AmeriCorps Program Director - CT Region

Location

The ideal candidate for this role lives in Connecticut, as this role requires frequent travel to schools located in New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford.

ABOUT GREAT OAKS CHARTER SCHOOLS:

The Great Oaks Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings its model of high dosage tutoring to schools from Maryland to Connecticut with the mission of preparing students for college success. The tutoring is provided by the Great Oaks AmeriCorps Fellows, which is a selective cadre of recent college graduates who deliver high-dosage small group instruction. This is a crucial strategy to increase student achievement and build a pipeline of teachers to work in our schools. 

THE GREAT OAKS MODEL:

We recruit, train, and support a corps of tutor/mentors in a year-long fellowship in schools that embrace the power of high-dosage tutoring. Great Oaks Fellows focus on three tenets:

  • Our Fellows Instruct for Mastery through the provision of high dosage tutoring. Students must have deep knowledge, understanding, and the ability to apply that to new contexts and situations. Mastery emphasizes continuous learning.
  • Our Fellows Mentor for Leadership through providing site based social-emotional learning support. Our students will use the skills that they have learned to shape the world and not be defined by its current limitations. Leadership towards equity and justice is essential to the work we do in schools.
  • Our Fellows Develop Community through parent engagement, after school clubs, and presence throughout the school. Community is the basis for healthy development and for active engagement with the world. 

The Great Oaks Foundation has successfully replicated this program in Newark, NJ; Bridgeport, CT; New York, NY; and Wilmington, DE. Additionally, we have begun partnering our Fellow program with several non-Great Oaks schools as well. A select group of the Fellows are enrolled in a Teacher Residency program that is being conducted in partnership with NYU’s Online Teacher Residency Program and Relay Graduate School of Education.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Great Oaks Foundation has partnered with Achievement First (AF) to provide placement opportunities for GO Americorps Fellows to serve students high dose tutoring and mentoring. GOF Fellows will support students in grades 5-8 in Achievement First’s Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport middle schools. The GOF is seeking an experienced professional to lead GO AmeriCorps Fellows placed in Achievement First schools. 

Responsibilities

Manage the implementation of the Great Oaks Fellows model within each Achievement First school site. 

  • Serve as a coach to the school-based Tutor Manager and advisor to the Principal to establish and integrate Fellows into the school’s educational practice, ensuring alignment of all aspects of the Fellows program with the school-based plan. 
  • Build and maintain relationships with principals and school liaisons, and serve as supervisory contact. 
  • Support Tutor Managers in building strong relationships with both AF and GOF stakeholders.
  • Establish presence during any Great Oaks Fellows Program and/or school crises.
  • Oversee site-based management of Fellow schedules and responsibilities to ensure alignment with the core components of the Americorps grant. Ensure all have an appropriate balance of time spent in direct service and planning. 
  • Ensure the success of the Fellows in the 3 core areas of the Fellow model:
    • Instruct for Mastery, Mentor for Leadership and Help Develop a Community
  • Oversee tutorial scheduling and student groupings processes. Ensure that the Fellow to student ratio does not exceed 1:5 in these spaces.
  • Support Fellow participation in developing the community of the school: school transitions, after school, sports programming, and additional secondary roles and spaces. 
  • Convene with AF Tutor Managers and Fellow GO Directors cross-site to identify and utilize best practices. 
  • Coordinate the quarterly reporting between Achievement First, Great Oaks Foundation and Serve CT. 
  • Oversee collection and analysis of all Fellow and student data with the Senior Director of Data and Chief Program Officer to track data deliverables, Fellows’ progress and general service impact.
  • Serve as GOF point for all Service and Operations including, but not limited to: AmeriCorps onboarding and offboarding, Fellow management, and management of and access to technology, systems and platforms.
  • In partnership with the CPO, identify barriers to service implementation, at the school and network levels, and support in trouble-shooting solutions.
  • Participate in both individual and site-wide learning opportunities centered on Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Inclusion (DBIE) practices.
  • Lead short-term and/or annual projects to improve overall service impact and/or Fellow experience.
  • Assist with GO AmeriCorps Fellows network-wide programming such as the GO Forum, Beyond the Corps Day, MLK Day of Service and Alumni Induction.

