The Urban Assembly is made up of a team of committed and passionate educators and professionals. We are dedicated to providing our students with a first-class public education and carry out this mission by hiring superior leaders, school staff, school support team staff, and administrative staff. We look for individuals whose skills and beliefs align with our commitment to our schools and students. All Urban Assembly schools were created based on the premise that small schools with compelling themes, strong partners, flexible hiring and innovative teaching practices can provide a top notch education to students who would otherwise attend large high schools. We strive for excellence in our schools and our organization, and are committed to leading by example to strengthen broad scale public education in this country.
Background on the UA Academics Team:
The Academics team supports 22 Urban Assembly schools in meeting benchmark academic goals around credit accumulation, college readiness, and graduation. We do so through programmatic support in math, literacy and data management. Through our efforts supporting our wonderful schools, our class of 2018 has a graduation rate of 81.7%, 6 points higher than the citywide average. We are a learning organization, and the Academics team collaborates to hone our coaching skills and delivery of professional learning and collects and uses data to inform the development and refinement of our existing programs.
Our ideal candidate is driven, passionate and a force for positive change in the world. This role calls for a person deeply committed to UA’s mission and vision, with skill sets in coaching, data-driven decision making and a deep understanding of special populations (students with disabilities and/or English language learners) for grades 6-12. In this role, you will provide coaching support to a caseload of schools in our network, working in both our data coaching program and supporting interventions. On average, 70% of the week will be spent in the field coaching, and 30% will be in UA’s central office in Manhattan’s financial district. This role reports directly to the Director of Academic Programming.
Former NYCDOE staff and/or Urban Assembly alumni are encouraged to apply!
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package, including: employer-funded healthcare, a monthly metrocard, phone stipend, financial support for professional development, and generous vacation time. Interested and qualified applicants, please email a resume and cover letter to email@example.com, and indicate ‘Special Populations and Data Coach’ in the subject line.
Our target start date is July 8, 2019. What to expect after applying: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates selected to move forward in the process will be invited to a phone screening, followed by an in-person interview and then a coaching demo.
Background on UA’s Postsecondary Access Team: UA’s Postsecondary Access (PSA) Team builds the capacity of our college counselors and supports them in their equitable counseling & decision making, while also collaborating with schools to develop systems that strengthen their postsecondary decision making culture. The PSA Team works to ensure all UA students have the information and counseling to choose their postsecondary path - be it college, a career training program, the workforce, etc.
Postsecondary Access Team Equity Commitment: The PSA Team acknowledges the historical barriers created by higher education systems to perpetuate the social inequities that keep students of color from accessing postsecondary opportunities. We commit to confront and dismantle the barriers that exist throughout postsecondary education. We value the uniqueness that each student brings into our schools, and our work seeks to honor the various social and cultural contexts from which they came. We commit to regularly examine the ways we contribute to the systems of power we are attempting to combat, even when it makes us deeply uncomfortable.
Job Description: The UA is seeking to hire a Postsecondary Access Manager to deliver high-quality postsecondary access support to Urban Assembly College Counselors. The Postsecondary Access Manager will play a pivotal role in supporting UA schools’ development of their postsecondary decision-making culture, and the systems and structures needed for exemplary postsecondary counseling. This position will spend 70% of each week in-schools coaching school staff, and 30% at Urban Assembly’s central office in Manhattan’s Financial District. The PSA Manager will join a committed, collaborative, mission-driven team and take part in the vital process of improving the lives of NYC students, and impact the field of college access.
● Work with the PSA Team to deliver high-quality postsecondary support to all Urban Assembly schools.
● Provide on-site coaching on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
● Develop and facilitate professional development for school staff.
● Lead early awareness work with UA Schools.
● Support UA schools in the development and implementation of curriculum to help students navigate the postsecondary application process.
● Create tools to support UA College Counselors with their counseling and programming.
● Assist with the successful implementation of UA’s matriculation program, Bridge to College.
● Build and maintain partnerships with CBOs, Colleges, and other programs.
● Collaborate with other UA Teams on projects related to postsecondary access.
You are a great candidate for this position if:
● You want to work with counselors to improve the quality of postsecondary counseling at their schools.
● You strive to make postsecondary counseling and school communities more equitable and inclusive.
● You are hungry to develop the systems, tools, and resources that could make a college counselor’s job easier.
● You believe in the importance of early college awareness, and want to develop the structures that support this work.
● You are passionate about leveling the playing field for NYC students by facilitating access to opportunities, relationships, and resources that can lead them towards economic and social mobility.
● 5+ year of experience working in college access, preferably in a school-based setting.
● Intimate knowledge of the college and financial aid application process.
● Detailed understanding of colleges/universities (especially NYS and east coast), NYS opportunity programs and other support programs.
● Demonstrated commitment to working with urban youth.
● Ability to multitask under intense deadlines.
● Ability to recognize data trends and its application to best practices/problem solving
● Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
● Ability to clearly communicate complex information to different audiences.
● Reliable written and organizational skills.
● Experience using Naviance and Google tools a plus.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package; including employer-funded healthcare, monthly MetroCard, phone stipend, financial support for professional development, and generous vacation time.
The UA is committed to building a diverse team. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
Please note: If you are a current DOE employee, The UA has a non-compete clause with the NYC Department of Education.
To Apply: Interested and qualified applicants, please email a resume and cover letter to Cassie Magesis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What to Expect After Applying: Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their materials. The PSA team will review applications on a rolling basis. Candidates moving forward in the interview process will be contacted by email regarding a phone screening, followed by an emailed assignment, and then an in-person interview.
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