Growing and dynamic organization seeks an experienced education professional to support the operations and implementation of effective student support interventions. Housed at Boston College within the Center for Optimized Student Support, City Connects (cityconnects.org) is an innovative approach to addressing the out-of-school factors that can impact students’ achievement and thriving in schools. City Connects assesses the strengths and needs of each student and collaborates closely with districts, schools, and partnering community agencies to connect every student to a tailored set of supports and enrichments in the school and community. Currently City Connects is implemented in almost 100 schools across four states and seeks to grow our direct service footprint by creating local proof points demonstrating improved student outcomes and creating conditions for statewide systemic change.
The Center for Optimized Student Support serves as a national center for researchers, programs, and practitioners. We reach across multiple disciplines and approaches to share knowledge, promote best practices, test innovations in the field via City Connects’ research and development platform, study outcomes for students and schools, and provide professional development, technical assistance, and resources to support effective integration of school and community resources at scale. In addition to expanding the implementation of City Connects, the Center aims to empower districts that want to move in the direction of evidence-based student support by offering formal learning pathways designed to support their progress towards implementation of effective practices.
City Connects, housed at Boston College, seeks a full-time Senior Manager for Learning and Development to support both the direct implementation of City Connects and the broader effort to empower schools and districts moving in the direction of systemic student support. In supporting the City Connects model, the Manager collaborates to create and deliver professional development, supports implementation of the model in districts from early stages to the establishment of sustainability, uses data to inform learning, and collaborates with evaluators. In supporting the broader work of the Center, the Manager will provide leadership and coaching support for districts and schools seeking to transform their current student support approach to one that is systemic and consistent with best practices. The Manager will lead key projects that are integral in the organization’s strategic goals and vision to support schools in effective whole-child approaches to student support.
The responsibilities of the Senior Manager for Learning and Development are to:
Support the direct implementation of City Connects
Expand and manage the City Connects professional development library of materials
Lead professional learning community experiences for Coordinators and Program Managers network-wide
Continuously evaluate and update professional development modules in light of new scientific discoveries, trends in data, and innovations in the practice
Participate in delivery of synchronous and asynchronous professional development Track district progress and assist with coaching for Program Managers in delivery of professional development
Collaborate with the research and evaluation team in examining and interpreting practice data and developing areas of investigation in a research-practice partnership
Create professional development materials for school counselors
Support the development of the Center’s emerging suite of continuing education offerings for school counselors and leaders nationally
Translate learnings from City Connects implementation to inform online modules for districts beyond the City Connects network that are interested in professional learning for their staff
Collaborate on innovative approaches to assist practicing school counselors in implementing effective practices for student support
Serve as a leader in Center’s systemic student support work with school districts
Work closely with the evaluation team to identify strategies for monitoring and evaluating district progress toward systemic student support
Serve as a thought leader in growing the Center’s work to create learning pathways that empower schools and districts to implement effective student support processes
Help translate implementation and research-practice partnership learnings for development of Center offerings (e.g., policy briefs, practice briefs)
Required:Doctoral or Master’s degree in education or human service field; experience in creating and offering professional development and/or practice coaching for adult learners; supervision or management experience; cultural proficiency working with diverse urban communities; experience with K-12 education in public schools; ability to do occasional travel; strong organizational skills and demonstrated success meeting deadlines with high quality results; desire to work in a mission-driven and nonprofit environment; ability to regularly evaluate workload and prioritize projects.
Preferred: Capacity to communicate in a language other than English; direct experience working in urban K-12 schools; experience collaborating with community agencies.
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We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, or sexual orientation. Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, we are committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.