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.

Director of Institutional Advancement

The Urban Assembly

The Urban Assembly seeks a creative, experienced and mission-driven professional to join its executive team.  This position will lead development and communications initiatives at an exciting time in the organization’s history that includes: 

  • National replication of model programs 

  • Strong strategic partnerships with the NYC mayoral administration and Department of Education 

  • The opening of the organization's first charter school in September of 2018  

  • New Board members and a new Board leadership structure 

  • A strategic branding initiative launching in September 2017 


The Urban Assembly is a non-profit organization that drives innovation in education while working closely with New York City’s public school system.  We create unique schools, scale up promising programs, and coordinate with hundreds of partner organizations to positively affect the lives of students from the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods.  The Urban Assembly is dedicated to empowering underserved youth by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for college and career success.  In 2017 our organization is serving over 9,000 students in Urban Assembly secondary schools throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Governors Island.   

Our student population is overwhelmingly low-income (over 85%), and roughly 80% of our students enter our schools below grade level.  Through our school design and support model, The Urban Assembly network achieves a consistent graduation rate 10% points above the city average for limited unscreened schools like ours and nearly 20% points above the rate for African American & Latino youth, essentially closing the achievement gap between white students and low income students of color in NYC.  Over 80% of our graduates enroll in college.   


The Director of Institutional Advancement will provide leadership, strategic direction and management for all Urban Assembly fundraising, communication, and branding efforts. The Director will create and build upon fundraising strategies that increase the organization's support from individuals and corporations while maintaining its strong support from private foundations and government sources.  This position reports to the CEO and oversees a Development & Communications Coordinator, and a part-time Grants Writer.   


  • Develop an annual fundraising plan which accounts for aggressive growth in donations from corporations and individuals to diversify the organization’s fundraising streams 

  • Work with CEO and the Board Development Committee to develop and execute an annual strategy for both new and renewing major donors, including expansion and diversification of the major donor roster 

  • Maintain systems to cultivate all donors (foundation, corporate and individual) through personal outreach, invitations, school visits, special events, publications and correspondence 

  • Secure and steward government funding, including a multi-year NYC Department of Education contract as well as other city, state and federal opportunities 

  • Supervise the Development & Communications Coordinator in the identification, cultivation and solicitation of foundation support 

  • Establish and maintain relationships with program officers and representatives of current foundation and corporate supporters 

  • Identify, cultivate and solicit individuals in support of Urban Assembly’s mission and maintain relationships with a roster of major donors 

  • Oversee production of annual benefit, as well as other fundraising and cultivation events to ensure goals are met 

  • With the Urban Assembly’s leadership team and board, contribute to decision-making regarding program strategy and organization sustainability 

  • Work closely with Urban Assembly’s executive team, Board Development Committee, development department and school support teams to implement strategic marketing and communication initiatives 

  • Nurture and facilitate board relationships in order to support board effectiveness in their fundraising responsibilities. 

  • Oversee efforts to build and amplify the UA brand among the various constituencies of the organization 


  • Success at meeting or exceeding monthly, quarterly, and annual revenue goals 

  • Proven track record in the solicitation of gifts $10,000 and above  

  • Ability to be both engaging and professional when making presentations at events and face-to-face meetings 

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills 

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail 

  • Excellent relationship management skills 

  • Self-motivation and ability to take initiative on projects 

  • Proven experience managing staff and internal organization collaboration  

  • Strong knowledge of word processing, database and spreadsheet programs 

  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge a plus 

  • Marketing & Communications experience preferred 

  • Government funding and relations experience preferred 

  • Major donor, foundation and events experience of five years or more 

  • Bachelor’s degree required

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with “Director of Institutional Advancement” in the subject line.   

Compensation package commensurate with experience.   
The Urban Assembly is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F/D/V/SO

Social and Emotional Learning Program Manager

The Urban Assembly

Job Description

In collaboration with the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program Director, the Social and Emotional Learning Program Manager will support schools in the Urban Assembly in New York City and its new partner, the Partnership for Schools in Los Angeles, California. The SEL program manager will ensure that all students in both networks develop the skills, values, and attitudes necessary to anchor their success in their school, homes and the larger community.  The Social and Emotional Learning Program Manager will use a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) model, prioritizing Tier 1 approaches to implement, integrate, evaluate and sustain Social and Emotional programming and supports in New York City and Los Angeles Schools. This position requires travel once a month to Los Angeles, California.

Primary responsibilities include (across the Urban Assembly network in NYC and the Partnership for Schools network in Los Angeles): 

SEL Implementation 
- Build the capacity of the staff and schools to implement SEL programs and approaches. 
- Support the development and sustainment of a professional learning community for SEL instructional leads. 
- Identify promising practices within and across networks and facilitate ways to highlight and share these practices across both networks of schools.

SEL Integration
- Ensure that teacher classroom approaches are reflective of best practices around student social-emotional development. 
- Ensure that school social workers and guidance counselor approaches are reflective of best practices around social and emotional development. 
- Ensure that school discipline systems are reflective of best practices for developing positive climate and culture and effective social and emotional development of students.

SEL Evaluation 
- Use data from tools that assess or reflect student social-emotional development to improve social-emotional programming and approaches within a MTSS framework.
- Use data from tools that assess school culture and climate to improve social-emotional programming and approaches. 
- Use data from related sources (attendance, discipline, academics etc.) to improve social-emotional programming and approaches within a MTSS framework. 

SEL Sustainability 
- Develop the systems and structures to ensure sustainability of SEL programs and approaches. 


  • Master’s Degree in Education or related field preferred
  • Demonstrated ability for project management -  candidate should be prepared to demonstrate record of successful management of projects focused on systems level organizational change.
  • Demonstrated facility with utilizing data to inform programmatic decisions.
  • Experience as school or network based instructional coach preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and design curricula preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaborate effectively as a member of a team.


Commensurate with experience.

The UA is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion. The UA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical disabilities, veteran or marital status.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to David Adams via e-mail at  The e-mail subject heading should read “Social and Emotional Learning Program Manager”.  No phone calls please.


Math Program Manager

The Urban Assembly


The Urban Assembly is seeking a dynamic and creative math guru to join our team of educators. As part of the instructional team, the Math Program Manager will help us meet our mission by building instructional capacity through driving our instructional program, coaching and supporting the implementation of curriculum and assessment across all Urban Assembly schools. The ideal candidate has strong project management skills, is great at building and maintaining relationships and is a math superhero.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Master’s degree in education
  • Minimum of five years as a classroom teacher
  • Minimum of two years in school leadership or coaching position preferred


  • Lead a vision for math instruction (middle and high school) across 21 schools
  • Project manage the implementation of a new curricular model for a pilot group of schools
  • Support school leaders and teachers in implementing best instructional practices in the math classroom and deepening content knowledge and pedagogy
  • Coach school leaders to provide feedback to teachers
  • Support a group of schools implementing a math curriculum, including launch of curriculum and analysis of shared assessments
  • Facilitate visits across schools including Instructional Rounds and school intervisitations  
  • Operate as a member of a cross-functional team, including collaborating with team members to analyze relevant data/information in order to develop and refine school support plans
  • Establish positive working relationships with administrators and school staff
  • Monitor the impact of work through network metrics
  • Liaise with math instructional coaches and thought leaders across NYC and United States
  • Maintain an understanding of major developments in educational research and policy


The UA is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion. The UA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical disabilities, veteran or marital status. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please send a resume and cover letter addressed to Alexis Goldberg, via email to The email subject line should read “Math Program Manager.” No phone calls please.

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