Position Vacancy - Coach Supervisor
Bank Street College is seeking an experienced professional to work on a research project and provide supervision for a cadre of coaches who will be working with lead and assistant teachers in publicly funded preschool programs across the city.
This half-time position is part of the professional development component of a research project called Making Pre-K Count (MPC) that is designed to improve long-term outcomes for children living in poverty in four of New York City’s boroughs. The study is being conducted by MDRC, a leading social policy research organization, with funding provided by the Robin Hood Foundation.
Housed at Bank Street College, the focus of the early childhood professional development component is on strengthening math instructional quality in preschool classrooms, through:
1. Implementing Building Blocks, a preschool curriculum that boosts early math skills using large and small group activities, hands-on center activities, and online computer software for children and teachers; and
2. Ongoing, in-classroom coaching and mentoring for lead and assistant teachers to support teacher implementation of Building Blocks.
The Coach Supervisor will aid in executing Bank Street’s responsibilities under its contract with MDRC. Working collaboratively with the Program Director, the Coach Supervisor will supervise a staff of coaches, play an integral role in group supervision, and foster positive relationships with stakeholder agencies and community organizations that will support the project.
- Work with Program Director to plan, organize, conduct, and participate in training for coaches and teachers (in collaboration with MDRC and curriculum developers)
- With Program Director, manage day-to-day supervision and evaluation of coaches, and create an experience for coaches that is meaningful and impactful
- Assist Program Director in meeting with preschool administrators on a regular basis to help them understand and support the implementation of the program
- Assist Program Director in overseeing ongoing collection of program assessment data; maintaining records and preparing reports as required
- Work with Program Director and MDRC to review coach data to use with program management.
- Perform related duties as assigned
- Advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) in relevant field of study (child development, early childhood education, social work, public administration or management, etc.)
- Knowledge of early childhood development, classroom practices, and early math education
- At least 5 years of experience in developing and administering programs, and managing staff, particularly using data and assessments to manage staff and inform intervention implementation
- Experience providing professional development and/or training for adults
- Experience working in early childhood settings
- Strong relationship-building skills
- Ability to work independently and within a team
- Strong reading, writing, presentation & communication skills
- Experience with and commitment to working with ethnically diverse children, families, and professionals in low-income, urban neighborhoods
In addition, the following characteristics will be considered in reviewing candidates for this position:
- Knowledge of early childhood educational system and the New York City public school and/or center environment context
- Ability to work effectively across multiple teams on a complex project that involves coaches, classroom teachers, directors/principals, program developers, and a research team
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with child care providers, school administrators, school district personnel, parents, and agencies involved in early care and education
- Experience in a research project or, at a minimum, an ability to quickly learn about and become familiar with research
- Flexibility and willingness to accommodate non-traditional work hours (trainings, meetings may need to be scheduled on evenings or weekends in order to accommodate teachers’ work schedules)
- Ability to operate a computer and associated software (MSWord, Excel, Access, Power Point)
- Bilingual English/Spanish-speaker preferred
- Must be able to travel to pre-K programs in public schools, Head Start centers and other local agencies in neighborhoods across the city (Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx). Subway and bus fees associated with this travel will be covered by the project
- Full-time availability from July-September 2013; half-time availability from September 2013-June 2014
Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Sabrina Silverstein: firstname.lastname@example.org