The mission of the Great Oaks Charter Schools is to prepare students to succeed in college. What sets Great Oaks Charter Schools apart from other charters is the use of a high-dosage tutoring model implemented by the Great Oaks Tutors Corps, a group of recent college graduates who provide two hours of daily tutoring to every student. At Great Oaks, we are committed to providing a rigorous 6-12 academic program, fostering a positive school culture and building authentic relationships with families. We are seeking hard-working, tenacious people who share the belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.
About Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys
Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys is the first charter school in the city to serve exclusively boys with a continuous academic program from grades 4 through 8. At Baltimore Collegiate, students will shape the world, not be defined by it. We believe that children learn best through a combination of project-based, authentic learning experiences, and direct instruction to support skill development and accelerate learning. Instruction and culture are grounded in our design principles of Mastery, Leadership, and Community. As part of the model, Baltimore Collegiate Americorps Fellows provide students with additional opportunities to engage in critical content, which helps to close academic achievement gaps and level the playing field. In addition to providing daily content tutoring and mentorship, a small percentage of Fellows are also enrolled in the Baltimore Collegiate Teacher Residency. We are seeking talented, tenacious people who share our belief that all students deserve a high-quality education.
The Collegiate Fellows are a key component of the identity of Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys. The Director of Fellows is a member of the school administrator working as part of the Executive Director’s leadership team to build and implement a Baltimore Collegiate Fellow and Teacher Residency Program. This requires the Collegiate Fellow Director to ultimately be responsible for coordinating and managing the day-to-day operations of the Fellowship, coordinating the execution of a successful Teacher Residency Program, monitoring compliance of the AmeriCorps grant, and supervise the AmeriCorps Experience and Compliance Manager and Collegiate Fellow Manager(s). The Collegiate Fellow Director will need to coordinate Fellow efforts between Baltimore Collegiate, the Five Smooth Stones Foundation, and the Great Oaks Foundation.
Manage the strategic vision and organizational structure that surrounds Fellows’, Fellow Leads’, and Teacher Residents’ work at each school site. Collaborate with Baltimore Collegiate leadership and the Great Oaks Foundation to ensure that Fellows, Fellow Leads, and Teacher Residents are set up for success:
- Serve as an advisor to the school based Executive Director to establish and integrate Fellows, Fellow Leads, and Teacher Residents into the school’s educational practice, ensuring alignment of all aspects of the Fellows and Teacher Residency program with the school-based plan.
- Manage Fellow, Fellow Lead, and Teacher Resident schedules and responsibilities. Ensure all have an appropriate balance of time spent working directly with students and time spent planning to work directly with students.
- Ensure the success of the Fellows and Fellow Leads in the 3 core areas of the Fellow model:
- Instruct for Mastery - The Collegiate Fellowship, with its intense focus on individualized instruction, changes education outcomes for students in partnership with high quality teaching. Small group instruction delivered in the context of a supportive relationship between student and AmeriCorps Fellow will result in a significant increase in student math and ELA achievement.
- Mentor for Leadership - Fellows have a fundamental role in supporting students in their social and emotional growth. Fellows encourage their students through coaching conversations to have personal investment in their success and to build an understanding that they have control over their lives. Fellows help empower our students to evolve into leaders.
- Help Develop a Community - Fellows will help to develop Baltimore Collegiate schools into a positive, holistic community for students. AmeriCorps members will also develop as people and professionals. Fellows stay in constant contact with families, may run or support enrichment opportunities for students and will develop into community leaders as the year progresses.
- Oversee tutorial and Collegiate setting scheduling and student groupings. Ensure that the Fellow to student ratio does not exceed 1:5 in these spaces.
- Work closely with the Five Smooth Stones Foundation, school leadership team, and the Great Oaks Foundation to ensure effective articulation of the school-based English Language Arts, math, and mentoring curriculum used by Fellows.
- Monitor Fellow participation in developing the community of the school: school transitions, after school, sports programming, Saturday Academy, and additional secondary roles and spaces.
- Collaborate with Baltimore Collegiate and Fellow GO Directors cross-site to identify and utilize best practices.
- Ensure the success of Teacher Residents in meeting the requirements of the Program, including meeting the expectations of their graduate school program and engaging in daily clinical practice.
- Manage relationship between the Teacher Residency University Partner, Baltimore Collegiate, and the Great Oaks Foundation including attending weekly phone check-ins, ensuring Teacher Residents are meeting all certification requirements, and are on track towards receiving their teacher credential.
