Instructional Support Manager, District Implementation
For over 20 years, NYC FIRST has inspired and empowered K-12 students from diverse communities across New York City each year to engage with STEM and robotics in meaningful and joyful ways. We create learning experiences that encourage young people to think critically and creatively and to persevere. Each year, our programs are significant drivers of equity and excellence, impacting the lives of thousands of students and teachers. We do this through robotics leagues, district-wide programs, credit-bearing courses, build sessions and more, all supported by our STEM Centers.
NYC FIRST’s vision is centered on a network of STEM Centers that broadens resources, delivers opportunity and sets young people on pathways to success academically and professionally. They centralize valuable resources, including computing and software, fabrication equipment, and, most importantly, expert and experienced staff and mentors, all done in a highly cost-effective structure.
About the Position
NYC FIRST seeks an organized, professional, and detail-oriented Manager, District Implementation to support the successful implementation and execution of two of our robotics programs – FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge – in district-wide programs in New York City, with an initial focus on District 3, in Harlem and the Upper West Side. The person in this position will spend a significant amount of time in Harlem and Upper Manhattan neighborhoods. Primary work location is the NYC FIRST STEM Center in Washington Heights. The Manager, District Implementation will report to and work closely with the Director of FIRST Programs.
- Project and Community Management
- Liaise with district, school and internal stakeholders.
- Ensure professional and timely stakeholder management of school teachers and administrators, NYC FIRST community members, and others.
- Build and maintain a community of teachers and experts who participate in and support schools and students.
- Plan and execute large-scale community events for all stakeholders.
- Create, maintain, and report on records of site visits and school support.
- Teaching and Learning
- Work with NYC FIRST staff to plan and conduct professional development workshops and meetings for volunteer mentors, school teachers, students, and additional stakeholders.
- Prepare written materials, event communications, and presentation slides to support the above work.
- Conduct school site visits and assist teachers in other ways throughout the year in implementing FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge in classrooms.
- Work with NYC FIRST staff to help lead professional development sessions for teachers.
- On occasion, help with hosting class field trips to NYC FIRST STEM Centers.
- Research and evaluation
- Collaborate with staff and independent experts to create tools for and conduct effective project evaluations and research.
- Assist in data collection and stakeholder surveys.
- Liaise with external evaluators.
- Additional duties as required
- Knowledge of the NYC teaching and learning ecosystems, including teacher professional development.
- Knowledge of educational needs of communities served by NYC FIRST, with a focus on and commitment to Harlem and Upper Manhattan.
- Experience with best practices implementing a program across many schools.
- Demonstrated commitment to NYC FIRST’s mission as well as STEM education access and equity.
- Comfortable working in a startup-like environment that requires a high level of self-motivation, independence, and strong judgment in decision-making.
- Growth Mindset and an ability to build rapport with colleagues and stakeholders.
- Desire to learn new skills.
- Knowledge of FIRST robotics a plus.
- Spanish language fluency a plus.
- Natural collaborator, eager to learn from experienced STEM Center leaders.
$65K – $70K,health/dental/vision insurance, opportunity to participate in a 401K, 4 weeks of PTO, and a welcoming workplace.