Manage GO AmeriCorps Fellow professional development. 

  • Collaborate with Achievement First Tutor Managers and the Director of Program Implementation at Great Oaks Foundation to develop and lead orientation and onboarding training for AmeriCorps members focused on the Instruct for Mastery, Mentor for Leadership, and Help Develop a Community Framework. 
  • Collaborate with Achievement First Tutor Managers and the Director of Fellow Development at Great Oaks Foundation to organize a yearlong scope and sequence for Fellow & Fellow Lead training aligned to the Instruct for Mastery, Mentor for Leadership, and Help Develop a Community Framework. Oversee and support ongoing weekly professional development of Fellows. 
  • Partner with school leadership, Tutor Managers and Advisors to establish Fellow-teacher content meetings that support Fellows understanding of tutorial content as well as instructional and mentoring practices.
  • Serve as conduit between Achievement First Tutor Managers 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% AmeriCorps grant compliance with Achievement First Tutor Managers and the AmeriCorps Team at the Great Oaks Foundation. 

  • Ensure that Achievement First is in compliance with regulations set forth by the terms of the AmeriCorps grant and AmeriCorps Member Service Contract. 
  • Develop, manage, and coach Tutor Managers through daily contact, site visits to schools, weekly check-ins, beginning-of-year goal setting and planning, mid-year and end-of-year performance reviews, and professional development opportunities 
  • Support Tutor Managers in placing Fellows and troubleshooting any partner teacher issues that may arise. 
  • Hold Tutor Managers and school leadership teams accountable to meeting monthly, quarterly, and annual Impact goals and administrative deadlines 
  • Coach and advise Tutor Managers to meet AmeriCorps Member retention goal Meet as needed with GO AmeriCorps Fellows regarding accountability and standards issues and disciplinary action.
  • 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 AF Fellow community. 

Supervise, coach, and develop Tutor Managers. 

  • Provide leadership development opportunities and training to Tutor Managers. Facilitate one-on-one coaching to Tutor Managers. 
  • Advise Tutor Managers on Fellows’ day-to-day primary responsibilities to Instruct for Mastery and Mentor for Leadership and secondary responsibilities to Help Develop a Community

Ensure Cross-Functional Collaboration

  • Work closely with members of the GOF to ensure that the work with AF is integrated into the practices across the national organization. 
  • Coordinate and collaborate with members of the GOF Academics team on projects in service of the broader GO Model and vision. This includes, but is not limited to the following key domains:
    • Building Great Oaks as an anti-racist organization with specific training and support for staff, Fellows, teachers and leaders on these issues.
    • Establishing a culture of adult learning.
    • Strengthening our connections between the schools, Fellows and the communities we serve.
    • Onboarding and Training of all Fellows to ensure quality implementation of the Fellow program.
    • Establishing an in-service “bridge to teaching” program for interested Fellows that serves potential pipeline for the residency program
    • Facilitate school-based and network wide professional development. 

This position reports to the Chief Program Officer. 

Qualifications and Competencies 

The successful candidate will have proven success in elevating student culture in an urban school, district, CMO or have deep experience in implementing a specific high-dosage tutoring model. The candidate will possess exceptional relationship building skills and the ability to communicate clearly to multiple stakeholders. The successful candidate will also have: 

  • A strong academic record with a Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required; advanced degree preferred. 
  • 5-7 years of relevant professional experience, including 3-5 years in an urban school setting; experience as a teacher a plus. 
  • Experience leading adults - through professional development, director supervision or coordination of key efforts. 
  • Experience in program management; AmeriCorps program preferred. 
  • Passion about academic learning and an insistence on academic excellence for all students.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written; ability to provide constructive feedback to staff members. 
  • Superb organizational and self-management skills and an ability to handle multiple responsibilities effectively and thoughtfully.
  • Self confidence, flexibility and the ability to respond well to feedback. 
  • The ability to thrive in a fast paced environment where the ability to multitask and prioritize work is essential. 
  • 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. 
  • A strong belief that all students can succeed. 

COMPENSATION

Great Oaks provides a competitive compensation and benefits package; exact compensation will vary based on experience and education. Must also have proof of U.S citizenship or legal resident status.

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