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Director, Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem (REACH)

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Position type: Staff
Location: New York
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Teachers College (TC), seeks an experienced and innovative educator to serve as Director of the Raising Educational Achievement Coalition of Harlem (REACH). REACH is an initiative that was established in 2012 to develop, implement and study the effectiveness of a university-assisted community schools model in public schools in Harlem. The goal of REACH is to improve student outcomes and school culture. The position resides in the College's Office of School and Community Partnerships and reports to the Associate Vice President for School and Community Partnerships.

REACH leverages university and community resources to help its partner schools achieve success in several specific areas: 1) effective curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments that lead to students’ attainment of high academic standards, 2) development and retention of outstanding teachers and leaders, and 3) access to educational opportunities for children to support school success. REACH addresses its mission by offering services to partner schools in five domains: teaching and learning; expanded learning opportunities; health; family engagement; and instructional leadership. Currently, REACH partners with four schools (two elementary and two secondary), though the number of schools depends on availability of funds. REACH is supported through a combination of grants, contracts, and Teachers College resources.

The REACH director has primary responsibility to:
• lead a team of TC professional staff and graduate students engaged in REACH;
• frame the scope of work at each school, in consultation with the school’s principal;
• provide services to schools in his/her domains of expertise;
• solicit and coordinate TC and Columbia University faculty and students to carry out research, teaching and service in the schools;
• establish relationships and contracts with community based organizations to provide services;
• collect data to inform program improvements;
• collaborate with the New York City Department of Education to meet grant requirements and participate in its citywide community school efforts as requested;
• disseminate the model in professional meetings and publications; and
• participate in fundraising to sustain and expand REACH.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree and at least 10 years successful experience in managing programs with and for public schools
  • Evidence of the ability to implement an educational vision is expected
  • Excellent writing, speaking, and organizational skills 
  • The successful candidate will have expertise in one or more domains of the model

Preferred Qualifications:

• Familiarity with Teachers College programs, faculty and culture
• Familiarity with the New York City Department of Education and New York City schools
• Familiarity with the CBO sector in New York City
• Doctoral degree in an area related to the REACH model

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