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Director of Youth Development
START DATE: March 3, 2014
SALARY: mid to high $50s with excellent benefits
City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, non-profit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 700 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports and education programs and helping citizens to support their parks on a local level. Our programs and community-building initiatives reach more than 600,000 New Yorkers each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
This is an exciting time of growth for CPF Education. For over 20 years, CPF Education has promoted experiential learning in environmental science and media arts, connecting kids to parklands as learning laboratories. In 2013, CPF Education developed a comprehensive strategic plan. Our vision is to foster year-round, long-term engagement of youthfrom targeted, high-needs communities in our five program areas: Seeds to Trees, Learning Gardens, Green Girls, Coastal Classroom and Youth Made Media.
A key strategy to achieve this vision is a significant expansion of out-of-schooltime science programs. Ultimately, all our programs will have afterschool initiatives and summer institutes for middle schoolers that lead tocredit-bearing apprenticeships and paid internships for high schoolers. Together, these initiatives will create a pipeline for youth to study urban ecology and technology throughout adolescence, thereby opening new STEM interests, employment opportunities, college possibilities and career options.
CPF is adding a three-person team, guided by the newly created position of Director of Youth Development, to take a leadership role in expanding out-of-schooltime (afterschool, summer, apprenticeship and internships) for adolescents, ages 11 - 18. Supported by two partnership managers/lead educators, the Director of Youth Development will develop or refine the program designs, curricula, community-based partnerships and relationships with youth necessary to realize CPF Education's vision.
The Director of Youth Development reports to the Director of Education, and must work closely with key staff to align OST programs with schoolday programs and to integrate media arts and technology into OST instructional time. Further, s/he oversees the four physical community gardens, as they are key teaching and learning assets for our afterschool, summer and internship programs.
Teaching and Learning
· Oversees program design, curricula development (using Understanding by Design) and lesson planning across all OST science programs, including afterschool, summer institutes, credit-bearing apprenticeships and paid high school internship programs
· Creates cross-department training for high school apprentices and interns in leadership, college/career readiness, professionalism and mentorship of middle school youth
· Ensures high standards of academic rigor, science learning and artistic quality across OST science programs
· Infuses youth development principles across all school-day and OST curricula
· Delineates consistent career/college/job readiness goals across OST programs.
· Works with key staff to establish system for tracking individual students over time, from OST attendance to academic achievement
· Works with Director of Education and Evaluation Consultant to develop and implement program evaluation and student assessment in order to measure program impact and learner outcomes.
· Develops and oversees strong partnerships with community-based organizations and other institutional partners in target neighborhoods, in collaboration with key staff.
· Facilitate regular meetings, site visits and effective communication strategies. Work closely with partners to clarify vision, goals, roles and responsibilities; address challenges and problems; and develop opportunities.
· Conduct outreach and identify potential new partners and program sites that can leverage the engagement of youth and community members in target communities
· Ensure strong relationships with community gardeners, NYC parks department and other stakeholders in the community gardens
· Design and implement all student recruitment efforts
· Prepare initial budget drafts and work closely with the Director of Education to refine subsequent drafts. Monitor program-related expenses in accordance with annual budget. Oversee purchasing, vendor billing and payment.
· Set and achieve earned income goals for OST programs
· Work closely with Education Manager to monitor payment from partners
· Oversees four community garden which are central to our Learning Gardens internship program
· Works with key staff to build/monitor inventory of scientific/technology equipment and educational materials for OST programs.
· Create, maintain and share (department-wide) a calendar that reflects all program activities. Support education director and education colleagues in scheduling site visits. Maintain accurate, comprehensive records and statistics on all aspects of your program. Support the creation of a centralized database for this content, in partnership with the Education Manager and your colleagues.
· Contribute to the fundraising process, including responding to development staff inquiries, hosting/discussing programs with funders, contributing language to proposals and writing reports.
· Contribute to marketing and promotion of programs, as needed. Represent program at conferences, DOE events and other industry events.
· Hire, train and manage two full-time partnership managers/lead educators for middle school and high school programs, the latter who directly manages the community gardens
· Hire, train and manage any part-time OST educators, youth workers, interns required to fully staff programs in compliance with SACC mandates
· Develop a comprehensive initiative to engage interns at the high school, college and graduate levels
· Provide formal and informal mentorship to staff through regular site visits, ongoing feedback, lesson planning, weekly program meetings and other strategies in order to help staff improve their teaching practice
Strategic Planning and Program Evolution
· Fully prepare for and participate as a key thought partner in the department-wide implementation and evaluation of the strategic plan.
· Refine benchmarks and tactics to achieve youth development goals. Research trends within the OST field, and offer recommendations for changes within and outside your immediate program area. Evaluate key challenges and opportunities for program expansion, program modification and new program initiatives within and outside your immediate program.
· Design, implement and evaluate your program’s initiatives outlined in the strategic plan.
· Min. of 10years in out-of-schooltime and/or informal science education
· Deep commitment to positive youth development
· Solid understanding of STEM education mandatory, environmental science preferred
· Proven track record in program, partnership and curriculum development (competency with Understanding by Design a serious plus)
· Established relationships with community-based organizations
· Demonstrated ability to construct and deliver experiential learning experiences and lessons for adolescents
· Experience with evaluating programs and tracking student learning.
· Self starter with very positive, can-do attitude and ability to work well with internal and external stakeholders
· Driver's license helpful, willingness to travel throughout NYC alone a must as is willingness to be in outdoor settings during in, sometimes hot/cold/rainy weather
· Master's degree in related field such as education, science or social work
Interested candidates should send the following documents, via email, to Debra Sue Lorenzen, Director of Education, City Parks Foundation. Please put Director of Youth Development in the subject line.
· 1 pagecover letter that thoughtfully explains your interest in and experience relevant to this position
Deadline for applications: February 21, 2014. Only those individuals we select to be interviewed will be contacted. No phone calls, please.