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Middle School Science Teacher

Posted by | September 27, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a middle school science teacher for the 2022-23 school year. Middle school science teachers are responsible for teaching 7th and 8th grade students. S/he/they are also responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the school’s administrators and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Sixth Grade Apprentice Teacher

Posted by | September 8, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a 6th Grade Apprentice Teacher for our Awbury campus. The Apprentice Teacher position is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates or career changers who are looking for a pathway into the teaching profession. Candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This position provides invaluable classroom experience and professional development. Experience as an Apprentice Teacher for one to two years is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan collaboratively with two 6th grade teachers across all subject areas
  • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
  • Provide one-on-one and small group instruction to students in the 6th grade for additional academic support
  • Work closely with lead teachers to assess, track and analyze student progress
  • Participate in on-going professional development
  • Lead a teaching elective, special, and/or study hall
  • Substitute teach when a lead 6th grade teacher is out
  • As instructional skills gradually increase, may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects
  • Complete administrative duties as necessary (data entry, homework review, filing, copying, etc.)
  • Support intake, dismissal and transitions between classes
  • Accompany the students to recess and/or help monitor indoor recess as needed
  • Assist lead teachers and/or the Middle School Principal with other responsibilities as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience working with adolescents, in a school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the unique strengths and challenges of adolescents
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with a salary of $40,000 plus 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision) for the employee and any spouse or dependents.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Human Resources Generalist

Posted by | August 24, 2022 |

Independence Mission Schools provide sustainable, affordable, high-quality Catholic education to children of all faiths in underserved urban neighborhoods, through a new model of governance, funding, and accountability for the member schools.

 

The HR Generalist provides day-to-day HR administration to support a young educational organization. This position will partner with payroll, talent acquisition, finance, executives, principals, vendors and other stakeholders. Duties include monitoring compliance throughout the IMS network, running HRIS reports, updating HRIS as needed, benefit maintenance, training, open enrollment, compensation, onboarding, writing job descriptions, policy development and maintenance, employee relations, full-cycle recruitment as requested, maintaining personnel files for central office staff, leave administration, workers compensation, unemployment.

 

Key Functions:

 

General

  • Monitor and expand HRIS system with employee data across 7 to 8 separate company codes
  • Prepare and maintain accurate job descriptions
  • Maintains knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law.
  • Consult with executives and school leadership to resolve personnel issues
  • Coordinate recruitment as requested to support an adequate supply of candidates at school level
  • Assist in leveraging talent applicant system by training users and updating information as needed
  • Travel to school locations as needed

Compliance

  • Develop, implement and maintain effective compliance with applicable employment regulations within the education industry
  • Maintains compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, and recommended  best practices; reviews policies and practices to maintain compliance.
  • Reviews, tracks, and documents compliance with mandatory and non-mandatory training, continuing  education, and work assessments. This includes PDE and AOP Safe Environment required training.
  • Maintain secure and confidential human resources related files and records
  • Conducts or acquires background checks and employee eligibility verifications.
  • Maintain AOP Safe Environment Facilitator trainer certification.
  • Facilitates quarterly sessions of Safe Environment training for IMS Network.
  • Additional facilitation provided in support of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will count as time worked for  IMS, however should be done when workload permits.

Employee Life Cycles  

  • Manages all of the stages of the employee life cycle.
  • Process workers comp claims, unemployment claims, and FMLA forms
  • Calculate adequate pay and draft offer letters for school leadership
  • Coordinate salary changes and oversee correct FLSA classification of jobs
  • Supports school leaders and Talent Recruitment Manger with recruits, interviewing, and facilitates the  hiring of qualified job applicants for open positions; collaborates with departmental managers to  understand skills and competencies required for openings.
  • Send salary letters annually to include reasonable assurance letters
  • Implements new hire orientation and employee recognition programs.

Employee Relations  

  • Performs routine tasks required to administer and execute human resource programs including but not  limited to compensation, benefits, and leave; disciplinary matters; disputes and investigations;  performance and talent management; productivity, recognition, and morale; occupational health and  safety; and training and development.
  • Handles employment-related inquiries from applicants, employees, and supervisors, referring complex  and/or sensitive matters to the appropriate staff.
  • Attends and participates in employee disciplinary meetings, terminations, and investigations.
  • Develop and maintain the IMS policy handbook and recommend changes to executives
  • Monitor and respond to leave requests from employees and work with vendors for timely and efficient  communications
  • Monitor and respond to worker’s compensation claims as needed
  • Respond to employee relations issues presented
  • Offer proactive employee relations strategies to mitigate risk for organization

Performs other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications 

The HR Generalist should have advanced knowledge of current technological HRIS software programs, general HR  operations and best practices.

 

Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree from 4-year college or university or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 2-5 years of HR experience
  • HRIS HR/payroll experience required
  • Microsoft Office skills – Advanced level Microsoft Word and Excel essential
  • Keen attention to detail is a must, critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to interact with all levels of the organization
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Flexibility to work effectively in an extremely fast-paced environment and adaptable to change
  • Demonstrated positive attitude
  • Demonstrated regulatory knowledge and subject matter expertise in employment related regulatory  matters in educational industry
  • Ability to work closely with colleagues and partners on the preparation and submission of employee data  as needed
  • HR Reporting Metrics experience
  • Must have car and valid driver’s license

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or  responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at  any time with or without notice.

 

Physical Demands 

  • This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as  computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines.
  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open  cabinets, unload supplies and bend or stand as necessary.

 

Successful candidates must be able to clear all required background checks.

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Elementary Special Education Teacher

Posted by | August 18, 2022 |

Elementary Special Education Teacher

Hebrew Public issued a COVID Vaccine mandate for all staff. This will require all staff to receive the COVID Vaccination.

Location: 3300 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Start Date: Summer 2022

Network Website: www.hebrewpublic.org

School Website: www.philadelphiahebrewpublic.org

About the Organization:

Hebrew Public Charter Schools for Global Citizens. Hebrew Public is a national network of diverse-by-design public charter schools that teach children of all backgrounds to become productive global citizens. Our schools are models of racial and economic integration, academic excellence, and foreign language learning.

Hebrew Public’s network currently contains thirteen schools in four states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 2,500 students. In New York City, we serve as the Charter Management Organization for schools in Brooklyn and Harlem.

The network’s first school in Philadelphia, Philadelphia Hebrew Public, opened in 2019, serving 156 students in kindergarten and 1st grade. The school will expand to 4th grade in 2022-23 and will add a grade level each year until it ultimately serves grades K to 8 in the 2026-27 school year. PHP provides students with a sophisticated core curriculum in English Language Arts, mathematics, Modern Hebrew, the sciences, social studies, art, music, and physical education.

About the Position: 

This is an exciting time to join Philadelphia Hebrew Public in its third year.  Join a remarkable community of educators and social change-makers who are passionate about meaningful integration and global education and are relentlessly committed to ensuring students from all backgrounds attain high levels of academic achievement. We select individuals who share our vision and are willing to put in the hard work to achieve it. We are seeking a driven Elementary Special Education Teacher for the 2022-2023 school year that operates with a high sense of urgency and possesses a strong work ethic. The School is fully committed to a culturally diverse faculty and student body. The school is eager to consider applications from traditionally underrepresented groups.

Job Responsibilities and Characteristics:

  • Provide instructional services to students with IEPs in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing;
  • Deliver prescribed instructional delivery methods as determined by the student’s IEP;
  • Consult with school personnel to coordinate efforts in providing services to students;
  • Communicate and conference with parents providing information on student progress;
  • Manage and support an organized and professional classroom that is conducive to learning;
  • Work closely with peers and administration to develop multifaceted curriculum that integrate multiple subjects and approaches to meet the individual needs of students;
  • Lead classroom differentiation through curricular modifications, instructional techniques, parallel instruction, and integrated classroom strategies;
  • Assess and develop goals for the IEP process;
  • Implement IEP goals and strategies into an integrated classroom;
  • Maintain an awareness of school’s strategic initiatives and incorporate them into your work;
  • Regularly and accurately report student progress and maintain accurate and up to date records related to student achievement, performance, and IEP goals;
  • Review data daily and amend your approach accordingly;
  • Take an active role in your professional development by identifying and creating opportunities to expand your skills to meet the demands of individual student needs;
  • Attend IEP meetings and parent conferences;
  • Develop strong relationships with parents and students to create investment in school culture and academics;
  • Meet professional obligations through efficient work habits such as: meeting deadlines, honoring schedules and collaborating effectively with co-teachers and colleagues;
  • Commitment to professional growth through self-reflection, receptiveness to feedback and a continuous desire to improve; and
  • Demonstrate a solutions-oriented mindset and flexible thinking when faced with challenges.
  • A person who believes in the critical importance of diversity in the life of a school

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution required; Masters degree preferred
  • A minimum of 2-years of teaching experience required; experience in an urban school setting in which the students were selected by lottery and not by entrance exam or by discretionary criteria is preferred
  • Hold a PA special education certification or be in the process of obtaining certification
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

Salary and benefits will be highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Hebrew Public is committed to building a diverse team that reflects the communities we serve. Candidates of color and those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in school leadership roles are particularly encouraged to apply.

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First Grade Long-Term Substitute

Posted by | August 3, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is seeking a first grade long-term substitute teacher for our Fernhill campus. This position would ideally start on 8/15 but and continue through at least mid-February. The first grade long-term substitute will develop and implement instruction that builds a positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have experience teaching in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the Lower School Director, Dean of Culture and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • All applicable clearances required by law including current FBI clearance, Criminal Record Check, Child Abuse Clearance, Mandated Reporter training, and proof of a negative TB test
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first and current campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 485 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Middle School Math & Science Apprentice Teachers

Posted by | August 3, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking Middle School Math & Science Apprentice Teachers for the 2022-23 school year. Apprentice Teachers will support 7th and 8th grade students in Math and Science. The Apprentice Teacher position is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates or career changers who are looking for a pathway into the teaching profession. Candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This position provides invaluable classroom experience and professional development. Experience as an Apprentice Teacher for one to two years is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborative planning with 2 middle school teachers across 2 subject areas
  • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
  • Provide one-on-one and small group instruction to students in grades 7th and 8th for additional academic support
  • Work closely with lead teachers to assess, track and analyze student progress
  • Collaborate with the middle school team to ensure student growth in subject areas of focus
  • Participate in on-going professional development
  • Lead a teaching elective, special, and/or study hall
  • Provide substitute teaching coverage for colleagues, as needed
  • As instructional skills gradually increase, may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects
  • Complete administrative duties as necessary (data entry, homework review, filing, copying, etc.)
  • Accompany the students to recess and/or help monitor indoor recess as needed
  • Support intake, dismissal and transitions between classes
  • Assist lead teacher with other student responsibilities as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in math and science
  • Experience working with adolescents, in a school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the unique strengths and challenges of adolescents
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision).

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Sixth Grade Math & Science Teacher

Posted by | August 3, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a 6th grade math & science teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Sixth grade teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the school’s administrators and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Open Up math a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Wissahickon Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs. We are committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourage those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply.

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Math Interventionist

Posted by | August 3, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a Math Interventionist for the 2022-23 school year. Interventionists are responsible for supporting student achievement across grades K-8 in math. The Interventionists will provide small group or one-on-one instruction to students identified as needing additional academic support in order to meet grade level proficiency benchmarks. This position is also responsible for monitoring, reporting, and communicating student progress and performance. Candidates who have recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This position provides invaluable teaching experience and professional development, and is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide targeted math instruction to individual students and small groups
  • Use data to provide instruction to students and to work to bring their skills to grade-level
  • Work to build a close rapport with students
  • Use identified research-based interventions focused specifically on individual student needs
  • Maintain documentation of continuous monitoring of student performance and progress
  • Communicate with the Math Program Coordinator, teachers, administration, and families regarding student progress, and may be asked to participate in meetings to discuss this information
  • Provide assessments for students as needed
  • Provide input for program development
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in math
  • Knowledge of Bridges math and/or Open Up a plus for math
  • Experience working with students in grades K-8, in an urban school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the challenges for students returning to in-person instruction after a potentially traumatic time during the pandemic
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision) for the employee and any spouse or dependents. This position is funded by federal pandemic relief funds that will expire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. While the hope is to make this a permanent position, WCS cannot commit to the position beyond that date at this time.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.

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Chief Executive Officer

Posted by | July 23, 2022 |

Organization Overview:

Independence Charter School West (ICS-West) is a community-based K-8 public charter, located in Southwest Philadelphia and serving a diverse community of learners. ICS-West provides an intellectually-stimulating curriculum with a global focus designed to develop independent, thoughtful global citizens. We emphasize second language (Spanish) acquisition and integrate arts, ideas, and histories from around the world.

ICS-West opened its doors in August of 2016 as a K-3 and has grown, adding one grade each year, to now a K-8 with 850 students next year. Over the past 6 years, the campus has been completely renovated with the last renovations on Building D starting this summer. The school is at an exciting juncture as it graduated its first 8th grade class this past June.

Position Summary:

The CEO serves as the school’s chief administrative official, providing overall leadership and direction for ICS-West. In this role, the CEO will embrace and implement the school’s mission, while supporting the ongoing development and implementation of the school’s vision and core values. The CEO will focus on the following:

  • Work with the Board of Trustees by:
    • Participating in Board meetings as directed
    • Preparing the agenda for the Board meetings and providing detailed information on action items
    • Providing the Board with timely information and reports to support Board deliberation and decision–making
    • Examining and revising organizational structure, reporting mechanisms, and  recommendations for educational programs, curricula, materials, supplies and other relevant items as necessary
    • Serving as a liaison between the school community and the Board and effectively communicating the concerns of the school community to the Board in a professional, transparent and respectful manner
    • Managing legal matters and supporting creation of Board policies
  • Manage the operational budget and ESSER funds to ensure the optimal allocation of funds to support student achievement, as well as all additional financial functions
  • Direct all compliance reporting including:
    • Federal Funds application, progress monitoring and reporting (Title I, II, etc.)
    • Comprehensive, Annual and Strategic Plans
    • Grant Reporting (21st Century, ESSER)
    • Reports required by the Charter authorizer, the School District of Philadelphia Charter School Office, with a focus on adherence to the charter agreement
  • Provide oversight to the hiring and retention process including, but not limited to:
      • A clear screening process for applicants
      • A detailed calendar of interviews
      • An interview protocol 
      • A standard form for summarizing skills and abilities
      • A protocol for determining salary
      • Support the leadership team by providing a clear process for observation, evaluation and timely feedback
      • A calendar and schedule for teacher induction for newly hired staff, and summer and year-long professional development for all staff
  • Work with the Principal to:
    • Review the organizational structure outlining clear roles, responsibilities, accountabilities and goals for each position
    • Establish clear guidelines and targets for academic growth
    • Re-examining and re-aligning school climate and culture systems to support student needs
    • Reviewing, revising and implementing school management systems
    • Support the Principal with professional development and learning opportunities for leadership team members, teachers and staff throughout the school year, including summer professional development planning and execution
    • Create and implement a plan specifically focused on family engagement utilizing strategies and tools to create an inclusive and welcoming school environment
    • Ensure maintenance and expansion of student enrollment with the requirements of the charter agreement
  • Manage and professionally develop all direct reports through professional learning opportunities, observation, feedback, and evaluation, including each of the following:
    • Principal
    • Director of Student Support Services
    • Operations Manager
    • 21st Century Coordinator
    • Executive Assistant/HR specialist
  • Support the Foundation by: 
    • Seeking fundraising opportunities and providing relevant data and details for grant applications and reports
    • Building and maintaining relationships with internal and external constituents, including charter partners, media, funders and external partners
  • Oversee the remediation and renovation work on Building D beginning this summer, as well as providing oversight for maintenance of facilities and capital projects

Qualifications:

  • Commitment and alignment to the ICS-West mission and a belief that all students can learn
  • Understanding of and commitment to the community that ICS-West serves
  • Ability to lead and inspire others to deliver high performance through authentic leadership
  • Ability to build relationships and teams, foster collaboration and hold stakeholders accountable
  • Strong strategic thinking, organization and planning skills, with the ability to leverage qualitative and quantitative data and information in decision-making
  • Exceptional communication, adept at sharing information both verbally and in written formats in a way that resonates with a variety of audiences, both internally and externally
  • Ability and desire to work with a socioeconomically and racially diverse community with the ability to connect and collaborate across lines of difference
  • Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, with a strong work ethic
  • A positive, high-energy attitude, and a drive for personal excellence
  • Flexible attitude, creative thinking, and ability to work with urgency

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Education or similar field of study
  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience (preferably in a K-8 school setting) with a strong passion for advancing educational achievement
  • Five (5) plus years classroom instructional experience preferred
  • Previous experience as a Charter School Principal or Charter School CEO with a clear understanding of:
    • compliance reporting requirements and 
    • supports and services for diverse learners 
  • Extensive management experience (preferably of leaders and/or educators) with a track record of success in leading and sustaining a high-performing organization
  • Experience with hiring, onboarding, and professionally developing teachers and staff members
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with stakeholders and with partners across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors
  • Experience analyzing data and effectively managing a large staff, complex budgets and the strategic allocation of resources

Compensation:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

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School Leadership

Posted by | July 13, 2022 |

Independence Mission Schools is seeking School Leadership candidates for the 2022-2023 school year for upcoming vacancies in our network of 14 schools.

Position responsibilities:

  1. Vision-Driven – Advance the Catholic identity of the school, being mindful of our welcome to children of all faiths, while ensuring a school culture of student achievement and high expectations grounded in moral development. Inspire teachers and staff to realize this vision throughout the school.
  1. Leadership & Management– Recruit and develop talented teachers and staff. Lead faculty development in their roles as Catholic instructional leaders driving student achievement. Direct the work of school staff to provide structure and support to the school operations. Establish a school culture built on student achievement, empowerment and collaboration and ensure a learning environment that is transformative, holistic and safe. Using data to establish performance goals for student academic results and faculty development and outcomes. Working with IMS leadership team to ensure core values are effectively communicated and upheld within the school community.
  2. Instructional Expertise – Build the capacity of school staff to deliver exceptional, high-quality instruction in service to student learning. Promulgate the effective use of data to support student achievement.  Evaluate and address the requirements and needs of the school’s student population and identify resources to provide access for all students.
  3. School Advancement – Serve as an ambassador and advocate of the school’s mission, goals and achievements and oversee student recruitment, admissions and advancement. Support school development and community relations, including public relations and fundraising activities for the school as needed.

Educational and credential requirements

  • An individual of strong Catholic faith who is possessed of a growth mindset, is mission-driven and is committed to serving children of all faiths in an urban environment.
  • Current PA School Administrator’s License (K-12)
  • A Master’s (or higher) degree in education or related fields

Qualifications

  • Experience in teaching and/or coaching teaching staff to use Common Core Standard’s aligned curriculum materials, Highly Desirable.
  • Demonstrated success as a teacher/school leader, backed by data-driven instruction, recommendations, and outcomes
  • Possessed of deep capability to effectively build, develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external constituents including staff, teachers, parents, students, board members, and community stakeholders
  • Strong leadership and staff development skills including an encouraging, motivating presence exhibited in team building, staff engagement and successful conflict resolution
  • Ability to self-direct and prioritize among competing goals, exhibit flexibility and good judgment, and drive results in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Capable of representing the organization and its goals effectively in both oral and written communications to diverse audiences

To learn more about Independence Mission Schools, please visit: https://independencemissionschools.org/

Successful candidates must be able to clear all background check and clearances.

EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!

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Specials Teachers

Posted by | July 13, 2022 |

About IMS: Independence Mission Schools (IMS) educate students of all faiths living throughout Philadelphia. Our inspiring new network of 14 schools blends the best of Catholic education with innovative teaching strategies designed to meet the unique learning needs of all students.

Since our inception in 2012, our enrollment has grown over 20%, our students are outperforming 80% of their neighboring public and charter schools in Reading, and we have received increasing recognition as a network that successfully integrates faith, character, and academics to create warm, energizing schools that are sustainable for students, staff, and community. Ultimately, IMS recognizes  that our students are on track to make their own choices in pursuit of college and career opportunities because they are on grade level academically and enrolled in a high-quality high school.

Perks of IMS: Teachers at IMS enjoy ongoing development through coaching, mentorship, and professional development and a benefits package that matches 403b contributions, provides low-cost healthcare, and guarantees paid sick time and personal time. Learn more here.

We are seeking specials teachers (grades PreK-8) for the 2022-2023 school year for upcoming vacancies across our network.

Specials include: Physical Education/Health, Art, Music, Library and Technology. 

Shift Types – we anticipate BOTH Full Time and Part Time vacancies throughout the network. 

Successful candidates:

  • Believe in the mission and vision of IMS and are excited about working in diverse communities
  • Model outstanding character traits according to the ethics, values, and philosophy of the Catholic teachings, and exhibit these traits through a positive classroom atmosphere
  • Model a growth mindset for themselves and others and demonstrate this growth mindset through enthusiastic application of new learning and feedback
  • Hold themselves highly-accountable for their work and demonstrate a commitment to accomplish ambitious goals
  • Set high behavioral and academic expectations for all students
  • Are experts in their content areas and understand their content’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Understand data-driven instruction and other best instructional practices to ensure aligned, effective learning experiences
  • Believe in the power of collaboration and work well with a team of subject and grade level colleagues to integrate cross-curricular instruction and real-world problem solving skills across all classrooms
  • Lend their skills and interests to coaching and moderating  extra-curricular activities
  • Communicate effectively with families, peers, and leadership to build a strong classroom community
  • Plan meticulously and remain highly-organized to ensure every student has an excellent learning experience
  • Perform other duties as needed or as assigned

Experience:

  • Experience teaching diverse learners and differentiating instruction (preferred)
  • A track record of leading students to successfully achieve those expectations (preferred)
  • Experience working with children and communities in an urban setting (preferred)

Certification, Degrees, and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate (preferred)
  • Clearance on all required background checks (required)

Note: A teaching certification is preferred but is not required. If you have content expertise we encourage you to apply!

EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!

 

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Middle School Teachers (6-8)

Posted by | July 13, 2022 |

About IMS: Independence Mission Schools (IMS) educate students of all faiths living throughout Philadelphia. Our inspiring new network of 14 schools blends the best of Catholic education with innovative teaching strategies designed to meet the unique learning needs of all students.

Since our inception in 2012, our enrollment has grown over 20%, our students are outperforming 80% of their neighboring public and charter schools in Reading, and we have received increasing recognition as a network that successfully integrates faith, character, and academics to create warm, energizing schools that are sustainable for students, staff, and community. Ultimately, IMS recognizes  that our students are on track to make their own choices in pursuit of college and career opportunities because they are on grade level academically and enrolled in a high-quality high school.

Perks of IMS: Teachers at IMS enjoy ongoing development through coaching, mentorship, and professional development and a benefits package that matches 403b contributions, provides low-cost healthcare, and guarantees paid sick time and personal time. Learn more here.

We are seeking middle school  teacher candidates for the 2022-2023 school year for upcoming vacancies in Math, Science, English, Language Arts and/or Social Studies across our network.  

 

Successful candidates:

  • Believe in the mission and vision of IMS and are excited about working in diverse communities
  • Model outstanding character traits according to the ethics, values, and philosophy of the Catholic teachings, and exhibit these traits through a positive classroom atmosphere
  • Model a growth mindset for themselves and others and demonstrate this growth mindset through enthusiastic application of new learning and feedback
  • Hold themselves highly-accountable for their work and demonstrate a commitment to accomplish ambitious goals
  • Set high behavioral and academic expectations for all students
  • Are experts in their content areas and understand their content’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Understand data-driven instruction and other best instructional practices to ensure aligned, effective learning experiences
  • Believe in the power of collaboration and work well with a team of subject and grade level colleagues to integrate cross-curricular instruction and real-world problem solving skills across all classrooms
  • Lend their skills and interests to coaching and moderating  extra-curricular activities
  • Communicate effectively with families, peers, and leadership to build a strong classroom community
  • Plan meticulously and remain highly-organized to ensure every student has an excellent learning experience
  • Perform other duties as needed or as assigned

Experience:

  • Experience teaching diverse learners and differentiating instruction (preferred)
  • A track record of leading students to successfully achieve those expectations (preferred)
  • Experience working with children and communities in an urban setting (preferred)

Certification, Degrees, and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate (preferred)
  • Clearance on all required background checks (required)

Note: A teaching certification is preferred but is not required. If you have content expertise in math or science we encourage you to apply!

 

EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!

 

Our Hiring Process:  Independence Mission Schools (IMS) values finding a great match between teaching applicants and our 15 unique schools. While this means applicants are only hired when vacancies are identified and become active within the network, submitting an early application to teach Elementary (PK – 4) or Middle (5-8) School helps us identify a match to your desired position as soon as it is available. As new vacancies arise, we will continue to share your information with school leaders so that we can find you the perfect teaching home.

 

*Please note that this is a general pool job posting; any applications submitted here will be considered for any current and future openings within the network (based on your regional and grade preferences). If you are highly interested in a school-specific posting (i.e. “Grade 3 at IMS School”), please submit an application to the school-specific posting to let us know of your interest. There is no limit on the number of applications you can submit.

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Talent Recruitment Manager, Natalie Roche, at nroche@imsphila.org

 

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Elementary School Teacher (K-5)

Posted by | July 13, 2022 |

About IMS: Independence Mission Schools (IMS) educate students of all faiths living throughout Philadelphia. Our inspiring new network of 14 schools blends the best of Catholic education with innovative teaching strategies designed to meet the unique learning needs of all students.

 

Since our inception in 2012, our enrollment has grown over 20%, our students are outperforming 80% of their neighboring public and charter schools in Reading, and we have received increasing recognition as a network that successfully integrates faith, character, and academics to create warm, energizing schools that are sustainable for students, staff, and community. Ultimately, IMS recognizes  that our students are on track to make their own choices in pursuit of college and career opportunities because they are on grade level academically and enrolled in a high-quality high school.

Perks of IMS: Teachers at IMS enjoy ongoing development through coaching, mentorship, and professional development and a benefits package that matches 403b contributions, provides low-cost healthcare, and guarantees paid sick time and personal time. Learn more here.

We are seeking elementary school (grades PreK-4) teacher candidates for the 2022-2023 school year for upcoming vacancies across our network.

Successful candidates:

  • Believe in the mission and vision of IMS and are excited about working in diverse communities
  • Model outstanding character traits according to the ethics, values, and philosophy of the Catholic teachings, and exhibit these traits through a positive classroom atmosphere
  • Model a growth mindset for themselves and others and demonstrate this growth mindset through enthusiastic application of new learning and feedback
  • Hold themselves highly-accountable for their work and demonstrate a commitment to accomplish ambitious goals
  • Set high behavioral and academic expectations for all students
  • Are experts in their content areas and understand their content’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
  • Understand data-driven instruction and other best instructional practices to ensure aligned, effective learning experiences
  • Believe in the power of collaboration and work well with a team of subject and grade level colleagues to integrate cross-curricular instruction and real-world problem solving skills across all classrooms
  • Lend their skills and interests to coaching and moderating  extra-curricular activities
  • Communicate effectively with families, peers, and leadership to build a strong classroom community
  • Plan meticulously and remain highly-organized to ensure every student has an excellent learning experience
  • Perform other duties as needed or as assigned

Experience:

  • Experience teaching diverse learners and differentiating instruction (preferred)
  • A track record of leading students to successfully achieve those expectations (preferred)
  • Experience working with children and communities in an urban setting (preferred)

Certification, Degrees, and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (required)
  • Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate (preferred)
  • Clearance on all required background checks (required)

Note: A teaching certification is preferred but is not required. If you have content expertise in math or science we encourage you to apply!

 

EOE: IMS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and celebrates staff diversity. We strive to be and build a diverse team that is representative of our students and the communities in which we serve. If you identify as an individual of color, we highly encourage you to apply!

 

Our Hiring Process:  Independence Mission Schools (IMS) values finding a great match between teaching applicants and our 15 unique schools. While this means applicants are only hired when vacancies are identified and become active within the network, submitting an early application to teach Elementary (PK – 4) or Middle (5-8) School helps us identify a match to your desired position as soon as it is available. As new vacancies arise, we will continue to share your information with school leaders so that we can find you the perfect teaching home.

 

*Please note that this is a general pool job posting; any applications submitted here will be considered for any current and future openings within the network (based on your regional and grade preferences). If you are highly interested in a school-specific posting (i.e. “Grade 3 at IMS School”), please submit an application to the school-specific posting to let us know of your interest. There is no limit on the number of applications you can submit.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Talent Recruitment Manager, Natalie Roche, at nroche@imsphila.org

Want to learn more about IMS and our school locations? Please visit: https://independencemissionschools.org/schools/

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Special Education Teacher

Posted by | June 22, 2022 |

Job Title: 6th GRADE SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER

JOB SUMMARY:

To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a K-8 environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.  Work is performed under the direction of the Special Education Coordinator.

Essential functions of the job may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Works with students individually or in small groups on a daily basis focusing on specific skills.
  • Responsible for coordinating the development, monitoring, and implementation of student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  • Maintains accurate and confidential records of all assigned students.
  • Assess the ability and potential of students requiring a specific study program using a variety of tests and other forms of assessments.
  • Develops/adapts lessons to enhance the affective and cognitive development of students.
  • Provides information, support, and communication with parents and families.
  • Assesses student performance frequently and objectively as required by IEP.
  • Interprets the educational program to parents and other community members through personal conferences and meetings when appropriate.
  • Consistently monitors progress on IEP goals and communicates weekly with teachers and supervisor regarding all pull-out sessions.
  • Co-teach with math and English teachers.
  • Participates in ongoing professional development designed to improve student achievement.
  • Plan, prepare and deliver lesson plans and instructional materials that facilitate active learning.
  • Develops schemes of work, lesson plans and tests that are in accordance with established procedures.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and equipment.
  • Use relevant technology to support and differentiate instruction.
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students and use information to adjust teaching strategies.
  • Maintain accurate and complete records of students’ progress and development.
  • Update all necessary records accurately and completely as required by laws, district policies and school regulations.
  • Prepare required reports on students and activities.
  • Participate in department, school and parent meetings.
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs.

Other functions of the job include but are not limited to the following:

  • Demonstrate preparation and skill in working with students from diverse cultural, economic and ability backgrounds.
  • Encourage parent and community involvement, obtain information for parents when requested, promptly return phone calls and answer emails.
  • Participate in appropriate professional activities.
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations as directed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills and Ability Required:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • A/B.S degree in teaching from an accredited college or university.
  • Pennsylvania State Special Education Certification – K-8 or N12 REQUIRED
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to reteach and reinforce middle school math and English skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Must have the ability to report to work on a regular and punctual basis.
  • Meet professional teacher education requirements of school, district and state.

Physical Requirements

Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, talk, hear, operate a computer, hand-held learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

Compensation 

  • Annual salary commensurate with experience – $46,500- $62,492
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Dean of Students (K-8)

Posted by | June 19, 2022 |

Dean of Students (K-8)  

Independence Charter School West  (ICS West)

Our Beliefs

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united. Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make more than one year of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects. Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

Fast Facts

  • ICS West was founded in 2016.
  • The school is located at 5600 Chester Avenue in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
  • We serve approximately 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and we will grow to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 2023-24 school year.
  • All of our students are taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten.

Your Role

  • As a Dean of Students you will collaborate with other members of the Student Support Team to create a comprehensive system of support that meets the needs of all of our students.  
  • You will partner with the Principal and Director of Student Support to develop a tiered response system that includes positive, targeted and intensive levels of support.
  • You will support the school team in implementing effective Responsive Classroom and Developmental Design strategies that cultivate a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline.

Salary, Schedule and Benefits

  • This is a 10-month position.  
  • Your start date will be August 8, 2022, the first day of our three-week summer professional development session.
  • Our work day is 8:15am to 4:15pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $65,000, depending on experience.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

Application Details

  • Requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree and one year of relevant experience.
  • Send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.
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Music Teacher

Posted by | June 19, 2022 |

Music Teacher K-8

Independence Charter School West  (ICS West)

Our Beliefs

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united. Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make more than one year of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects. Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

Fast Facts

  • ICS West was founded in 2016.
  • The school is located at 5600 Chester Avenue in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
  • We serve approximately 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and we will grow to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 2023-24 school year.
  • All of our students are taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten.

