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Citizen Schools Site Manager (Somerville MA) in Somerville, Massachusetts

THE OPPORTUNITY

For nearly 25 years, Citizen Schools has been a pioneer in educational equity. Since opportunity, unlike talent, is not equally distributed, we have provided hands-on learning experiences that ignite curiosity, build confidence and expand horizons for over 50,000 underrepresented middle school students. Together with our partners, including 25,000 career mentors, we have exposed students to ideas and connections, helping them access even better opportunities than previous generations.

Today, we engage underserved students in hands-on learning, in school and after school. Our students are creators and problem-solvers, not just consumers. They become scientists, artists, mathematicians, engineers, writers, and programmers. We also apply best practices from our direct service work to systems-level advancement of STEM mentorship and learning by working with communities.

Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

THE ROLE

As our Site Manager, you will play a critical role in Citizen Schools' effort to expand the traditional learning day in the Somerville Public Schools to provide hands-on experiential learning experiences to middle school students.

Our Site Managers partner closely with community partners, corporations, and individuals to connect students to caring Career Mentors in diverse career fields. Every student in our program participates in two 10-week apprenticeships each semester to develop real-world learning experiences to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders. Each semester culminated in a showcase called a WOW! Event and it's designed for students to teach back what they've learned to their community.

You will also manage a team of AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows to serve as second-shift educators who will lead classes, enrichment activities, and apprenticeships in partnership with our Career Mentors. During the school day, Teaching Fellows offer targeted academic support to students. After school, Teaching Fellows coordinate and implement our signature apprenticeships with volunteer career mentors to support the development of students' social-emotional skills and their interest in future college & career pathways. Teaching Fellows communicate regularly with students' families and school partner staff to collaboratively support student learning & well-being.

  • LEAD - Supervise a team of 5 educators and Career Mentor volunteers who inspire up to 200 students.

  • IMPACT - Inspire students to set and achieve ambitious academic and personal goals.

  • TRANSFORM - Grow as a leader and as an educator while re-imagining the school day.

We seek a stellar instructional coach committed to delivering high program quality, conducting regular classroom observations and a deep passion for holistic feedback to support the development of AmeriCorps Teaching Fellows. You will be an ideal candidate for this position if you are a natural connector, culture champion, and comfortable working with a school community while balancing the needs of different stakeholders. The Site Manager will also be an innovator, creatively seeking and designing new ways to engage students, school leaders, and community partners in the Citizen Schools model.

This position reports to the Director of Program, ELT. It will be based on-site at one of our Somerville Public School partner locations.

Serving as a member of the Citizen Schools team means working in a fast-paced environment that values learning and an entrepreneurial approach. Knowing its importance to the success of our work, Citizen Schools is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse team across our network. Please be sure to submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization. We appreciate your time and will review and respond to all applications received.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Driving Results

  • Instructional Leadership - Serve as an instructional leader for the Citizen Schools program at your campus. Model high-quality teaching, conduct classroom observations, and provide constructive feedback to staff and volunteers. Support curriculum planning and drive towards increasing student literacy. Attend school-based planning meetings with teachers and facilitators to ensure best practices.

  • Program Quality - Collaborate with school partners and Citizen Schools staff to manage student and program data in order to drive student achievement. Implement initiatives to increase impact through high-quality apprenticeships, student retention, and focus on academic outcomes. Support staff in setting ambitious goals and ensure their completion through the implementation of an action plan.

  • Operations Management - Manage day-to-day campus operations, including logistics, materials, and student procedures. Ensure the safety of all program participants and compliance with Citizen Schools, state, and local standards.

  • Event Management - Support planning and execution of all campus events, including: end-of-semester WOW!s, family events, teacher appreciation events, on and off-campus field trips, apprenticeship field trips, and staff appreciation events.

Building Relationships

  • Campus Culture - Model and encourage a strong, positive campus culture. Support students, staff, volunteers, families, and school partners to actively engage in the Citizen Schools program. Take a strength-based, inclusive approach to relationships and culture-building. Celebrate success and highlight small victories.

  • Stakeholder Management - Develop and maintain strong relationships with teachers and administrators. Manage effective family engagement and communication practice that supports the development of meaningful relationships with students and families. Increase community participation by building trust and facilitating site visits, events, and local partnerships.

  • Leadership Presence - Inspire others by modeling outstanding performance and calm under pressure. Express confidence in self and others, as well as a strong belief in the Citizen Schools program as a vehicle for student success. Relentlessly focus on goals and the vision for sustained success.

Talent

  • Staff Development - Serve as supervisor, coach, and mentor for a team of first- and second-year educators. Inspire volunteers to engage deeply in their apprenticeship experience. Encourage staff to pursue professional development that focuses on individual and team goals.

  • Performance Management - Conduct detailed performance reviews for all direct reports that identify strengths and areas for growth. Address performance challenges as they arise and prepare for potential staff transitions. Regularly update staff and team on performance and progress to goals.

  • Team Building - Participate in annual and ongoing talent selection for both campus and regional teams. Give clear, accurate, and helpful feedback on candidates. Support recruitment and retention of staff and volunteer Career Mentors.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:

  • At least two years of experience working with students, teaching experience preferred

  • At least two years of professional, post-undergraduate experience required

  • Bachelor's degree

  • Spanish language skills preferred

  • Strong team orientation and ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

  • Proactive attitude, out of the box thinking, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • Desire and excitement to model Citizen Schools' core values: Confidence, Curiosity, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Perseverance and Teamwork

  • The fundamental belief that all students can achieve academic and professional success

Qualifications:

  • Educational Leadership. Educators with a track record of driving strong student outcomes in improving student literacy in a culturally responsive environment, with a strong preference for experience with high need populations.

  • Inspiration. Visionaries who conceptualize and inspire students and staff towards long-term success, while celebrating daily accomplishments.

  • Achievement. Goal-oriented drivers who take personal ownership for results and have a track record of overcoming barriers to achieve ambitious outcomes.

  • Community. Mobilizers who understand education is a human right and community-wide support is vital.

  • Team Building. Leaders are adept at establishing and maintaining strong relationships with external partners. Oriented toward creating buy-in from multiple stakeholders.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

This is a full-time position with an annual salary range of $57,000 - $62,000; compensation is competitive with similar roles at non-profit organizations of comparable size. Our benefits include a generous flexible PTO policy, medical, dental, and vision coverage, 403(b) retirement plan with a match, paid vacation, professional development stipend, and 15+ paid holidays a year including a winger break.

ABOUT CITIZEN SCHOOLS

Citizen Schools helps all students to thrive in school and beyond through hands-on learning and career mentors. Our vision is all students have experiences and career mentors that ignite curiosity, build confidence, and help them develop into the next generation of leaders. Together we are transforming education in school, after school, and across communities.

To learn more about our work, please visit www.citizenschools.org (http://www.citizenschools.org).

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Citizen Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status. Citizen Schools is compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and we are committed to making special accommodations for your interview or work as a member of our team. If specific accommodations are needed, please contact us (https://www.citizenschools.org/contact/) and we will work to accommodate your needs.

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