- Coordinate the day-to-day operations of the Teacher Residency Program, including coaching and managing Teacher Residents, planning release time for teachers when needed, and addressing problems and challenges as they arise.
- Actively cultivate a welcoming and inclusive culture within the Teacher Residency Program by checking in with Teacher Residents consistently and planning small group and whole group culture building activities.
- Work closely with Baltimore Collegiate and the Great Oaks Foundation team to evaluate the Collegiate Fellow and Teacher Residency program’s effectiveness and efficiency and use this data to devise strategies that lead to improvement of the program in both the immediate and long term.
- Coordinate the quarterly reporting to Baltimore Collegiate, Executive Director, Great Oaks Foundation and the local School Board.
Oversee Collegiate Fellow and Teacher Resident professional development:
- Collaborate with Baltimore Collegiate leadership and the Great Oaks Foundation to develop and lead orientation and onboarding training for AmeriCorps members (Collegiate Fellows, Collegiate Fellow Leads, and Teacher Residents) for August focused on the Instruct for Mastery, Mentor for Leadership, and Help Develop a Community Framework.
- Collaborate with Baltimore Collegiate leadership and the Great Oaks Foundation to organize a yearlong scope and sequence for Collegiate Fellow & Collegiate Fellow Lead training aligned to the Instruct for Mastery, Mentor for Leadership, and Help Develop a Community Framework. Organize and supervise weekly professional development.
- Collaborate with Baltimore Collegiate leadership and the Great Oaks Foundation to organize a yearlong scope and sequence for Teacher Residents and Mentor Teachers aligned to the requirements determined by the University Partner.
- Partner with school leadership to establish Fellow-teacher content meetings that support Fellows understanding of tutorial content as well as instructional and mentoring practices.
- Partner with Baltimore Collegiate leadership and the Great Oaks Foundation to establish formal opportunities for Fellows to pursue a career as an educational professional.
Lead AmeriCorps member experience and ensure 100% compliance of the AmeriCorps grant alongside Baltimore Collegiate leadership and the Great Oaks Foundation; supervise, coach, and develop AmeriCorps Experience and Compliance Manager and Collegiate Fellow Manager(s) in completing their responsibilities:
- Track member hours and ensure that members are on track to complete necessary 1700 hours of service within the school year.
- Ensure the program is meeting its member enrollment and member retention goals as well as the student goals set forth in the grant.
- Oversee all performance measures for AmeriCorps members including: mid-year and end-of-year evaluations as well as supervising the on-boarding and exiting of members.
- Monitor AmeriCorps Member experience and successfully build a collaborative & positive Collegiate Fellow community.
- Ensure that Baltimore Collegiate is in compliance with regulations set forth by the terms of the AmeriCorps grant.
- Lead the on-campus selection process and engage prospective Collegiate Fellows.
- Supervise Fellows’ day-to-day primary responsibilities to Instruct for Mastery and Mentor for Leadership.
- Supervise Fellows’ day-to-day secondary responsibilities to Help Develop a Community.
- Supervise Teacher Residents’ day-to-day responsibilities as outlined by the University Partnership.
Competencies and Qualifications
The successful candidate will be an experienced educational leader with proven success in an academic. They will bring the ability to deliver outstanding educational outcomes and will possess exceptional relationship building skills and the ability to communicate clearly to multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate will also bring some or all of the following:
- Self-confidence, flexibility and the ability to respond well to feedback
- Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
- Impact-oriented and a belief that all students can succeed
- Highly collaborative
- Ability to navigate a complex inter-institutional partnership
- Strong project management and team management skills
- Superb organizational and self-management skills and an ability to handle multiple responsibilities effectively and thoughtfully
- Awareness of and comfort with issues of diversity, specifically around race, class, and gender; ability to engage in and facilitate discussion about diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment where the ability to multi-task and prioritize work is essential
- Excellent communication skills both oral and written; ability to provide constructive feedback to staff members.
- Experience managing in an environment where work is delineated between a central office and school-based sites preferred
- A do-whatever-it takes attitude doing whatever is necessary to help all students achieve academic success including a willingness to work occasionally on the weekend or in the evening
- Familiarity with K-12 education
- Experience working with urban, underserved youth
- Experience working with AmeriCorps
- Previous management experience
- Previous teaching experience
- Prior experience with tutoring or mentoring or teacher education
- Master’s degree in Education, Public Administration or relevant field experience
- Experience leading adults - through professional development, director supervision or coordination of key efforts
Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education.