Your Role

  • You will support cohorts of students in kindergarten through 8th grade (approximately 26-28 students in each cohort) in developing the musical skill and enjoyment to enhance their academic and life path.
  • You will develop a music program that provides students with opportunities to observe, reflect and participate both in the music of their culture and the cultures of others.
  • You will design and deliver engaging, standards-aligned lessons that meet the needs of students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • You will work with our Instructional Coach and our Assistant Principals to become an expert in music instruction, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • You will work with your school team to implement effective Responsive Classroom and Development Designs strategies that cultivate a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline.

Salary, Schedule and Benefits

  • This is a 10-month position.  
  • Your start date will be August 8, 2022, the first day of our three-week summer professional development session.
  • Our work day is 8:15am to 4:15pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

Application Details

  • Requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree and one year of relevant experience.
  • Send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.
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Spanish Teacher

Posted by | June 19, 2022 |

Spanish Teacher 

Independence Charter School West  (ICS West)

Our Beliefs

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united. Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make more than one year of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects. Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

Fast Facts

  • ICS West was founded in 2016.
  • The school is located at 5600 Chester Avenue in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
  • We serve approximately 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and we will grow to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 2023-24 school year.
  • All of our students are taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten.

Your Role

  • You will support 4 cohorts of students (approximately 26-28 students in each cohort) in one grade to make the academic growth necessary in Spanish, according to the ACTFL standards, to be on a path toward being bilingual.
  • You will work with our Spanish Coordinator and the Assistant Principal of your grade team to become an expert in Spanish instruction, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • You will work with your school team to implement effective Responsive Classroom and Development Designs strategies that cultivate a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline.

Salary, Schedule and Benefits

  • This is a 10-month position.  
  • Your start date will be August 8, 2022, the first day of our three-week summer professional development session.
  • Our work day is 8:15am to 4:15pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

Application Details

  • Requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree and one year of relevant experience.
  • Send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.
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School Counselor

Posted by | June 19, 2022 |

School Counselor

Independence Charter School West  (ICS West)

Our Beliefs

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united. Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make more than one year of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects. Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

Fast Facts

  • ICS West was founded in 2016.
  • The school is located at 5600 Chester Avenue in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
  • We serve approximately 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and we will grow to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 2023-24 school year.
  • All of our students are taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten.

Your Role

  • You will work with our Director of Student Support and our School Social Worker to ensure that we have a comprehensive support system for our students in the areas of mental and physical health and safety, adapting to the academic and social demands of school and attendance.
  • Within this comprehensive support system, you will assess and counsel individuals and groups of students as they overcome whatever challenges they might face as they make the growth necessary to be at or above grade level in all subjects.  
  • Where appropriate, you will also be part of students’ IEP teams to provide counseling as a related service.
  • You will meet regularly with the school team to identify and address the needs of students.

Salary, Schedule and Benefits

  • This is a 10-month position.  
  • Your start date will be August 8, 2022, the first day of our three-week summer professional development session.
  • Our work day is 8:15am to 4:15pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

Application Details

  • Requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree and one year of relevant experience.
  • Requires a Counseling Certification.
  • Send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.
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Lead Teacher (Special Ed and General Ed)

Posted by | June 19, 2022 |

Lead Teacher K-8th (Special Ed and General Ed)

Independence Charter School West  (ICS West)    

Our Beliefs

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united. Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make more than one year of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects. Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

Fast Facts

  • ICS West was founded in 2016.
  • The school is located at 5600 Chester Avenue in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
  • We serve approximately 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and we will grow to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 2023-24 school year.
  • All of our students are taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten.

Your Role

  • As a Lead Teacher you will support a cohort of students to make the necessary growth every school year to be at or above grade level in all subject areas.
  • You will work with the Instructional Leadership Team to become an expert in all relevant content areas, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • You will work with your grade team to implement effective Responsive Classroom strategies that cultivate a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline.

 

Salary, Schedule and Benefits

  • This is a 10-month position.  
  • Your start date will be August 8, 2022, the first day of our three-week summer professional development session.
  • Our work day is 8:15am to 4:15pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $45,000 to $70,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

Application Details

  • Requires at least a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.
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Middle School Math Teacher

Posted by | May 18, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a middle school math teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. Middle School math teachers are responsible for teaching 7th and 8th grade students. S/he/they are also responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the school’s administrators and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Open Up Math Curriculum a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Northeast Regional Educator

Posted by | May 11, 2022 |

The Institute for Curriculum Services (ICS) is a national nonprofit initiative based in San Francisco, CA, and founded in 2005. We are dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 education on Jews, Judaism, Jewish history and Israel in the United States. We do this by developing standards-aligned curricula and training teachers around the country.

ICS seeks an experienced educator who is excited about bringing ICS’s curricula and professional development opportunities to K-12 educators across 13 states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Washington DC. In this role, you will build and cultivate regional partnerships, plan and execute in-person and online training programs, and increase ICS’s presence across the Northeast region.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify and build relationships with key district partners and regional organizations.
  • Leverage network/relationships to set up professional development opportunities for schools/districts across the Northeast region.
  • Maintain calendar of statewide conferences, submit proposals for presentations in consultation with Deputy Director to determine priorities, prepare and deliver ICS presentations.
  • Recruit for and lead annual Summer Institutes.
  • Maintain a deep knowledge of ICS content and professional development program offerings.
  • Consultative conversations with ICS and other educators.
  • This position regularly involves 45% travel and flexibility to work evenings and weekends for training events.

Qualifications and Requirements

You are:

  • Passionate about accuracy in history education and about supporting teachers’ professional learning
  • Confident and enthusiastic about building relationships and promoting professional development opportunities
  • An engaging and adaptable public speaker
  • Tenacious and a proactive problem solver
  • Highly organized and can juggle multiple projects while meeting deadlines
  • Quick to think on your feet and respond to challenging questions in a productive and respectful manner
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively

You have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or beyond in education or a related field
  • At least five years of relevant experience working with/training K-12 educators in-person and online
  • A solid understanding of current pedagogical theories and practices
  • An awareness of the challenges and realities facing social studies teachers
  • Some knowledge of and experience teaching topics related to Jews, Judaism, Jewish history and Israel
  • Strong interpersonal skills in the context of developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, including educational administrators and teachers
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • A high level of competency using technology

We are:

  • Passionate about the mission and the work that we do
  • A small collaborative team that is intellectually curious, warm, and upbeat
  • Creative, willing to experiment with new ideas, and proactive problem solvers
  • We celebrate and appreciate the contributions of all of our team members, encourage professional development, and seek talented and personable individuals to be part of our team.

Salary Range

$60,000

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Senior Manager, Academics – Northeast Region

Posted by | May 3, 2022 |

Senior Manager, Academics (ELA)

Northeast Region

 

TNTP seeks a full-time Senior Manager, Academics (ELA) to join our Consulting Team in the Northeast Region. This position is based in a home office anywhere in the Northeast: DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. Candidates must reside or be willing to relocate to a state in TNTP’s Northeast region to be considered for this role.  Frequent travel of up to 40% will be required, contingent upon organizational/state/federal travel regulations.

 

Who We Are
A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

 

Staff in TNTP’s Consulting Division work alongside teachers, school leaders, districts, and states to help them achieve their goals for students. Our Northeast Regional team supports districts across the region in the implementation of a rigorous vision for equitable ELA and Math instruction through the use of high-quality instructional materials. We support teachers and leaders to build their understanding and mindsets of research-based practices in ELA or Math, including a focus on knowledge-building and explicit teaching of foundational skills.

 

What You’ll Do

As a Senior Manager, Academics (ELA), you will partner with school districts across the region to support, coach, and develop teachers and leaders to shift and improve their instructional practice in ELA classrooms.

 

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Supporting district and school leaders to deliver on their instructional leadership priorities and improve instruction for all students, by supporting them with key aspects of their roles, such as:
    • Leading compelling and practical professional learning on research-based practices in literacy instruction with a focus on equity.
    • Designing and executing regular cycles of teacher professional learning, observation and feedback, or student work analysis intended to improve instruction and student outcomes.
    • Conducting classroom visits to assess the quality of instruction and support coaches and leaders in identifying trends within and across schools.
    • Modeling effective observation and feedback practices.
    • Facilitating the implementation of strong instructional materials aligned to the shifts and demands of the state standards.
    • Setting up and maintaining data systems and supporting teachers and leaders to engage in ongoing reflection and use of data to drive improvements.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with academic departments and school-based staff.
  • Tracking progress towards contract goals and making strategic decisions regarding client management and support.
  • Motivating and influencing clients to consistently integrate equity-focused mindsets and practices into their academic strategy, including authentic community engagement and cultural proficiency.
  • Developing strategies to tackle instructional challenges and creating plans to implement them.
  • Contributing to the creation of high-quality, data-driven reports demonstrating the effect of the team’s approaches towards quality of instruction.
  • Designing tools and resources in real-time to respond to client needs, in support of academic or instructional goals.
  • Engaging with and communicating progress to a variety of district school and community stakeholders.

 

What You Bring

First and foremost, we are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission, and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education.  We value diversity of ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, gender, religion, language, ability, and experience and exemplify this through the makeup of our team at all levels. You’ll be right at home here if you cultivate strong relationships and push yourself, your work, and the people around you to the next level. We encourage those with the following identities to apply: Black, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander, local Indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people, people living with disabilities, and others with lived experience being part of marginalized communities.

 

We expect our Senior Managers to:

  • Have a passion and understanding of the education landscape and communities.  You bring deep background knowledge in the current education landscape and a passion for embedding community engagement and involving communities in our work.
  • Know great teaching and learning when you see it. Whether you are watching how students engage during a lesson or looking at student performance data, you can identify whether students are grappling with the right content and diagnose what needs to happen to improve student learning outcomes immediately and in the long-term. You understand the implications of the shifts in instruction required by the Common Core State Standards for students, teachers, school leaders, and district staff. You know high-quality instructional materials in ELA and can support partners in their implementation at the classroom and school level.
  • Translate your instructional knowledge and ELA content expertise. We’re counting on your strong public presentation skills, ability to assess and adjust to the learning needs of your audience, and ability to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences, including teachers, school leaders, and district staff.  You have a deep understanding of effective ELA instruction. You use this knowledge to meet our clients where they are at by designing reasonable solutions to their challenges.
  • Connect the dots in ambiguous circumstances. You’ll use your analytical and problem-solving skills to design and facilitate trainings and meetings, craft strategic academic interventions that improve student performance, and propose solutions to academic challenges every day. Ambiguity doesn’t scare you; just the opposite, you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.
  • Partner with education leaders. You’ll regularly interact with, and be expected to influence clients, motivating and guiding them to lead transformative change efforts.
  • Build relationships. You have the ability to connect and build relationships with diverse communities. Multilingual or Bilingual abilities are considered a strong asset – Spanish language fluency is a plus.
  • Embrace cross-cultural agility.  Authentic self-reflection, self-awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have an adept cultural understanding of yourself and use your understanding of yourself and others to build trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Manage time carefully.  You may manage multiple projects simultaneously, and you’ll need to prioritize your time carefully to meet deadlines and the needs of our school and district partners.

 

Qualifications

  • Deep knowledge of content and instruction in ELA, particularly with highly rated instructional materials, with at least three years Pre-K-12 teaching experience, preferably in high-need schools or with high-need populations, and a proven track record of raising student achievement.
  • Experience designing and delivering strong professional development for adult learners and creating systems to support ongoing learning and development.
  • Teacher leadership experience and experience coaching teachers or other leaders.
  • Strong familiarity and expertise with the College and Career-Ready standards, like the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in literacy, including:
    • Experience as a practitioner in a school system that has adopted the CCSS and/or a deep conceptual understanding of the instructional shifts in ELA.
    • Experience with the role of complex text in ELA instruction and research-based approaches to foundational skills and the major work of each grade.
    • Experience using high-quality ELA curricular materials and knowledge of how the curriculum supports strong, rigorous instruction.
  • Prior experience with equity-based, asset-oriented and culturally responsive practices, especially in teaching and learning.
  • Multilingual or bilingual abilities are considered a strong asset – Spanish language fluency is a plus.

 

What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $72,800 – $109,200. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and the salary range midpoint depending on qualifications, internal equity, and the budgeted amount for the role.  We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.

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Math Interventionist

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a Math Interventionist for the 2022-23 school year. Interventionists are responsible for supporting student achievement across grades K-8 in math. The Interventionists will provide small group or one-on-one instruction to students identified as needing additional academic support in order to meet grade level proficiency benchmarks. This position is also responsible for monitoring, reporting, and communicating student progress and performance. Candidates who have recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This position provides invaluable teaching experience and professional development, and is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide targeted math instruction to individual students and small groups
  • Use data to provide instruction to students and to work to bring their skills to grade-level
  • Work to build a close rapport with students
  • Use identified research-based interventions focused specifically on individual student needs
  • Maintain documentation of continuous monitoring of student performance and progress
  • Communicate with the Math Program Coordinator, teachers, administration, and families regarding student progress, and may be asked to participate in meetings to discuss this information
  • Provide assessments for students as needed
  • Provide input for program development
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in math
  • Knowledge of Bridges math and/or Open Up a plus for math
  • Experience working with students in grades K-8, in an urban school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the challenges for students returning to in-person instruction after a potentially traumatic time during the pandemic
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision) for the employee and any spouse or dependents. This position is funded by federal pandemic relief funds that will expire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. While the hope is to make this a permanent position, WCS cannot commit to the position beyond that date at this time.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.

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Technology Assistant – Awbury Campus

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for a Technology Assistant for our Awbury campus. The Technology Assistant will be responsible for supporting the Technology Director and Technology Manager in providing consistent delivery of information systems to students and staff and responding to all technology needs in a timely, customer-friendly manner. The Technology Assistant will also be responsible for teaching daily classes on typing and technology throughout the school year. This is a 12-month position that reports to the Technology Manager.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach typing and technology classes to students in 3rd through 6th grade
  • Provide technical support to students, families, and staff. Supported products include PowerSchool, Apple, Google Workspace, Chrome OS, Securly, Zendesk, Microsoft Office, RUVNA, various web-based applications, and a growing suite of other applications
  • Assist with workstation administration and management set-up, configuration, and support of workstation hardware and software. Common tasks include operating system installation, configuration and upgrades, application installation and configuration, hardware upgrades, and hardware/software troubleshooting
  • Rollout, implementation, and support of new technologies on an ongoing basis

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Passionate about teaching 3rd-6th grade students; classroom teaching experience a plus
  • 2 to 5 years experience providing technical support in an education/business environment
  • Ability to communicate with users effectively and display good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills with the ability to diagnose and research solutions
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks
  • Ability to work with other technical personnel for collaborative problem solving
  • A desire to teach, and ability to implement strong classroom management and engaging lessons
  • Flexible and able to adjust priorities and strategies in order to meet the changing needs of the team and of students
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through and comfort with autonomy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first and current campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 452 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, will open in fall 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.

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Special Education Teachers

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is seeking special education teachers for the 2022-23 school year. Special education teachers are responsible for ensuring that students progress academically and socially in the classroom, as measured by achievement on Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The special education teacher must be committed to improving the knowledge and skills of students with disabilities and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of students. The ideal candidate will have special education teaching experience in an inclusive, urban school and will thrive in a collaborative work environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement IEP’s that translate into measurable success for students
  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and facilitate modified, differentiated unit and lesson plans that are aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Support general education teachers’ work to include students with special needs
  • Implement remedial education as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Learning Support, grade teams, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Mentor and coach students on self-regulation and organizational skills
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Monitor student progress and use data to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current PA Special Education teacher certification required
  • Experience working with students with various disabilities in an inclusive setting
  • Prior teaching experience in a Title 1 school a plus
  • Strong knowledge of instructional strategies for students with disabilities
  • Solid technology skills and the ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing academic and behavioral growth for students with special needs
  • Skilled at collaborating with others
  • Flexible and able to adjust priorities and strategies in order to meet the changing needs of the team and of students
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through and comfort with autonomy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Wissahickon Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs. We are committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourage those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply.

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Library Media Specialist – Awbury Campus

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for a Library Media Specialist for our Awbury campus for the 2022-23 school year. The Library Media Specialist will manage all aspects of maintaining the school library, including prioritizing book purchasing, running book drives, organizing materials, and continuing to implement library processes and protocols. The Library Media Specialist will also teach research and library skills to students across grades K-8. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in Library Science, preferably in an urban school setting. This position reports to the Middle School Director. This is an outstanding opportunity to grow readers and enrich the lives of students.

Key Responsibilities

Library Management

  • Works with the on-site leadership team and administrative staff to identify, prioritize, and purchase library materials.
  • Plans and executes book drives and organizes materials collected.
  • Organizes library material, equipment, and facilities for effective and efficient utilization and circulation.
  • Plans, equips and maintains attractive facilities.
  • Sets up and maintains the library catalog.
  • Trains staff on library processes and procedures and follows up regularly.
  • Keeps the collection current within the constraints of the annual budget by purchasing quality print and non-print materials.
  • Establishes an attractive and easily accessible library that is conducive to learning.
  • Effectively utilizes clerical, volunteer, student and/or other personnel to provide quality library service to users.
  • Maintains appropriate records of library materials.
  • Establishes behavioral standards for students in the library.
  • Evaluates and selects materials needed to meet both the curricular and individual needs of students, teachers, and administrators who will be using the library.
  • Determines the needs of teachers and students as a basis for the selection of new materials and equipment.
  • Does a periodic inventory of library collection as well as library AV equipment and library computers.
  • Supervises the withdrawal of outdated and worn out materials.

Teaching

  • Assists students in becoming effective users of library resources.
  • Helps students develop habits of independent reference work and skills in the use of reference material related to school assignments.
  • Through a working knowledge of books and authors in the collection, assists students with reading selections.
  • Is aware of and supports the curriculum through collection development.
  • Provides leadership in all aspects of the school media program.
  • Develops a research and library skills program related to the needs of the students.
  • Guides students in finding and using a wide variety of materials.
  • Instill in students the ability to be motivated learners by promoting the spirit of inquiry and teaching effective fact-finding skills.
  • Plans with teachers, when appropriate, for meaningful and effective grade appropriate reference work and/or literature appreciation activities for their students.
  • Actively plans with teachers and groups of teachers to integrate library services and multimedia materials with the instructional program.
  • Creates lessons and learning environments that are safe, respectful, and interesting.
  • Selects, adapts and individualizes materials appropriate for diverse student populations, skills and learning styles.
  • Follow all requirements regarding lesson planning.
  • Is aware of students’ IEP components when necessary. Implements specially designed instruction and provides for IEP goals when appropriate.
  • Works with the supervisor to determine appropriate modes of assessing student outcomes and engagement in class, and grades students.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters in Library Science preferred.
  • PA Library Media Specialist Certificate preferred.
  • At least three years of experience running a library, preferably in a school setting.
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Passionate about growing readers and creating a culture of reading.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse population of students and families.
  • A desire to teach and the ability to implement strong classroom management and engaging lessons.
  • High level of personal organization, attention to detail, planning, and follow-through.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Process-driven with proven experience multi-tasking, organizing and prioritizing work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in computer skills, including the Google Suite and Google Classroom, and the ability to learn new programs/software quickly.
  • Collaborative work style; maturity, humility, and a sense of humor.
  • Self-directed, proactive and a problem solver.
  • High degree of professionalism and positivity.
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed.
  • Ability to work occasional weeknights and weekends for special events.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first and current campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.

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Middle School Apprentice Teachers – Literacy/Social Studies or Math/Science

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking Middle School Apprentice Teachers for the 2022-23 school year. Apprentice Teachers support students in either Math and Science or in Literacy and Social Studies. The Apprentice Teacher position is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates or career changers who are looking for a pathway into the teaching profession. Candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as individuals who have prior experience working in fields such as writing/communication/history. This position provides invaluable classroom experience and professional development. Experience as an Apprentice Teacher for one to two years is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborative planning with 3 middle school teachers across 2 subject areas
  • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
  • Provide one-on-one and small group instruction to students in grades 6 through 8 for additional academic support
  • Work closely with lead teachers to assess, track and analyze student progress
  • Collaborate with the middle school team to ensure student growth in subject areas of focus
  • Participate in on-going professional development
  • Lead a teaching elective, special, and/or study hall
  • Provide substitute teaching coverage for colleagues, as needed
  • As instructional skills gradually increase, may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects
  • Complete administrative duties as necessary (data entry, homework review, filing, copying, etc.)
  • Accompany the students to recess and/or help monitor indoor recess as needed
  • Support intake, dismissal and transitions between classes
  • Assist lead teacher with other student responsibilities as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in literacy and/or social studies
  • Experience working with adolescents, in a school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the unique strengths and challenges of adolescents
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision).

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button. Please note that a cover letter and resume are required.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.

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Lower School Apprentice Teachers – Literacy or Math

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking Lower School Apprentice Teachers for the 2022-23 school year. Apprentice Teachers support students in Literacy or Math. The Apprentice Teacher will support teachers and students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. This position is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates or career changers who are looking for a pathway into the teaching profession. Candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This position provides invaluable classroom experience and professional development. Experience as an Apprentice Teacher for one to two years is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborative planning with 3rd through 5th grade lead teachers.
  • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
  • Provide one-on-one and small group instruction in content area to students in grades 3rd through 5th for additional academic support
  • Work closely with lead teachers to assess, track and analyze student progress
  • Collaborate with the 3rd-5th grade team to ensure student growth in subject area of focus
  • Participate in ongoing professional development
  • Provide substitute teaching coverage when 3rd-5th grade teachers are out
  • As instructional skills gradually increase, may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects
  • Complete administrative duties, including but not limited to data entry, homework review, filing, and copying.
  • Accompany the students to recess as needed
  • Assist lead teachers with other student responsibilities as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in literacy
  • Experience working with students, in a school setting preferred
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Commitment to learning about and consistently implementing Wissahickon Charter Schools’ behavioral management plan
  • Solid technology skills and the ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the unique strengths and challenges of 3rd-5th graders
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test.
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with health benefits.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button.

Wissahickon Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs. We are committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourage those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply.

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Middle School Teachers – Grades 6-8

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking individuals to teach grades 6-8th for the 2022-2023 school year. Middle school teachers either teach math and science, or English and social studies. Middle school teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students.  The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the school’s administrators and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Open Up math a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

Wissahickon Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs. We are committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourage those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply.

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Elementary School Teachers -Grades K-5

Posted by | April 26, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking teachers for kindergarten through fifth grade for the 2022-2023 school year. K to 5 teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence & Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the school’s administrators and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification preferred
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Bridges Math a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

Wissahickon Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not
discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs. We are committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourage those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply.

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Dean of Students

Posted by | April 21, 2022 |

DEAN OF STUDENTS
Now Hiring for the 2022-2023 School Year 

 

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS 

Title: Dean of Students
Reports To: Principal
Commitment: Full-Time
Term: 10 Months Annually, 2022-2023 School Year

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

A New Foundations Dean of Students’ primary role is to be an extraordinary leader in the community–actively, effectively and continuously building community within our students in service of our mission and vision for future impact. The Dean of Students is responsible for enforcing the school’s behavior systems and modeling how to establish strong, mutually respectful relationships with students and families. They will support the staff in addressing behavior problems as they arise, ensuring that students maximize their level of engagement & contribute to the learning experience in the classroom.

 

Our Mission: The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all of our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes responsibility for all members of our school community.

 

Our Vision for Impact: In 2019, New Foundations embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan.  The Strategic Plan’s “Vision for Impact” is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

 

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Our core principle was simple: be student-centered and growth focused. This ethos remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially, and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent public charter school serving grades K-12 in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social emotional awareness, and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work to evolve and improve. We are ambitious about New Foundations’ future. We’re a great school, but we still have work to do to be better and to redefine what it means to be a great school.

 

Our Students

 

As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

 

New Foundations has a highly diverse and representative student/family population: 57% White, 22% Black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian and 3% Mixed Races & Other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Reduced-Price Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch.  The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

 

Our Buildings 

 

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Both buildings include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

 

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-enabled classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full size basketball courts, cafeterias and learning commons.  The buildings are near major roadways with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance from the SEPTA Regional Rail Suburban station with trains to Center City.

 

Our Community 

 

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years.  New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 10,000 students.

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

 

All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:

 

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
  • Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate role model mentality in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources.

 

The Dean at New Foundations Charter School is expected to:

 

  • Believe in and align with the NFCS core beliefs and educational philosophy;
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with a record of academic achievement;
  • Possess a minimum of five years as an educator within a school setting;
  • Preferably possess school leadership experience and/or experience working with high school students;
  • Exhibit drive to improve minds and lives of students in and out of the classroom;
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills with students, parents, colleagues, and community members;
  • Understand the nuances of urban school environments and school culture;
  • Preferably possess a Master’s degree in a relevant area and PA certification to serve as a school administrator.

 

COMPENSATION 
New Foundations offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to pay equity.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Culture 

  • Working closely with School Leadership to establish a positive, structured, achievement-oriented, and creative school culture.
  • Working closely with the counselors and social worker for dealing with behavioral crisis-intervention and acute behavioral issues.
  • Acting as a resource to teachers in their instructional practice, especially as it relates to issues of discipline, relationships with students, classroom management, and school culture.
  • Supporting teachers to hold all students to high and consistent behavioral expectations.
  • Becoming a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
  • Being highly present and visible during school hours, relentlessly ensuring the school has an exceptional school culture.


Instruction/Programming 

  • Leading implementation and development of Caring School Communities throughout K-8 including elements of programming, professional development of staff, and evaluation of program effectiveness
  • Managing after school and Saturday detention.
  • Co-Planning and coordinating school-wide student activities and traditions including but not limited to: Maroon & Gold Day, proms & dances, school-wide trips and events
  • Plan and provide professional development and support to teachers/staff
  • Assisting teachers, students, and parents in managing, creating and implementing behavior plans.
  • Supervising breakfast, lunch/recess, class transitions, and dismissal, making sure students are always where they are supposed to be and ensuring a professional school culture at these times.
  • Keeping accurate student discipline records, documenting all conferences, suspensions, and phone calls for behavior.
  • Working collaboratively to develop student leadership activities that foster student relationships between K-8 and high school buildings.

Tone Setting 

  • Modeling the school’s values and the standard for professional behavior.
  • Ensuring that behavioral expectations and school culture standards are met outside of the classroom as well as inside, including establishing and monitoring bus behavior/culture as well as cafeteria/meal time behavior and culture.
  • Ensuring that the physical environment of the school reinforces the school culture and facilitates student achievement
  • Working proactively with students and parents to ensure excellent attendance.
  • Reinforcing the effective use of a school-wide behavior plan and restorative practices.
  • Serving as the point person for discipline/culture issues.
  • Proactively circulating throughout classrooms and hallways during the day, to gain valuable context on student behavior and help support positive school culture
  • Monitoring behavioral pull-out and in-school suspensions.


Professional Comportment 

  • Exhibit a professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Commit to continual professional growth.
  •  Attend all professional development meetings and faculty/staff meetings.
  • Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year.
  • Adhere to the school schedule and be punctual for work and meetings.
  • Maintain an effective and positive relationship with colleagues, staff and supervisors.
  • Professionally and effectively communicate with all colleagues, staff and supervisors.


 Other 

  • Become a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
  • Do whatever else is necessary or requested to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.
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Vice Principal

Posted by | April 21, 2022 |

K-8 SCHOOL VICE PRINCIPAL
Now Hiring for the 2022-2023 School Year 

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS 

Title: K-8 Vice Principal
Reports To: Principal
Commitment: Full-Time
Term: 12 Months Annually, 2022-2023 School Year

ABOUT THE POSITION

At New Foundations, the Vice Principal’s primary role is to be a high quality individual dedicated to student achievement and the school community. The Vice Principal will lead the efforts to develop positive school culture and ensure high behavior expectations for all students, develop high quality paraprofessionals, ensure rigorous instruction, engage families, and promote the mission of NFCS through programming and activities. The Vice Principal will step in for the Principal as necessary.

Our Mission: The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all of our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes responsibility for all members of our school community.

Our Vision for Impact: In 2019, New Foundations embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan.  The Strategic Plan’s “Vision for Impact” is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Our core principle was simple: be student-centered and growth focused. This ethos remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially, and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent public charter school serving grades K-12 in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social emotional awareness, and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work to evolve and improve. We are ambitious about New Foundations’ future. We’re a great school, but we still have work to do to be better and to redefine what it means to be a great school.

Our Students

As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

New Foundations has a highly diverse and representative student/family population: 57% White, 22% Black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian and 3% Mixed Races & Other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Reduced-Price Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch.  The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

Our Buildings 

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Both buildings include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-enabled classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full size basketball courts, cafeterias and learning commons.  The buildings are near major roadways with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance from the SEPTA Regional Rail Suburban station with trains to Center City.

Our Community 

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years.  New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 10,000 students.

QUALIFICATIONS 

All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
  • Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate role model mentality in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources.

The Vice Principal at New Foundations Charter School is expected to:

  • Possess a Master’s degree, its equivalent, or a higher degree, with a record of academic achievement in a relevant field;
  • Possess valid Pennsylvania certification as a supervisor or principal;
  • Demonstrate professional expertise and enthusiasm for instruction;
  • Possess a minimum of five years of teaching experience, preferably in an urban public school or charter school setting;
  • Preferably possess prior school leadership experience.

COMPENSATION 
New Foundations offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to pay equity.

RESPONSIBILITIES 
Core Responsibilities  

  1. Culture
  2. Instruction
  3. Tone Setting
  4. Professional Comportment
  5. Other

Culture

  • Serves as the leader of the schools’ efforts to maintain student compliance with code of conduct, and reinforce through discipline and positive school culture.
  • Serves as the direct supervisor of assistant teachers and lunch/recess staff through coordination of scheduling, providing training opportunities, communicating regularly, and evaluating performance annually.
  • Works with the staff, students, parents, and community in establishing and maintaining an effective culture and safe climate to promote the improved organizational performance and higher student achievement
  • Engages teachers in the observation process, including planning, feedback and targeted support.
  • Collaborates with teachers to plan and implement family based activities such as Family Nights and Parent Workshops.
  • Supervises the lunch and recess program to create a cohesive schedule of activities, supervision, and logistics to ensure quality programming.
  • Provides oversight and logistical coordination of student activities, such as field trips, assemblies, and in-school extracurricular activities.
  • Shares ideas and resources for professional development, faculty meetings, and PLC groups.
  • Regular and two way communication with Principal and CEO to ensure ongoing progress monitoring and discussion of key tasks and goals
  • Progress toward and the completion of long term goals is reported semi- annually
  • Supports Principal and CEO in other efforts as needed.

 

Instruction

  • Designs and implements a program of effective supervision and evaluation of all personnel in the schools.
  • Leads the teaching staff in the development, adoption, evaluation, and modification of an effective program of student behavior and discipline that promotes higher achievement.
  • Supervises and evaluates all assistant teachers and aides assigned to regular and special education classrooms to assure cooperation with the teaching staff and program coordinators and to provide oversight to students when outside of the classroom.
  • Provides training for assistant teachers in the development of skills to improve assistance to the teachers and in support of student learning.
  • Creates positive relationships with teachers and other school staff to ensure a productive work environment.
  • Develops special and mutually supportive relations with parents in order to provide and sustain consistent expectations for student behavior and discipline.
  • Supports teachers in the collection, maintenance, analysis, and appropriate use of data to initiate planned improvement strategies.
  • Provides resources and feedback for improvement in planning, instruction, school culture, and professionalism through observations, walkthroughs, and modeling.

 

Tone Setting

  • Articulates the expectations for results among all stakeholder groups for student behavior and discipline.
  • Supports high expectations and standards for the academic and social development of all students and the performance of adults.
  • Demands student behavior and discipline that ensures student achievement of academic standards as outlined in the charter agreement.
  • Uses multiple sources of data collection to analyze barriers to achievement and to identify and apply behavior improvement strategies.
  • Supports the efforts of the Principal to actively engage the community to create shared responsibility for student and school success.
  • Documents teacher performance, reflections, and improvement efforts through the PA-ETEP teacher observation system.

