The Literacy Manager will be responsible for planning, communication, curriculum support, classroom observations, and program development for the Ready Readers literacy enrichment program. This initiative, funded by the Brooke Astor Fund of the New York Community Trust, aims to develop high-order reading skills of children in grades 1-3. The Literacy Manager will work with multiple school locations to ensure programming meets goals and expectations established by the funder. Ready Readers programming will provide students with hands-on activities, and is designed to build vocabulary and language skills, enhance reading comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Activities will be developed and co-facilitated by Department of Education teachers and after-school staff. This is a collaborative initiative, and will require team planning and ongoing professional development. The Literacy Manager must be available to attend occasional weekday and Saturday trainings related to Ready Readers programming, and should be prepared to turnkey information and provide coaching and guidance to after-school staff. The Literacy Manager will provide support related to literacy enrichment, as needed, across NIA's after-school programs. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Visit assigned schools on a weekly basis; participate in planning meetings, review schedules and lesson plans, observe activities and provide feedback, coaching, and recommendations to staff

  • Review lesson plans and work with teachers and NIA staff to ensure engaging, successful implementation of Ready Readers lessons

  • Serve as liaison between the school and NIA, working collaboratively to meet the diverse needs of students within the school

  • Serve as a resource for instructors, group leaders, teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, and administrators

  • Work collaboratively with each school's principal and literacy teachers to develop and meet goals for reading achievement

  • Communicate expectations and requirements related to project goals, desired outcomes, design, professional development, timeline, and assessment 

  • Work with administrators and teachers to collect and analyze data related to literacy development among students

  • Facilitate regular meetings to review progress at participating schools and after-school programs and share best practices 

  • Collaborate with Director of Education to provide professional development opportunities in literacy instruction, differentiated instructional support, and facilitating inquiry

  • Guide teachers to collect and analyze data and develop action plans in response to determined student needs

  • Focus on enhancing teachers' ability to provide instruction that builds students' sense of engagement in the ownership of learning

  • Develop and maintain a master calendar that includes training, observations and coaching visits, and project benchmarks

  • Attend ongoing professional development throughout the year, and utilize training information to coach and guide staff in program implementation

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree and at least three years of teaching or related experience in the education field required; Master's Degree a plus

  • Expertise in childhood literacy, thorough understanding of NY State ELA standards, and experience with literacy instruction in the classroom

  • Experience supporting partnerships between schools and community based organizations, especially with elementary school aged children

  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with the ability to execute tasks efficiently

  • Strong communication and facilitation skills especially in speech and writing abilities 

  • Experience collecting, analyzing, organizing, and interpreting data for desired outcomes

  • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability to handle complexity and change

  • Interpersonal skills (communication, problem solving, conflict management, collaboration) to share research based instructional approaches with teachers and staff, provide advice and coaching to frontline staff

  • Willingness to travel throughout Brooklyn and Staten Island to visit schools and attend meetings (2-3 days/week)

This is a full time position. The salary offered for this position is starting at $50,000, commensurate with applicant experience.

A current physical exam and TB test are required for all Beacon Directors. All site based staff must be fingerprinted before being hired. A $25 mandatory background check is required.

How To Apply:

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About NIA:

Founded in 1981, the NIA Community Services Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues that impact youth, families, and seniors. The NIA serves thousands of clients each year through after-school programs, summer day camps, cultural arts opportunities, youth and family counseling services, community assistance, referral services, and senior support programs. 

The NIA offers students access to arts, sports, leadership, STEM, and academic opportunities through after-school programs that foster positive youth development, teach new skills, and encourage learning through exploration. NIA programs provide an environment where students learn to think critically and communicate confidently; a place where students develop the tools necessary to realize their individual talents and embrace the larger world through meaningful opportunities for experiential education, service learning, and community building.

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