Jan 17, 2024
$100,000 - $130,000 yearly
Hybrid (Roxbury, Boston, MA, USA)
We are seeking a bold education leader with strong operations skills and a passion for shaping meaningful change. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to innovate, iterate, and lead at the intersection of education, child welfare, and social justice.
At HopeWell, we take on big, messy problems. We strive for a world where every child experiencing foster care has opportunities to live out their hopes and dreams and to learn, grow, and thrive.
Academic opportunity gaps for children experiencing foster care are immense, so we are working toward educational equity. This involves building and iterating on new programming, collaborating with partners across many sectors, and advocating for policy and systems change.
We envision a future without disparities between youth who have experienced foster care and their peers. But access to opportunity is not equally distributed. And the reasons these disparities exist are extensive and complex. But we are in it for the long haul, and we are committed to figuring out how to do the right thing, even when it’s the hard thing.
WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE
The Education Director will bring a range of skills and experiences to this role and will approach the work as:
- An innovative leader with sound judgment, excellent communication, and a strengths-based orientation in the face of complex challenges.
- A courageous leader who leans into uncertainty and believes the best designs and solutions arise through collaboration.
- A strategic leader with a proven track record of successfully managing programs and teams through change, who excels at providing structure and systems so that the team has what they need to do their work.
- A creative leader who guides by example and gets involved in all aspects of the work when it will help drive learning and implementation forward.
RISE (Readiness, Inquiry, Scholarship, Education) is a first-of-its-kind program specifically designed to meet the distinct literacy and social-emotional needs of young children (kindergarten through 3rd grade) experiencing foster care. We provide personalized, 1:1 tutoring and promote caregiver engagement in their child’s education. We began serving youth in 2022 and we are now in an exciting phase of learning from and iterating on the early stages of our program.
The Education Director will lead and manage the day-to-day implementation of the RISE program. Additionally, through deep collaboration with HopeWell executives, senior staff, program staff, and external consultants, the Education Director will help identify and make meaning of learnings. This will ultimately drive iterations on the program model that the Education Director will be responsible for implementing.
- Oversee the implementation of RISE program model. Implement high quality, youth-centered supports. Apply trauma-informed, evidence-based, and best practice approaches and curriculum. Align with all applicable agency and state regulatory standards, as well as legal and ethical principles that govern practice, in regards to services provided, record keeping, and data collection and management.
- Build rigor and systems into program operations (i.e. training, infrastructure / tools, policies, monitoring) to ensure consistent service delivery with fidelity to the current program model. Adapt as needed as program model evolves.
- Lead effective change management by helping the RISE team understand what each change means to them and provide ongoing guidance and support to maintain enthusiasm, commitment to, and knowledge needed for the change process.
- Establish and maintain close and productive working relationships with schools, child welfare, and other public and private agency partners. Perform regular outreach to promote referrals, education about services, and utilization of programming and services as intended and represent the agency at all relevant meetings.
- Interview, hire, evaluate, and supervise a multi-disciplinary team of program staff. Provide on-going training, coaching, and performance management.
- Collaborate with VP, Program Impact and Strategy and Chief Finance Officer to develop budget. Monitor and ensure execution of approved budgets and staffing allocations. Ensure that financial paperwork is completed accurately and promptly. Ensure that accurate and prompt billing and payment for services rendered is achieved through monitoring and communication with referring agencies.
- While not responsible for raising funds, collaborate with VP, Program Impact and Strategy and Chief Development Officer to support fundraising activities.
- Other duties as assigned. RISE is an evolving program, and as such, the program model will be subjected to a continuous cycle of analysis and assessment. It will change iteratively as we learn more about how to best support youth needs, and as a result the roles and responsibilities of various team members will likely adapt and change as the program evolves.
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 of the foster care system to apply.
- M.Ed. or equivalent degree
- 7+ years experience managing a team as an education leader or related role
- Experience with Massachusetts public education system and knowledge of best practices in tutoring, curriculum, and special education
- Experience with trauma-informed approaches required; experience with child welfare system a plus
- Demonstrated ability to organize, plan, and prioritize activities with specific attention to simultaneously attending to higher level strategies and daily program operations
- Decisive, effective leadership and management skills; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to drive high levels of performance, engagement, and accountability
- Demonstrated flexibility and entrepreneurial spirit; thoughtful, curious, and open-minded approach to learning, growth, and change; exceptional change management thinking and implementation skills
- Advanced problem-solving skills and judgement; ability to gather and use information and data to monitor program outcomes and manage workloads
- Successful experience in strategic program development and growth
- Demonstrated understanding of and competence in serving BIPOC youth
- Highly effective oral and written communications skills
- Must be comfortable working in community settings and supporting a team who is consistently in the field and may encounter a range of complex situations
- Computer skills sufficient to perform essential functions
- Maintain availability to support the team up until 7 pm on weekdays, as most of the tutoring occurs in the afternoon and early evening.
- This role involves some home-based and community-based work, some office-based work, and some remote opportunities. During home and community visits there are possible environmental exposures including pets.
- Daily access to an automobile is required.
- Driving is required in and out of the catchment area.
- A valid MA State Driver’s License.
- Clearing of background checks as required by state and federal law.
- Remain current in all required trainings.
- Other duties as assigned to support quality care.
Child Welfare/Foster Care, Education, Other
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.