 

Professional Comportment

  • Establishes and maintains effective two-way communications with all members of the school community regarding perceptions, expectations, and results.
  • Models a professional and personal belief system that is based in honesty, trustworthiness, unselfishness, and lifelong learning.
  • Works towards positive and productive relationships with all school stakeholders.
  • Acts ethically and professionally at all times.
  • Interprets and recommends the application of all laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertinent to the behavior and discipline of students.
  • Utilizes the knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertinent to the behavior and discipline of students to creatively solve problems.

 

Other

  • Become a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
  • Do whatever else is necessary or requested to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.
  • Any and All Other Duties as Assigned by the Principal or CEO and/or Required by Statute, Regulation, or Policy.
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Play Captain Supervisor

Posted by | April 21, 2022 |

Every summer, in Philadelphia, there are over 400 streets designated as Playstreets that are run by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR). Playstreets are closed to traffic and open to neighborhood children where they can play together and receive a free snack and meal. Fab Youth Philly (FYP) partners with PPR and other organizations and individuals to provide children a more engaging and fun environment on Playstreets though our Play Captain Initiative (PCI). This position is in support of our award-winning Play Captain Initiative.

Requirements:

  • Minimum of 2-years’ experience supporting and providing supervision to adults (providing coaching, setting goals, evaluations)
  • Willing and able to work outdoors in all kinds of summer weather (hot, rainy, humid, limited shade)
  • Willing and eager to learn about a new/unfamiliar neighborhood
  • Willing to be trained in, and use ‘real-time coaching’ and positive youth development strategies
  • Able to remain calm and patient to navigate conflict and bring forth resolutions
  • Access to reliable phone/internet service to respond to emails within 24 hours and to send/receive text messages
  • Willing and able to get around Philadelphia independently; has reliable mode of transportation
  • Associates degree (or equivalent) in liberal arts, early childhood education, leadership, or related field is preferred, but not required
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Pennsylvania Program Director

Posted by | April 11, 2022 |

I. Overview of Teach Plus

Teach Plus is dedicated to the mission of empowering excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. Since 2009, Teach Plus has developed thousands of teacher leaders across the country to exercise their leadership in shaping education policy and improving teaching and learning, to create an education system driven by access and excellence for all. teachplus.org

II. Position Summary and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Pennsylvania Executive Director, and with guidance from the National Program Team, the Pennsylvania Program Director will launch and lead the Pennsylvania Equity Leadership Institute, plan and lead monthly convenings of district teams, and provide customized coaching and support to each district team, while also engaging other stakeholders such as educator preparation programs.
Additionally, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Executive Director and Pennsylvania Policy Manager, the Director will help expand Teach Plus’ statewide policy and advocacy efforts around teacher diversity and culturally responsive education.

Equity Leadership Institute

  • The Director will lead the Pennsylvania Equity Leadership Institute and ensure its success by:
  • In partnership with the Pennsylvania Executive Director, recruiting and selecting partner districts for ELI and supporting those districts in assembling strong and diverse teams, including teacher leaders.
  • Handling scheduling, logistics, and communications for ELI convenings, both virtual and in-person, including two extended in-person convenings per year.
  • In partnership with the Pennsylvania Executive Director and the National Program Team, planning content for ELI convenings, including developing a scope and sequence of topics, identifying and recruiting content experts and guest speakers to participate in sessions, and developing and distributing materials for sessions.
  • Supporting each district team in analyzing data related to teacher diversity, learning about research-based best practices, and developing and implementing plans to better support teachers of color. Each district team will set one goal around improving school culture and one goal around changing district policy in ways that will improve recruitment and/or retention of teachers of color.
  • Developing customized coaching and support plans for each district team to support their development and refinement of action plans; providing follow-up coaching to district teams and helping them overcome barriers and obstacles.
  • When relevant, engaging local educator preparation programs and other partners to design partnerships to address challenges and develop pipeline programs.
  • With support from the Director of Evaluation, designing, administering, and analyzing internal evaluations and surveys that track the progress and impact of Equity Leadership Institute.

Policy & Advocacy Work

  • In partnership with the Pennsylvania Executive Director and Pennsylvania Policy Manager, the Director will help expand Teach Plus’ statewide policy and advocacy efforts around teacher diversity and culturally responsive education by:
  • Participating in the Pennsylvania Educator Diversity Consortium and supporting Teach Plus’ leadership within the Consortium as a member of its Acting Circle of Leaders and leader of its Policy & Advocacy Committee; this may involve eventually replacing the Pennsylvania Executive Director as the lead representative of Teach Plus within PEDC and taking on sole ownership of leading the Policy & Advocacy Committee.
  • Supporting development of Teach Plus Pennsylvania’s policy agenda and strategy related to educator diversity and culturally responsive education, including policy changes at the legislative, regulatory, and administrative level; building relationships with policymakers in the General Assembly, Department of Education, and State Board of Education and increasing awareness of needed policy changes to diversify the educator pipeline.
  • Leading statewide communications and research efforts related to teacher diversity and culturally responsive education, including potentially organizing convenings or conferences, designing research projects and reports, and recruiting partners and allies to amplify our message and work in coalition toward shared policy goals.
  • Engaging Teach Plus Policy Fellows and Network teachers in Teach Plus’s policy strategy, including potentially supporting working groups related to educator diversity and culturally responsive education.

III. Skills and Experience

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversifying the educator workforce and making schools more culturally responsive, ideally with a track record of success in achieving measurable outcomes at the school, district, or state level;
  • A deep understanding of different levers to increase recruitment and retention of teachers of color at the school, district, and state level, including familiarity with successful models in Pennsylvania and nationally;
  • Previous experience as a school or district leader, in addition to past teaching experience, is a significant plus;
  • Experience and expertise in designing and facilitating adult learning;
  • Experience leading a team to accomplish a shared goal, including an understanding of change management, continuous improvement, strategic planning, and project management;
  • Experience providing coaching or technical assistance to individuals in a variety of roles;
  • Excellent written and oral communication and relationship-building skills;
  • Ability to establish credibility easily with teachers, school leaders, district leaders, public officials, and media;
  • Strong relationships within the educational community in southwestern Pennsylvania, including with districts, charter schools, intermediate units, and educator preparation programs.

IV. Commitment to Diversity

In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, and gender identities to apply to our positions.

V. Compensation and Benefits

The compensation range for this position is between $80,000 and $95,000, and salary will be determined based on the selected candidate’s specific qualifications, years of relevant experience, specialized knowledge, and internal equity. Teach Plus offers a benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 3% matching 401k plan, disability and life insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses. Teach Plus offers generous time off benefits including 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, and winter break. Additionally, Teach Plus offers paid parental leave and a 4-week paid sabbatical for every five years of service.

VI. Location, Travel, and Hours

Because the majority of participating Equity Leadership Institute districts will be located in southwestern Pennsylvania, residency in or near Pittsburgh is strongly encouraged. Work will be conducted virtually (primarily from a home office), with frequent in-person meetings with district partners. Additionally, occasional travel to Harrisburg and Philadelphia will be required, up to 10%. This role will require occasional nights and weekends to support Policy Fellowship and/or Equity Leadership Institute convenings that are scheduled for those times. The tentative start date will be in June 2022 but is flexible depending on the candidate’s availability.

VII. How to Apply

To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter. The cover letter should include an explanation of your interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled.

Application Link: https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328167

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Substitute Teacher

Posted by | March 29, 2022 |

Calling All Superhero’s to help fill classrooms with our school district partners in Delaware County PA!

No teaching degree? No problem! It’s easier to become a Substitute Teacher than you’d think!

This positions just require a Bachelor’s Degree in any major and a desire to make a difference in the lives of children in your community! This rewarding opportunity comes with free on-line training, service bonus plans, the flexibility to create a schedule that works for you, and so much more!

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

– Lead instruction in the classroom by executing existing lesson plans.

-Instruct students regarding a variety of classroom topics/courses of instruction, as determined by the School/District lesson plan.

– Assume duties of the regular classroom teacher in accordance with school rules.

-May supervise students in out-of-class settings (e.g., assemblies, lunchroom) as directed and supervised by District/School principal.

-Maintain and/or assist in maintaining classroom control that fosters a safe, positive environment for all students and staff in accordance with Kelly Services, District/School, state, and all applicable laws and regulations.

Requirements include:

Bachelor’s Degree in any major.

Kelly Services follows Pennsylvania Department of Education Clearance Requirements.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in learning more, apply today by setting up a meeting! You may also call 248 365-4116 or email goldbmc@kellyservices.com to get started.

Here are just a few of the terrific advantages of working with Kelly Education as a Substitute Teacher:

Daily pay rates range from $95/day to $125/day depending on the school district you choose.

Free pre-hire training to help prepare you for the classroom!

Weekly Pay.

Direct Deposit.

Group-rate insurance options.

Flexible work schedule—work as much as you want to work!

Schedule your assignments—online or over the phone.

Make a difference in your community!

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Director of Communications

Posted by | February 26, 2022 |

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders (“School Leaders”) is a nonprofit organization that develops, engages, and retains principals and system leaders who transform schools, dramatically improve student outcomes, and drive systemic change to prepare all Philadelphia students for college, career, and life.

 

Our fundamental belief is that Philadelphia’s principals and school system leaders change students’ lives. Through an investment in results-driven leadership development experiences,​ the Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders empowers individuals to drive student outcomes and advance equity in Philadelphia’s district, charter, and faith-based schools.​

 

Our flagship experience, the Neubauer Fellowship in Educational Leadership, provides proven principals with the resources and guidance to sharpen their leadership capacities. The Fellowship is a transformative two-year experience that develops critical leadership skills needed to elevate school performance and student outcomes in their schools and across the city. Fellows receive best-in-class professional development and build relationships with a network of outstanding peers who share strategies and problem-solve with one another.

 

As Neubauer Fellowship alumni are promoted, they join Leaders of Leaders, designed to provide the tools needed to effectively supervise and develop principals, improve principal practice, and increase student outcomes. Fellowship alumni also serve as coaches to promising principals in our Performance Partners experience, where high-potential principals deepen the instructional skills necessary to coach teachers, resulting in improved teacher practice and student outcomes.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Director of Communications is responsible for the strategic development and execution of School Leaders’ comprehensive communications plan.  This position is both strategist and storyteller.  The Director will focus on effective communication with key internal and external stakeholders while creating efficient and engaging ways to streamline and share the organization’s message.  The Director will partner with the full School Leaders’ team to ensure consistent messages, identify and share case studies and promising practices, and convey impact.  The Director will work closely with – and directly report to – the Executive Director to elevate School Leaders’ profile in the Philadelphia region as well as nationally while also supporting its development needs as a non-profit.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director of Communication’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

 

Communication Strategy

  • Establish and drive a cohesive multichannel communications strategy for School Leaders
  • Manage organization voice and brand standards, ensuring adherence to these and other communications protocols
  • Develop and manage annual communications/content calendar
  • Track effectiveness of communications activities and use data to inform strategy

 

Consistent, Compelling Narrative

  • Craft and deliver a compelling, inspiring narrative about School Leaders’ work, mission, and results, rooted in data and impact
    • Create clear, consistent, compelling messages as the foundation for all communications
    • Combine data with storytelling to highlight successes and communicate impact
  • Develop effective collateral that clearly conveys who we are, what we do, why it is important, and results
    • Create organizational overview, program materials, annual report, and impact briefs
    • Redesign organizational website, including updated photography and videography
    • Build a content bank to highlight case studies, promising practices, and successes

 

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Prepare, manage, and coordinate participant, partner, board, and funder communications, including press releases, e-newsletters, annual report, and more
  • Create consistent and efficient processes for ongoing communications with key stakeholders
  • Develop and coordinate communications touchpoints to cultivate/maintain relationships and optimize stakeholder experience, understanding, and engagement
  • Engage program participants in an authentic process that encourages them to be active ambassadors for School Leaders

 

Public Relations

  • Elevate the organization’s profile and work by coordinating thought leadership among senior executives
  • Establish and maintain relationships with relevant local, regional, and national press to secure impactful media opportunities
  • Serve as the primary press contact for School Leaders
  • Create and implement a social media strategy to increase digital presence, viewership, and engagement

 

Project Management

  • Identify and coordinate with outside communications professionals on any needed joint efforts
  • Partner with the full School Leaders’ team to identify and share anecdotes, case studies, and impact
  • Prepare and manage annual communications budget and timelines

 

Additionally, the Director of Communication will fulfill any other responsibilities as needed or assigned by the Executive Director.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies and attributes:

  • Passionately believe that all students can achieve at high levels
  • Communicate effectively in both written and verbal communication
    • Tailor message for audience, context, and mode of communication
    • Demonstrate excellent, detail-oriented proof reading and editing skills
    • Combine data and storytelling
  • Build positive relationships and effectively collaborate with diverse stakeholders
  • Maintain a service orientation
  • Exhibit a strong focus on goals and results – including a track record of meeting or exceeding goals – and hold self personally accountable
  • Demonstrate ability to successfully plan, organize, and lead complex initiatives
  • Demonstrate excellent project management and execution – work efficiently, maintain attention to detail, manage timelines, and is able to multi-task, adapt, and balance requests from many stakeholders
  • Develop and improve organizational processes
  • Exhibit proactive and forward thinking with an ability to be nimble and responsive
  • Demonstrate proven interest in implementing innovative technologies, processes, and ideas
  • Maintain a positive attitude, flexibility, and humor

 

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • A minimum of 5-7 years of communications experience
  • Experience:
    • Managing multiple stakeholder groups and crafting nuanced messaging for each
    • Creating communications cadence/sequencing for organizations
  • Undergraduate degree in communications, journalism, English, or related field
  • Outstanding written, verbal, and editing skills including a comprehensive knowledge of AP Style
  • Awareness of – and proficiency with – communications technologies, including social media platforms
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google-based applications
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia and both its media and civic landscape
  • Relationships in education and/or the nonprofit environment is a plus

 

COMPENSATION

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent health care for employees, generous paid time off, supportive work and family benefits, professional development opportunities, and more.  Compensation is competitive and based on experience.

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about School Leaders, please visit our website at phillyschoolleaders.org.

 

 

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Chief Executive Officer

Posted by | February 14, 2022 |

About The Position 
At New Foundations, the Chief Executive Officer’s primary role is to be an extraordinary organizational leader in service of our mission and Vision for Impact.

Our Mission: The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.

Our Vision for Impact: In 2019, New Foundations embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan.  The Strategic Plan’s “Vision for Impact” is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

The CEO will lead the New Foundations Charter School, its teachers, staff, students, parents, and community in identifying, setting, and meeting the highest standards of excellence, and in implementing the programs and strategies necessary to achieve those high standards so that each student will realize his/her full potential.

The CEO reports directly to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the direct supervision and evaluation of all members of the leadership team, as well as the indirect supervision and evaluation of all other members of the staff.

About Our School
Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Our core principle was simple: be student-centered and growth focused. This ethos remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially, and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent public charter school serving grades K-12 in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social emotional awareness, and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work to evolve and improve. We are ambitious about New Foundations’ future. We’re a great school, but we still have work to do to be better and to redefine what it means to be a great school.

Our Students

As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

New Foundations has a highly diverse and representative student/family population: 57% White, 22% Black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian and 3% Mixed Races & Other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Reduced-Price Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch.  The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

Our Buildings 

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Both buildings include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-enabled classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full size basketball courts, cafeterias and learning commons.  The buildings are near major roadways with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance from the SEPTA Regional Rail Suburban station with trains to Center City.

Our Community 

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years.  New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 10,000 students.

Qualifications
All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
  • Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate role model mentality in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources.

The Chief Executive Officer at New Foundations Charter School is expected to:

  • Possess a Master’s degree, its equivalent, or a higher degree with a record of academic achievement;
  • Possess valid Pennsylvania certification as a building administrator or certificate of eligibility
  • Possess a minimum of ten years of prior experience in K-12 education, at least two of which were in a leadership role.

Responsibilities  

The core responsibilities of the New Foundations’ Chief Executive Officer span the following eleven (11) domains as detailed below.

  1. Leadership of the School
  2. Accountability for Results
  3. Leadership and Membership of Teams
  4. Planning and Planned Change
  5. Improving Organizational and Student Performance
  6. Effective and Integrated Governance
  7. Decision Making
  8. Personal and Professional Relations
  9. Budget and Finance
  10. Legal and Administrative Obligations
  11. Progress Toward and Completion of Annual and Long Term Goals

 

1. Leadership of the School

  • Acts ethically and professionally at all times
  • Serves  on the Board of Trustees as a non-voting member to advise the board regarding the operation of the school in ways to achieve its vision, mission, purposes, and objectives
  • Acts as the Chief Education Officer of the school to obtain optimum performance of personnel and higher student achievement
  • Establishes and implements a leadership agenda that guides the attention and focus of all stakeholders on the issues and efforts that produce better performance
  • Leads the efforts to create a positive and productive climate and a culture that both values and produces high achievement
  • Recommends organizational designs that shape success at all levels of school operation
  • Recommends to the board all courses of study, supporting materials and supplies, programs, personnel, policies, upgraded and new facilities, and the expenditures necessary to support those recommendations
  • Works with staff, students, parents, and community to establish and maintain an effective culture and safe climate that supports the improved organizational performance and higher student achievement
  • Maintains a positive relationship with public officials, law enforcement officers, business and community leaders, universities and colleges, and school district personnel, and invites participation in the development and implementation of school plans.

2. Accountability for Results 

  • Sets high expectations and standards for the academic and social development of all students and the performance of adults
  • Demands content and instruction that ensures student achievement of academic standards as outlined in the charter agreement
  • Uses multiple sources of data collection to analyze barriers to achievement and to identify and apply instructional improvement strategies
  • Prepares staff members to measure and assess progress in implemented plans
  • Actively engages the community to create shared responsibility for student and school success
  • Assumes responsibility for the administration of the existing programs and services and for the expansion and maintenance of student enrollment

3. Leadership and Membership of Teams 

  • Leads or delegates the leadership of all teams within the school and establishes and maintains a program of training necessary to prepare all members of the staff, students, and selected members of the community to work effectively on teams to promote and ensure higher levels of performance and achievement
  • Serves as the chair of the Leadership Team and as a member of all school level teams
  • Provides for the monitoring and evaluation of team leaders and team performances
  • Serves as an ex officio member of all board committees, including Personnel, Finance, Curriculum, Discipline and Safety, Audit, and Policy, as well as any others formed by the board
  • Serves as a representative of the school on any local, state, and regional councils, boards, and bodies so approved by the board

4. Planning and Planned Change

  • Develops and implements plans to achieve goals established in the charter application and by the CEO in conjunction with the board
  • Monitors and assesses the development, implementation, evaluation, and modification of a program of education designed to meet the needs of students, including those identified as special education, basic skill, gifted and talented, and English Learners, and to sustain higher achievement
  • Establishes and maintains organizational structure and personnel planning practices that obtain improved performance results o Initiates, strengthens, and maintains positive relationships in the best interests of the school in working with the community and with all other appropriate organizations
  • Establishes a system of maintaining and reporting performance data that supports the planning and problem solving needs of the school o Monitors and assesses schedule and assignment processes to insure the effective and efficient use of time to protect the social and emotional

5. Improving Organizational and Student Performance

  • Develops, implements, and monitors programs to recruit staff and students
  • Designs, implements, and oversees a program of effective supervision and evaluation of all personnel in the school
  • Supervises and evaluates all members of the leadership team and is responsible for the effective performance of all personnel
  • Evaluates the staff responsible for the development, adoption, evaluation, and modification of an effective program of student evaluation, including the administration of mandated testing and any other programs adopted by the board
  • Leads and monitors the staff in the development, adoption, evaluation, and modification of an effective program of student behavior and discipline that promotes safety, social well being, and higher achievement
  • Leads personnel in the collection, maintenance, analysis, and appropriate use of data to initiate planned improvement strategies
  • Reviews and approves all recommendations for professional development and training for their relevance and contributions to improved employee performance and improved student behavior and achievement
  • Modifies the organization design to better accomplish performance goals

6. Effective and Integrated Governance

  • Cooperates with the board president or designee and committee chairpersons in the preparation of agenda and materials for board meetings
  • Coordinates the efforts of school committees to prepare items for board consideration
  • Shares appropriate information with the board within an appropriate time period to support board deliberations and decision making
  • Oversees and coordinates all efforts by the staff to follow-up board decisions and requests
  • Reports all pertinent performance information to the board for its use in discussions and decision making
  • Participates in the self assessment and professional development of the board.

7. Decision Making

  • Establishes processes by which the leadership team will make recommendations for CEO approval and, if needed, approval by the board of trustees
  • Establishes a clear and positive customer focus on students and parents and makes decisions that maintain open and positive interactions
  • Makes rational judgments and decisions that are based on individual and organizational needs
  • Makes decisions that maintain an effective and efficient organization
  • Prepares the organization and staff members at all levels to make appropriate and effective decisions
  • Models decision making techniques that include acquisition of appropriate information, appropriate problem analysis, and the development of credible options that are explored before selecting the option most likely to succeed
  • Prepares everyone in the organization to be a leader and effective decision maker and prepares individuals to become formal position leaders

8. Personal and Professional Relations

  • Establishes and maintains effective two-way communications with stakeholders regarding perceptions, expectations, and results
  • Models a personal belief system that is based in honesty, trustworthiness, unselfishness, and lifelong learning.

9. Budget and Finance

  • Develops and implements the budget in conjunction with stakeholders to protect the public’s investment in the school and to meet the educational needs of all students
  • Ties multi-year performance improvement and pupil achievement improvement to annual budget preparation and specific line items
  • Meets all calendar deadlines required by the local board, Philadelphia School District, and the state related to the development, adoption, and implementation of a budget
  • Oversees the management of budget and financial accounting processes
  • Oversees the annual realignment of programs, expenses, personnel, and structures to ensure the most effective and efficient use of resources
  • Fulfills all duties of the position of Advisor of the 8001 Torresdale Corporation Board of Trustees and coordinates that board’s efforts to pay for the school facilities with the planning efforts of the school’s board of trustees

10. Legal and Administrative Obligations

  • Accepts fiduciary responsibility for all program related funding and expenditures
  • Interprets and supervises the application of all laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertinent to the operation of the school
  • Utilizes knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures pertinent to the operation of the school to creatively solve problems and support the attainment of the vision, goals, and other targets

11. Progress Toward and Completion of Annual and Long Term Goals

  • Progress toward and the completion of annual goals is reported quarterly
  • Progress toward and the completion of long term goals is reported semiannually
  • Supports and facilitates the work of each member of the leadership team toward the completion of their individual and team goals

 

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Building Substitute

Posted by | February 4, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for a full-time Building Substitute for our Fernhill campus for the current school year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Serve as a substitute teacher for K-8 classes, specials, apprentice teachers or assistant teachers depending on the need each day
  • Should there not be a need for a substitute on a given day, be willing and able to provide classroom and/or admin support as needed
  • Lead daily routines and lessons, closely following the lesson plans from the teacher
  • Implement consistent classroom management practices using the school’s behavioral management model
  • Ensure that students are meeting WCS’ behavioral expectations and are safe at all times. Mediate when conflicts arise among students.
  • Develop an awareness of individual student’s progress and learning needs
  • Communicate with teachers and admin as needed about students progress toward realizing academic and character development goals with teachers
  • Report any observations of students struggling severely socially or emotionally to the lead teacher and/or Deans of Culture as appropriate
  • Be willing to offer support to and receive constructive feedback from teachers and administration
  • Help shape and develop a school-wide atmosphere that best suits the needs of students, staff, and families

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience working with K-8 students/children in an educational setting (after school program, student teaching, etc.)
  • Experience teaching underserved students (preferred)
  • Strong record of helping students achieve academic success, primarily with minority and low-income students
  • Desire to continuously learn and increase effectiveness as a teacher and professional; offer and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to be flexible
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief that all children can learn and succeed
  • Belief in WCS’s mission and vision
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with all constituents
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve as a teacher and professional
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision).

This position is funded by federal pandemic relief funds that will expire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. While the hope is to make this a permanent position, WCS cannot commit to the position beyond that date at this time.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development.

 

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Special Education Teacher

Posted by | February 4, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is seeking a special education teacher for the current school year for our Awbury Campus to support 7th and 8th grade students in English. Special education teachers are responsible for ensuring that students progress academically and socially in the classroom, as measured by achievement on Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. The special education teacher must be committed to improving the knowledge and skills of students with disabilities and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of students. The ideal candidate will have special education teaching experience in an inclusive, urban school and will thrive in a collaborative work environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement IEP’s that translate into measurable success for students
  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and facilitate modified, differentiated unit and lesson plans that are aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Support general education teachers’ work to include students with special needs
  • Implement remedial education as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Learning Support, grade teams, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Mentor and coach students on self-regulation and organizational skills
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Monitor student progress and use data to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current PA Special Education teacher certification required
  • Experience working with students with various disabilities in an inclusive setting
  • Prior teaching experience in a Title 1 school a plus
  • Strong knowledge of instructional strategies for students with disabilities
  • Solid technology skills and the ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing academic and behavioral growth for students with special needs
  • Skilled at collaborating with others
  • Flexible and able to adjust priorities and strategies in order to meet the changing needs of the team and of students
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through and comfort with autonomy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

 

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Library Media Specialist – Awbury Campus

Posted by | February 4, 2022 |

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for a Library Media Specialist for our Awbury campus for the current school year. This position would start immediately or as soon as possible. The Library Media Specialist will manage all aspects of maintaining the school library, including prioritizing book purchasing, running book drives, organizing materials, and continuing to implement library processes and protocols. The Library Media Specialist will also teach research and library skills to students across grades K-8. The ideal candidate will have education and experience in Library Science, preferably in an urban school setting. This position reports to the Middle School Director. This is an outstanding opportunity to grow readers and enrich the lives of students.

Key Responsibilities

Library Management

  • Works with the on-site leadership team and administrative staff to identify, prioritize, and purchase library materials.
  • Plans and executes book drives and organizes materials collected.
  • Organizes library material, equipment, and facilities for effective and efficient utilization and circulation.
  • Plans, equips and maintains attractive facilities.
  • Sets up and maintains the library catalog.
  • Trains staff on library processes and procedures and follows up regularly.
  • Keeps the collection current within the constraints of the annual budget by purchasing quality print and non-print materials.
  • Establishes an attractive and easily accessible library that is conducive to learning.
  • Effectively utilizes clerical, volunteer, student and/or other personnel to provide quality library service to users.
  • Maintains appropriate records of library materials.
  • Establishes behavioral standards for students in the library.
  • Evaluates and selects materials needed to meet both the curricular and individual needs of students, teachers, and administrators who will be using the library.
  • Determines the needs of teachers and students as a basis for the selection of new materials and equipment.
  • Does a periodic inventory of library collection as well as library AV equipment and library computers.
  • Supervises the withdrawal of outdated and worn out materials.

Teaching

  • Assists students in becoming effective users of library resources.
  • Helps students develop habits of independent reference work and skills in the use of reference material related to school assignments.
  • Through a working knowledge of books and authors in the collection, assists students with reading selections.
  • Is aware of and supports the curriculum through collection development.
  • Provides leadership in all aspects of the school media program.
  • Develops a research and library skills program related to the needs of the students.
  • Guides students in finding and using a wide variety of materials.
  • Instill in students the ability to be motivated learners by promoting the spirit of inquiry and teaching effective fact-finding skills.
  • Plans with teachers, when appropriate, for meaningful and effective grade appropriate reference work and/or literature appreciation activities for their students.
  • Actively plans with teachers and groups of teachers to integrate library services and multimedia materials with the instructional program.
  • Creates lessons and learning environments that are safe, respectful, and interesting.
  • Selects, adapts and individualizes materials appropriate for diverse student populations, skills and learning styles.
  • Follow all requirements regarding lesson planning.
  • Is aware of students’ IEP components when necessary. Implements specially designed instruction and provides for IEP goals when appropriate.
  • Works with the supervisor to determine appropriate modes of assessing student outcomes and engagement in class, and grades students.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters in Library Science preferred.
  • PA Library Media Specialist Certificate preferred.
  • At least three years of experience running a library, preferably in a school setting.
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Passionate about growing readers and creating a culture of reading.
  • Ability to relate to a diverse population of students and families.
  • A desire to teach and the ability to implement strong classroom management and engaging lessons.
  • High level of personal organization, attention to detail, planning, and follow-through.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, colleagues and supervisors.
  • Process-driven with proven experience multi-tasking, organizing and prioritizing work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in computer skills, including the Google Suite and Google Classroom, and the ability to learn new programs/software quickly.
  • Collaborative work style; maturity, humility, and a sense of humor.
  • Self-directed, proactive and a problem solver.
  • High degree of professionalism and positivity.
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed.
  • Ability to work occasional weeknights and weekends for special events.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first and current campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

 

 

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Kindergarten Teacher

Posted by | February 4, 2022 |

Overview

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a Kindergarten teacher for our Fernhill Campus to start in late February or early March 2022. Kindergarten teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Culture, Instructional Coaches and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Teachers College Readers and Writers Workshop a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

 

 

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9th Grade Success & Data Coach

Posted by | January 21, 2022 |

Are you interested in supporting Assistant Principals and ninth grade teacher teams in working effectively to use data to help ninth graders be successful? Are you a problem-solver who is also strong at building relationships and passionate about increasing outcomes for Philadelphia students? Are you open to learning new skills in the areas of data analysis, leadership coaching, and professional development? Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is looking for a passionate professional to serve in these roles as we partner with school leaders to increase 9th Grade On-Track rates in order to increase high school graduation rates and long-term student success.

Who We Are: Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is a 52-year-old non-profit whose mission is to alleviate poverty by creating opportunities for underserved students to thrive. By partnering with schools on one hand and Industry and Post-Secondary Institutions on the other, we accomplish our mission by providing career-connected educational programming for middle- and high-school students, capacity building for teachers and school leaders, and industry organizing – all in support of student success.

Position: 9th Grade Success & Data Coach (Full-Time)
The 9th Grade Success & Data Coach is responsible for providing coaching and technical assistance to 4 – 5 partner schools in our 9th Grade Success Network, a network of over a dozen School District of Philadelphia high schools committed to improving their practices in support of ninth graders and increasing 9th Grade On-Track rates. The 9th Grade Success & Data Coach supports these schools with data utilization and intervention planning strategies, as well as implementing supportive practices for 9th grade students. The 9th Grade Success & Data Coach works as part of a team of professionals and reports to the Associate Director of Data Supports and Evaluation.

Effective October 29, 2021 Philadelphia Academies, Inc. requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience working in public schools and facilitating teacher meetings or professional development sessions; have experience with Microsoft Excel, tracking and monitoring systems, and data-driven decision making; and have strong written and interpersonal communications skills.

