Associate Director, TAG Latino Program
Job no: 507070
Position Type: Staff Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Gaston Institute
Pay Grade: 31
Date opened: 05 Jan 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 19 Jan 2021 Eastern Standard Time
The Talented and Gifted (TAG) Latino Program has been supporting the educational development and success of Latino middle and high school students in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) since being founded in 1985 by Lucia Mayerson-David, former Director of the Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT). Three years later, with the need to prepare Latino students for entrance into the exam schools evident, Proyecto (Project) ALERTA was founded in 1988, forming along with TAG a unique pipeline through the exam schools and into college, specifically UMass Boston. At the time, Latino students had the highest dropout rate in the city, and the highest attrition rates at the three public college-preparatory exam schools in Boston: Boston Latin Academy, Boston Latin School and the John D O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. In its initial years, TAG focused on retaining Latino students at these schools and supporting their graduation through a 60-student three-week summer program, school year tutoring, and an after-school TAG Club for social support and student leadership. With the support and at the request of the Boston Public Schools, TAG began to expand its effective model with district students in the 1990’s, and a decade later expanded again in 2008 to include specialized programming for English Language Learners, bringing about today’s model that integrates a wide spectrum students with the goal of ensuring that Latino students and English language Learners excel academically, socially, and personally, so as to improve their ability to succeed in high school and at the postsecondary levels.
The Associate Director of the Talented and Gifted Latino Program is responsible for the development, implementation and day-to-day operations of the program; and will serve as a representative of the program, institute and university on-campus and throughout the City of Boston and the Commonwealth, especially within the Latino community. The incumbent will recruit and select participants and staff; and will provide support and guidance to students, parents, teachers, and other program staff consistent with the mission and vision of the TAG Latino Program. S/he will facilitate the maintenance and expansion of program services and opportunities by working closely with the Institute Director in the research and development of funding proposals, the management of program grants, the collection of data to assess the impact of the program and the preparation and submission of annual reports.
Examples of Duties:
- Work closely with the Institute Director and Faculty Advisory Committee to develop and implement the TAG and ALERTA Annual Plans, which include all course offerings, additional enrichment activities, etc.; ensure that the curriculum is aligned with mandated state and federal curricular frameworks and that the participants are engaged academic and youth development programming that is both rigorous and nurturing and provides them with the skills and knowledge needed to become critically engaging, inter-culturally competent leaders who are equipped to succeed at the primary and secondary level and go on to successfully pursue higher education;
- Work closely with the Coordinator to develop and implement specific onsite academic year and summer programs, ensuring a smooth integration of primary students into the university setting;
- Work in conjunction with the Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to oversee the day-to-day operations of the summer and academic year components, including all logistical planning such as space, food, content, and support staff for all on-site and off-site events;
- Collaborate with the Institute Director in the research and development of funding proposals to federal, state, and local agencies as well as private donors;
- Plan and promote and/or attend events to represent and promote the TAG Latino Program throughout Boston and Massachusetts, especially in the Latino community;
- In conjunction with the Coordinator and Administrative Assistant work to create and disseminate bilingual print media and marketing materials as needed (flyers, brochures, newsletters, etc.) highlighting program events and the application process; contribute to the editing, maintaining and updating of bilingual digital media (website, social media, etc.);
- Coordinate and supervise the recruitment, selection and orientation of program participants; recruit, hire, and provide orientation and supervision to program staff, instructors and assistants; recruit volunteer guest speakers and mentors;
- Develop and sustain partnerships between TAG, the UMass Boston community and external partner and community resources (such as schools, funders, community organizations, etc.) for the maintenance and expansion of program services and opportunities;
- Work directly with the Coordinator and program staff to communicate with parents at parent orientation and other times regarding program updates and children's progress; provide translation services as needed;
- Plan and coordinate efforts with program staff to improve the attendance of participants with frequent program absences, including attendance incentives; organize periodic assemblies with program participants, families, and staff; develop positive relationships with program community to better provide guidance, counsel and advice regarding academic, social and personal progress, as well as the pursuit of higher education and career goals;
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with teachers, administrators, and other school staff; facilitate communication between school staff and program staff to ensure continuity and supplementation in programming and learning between school and out-of-school time so as to identify and monitor student needs and aid in the recruitment process;
- Assist the Institute Director in collecting the data needed to assess the impact of the program on participants’ academic outcomes and educational progress;
- Provide regular activity reports to Institute Director;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or Master's Degree in Education, Social Work, School Counseling or a closely related field preferred and a minimum of three-five (3-5) years of program management experience working with urban, elementary school students of multi-cultural backgrounds, preferably in a school or other youth development setting, is required. Knowledge of the Boston Public School System or a similar urban district, with an interest in and knowledge of the challenges and issues that confront Latino and immigrant students required. Previous experience work with Latino and/or other immigrant students is required. Experience working with English language learners is required. Fluency in Spanish is required. Experience with educational programming during out-of-school periods and summer programs preferred. Previous experience with successfully writing grants, raising funds and evaluating program effectiveness preferred. Ability to work weekends, evenings and/or holidays as required.
Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references.
Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date.
Only Internal candidates in the Professional Staff Bargaining Unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.
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The position End date: 6/30/22.All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.
Applications close: 19 Jan 2021 Eastern Standard Time