in the Relentless Pursuit of Results. These pursuits inform and are reflected in our current four key strategic priorities: to increase high-impact, high-quality academic curriculum, programming content, staff capacity, and coaching; to embrace and advance our use of technology; to deepen our embodiment of ethical and equitable radical humanity; and to efficiently operationalize teaching, learning, community, and care.


About The Opportunity

The Senior Director for School Culture, Family Engagement, and Social Work is charged with working with principals and school-based culture leaders in creating vibrant and equity-based school cultures that support bold student achievement outcomes as well as support the socio-emotional development of our students. Additionally, the Network Director will act as the school-based liaison for our social workers working closely with the Network Clinical Supervisor.  

Reporting to the Chief Schools Officer this person will collaborate with Principals to train and develop culture leaders across the organization to actualize our school culture vision. The ideal candidate leads through a strong commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, knows how to invest leaders in a bold school culture vision, can design and facilitate training that builds critical mindsets and tangible skill sets so that schools can implement that vision with a high level of success, oversee critical data for school-based teams, and act as a thought partner for principals on escalated culture issues. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an educator to work closely with school and network leaders to ensure unprecedented outcomes for our students. 


The Scope of Your Role 

Strengthen East Harlem Scholars Academy Approach to School Culture

    • Partner with key stakeholders to clarify the organizations’ approach to school culture, family engagement, and social work.
    • Partner with the Chief Schools Officer and principals to determine essential culture leadership leadership skills and align this approach across all of our schools.
    • Develop, strengthen, and codify school culture resources and tools to disseminate to all schools in the network. This includes but not limited to: observation/coaching tools, student/family handbook, and the network-wide culture policy

Lead Dean of School Culture & Family Engagement Cohort Development

    • In collaboration with the Chief Schools Office, create and tailor a yearlong professional development training strategy for our school based DSCFE aligned to EHTP’s approach to school culture and family engagement
    • Design and lead high quality professional development sessions for participants including other school-based leaders and teachers

Provide On-the-Ground Support to Strengthen School Culture

    • Ensure that each school has a strong/consistent school behavior management system that is rooted in anti-racism and is aligned with the law
    • Partner our schools to support their beginning of the year culture launch 
    • Build the capacity of the school-based DSCFEs to manage culture at their school sites; this includes systems oversight, teacher skill building and data driven action planning
    • Design and deliver school culture trainings to teachers and leaders across the network at various time throughout the year
    • Support schools in ensuring strong common picture systems including hallway transition, breakfast/lunch, recess, and dismissal 
    • Support school sites to problem-solve and action plan around schools and/or grade bands who a struggling with school or classroom culture
    • In collaboration with the Chief Schools Officer, conduct 3x/year evaluative walkthroughs of school culture systems and work with principals to determine next steps for continuous improvement
    • Provide on-site coaching to schools

Provide Support and Accountability to Network Principals 

    • Act as the first point of contact for escalated school-based culture situations and work in concert with the CSO, Managing Director for Operations, and Managing Director of HR (if necessary). 
    • Approve community removals (suspensions) of five (5) or more days
    • Act as the proxy for the CSO in Superintendent Hearings for community removals of ten days or more
    • In collaboration with the Senior Director for Inclusive Learning & MLL, ensure that any disciplinary actions for students with disabilities follow their mandates

Develop and implement and Tier 1 Attendance Strategy

    • Working with the Managing Director of Operations, develop and implement a Tier 1 strategy for attendance that will be pushed out across the schools
    • Provide training and oversight to principals and school leaders on the implementation of the new Tier 1 attendance strategy
    • Work with Principals and school based DSCFEs to problem solve for students who are frequently absent

Act as Network Based Point Person for Social Workers

    • Collaborate with each school’s Lead Social Workers to help the CSO and the network Clinical Supervisor ensure that school social workers are getting the resources they need to be successful at the work 


What You’ll Accomplish

The duties listed are NOT set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete list of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee's normal line of work.

  • Re-tool and provide development on a EHTP shared school culture vision and student/family handbook 
  • Provide professional development to new teachers and teachers identified by principals who need additional support with classroom management
  • Provide beginning of year professional development to schools to ensure a strong cultural launch for the first thirty days of school 
  • Ensure that schools show growth on average daily attendance (ADA) and reach the goal of 90% attendance.
  • Ensure that social workers are seen, heard, and respected as professionals across the network, which results in a 90% retention rate
  • Support the school culture necessities for the merger of one of our schools from being a separate PK-5 & 6-8 model to a unified PK-8 model. 
  • Support the school culture necessities for the transition of our high school students to a new state of the art building after multiple years in a temporary space. 
  • Support the CSO in building on a long-term trajectory this year and in future years to ensure that all schools have a strong foundation in school culture.


What Qualifies You

Please note that many do not meet 100% of the desired qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to still apply. 

  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit around a founding position and is able to build systems, structures, and/or manage projects with few existing examples
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, able to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed, highly organized and accountable to outcomes
  • Ability to show a track record of results in school culture
  • Proven skills in a school leadership position, preferably a school culture position; past experience driving results, managing and/or coaching people, and overseeing strategic initiatives
  • Strong professional development leader, experience designing and facilitating high-quality professional development 
  • Ability to interact with and motivate diverse stakeholders and create adult learning communities committed to anti-racist and restorative practices
  • Focused on results
  • Maturity, humility, strong work either, sense of humor, and “roll up my sleeves” attitude


Your Background and Work Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Master’s degree (preferred but not required) 
  • At least 3 years of teaching experience  
  • At least 2 years working in a school leadership position (preferably focused on school culture) 
  • This is a hybrid role. There will be an expectation that you will have to be in office/schools at least 3-days per week and more at different seasons throughout the year or as necessary.
  • This position will require routine travel at our East Harlem Schools. 
  • While rare, candidates must be willing to work nights and weekends when necessary.


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