This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate professional who is interested in expanding their skill base while supporting students and teachers through coaching and technical assistance in the areas of easing the transition to high school, keeping students on-track for graduation, and continuous improvement methodologies.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:
• Coach 9th Grade Assistant Principals at 4-5 high schools in the School District of Philadelphia via weekly coaching meetings centered on data utilization strategies, effective team meetings, protocols, intervention tracking and monitoring systems, building distributed leadership, and accountability in order to promote 9th Grade On-Track rates
• Guide school leaders in looking at data dashboards and analyzing trend data in order to impact their thinking and planning; help leaders translate and communicate relevant data trends to their teams in a succinct way
• Assist with planning and executing school-level professional development sessions and Network-level Community of Practice meetings for school leaders and teachers
• Assist with planning and executing the two-day Summer Summit and one-day Winter Retreat for the 9th Grade Success Network schools
• Lead quarterly data review and practice reflection meetings with assigned schools’ Assistant Principal and Principal
• Attend all assigned schools’ weekly 9th Grade Team meetings and offer support, suggestions, and coaching during and/or after meetings
• Collect “best practices” from schools for Network-wide sharing and help assigned schools integrate best practices from other schools
• Engage school leaders in regular reflection, practice analysis, and planning
• Document and track school progress toward their goals, including writing in-depth quarterly reports
• Collaborate with partners from the School District of Philadelphia and University of Chicago’s To&Through Project in order to advance adaptation of data tools and best practices for 9th graders across the School District of Philadelphia
• Participation in all PAI signature events and fundraisers, as needed
• Other duties as assigned

Additional Qualifications and Required Skills:
• Bachelor’s Degree required
• Coaching and/or professional development experience preferred
• Classroom or teaching experience preferred
• Experience working with teachers and/or administrators to achieve specific goals preferred
• Experience working in public high schools strongly preferred
• Passion for racial equity and commitment to applying an equity lens to your work
• Strong attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability for public speaking, as well as leading/facilitating meetings or trainings
• Organization and time management
• Strong interpersonal communication and relationship building skills
• Ability to analyze and respond to problems and communicate potential solutions in an approachable way
• Able to work well both independently and in a team, with strong collaboration skills
• Experience with Continuous Improvement methodologies is a bonus
• Access to reliable transportation or a high comfort level using Philadelphia Public Transit a must, as well as comfortability in visiting schools in-person on a regular basis.

Salary Range: $50,000-$55,000, with full benefits package including but not limited to Health, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off and 401K.

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GrandFamily Educator

Posted by | January 10, 2022 |

SOWN is seeking a GrandFamily Educator (GE) to provide a range of family literacy services to children aged 3-8 and their grandparent caregivers. The GE will also participate in community outreach, data collection, project planning, and other activities as part of the Philly Families Read Together literacy program. The GE will have demonstrated experience working with preschool and young learners and teaching in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner in an urban environment. S/he/they will hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in education, and have a minimum of two years of teaching experience.

The GE will have the following responsibilities:

• Facilitate community-based workshop series designed to help grandparents build the literacy/language skills of their grandchildren

• Coordinate interactive literacy activities and special events for families to increase and expand children’s language, vocabulary, reading, and use of words/language

• Engage in outreach to community organizations, schools, aging service programs and other educational/human service programs

• Develop individualized Family Support Plans with each family to set goals, identify learning/literacy activities, track progress, and support retention

• Coordinate and facilitate digital literacy skills workshops for grandparents

• Provide individual assessment and literacy-building activities one-on-one, teaching language literacy skills to young children (aged 3-8)

• Collaborate with child’s teachers/learning specialists, partner organizations and consultants to improve child’s learning and assess program’s impact on child’s literacy

• Provide information and referral to other organizations, including assisting with accessing quality Head Start, preschools, school-based special services or accommodations, behavioral health care services, and other needed services

• Work as a member of a team to ensure high quality program development, implementation, and coordination

• Participate in program reviews, reports, and meetings

• Advocate for the needs of grandfamilies with other systems

• Other responsibilities as needed

Hours: Full time position. Monday through Friday employment. Occasional evening/weekends as needed; scheduling interactive literacy activities for grandfamilies requires some flexibility. Car needed to travel throughout Philadelphia. Services are currently provided through an in-person/remote hybrid model, which is subject to change based on COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Accountability: The GrandFamily Educator will report to the Family Literacy Project Leader.

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Coordinator Projects – Access Initiatives

Posted by | January 5, 2022 |

JOB SUMMARY

The Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives reports directly to the Manager, GreatPhillySchools. He/she will play a key role in supporting the successful execution of key projects related to GreatPhillySchools, specifically ensure the quality of GPS data and resources and to build awareness in communities across the city.

The Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives will serve as the primary point of contact with schools and early childcare providers in order to effectively maintain and update the GPS website and print resources and to lead data collection and verification for the website and school-directory publications. The Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives will also lead efforts to promote school selection resources and events on social media and as part of paid marketing campaign. S/he will also provide event support, playing an integral role in planning and executing the annual High School Fair.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

School and Provider Communications

  • Primary point of contact for K-12 schools and early childhood providers for all GPS resources and services.
  • Responsible for drafting and sending regular email communications to school and early childhood contacts to solicit profile updates, make announcements, and share resources and other information.
  • Provide technical support to schools and providers to assist them with making updates to their GPS profiles.
  • Work closely with the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives to align GPS family and community email campaigns and messages to messages to schools and providers.
  • Collaborate with the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives to develop and execute GPS communications strategy for schools, providers and families.

Data Collection and GPS Ratings

  • Responsible for collecting, reviewing and verifying qualitative K-12 school and ECE data to be published on the GPS website, guides and related tools.
  • Responsible for collecting, reviewing, and verifying qualitative and quantitative K-12 private school data to be published on GPS website, guides and related tools and to be used in the GPS ratings.
  • Assist the Manager, GreatPhillySchools and Data and Analytics unit the annual production and review of the GPS ratings.
  • Work in collaboration with the Data and Analytics unit to facilitate quarterly OCDEL refresh of ECE data.

 Content and Resource Creation

  • Create and update website content articles for all covered topics
  • Assist the GPS Project Manager in annual updates to and production of the K-12 school guides and toolkits and early childhood toolkit
  • Ensuring timely distribution of GPS resources by managing delivery vendor, tracking orders, and monitoring inventory

Marketing

  • Executing and monitoring paid social media campaigns related to the promotion of GPS and the High School Fair
  • Work in collaboration with the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives to promote GPS resources and events

Events

  • Co-lead the execution of major event planning, including the annual High School Fair, with the Manager, GreatPhillySchools.
  • Co-lead the execution of the Virtual High School Fair with the Manager, GreatPhillySchools

Website

  • Collecting and reporting data on website traffic, user engagement and social media results (using Google Analytics and other tools)
  • Responsible for making content updates to the GPS WordPress site.
  • Responsible for managing GPS data on the Salesforce.
  • Supporting the Manager, GreatPhillySchools in management of and improvements to the GPS website, including working with the GPS technical vendor.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of PSP and how to provide leadership in achieving educational equity for all children in Philadelphia
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written, and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Superb project management and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate data insights into actionable solutions
  • Demonstrated project management experience, required
  • Demonstrated experience with CRM database(s), Salesforce preferred
  • Experience and/or familiarity with charter school application and/or enrollment processes, strongly preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
  • Proficient in Google Drive products (i.e. Google Sheets, Google Docs)
  • Experience managing a technical vendor
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with experience and ability to distill complicated principals to lay audiences
  • Ability to multi-task and lead projects with multiple and overlapping deadlines

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to offsite meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space — reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with excellent benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

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Coordinator Family Support – Access Initiatives

Posted by | January 5, 2022 |

JOB SUMMARY

The Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives reports directly to the Manager, Apply Philly Charter. This role supports the Philadelphia School Partnership’s Access Initiatives – Apply Philly Charter and GreatPhillySchools. As such, this role will work in close collaboration with other members of the Access Initiatives team, including Manager, GreatPhillySchools, Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives, and Specialist, CRM and School Support.

He/she will play a key role in supporting the successful execution of key projects related to GreatPhillySchools and Apply Philly Charter by providing direct email support to the families that engage with each resource and will be responsible for a wide variety of family-facing informational and marketing materials critical to the mission and purpose of both APC and GPS.

The Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives will also be responsible for cultivating relationships with community based partners on behalf of APC and GPS in an effort to spread awareness about each resource and to provide information to Philadelphia families about school options and the school selection process. This role will be required to develop a high level of knowledge on K-12 school selection in Philadelphia, most critically a detailed knowledge of the APC charter school application process.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

APC Family Support and Communications:

  • Manage and respond to email messages in the APC infobox.
  • Develop and implement business rules for the APC infobox, including the development and use of standard email response language and response times.
  • Serve as point of contact for the APC helpline for follow-ups regarding family questions or application issues.
  • Responsible for reviewing the APC helpline call tracker on a daily basis to identify issues for follow-up.
  • Prepare training materials for the helpline, with support from the Manager, Apply Philly Charter.
  • Communicate with APC schools relating to family messages or issues raised through the infobox and/or helpline.
  • Plan, draft and send APC family communications consistent with team project plan and/or at the direction of the Manager, Apply Philly Charter and/or Specialist, CRM and School Support.
  • Monitor APC Twilio account in Salesforce to ensure proper functioning and to identify messages that require a response.
  • Look-up APC applications for purposes of answering applicant questions. Perform basic application related functions in Salesforce, including password resets and reinstatement of offers and other tasks at direction of the Specialist, CRM and School Support.
  • Manage APC WordPress updates on applyphillycharter.org.
  • Responsible for updating APC family facing marketing and informational materials on an annual basis. Materials include informational handouts and flyers and social media graphics.
  • Assist in the creation and updating of APC school reference materials.

GPS Family Support and Communications:

  • Manage and respond to email messages in the GPS infobox.
  • Contribute to GPS social media and communications, including Facebook and Instagram in collaboration with the Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives.
  • Oversee GPS text messaging and mass-email campaigns, including maintenance of contact information in text message and email databases
  • Support graphic design and editing of suite of GPS promotional materials.

School Selection Family Support:

  • Assist in the development of school selection training materials and the execution of trainings.
  • Represent APC and GPS to family audiences and community based organizations; build advanced knowledge of APC application process and GPS resources and services, and general enrollment information.
  • Cultivate relationships with community based partners that support families with school-aged children for purposes of sharing information about APC and GPS and distributing resources.
  • Support major event planning.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of PSP and how to provide leadership in achieving educational equity for all children in Philadelphia
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written, and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Superb project management and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate data insights into actionable solutions
  • Demonstrated experience with CRM database(s), Salesforce preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook
  • Proficient in Google Drive products (i.e. Google Sheets, Google Docs)
  • Proficiency in WordPress, strongly preferred
  • Proficency in social media marketing, including using Canva, preferred
  • Experience using MailChimp or other email marketing platform, preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with experience and ability to distill complicated principals to lay audiences
  • Ability to multi-task and lead projects with multiple and overlapping deadlines
  • Ability to manage time effectively, juggling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Extremely high attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional relevant experience
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal), strongly preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to offsite meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space — reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with excellent benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

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Manager GreatPhillySchools

Posted by | January 5, 2022 |

JOB SUMMARY

The Manager, GreatPhillySchools reports to the Senior Director of Access Initatives. He/she is responsible for the project management and oversight of all GPS resources and initiatives, including the GPS website and the annual Philly High School Fair. This role will supervise the Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives and work closely with the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives, the APC team and the Data and Analytics team.

Background: GreatPhillySchools (GPS) is a Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) initiative to equip families with the information and tools they need to navigate school selection in Philadelphia. Launched in 2012, GPS consists of a website, school-directory publications and a variety of outreach resources and tools providing information on more than 800 schools and early-childhood learning centers located in the city.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General

  • Manage the strategy and implementation of the GreatPhillySchools initiative, including setting goals, benchmarks and priorities to sustain and increase reach and usage of GPS resources and school selection information.
  • Develop and implement annual project plan for the ongoing oversight and management of the GPS website and related content and production of resources.
  • Directly manage the Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives in support of all GPS projects and initiatives.
  • Manage multiple vendors and consultants on various aspects of the initiative, including data management, web development, content and marketing.

Website

  • Manage the GPS technical vendor for all support and enhancement work on the GPS website.
  • Make content updates to the GPS WordPress site.
  • Manage and update GPS Salesforce instance.

Events

  • Plan for and execute large public events, including the citywide High School Fair.
  • Plan for and execute the virtual component of the High School Fair.

Data Collection and Ratings Production

  • Ensure data quality and timely updates from schools of all types (district, charter, private) in collaboration with the Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives and the Data and Analytics unit.
  • Responsible for the production of the annual GPS ratings, including their communication to schools and stakeholders.

Stakeholder Relationships

  • Develop and leverage partnerships with key school stakeholders, like guidance counselors, teachers and school leaders, key local officials, community leaders and civic/educational institutions.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for GPS for sector leaders, e.g. SDP enrollment, Archdiocese enrollment, Charter School’s Office and CMO and Charter leaders.
  • Serve as secondary point of contact for K-12 schools and early childhood providers for all GPS information and resources.

Content and Resource Production; Marketing

  • Plan for and execute the annual updates to and production of the K-12 school guides and toolkits and early childhood toolkit.
  • Oversee the creation and updating of website content articles by the Coordinator, Projects – Access Initiatives.
  • Lead the development of outreach and marketing campaigns to reach 100,000 annual visitors to the GPS website in collaboration with the GPS team.
  • Work with communications staff on paid GPS marketing campaigns and ad placements.
  • Oversee and collaborate with the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives on family outreach and promotion of GPS resources.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of PSP and how to provide leadership in achieving educational equity for all children in Philadelphia
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written, and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Superb project management and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate data insights into actionable solutions
  • Proficiency in WordPress, strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with database management, CRM database(s)/Salesforce, content management, and/or website development, strongly preferred; Prior experience managing and leading a team.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of Philadelphia education landscape a plus
  • Experience managing multiple vendors. Experience managing a technical vendor preferred.
  • Experience developing and leading projects that involve multiple stakeholders, with confidence working under pressure of deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience required
  • Prior work experience in education a plus, but not required

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to offsite meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space — reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with excellent benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

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Manager Apply Philly Charter

Posted by | January 5, 2022 |

JOB SUMMARY

The Manager, Apply Philly Charter (APC) reports to the Senior Director of Access Initiatives. This role is responsible for the project management and oversight of the APC work stream and the overall successful implementation of the APC system. He/she will supervise the work of the Specialist, CRM and School Support  and the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives. This role will be responsible for monitoring APC school compliance, serving as a secondary Salesforce Administrator, and working closely with the team leadership to develop and execute on APC policy goals and initiatives. This role will also be responsible for leading technical enhancement projects and leading the APC Steering Committee.

Background: In 2018, Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) launched Apply Philly Charter (APC), an online application system has grown to serve 80 charter schools in the city and is the predominant way in which families apply to Philadelphia charter schools. Apply Philly Charter allows families to apply to charter schools from a single website, and all participating charter schools abide by the same application, lottery, and notification timeline. Participating charter schools conduct their lotteries on Apply Philly Charter, send seat offers to applicants and manage their waitlists on the system. Families can accept seat offers and monitor their placement on waitlists using the system.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General

  • Responsible for project management and oversight of entire APC work stream.
  • Supervise the Specialist, CRM and School Support and the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives.
  • Work closely with the Manager, GreatPhillySchools to foster collaboration and efficiency between GPS and APC and to ensure that family communications strategies are aligned.
  • Work closely with the PSP Data & Analytics unit in their support of APC data analysis and programming needs, as well as their support in Salesforce administration functions.

Policy and Compliance

  • Responsible for all MOU updates and securing signatures from new and returning schools on revised MOUs, when needed. Work closely with PSP legal counsel to ensure necessary updates to MOU are made.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for schools relating to MOU and charter school regulation compliance and all policy questions and issues.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the APC system is functioning in accordance with all applicable regulations and MOU terms.
  • Monitor Salesforce reports and school user use of the system to ensure that participating schools are using the system in accordance with best practices.
  • Work closely with the Senior Director of Access Initiatives to develop and execute on APC policy goals and initiatives.

Stakeholder Management & External Relationships

  • Lead the APC steering committee. Responsibility includes convening regular meetings, crafting agendas and drafting presentations, leading presentations and discussions. Responsibility also includes regular email communication and follow-ups with committee on policy issues and questions.
  • Serve as primary point of contact with the SDP Charter School’s Office. Responsible for keeping the CSO updated on the APC system and seeking thought partnership with the CSO on questions relating to compliance and best practices. Also responsible for responding to CSO inquiries and requests.

School Communication & Support

  • Plan and draft all APC school bulletins and other communications not related to direct support in collaboration with the Specialist, CRM and School Support .
  • Serve as secondary point of contact for schools for technical support on APC.
  • Work in partnership with the Specialist, CRM and School Support to develop and update school training materials, including updates to the APC User Manual.

Salesforce Administration

  • Secondary APC Salesforce administrator. Perform all necessary Salesforce Administrator functions needed for the performance of the system.
  • Required to run reports and oversee all functions of the application system.
  • Serve as primary point of contact with APC technical vendor for contracts and billing.
  • Serve as project lead for all technical enhancement projects with the APC technical vendor.

Marketing & Family Communications

  • Work with communications staff on paid advertising placements.
  • Manage and oversee the Coordinator, Family Support – Access Initiatives’s execution of family communications strategy.
  • Primary point of contact for the APC helpline for contracts, billing and staffing, including decisions on strategy and usage of the helpline.

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of PSP and how to provide leadership in achieving educational equity for all children in Philadelphia
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written, and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Superb project management and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate data insights into actionable solutions
  • Demonstrated project management experience, required.
  • Demonstrated experience with CRM database(s), Salesforce preferred.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with charter school application and/or enrollment processes, strongly preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Outlook.
  • Proficient in Google Drive products (i.e. Google Sheets, Google Docs).
  • Prior experience managing and leading a team.
  • Experience managing a technical vendor.
  • Experience leading projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with experience and ability to distill complicated principals to lay audiences.
  • Ability to represent APC to external stakeholders and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience leading a team towards completion of stated goals.
  • Ability to multi-task and lead projects with multiple and overlapping deadlines.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience required
  • Experience working in or with charter schools or within an enrollment system, strongly preferred

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to offsite meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space — reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with excellent benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

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Chief External Affairs Officer

Posted by | January 5, 2022 |

JOB SUMMARY

The Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO) reports directly to the Executive Director and will manage PSP’s Development, Communications, and Access Initatives teams. S/he will be a visible and strategic executive responsible for maintaining and enhancing PSP’s relationships with and services to our external stakeholders, particularly funders, families, policymakers, and the general public. The CEAO is expected to:

  • Develop and lead a team to execute on our new strategic plan
  • Forge meaningful partnerships with funders, families, and peer service providers
  • Engage local and national funders in pursuit of educational equity: The CEAO will drive PSP’s fundraising strategy, including working with the Board to set fundraising goals, directly engaging funders to invest in our mission-critical initiatives, managing the development team, and stewarding PSP’s relationships with the funder community.
  • Communicate to inspire others: the CEAO must be a compelling communicator who can serve as a brand ambassador for PSP. S/he will have a history of working across the aisle with elected officials; education, business, and civic leaders, and funders to collectively understand and articulate the educational challenges facing students and families today and to inspire others to join PSP in the effort to create real solutions.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

General Leadership

  • Serve as a member of the organization’s leadership team
  • Use local and national data and real-time feedback to manage all teams toward outcomes aligned to the strategic direction and goals of PSP
  • Serve as an expert on policy, practice, and service delivery that supports low-income, children of color to access high-quality education options across all sectors
  • Create and foster a healthy and productive team culture of professional growth and high achievement inside the organization, while maintaining a positive staff morale

Fundraising

  • Support the Executive Director in effectively stewarding current donors, and cultivating new donors and strategic funding partnerships both locally and nationally
  • Support the Executive Director and lead the development team to achieve our annual fundraising goals of between $10-15M each year
  • Connect the dots between other divisions (e.g., Investments, Data) to support fundraising
  • Form relationships throughout the Philadelphia region (and beyond) that contribute to enriching and collaborative experiences for Philadelphia students and families

Communications

  • Set and pursue an effective communications strategy to position PSP as the trusted leader on school quality in the Philadelphia region
  • Determine key communications goals and systems for monitoring impact of our message/brand both internally and externally
  • Advance PSP’s public brand by serving with the ED as active and magnetic ambassadors for PSP’s mission and vision with key stakeholders
  • Provide strategic and operational leadership for the internal and external communications functions of the organization

Access Initatives

  • Build and lead a high-impact Access Initatives division by attending to all aspects of supporting families with access and education related to reliable information on cross-sector school options and quality and how to increase their access to these options
  • Maintain and expand our existing support tools (e.g., GreatPhillySchools, Apply Philly Charter) and create visionary new ways to engage families directly in education and access opportunities
  • Create strategies for galvanizing community-level support for improving educational outcomes for students across Philadelphia

REQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Deep commitment to the mission and vision of PSP and how to provide leadership in achieving educational equity for all children in Philadelphia
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written, and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to build strong relationships across diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Superb project management and problem-solving skills with the ability to translate data insights into actionable solutions
  • Experience in direct service to low-income, communities of color and an understanding of the barriers to quality educational options for the families we serve
  • Experience managing a team and multiple work streams toward measurable outcomes
  • Track record in hiring and coaching staff to higher performance and skill development
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both inside organizations and in their approach to education reform
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with individuals and institutions across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Successful history of major gifts fundraising from individuals and/or foundations

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree highly preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years of professional experience required, including leadership roles, preferably in urban K-12 education or nonprofit(s) working in partnership with public and/or private education systems
  • Deep functional expertise and a proven record of success in two or more of the following areas: Fundraising, Communications, Community Engagement, or Project Management
  • Leadership experience in K-12 public, public charter, and/or private schools, preferred
  • History of success in raising philanthropic dollars and stewarding donor relationships

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to offsite meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space — reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with excellent benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

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President

Posted by | December 16, 2021 |

Respect. Responsibility. Integrity. Courage. Compassion.

 

Girard College President

Philadelphia, PA

Background

Girard College is a place that speaks to Philadelphia’s historic past as well as the promise of its future.  Located on a sprawling 43-acre campus in North Philadelphia, Girard is home to a full-scholarship, grades 1-12 residential boarding school for children from single-parent families with limited financial resources.

During the course of its 173-year history, Girard College has earned a reputation as a school that produces great students and good citizens, in accordance with the dictates of its founder, Stephen Girard, a shipping magnate and financier who by the time of his death in 1831 had become the wealthiest man in America.  Under the terms of his 300-page will, Mr. Girard left bequests for a range of charitable causes, but by far the largest portion of his estate was set in trust to build and operate a boarding school for white male orphans.

More than 20,000 students have passed through the gates of Girard College since its founding, all of whom have been beneficiaries of fully-funded scholarships that today are valued at approximately $65,000 a year.  The school’s original racial restrictions were successfully challenged and overturned in 1968, by which time the College became the focal point of Philadelphia’s civil rights movement in the 1960s.  Led by legendary local attorney Cecil B. Moore, the protests featured national civil rights leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and scores of local “Freedom Fighters” who marched around the 10-foot wall that marks the College’s perimeter.  Gender restrictions were dropped in 1984, when the school first admitted female students.

Today, Girard embraces its history and is simultaneously focused on leveraging resources and seizing opportunities to meet the moment and lead, as it continues to deliver on its promise to educate children from limited financial circumstances.  With a student enrollment of approximately 300 children, Girard features a 100% college acceptance rate and continues to provide guidance and support for its students during and even after graduation with a range of scholarship opportunities that help them become lifelong learners and productive public citizens.

Opportunity for Impact

Girard has endured significant challenges over the last decade, both financial (in the wake of the 2009 recession) and operational, as the College struggled, like schools across America, to educate its students in the midst of the COVID pandemic.  Yet for all its challenges, Girard today is positioned to launch the next great chapter of its storied history.  As we emerge from the pandemic, there is renewed energy and momentum, together with a palpable sense of hope and anticipation as we await the selection of the College’s next leader.

There is a singular opportunity for the next Girard President to impact the school’s future, thanks in large part to the following factors and progress against its strategic plan. Currently Girard College enjoys:

  • Growing financial resources, thanks to the Estate’s outstanding management and investment practices, that will be made available for program and long-awaited capital improvements;
  • A redesigned high school curriculum that includes newly-developed student learning experiences to maximize social impact;
  • Greater partnerships with leading Philadelphia institutions and businesses to improve academic options for students while raising Girard’s profile in the community;
  • Continuing discussions about expanding the school’s educational mission to serve pre-K and Kindergarten students;
  • The development of a trauma-informed counseling team to support students’ mental health;
  • A labor situation (there are three different unions representing Girard’s 150+ full-time employees) that is more stable than at any time in the last 15 years, even as Girard remains in discussion with its faculty to secure a new agreement;
  • Long-awaited renovations to its signature building, Founder’s Hall, as well as other residential buildings, and plans for additional capital expenditures are under consideration, and
  • Ongoing review to identify additional program and service gaps that will enhance the students’ educational and residential experience.

Put simply, Girard College is positioned to become a model of community-based residential school excellence under the guidance of its next leader.

Role and Responsibilities

The next President will work closely with the Board of Directors of City Trusts, which administers the Girard Trust that funds the bulk of the school’s operations, with a goal to partner collaboratively with the school’s leadership team, faculty and staff to achieve its ambitious goals. Specific responsibilities include:

Organizational Vision & Leadership

  • Clarify and communicate the vision, values, brand and identity of Girard College, ensuring internal alignment and buy-in as well as clear messaging across the broader, external, Girard College community
  • In collaboration with both the Girard College Committee and the Board, execute the current multi-year strategic plan and realize its annual academic, financial, operational, and fundraising metrics and outcomes; lead the development and execution of next and subsequent strategic plans
  • Execute effective accountability systems to meet and exceed goals, and ensure operations are financially sound, legally compliant, and safe and supportive of students
  • Promote the innovation, testing, and scaling of new solutions that drive student development and achievement
  • Maintain high visibility and cultivate relationships at every level of the Girard College community
  • Inspire all members of the community with Girard’s success stories, goals, plans and results

Talent

  • Build a culture of excellence, collegiality, transparency, integrity and innovation
  • Attract, support, and retain a strong and diverse leadership team
  • Oversee a talent strategy that ensures that Girard College can retain the most dedicated and effective members of its team, as well as recruit, retain, and develop high performers at every level
  • Actively model, engage and lead efforts to implement diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism goals and strategy to ensure that all constituencies have voice and opportunity to influence the College’s work
  • Foster collaboration, partnership, and communication at all levels across the organization to maximize productivity, ensure professional excellence and promote teamwork

External Relationships and Presence

  • Attract and nurture new and existing philanthropic relationships while increasing Girard College’s capacity for fundraising and development
  • Build on existing partnerships with key local and national leaders, community-based organizations, government and authorizing officials, and national education organizations

 

Qualifications

Above all, the next President will have a natural inclination to a positive presence and will know and be known by students and their families, while working as well to support and strengthen the contributions and success of all Girard stakeholders. Embracing Girard’s history, the next President will co-create and hold a vision for themselves and the institution that delivers short-term restorative wins and realizes longer term aspirations and the vast potential of the institution.

Additionally, the successful candidate will bring to the role the following professional experience:

  • Achieving results as a senior leader in a large, complex and fast-paced organization, including substantive contributions to developing and executing long term strategic plans
  • Fostering an inclusive and equitable culture by articulating an inspiring vision
  • A track record of attracting, motivating and developing high-performing teams of both academic and operations staff, union and non-union members
  • Activating and engaging the Board collaboratively and productively
  • Overseeing a multi-million-dollar budget
  • Executing effective community outreach and engagement resulting in productive relationships
  • A Master’s Degree; Ph.D. preferred

Further, the successful candidate will possess the following skills:

 

  • An adaptive leadership style and comfort with distributed leadership
  • Seasoned people management skills, methods and sensibilities, including the ability to develop team members alongside existing accountability and performance management structures
  • The ability to drive the creation of a viable, long term financial plan and sustainable funding base from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Excellent listening and communications skills
  • The ability to develop and improve systems that support education-related program efficiency, effectiveness and performance management

Next, the successful candidate must possess these personal characteristics:

  • Passion for Girard College’s mission and impact and demonstrated alignment with Girard College’s values
  • Demonstrable professional maturity coupled with a reputation for having a high emotional intelligence
  • A style that models inclusivity, collegiality, transparency, excellence, integrity, and innovation

Reporting Relationships

The President reports to the Girard College Committee and, ultimately, the Board of Directors of City Trusts.

Compensation

The compensation for the President role is highly competitive and includes comprehensive benefits.

To Apply

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis beginning immediately, and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to girardcollegepresidentsearch@promise54.org by January 31, 2022.

We believe that diversity is strength, and we are committed to inclusivity. We are an equal-opportunity employer and welcome all qualified applicants.

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Vice President, Partner Success Team

Posted by | October 8, 2021 |

About the opportunity

Springboard Collaborative invites talented and passionate candidates to apply for the position of Vice President of Partner Success. The VP of Partner Success will be responsible for leading a rapidly growing team of diverse and talented full-time and part-time staff to deliver consistently excellent program results with thousands of students and parent-educator teams across the country and throughout the calendar year.  The leader in this role is responsible for ensuring that Springboard Collaborative programs: 1) put students on a path to read on grade level by 3rd grade, 2) equip parents to lean in as their children’s first literacy coaches and 3) support teachers to engage parents much more authentically in the process.

We ask all of this in a context of rapid growth and on the heels of significant programmatic iteration to meet the remote learning needs of pre-k to 4th grade students through COVID-19.  Our Partner Success team needs a leader who can simultaneously drive toward immediate results, make decisions about the future with clarity and conviction, and honor the learning and experiences of everyone involved – students, families, teachers, partners, and our own team members.

A successful candidate will be a tenacious and values-driven leader of people and teams, an equity warrior, an outstanding integrator, and a data-driven manager.

The VP of Partner Success will report to the President and work as part of the Leadership Team at Springboard. This is a great opportunity to support an entrepreneurial team in maximizing the impact of a rapidly growing organization.

Diversity is more than a commitment at Springboard Collaborative—it is the foundation of what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, and all the other fascinating characteristics that make us different.

We believe that these diverse communities must be centered in our work. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.

Who we’re looking for:

    • Tenacious and Values-Driven Leader of People and Teams: You pursue goals with tenacity, especially when those goals stem from a belief that systemic inequities in reading skill and parent engagement must be disrupted and reversed.  You’re a values-driven leader of people and teams.  You consistently predict and consider the implications of your actions and your team’s actions, and work toward alignment between stated values and outcomes.
  • Equity Champion : You respect and honor the role of parents and families, particularly in the context of marginalized communities in the United States.  You believe that the opportunity and achievement gaps in early literacy are a manifestation of opportunity gaps caused by systemic racism and classism with long-term consequences in the lives of children, and you act with conviction to support family-educator teams to provide opportunities so that students can read on grade level by 3rd grade.  You consistently spot and mitigate the roles of racial bias as a systems leader.
  • Outstanding Integrator: You are able to take a variety of programs and programmatic components and lead efforts to build a coherent and sustainable path to long-term impact with our partners. You recognize the strengths of programs and leaders and are able to find paths forward that honor our strengths and directly address our weaknesses.  You work thoughtfully and collaboratively with other members of the Leadership Team to ensure that all of our collective work adds up to extraordinary impact and experiences for students, families, and educators.
  • Data-driven Manager: You use data and primary source information to guide your leadership, management, and decisions. You help your team prioritize direct information from families and teachers in the program. You seek and review authentic work samples from your team rather than relying on anecdotal evidence. You use relevant details to inform your understanding of the big picture.

How you’ll accomplish this:

Leadership 

  • Actively contribute to Springboard’s Leadership Team, collaborating with other departmental leaders to co-create strategy and lead the organization towards executing that strategy.
  • Communicate vision and purpose such that departmental members understand and support the vision and the strategy
  • Coach and develop team leaders to bring out their best and augment their success
  • Integrate team functions and consider other functions across the organization in order to make strategic programmatic decisions; collaborate with leaders from other Springboard departments to think strategically short and mid term (3 months, 6 months, 9 months out)
  • Lead change management in a rapidly growing entrepreneurial organization; support and lead team members through change
  • Model behavior; establish and nurture team norms and culture that align with organizational values
  • Inform upward and across; ensure other departments and Springboard Leadership are informed of programmatic progress and challenges
  • Develop and maintain relationships with partners, peers, departmental members, and other departments

Management

  • Support team decision-making, delegation, quality management, planning, priorities, problem-solving, productivity, information flow, and productivity
  • Focus team on key priorities/projects; ensure planning and milestones are on track
  • Develop and improve processes for smooth coordination of work within and across departments
  • Hold first line managers accountable for their team’s work; support their management of their teams
  • Plan and facilitate weekly Partner Success Leadership Team meetings, weekly one-on-ones, and daily team check-ins
  • Conduct end-of-summer reviews for functional leaders on Partner Success Team
  • Enable strong hiring and onboarding of team members within all departmental functions

Program planning, implementation, and coaching

Springboard’s Partner Success Team has five program functions. The VP of Partner Success is responsible for supporting all five functions:

  • Program design: program planning in coordination with summer and fall partners
  • Program management: program implementation (direct management) of Springboard Summer, Springboard’s flagship program
  • Program coaching: program coaching of site-based Program Leaders implementing Springboard Learning Accelerator (SLA), Springboard’s light-touch, plug-and-play program 
  • Teacher professional development: Teacher training for all summer and fall programs
  • Community support: Direct support of families participating in Springboard programs

Within each of these sub-functions, the VP of Partner Success will be responsible for programmatic outcomes:

  • Deliver the program such that partners meet KPIs; identify and use leading indicators to measure performance and adjust course to best support partners
  • Maintain persistence in the face of highly complex and/or adverse circumstances
  • Align departmental sub-function plans with company-wide strategy and operational processes

While this description is meant to provide a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities of the VP of Partner Success, we are seeking candidates who demonstrate flexibility and can adapt to evolving needs in an entrepreneurial environment. 

