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21 Nov 2012
Full-Time Instructional Support Developer (New York, NY)
The City University of New York (CUNY) is seeking an Instructional Support Developer to play a central role in supporting the needs of a select group of New York City public schools. CUNY views its collaborations with the public schools as a vital part of its mission to educate the citizens of New York. The creation of the CUNY School Support Organization is an opportunity to bring the resources of the University and the Department of Education together to systematically support a group of schools in enabling students to be more successful in both high school and college. With School Support Organization colleagues, The Instructional Support Developer contributes to individual School Support Plans, and develops strategies to assist schools in improving outcomes for students. The SSO team follows the following steps in accomplishing its goals: 1) An initial school-based planning process aimed at identifying school goals, priorities and challenges 2) Provision of customized and coordinated support services, and 3) A regular review of all activities and an evaluation of their effectiveness in meeting school needs. Responsibilities: • Contribute to the design and delivery of professional development for schools across the network. Participate in and contribute to network events, such as Principals’ meetings and/or professional development series for instructional leaders (coaches, lead teachers, staff developers, and mentors) • Identify and recruit appropriate and effective CUNY faculty who will be available to work with schools on specific issues as they arise • Catalogue technical assistance resources available to schools through CUNY college-based Centers and Institutes • Negotiate and manage service agreements with CUNY faculty and Centers and monitor quality and quantity of services provided to individual schools; ensure agreements are paid in a timely fashion • In particular, work with the NYC Math Project to define a Mathematics Instructional Initiative among participating network schools. Oversee implementation of the project and monitor quality of services to schools • Ensure that the CUNY School Support Organization website and other online tools provide accurate and useful information to schools and support staff, engage web developers and technology staff as required • Manage ‘Instructional Improvement’ mini-grants to network schools by overseeing application process and following up with school teams on progress made toward grant goals • Participate in network-level inquiry and planning process, leading to the creation of School Support Plans. These plans use school-level data to inform a goal-setting and action-planning process at the school and network team level.
• Support school leaders in understanding and negotiating issues related to space allocation within shared buildings. Participate in building council meetings as a supportive member of the network team • Support principals in capturing and disseminating knowledge to and from schools for purposes of sharing across schools, and de veloping benchmarks • Establish positive and effective working relationships with administrators, school staff, and colleagues • Plan and implement the activities of one or more CUNY SSO Initiatives dedicated to special topics, such College Readiness and/or math instruction • Create tools to communicate lessons learned from the School Support Organization to key stakeholders in the University’s Central Office and 17 local campuses • Keep clear and concise records of communications with school staff and other support personnel • Other duties as assigned.
Salary:$70,000 – $80,000
• Minimum of five years working in the education field, with increasing responsibility and an understanding of school operations • Master’s degree in a relevant field • Keen understanding of educational reforms and structures in New York City and New York State, including new accountability initiatives • A demonstrated commitment to enabling public school students to succeed in college • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team, especially under changing circumstances and tight deadlines • Demonstrated customer service ethic • Prior experience developing and building professional relationships, advancing agendas, and negotiating with external organizations • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Ability to multi-task and to respond quickly to various requests • Creativity, friendliness, and a sense of humor • Proficiency in Microsoft Office • Interested candidates should have a flexible, collaborative attitude, understand the fast-paced and highly changeable nature of a start-up organization, and be willing to learn.