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United Federation of Teachers

CLS Program Director

United Federation of Teachers

New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative Program Director

New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative Overview The New York City Community Learning Schools Initiative (NYCCLSI) is a not-for-profit organization created in 2012 by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) with support from the Partnership for New York City, the New York State Senate, the New York City Council, and Trinity Wall Street. NYCCLSI facilitates partnerships between schools, non-profits, business and government to integrate vital services into public school buildings, improve student achievement and meet the health, safety and social service needs of students and communities. NYCCLSI is designed to benefit entire neighborhoods by transforming public schools into community "hubs" in an effort to meet the needs of students, families, and community members. Each "hub" is unique as the scope of programs and services in a Community Learning School is established through parent, educator, and community consensus on the needs of the school and community and may include medical, dental, and mental health programs; art, music, and recreation programs; social services; parent programs; or youth empowerment activities.

Position Description The NYCCLSI seeks an experienced candidate to serve as Program Director, a full-time position reporting to the UFT Vice President of Elementary Schools. The NYCCLSI is a fast-growing, young initiative and the ideal candidate is an energetic, entrepreneurial individual that can successfully lead in a start-up environment. The Program Director will lead NYCCLSI activities including strategic planning, tool design, communications and outreach, services portfolio development, and capacity-building efforts and technical assistance for Resource Coordinators and school-based teams. This position requires excellent organizational and management skills.

Key Responsibilities

• Work with the Executive Board, Advisory Board and other leadership groups to refine the program strategy, develop a multi-year plan and contribute to the local and national community school movements
• Oversee the design of the program’s evaluation framework
• Manage a team of Resource Coordinators distributed across various school locations
• Oversee Resource Coordinator hiring, onboarding and training
• Serve as direct contact in support of school-based teams
• Develop and refine school needs assessment tools and provide implementation and analysis support as needed
• Vet service providers and work to ensure that services offered to schools are effective, seamlessly integrated into to the workings of the school
• Develop partnerships with community-based organizations, program and service providers, elected officials, city agencies, academic and corporate partners
• Present at public speaking engagements, conferences and workshops to promote the initiative
• Create and nurture relationships with current and potential funders
• Lead grant-writing and other development activities and manage funding allocations
• Lead the public RFP process for program expansion
• Oversee communications and marketing content and distribution (website , newsletter, email blasts)

Preferred Skills / Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s Degree in business administration, marketing, public administration, urban / community planning or a related field is preferred
• Minimum 7-years professional experience
• Substantial project / program management experience and knowledge of organizational development
• Excellent writing, communications, management and interpersonal skills
• Strong partnership-building and event planning / coordination skills
• Creative thinker, with a track record of translating strategic thinking into action plans and output
• Knowledge of New York City neighborhoods is a plus

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three professional references to Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.



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