 Required skills, qualifications, and characteristics:

  • Minimum of a B.A./B.S.
  • 10+ years of total experience with two of three:
    • Manager of individual contributors
    • Manager of managers
    • Served on an executive team
  • Strong leadership and management skills, with experience managing individual contributors, managing managers, and leading complex functions
  • Proficiency in basic computer applications (Word, Excel, Google Suite) and ability to learn new systems

Desired skills, qualifications, and characteristics:

  • Experience in the K-12 education or nonprofit sectors
  • Teaching experience, educational sales, or fundraising–extra points for intersectionality!
  • Salesforce and Asana experience 

Compensation

This is a full-time, exempt position offering benefits and a salary within the range of $150 – $200k, commensurate with Springboard Collaborative’s VP-level compensation band.

Benefits

At Springboard, we feel it is important to take care of our employees, which is why we offer a competitive benefit package. Some of these benefits include: 

  • 4 weeks annually, prorated from the date of hire
  • 11 paid holidays, federal election day, birthday holiday, and two floating holidays according to Springboard’s Paid Time Off Policy
  • Dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability insurance are 100% covered by Springboard
  • Cash Stipend available to those who waive healthcare coverage from Springboard
  • Annual technology allowance
  • Annual Professional Development allowance
  • Twelve weeks paid parental leave for those employed for at least six months

Location

Springboard Collaborative’s headquarters office is in Philadelphia, PA. Although applications are welcome from any location, preference will be given to candidates who live in or are able to commute to Philadelphia. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Springboard Collaborative offices are closed for the time being. 

About Springboard

Children typically spend 75% of their waking hours outside of the classroom, yet our education system does shockingly little to capture instructional value from that time. Parents’ love for their children is the single greatest—and most underutilized—natural resource in education.

Springboard Collaborative has cracked the code on activating and equipping low-income parents to teach at home. Since launching 8 years ago, we have grown Springboard’s reach from 40 to nearly 15,000 students across 22 cities and 700+ schools. Amidst rapid growth, Springboard consistently delivers best-in-class results. Students average a 3-4-month reading gain during each 5 or 10-week cycle, closing the gap to grade-level performance by more than half. Weekly family workshops average 91% attendance. Springboard’s work has recently been featured by Forbes, NPR, and the New York Times.

 

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Corporate Partnerships Manager

Posted by | September 24, 2021 |

Position Overview

The anticipated start date range for this position is in November 2021.
Salary range for this position is in the low $50,000s.
This is currently a virtual position. We anticipate this position will become a hybrid position (partially in-person, partially virtual) later in the fall of 2021.

Job Description

Position Overview

City Year Philadelphia is seeking a Corporate Partnerships Manager who is responsible for supporting the overall efforts of the corporate giving team.  The Corporate Partnerships Manager reports to the Corporate Partnerships Director and collaborates with site leadership and the development team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward corporations and corporate foundations. The Corporate Partnerships Manager’s focus will be on creating and retaining sustainable and engaged corporate partnerships through effective stewardship activities. Specific focus will be on engaging our corporate donor base to raise increased resources, and ultimately, serve more students in Philadelphia.

What You’ll Do

Team and Program Sponsorships – 35%

  • Steward City Year Philadelphia’s team and program sponsors by learning and understanding their philanthropic mission, and working with them to determine the best sponsorship opportunities possible; provide superior recognition and benefits based on gift agreement and level of gift.
  • In partnership with the corporate partnerships team, facilitate the team sponsorship program; identifying, securing, engaging, and retaining seam sponsors who give $100,000+ annually.
  • Leverage new and existing City Year partnerships, to identify, secure, engage, and retain program sponsorships of $25,000+ annually.
  • In partnership with the development and impact staff teams, manage the implementation of the programs and initiatives sponsored by corporate partners, including but not limited to Homework Zone, STEM programs, digital literacy, attendance initiatives, school events, literacy programs and math projects.

Cultivation and Stewardship Activities – 25%

  • Ensure the successfully stewardship of current corporate and foundation donor relationships by managing appropriate frequency of outreach, communication, appreciation, and involvement.
  • Work with staff and key volunteers to develop, execute and evaluate strategies to engage corporate partners through outreach, education, invitations to special events, and personal contacts.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Director to create and implement donor communications and acknowledgement related to cultivation and stewardship of corporate partners.
  • Recommend new engagement opportunities and implement best practices for future partnerships and activities.
  • Ensure site-wide implementation of City Year messaging with a focus on asset-framed storytelling and systemic inequities.

Donor Management – 20%

  • Identify and secure partnerships with corporations and foundations that reflect their marketing and business needs as well as philanthropic and community engagement goals.
  • Maintain a portfolio of corporate partners to meet annual corporate fundraising revenue goals.
  • Partner with Regional Grant Writer to deliver grant proposals and reports for corporate funders.
  • Document and maintain clear and timely records and call reports to track contacts, donor giving, notes, and assist in the maintenance of an accurate database.
  • Support all corporate giving efforts, including team sponsors, program sponsors, event and civic engagement sponsorships, corporate foundation giving, cause marketing, and general corporate support.

Prospect Generation – 15%

  • Work closely with the development team and site board to identify, engage, and cultivate a pipeline of corporate prospects that can make annual investments at the $10,000+ level.
  • Leverage existing City Year programs, including team and program sponsors, corporate service days, annual spring gala, and specialty market events to attract new partners.
  • Engage individual executives, within our corporate partnerships, in City Year’s mission to help cultivate new and existing individual donors.

Organizational Initiatives and Site Support – 10%

  • Engage in structured discussion and trainings on diversity, belonging, inclusivity and equity aimed at developing stronger cultural competency, both individually and collectively as a site.
  • Participate in site and network-wide meetings and calls, providing insight, feedback, and collective problem solving.
  • Work closely with fellow development team members to understand priorities and business goals, and develop strategies to meet the team’s needs.
  • Partner with City Year Philadelphia’s departments and staff to ensure that site-wide goals are met, including, but not limited to, the AmeriCorps member applicant interview process, stakeholder engagement, event and service day participation, and cross-departmental committees.
  • Attend conferences, as well as additional engagement and training activities throughout the year.

What You’ll Bring

  • Minimum 2 years experience with relationship cultivation, partner engagement and/or fundraising, with proven ability to deliver strong, measurable results
  • City Year experience a plus
  • Outstanding ability to communicate with diverse audiences verbally, in writing, and via presentation
  • Track record of successful collaboration experience with individuals, teams, and organizations
  • Strong initiative and ability to work independently to achieve goals
  • Efficient time management skills: ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects
  • Willingness and availability to occasionally work irregular hours, such as early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Willingness to engage in conversations on race and all aspects of identity
  • Ability to adapt and excel in diverse, high energy, entrepreneurial, and rapidly-changing environment

How You’ll Grow

City Year values diverse skill sets and encourages staff members to seek continuous growth.  A successful staff member in this role will bring and continue to develop themselves in the following competencies:

  • Relationship Development:  uses interpersonal interactions to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and advance City Year’s mission; demonstrates cultural/diversity competence; builds trust in critical partner relationships, both internal and external to City Year; demonstrates personal presence and confidence when working with partners
  • Communication: clearly articulates information and ideas orally and in writing; inspires diverse audiences through compelling, tailored messaging; communicates with confidence and credibility; listens carefully and is responsive to feedback
  • Executes to Results:  accomplishes tasks on time with high quality; accepts accountability and takes initiative; designs and plans to work to achieve desired results; prioritizes work and multitasks effectively; delegates responsibilities and holds others accountable
  • Resource Catalyst:  generates commitments of time, resources, and advocacy from a broad range of City Year stakeholders; leverages personal networks on behalf of City Year

Work Shift
Temporarily 100% Remote (Travel Required) (United States of America)

Benefits

Full time employees will be eligible for all benefits including vacation and sick days and organization holidays. You may participate in all benefit programs that City Year establishes and makes available to eligible employees, under (and subject to all provisions of) the plan documents that govern those programs. Currently, City Year offers medical, dental and vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment and disability coverage, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), other benefits including 401(k) plan(s) pursuant to the terms and conditions of company policy and the 401(k) plan document. For more information, click here.

Employment at City Year is at-will.

City Year does not sponsor work authorization visas.

City Year’s core values include advancing diversity, social justice for all, and inclusive environments where everyone can thrive. We aspire to become an antiracist organization, to support the holistic growth and development of our AmeriCorps members, and to promote educational equity for all students. We work each day, in partnership with schools and communities, to ensure that people of all identities feel welcome, valued, empowered and engaged.

 

As an equal opportunity employer, City Year is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

City Year encourages people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); those who are first in their family to attend college; adults without a college degree; LGBTQIA+ community; and people from low-income backgrounds.

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Technology Assistant

Posted by | September 8, 2021 |

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for one Technology Assistant for each of our school sites, Fernhill and Awbury. The Technology Assistants will be responsible for supporting the Technology Director and Technology Manager in providing consistent delivery of information systems to students and staff and responding to all technology needs in a timely, customer-friendly manner. The Technology Assistant will also be responsible for teaching daily classes on typing and technology throughout the school year. This is a 12-month position that reports to the IT Director/Manager, and will also interface regularly with school leadership and the front office administrative staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Teach typing and technology classes to students in 3rd through 6th grade
  • Provide technical support to students, families, and staff. Supported products include PowerSchool, Apple, Google Workspace, Chrome OS, Securly, Zendesk, Microsoft Office, RUVNA, various web-based applications, and a growing suite of other applications
  • Assist with workstation administration and management set-up, configuration, and support of workstation hardware and software. Common tasks include operating system installation, configuration and upgrades, application installation and configuration, hardware upgrades, and hardware/software troubleshooting
  • Rollout, implementation, and support of new technologies on an ongoing basis

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Passionate about teaching 3rd-6th grade students; classroom teaching experience a plus
  • 2 to 5 years experience providing technical support in an education/business environment
  • Ability to communicate with users effectively and display good interpersonal skills
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills with the ability to diagnose and research solutions
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks
  • Ability to work with other technical personnel for collaborative problem solving
  • A desire to teach, and ability to implement strong classroom management and engaging lessons
  • Flexible and able to adjust priorities and strategies in order to meet the changing needs of the team and of students
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through and comfort with autonomy
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first and current campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 452 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, will open in fall 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

How to Apply

To be considered, visit our website at http://wissahickoncharter.org/join-our-team and click on the Apply Now button.

Wissahickon Charter School is committed to hiring a diverse staff and encourages those from traditionally under-represented backgrounds to apply. Wissahickon Charter School does not discriminate in hiring or employment, or in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or other programs.

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Chief School Officer

Posted by | August 16, 2021 |

Organization Summary

Independence Mission Schools (IMS) provide a transformative Catholic education that develops students intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually and that provides children of all faiths across the City of Philadelphia with the opportunity to learn in an academically rigorous environment and to grow in a culture of love, setting them on the path to a promising future.

 

The vision of the IMS network is that their students will leave the school community emotionally and spiritually formed by IMS’s Catholic example, performing at or above grade level, and enrolled in an academically rigorous high school program ready to achieve their dreams.  IMS strives to become a top-tier academic destination for all children in Philadelphia.

 

During their first seven years, the IMS network has built the foundation of a successful private school network, serving 4,000+ students in 14 Pre-K through 8th grade schools.  IMS’s goal is to achieve best in class academics for all the schools and students in their network and seeks a Chief Schools Officer (CSO) to lead the network to academic excellence.

 

Position Summary

The CSO serves as the network’s chief academic and school official, providing overall leadership and direction to the academic and school-based teams.  The CSO will be responsible for driving the realization of IMS’s vision for all students across the current IMS network.  The CSO will ensure success for IMS students through establishing best in class instructional and academic programs, as well as ensure the development and delivery of the academic programs is effective and efficient, incorporates network goals, and supports student achievement.  Keeping the work emblematic of the schools’ Catholic identity and legacy, the CSO will advance the teaching and learning within the IMS network to continually improve the outcomes for their students. The CSO champions IMS’s vision both internally and externally.

 

The CSO reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is a key member of the IMS Executive Leadership Team, which includes the Deputy Chief of Human Resources, Chief Finance Officer, and Chief Development Officer.

 

The CSO will serve as the primary representative of the organization to external educational partners, interact closely with funders and board members of IMS, and manage (directly and indirectly) the academic and school-based staff.

 

IMS is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Executive Leadership

  • In partnership with the CEO and the Board, align network-wide priorities, set, and implement an overarching strategic vision for the organization.
  • Uphold and support IMS’s vision and values by modeling expectations at all times.
  • In close partnership with school leadership, provide support/guidance in the development and effective implementation of the network’s instructional program leading to academic success to all 4,000 students.
  • Recruit and train exceptional incoming school principals and coordinate programs for emerging leadership among instructional staff.
  • Manage and develop principals in their roles as instructional leaders of their schools to improve student achievement.
  • Serve as a thought partner to colleagues, help solve a variety of day-to-day challenges, and generate creative solutions for internal and external improvements.
  • Support school leaders in the development and realization of IMS’s vision in their schools.

 

Academic and Instructional Leadership

  • Lead and implement overall academic priorities and programs for the IMS network in support of the vision.
  • Design, Implement, and manage the network’s academic program to include high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum, effective instructional practices, analyzing, interpreting, and using data to drive results, and leadership development.
  • Implement IMS’s new strategic plan related to “Best in Class Academics” by building the capacity of school leaders and staff to deliver exceptional, high-quality instruction in service to student learning and to create a culture where faculty and staff choose to stay at IMS over time.
  • Assess needs of the schools and implement systems and practices related to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development intended to drive student achievement.
  • Achieve breakthrough school performance in student achievement, instructional quality, teacher support and retention.
  • Lead school reviews and leverage instructional expertise through the analysis of artifacts of school practice and observations of classroom instruction and school culture.
  • Lead ongoing school-based walkthroughs and feedback sessions to ensure that curriculum and instructional systems are implemented with fidelity.
  • Facilitate instructional planning that ensures schools identify and focus on the highest-leverage instructional materials and practices to improve teaching and learning and drive student outcomes.
  • Develop, adopt, refine, and implement curriculum, instructional approaches, and assessments.
  • Share evolving education trends and best practices with the team.

 

School Management and Support

  • Serve as the direct manager to the network school leadership and curriculum teams; provide support and guidance around best practices for managing and developing the entire staff to ensure IMS promotes a culture of professional growth and high achievement.
  • Advise Deputy Chief of Schools and Director of School Leadership on school management and initiatives.
  • Oversee successful performance management practices to ensure all academic and operational requirements are met.
  • Elevate the work of each individual school’s successes, facilitate and network school communities with each other and with the broader education community to scale effective practices.
  • Ensure standard operating procedures are maximized and the school-based teams are actively and effectively problem solving.
  • Work in close collaboration with colleagues to develop and deliver best-in-class services to schools
  • Serve as a culture carrier for the network in building positive morale.
  • Understand and manage school law, policy, and protocols.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to IMS Catholic mission, vision, and core beliefs.
  • Commitment to serving children of all faiths in an urban environment with the belief that all students can learn.
  • Demonstrated success in driving academic outcomes, specifically in curriculum and instruction.
  • Ability to lead and inspire others to deliver high performance.
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills, with the ability to leverage qualitative and quantitative information in decision-making.
  • Ambitious and innovative mindset with a track record of translating strategy into action and delivering results.
  • Exceptional communicator: adept at sharing information both verbally and written in a way that resonates with a variety of audiences, both internally and externally.
  • Understanding of the complexity of managing school-based organizations, and the ability to communicate effectively with a full range of stakeholders involved in a school’s community.
  • Ability and desire to work with a socioeconomically and racially diverse community with the ability to connect and collaborate across lines of difference.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, and a strong work ethic.
  • A positive, high-energy attitude, and a drive for personal excellence.
  • Flexible attitude, ability to work with urgency.

 

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Education or similar field of study.
  • Minimum of 10 years professional experience (preferably in a K-8 school setting) with at least five years in school leadership experience or higher level educational administrative experience with a strong passion for advancing educational achievement.
  • Experience working or serving in a faith-based, Catholic School, preferred.
  • Extensive management experience (preferably leaders and/or educators) with a track record of success in leading and sustaining a high-performing organization.
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with individuals and institutions across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Experience effectively managing complex budgets and the strategic allocation of resources.

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to external meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary.
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, copying, typing, mailing, making phone calls.
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing.

 

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

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K-8 Certified Special Education Teacher

Posted by | August 6, 2021 |

Special Education Teacher

Term:(10) month position – Salaried

Full-Time – Exempt

School Background:

Established in 1997, Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School is one of the first African-centered charter schools formed in the state of Pennsylvania. With a focus on Science and Technology, Harambee is an elementary public school currently serving 525 students in grades K-8. Harambee prides itself on delivering an academic experience to students in a loving, safe, and culturally rich environment.

Mission:

To build self-respect, self-reliance, and empowerment through practical, educationally sound and culturally relevant curricula and services embedded in science and technology.

Position Summary:

The Special Education Teacher is responsible for ensuring the delivery of services to students who have been identified with disabilities. The Special Education Teacher is also responsible for the management of IEPs, Progress Monitoring and related services for the students they service. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for demonstrating strong written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, as well as good organizational ability. Collaboration with regular education teachers is imperative.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • PA State Teacher certification in Special Education
  • Teaching experience preferred

Assurance:

HISTCS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HISTCS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.

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9th Grade Success Coach

Posted by | August 5, 2021 |

Are you interested in helping school leaders be more effective as they seek to increase high school graduation rates? Are you ready to put your facilitation and communication skills to use as part of a team that coaches teachers and school administrators on using data to create positive changes for students? Are you open to learning new skills in the areas of data analysis, leadership coaching, and professional development? As a PAI 9th Grade Success Coach these will be key roles you will play as we partner with school leaders to increase the 9th Grade On-Track rate in order to increase high school graduation rates and long-term student success.

Who We Are: Philadelphia Academies, Inc. is a 51-year-old non-profit whose mission is to design and implement industry informed, career-connected learning strategies and school supports that position young people for success in post-secondary education and the workforce. We envision a world where all young people have the skills, resources, and networks to reach their full potential.

Position: 9th Grade Success Coach (Full-Time)
The 9th Grade Success Coach is responsible for providing coaching and technical assistance to partner schools in data utilization and intervention planning strategies, as well as implementing supportive practices for 9th grade students. The 9th Grade Success Coach works as part of a team of professionals, and reports to the Associate Director of Data Supports and Evaluation.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience working in public schools and coaching/facilitating small groups; be willing to learn new technical and professional skills; have experience with Microsoft Excel, tracking and monitoring systems, and data-driven decision making; have strong written and interpersonal communications skills; and have a desire to improve the educational experience of teachers and students in Philadelphia.

This is an excellent opportunity for a passionate professional who is interested in expanding their skill base while supporting students and teachers through coaching and technical assistance in the areas of easing the transition to high school, keeping students on-track for graduation, and continuous improvement methodologies.

Duties and Responsibilities Include:

  • Coach 9th Grade Assistant Principals at 4-5 high schools in the School District of Philadelphia on data utilization strategies, effective team meetings, protocols, intervention tracking and monitoring systems, building distributed leadership, and accountability in order to promote 9th Grade On-Track rates
  • Guide school leaders in looking at data dashboards and analyzing trend data in order to impact their thinking and planning; help leaders translate and communicate relevant data trends to their teams in a succinct way
  • Assist with planning and executing school-level professional development sessions and Network-level Community of Practice meetings for school leaders
  • Assist with planning and executing two-day Orientation for New Schools, two-day Summer Summit for full 9th Grade Success Network, and one-day Winter Retreat
  • Design and manage work plans for each individual school, in collaboration with each school’s leadership team
  • Engage school leaders in regular reflection, practice analysis, and planning
  • Attend all assigned schools’ weekly 9th Grade Team meetings and offer support, suggestions, and coaching during and/or after meetings
  • Collect “best practices” from schools for Network-wide sharing and help assigned schools integrate best practices from other schools
  • Document and track school progress toward their goals, including completing in-depth quarterly reports
  • Collaborate with partners from the School District of Philadelphia and UChicago’s To&Through Project in order to advance adaptation of best practices for 9th graders across Philadelphia
  • Participation in all PAI signature events and fundraisers, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Qualifications and Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field, required
  • Coaching/professional development experience preferred
  • Experience working with teachers and/or administrators to achieve specific goals      preferred
  • Experience working in public high schools strongly preferred
  • Passion for racial equity and commitment to applying an equity lens to all that you do
  • Great attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability for public speaking, as well as leading small/large group presentations
  • Organization
  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship building skills
  • Ability to analyze and respond to problems, and communicate potential solutions in an approachable way
  • Able to work well both independently and in a team, with strong collaboration skills
  • Experience with Continuous Improvement methodologies is a bonus
  • Access to reliable transportation or a high comfort level using Philadelphia Public Transit a must.

Salary Range: $50,000-52,000, with full benefits package including but not limited to Health, Life Insurance, Paid Time Off and 401K.

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Middle School Apprentice Teacher – Math & Science

Posted by | July 29, 2021 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking two Middle School Apprentice Teachers for Math & Science, one for each of our sites (Fernhill and Awbury). The Apprentice Teacher position is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates or career changers who are looking for a pathway into the teaching profession. Candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as individuals who have prior experience working in fields such as math/science research.  This position provides invaluable classroom experience and professional development. Experience as an Apprentice Teacher for one to two years is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborative planning with 3 middle school teachers across 2 subject areas
  • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
  • Provide one-on-one and small group instruction to students in grades 6 through 8 for additional academic support
  • Work closely with lead teachers to assess, track and analyze student progress
  • Collaborate with the middle school team to ensure student growth in subject areas of focus
  • Participate in on-going professional development
  • Lead a teaching elective, special, and/or study hall
  • Provide substitute teaching coverage for colleagues, as needed
  • As instructional skills gradually increase, may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects
  • Complete administrative duties as necessary (data entry, homework review, filing, copying, etc.)
  • Accompany the students to recess and/or help monitor indoor recess as needed
  • Support intake, dismissal and transitions between classes
  • Assist lead teacher with other student responsibilities as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in math and science
  • Experience working with adolescents, in a school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the unique strengths and challenges of adolescents
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision).

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

 

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Sixth Grade Math and Science Teacher – Fernhill Campus

Posted by | July 29, 2021 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a 6th grade Math and Science Teacher. Sixth grade teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values (CARES stands for Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the school’s administrators and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards; experience with Open Up math a plus
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

 

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Math Interventionist – Awbury Campus

Posted by | July 29, 2021 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a Math Interventionist for our Awbury campus. Interventionists are responsible for supporting student achievement across grades K-8 in math. The Interventionists will provide small group or one-on-one instruction to students identified as needing additional academic support in order to meet grade level proficiency benchmarks. This position is also responsible for monitoring, reporting, and communicating student progress and performance. Because this is a newly created position on our team and many of our students and staff will be returning to the building for in-person instruction for the first time since March of 2020, Interventionists must be willing to be flexible in order to meet the most pressing needs of our students, and should be open to the position evolving over time. Candidates who have recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This is a two-year position that reports to the site-based Principals. This position provides invaluable teaching experience and professional development, and is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides targeted math instruction to individual students and small groups
  • Uses data to provide instruction to students and to work to bring their skills to grade-level
  • Works to build a close rapport with students
  • Uses identified research-based interventions focused specifically on individual student needs
  • Maintains documentation of continuous monitoring of student performance and progress
  • Communicates with the literacy or math program coordinator, teachers, administration, and families regarding student progress, and may be asked to participate in meetings to discuss this information
  • Provides assessments for students as needed
  • Provides input for program development
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in math
  • Knowledge of Bridges math and/or Open Up a plus for math
  • Experience working with students in grades K-8, in an urban school setting preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Appreciation of the challenges for students returning to in-person instruction after a potentially traumatic time during the pandemic
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with 100% employer-paid benefits (medical, dental and vision) for the employee and any spouse or dependents. This position is funded by federal pandemic relief funds that will expire at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. While the hope is to make this a permanent position, WCS cannot commit to the position beyond that date at this time.

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Lower School Math Apprentice Teacher

Posted by | July 29, 2021 |

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a Lower School Math Apprentice Teacher. The Apprentice teacher will support teachers and students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. The Apprentice Teacher position is a wonderful opportunity for recent graduates or career changers who are looking for a pathway into the teaching profession. Candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from teacher education programs are strongly encouraged to apply. This position provides invaluable classroom experience and professional development. Experience as an Apprentice Teacher for one to two years is great preparation for becoming a lead teacher in the future.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborative planning with 3rd through 5th grade lead teachers.
  • Partner with lead teachers to implement curriculum and utilize classroom routines and procedures with consistency
  • Provide one-on-one and small group instruction in content area to students in grades 3rd through 5th for additional academic support
  • Work closely with lead teachers to assess, track and analyze student progress
  • Collaborate with the 3rd-5th grade team to ensure student growth in subject area of focus
  • Participate in ongoing professional development
  • Provide substitute teaching coverage when 3rd-5th grade teachers are out
  • As instructional skills gradually increase, may be responsible for providing whole group instruction to students in select subjects
  • Complete administrative duties, including but not limited to data entry, homework review, filing (in-person only), and copying (in-person only).
  • Accompany the students to recess as needed (in-person only)
  • Assist lead teachers with other student responsibilities as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Experience working with students, in an urban school setting preferred
  • Strong content knowledge and skill in math
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Reflective and open to feedback and coaching
  • Commitment to learning about and consistently implementing Wissahickon Charter Schools’ behavioral management plan
  • Solid technology skills and the ability to learn new technologies quickly
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test.
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn

Compensation:

This is a full time, 10-month position with health benefits.

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Assistant Teachers for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade

Posted by | July 29, 2021 |

Wissahickon Charter School is looking for Assistant Teachers for grades K through 2 for our Fernhill and Awbury Campuses. The Lower School Assistant Teacher position includes classroom and recess duties. Serving as an Assistant Teacher is an excellent opportunity to improve the academic and social-emotional outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

Classroom responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the lead teacher during lesson(s)
  • Leading students in small breakout groups guided by the teacher’s direction
  • Instructing students one-on-one when necessary
  • Communicating daily with the lead teacher
  • Supporting classroom management and student discipline follow-up
  • Holding students accountable to individual classroom rules and Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) rules
  • Completing administrative duties for the classroom as necessary (data entry, homework review, filing, making copies)
  • Supporting students using the “Talk it Out” method for resolving conflicts
  • Understanding and applying Responsive Classroom (RC) techniques when interacting with students and colleagues
  • Noticing and conveying uncharacteristic student behavior to teachers, counselors or other administration to ensure students’ well being

Recess Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring the welfare and safety of the students at all times
  • Engaging students on various levels from group activities and sports to conversations
  • Supporting students on a one-on-one basis if necessary
  • Being mindful of other community members sharing outdoor space with our students and ensuring our students’ safety
  • Encouraging environmental exploration if possible
  • Interacting with students in a friendly but professional manner
  • Holding students accountable to all WCS rules
  • Enforcing disciplinary action with consistency when infractions occur
  • Supporting students using the “Talk it Out” method and understanding and applying Responsive Classroom (RC) techniques when interacting with students
  • Noticing and conveying uncharacteristic student behavior to teachers, counselors or other administration to ensure students’ well being

General Expectations include but are not limited to:

  • Being on time and present in your role each day
  • Conducting yourself in a professional manner at all times
  • Understanding what constitutes appropriate interactions with students and other staff members
  • Ensuring adult conversations are held in spaces provided for adults
  • Wearing business casual clothing with the understanding that ATs will go outdoors each day in all seasons
  • Limiting cell phone and other electronic use to break times or when emergencies arise; always away from students when possible
  • Contacting your supervisor and lead teacher when you are unable to come to work via phone and/or email

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Degree in education a plus.
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI clearance and proof of a negative TB test
  • Willing and able to comply with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Passion for education
  • Interest in the mission of Wissahickon Charter School, and a belief that all children can learn
  • Reflective and open to learning
  • Appreciation of the unique strengths and challenges of students’ in grades K-2
  • Experience working with students, in a school setting preferred
  • Ability to work with a variety of colleagues who have diverse teaching and organizational styles
  • Commitment to learning about and consistently implementing Responsive Classroom practices

Hours and Compensation:

The position runs from 8 am to 3:30 pm daily, with a paid 30 minute lunch break and a paid 15 minute break. In total it is 35 hours per week and pays an hourly rate of $16/hour. It also includes fully employer-covered medical and vision benefits for the individual.

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First Grade Teacher

Posted by | July 29, 2021 |

Overview

Wissahickon Charter School is seeking a first grade teacher for each of our school sites. First grade teachers are responsible for developing and implementing instruction that builds positive classroom community and promotes academic and social/emotional growth. Teachers must be committed to the belief that all students can learn and must be relentless in their efforts to address the wide range of learning styles, needs and interests of Wissahickon Charter School students. The ideal candidate will have classroom teaching experience in an urban setting and will thrive in a collaborative work environment. This is an outstanding opportunity to improve the academic and social outcomes of children from across the city of Philadelphia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that excites, invests, and motivates students to achieve academic and behavioral expectations
  • Design and implement organized, differentiated unit and lesson plans aligned with WCS’ curriculum
  • Work collaboratively with grade team, learning specialists, teaching assistants, and other staff to support student growth
  • Build classroom community through the development of CARES values Collaboration, Academic Excellence, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Reflection)
  • Consistently implement WCS’ student management practices within the classroom and throughout school
  • Establish and maintain relationships with families through regular communication, updates and opportunities for involvement
  • Track student performance and use data from Wissahickon Charter School’s internal assessments to drive instruction and behavior interventions
  • Exemplify WCS’ CARES values in all interactions with students, families and colleagues
  • Seek out and be receptive to feedback from the Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Culture, Instructional Coaches and peers with the goal of improving instructional and culture-building skills
  • Participate in all professional development, team planning and data analysis meetings
  • Assume other duties as assigned by the administrative team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Current or pending relevant teaching certification
  • Teaching experience in an urban setting highly preferred
  • All required FBI & PA clearances and compliance with all of WCS’ COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Strong instructional and classroom management skills, with a record of increasing students’ academic and behavioral growth
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania and Common Core Standards
  • Familiarity/experience with Responsive Classroom approach a plus
  • Receptiveness to feedback, positive attitude, and a desire to continuously improve
  • Flexible and able to adjust instructional strategies in order to reach goals
  • High level of personal organization, planning, and follow-through
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with students, families, supervisors and colleagues
  • Collaborative work style; including maturity, humility, and a sense of humor
  • Willingness to speak openly and honestly about issues of race and equity and to work to dismantle white supremacist culture
  • Belief in Wissahickon Charter Schools’ mission and environmental education model, and the belief that all children can learn and succeed

About Wissahickon Charter School

Wissahickon Charter School’s first campus, Fernhill, opened in 2002 and serves 480 K-8 students from across Philadelphia. Our second K-8 campus, Awbury, opened in the fall of 2014. The mission of Wissahickon Charter School (WCS) is to provide a community of learning that stimulates and builds the child’s intellectual, social, and character development. Wissahickon Charter Schools are planned around three essential elements: an environmental focus that allows students to experience the curriculum, recognition of service learning projects as key in students’ success, and an emphasis on parents as partners in the learning experiences of their children.

