The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 75,000+ teachers in over 1,800 schools. In February 2015, the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) created the Office of Community Schools (OCS) to develop and implement one of the pillars of Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Fariña’s education agenda.
Community Schools are schools that strategically organize resources and share leadership so that social services are integrated into the fabric of the schools enabling them to better serve the needs of families. Community Schools stand as centers of opportunities in neighborhoods – places where families, with whatever challenges they bring to the table, can get the supports they need to make sure students come to school ready and able to learn.
Our approach is based on a growing body of evidence showing that an integrated focus on academics, health and mental health services, youth development, expanded learning opportunities, and family and community supports are critical to improving student success.
OCS currently provides support for 150 community schools. OCS develops strategies and policies to increase the capacity of schools and community partners to develop tailored supports to improve each school, including social services, healthcare, counseling and mental health supports, and expanded learning opportunities. The Department of Education’s OCS and Adult and Continuing Education (OACE), in partnership with the New York City Council, will be expanding supports for Community Schools to provide Adult Education programs.
Job Description: The Adult Education Coordinator is responsible for being primary liaison to the Office of Adult and Continuing Education (OACE) and to assist OCS providers with the startup and implementation of Adult Education services in 22 Community Schools. The Adult Education Coordinator will assist with development and training (in collaboration with a Technical Assistance provider), conduct site visits, and collect, review and interpret data to help support Community Schools and CBO partners successfully roll out Adult Education programs. The ideal candidate will possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and exceptional project management skills.
Work Schedule: February – June 2017, 35 hours/week
Reports to: Senior Program Manager of After School Programs
Direct Reports: None
Key Relationships: Works closely with the Office of Community Schools, Office of Adult and Continuing Education, Technical Assistance provider, Community Schools and community-based organizations (CBOs).
- Build and cultivate relationships with the Office of Adult and Continuing Education, CBOs, Community School personnel and other key stakeholders.
- Assist OCS and OACE with outreach, recruitment, and retention strategies of adult students.
- Support and coordinate training sessions with OACE and schools administration.
- Coordinate technical assistance with OACE and Literacy Assistance Center (LAC).
- Provide support for classroom instruction.
- Conduct site visits to Community Schools to ensure that schools and CBO providers are effectively working together to run Adult Education programs.
- Gather, organize, analyze, and report on multiple qualitative and quantitative data sources to monitor and track the effectiveness of Adult Education programs in Community Schools.
- Track and analyze data regarding student attendance, recruitment benchmarks, and program goals.
- Connect adult learners with broader family engagement and leadership development opportunities.
- Represent OCS at key community events, recruitment fairs and other community outreach events.
- Serve an expert for OCS in responding to Office of Community School Adult Education Program and respond to inquiries from various constituents.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Minimum: A master's degree from an accredited college in education, language teaching, economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, or a closely related field, and two (2) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in budget administration, economic or financial administration, fiscal or economic research; management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; educational, personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, labor relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, fiscal management, or a related area, for educational program(s) and/or institution(s), 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four (4) years of satisfactory full-time professional experience as described in "1" above, including the 18 months of Project Management, administrative or supervisory experience described in "1" above.
- Adult or Continuing Education experience.
- Working knowledge of OACE led adult instruction.
- Experience working with CBO partners to implement social service support strategies.
- Passion for critically thinking about education reform and school turnaround initiatives for struggling schools and high-needs student populations.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a range of stakeholders of various personal and occupation backgrounds.
- Demonstrated experience building relationships with internal and cross-divisional colleagues.
- Demonstrated experience in using data driven decision-making to drive school and classroom-level instruction.
- Ability to organize, analyze and interpret data for diverse constituent groups.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and project management skills.
- Expertise and graduate degree in the field of Education program planning and evaluation.
- Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Excel and PowerPoint and ability to work with software applications, such as webinars, blogs, and other data presentation tools (i.e. Tableau).
- Capable of trouble-shooting, problem-solving, and providing high-quality work within a fast-paced institution.