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Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator (REACH)

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Position type: College Work Study, Student
Location: New York
Categories: Other

Through its Office of School and Community Partnerships, Teachers College, Columbia University has launched the Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem (REACH), which is a university-assisted, community school initiative that is being implemented in five traditional public schools in Harlem. REACH's mission is to increase students' comprehensive educational opportunity through a set of coherent and strategic actions that better support their academic achievements and social-emotional development. 

The Expanded Learning Opportunities Coordinator position, working in collaboration with the Expanded Learning Opportunities Associate and Community School Directors, will support the implementation and refinement of high-quality expanded learning opportunities (ELO) programs – including cultivation of a strong ELO culture as well as organizational structures to support programs – for REACH partner secondary schools.

The position reports to the Expanded Learning Opportunities Associate of REACH.  It spans across two semesters, from September 2017 through May 2018. The 15-hour per week schedule requires work at school sites at least 2 times a week for a total of at least eight hours. Consequently, applicants must be at available at least two afternoons between 12pm and 5pm. Some daytime and weeknight hours also is required. Exact schedules will be determined in early- to mid-September.         

Primary responsibilities include:


  • Provides direct oversight, coaching, and monitoring of school staff, community partners and volunteers of programs during program operation hours.
  • Plans and implements ongoing student recruitment and engagement efforts, including collaborating with administration, teachers, and other key staff
  • Cultivates ELO culture by:
    • developing and presenting a comprehensive ELO culture plan for school;
    • building relationships with students to encourage and support their enrollment and consistent attendance in ELO programs;
    • developing and implementing recruitment plans that target students based on relevant attendance, socio-emotional, and academic data;
    • planning and implementing ELO kickoff events as determined in collaboration with school leadership;
    • collecting and analyzing ELO data to make necessary improvements to programs; and conducting focus groups (once per semester) to solicit student feedback that can inform program refinement; and
    • identifying, developing and implementing foundational interventions designed to shift school staff and students’ engagement with ELOs
  • Visits the schools’ clubs or groups and acts as a point person to help troubleshoot program challenges/opportunities at least twice a week.
  • Works with Community School Directors to manage ELO participation data in the Student Sorter.
  • Maintains regular contact with and serves as liaison between the Expanded Learning Opportunities Associate, school principal, school staff, Community School Director, students, parents and community based organization(s).
  • Develops and coordinate periodic “partnership council” meetings between all stakeholders within the campus community to discuss goal setting, best practices, program implementation, and evaluation/assessment procedures.
  • Attend and participate in key school meetings or events (parent teacher conferences, assemblies, etc).


  • Coordinates space and programming needs with the school’s principal, CBOs and custodial engineer.
  • Meets with Community School Directors to stay informed of important school events; communicates those to graduate students and teaching artists
  • Manages all attendance collection efforts; establish and maintain mechanism for accurate, timely collection, documentation submission of all requisite student and family assessment/evaluation data; including ensuring compliance with enrollment form and attendance sheet requirements
  • Learns Kinvolved (attendance tracking and parent communication system) to train and support teaching artists and graduate students in regular use of Kinvolved for attendance, behavior, and special events messaging

Other duties as assigned. 



  • Demonstrated effective project management, program development, and analytical skills, including the ability to multitask and balance the demands of competing stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to manage people and complex projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Superb interpersonal skills and ability to work well with various stakeholders; strong motivating skills to achieve outcomes
  • Excellent organizational, computer, and email skills
  • Demonstrated organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to clearly articulate complex concepts in writing and orally.
  • Strong ability to problem-solve toward outcomes in a fast-paced environment

Approach to Work

  • Enjoys building relationships and coaching others to achieve outcomes
  • Ability to thrive and make decisions in a fast-paced environment
  • Takes ownership over developing systems and structures that support broad direction set by others


  • Bachelors degree in social sciences and 1-3 years experience working in a nontraditional educational setting such as an after school, Saturday, and/or summer program
  • Demonstrated effective project management and program development skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with low-income students and students of color, including experience of a youth development approach to working with students and families
  • Demonstrated understanding of NYC's public education landscape, especially in the area of after-school and expanded learning opportunities, preferred
  • Must be available 12pm-5pm at least two weekdays a week
  • Must be a student matriculated in a TC degree program who is registered for at least 6 credits (or equivalent, which includes full-time equivalent offerings - HBSK 6480, CCPJ 6480, CCPX 6480, or any 8900 course). Full-time TC employees are not eligible for this position

Preferred Qualifications:              

  • A vision for the role of ELO in expanding opportunities for low-income students and students of color, and demonstrated capacity to support our schools in furthering their ELO work
  • Demonstrated understanding of NYC's youth development landscape, especially in the area of after-school and expanded learning opportunities.
  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Visual and graphic design skills

To Apply:

Interested students should submit a resume or CV and a cover letter to Robin Blanc at The cover letter should address your personal philosophy on expanding opportunities for underserved student populations, as well as your fit for the position. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Department and candidates who best meet the requirements will be contacted for an interview. Candidates not selected for an interview will not be notified but the application will remain active until the end of the term.

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