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Program Director

Posted by | July 28, 2021 |

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders, Inc. (School Leaders) was created in 2015 based on the belief that Philadelphia’s strength as a city depends on its ability to deliver quality educational opportunities for all 215,000 students in its district, charter, and faith-based schools.  Realizing this vision requires strong leadership in our schools.  Recognizing that principals are the catalyst for change, School Leaders invests in leaders across district, charter, and faith-based schools in Philadelphia.

 

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders is a nonprofit organization that develops, engages, and retains principals and system leaders who transform schools, dramatically improve student outcomes, and drive systemic change to prepare all Philadelphia students for college, career, and life.  Our programs develop principals – and the system leaders who supervise and support principals – by providing hands-on, relevant, and actionable training and cultivating collaboration among a network of outstanding peers.  We provide school and system leaders with the necessary tools, skills, and networks to elevate their performance and improve school and student outcomes.  Now in our seventh year, School Leaders serves nearly one-third of Philadelphia’s principals, the critical mass needed to drive systemic change for our city’s schools and students.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Program Director will play an instrumental role in supporting School Leaders’ vision of achieving educational equity in Philadelphia so every child in every neighborhood attends a school that prepares all students to attain their dreams.  This requires a highly effective principal in each Philadelphia district, charter, and faith-based school who ensures every student is prepared for college, career, and life.  The Program Director will design, lead, and implement a portfolio of School Leaders’ programs to ensure participants experience engaging and impactful leadership development opportunities that build their capacity to improve schools and dramatically increase student outcomes.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Program Director’s responsibilities will include, but not be limited to, the following:

 

Lead program design

  • Directly design, lead, and implement a portfolio of School Leaders’ programs (initially including the Performance Partners Program, Leaders of Leaders, and new program/service development)
  • Develop or refine program-specific goals and session objectives aligned with organizational metrics
  • Prioritize competencies for development and design aligned scope and sequence
  • Manage towards annual program metrics aligned to School Leaders’ mission, strategies, and goals
  • Support program evaluation and incorporate findings into program design and implementation as part of a continuous improvement process

 

Ensure high-quality program implementation

  • Develop program content and delivery aligned to program goals and prioritized competencies
  • Design sessions that model effective adult learning principles
  • Identify and partner with faculty – either internally within School Leaders or external individuals or organizations – to plan, develop content and delivery, and debrief sessions
  • Directly facilitate sessions and other activities with program participants as applicable
  • Coach a caseload of program participants in the Neubauer Fellowship and Senior Fellows (alumni)
  • Support program-specific participant recruitment and selection
  • Oversee stakeholder communication with participants, faculty, school system partners, and others
  • Supervise event logistics to ensure seamless, efficient, and effective program delivery
  • Manage program-specific budgets – monitor budget to actuals and anticipate future needs
  • Supervise and support related program staff to ensure program quality and consistency

 

Develop cross-sector partnerships

  • Cultivate relationships with school and system leaders across charter, district, and faith-based school systems as well as educational nonprofits
  • Collaborate with school and system leaders to identify needs, align programs to address those needs, and coordinate program implementation
  • Assess the Philadelphia principal landscape to identify potential candidates for our programs
  • Develop content for communications and updates for external partners, funders, and stakeholders
  • Identify strategic opportunities for new partnerships or programs

 

Provide organizational leadership

  • Support development and implementation of organizational priorities and strategic plan
  • Serve as a thought-partner in developing and refining School Leaders’ overall program portfolio
  • Lead design and implementation of systems to promote sharing of strategies, tools, and resources across participants and programs

 

Additionally, the Program Director will fulfill any other responsibilities as needed or assigned by the Executive Director.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Passionately believes that all students can achieve at high levels
  • Exhibits a strong focus on goals and results – including a track record of meeting or exceeding goals – and holds self personally accountable
  • Develops, articulates, and builds buy-in to a clear vision
  • Builds positive relationships with diverse stakeholders and maintains a service orientation
  • Motivates, inspires, and moves other adults to action to achieve ambitious goals
  • Communicates effectively in both written and verbal communication – actively listens and tailors message for audience, context, and mode of communication
  • Plans strategically and offers innovative solutions to challenging problems
  • Demonstrates excellent project management and implementation skills – works efficiently, maintains attention to detail, and is able to plan, multi-task, adapt, and balance requests from many stakeholders
  • Exhibits a commitment to and action to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrates an entrepreneurial mindset and ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Maintains a positive attitude, flexibility, and humor

 

The ideal candidate will have the following experience:

  • Experience as a K-12 principal or school leader
  • A proven track record of training, developing, and/or coaching adult learners to improve practice
  • A minimum of 5 years of strategic leadership and management experience in a K-12 education setting
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google-based applications
  • Bachelor degree required. Master’s degree in education, public policy, management, or related field preferred.

Compensation is competitive and based on experience.  The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders, Inc. offers a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

The Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about School Leaders, please visit our website at phillyschoolleaders.org.

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Bilingual Intervention Teacher

Posted by | July 22, 2021 |

Part-time

 

INTERVENTION TEACHER

 

Organization Summary:

Independence Charter School (ICS) is a community-based K-8 public charter school of academic excellence, centrally located in Philadelphia and serving a diverse community of learners. ICS provides an intellectually-stimulating curriculum with a global focus designed to develop independent, thoughtful global citizens. We emphasize second language acquisition and integrate arts, ideas, and histories from around the world. Independence Charter School fosters equity and excellence in learning by embracing global citizenship, bilingual education, rigorous academics, and creative expression through the arts.

 

Position Summary:

The Intervention Teacher is responsible for push-in and pull out support in English Language Arts, Spanish Language Arts and Math.  The Intervention Teacher will implement and design specific strategies to promote academic and social growth in the students they support.  The Intervention Teacher will support the instructional programs by utilizing intervention curriculums and engaging in frequent communication with regular education teachers, the Principal, Assistant Principal and school counselors.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide academic support tutoring to identified students in English Language Arts, Math and/or Spanish Language Arts
  • Develop and use instructional support tools and curriculum effectively
  • Use assessment tools for progress monitoring purposes
  • Support teachers in documenting children’s progress by helping administer Diagnostic Reading Assessment and other benchmark assessments
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons and communicates these objectives to the students
  • Build effective relationships with teachers and administration via regular meetings
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of behavior management techniques
  • Participate in professional growth and development provided by the school
  • Complete other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to ICS values of equity, courage, community, and growth
  • Ability to relate to a diverse population of students

 

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience Tutoring or teaching English, Spanish and/or math is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in a K-8 school preferred
  • Valid teaching certificate preferred
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Substitute Teacher

Posted by | July 19, 2021 |

Your Students Can’t Wait To Meet You!

At Kokua, we match schools with passionate guest educators who empower students to expand their horizons. We are looking for dynamic, positive leaders to be Substitute Teachers and change the lives of students. Apply today.

Kokua is currently hiring for both daily and long-term positions at partner schools across the Philadelphia area for the 21-22 school year!  

Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule – teach 2-5 days/week
  • Access to full-time positions with our partner schools
  • Access to Kokua’s support team from 6 am – 8 pm every day
  • $125-$140/day

Requirements:

  • Have a strong belief that every child has a unique & powerful gift to share with the world
  • 1+ year(s) experience working with students
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Strong ability to manage a classroom of students
  • Ability to pass a State & FBI background check
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Lead Interventionist

Posted by | July 9, 2021 |

Lead Interventionist
Grades K-12 

 

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS 

Title:  Lead Interventionist

Reports To: Principal  

Commitment: Full-Time

Term: 10 Months, this position would be available through June 2025 based on federal funding

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Lead Interventionist will help design programming, assessments, and processes to be used by the Interventionist Team being formed to support student literacy and math instruction.  The Lead Interventionist will lead the Intervention Team, and report to the Building Principals.

Interventionists will be responsible for supporting student achievement across grades K-8 and High School in either literacy or math. The Interventionists will provide small group and/or one-on-one instruction to students identified as needing additional academic support in order to meet grade level proficiency benchmarks.

 

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Our core principle was simple: be student-centered and growth focused. This ethos remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially, and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent public charter school serving grades K-12 in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social emotional awareness, and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work to evolve and improve. We are ambitious about New Foundations’ future. We’re a great school, but we still have work to do to be better and to redefine what it means to be a great school.

Our Mission: The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all of our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes responsibility for all members of our school community.

Our Vision for Impact: In 2019, New Foundations embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan.  The Strategic Plan’s “Vision for Impact” is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

Our Students

As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

New Foundations has a highly diverse and representative student/family population: 57% White, 22% Black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian and 3% Mixed Races & Other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Reduced-Price Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch.  The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

Our Buildings 

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Both buildings include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-enabled classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full size basketball courts, cafeterias and learning commons.  The buildings are near major roadways with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance from the SEPTA Regional Rail Suburban station with trains to Center City.

Our Community 

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years.  New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 10,000 students.

 

QUALIFICATIONS  

All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
  • Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate role model mentality in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources.

The Lead Interventionist at New Foundations Charter School is expected to:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with a record of academic achievement;
  • Possess valid Pennsylvania teacher certification;
  • Demonstrate expertise and enthusiasm for and a track record of success  working with struggling students to meet grade level standards;
  • Preferably possess a minimum of five years of relevant teaching experience;
  • Preferably possess prior teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting.

COMPENSATION 
New Foundations offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to pay equity.

This position is funded by federal pandemic relief funds that will expire at the end of the 2024-2025 school year. While the hope is to make this a permanent position, NFCS cannot commit to the position beyond that date at this time.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Intervention Leadership and Services

  • Design the Intervention Program at New Foundations that includes a research-based curriculum, as well as an assessment process that both assesses growth and identifies and tracks individual students needs.
  • Institute a process for strong communication among Interventionists and between Interventionists and teachers.
  • Oversee the individual and/or small group instruction provided by Interventionists.
  • Serve on the Intervention Teams at both the K-8 and High School Campuses.
  • Ensure the Interventionists:
    • Implement research based intervention curriculum to students with fidelity.
    • Develop individual student goals for intervention growth and monitor progress towards goals.
    • Administer school assessments and standardized assessments for progress monitoring.
    • Analyze assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and use this assessment data to inform and differentiate instructional practices.
    • Communicate student progress and performance to parents/guardians. Engage families in their children’s education by building relationships and maintaining regular communication.
    • Communicate and plan with classroom teachers, special education teachers, and other school personnel on a regular basis.
    • Maintain an effective, creative, and balanced learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
    • Enforce the school’s discipline policies and code of conduct.
    • Demonstrate genuine interest, belief, and care for students’ personal and academic success.

Professional Comportment

  • Exhibit a professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Commit to continual professional growth.
  • Attend all professional development meetings and faculty/staff meetings.
  • Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year.
  • Adhere to school schedule and be punctual for work and meetings.
  • Maintain an effective and positive relationship with colleagues, staff and supervisors.
  • Professionally and effectively communicate with all colleagues, staff and supervisors.

Other

  • Become a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
  • Do whatever else is necessary or requested to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.



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Launchpad Executive Director

Posted by | July 7, 2021 |

Title: Launchpad Executive Director
Reports To: Co-CEO Building 21
Status: Full time Exempt
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Building 21 Background: 

The mission of Building 21 is to empower networks of learners to connect with their passions and build agency to impact their world. Building 21 is a nonprofit organization that is reimagining secondary schooling to meet the needs of all learners. Building 21 partners with school districts to design, launch and operate innovative schools. Our schools are afforded significant flexibility and autonomy by our district partners to pursue our vision for student and adult learning. We also work with schools and districts that are making the transition to competency-based education through our Learning Innovation Network. Our mission is to create a network approach to secondary and post-secondary learning for high school age youth that fundamentally reorients the system to place the learner at the center. www.building21.org 

Launchpad Background: 

By integrating career-connected learning, authentic work experiences, and the development of general “Future Ready” skills across high school and the ensuing two years, Launchpad will harness the power of connected networks of schools and employers to prepare students to thrive as they transition into full-time work. Students will leave Launchpad with a “good job” (one that pays a living wage) in a high growth industry with upwardly mobile career opportunities. In order to ensure their long-term success, they will also be armed with general “Future Ready” skills and mindsets, pathway-specific skills, industry certifications, real world experience, strong networks of professionals in their career area, a portfolio of relevant work, and either an Associates degree or meaningful credit towards a degree—all translating to a significant “leg up” as they launch their careers. A summary of the Launchpad initiative can be found here.

Building 21 is currently looking for a passionate and experienced individual to lead our Launchpad initiative. The ideal Executive Director possesses a deep commitment to positive youth development, an unwavering faith in the potential of every student, and a strong  belief in the power of innovative solutions to help young people connect with their bright futures. As part of the senior Building 21 team, the Launchpad Executive Director will lead the continued design, piloting and implementation of Project Launchpad. The Launchpad Executive Director will report to the Building 21 Co-CEO, Chip Linehan. To date, the Building 21 team  has laid the groundwork for Launchpad, including the design of the high level academic program and the development of  key partnerships (funders, high schools, postsecondary institutions, employers). When the Executive Director is hired, they will assume responsibility for refining  the program curriculum, hiring the initial staff, and managing the day to day operations of the program. Chip will continue to lead fundraising, building and nurturing high level partnerships, and supporting the Executive Director in their work to build the program.

What you’ll do: 

  • Serve as the leader and the external representative for the Launchpad program
  • Build off of completed research of similar models, stakeholder interviews, and exploration of post-secondary options, and oversee the continued design process of Launchpad including the development of a sustainable financial model and the identification of relevant curricular resources
  • Lead the continued iteration of specific programmatic details, including the student experience, partnership criteria, partnership commitments and responsibilities, professional development, and the data systems to support the program
  • Participate in the necessary fundraising efforts to launch and sustain the program
  • Design and implement pilots to test key aspects of the program during the planning year (2021-2022 school year)
  • Lead the implementation of the first Launchpad network in the launch year (school year 2022-2023), including partnership development, student recruiting and the hiring and oversight of the Launchpad staff

The beliefs, mindsets, and skills you possess: 

  • A educator who believes deeply in the potential of young people, builds strong relationships with students grounded in trust, and possesses an unyielding commitment to expanding opportunity for our students
  • A strong strategic visionary leader who galvanizes others and influences actions across the network and externally:
    • Strong understanding of secondary education, workforce development and trends impacting the future of work
    • Ability to co-create and implement an innovative vision for program success
    • Ability to lead the iteration of the program over time
    • Ability to leverage quantitative and qualitative data to drive transparency and improvement
    • Ability to influence the actions of others across the organization, including direct and indirect management lines
    • Ability to successfully lead around change
    • Ability to accurately represent Building 21 vision externally, particularly to existing and potential funders
  • An effective project manager who manages competing priorities and implements strategy with fidelity
    • Ability to set up and implement complex projects and initiatives
    • Ability to seek out and advocate for resources that will drive work forward
    • Ability to navigate and manage competing priorities
    • Ability to collaborate across the organization
  • A highly relational leader with the capacity to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to leverage relationships to drive a coaching and development agenda
    • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in clear, concise, and linear ways
    • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence
    • Ability to work collaboratively with team members and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and build a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion
    • Capacity to accept feedback from others, make decisions, and exhibit sound and accurate judgement in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • A values driven and empathetic leader who will find success at Building 21
    • Excitement to work at an organization that is constantly innovating and challenging the status quo
    • Enjoys working on a team and operates in a way that will build trust with students, families, and teammates (e.g. integrity, consideration, empathy, etc.)
    • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence. Ability to engage in conflict confidently and with empathy/kindness
    • Ability to articulate and navigate tensions while remaining comfortable not knowing or agreeing to disagree with others
    • Operates with a growth mindset for self and others

What you’ve already done: 

  • Experience in workforce development, urban secondary education and/or post-secondary education
  • Demonstrated success coaching, supervising or leading a team
  • Experience in systems level change management including building support across a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Entrepreneurial problem-solving experience – creating and building new programs and/or creating innovative solutions to problems within a traditional organization or system

Salary and Benefits: 

    • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
    • Benefits: Strong benefits package provided.
    • Applicants will be provided with a salary range and information about benefits early in the interview process

Application Submission: 

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Building 21 is a non-profit organization that is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Building 21’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

Building 21 has partnered with RCG Talent Solutions on our search for the founding Executive Director of Launchpad. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to Aramis Grant (aramis@rcgtalent.com). RCG Talent Solutions will review all applications and, upon qualification, contact you to determine next steps.

 

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Launchpad Executive Director

Posted by | July 2, 2021 |

Building 21 Background: 

The mission of Building 21 is to empower networks of learners to connect with their passions and build agency to impact their world. Building 21 is a nonprofit organization that is reimagining secondary schooling to meet the needs of all learners. Building 21 partners with school districts to design, launch and operate innovative schools. Our schools are afforded significant flexibility and autonomy by our district partners to pursue our vision for student and adult learning. We also work with schools and districts that are making the transition to competency-based education through our Learning Innovation Network. Our mission is to create a network approach to secondary and post-secondary learning for high school age youth that fundamentally reorients the system to place the learner at the center. www.building21.org 

Launchpad Background: 

By integrating career-connected learning, authentic work experiences, and the development of general “Future Ready” skills across high school and the ensuing two years, Launchpad will harness the power of connected networks of schools and employers to prepare students to thrive as they transition into full-time work. Students will leave Launchpad with a “good job” (one that pays a living wage) in a high growth industry with upwardly mobile career opportunities. In order to ensure their long-term success, they will also be armed with general “Future Ready” skills and mindsets, pathway-specific skills, industry certifications, real world experience, strong networks of professionals in their career area, a portfolio of relevant work, and either an Associates degree or meaningful credit towards a degree—all translating to a significant “leg up” as they launch their careers. A summary of the Launchpad initiative can be found here

Building 21 is currently looking for a passionate and experienced individual to lead our Launchpad initiative. The ideal Executive Director possesses a deep commitment to positive youth development, an unwavering faith in the potential of every student, and a strong  belief in the power of innovative solutions to help young people connect with their bright futures. As part of the senior Building 21 team, the Launchpad Executive Director will lead the continued design, piloting and implementation of Project Launchpad. The Launchpad Executive Director will report to the Building 21 Co-CEO, Chip Linehan. To date, the Building 21 team  has laid the groundwork for Launchpad, including the design of the high level academic program and the development of  key partnerships (funders, high schools, postsecondary institutions, employers). When the Executive Director is hired, they will assume responsibility for refining  the program curriculum, hiring the initial staff, and managing the day to day operations of the program. Chip will continue to lead fundraising, building and nurturing high level partnerships, and supporting the Executive Director in their work to build the program.

What you’ll do: 

  • Serve as the leader and the external representative for the Launchpad program
  • Build off of completed research of similar models, stakeholder interviews, and exploration of post-secondary options, and oversee the continued design process of Launchpad including the development of a sustainable financial model and the identification of relevant curricular resources
  • Lead the continued iteration of specific programmatic details, including the student experience, partnership criteria, partnership commitments and responsibilities, professional development, and the data systems to support the program
  • Participate in the necessary fundraising efforts to launch and sustain the program
  • Design and implement pilots to test key aspects of the program during the planning year (2021-2022 school year)
  • Lead the implementation of the first Launchpad network in the launch year (school year 2022-2023), including partnership development, student recruiting and the hiring and oversight of the Launchpad staff

The beliefs, mindsets, and skills you possess: 

  • A educator who believes deeply in the potential of young people, builds strong relationships with students grounded in trust, and possesses an unyielding commitment to expanding opportunity for our students
  • A strong strategic visionary leader who galvanizes others and influences actions across the network and externally:
    • Strong understanding of secondary education, workforce development and trends impacting the future of work
    • Ability to co-create and implement an innovative vision for program success
    • Ability to lead the iteration of the program over time
    • Ability to leverage quantitative and qualitative data to drive transparency and improvement
    • Ability to influence the actions of others across the organization, including direct and indirect management lines
    • Ability to successfully lead around change
    • Ability to accurately represent Building 21 vision externally, particularly to existing and potential funders
  • An effective project manager who manages competing priorities and implements strategy with fidelity
    • Ability to set up and implement complex projects and initiatives
    • Ability to seek out and advocate for resources that will drive work forward
    • Ability to navigate and manage competing priorities
    • Ability to collaborate across the organization
  • A highly relational leader with the capacity to build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    • Ability to leverage relationships to drive a coaching and development agenda
    • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in clear, concise, and linear ways
    • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence
    • Ability to work collaboratively with team members and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and build a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion
    • Capacity to accept feedback from others, make decisions, and exhibit sound and accurate judgement in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • A values driven and empathetic leader who will find success at Building 21
    • Excitement to work at an organization that is constantly innovating and challenging the status quo
    • Enjoys working on a team and operates in a way that will build trust with students, families, and teammates (e.g. integrity, consideration, empathy, etc.)
    • High level of self-awareness, humility, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence. Ability to engage in conflict confidently and with empathy/kindness
    • Ability to articulate and navigate tensions while remaining comfortable not knowing or agreeing to disagree with others
    • Operates with a growth mindset for self and others

What you’ve already done: 

  • Experience in workforce development, urban secondary education and/or post-secondary education
  • Demonstrated success coaching, supervising or leading a team 
  • Experience in systems level change management including building support across a wide variety of stakeholders. 
  • Entrepreneurial problem-solving experience – creating and building new programs and/or creating innovative solutions to problems within a traditional organization or system

Salary and Benefits: 

    • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
    • Benefits: Strong benefits package provided. 
    • Applicants will be provided with a salary range and information about benefits early in the interview process

Application Submission: 

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Building 21 is a non-profit organization that is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Building 21’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability. 

Building 21 has partnered with RCG Talent Solutions on our search for the founding Executive Director of Launchpad. Please follow this link to submit your application and direct all questions to Aramis Grant (aramis@rcgtalent.com). RCG Talent Solutions will review all applications and, upon qualification, contact you to determine next steps.

 

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Math Specialist

Posted by | June 28, 2021 |

Math Specialist (full-time, Grant-funded position)

 

Position Summary:

The math specialist is responsible for designing meaningful and individualized academic lessons, small group activities, and a positive classroom environment aligned to the values of ICS. The math specialist works in collaboration with classroom teachers to ensure rich and appropriate learning experience as well as any extra support that students may need to be successful in ICS’ math program and beyond. The math specialist works under the direction of the principal.

Core Responsibilities:

Student Support

  • Provides small group math intervention for designated students
  • Works with the Instructional Leadership Team to identify, organize and assign intervention and enrichment in mathematics.

 

Teacher Support

  • In concert with the Instructional Leadership Team, provides professional development and  teacher support and coaching in the implementation of hands-on, exploratory, student centered math curriculum aligned with common core standards

 

Parent Support

  • Coordinates math related extracurricular event(s).
  • Provides teachers with parent resources for supporting math at home and electronically.

 

Administrative

  • Participates in decisions regarding math curricula
  • Coordinates inventory of math manipulatives, calculators, etc

 

Teaching

  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflects an understanding of the learning styles and needs of students
  • Qualifications and skills to Teach Algebra I preferred
  • Use technology to strengthen the teaching/learning process.

 

Other Duties, as assigned (i.e., arrival/dismissal assignment, etc.)

 

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish/English)
  • A minimum of 5 years teaching experience
  • Middle School Math certification and elementary certification preferred
  • Knowledge of  PA Core Standards and progressions: Mathematics (Algebra I)
  • Proven willingness and ability to collaborate with a diverse community
  • Ability to work with flexible hours
  • Proven ability to take initiative and to problem solve

 

Salary:

Salary commensurate with experience

 

Apply:

Please email resume to jobs@icscharter.com

 

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of this position.

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Health & Safety Coordinator (Part-Time)

Posted by | June 27, 2021 |

Health & Safety Coordinator (part-time)

Job Details

Job Type

Part-time

Description

Part-Time (generally 20 hours per week, may require more hours during the beginning of the school year)

Reports To: Senior Director of Human Resources

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mission

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.

Vision

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve, and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture, and rigorous real-world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self-aware, and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social, and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential, and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.

Values

YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program’s three core values – respect, excellence, and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary

Coordinate the health and safety aspects of student life at YouthBuild through ensuring compliance with mandatory student health-screening and immunization requirements and overseeing the school’s safety protocols.

Responsibilities and Duties

School Nurse

  • Conduct annual vision and growth (height and weight) screenings for all students in compliance with the mandate of the PA Department of Health
  • Collect immunization data on all students upon enrollment from the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania immunizations databases
  • Identify those students who have not had the required immunizations, and organize opportunities for those students to receive those missing immunizations
  • Complete and submit the annual online School Immunization Law Report (SILR) to the PA Department of Health by December 31 each year
  • Is aware of and encourages wellness activities at school

School Safety Oversight

  • Serve on the School’s Safety Committee
  • Maintain awareness of current CDC/PDE recommendations for safety protocols to be implemented in schools
  • Provide recommendations and guidance on school safety policies and protocols in accordance with various governing bodies, i.e. CDC, PDE, health department, etc.
  • Ensure YouthBuild’s health and safety policies and protocols remain up to date
  • Advise on various safety and contact tracing tools/technology, as needed
  • Coordinate student wellness initiatives to include flu shot/vaccination education and clinics, etc.

Program Involvement

  • Act as formal mentor to 4 – 5 students, forging empowering relationships that ensure that the students they coach stay connected and on track
  • Work in inter-departmental teams to support the success of a group of twenty five students as they move through our rigorous program
  • Participate in a highly collaborative, fluid school culture that requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Participate in community-service projects as part of the service ethic of the school
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Human Resources

Qualifications

  • PA School Nurse certificate
  • 1-2 years of previous experience with or working for a similar non-profit or school
  • Experience with grant and file compliance preferred
  • Flexible and open to change in regulations, duties, etc.
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Experience with and commitment to positive youth development and cultural competence

Common Competencies

  • Mission-driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Advanced Google Suite skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Note: If selected, you will be required to reproduce the following items on the first day of employment.

FBI – Criminal History Report

PATCH – Pennsylvania Police Department – Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)

PA Child Abuse History Clearance

TB Test Results

Act 24 – Arrest Conviction Form

Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form

NSOPW – National Sex Offender Clearance

The HR Department will provide the selected candidate with additional details regarding clearances and other job requirements.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee..

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Health & Safety Coordinator (Part-Time)

Posted by | June 27, 2021 |

Health & Safety Coordinator (part-time)

Job Details

Job Type

Part-time

Description

Part-Time (generally 20 hours per week, may require more hours during the beginning of the school year)

Reports To: Senior Director of Human Resources

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mission

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.

Vision

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve, and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture, and rigorous real-world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self-aware, and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social, and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential, and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.

Values

YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program’s three core values – respect, excellence, and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary

Coordinate the health and safety aspects of student life at YouthBuild through ensuring compliance with mandatory student health-screening and immunization requirements and overseeing the school’s safety protocols.

Responsibilities and Duties

School Nurse

  • Conduct annual vision and growth (height and weight) screenings for all students in compliance with the mandate of the PA Department of Health
  • Collect immunization data on all students upon enrollment from the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania immunizations databases
  • Identify those students who have not had the required immunizations, and organize opportunities for those students to receive those missing immunizations
  • Complete and submit the annual online School Immunization Law Report (SILR) to the PA Department of Health by December 31 each year
  • Is aware of and encourages wellness activities at school

School Safety Oversight

  • Serve on the School’s Safety Committee
  • Maintain awareness of current CDC/PDE recommendations for safety protocols to be implemented in schools
  • Provide recommendations and guidance on school safety policies and protocols in accordance with various governing bodies, i.e. CDC, PDE, health department, etc.
  • Ensure YouthBuild’s health and safety policies and protocols remain up to date
  • Advise on various safety and contact tracing tools/technology, as needed
  • Coordinate student wellness initiatives to include flu shot/vaccination education and clinics, etc.

Program Involvement

  • Act as formal mentor to 4 – 5 students, forging empowering relationships that ensure that the students they coach stay connected and on track
  • Work in inter-departmental teams to support the success of a group of twenty five students as they move through our rigorous program
  • Participate in a highly collaborative, fluid school culture that requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Participate in community-service projects as part of the service ethic of the school
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Human Resources

Qualifications

  • PA School Nurse certificate
  • 1-2 years of previous experience with or working for a similar non-profit or school
  • Experience with grant and file compliance preferred
  • Flexible and open to change in regulations, duties, etc.
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Experience with and commitment to positive youth development and cultural competence

Common Competencies

  • Mission-driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Advanced Google Suite skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Note: If selected, you will be required to reproduce the following items on the first day of employment.

FBI – Criminal History Report

PATCH – Pennsylvania Police Department – Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)

PA Child Abuse History Clearance

TB Test Results

Act 24 – Arrest Conviction Form

Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form

NSOPW – National Sex Offender Clearance

The HR Department will provide the selected candidate with additional details regarding clearances and other job requirements.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee..

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Health & Safety Coordinator (Part-Time)

Posted by | June 27, 2021 |

Health & Safety Coordinator (part-time)

Job Details

Job Type

Part-time

Description

Part-Time (generally 20 hours per week, may require more hours during the beginning of the school year)

Reports To: Senior Director of Human Resources

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mission

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.

Vision

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve, and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture, and rigorous real-world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self-aware, and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social, and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential, and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.

Values

YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program’s three core values – respect, excellence, and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary

Coordinate the health and safety aspects of student life at YouthBuild through ensuring compliance with mandatory student health-screening and immunization requirements and overseeing the school’s safety protocols.

Responsibilities and Duties

School Nurse

  • Conduct annual vision and growth (height and weight) screenings for all students in compliance with the mandate of the PA Department of Health
  • Collect immunization data on all students upon enrollment from the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania immunizations databases
  • Identify those students who have not had the required immunizations, and organize opportunities for those students to receive those missing immunizations
  • Complete and submit the annual online School Immunization Law Report (SILR) to the PA Department of Health by December 31 each year
  • Is aware of and encourages wellness activities at school

School Safety Oversight

  • Serve on the School’s Safety Committee
  • Maintain awareness of current CDC/PDE recommendations for safety protocols to be implemented in schools
  • Provide recommendations and guidance on school safety policies and protocols in accordance with various governing bodies, i.e. CDC, PDE, health department, etc.
  • Ensure YouthBuild’s health and safety policies and protocols remain up to date
  • Advise on various safety and contact tracing tools/technology, as needed
  • Coordinate student wellness initiatives to include flu shot/vaccination education and clinics, etc.

Program Involvement

  • Act as formal mentor to 4 – 5 students, forging empowering relationships that ensure that the students they coach stay connected and on track
  • Work in inter-departmental teams to support the success of a group of twenty five students as they move through our rigorous program
  • Participate in a highly collaborative, fluid school culture that requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Participate in community-service projects as part of the service ethic of the school
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Human Resources

Qualifications

  • PA School Nurse certificate
  • 1-2 years of previous experience with or working for a similar non-profit or school
  • Experience with grant and file compliance preferred
  • Flexible and open to change in regulations, duties, etc.
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Experience with and commitment to positive youth development and cultural competence

Common Competencies

  • Mission-driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Advanced Google Suite skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Note: If selected, you will be required to reproduce the following items on the first day of employment.

FBI – Criminal History Report

PATCH – Pennsylvania Police Department – Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)

PA Child Abuse History Clearance

TB Test Results

Act 24 – Arrest Conviction Form

Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form

NSOPW – National Sex Offender Clearance

The HR Department will provide the selected candidate with additional details regarding clearances and other job requirements.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee..

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Mathematics Teacher

Posted by | June 27, 2021 |

Mathematics Teacher

Description

Full-Time – 10 month Instructional Contract

Reports To: Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

EEO-1 Classification: Professional

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mission

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.

Vision

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth, but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country. High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture and rigorous real world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self aware and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social and emotional health and well-being. YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.

Values

YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The programs three core values – respect ,excellence and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development , and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary:

Teachers at YouthBuild are creative, flexible and passionate about seeing all students succeed. As part of an unapologetically comprehensive organization, they balance their academic responsibilities with facilitating students’ holistic self-development. Using astrengths-based approach, they focus on engaging students and developing their selfawareness, critical consciousness and confidence as lifelong learners.

