About the Organization
For the past seven years, The Possible Project (TPP) has designed, implemented, assessed, and refined a model for after school programming that provides high school students with an opportunity to: a) create and take products to market, b) partner with local businesses for real-work design and business operations projects, c) provide students with access to industry and professional mentors who can help hone their skills and grow their access to networks of supportive adults, and d) provide pathways counseling for post-secondary opportunities.
Through TPP's program, students have access to dream up, design, and create real products for sale in the cutting-edge Makerspace and learn job-readiness skills working in TPP's existing businesses: Made Possible and We Sell Possible.
TPP's impact stretches beyond the skills learned by the students who participate; using entrepreneurship as a mechanism for bolstering creativity, fostering perseverance, harnessing optimism, and revealing the possible. The Possible Project places importance on diverse perspectives and understands that they are critical to its success, and as such, values these perspectives in hiring and decision-making.
To learn more about The Possible Project, please visit www.possibleproject.org.
About the Position
The Director of Education will manage the day-to-day operations of TPP's programs, ensuring a high quality, meaningful, and impactful student experience for all program participants. Overseeing a team of educators to deliver an authentic hands-on learning experience, the Director will lead, manage, and mentor the education team to support engagement of students, students' families, and volunteers, as well as manage TPP's critically important partnerships with schools.
Strong candidates will have connections to the communities TPP serves and knowledge of culturally responsive pedagogy, fostering an asset based, student-centered learning environment that prepares students to design their lives towards post-secondary and/or career success.
Reporting to the Chief Learning Officer, the Director of Education will manage two direct reports, within a team of seven.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Lead, mentor and develop the careers of a team of educators, including the Entrepreneurship Education Manager
- Set high standards for performance, observing and monitoring the quality of instructional delivery; deliver growth-oriented feedback and coach the team toward continuous improvement
- Set annual goals and then design, develop, and deliver, in partnership with HR, trainings aligned with the professional development needs of the team
- Model professionalism, student-centered instructional practice, best-in-class student behavior management, and cultural competency for all staff
- Oversee the recruitment, selection, and onboarding for new members of the education team
- Support data collection and evaluation efforts, contribute to a data-driven culture, and ensure educators submit relevant data that supports the development of ongoing insights
+Foster a collaborative culture through which best practices and learnings are shared and insights are collected to help to inform decision making at every level
- Collaborate with the education team to ensure strategic, integrated implementation of curricula, making necessary and appropriate adjustments to accommodate the needs of student cohorts
- Implement and refine observation practices to provide learning-oriented feedback on the quality of instructional delivery
- Working with the Entrepreneurship Education Manager, collaborate with all program components to enhance and codify TPP's pedagogical approach to successful instruction
- Create and maintain systems that support progress toward program goals and enable the team to shift course as warranted
- Oversee program logistics such as scheduling, staffing, and support volunteer coordination
- Lead efforts to coordinate needed student interventions, drawing from resources available at the school and within the community, helping to foster students' safety and social and emotional well-being
- Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with the key constituents of the program (including volunteers, students, parents, teachers, principals, DOE staff, community members, donors, and Board members) and with wrap-around service organizations
- Assist the executive team with plans for site expansion and/or growth to new cities
- Ensure that all sites are compliant with applicable regulations related to student programming; including those imposed by the Department of Education and the Department of Health
- With administrative support, manage and support The Possible Project database and teacher projects, ensuring that there is a centralized repository for program innovation and achievements
- Support the collection of data and other relevant information about student performance from school and district sources
- Partner with the development team to attract, recruit, and train volunteers for pitch panels, program components, and other events
Beliefs and Attitudes
- A demonstrable passion for the mission, vision, and values of The Possible Project and a fundamental belief that all children can and will succeed if provided with excellent instruction and hands-on learning opportunities
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, based on the communities they have served and the teams they have led
- Enthusiasm for serving high school students in low income communities and working with creative colleagues from diverse backgrounds
- Proactive attitude, upbeat personality, good sense of humor, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
- Driving passion for making a difference for the students TPP serves, with a longstanding commitment to trauma-informed and culturally responsive instruction
Experience and Credentials
- 8-10 years of relevant professional experience, with significant professional experience leading, managing, and developing educators
- Track record of anticipating and identifying problems and proactively suggesting creative, innovative, and flexible solutions
- Ability to create, leverage, and foster networks and resources that support the multi-faceted components of TPP program and add value to educators' and students' growth and development
- Experience managing educators and/or youth development staff to support student growth, in terms of soft skills such as character, hope, and growth mindset, and in terms of job readiness skills such as communication, collaboration, professionalism, and STEAM confidence, with a track record of managing adults in a classroom and/or instructional context
- Experience working in a bilingual Spanish-English setting, with fluency in Spanish preferred
- A Bachelor's degree is required
Knowledge and Skills
- Knowledge of culturally competent instruction, specifically social emotional and trauma-informed learning, and a track record of developing and implementing culturally competent educational programs
- Strong evidence of rigorous use of data to drive strategy to promote a culture of continuous improvement, and demonstrate outcomes
- Successful track record of oversight and day-to-day management of program implementation
- Strong communication skills, with an ability to communicate effectively with students, educators, community members, volunteers, and other key stakeholders
- Excellent problem-solving, operational, and communication skills
The Possible Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.
Compensation and benefits:
The Possible Project offers a robust compensation and benefit package including high quality health
benefits and an employer contribution to your 401(k) plan.