HopeWell is the largest nonprofit provider of foster care in Massachusetts and Connecticut, serving approximately 1000 foster care-involved youth annually through a comprehensive, youth-centered and trauma-informed approach. Through innovative solutions such as My First Place™, an education and employment program that provides safe, stable housing, and case management support for youth who have aged out of foster care, and with collaborative partnerships among stakeholders in government, health care, philanthropy, business, and social justice, HopeWell is driving the systems change urgently needed to raise the standards of the foster care experience so that every child can reach their potential in life.
HopeWell seeks a Literacy Program Manager to work toward closing the opportunity gap for youth in foster care from preschool through high school. The Literacy Program Manager will collaborate closely with the Education Director, external consultant(s), and other inaugural staff to support the launch and growth of our new program RISE: Readiness, Inquiry, Scholarship, Education. RISE provides intensive, long-term, one-on-one tutoring and educational support for youth in foster care that also addresses social, emotional, and cognitive needs. Unlike traditional tutoring programs, RISE Tutors are paired with students, not schools, so tutoring and support remains consistent throughout the four to eight changes of home placements and schools that most youth in foster care experience through age 18. With a deep commitment to education, child welfare, and social justice, the inaugural staff will bring an entrepreneurial mindset to the challenges of launching a new program and growing it statewide and beyond. A knowledgeable, skilled, and innovative literacy specialist, trainer, and coach, the Literacy Program Manager will bring proven experience to the work of developing, and supporting staff in implementing, a literacy program service delivery model from the ground up
THE LITERACY PROGRAM MANAGER POSITION
The RISE program will start as a pilot in the fall of 2021, in the Greater Boston area. The pilot will address gaps in reading and literacy for students in foster care in kindergarten through 3rd grade while also focusing on social and emotional learning. In the coming months and years, we intend to grow to implement RISE to support students in all grades across Massachusetts and Connecticut, and to eventually partner with affiliate organizations across the country to adapt and implement RISE in their local communities.
The Literacy Program Manager will report into and collaborate with the Education Director to build and implement the RISE literacy program service delivery model. Key areas of responsibility will include developing and managing the literacy tutoring curriculum and impact measurement infrastructure, as well as training and coaching Tutors.
While High Impact Tutoring (often called High Dosage Tutoring or HDT) programs have recently demonstrated excellent outcomes data for the general population, they often don’t meet the unique needs of youth in foster care. We engaged in an intensive discovery sprint to develop an evidence-informed, new program that is tailored to respond to these unique needs, and we are now in the process of filling in the details. As such, there will be a lot to learn once the program launches in order to most effectively close the opportunity gap. The Literacy Program Manager will be engaged in a continuous cycle of collecting and analyzing data, and using learnings from the program outcomes data to hone the program model.
This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a growing team to transform what is possible for youth in foster care. We are seeking someone who is passionate about education, child welfare, and social justice and is enthusiastic about the idea of piloting, strengthening, and growing a brand new education program that delivers real results. This position requires an experienced educator whose alignment with HopeWell’s mission and this new initiative is matched with experience using data to guide practice, knowledge about various literacy and social and emotional learning tools, and a proven track record of supporting staff in implementing these tools. The Literacy Program Manager will thrive on both taking an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to meeting youth’s educational needs, and ensuring that the infrastructure and details needed to implement the service delivery model day-to-day are in place. This individual will have the strong ability and desire to work well with BIPOC youth
The Literacy Program Manager will:
This is a comprehensive list of qualifications that we believe will lead to success in the role. We understand that any one candidate may not have every qualification on this list. We strongly encourage candidates with lived experience with the foster care system to apply.
HopeWell has an unparalleled work culture, with an emphasis on diversity, belonging, inclusion, equity, and holistic wellness. At HopeWell, each team member is called to uphold and live daily the values of empathy, strength, learning, and integrity. HopeWell is an environment where we laugh and smile while handling serious, life-changing work.
HopeWell offers a comprehensive total rewards package that values employee wellness, work-life balance, and continuous learning. Benefits include student loan pay-down assistance, tuition reimbursement, funding for professional development, as well as a full suite of healthcare benefits, and generous paid-time-off.
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