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Start date: April 4, 2022 – through next school year

We are looking for a full-time instructional coach to work on the Bridges to Academic Success team, a small team of coaches, professional developers, curriculum developers and researchers grant-funded by the New York Education Department (NYSED). We train teachers and administrators to support Students with Interrupted and Limited Schooling (SIFE) and Newcomers to implement curricular materials and resources. The students who use our materials are new to the US, new to English, and have in many cases experienced an interruption in their schooling. 

We are looking for an individual with a language, literacy and, preferably, bilingual Spanish background who also has experience teaching Newcomer English learners. The candidate will have some experience coaching teachers and/or leading professional learning seminars, and developing curricula.

The Bridges Coach will develop and facilitate professional learning and coaching for our ELA/ENL curriculum and more broadly for secondary content-area teachers, including an emphasis on language development and scaffolds required to meet the needs of all ELLs. In addition to design and facilitation of these trainings, the coach will collect relevant student inquiry data and engage in remote or eventual on-site coaching of administrators and teachers in our literacy and content-area  resources.

The coaching component is composed of a caseload of teachers both remotely and in person in New York State. Most of the in person coaching will be focused in Hudson Valley, Westchester, NYC and Long Island. 

The position requires both individual and collaborative work, both on site with teachers and in professional development workshops with the goal of supporting teachers to accelerate SIFE in language and literacy. The coach will be responsible for designing and creating content as well as short videos to support teacher professional learning.  

Finally, the position requires participation in collaborative meetings to review and discuss work plans and professional development materials. All coaches and professional developers are expected to keep logs of their work and debrief on a weekly or biweekly basis with their direct supervisor, who will also offer training and support. Other tasks will be discussed and designed as needed. 

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years experience teaching literacy and/or ENL/ELA
  • 3+ years experience working with and teaching English Language Learners and preferably SIFE; 
  • Experience coaching teachers;
  • Interest in and willingness to become familiar with our instructional methods to both coach and participate in the design of professional development sessions;
  • Knowledge and experience with curriculum development and design, including backwards design;
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently to plan and facilitate professional development in both face to face and online sessions. Willingness to give and receive feedback on work and to revise in response to feedback;
  • Ability to adapt to different school contexts; 
  • Experience facilitating adult learning;
  • Experience working in online platforms or technology 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with teacher teams; 
  • Experience designing and facilitating professional development sessions for teachers;
  • Experience in reading interventions for ELLs at the elementary and/or secondary level.
  • Bilingual in Spanish (not necessarily home language)

Salary commensurate with experience; Please reach out to Camille at camille@bridges-sifeproject.com with resume and cover letter to apply. 

Part-time, Remote/NYC, 4 days per week (28 hours) 

Start date: March 2022

Bridges to Academic Success (Bridges) is a program that provides educational services and advocates for newcomer students who enter US schools with limited academic skills, including low levels of literacy in their home languages. Bridges supports schools, teachers, and students by helping to accelerate language, literacy, and content area learning through special school programming, curricula, and professional development for educators. The Program Assistant & Visual Resource Designer will be responsible for supporting all aspects of the Bridges program with a key focus on streamlining operational support for the professional development team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Administrative Support

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Program Assistant will aid in the operation of online and, when possible, in-person Professional Development (PD) sessions:

  • Set up PD invitations and attendance lists
  • Create PD webinar links and send to participants; record day-of attendance; provide technical support to staff and users; download recordings
  • Maintain key files of existing professional development materials and event templates for internal collaboration
  • Track expenses and materials for PD under direction of program manager
  • Enter attendance data into online database (HubSpot) and retrieve information as requested
  • Track school calendars and update team google calendar
  • Manage files within the google drive structure (photos, videos)
  • Assist with maintenance of google drive structure
  • Clerical functions associated with remote coaching web platforms
  • Transcribe coaching notes and team meeting notes for project records
  • Data entry (feedback forms, student work)
  • Coordinate loaner library and book orders 
  • Look up information as requested, e.g., printing costs, shipping costs, etc.
  • Assist team with other tasks as needed

PR & Social Media

  • Create flyers for events
  • Design social media posts
  • Participate in social media strategy meetings

Visual Resource Design

  • Assist Program Manager or team members with ongoing tasks as needed. These can include but are not limited to:
    • Deigning, formatting, and copyediting curricular documents and public-facing materials for dissemination and publishing
    • Formatting and copyedit professional development documents 
      • E.g. Powerpoints, handouts and worksheets, surveys, certificates
    • Designing slide presentation templates (Powerpoint, Google slides)
    • Transitioning types of documents from one file format to another (compiling PDFs, converting PDF to Word and Word to PDF, fixing “broken” docs)
    • Basic video editing skills preferred

Qualifications:

  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Experience working on a team and handling moving parts on a project
  • Positive attitude with solutions-oriented approach to work
  • Flexibility in style of working with others
  • Technologically adept and comfortable with a variety of apps and online platforms
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) 
    • Google Workspace (Google Calendar, Google Drive, Google docs etc.)
    • Ability to research and quickly learn new platforms (We also use Adobe, Basecamp, Canva, and HubSpot)
  • Attention to detail 
  • Experience with copyediting
  • Experience with formatting Word documents and Powerpoint presentations for professional audiences
  • Facility in manipulating PDFs
  • Demonstrated ability to make attractive promotional and content materials
  • Experience with social media content development and strategy
  • Ability to work on site, as needed
  • B.A. or M.A. degree, preferably

The project is scheduled to run through June 2022, with the possibility of extension. Although the vast majority of the work may be completed remotely, the candidate must be available for occasional work days in our offices at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Position 28 hours per week, some flexibility with scheduling work hours, but must be consistently available Monday through Thursday, 10am – 5pm. Hourly compensation commensurate with experience.  Individual health and dental insurance available for the position. 

To Apply:

Please send your resume/CV and a cover letter to admin@bridges-sifeproject.com.

Find Opportunities to Join the Bridges Team here