Working at YouthBuild is joyful, challenging and inspiring. Teachers have the autonomy to design meaningful curriculum within a social justice context, aligned to core transferable competencies. Beyond their classrooms, they participate in a warm, loving culture that uses a variety of structures to build community, including a restorative-justice approach to discipline, weekly community meetings, and school-wide service projects. Teachers are supported in all aspects of their job, and are encouraged to always continue growing into their best professional selves.

Responsibilities and Duties:

YouthBuild’s math teachers focus on strengthening students’ quantitative reasoning and mathematical habits of mind, and on building students’ confidence. Math content ranges from number and operation sense to proportional reasoning to algebraic reasoning. It can also include geometry, statistics, financial literacy and other areas of math. Regardless of content, math teachers:

  • design lessons that use real world contexts and actual data, and prioritize conceptual understanding over memorization of procedures
  • recognize the importance of “productive struggle,” and coach their students to persist in solving complex problems
  • collaborate with other academic teachers, vocation instructors and community projects coordinators to create interdisciplinary learning experiences that develop quantitative reasoning.

In general, teachers at YouthBuild:

  • create a positive learning environment built on strong relationships
  • design learner-centered units that develop transferable competencies and culminate with “demonstrations” (projects) that showcase students’ original work
  • use instructional strategies where student voice and thinking are the primary focus and content coverage is secondary
  • develop learning experiences that emphasize professional skills (e.g. teamwork, people skills, motivation, high quality work, resilience and self-development).

Beyond the classroom:

  • act as formal mentor to 4 – 5 students, forging empowering relationships that ensure that the students they coach stay connected and on track
  • work in inter-departmental teams to support the success of a group of twenty five students as they move through our rigorous program
  • participate in a highly collaborative, fluid school culture that requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility.

Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Certification in Secondary Mathematics
  • 5 years teaching experience
  • Ability to evaluate and design curriculum
  • Experience with and commitment to positive youth development
  • Creative, innovative approaches to curriculum and instruction
  • Demonstrated commitment to continual professional growth

Common Competencies

  • Mission driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Intermediate to advanced Google Suite skills
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Clearance Requirements

  • FBI – Criminal History Report
  • PATCH – Pennsylvania Police Department – Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance
  • TB Test Results
  • Act 24 – Arrest Conviction Form
  • NSOPW – National Sex Offender Clearance
  • Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct Form

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry,

national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition,

veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

www.youthbuildphilly.org

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Health & Safety Coordinator (Part-Time)

Posted by | June 27, 2021 |

Health & Safety Coordinator (part-time)

Job Details

Job Type

Part-time

Description

Part-Time (generally 20 hours per week, may require more hours during the beginning of the school year)

Reports To: Senior Director of Human Resources

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mission

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School’s mission is to empower young adults (18-20 year-olds) to develop skills and connect to opportunities by fostering an environment of love, support, and respect for their whole person. Students graduate high school and successfully transition to college and career as critically conscious leaders, committed to positive change for themselves and their communities.

Vision

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School provides an outstanding alternative education that activates the capacity of all students to learn, achieve, and grow. YBPCS will be recognized as a model of authentic experiential learning, not only among programs serving out-of-school youth but also among all high-achieving schools and youth programs in the country.

High expectations, a nurturing climate, personalized culture, and rigorous real-world learning experiences ensures that graduates are poised for life-long learning and career advancement. It is our vision that YouthBuild graduates will emerge as highly accomplished, self-sufficient, self-aware, and socially conscious citizens. Graduates will be energized about their futures and build support networks for their personal, social, and emotional health and well-being.

YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School will maximize its capacity to engage each student’s passion, tap into his or her individual potential, and provide him or her with real opportunities for personal and professional transformation.

Values

YBPCS’ values are deeply held and come from a love of humanity and a perspective that views each student as a community asset. The program’s three core values – respect, excellence, and perseverance – are reinforced through all aspects of the program.

Impact Statement

Young people in Philadelphia who are disconnected will build skills and access resources and opportunities to achieve economic stability and personal development, and become critically conscious leaders within their communities.

Job Summary

Coordinate the health and safety aspects of student life at YouthBuild through ensuring compliance with mandatory student health-screening and immunization requirements and overseeing the school’s safety protocols.

Responsibilities and Duties

School Nurse

  • Conduct annual vision and growth (height and weight) screenings for all students in compliance with the mandate of the PA Department of Health
  • Collect immunization data on all students upon enrollment from the City of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania immunizations databases
  • Identify those students who have not had the required immunizations, and organize opportunities for those students to receive those missing immunizations
  • Complete and submit the annual online School Immunization Law Report (SILR) to the PA Department of Health by December 31 each year
  • Is aware of and encourages wellness activities at school

School Safety Oversight

  • Serve on the School’s Safety Committee
  • Maintain awareness of current CDC/PDE recommendations for safety protocols to be implemented in schools
  • Provide recommendations and guidance on school safety policies and protocols in accordance with various governing bodies, i.e. CDC, PDE, health department, etc.
  • Ensure YouthBuild’s health and safety policies and protocols remain up to date
  • Advise on various safety and contact tracing tools/technology, as needed
  • Coordinate student wellness initiatives to include flu shot/vaccination education and clinics, etc.

Program Involvement

  • Act as formal mentor to 4 – 5 students, forging empowering relationships that ensure that the students they coach stay connected and on track
  • Work in inter-departmental teams to support the success of a group of twenty five students as they move through our rigorous program
  • Participate in a highly collaborative, fluid school culture that requires strong interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • Participate in community-service projects as part of the service ethic of the school
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Director of Human Resources

Qualifications

  • PA School Nurse certificate
  • 1-2 years of previous experience with or working for a similar non-profit or school
  • Experience with grant and file compliance preferred
  • Flexible and open to change in regulations, duties, etc.
  • Works well under deadlines
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds
  • Experience with and commitment to positive youth development and cultural competence

Common Competencies

  • Mission-driven to work with YB’s student body
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Advanced Google Suite skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Demonstrated values that align to restorative practices
  • Willingness to prioritize data collection, analysis, and sharing
  • Willingness to reflect on impact data and incorporate that information into routine decision-making

Note: If selected, you will be required to reproduce the following items on the first day of employment.

FBI – Criminal History Report

PATCH – Pennsylvania Police Department – Criminal Background Check (and/or applicable based on State of residency)

PA Child Abuse History Clearance

TB Test Results

Act 24 – Arrest Conviction Form

Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct Disclosure Form

NSOPW – National Sex Offender Clearance

The HR Department will provide the selected candidate with additional details regarding clearances and other job requirements.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee..

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

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Teacher Leadership Coach

Posted by | June 16, 2021 |

Overview of Teach Plus

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. The organization empowers expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.  

 

Position Description 

For the next three years, Teach Plus will be partnering with Independence Mission Schools, a non-profit network of 15 Catholic elementary schools in Philadelphia, to launch cross-school, grade-level, teacher-led professional learning communities (PLCs) supporting effective implementation of early literacy curriculum and best practices. This three-year partnership follows a successful first year of collaboration to develop structures and systems for cross-school PLCs and the launch of the Literacy Content Cadre, a group of 18 pre-K-8 teacher leaders who have received several months of coaching and professional development in preparation for leading PLCs in the fall. We are hiring for a Teacher Leadership Coach who will lead the partnership and provide coaching and support to the IMS Literacy Content Cadre teacher leaders to ensure their successful facilitation of PLCs.

 

The Coach will support teacher leaders in developing capacity to be:

  • Purpose-driven instructional leaders
  • Evidence-based decision makers
  • Skillful facilitators of adult learning
  • School wide change agents
  • Equity advocates

 

Beginning in fall 2021, the Teacher Leadership Coach will provide Literacy Content Cadre teacher leaders with the following supports as they lead their PLCs:

  • Biweekly one-on-one coaching sessions, focused on PLC planning and agenda creation, feedback, and individualized leadership development 
  • Biweekly after-school cohort meetings, focused on content knowledge development (in partnership with IMS’ Director of Literacy as well as IMS’ content partners, SchoolKit and EL Education) and Leadership Attribute Continuum growth
  • Annual three-day Summer Institute in June, developed and facilitated by the Teacher Leadership Coach with support from the National Instructional Leadership Team
  • Monthly feedback on their PLC facilitation and agenda drafts

 

In addition to providing the above supports to literacy CCLs, the Teacher Leadership Coach will provide the following supports to IMS leadership:

  • Meeting monthly with the network leadership to share trends in teacher leader progress and achievement
  • Regular communication and collaboration with other leaders and partners across the network, such as SchoolKit, Jounce, and TNTP, to ensure aligned approaches to teacher and student support
  • Participating in network walkthroughs with experts from the leadership of EL Education as well as SchoolKit, to help connect professional learning to instructional practice and further alignment (upon request by IMS)

 

To support program and evaluation, the Teacher Leadership Coach will also:

  • With support from the National Evaluation Team, collect, analyze, and share data on the impact of the program, including student achievement data, teacher survey data, and data on PLC function and impact.

 

Teach Plus invests heavily in the development of the coaching team, ensuring that coaches learn from and with each other in the following ways:

  • Comprehensive onboarding & orientation
  • Regular Teach Plus PA and national coaches’ meetings
  • Monthly national practice team meetings
  • Consistent feedback and support through one-on-one meetings with the Teach Plus PA Executive Director and/or the National Instructional Leadership Team

 

Qualifications

To be successful in this role, ideal candidates should have: 

  • 6+ years in the education field, with preference given to candidates who have both a teaching background and experience coaching teachers and school leaders in an urban environment
  • Expertise in early literacy and the science of reading, with a demonstrated track record of student reading gains and experience working with high-quality curricular materials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with coaching, leadership development, leading professional development, and/or facilitating adult learning
  • Strong project management skills and the initiative to complete tasks independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with and value the perspectives of diverse stakeholders
  • A passionate commitment to improving educational experiences for underserved students

 

Start Date  

The start date for this position is July 2021.  

 

Commitment to Diversity

In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

 

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Full time employees have access to Teach Plus’s benefit package to include medical and dental insurance, retirement, life insurance, disability, and generous paid time off benefits. 

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Individual Giving/Donor Engagement Manager

Posted by | June 14, 2021 |

Position Overview

City Year Philadelphia is seeking an Individual Giving Manager (IGM) who is responsible for supporting the overall efforts of the Individual Giving team.  The IGM partners with Site Leadership and the Development team to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward individual donors and family foundations. The IGM’s focus will be on engaging individual donors under $10,000 through campaigns, donor communications, and developing and executing cultivation and stewardship events and activities.  The IGM will also provide staff leadership to the Associate Board of young professionals. Specific focus will be on building an individual donor base to raise increased resources, and ultimately, serve more students in Philadelphia.

 

What You’ll Do:

Donor Communications

  • Oversee all mailed and online appeals, including content creation, list personalization and segmentation, vendor collaboration, and results analysis.
  • Build and execute campaigns including #GivingTuesday, and year end giving opportunities, to engage new individuals and renew outstanding gifts.
  • Develop stewardship and engagement plans for individual donor segments that ensure consistent and tailored communication, convey impact, and advance toward renewals and upgrades.
  • Create and develop effective communication and engagement materials/tools based on City Year’s mission and vision, in coordination with the Communications & Marketing team.
  • Ensure site-wide implementation of City Year messaging with a focus on asset-framed storytelling and systemic inequities.

Donor Management

  • Build relationships with new, current, and lapsed individual donors (<$10,000) to renew their commitment to City Year Philadelphia.
  • Lead efforts of the Associate Board and provide leadership around all meetings, campaigns, and activities.
  • Manage the Young Friends of CYP, a volunteer group of young professionals who advance the mission of City Year through annual donations and event support.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Events Manager to execute on all young professional events and initiatives.
  • Document and maintain clear and timely records and call reports to track contacts, donor giving, notes, and assist in the maintenance of an accurate database.

Prospect Generation

  • Analyze CYP’s current individual giving portfolio and identify opportunities for upsells as well as new donor entry points.
  • Build out full individual giving strategy in collaboration with the Senior Individual Giving Director.
  • Support the efforts of volunteer committees to identify and solicit prospects, with a specific focus on the annual dinner and specialty market events.
  • Build strategies to connect with and expand our relationship with event attendees and volunteers.

Cultivation and Stewardship Activities

  • Work with the Development staff and key volunteers to develop, execute and evaluate strategies to engage individual donors through outreach, education, invitations to special events, and personal contacts.
  • Leverage City Year events, such as the annual dinner, specialty-market events, champions’ receptions, service days, and other select gatherings, to raise awareness and to secure financial resources for our work.
  • Recommend new engagement opportunities and implement stewardship best practices including thank you cards, gifting, and additional recognition components.

 

Organizational Initiatives & Site Support

  • Engage in structured discussions and trainings on diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity aimed at developing stronger cultural competency, both individually and collectively as a site
  • Work closely with fellow Development team members to understand priorities and business goals, and develop strategies to meet the organization’s needs.
  • Work collaboratively with other site departments, other City Year sites, and City Year headquarters on a frequent basis.
  • Support and attend all major site events, including fundraisers, service days, trainings, and other activities and initiatives.
  • Partner with City Year Philadelphia’s departments and staff to ensure that site-wide goals are met, including, but not limited to, the AmeriCorps member applicant interview process, stakeholder engagement, event and service day participation, and cross-departmental committees.
  • Attend internal and external engagement and training activities throughout the year.

 

What You’ll Bring

  • Minimum 2 years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, and/or communications, with proven ability to deliver strong, measurable results
  • Excellent written, oral, and organizational skills; high level of attention to detail
  • Ability to thrive in a fast paced and rapidly changing environment
  • Outstanding ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Efficient time management skills: ability to meet deadlines and prioritize multiple projects
  • Willingness to occasionally work irregular hours, such as early mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Ability to adapt and excel in diverse, high energy, entrepreneurial, and rapidly changing environment
  • Attitude essentials: growth mindset, passion for City Year’s mission of education equity, detail-oriented, resilience, committed to teamwork

 

How You’ll Grow

City Year values diverse skill sets and encourages staff members to seek continuous growth.  A successful Individual Giving Manager will bring and continue to develop themselves in the following competencies:

  • Communication: clearly articulates information and ideas orally and in writing; inspires diverse audiences through compelling, tailored messaging; communicates with confidence and credibility; listens carefully and is responsive to feedback
  • Executes to Results: accomplishes tasks on time with high quality; accepts accountability and takes initiative; designs and plans to work to achieve desired results; prioritizes work and multitasks effectively; delegates responsibilities and holds others accountable
  • Relationship Development: uses interpersonal interactions to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and advance City Year’s mission; demonstrates cultural/diversity competence; builds trust in critical partner relationships, both internal and external to City Year; demonstrates personal presence and confidence when working with partners
  • Team Collaboration & Leadership: values individual perspectives and encourages sharing of information and ideas; provides inspirational leadership that mobilizes diverse groups towards achieving goals; builds systems and structures to facilitate collaboration across the organization

 

 

Compensation and Benefits

The anticipated start date range for this position is September 2021.

Salary range for this position is in the low $50,000s.

City Year offers generous time off to all staff members, along with competitive benefits package.

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Substitute Teachers

Posted by | June 7, 2021 |

Make a difference this fall! No experience needed with BD!

Now Hiring:

  • Long Term
  • Daily Substitutes
  • Nurses
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Food Service
  • Clerical Support

For more information register for one of our weekly virtual information sessions.

 

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Lead Middle School Social Studies Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

Posted by | May 28, 2021 |

Lead Middle School Social Studies Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

 

Our Team and School

 

    Who We Are

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united.  Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects.  Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

 

    Fast Facts

  • Founded in 2016
  • Serving 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and growing to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 23-24 school year
  • 100 team members and growing
  • All students taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten
  • Located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia
  • Newly renovated three-building school campus (renovation of fourth building in planning)

 

The Position

 

    Your Job

  • You will support 4 groups of approximately 25 students in a single middle school grade (5-8) to make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in Social Studies.
  • You will work with your Assistant Principal and our other Social Studies teachers to become an expert in Social Studies, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • As a member of the middle school team, you will collaborate on the creation of our new student support program, moving ICS West from a school that reacts to our students’ social and emotional needs, to a school that sees our students and adults as part of the same team, with a comprehensive system of social and emotional supports for all team members, driven by what we all believe and value.

 

    Your Teams

  • You will be part of the middle school team (5-8) consisting of an Assistant Principal, a Student Support Specialist, other Lead Teachers, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Spanish Teachers.
  • Your team is supported by our Principal, Director of Student Support, Content Specialists, Counselors, Operations Manager and team, and CEO.
  • You will also be part of the team composed of the entire staff of the school, meeting weekly to celebrate each other for living our values and doing our best to support our students.

 

    Your Life

  • ICS West is located at 56th St. and Chester Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.  The 13 trolley stops at our front door, and we have limited off-street parking.
  • Your start date will be August 16, 2021, the first day of our three-week Summer professional development session (this is a 10-month position).
  • Our work day is 8am to 4pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $43,500 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

 

You

 

    This role is a fit if…

  • You know that it is our responsibility as educators to give every single student everything they need.
  • You are excited about having a coach and becoming the best teacher you can be.
  • You know that a team can accomplish more than an individual, and are excited to get to know your teammates, build trust with them, and have candid conversations with them.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and a valid teaching certificate.
  • You have at least one year of teaching experience.

 

    Your Impact

  • Within the timelines set out in their individual learning plans, the students you have supported will all be at or above grade level in Social Studies, placing them on a path toward a rigorous, college preparatory high school, and the ability to choose the life they dream of.
  • A generation from now, the students you and your team have supported will be the global citizens and leaders that our world so desperately needs, uniting communities in Philadelphia, across the country, and around the world.

 

Application Details

 

If reading about ICS West and this position excites you, we want to meet you!  Please send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.

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Lead Middle School Science Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

Posted by | May 28, 2021 |

Lead Middle School Science Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

 

Our Team and School

 

    Who We Are

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united.  Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects.  Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

 

    Fast Facts

  • Founded in 2016
  • Serving 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and growing to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 23-24 school year
  • 100 team members and growing
  • All students taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten
  • Located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia
  • Newly renovated three-building school campus (renovation of fourth building in planning)

 

The Position

 

    Your Job

  • You will support 4 groups of approximately 25 students in a single middle school grade (5-8) to make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in Science.
  • You will work with your Assistant Principal and our other Science teachers to become an expert in Science, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • As a member of the middle school team, you will collaborate on the creation of our new student support program, moving ICS West from a school that reacts to our students’ social and emotional needs, to a school that sees our students and adults as part of the same team, with a comprehensive system of social and emotional supports for all team members, driven by what we all believe and value.

 

    Your Teams

  • You will be part of the middle school team (5-8) consisting of an Assistant Principal, a Student Support Specialist, other Lead Teachers, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Spanish Teachers.
  • Your team is supported by our Principal, Director of Student Support, Content Specialists, Counselors, Operations Manager and team, and CEO.
  • You will also be part of the team composed of the entire staff of the school, meeting weekly to celebrate each other for living our values and doing our best to support our students.

 

    Your Life

  • ICS West is located at 56th St. and Chester Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.  The 13 trolley stops at our front door, and we have limited off-street parking.
  • Your start date will be August 16, 2021, the first day of our three-week Summer professional development session (this is a 10-month position).
  • Our work day is 8am to 4pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $43,500 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

 

You

 

    This role is a fit if…

  • You know that it is our responsibility as educators to give every single student everything they need.
  • You are excited about having a coach and becoming the best teacher you can be.
  • You know that a team can accomplish more than an individual, and are excited to get to know your teammates, build trust with them, and have candid conversations with them.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and a valid teaching certificate.
  • You have at least one year of teaching experience.

 

    Your Impact

  • Within the timelines set out in their individual learning plans, the students you have supported will all be at or above grade level in Science, placing them on a path toward a rigorous, college preparatory high school, and the ability to choose the life they dream of.
  • A generation from now, the students you and your team have supported will be the global citizens and leaders that our world so desperately needs, uniting communities in Philadelphia, across the country, and around the world.

 

Application Details

 

If reading about ICS West and this position excites you, we want to meet you!  Please send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.

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Lead Middle School ELA Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

Posted by | May 28, 2021 |

Lead Middle School ELA Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

 

Our Team and School

 

    Who We Are

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united.  Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects.  Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

 

    Fast Facts

  • Founded in 2016
  • Serving 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and growing to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 23-24 school year
  • 100 team members and growing
  • All students taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten
  • Located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia
  • Newly renovated three-building school campus (renovation of fourth building in planning)

 

The Position

 

    Your Job

  • You will support 4 groups of approximately 25 students in a single middle school grade (5-8) to make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in ELA.
  • You will work with your Assistant Principal and our Literacy Specialist to become an expert in ELA, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • As a member of the middle school team, you will collaborate on the creation of our new student support program, moving ICS West from a school that reacts to our students’ social and emotional needs, to a school that sees our students and adults as part of the same team, with a comprehensive system of social and emotional supports for all team members, driven by what we all believe and value.

 

    Your Teams

  • You will be part of the middle school team (5-8) consisting of an Assistant Principal, a Student Support Specialist, other Lead Teachers, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Spanish Teachers.
  • Your team is supported by our Principal, Director of Student Support, Content Specialists, Counselors, Operations Manager and team, and CEO.
  • You will also be part of the team composed of the entire staff of the school, meeting weekly to celebrate each other for living our values and doing our best to support our students.

 

    Your Life

  • ICS West is located at 56th St. and Chester Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.  The 13 trolley stops at our front door, and we have limited off-street parking.
  • Your start date will be August 16, 2021, the first day of our three-week Summer professional development session (this is a 10-month position).
  • Our work day is 8am to 4pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $43,500 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

 

You

 

    This role is a fit if…

  • You know that it is our responsibility as educators to give every single student everything they need.
  • You are excited about having a coach and becoming the best teacher you can be.
  • You know that a team can accomplish more than an individual, and are excited to get to know your teammates, build trust with them, and have candid conversations with them.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and a valid teaching certificate.
  • You have at least one year of teaching experience.

 

    Your Impact

  • Within the timelines set out in their individual learning plans, the students you have supported will all be at or above grade level in ELA, placing them on a path toward a rigorous, college preparatory high school, and the ability to choose the life they dream of.
  • A generation from now, the students you and your team have supported will be the global citizens and leaders that our world so desperately needs, uniting communities in Philadelphia, across the country, and around the world.

 

Application Details

If reading about ICS West and this position excites you, we want to meet you!  Please send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.

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Lead Middle School Math Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

Posted by | May 28, 2021 |

Lead Middle School Math Teacher (single grade between 5-8) at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

 

Our Team and School

 

    Who We Are

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united.  Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects.  Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

 

    Fast Facts

  • Founded in 2016
  • Serving 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and growing to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 23-24 school year
  • 100 team members and growing
  • All students taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten
  • Located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia
  • Newly renovated three-building school campus (renovation of fourth building in planning)

 

The Position

 

    Your Job

  • You will support 4 groups of approximately 25 students in a single middle school grade (5-8) to make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in Math.
  • You will work with your Assistant Principal and our Math Specialist to become an expert in Math, and to continually refine your classroom practices, ensuring that every student is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • As a member of the middle school team, you will collaborate on the creation of our new student support program, moving ICS West from a school that reacts to our students’ social and emotional needs, to a school that sees our students and adults as part of the same team, with a comprehensive system of social and emotional supports for all team members, driven by what we all believe and value.

 

    Your Teams

  • You will be part of the middle school team (5-8) consisting of an Assistant Principal, a Student Support Specialist, other Lead Teachers, Intervention Teachers, Special Education Teachers, and Spanish Teachers.
  • Your team is supported by our Principal, Director of Student Support, Content Specialists, Counselors, Operations Manager and team, and CEO.
  • You will also be part of the team composed of the entire staff of the school, meeting weekly to celebrate each other for living our values and doing our best to support our students.

 

    Your Life

  • ICS West is located at 56th St. and Chester Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.  The 13 trolley stops at our front door, and we have limited off-street parking.
  • Your start date will be August 16, 2021, the first day of our three-week Summer professional development session (this is a 10-month position).
  • Our work day is 8am to 4pm.
  • The salary range for this position is $43,500 to $65,000, depending on experience and certification.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

 

You

 

    This role is a fit if…

  • You know that it is our responsibility as educators to give every single student everything they need.
  • You are excited about having a coach and becoming the best teacher you can be.
  • You know that a team can accomplish more than an individual, and are excited to get to know your teammates, build trust with them, and have candid conversations with them.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and a valid teaching certificate.
  • You have at least one year of teaching experience.

 

    Your Impact

  • Within the timelines set out in their individual learning plans, the students you have supported will all be at or above grade level in Math, placing them on a path toward a rigorous, college preparatory high school, and the ability to choose the life they dream of.
  • A generation from now, the students you and your team have supported will be the global citizens and leaders that our world so desperately needs, uniting communities in Philadelphia, across the country, and around the world.

 

Application Details

 

If reading about ICS West and this position excites you, we want to meet you!  Please send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.

 

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Manager of Special Education at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

Posted by | May 28, 2021 |

Manager of Special Education at Independence Charter School West (ICS West)

 

Our Team and School

 

    Who We Are

  • ICS West exists to equip and empower global citizens, so that our communities are united.  Our students are becoming the leaders who will bring a divided world back together, and as a team, it is our responsibility to give them everything they need to do so.
  • We believe that every student, with no exception, can achieve at their highest level, and our Big Goal reflects this – our students who are below grade level will make two years of growth every school year until they are at or above grade level in all subjects.  Right now, many of our students are not at this level.  Supporting them in getting there is the focus of everything we do as a team.
  • We believe deeply in being an open enrollment, neighborhood public school, with the responsibility to meet the needs of every student who enrolls, with no exception.  Special education students currently make up 27% of our student population.
  • Finally, we believe that being a cohesive team is the way to realize our vision.  Building trust with each other enables us to honor the unique perspectives that every team member brings, talk candidly about these perspectives as we commit to decisions, and hold each other accountable for the results our students deserve.

 

    Fast Facts

  • Founded in 2016
  • Serving 800 students in grades K-8 in the 21-22 school year, and growing to our full enrollment of 900 students in the 23-24 school year
  • 100 team members and growing
  • All students taught Spanish starting in Kindergarten
  • Located in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia
  • Newly renovated three-building school campus (renovation of fourth building in planning)

 

The Position

 

    Your Job

  • You will be the leader of the Special Education team at ICS West, coaching and supporting our Special Education Teachers with whom you will ensure that our students with IEPs meet their IEP goals and make the academic growth necessary in all subject areas to be at or above grade level within the timeline set out in their IEPs.
  • You will work with our Director of Student Support and our Principal to continue to develop our curriculum and instruction plan for special education, ensuring that our students with IEPs are given the scaffolding they need to be able to be successful with grade level content as soon as possible.
  • You will work with our Director of Student Support and our Principal to become an expert in coaching and leading professional development that ensures that every student in every special education setting is working and thinking at an appropriately rigorous level, all the time.
  • You will coach and partner with our Special Education Compliance Specialist to ensure compliance with all timelines, meetings, procedures, and documentation; build and cultivate relationships with all outside stakeholders (agencies, districts, PDE, APS); and ensure that we meet not only the requirements, but also the spirit of special education law, meeting the needs of our students and families completely.

 

    Your Teams

  • You will lead the Special Education team consisting of our Special Education Compliance Specialist, Special Education Teachers and Assistants, Occupational Therapist, and Speech Therapists.
  • Your team is supported by our Director of Student Support and the entire Student Support team (including Counselors, School Social Worker, Student Support Specialists, ELD Teacher, and SEL Teachers), Principal and Assistant Principals, Operations Manager and team, and CEO.
  • You will be part of the Instructional Leadership team with our Principal, Director of Student Support, Assistant Principals, and Content Specialists.
  • You will also be part of the team composed of the entire staff of the school, meeting weekly to celebrate each other for living our values and doing our best to support our students.

 

  

 

  Your Life

  • ICS West is located at 56th St. and Chester Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia.  The 13 trolley stops at our front door, and we have limited off-street parking.
  • Your start date will be July 1, 2021 (this is a 12-month position).
  • The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $75,000, depending on experience.
  • You will have 15 vacation days in each of your first 3 years with us, increasing to 20 days in your 4th year and beyond.
  • ICS West pays for 100% of the cost of employee and dependent health benefits, and matches 403b contributions up to 5%.  We do not participate in PSERS.

 

You

 

    This role is a fit if…

  • You know that it is our responsibility as educators to give every single student everything they need.
  • You are excited about having a coach and becoming the best leader you can be.
  • You are excited about being a coach and helping teachers become the best they can be for our students.
  • You know that a team can accomplish more than an individual, and are excited to get to know your teammates, build trust with them, and have candid conversations with them.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree and a valid Special Education certificate; Supervisor cert is preferred, but we will consider an outstanding candidate who does not have this yet and wants to attain it while working with us.
  • You have at least 3 years of Special Education teaching experience, with at least 1 year of experience leading a Special Education team or department.
  • You have at least 1 year of experience coaching and/or leading professional development for teachers.

 

    Your Impact

  • A year from now, the partnerships between our Special Education and general education teachers grown under your leadership are simply “the ICS West way of doing things”, and have created an environment of safety and success for all students with special needs.
  • Within the timelines set out in their IEPs, the students you and your team have supported will all have made clear incremental progress toward being at or above grade level in every subject area according to their IEP goals, placing them on a path toward a rigorous, college preparatory high school, and the ability to choose the life they dream of.
  • A generation from now, the students you and your team have supported will be the global citizens and leaders that our world so desperately needs, uniting communities in Philadelphia, across the country, and around the world.

 

Application Details

 

If reading about ICS West and this position excites you, we want to meet you!  Please send your resume and a cover letter to icswesthiring@icswest.org, and we will be in touch shortly with next steps.

 

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Leadership Coach

Posted by | May 4, 2021 |

NORTHEAST REGION

TNTP seeks a full-time Leadership Coach to join our Consulting Division in the Northeast Region.  This position is based in a home office anywhere in the Northeast, with preference given to candidates in Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, or Massachusetts. Travel up to 40% is required (contingent upon organizational/state/federal regulations).

Who We Are
A national nonprofit founded by teachers, TNTP believes our nation’s public schools can offer all children an excellent education. Today we’re a diverse team from a wide range of fields, united by a fierce commitment to helping school systems end educational inequality. We work at every level of the public education system to attract and train talented teachers and school leaders, ensure rigorous and engaging classrooms, and create environments that prioritize great teaching and accelerate student learning.

Staff in TNTP’s Consulting Division work alongside teachers, school leaders, districts, and states to help them achieve their goals for students. Our staff work across urban and suburban school districts, independent charter schools, and charter networks. Our team is diverse and brings a wide range of expertise across content areas. We work to create effective leaders by recruiting and training new school leaders and developing current leaders through targeted professional development and one-on-one coaching.

What You’ll Do
We know that to have an effective teacher in every classroom, there must be an effective leader in every school.  As a Leadership Coach, you will work with our team and leaders in districts and schools in our Northeast Region to drive systemic change by creating and developing a shared vision of what excellent instruction looks like. You’ll coach current school leaders to operationalize that vision by developing their instructional expertise, identify gaps, and help them determine where to prioritize and focus their time as a school leader to best enable deeper learning in their school.

Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Facilitating weekly goals-based coaching aligned to program priorities and differentiated for individual leader and school needs and context

  • Designing and facilitating professional development for new and veteran school leaders

  • Designing and delivering training experiences for aspiring school leaders

  • Collaborating with state, network and district leadership to observe and deliver concrete, actionable feedback to school leaders

  • Collaborating with TNTP Leadership Coaches across contracts to develop TNTP’s best practices in leadership development

  • Contributing to the vision and strategy, as well as expansion, of TNTP’s leadership development work

What You Bring
We are looking for amazing people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences, are inspired by our mission and are highly motivated to change children’s lives through education. You’ll be right at home here if you learn from failure and overcome adversity, cultivate strong relationships, understand the power of diversity, advocate for equity, aspire to lead through inclusion, and push yourself, your work and the people around you to the next level.

