• Title

  • Director of Education

    Posted: 01/05/2020

    Position Summary
    The Director of Education position manages all educational programs and corporate/community partnerships to bring JA’s K-12 curricula to youth. The Director of Education assures program quality and growth by recruiting educational partners to implement JA programming, and linking those opportunities to corporate and community volunteers. With potential for growth, this position will focus on deepening existing relationships by implementing programming school-wide, and onboarding new elementary, middle, and high schools to impact additional students.

    This position creates relationships within the business and educational communities for the purpose of generating greater school impact, larger volunteer pools, and increased school event opportunities (JA one-day program format). In alliance with the organization’s strategic direction, specific focus of the Director of Education will be on recruitment of new education partners reaching elementary, middle and high school youth in under-resourced communities.

    Reports to
    Executive Vice President

    Roles & Responsibilities

    School and Community Partnerships

    • Seek and develop new partnerships and manage new and existing partnerships with school administrators, teachers and district leaders, and corporate and community partners, to ensure effective implementation of JA programs throughout Rhode Island.
    • Establish relationships and cultivate potential partnerships with community, government, and business organizations in assigned territories. A key component to the Director of Education position is thoughtful servicing of Board firms and Board member relationships.
    • Through targeted, strategic outreach, work to deepen relationships in schools and after school networks for greater program impact; position JA Rhode Island as a key service provider of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness curricula. In particular, expand JA’s reach to underserved and Title One schools in Rhode Island.
    • Emphasis on increasing corporate and community volunteer pool, with focus on recruitment, training, and retention.
    Program Implementation and Evaluation
    • Renew commitment of teachers, schools and volunteers, year over year, through appropriate, consistent, and detailed follow-up and servicing.
    • Create and deliver program presentations to new schools and prospective teachers and business volunteers.
    • Recruit and coordinate the placement and scheduling of JA-trained volunteers in daily or weekly programs and Capstone programs.
    • Create and deliver volunteer training materials and presentations to effectively train new volunteers for maximum success in the classroom.
    • Steward and retain volunteers through effective communication strategies and social media outreach.
    • Develop and implement plans for teacher/volunteer communications and support, and ongoing contact via phone, e-mail, school visits, and periodic in-person observation and support of JA programs.
    • Responsible for regularly gathering, analyzing, and communicating both quantitative and qualitative data to provide evaluation and outcome information to key stakeholders and funders in partnership with the JA development team.
    • Supervise data collection processes to ensure accurate reporting and reflection on overall progress, performance and trends in programming.
    • Responsible for being familiar and keeping up-to-date with all JA-USA current and new curriculum, included blended learning and Capstone programs.
    General and Administrative Duties
    • Frequent oral and written communications are a key component to this position – attention paid to response to constituents within 24-hours to ensure teachers and volunteers are served in a quality manner.
    • Handle general records and correspondence with volunteers, teachers, board members, and prospects. Communicates with Development and Marketing teams on volunteer needs.
    • Responsible for the class registration process and other relevant reports for JA-USA.
    • Produce quality reports to senior leadership in a timely manner, including reports for Board of Directors meetings.
    • Schedule and lead Board of Directors Education Committee meetings.
    • Supervise an Education Coordinator and divide responsibilities of program management between the two team members.
    • Assist in other areas of JA’s operations as necessary. This includes volunteering at JA events, other than within your own department, throughout the year, as needed. Occasional weekends and evenings will apply.
    Required Qualifications
    This position is a mix between the need to remain in a stationary position while conducting in-office work, and the need to move around while conducting business outside of the office. Candidate must be fully comfortable traveling to partners throughout the State of Rhode Island. Candidate Requirements:
    • BA or BS degree in education, youth development, communications, business, or related field required.
    • 3+ years of relevant direct program experience required; experiential education or entrepreneurship experience preferred.
    • Proven ability to think strategically and execute on multiple priorities simultaneously; comfortable with a high-paced environment to meet the needs of constituents.
    • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office and experience with volunteer management and/or fundraising databases (i.e. Raiser’s Edge, BCRM, QGiv, etc.)
    • High cultural competence with experience serving diverse populations and youth from under-resourced communities.
    • Experience in the areas of sales, event planning, and/or project management required.
    • Proven track record of effectively recruiting, training and managing a culturally diverse volunteer pool to achieve programmatic excellence. Training and/or teaching experience required.
    • Strong critical thinking skills with clear understanding of and comfort with data and how it informs programming and student performance.
    • Polished presentation style and a keen eye for detail.
    • Strong interpersonal and excellent oral/written communication skills.
    Classification/Expected Hours of Work/Compensation:
    • Exempt
    • Full-time/Year-round
    • $50,000+ (negotiable, commensurate with experience)
    • Benefits, including 401(k) plan
    This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related duties required by their supervisor. This document does not create an employment contract implied or otherwise, other than an "at-will" relationship.

    How to Apply:
    Please send a cover letter and resume to ja.ri@ja.org.

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