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Senior Program Manager, Community Schools Initiatives

New York, NY

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
Master's Degree

Published on 28 Feb 2020

Expires on

Senior Program Manager, Community Schools Initiatives

The AIDP (Attendance Improvement and Dropout Prevention) funding supports the EducateNYC initiative focused on 26 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) working in 44 NYC DOE Community Schools, serving approximately 20,000 elementary, middle, and high school students and their families. The ReadNYC initiative is UWNYC’s grade level reading campaign focused on increasing 3rd grade reading proficiency in the South Bronx. At ReadNYC’s and EducateNYC’s foundation is the acknowledgment that children’s academic struggles do not exist in a vacuum; there are a multitude of other variables (e.g., educational, social, family, and governmental factors) that affect children’s ability to succeed academically. ReadNYC and EducateNYC employ a collective impact community schools strategy that strives to address these myriad factors by providing programs and services that are uniquely designed to support educators, children, and families alike.


The Senior Program Manager, under the direction of the Vice President, Education, will support a team implementing United Way of New York City’s education initiatives. With a high level of customer service, the Senior Program Manager will drive decision-making around program design to provide support to an existing cohort of 44 Community Schools and lead the implementation and expansion of a new cohort of 5+ community schools. This support will help schools and partner CBOs achieve greater fidelity of implementation of the UWNYC’s two generation collective impact framework. The Senior Program Manager’s main responsibilities will be to align and weave the various parts of the network – routinely connecting parts and people across sectors, helping UWNYC to strategically coordinate network-wide activities that promote educational equity and drive systems change. The Senior Program Manager may also assist with additional special projects as requested by the VP of Education.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Liaise with DOE OCS, CBO partners, instructional leaders, community members and corporate partners to strategically add value and maximize our collect impact
  • Provide technical input in UWNYC’s cradle to career education approaches, attendance support, literacy, teacher training, equity tools, and/or materials development
  • Produce network gatherings – strategic and intimate, as well as larger events – that inspire capacity building, professional development and cross sector collaborations
  • Support the development and implementation of new processes with stakeholders to ensure ReadNYC program scalability, feedback implementation, and continuous improvement reflective of ongoing school/community needs
  • Develop quarterly, annual, and long-term strategic goals and objectives for EducateNYC and ReadNYC programming to position UWNYC as a lead education advocate, thought partner and technical assistance provider
  • Facilitate data-driven meetings with school teams including the principal, community school director, educators, parents and other members of the school community to inform programmatic decisions and course-correct, if needed, to drive learning outcomes
  • Collaborate with the Education Data Manager to evaluate strategies and programs related to the six ReadNYC levers; measure progress toward goals and provide recommendations for improvement
  • Represent UWNYC at external events, including convenings, webinars, and coalition meetings, to foster our external relationships and collaborate strategically with partners
  • Align the Expanded Day, Attendance and Health and Wellness levers by implementing collaborative communication tools, conducting assessments and program observations
  • Support Instructional Leadership and Parent and Community Engagement teams and strategies by connecting dots and weaving together internal and external resources and relationships
  • Coordinate with UWNYC Finance and Legal teams to manage $60+ million UWNYC Community School initiatives supporting coordination of fiscal management processes, program oversight, and contract compliance monitoring of EducateNYC and ReadNYC community-school partnerships
  • Contribute to UWNYC’s learning culture through participation in team meetings, actively and knowledgeably sharing program challenges and accomplishments, using both data and information gained from regular interactions with partners, and being current on grade level reading and educational issues at large



Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

The Director of Community School Initiatives position requires comprehensive knowledge of current education policies and procedures. He/she must proactively engage in continuous improvement practices to increase operational efficiency. The ideal candidate has experience building and delivering high-impact community and school partnerships and thrives in a fast-paced environment. The Director brings experience working with community school programs and a passion for educational equity in the New York Public School system. The Director must be able to work independently and may be called upon to provide services, guidance or advice to others:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Policy or Education is required and at least 5 years of experience performing budgetary, administrative and operational support work for schools.
  • Strong knowledge base on teaching and learning, the education of students of color and students from high poverty neighborhoods, and culturally relevant practice
  • Interest in collaborative leadership and the ability to lead side by side other leaders
  • Ability to mobilize and/or lead diverse stakeholders including but not limited to UWNYC staff, NYCDOE leadership and staff, school leaders, teachers, corporate partners, other education institutions, including universities
  • Demonstrated experience building, leading, motivating and mentoring teams of all skill and experience levels, both internal and external
  • Presence and confidence to project credibility and authenticity to community partners
  • Strong experience with project design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Ability to manage multiple programs, people, resources, partnerships and directives
  • Excellent writing, editing, verbal, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and results
  • A passion for UWNYC’s mission, vision, and accomplishments


Key Competencies:

  • Superior Performance
  • Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
  • Planning and Project Management
  • Embracing and Managing Change