We expect our Leadership Coach to:

  • Bring a distinguished track record in school leadership. You have coached school leaders or led schools that achieved great things for their students and believe a strong school leader is essential to the success of a school.

  • Demonstrate expertise in facilitating powerful learning experiences for adults. You excel at designing and implementing professional development experiences and have the content expertise to create rich training materials, conceptualize meaningful interactive learning experiences, and facilitate training sessions for school leaders that helps them shift their practice and support them in implementing learning experiences at the campus-level.

  • Propose innovative solutions to complex challenges. You have a history of tackling high stakes challenges head on and moving work forward toward successful outcomes. Ambiguity doesn’t overwhelm you; just the opposite, you thrive on it. Your creative instincts will help you deal with vague situations and develop new approaches with limited guidance.

  • Influence leaders to act. You’ll regularly interact with and be expected to influence clients – motivating them to make both incremental change and take quantum leaps.

  • Embrace cross-cultural agility.  Authentic self-reflection, self- awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You have an adept cultural understanding of yourself and use your understanding of yourself and others to build trusting relationships with colleagues and stakeholders.   

  • Build relationships. You have the ability to connect and build relationships with diverse communities. Bilingual abilities are a plus, Spanish language preferred.

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience as a school principal and a proven track record of raising student achievement (required)

  • Experience coaching and facilitating professional development for school leaders and teachers (required)

  • Immediate understanding of what effective teaching looks like and a deep commitment to effective instruction (required)

  • Strong familiarity and expertise with College and Career-Ready standards, such as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (preferred)

  • Ability to track and analyze performance data to uncover trends and act strategically and effectively to improve results

  • Ability to communicate compelling feedback that motivates leaders, develops instruction and accelerates student achievement

  • Comfort modeling and engaging in courageous conversations

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and teamwork skills, including the ability to collaborate, and attain and grow effective partnerships to meet common goals

What We Offer
TNTP offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience in a similar position with the potential for an annual performance-based bonus. The salary range for this position is $93,600 – $140,400. New hires are typically brought into the organization at a salary between the range minimum and midpoint depending on experience and in alignment with internal equity.  We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, commuter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a 403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. TNTP may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable.

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K-8 Certified General Education Teacher

Posted by | March 29, 2021 |

Job Description

General Education Teacher 

Term(10) month position-Salaried

Full-Time Exempt

School Background:

Established in 1997, Harambee Institute of Science & Technology Charter School is one of the first African-centered charter schools formed in the state of Pennsylvania. With a focus on Science and Technology, Harambee is an elementary public school currently serving 525 students in grades K-8. Harambee prides itself on delivering an academic experience to students in a loving, safe, and culturally rich environment.

Mission:

To build self-respect, self-reliance, and empowerment through practical, educationally sound and culturally relevant curricula and services embedded in science and technology.

Position Summary:

The teacher is the central person responsible for planning and implementing the school’s instructional program in relationship to the academic, emotional, social, physical, cultural and aesthetic development of all students. Teachers are also responsible for fostering open lines of communication with parents and guardians.

Duties:

  • Plan and skillfully deliver instruction in a clear, concise, interesting and culturally relevant manner
  • Organize and maintain a classroom environment that fosters an attitude of acceptance
  • Maintain accurate record of student attendance-including responses to excessive tardiness/absences
  • Maintain regular contact with parent(s) or guardian(s) concerning student’s pattern of misconduct, excessive missing or poor quality homework; overall social and academic progress
  • If applicable, collaborates with all assigned personnel, i.e. paraeducators, student teachers, clinical/classroom volunteers
  • Take appropriate care and precaution to protect students, equipment, materials and school facilities
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the teaching faculty and staff to plan, develop, implement and assess the school’s instructional program-including school based problem solving activities
  • Complete and submit accurately maintained anecdotal records/reports, upon request, to principal/supervisor in a timely manner
  • Teachers are expected to prepare Lesson Plans according to PA Common Core standards, and based on an agreed upon schedule

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
  • PA State Teacher certification
  • 5 years of Teaching experience

Assurances

HISTCS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, HISTCS complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training.

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Executive Director

Posted by | January 25, 2021 |

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than fifty schools, creating new educational opportunities for 21,000 students. PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in each sector. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Over the past decade, PSP has been at the forefront of the fight for increased educational opportunities for students and families in Philadelphia:

  • PSP’s school investments of over $80M in nearly seventy K-12 schools (district, charter, renaissance and parochial), have led to better schools for tens of thousands of underserved students.
  • PSP’s talent investments have supported recruitment and/or development of over 350 teachers and school leaders across the city.
  • GreatPhillySchools (GPS) and Apply Philly Charter (APC) have dramatically expanded parents’ ability to find and enroll in a school that best meets their children’s’ needs.

 

Despite this progress, there remain significant challenges in PSP’s fight for increasing educational opportunities for students and families in Philadelphia:

  • While 38% of students in Philly are attending a charter and over 50% attend a school of choice of some kind, the overall quality of schools in Philadelphia continues to lag behind other major cities for a variety of reasons.
  • The critical work of attracting, launching, and expanding great schools needed to solve this problem has only become harder, and while there are a variety of organizations fighting on the advocacy front, there is no coordinated vision and strategy for how those pieces will come together as a coalition and achieve success.

 

PSP is the only organization that can lead the work to fight through these challenges and achieve the type of education system in the city that all families deserve: one where there’s access to a great school for every child, regardless of their economic background. To accomplish this, PSP’s next Executive Director must be a leader who can build on the work to date by developing and executing a new strategy to build a citywide coalition that will enable meaningful expansion of high-quality seats throughout the city.

 

Position Summary

The Executive Director will be a visible and strategic executive with oversight and leadership of all aspects of PSP including strategic planning, operations, finances, fundraising and investments, advocacy, and stakeholder relationships. The Executive Director will bring a track record of leadership and a genuine passion for advancing educational opportunities across the city. It is the expectation that the new Executive Director will:

 

  • Be a Visionary – The next leader of PSP must be a transformational vision-setter, who can first and foremost develop and align with the Board on a clear vision for long-term success with the focus upon ensuring a high-quality educational option for every child in the city.
  • Lead a Team to Create and Execute a Strong Strategic Plan – Equally important to setting a clear and bold vision, is the ability of the next PSP leader to transform that vision into a clear strategic plan that can serve as a roadmap to achieving success, and in turn to build and lead a high-quality team that can execute on that plan successfully.
  • Create Coalitions and Forge Meaningful Partnerships – Critical to the success of this effort will be recognizing that our work cannot be done alone. It will take a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders coming together to work towards a common purpose. The next leader must have the ability to develop and execute a strategy that forges partnerships and coalitions at the grassroots and grasstops level and harnesses their collective power to make the changes needed for students and families.
  • Engage Local and National Funders in Pursuit of Educational Equity – The Executive Director will drive PSP’s fundraising strategy, including working with the Board to set fundraising goals, directly engaging funders to invest in our mission-critical initiatives, managing the development team, and stewarding PSP’s relationships with the funder community.
  • Communicate to Inspire Others – The next PSP leader must be a compelling communicator who can bring together different audiences – from elected officials, to education leaders, to business leaders and funders – to collectively understand the educational challenges facing students and families today and inspire others to join in the effort to create solutions.

 

The Executive Director reports to PSP’s Board and will manage the PSP team members and staff.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

External Relations and Fundraising

  • Advance PSP’s public brand by serving as an active and magnetic ambassador for PSP’s mission and vision with key stakeholders, including representing PSP locally and across the country.
  • With support of the Board, play a central role in fundraising, fostering significant donor relationships, cultivating strategic partnerships.
  • Form relationships throughout the Philadelphia region (and beyond) that contribute to enriching and collaborative experiences for Philadelphia students and families.

 

Executive Leadership

  • In partnership with the Board and key stakeholders, align organization-wide priorities and set an overarching strategic vision for PSP.
  • Uphold and support PSP’s commitment to our vision and values by modeling expectations at all times.
  • Oversee the development and effective implementation of PSP’s initiatives and core values.
  • Set and drive team to aggressive outcomes for the organization directly impacting the quality of educational options for children in Philadelphia.
  • Establish and foster a collaborative relationship with the Board, keeping the Board informed of significant issues and events at PSP, collaborating on key projects, and seeking advice and expertise from board members, as appropriate.

 

Management and Operations

  • Serve as the direct manager and partner to the Leadership Team; provide support and guidance around best practices for managing and developing the staff.
  • Create and foster a healthy and productive team culture of professional growth and high achievement inside the organization, while maintaining a positive staff morale
  • Oversee successful performance management practices to ensure all professional and operational requirements are met.
  • Manage an operational budget of $8.7 million, ensuring effective fiscal stewardship and sustainability for the organization.

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of PSP and possess a bold vision for how to achieve educational equity for all children in Philadelphia.
  • Some experience in direct service to low-income, communities of color and an understanding of the barriers to quality educational options for the families we serve.
  • Energy, drive, and passion for continuous improvement, both personally and at an enterprise level.
  • A dynamic, proactive, inclusive, open, and decisive leadership style; an entrepreneurial planner and builder rather than a “steady-state” manager.
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both inside organizations and in their approach to education reform
  • Ambitious and innovative mindset with a track record of translating strategy into action and delivering results.
  • Ability to lead and inspire others to deliver high performance.
  • Strong communications skills, both oral and written, with an enthusiasm for the mission of PSP and a passion to develop relationships with stakeholders.
  • A strategic and creative thinker with the agility to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines; comfort leading within ambiguity.
  • Ability to leverage qualitative and quantitative information in decision-making.
  • Proven track record of fundraising and grantmaking.
  • Ability and desire to work with a socioeconomically and racially diverse community with the ability to connect and collaborate.
  • Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, and a strong work ethic.
  • Flexible attitude, ability to work with urgency.

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s or advanced degree is desired.
  • Minimum of 10 years of senior leadership experience with oversight across multiple functional areas.
  • Experience leading in the K-12 sector in one or more areas of school leadership, education philanthropy, and/or education policy is desired.
  • Extensive management experience with a track record of success in leading and sustaining a high-performing organization.
  • Experience cultivating partnerships with individuals and institutions across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Experience effectively managing complex budgets and the strategic allocation of resources.
  • Track record of success in raising philanthropic dollars and stewarding donor relationships.

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to external meetings – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary.
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls.
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing.

 

Compensation

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

 

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2021-2022 School Year Teachers (All Grades and Subjects, K-12)

Posted by | January 19, 2021 |

TEACHER (ALL GRADES AND SUBJECTS K-12)
Now Hiring for 2021-2022 School Year

 

EMPLOYMENT DETAILS

Reports To: Principal
Commitment: Full-Time
Term: 10 Months Annually, 2021-2022 School Year

 

ABOUT THE POSITION

High quality Teachers who have a professional and personal dedication to student achievement and the school community are the single most important factor to the success of the New Foundations Charter School mission and vision.

  • Our Mission: The mission of the New Foundations Charter School is to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high-achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities. The teachers and staff of New Foundations Charter School will ensure a commitment to lifelong learning and achievement of all of our students by creating an atmosphere of caring that pervades every aspect of school life and promotes responsibility for all members of our school community.
  •  Our Vision for Impact: In 2019, New Foundations embarked on an ambitious five year strategic plan.  The Strategic Plan’s “Vision for Impact” is that by June 2025, New Foundations will provide daily opportunities for all students to engage in rigorous academic preparation, integrated and well-rounded character development, and inclusive and expansive specials and extracurricular activities that prepare them for individualized post-secondary success.

 

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Founded by Sheryl Perzel and Paul Stadelberger, New Foundations Charter School opened in 2000. Our core principle was simple: be student-centered and growth focused. This ethos remains and at New Foundations we maintain that in order for our children to thrive as leading members of society, they must grow academically, socially, and emotionally today.

Twenty years later, New Foundations is a prominent public charter school serving grades K-12 in Northeast Philadelphia and a leader in academic excellence, social emotional awareness, and community engagement. In a constantly changing world, we continue our work to evolve and improve. We are ambitious about New Foundations’ future. We’re a great school, but we still have work to do to be better and to redefine what it means to be a great school.

  • Our Students

As an open enrollment public charter school, we seek to prepare each student for the college, career and service opportunity of their choice. New Foundations Charter School currently educates 1,500 students across a K-8 & High School campus in Northeast Philadelphia.

New Foundations has a highly diverse and representative student/family population: 57% White, 22% Black, 13% Latino, 5% Asian and 3% Mixed Races & Other; 40% Free Lunch, 30% Reduced-Price Lunch, 30% Paid Lunch.  The political and ideological diversity of our student and family body is representative of the United States as a whole.

  • Our Buildings 

The K-8 and High School buildings are located within walking distance of each other in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Both buildings include recent renovations and are well-maintained to provide a positive learning environment for students and staff.

Building highlights include bright and spacious classrooms, technology-enabled classrooms, science labs, gymnasiums with full size basketball courts, cafeterias and learning commons.  The buildings are near major roadways with on-site parking for staff and within walking distance from the SEPTA Regional Rail Suburban station with trains to Center City.

  • Our Community 

New Foundations opened in 2000 and has had a strong, positive presence in its Northeast neighborhood of Philadelphia throughout the past 20 years.  New Foundations is highly-regarded on various academic performance measures compared with other Philadelphia charter and district schools and we have an admissions wait-list of over 10,000 students.

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

All staff at New Foundations Charter School are expected to:

  • Embrace our mission and embody our vision for New Foundations’ future;
  • Model our core values of being student-focused, serving our community and consistently engaging in solutions-oriented and caring conversations;
  • Welcome the opportunity to be constantly challenged to grow, learn and improve;
  • Demonstrate role model mentality in all interactions and activities;
  • Have a track record of success and achievement within an environment of limited resources.

A Teacher at New Foundations Charter School is expected to:

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree with a record of academic achievement;
  • Possess valid Pennsylvania teacher certification for relevant subject and grade level of instruction;
  • Demonstrate expertise and enthusiasm for subject of instruction;
  • Preferably possess a minimum of two years of relevant teaching experience;
  • Preferably possess prior teaching experience in an urban public school or charter school setting.

 

 COMPENSATION 
New Foundations offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We are committed to pay equity.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES 
Core Responsibilities

  1. Curriculum and Instruction
  2. Assessment
  3. Classroom Management
  4. Classroom Culture
  5. Professional Comportment
  6. Other

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Develop and implement rigorous and appropriate lesson plans, assignments, and assessments in cooperation with New Foundation’s leadership team and curricular resources.
  • Deliver the curriculum in an appropriate manner consistent with the student’s educational levels.
  • Ensure that the Standards of the State of Pennsylvania and New Foundations Charter School are incorporated in daily, weekly, monthly, and long term lesson plans.
  • Adapt the curriculum for individual student’s needs.
  • Maintain/write individual learning plans for each student.
  • Provide for the needs of special education students placed in the classroom.

Assessment

  • Prepare achievement reports (report cards/progress reports/etc).
  • Administer school assessments and mandated standardized assessments.
  • Maintain and record student’s achievement (homework/quizzes/tests/etc.)
  • In partnership with school leadership, analyze assessments that measure progress towards academic standards and use this assessment data to inform and differentiate instructional practices

Classroom Management

  • Maintain an effective, creative, and balanced learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
  • Enforce the school’s discipline policies and code of conduct.
  • Maintain student records including attendance, behavioral and academic.  Ensure that all student records are secured.
  • Maintain proactive communication with parents/guardians about their student’s academic progress and wellbeing.

Classroom Culture

  • Demonstrate genuine interest, belief, and care for students’ personal and academic success
  • Maintain a warm and  “friendly” classroom.
  • Maintain a safe and clean learning environment that is free of hazards.
  • Allow for the students to utilize the space in the room to enhance their learning.
  • Engage families in their children’s education by building relationships and maintaining regular communication.
  • Collaborate with other professionals in regard to student’s development and achievement.

Professional Comportment

  • Exhibit a professional image and demeanor at all times.
  • Commit to continual professional growth.
  • Attend all professional development meetings and faculty/staff meetings.
  • Participate and support grade-level activities and school-wide functions throughout the school-year.
  • Adhere to school schedule and be punctual for work and meetings.
  • Maintain an effective and positive relationship with colleagues, staff and supervisors.
  • Professionally and effectively communicate with all colleagues, staff and supervisors.

Other

  • Become a member of the school community, building strong relationships and being highly engaged.
  • Do whatever else is necessary or requested to provide students with the academic, social, and emotional foundations and skills necessary to become high achieving, socially competent stewards of their communities.

 

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National Research Coordinator

Posted by | December 21, 2020 |

Who We Are 

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. The organization empowers expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students.

What We Do

The Teach Plus national research team leads several research studies a year, administers timely research studies to support national policy initiatives, and collaborates with teachers to support regional and national policy projects. Examples of this work can be found in the publications section of the Teach Plus website under publications (http://www.teachplus.org/news-events/publications) and flash polls (http://www.teachplus.org/teacher-polls).  

The national research team works closely with the national policy team as well as with regional teams and their respective Teaching Policy Fellows. The research team also convenes groups of alumni Teaching Policy Fellows in a Teacher Research Council and ad hoc National Working Groups to support and lead individual research projects. 

What You’ll Do 

Reporting to the Senior National Director of Research and Knowledge, the National Research Coordinator will have key responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

Collaborate in the development of regional policy research:

  • Working closely with Teach Plus staff and teacher leaders, support and, in some cases, co-lead, the development of state research-driven policy projects. An example of these types of projects include “Improving as we go: Learning from Indiana district reentry plans” (2020).
  • This includes drawing on a variety of research methods to help Teach Plus state teams design, implement, and produce a state-focused research project. Methods typically include surveys, focus groups, interviews, and secondary data analysis.

Support national research studies:

Co-lead the Senior Research Fellowship:

  • The Senior Research Fellowship program offers alumni of Teach Plus programs the opportunity to advance their research skills by leading their own projects. They also train and support other Teach Plus teacher leaders in conducting their own research. 
  • The National Research Coordinator will co-lead this program by organizing monthly sessions, coordinating the work of the Senior Research Fellows, and design content and sessions for these teacher leaders.

Serve as project manager for national research initiatives:

  • Manage and update Teach Plus research resources, including an organization wide library of research resources and research-related software tools, e.g. survey tools.
  • Project manage multiple national initiatives, projects, and studies.

 

Who We Want

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and experiences:

  • At least three years of work experience in an education setting. 
  • Training or experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  • Strong project management skills, including designing, planning, monitoring, and communicating project timelines.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing reports and other written materials.

Preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Classroom teaching experience.
  • Experience conducting public policy or education policy research.
  • Proficiency with statistical software (SAS, SPSS, STATA, or R).
  • Graduate degree in education, public policy, business, public administration, or related fields.
  • Experience leading and writing research reports.

 

Commitment to Diversity

In order to better serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job with the potential to develop and succeed with coaching and support. We recognize that such a candidate may have a less traditional background or have different kinds of relevant experience. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.

Salary and Benefits

Salary range is $50,000-$60,000 and actual salary offered will be commensurate with candidate’s experience. Teach Plus offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 3% matching 401k plan, disability and life insurance, and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical and childcare expenses. Teach Plus offers generous time off benefits including 15 vacation days, 3 personal days, 5 sick days, 11 holidays, and winter break. Additionally, Teach Plus offers paid parental leave and a 4-week paid sabbatical for every five years of service.

Location

This is a remote position that will be conducted virtually (primarily from a home office).

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete an online application found here. The online application will require you to upload a resume and cover letter.  The cover letter should include an explanation of the candidate’s interest in the position as well as a summary of relevant qualifications and experience. Teach Plus will receive applications until the position is filled. 

Application link: https://teachplus.tfaforms.net/328038 

Teach Plus is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex or natural origin.

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Newsroom Visuals Coordinator

Posted by | December 3, 2020 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a visuals coordinator to join our team. Chalkbeat provides deep, local coverage of education policy and practice to inform the decisions and actions that lead to better outcomes for children and families, especially those in low-income communities. We believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. In our eight local bureaus and a national desk (and growing), we’re working with communities to reimagine and recreate the press public education deserves. Learn more about how our unique model — a nonprofit newsroom covering a single topic in multiple locations — represents a promising path forward for local news. Read more about our mission and values.

The newsroom visuals coordinator collaborates daily with reporters, editors, data journalists, and bureau chiefs across Chalkbeat to make sure our stories are accompanied by the best photos and visual treatments. While this is not a photographer role, if you have photography skills there is an opportunity to take photos occasionally.

We’re looking for a flexible, self-directed person who enjoys interacting with people and finds fulfillment in sweating the smallest details. You must thrive in a fast-paced environment. You will report to Chalkbeat’s Managing Editor for Style and Standards.

 

Your impact as the visual coordinator:

  • Enhance the visual presentation of Chalkbeat’s journalism by maintaining our photo database, building our photo library, and uploading freelance and partnership photos.
  • Manage the daily process of selecting and acquiring photos and/or other visuals for stories and track which photos are used. 
  • Ensure that our published photos reflect the communities that we report for.
  • Maintain our asset manager. Fix errors or omissions in metadata and oversee best practices.
  • Refine and maintain our guidelines for workflow, stock photography, indexing, partnerships, and editorial and ethical standards for visuals. 
  • Work closely with the operations team to manage and oversee our Getty Images accounts, freelance photography relationships, and photo partnerships with other newsrooms.
  • Train and coach reporters on incorporating photojournalism best practices into newsgathering and story field production.
  • Work with our data team to create and organize a searchable database of past graphics and data sets.

 

What background and skills do you have?

  • You are highly organized, comfortable working with databases, and thrive on bringing order to chaos.
  • You have strong time management skills and are adept at prioritizing and multitasking while maintaining an attention to detail.
  • You have a basic understanding of photography and strong understanding of post-production workflows including metadata tagging, the Adobe Creative Suite, and storytelling. 
  • You are an avid news consumer.
  • You are comfortable working remotely or with remote team members.
  • You enjoy working in a fast-paced environment with a variety of personalities.
  • You are a solid communicator who knows how to ask for help, empathize with teammates, and take ownership of your work.
  • You share Chalkbeat’s commitment to reflecting and including diverse people and perspectives in our content.

 

Bonus points if you’ve got:

  • Experience working in a newsroom.
  • Experience or familiarity with copyright law and contracts. 

We recognize that every candidate brings interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. 

We are working remotely for the foreseeable future, but our virtual newsroom features daily interaction, fun slack channels (#pets and #foodies), personal development sessions, and team exercise and meditation get-togethers.  This position can be done permanently remotely, or when it is safe for our offices to reopen, you’re welcome to join us in person in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

Chalkbeat is dedicated to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Chalkbeat encourages people of all races, colors, national origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran statuses, sexual orientations, and marital statuses to apply.

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Operations and Data Analyst, Apply Philly Charter

Posted by | October 14, 2020 |

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunities for 21,000 students. PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Position Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) believes that helping to empower parents to find, choose, and advocate for higher quality schools of all types (district, charter, and private) is a critical part of our strategy to ensure every child in Philadelphia is enrolled in a great school.  Specifically, we are working to better equip families with information to find and choose great schools for their children.  In 2018, PSP launched Apply Philly Charter, an online application system that now has grown to serve over 80 charter schools in the city and is the predominant way in which families apply to Philadelphia charter schools. Apply Philly Charter allows families to apply to charter schools from a single website, and all participating charter schools abide by the same application, lottery and notification timeline. Participating charter schools conduct their lotteries on Apply Philly Charter, send seat offers to applicants and manage their waitlists on the system. Families are able to accept seat offers and monitor their placement on waitlists using the system.  Last year, over 30,000 applicants from every zip code in Philadelphia used Apply Philly Charter to submit 170,000 applications to participating charter schools. Apply Philly Charter is run on a Salesforce platform.

 

The Operations and Data Analyst will serve as the system administrator for Apply Philly Charter and will be responsible for providing technical support to participating schools. The Operations and Data Analyst will be responsible for the successful operation of the system, including, but not limited to: intake of applications, oversight of the lottery, waitlist, and seat offer functionality, and general support to schools and families as needed. The Operations and Data Analyst will also serve as the project lead for any technical enhancements made to the system, working closely with our Salesforce developers and vendor(s) to create the project scope and test functionality. Outside of system responsibilities, the Operations and Data Analyst will be responsible for managing, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting on school-level and city-wide application data for both internal and external initiatives.

 

This position includes creative opportunities to use technical programs or software to advance the policy initiatives and efficacy of Apply Philly Charter and to support other PSP teams in their data management, analysis and use of Salesforce systems.

 

This position reports to the Director, Apply Philly Charter. He/she will work closely with the entire Apply Philly Charter team, including the Managing Director, Community Resources, Manager, GreatPhillySchools, and other staff as needed.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

General:

  • Report directly to the Director, Apply Philly Charter to manage day-to-day system administration, data analysis, and customer service to schools
  • Manage all technical systems relating to Apply Philly Charter including (but not limited to) Salesforce and Google Analytics
  • Provide ongoing technical support to schools and respond to charter school inquiries in a timely manner
  • Serve as liaison to the technical vendor to ensure user and system administration concerns are addressed in a timely manner

System Administration:

  • Monitor system application and usage data for family and school users to ensure smooth operation of the system, identify technical issues to be resolved
  • Develop and run system level reports, create system-level and school-level dashboards
  • Report out and analyze system-level data for internal organizational purposes
  • Help to manage and support data integrations between Apply Philly Charter and external data systems using Python
  • Work with the Apply Philly Charter team and schools to ensure application process benchmarks are hit (i.e. opening and closing of application, lotteries run on the correct day, etc.)
  • Perform other system administrator duties, including testing system features in advance of school user and/or family use

Data Analysis and Programming:

  • Clean large data sets for further analysis
  • Manipulate data in statistical software
  • Analyze and report out on key metrics
  • Edit scripts (Python and SQL)

Other System Support:

  • Support the Director, Apply Philly Charter and other staff in advancing policy goals and decision making
  • Support the Director, Apply Philly Charter and other staff in the operation of the Apply Philly Charter Steering Committee, including presenting system-level data to school partners
  • Create updated school training materials as needed, including annual updates to the Apply Philly Charter user manual
  • Conduct school training sessions, as needed
  • Work with and support potential Salesforce administration in other areas of the organization, including supporting the GreatPhillySchools and School Investment teams
  • Perform additional duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership.
  • Experience working with and managing data systems. Salesforce experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in at least one programming language (e.g. Stata, R, SPSS, Python, C#, etc.)
  • Capable of cleaning, analyzing, managing, and processing large data sets using complex functions and programming languages.
  • Experience providing technical support to clients and/or partners.
  • Strong communication skills and the capability to synthesize data for lay audiences.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills.
  • Confidence working under pressure of deadlines and managing multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible.
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects.

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience with CRM database(s), Salesforce preferred.
  • Experience with statistical reporting software (R, STATA, SAS, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience in client services and/or providing technical support.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Proficient in Google Drive products (i.e., Google Sheets, Google Docs)
  • Experience and/or familiarity with charter school application and/or enrollment processes, a plus.

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.

A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.

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Philadelphia Bureau Chief

Posted by | July 30, 2020 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering the effort to improve schools for the almost 30 million children in America who live near or below the poverty line, is seeking a seasoned journalist to serve as our first Philadelphia bureau chief. 

This is an exciting moment to help launch our bureau in Philadelphia,a result of The Philadelphia Public School Notebook (the Notebook) joining forces with Chalkbeat.  The past year has seen an onslaught of news carrying profound implications for students and families in one of the nation’s largest school districts. Most immediately, the district is grappling with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and how to educate its 200,000 students in the coming school year. The district, like many in the wake of unrest around police killings of Black Americans, is reimagining its school police force. District leaders are also continuing to navigate the 2018 return to city control after decades under state takeover. Chalkbeat wants to be at the forefront of these and other stories, breaking news and providing smart analysis of the implications on policy and politics.

The bureau chief role at Chalkbeat is unique, blending reporting, editing, people management, community engagement, and team building. You will guide our coverage decisions and priorities in Philadelphia, starting with your own reporting and overseeing one senior reporter. You will work with the reporter and senior editors to help shape stories on the front end so they connect to the important story of educational equity Chalkbeat is telling across the country. (You may pinch-hit on editing when one of our ace story editors is out, too.) You’ll also serve as Chalkbeat’s public face, working with our central engagement team to build a local community strategy, establish news partnerships, and represent the organization in the community. Finally, you’ll oversee the bureau’s budget and office with support from Chalkbeat’s central network.

 

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You find coaching reporters energizing, from helping them connect the dots across several incremental stories to instructing them in the fine art of source-building. You are devoted to elevating the voices of historically marginalized communities. You can balance quick news hits with enterprise work and have experience planning longer-term projects. While you love being on the ground and in the community, you’re also inspired by the idea of collaborating with colleagues across the Chalkbeat network to learn and share best practices and get the support you need to lead your team to greatness. You can serve as a guide for our readers — school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how education works in your bureau’s location. And you’re not afraid to call officials to task when warranted.

 

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years’ experience in journalism, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues
  • Breaking news metabolism and decisiveness under pressure
  • Proven strategies for building an effective team and experience managing direct reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with curious reporters and skeptical editors
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and interest in building a sustainable local newsroom
  • Experience managing budgets and other administrative duties preferred
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a retirement plan and a paid recess between Christmas and New Year’s in addition to vacation time.

 

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in eight locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

We are dedicated to improving our newsroom, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. (Here is a breakdown of our staff.) We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

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Executive Director

Posted by | July 20, 2020 |

Executive Director Position
The Executive Director has the responsibility for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission. In order to fulfill that responsibility, it is expected that the successful candidate for this position will have the competencies to be successful in four areas of concentration.

  • Effectively advocating to assure that legislation and administrative policies provide accountability, transparency, and equitable treatment and funding for all forms of K-12 public education
  • Driving to establish high standards of performance and consistently strong and fair authorizers for all charter schools
  • Providing support to help member schools improve, with the goal of having every charter school in Pennsylvania become a high-performing public school relative to the mission for which the charter school was created
  • Creating a strong and sustained financial base for the organization.

Desired Competencies, Experience, and Education

  • The maturity, confidence, composure, and presence to effectively build relationships and promote policies and standards with legislators, legislative staffs, members of the Governor’s office, the Department of Education, peers in other states, and the print and electronic media
  • Knowledge of the issues and challenges facing education reform and school choice, the national charter landscape, and K-12 education
  • A high level of integrity and the ability and tact to work effectively with persons across the entire political spectrum, and the entire public charter sector
  • Superb listening and oral and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor and convey ideas and positions as a spokesperson for charter schools to a wide range of constituent groups through position papers, press releases, print and electronic media interviews, testimonies, and social media
  • The ability and integrity to promote an equity strategy to ensure racial and gender equity in education, often afforded through charter school enrollment, as well as working with experts and other relevant organizations to help execute this goal and ensure stakeholders view PCPCS as an effective and inclusive advocacy organization
  • The skills to develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Trustees and facilitate Board and Leaders Council involvement in PCPCS actions
  • The ability to work with the Board to obtain a strong and continuing financial base for the organization. This includes demonstrated skills in working with individuals and foundations to raise funds, including writing and organizing grant proposals, and business development skills in working with charter schools to ensure relevance, growth, and sustainability of the organization
  • Demonstrated skill to develop and implement sound financial practices and ensure good fiscal and fiduciary responsibility, stewardship, and accountability
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, including the abilities to initiate actions, seek appropriate and timely guidance, and achieve amazing results with limited resources; this includes being proactive relative to the aspirations of the organization as well as reactive to its immediate needs
  • The ability to work with charter school leaders to provide the type of experiences and training needed to improve the operation and performance of their schools and ensure ongoing programmatic excellence
  • Legislative, advocacy, and legal experience combined with political savvy to understand the legislative, legal, and philosophical complexity of the charter school movement and its opposition
  • The ability to react rapidly to continually changing legislative, legal, and media needs
  • The ability to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations
  • At least 3 years of leading and managing organizations during periods of political uncertainty
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred; degrees in education a plus

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