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Director, Education

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Published on 14 Mar 2020

Expires on 14 Mar 2020

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Director, Education

Please send your resume with cover letter to: with the title “Director, Education” in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes accepted.

Position: Director, Education         

Reports to:  Vice President, Education     

Organization Summary: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a nonprofit mobilizing people and organizations to eradicate barriers and create opportunities that improve the lives of low-income New Yorkers.   Part of the United Way Worldwide system, one of the world's most recognized charitable brands, we envision caring communities in which all individuals and families have access to quality education and the opportunity to lead healthy and financially secure lives.  We strive to model our values in all our relationships, both internal and external: Collaboration, Compassion, Integrity, Accountability, and Superior Performance.

Positon Summary:  The Director will be responsible for implementing the collective impact strategy and operational plan for ReadNYC, United Way of New York City’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading as well as strengthening our overall education approach with an emphasis on the community schools model.

Reading on grade level by grade three is one of the most critical milestones on the path to self-sufficiency. However, in New York City, home of the largest public school system in the country, less than one third of our students read on grade level by the third grade.  UWNYC aims to increase the number of students reading proficiently by grade three throughout New York City.  The primary objective of the Director, Education, will be to make this vision a reality.  Other accountabilities include:

·        Strategic planning as we expand the ReadNYC initiative and our partnership with NYC community schools with new partners and communities

·        Collective Action at the community level, ensuring that a cross-sector of stakeholders share a vision, develop a strategy, have the tools to execute, understand how to track progress, and are accountable to the objectives for achieving grade level reading

·        Implementation of the plan, mobilizing human and material resources to do so

·        Team leadership and strategic leverage of time, talent and resources of multiple partners.

 The Director will report to the Vice President, Education, and work closely with a cross-functional team of internal colleagues as well as with community-based organization (CBO) partners. The Director will play a “backbone” role within those partnerships – building trust and strong relationships, facilitating planning, decisions and action, fostering constant communication, connecting and aligning strategies and resources, and leading innovation through the use of shared data, measurement and accountability.

The Director must be actively engaged in every aspect of the work.  This is a very “hands on” position and the Director is expected to deliver without extensive staff support.  Comfort and familiarity with all phases of program management, from design to implementation to evaluation, is essential.  As important as strategic leadership and community organizing will be to the long-term growth and success of UWNYC’s education initiatives, we need a Director who is willing and able to execute in the community and at the office.

Specifically, the Director will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating decision-making, planning, and action steps to move the partnerships forward in accomplishing both short-term tasks and long-term results;
  • Collaborating with Initiative grantees to ensure that they are on track to achieve quality results
  • Providing or coordinating technical assistance as needed;
  • Documenting new and enhancing existing operational processes, with a focus on digesting lessons learned and best practices in order to inform and guide the expansion of ReadNYC;
  • Ensuring that data and information management systems are designed and utilized so that reliable data are available and used by the partnerships;
  • Assisting the Vice President, Education with raising additional resources by contributing to the writing of grant proposals and supporting and leading presentations to individuals and groups.

Team Leadership

The Director will have formal people management responsibilities as well as access to internal and external resources that he or she will need to bring together and lead as a team.  This will include a stable group of Community Impact colleagues and established community partners.  In addition, the Director will need to identify, source, and lead internal and external resources on a project-by-project basis.

Specifically, the Director will be responsible for:

  • Bringing the right partners to the table and ensuring that key stakeholders are equipped to succeed
  • Creating an environment of mutual trust and accountability for results
  • Mobilizing resources, including consultants, and working collaboratively with consultants and all UWNYC program units as well as with Resource Development, Marketing and Communications, and other departments to communicate the impact of ReadNYC, primarily, and all other education team initiatives, to corporate and individual donors and the community at large.


The Director requires a comprehensive knowledge of current early childhood education and youth development issues, obtained through both formal education and substantial work experience.  The Director must be able to work independently, and may be called upon to provide services, guidance and advice to others.

  • Master’s Degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, or a closely related degree
  • Experience in a related field (preferably early childhood education; possibly social work, organizing, youth development, or nonprofit management)
  • Knowledge of the New York City childcare, early learning, and public school systems
  • Knowledge of early learning City, State, and Federal policy
  • Knowledge of strategic planning processes, systems change, facilitative leadership, and collective impact approaches
  • Strong team orientation, relationship-building and negotiation skills, and ability to collaborate with diverse groups of people
  • Proven ability to set priorities, work independently and take initiative, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines
  • Outcome-driven and familiarity with using data to inform programmatic decisions
  • Extremely strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Spanish as a second language preferred
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.


Advanced skills in the following:

  • K-12 Education
  • Community Organizing
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Presentation
  • Communication
  • Coalition-building
  • Consensus-building
  • Data collection and use


Please send your resume with cover letter to: with the title “Director, Education” in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes accepted.


Compensation: Competitive with level of experience

United Way of New York City is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

●    Mission-Focused: Catalyze others’ commitment to mission to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities.  This drives their performance and professional motivations.
●    Relationship-Oriented: Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.
●    Collaborator: understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.
●    Results-Driven: Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good; creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.
●    Brand Steward: Steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.