Director of Latino Student Success and English Language Learners Programs

Boston, Suffolk County / Dorchester, Suffolk County / Uphams Corner, Suffolk County
Jul 17, 2014
The Talented and Gifted Program (TAG; 200-300 6-12 grade students annually) and Project ALERTA (60 students in grades 3-5 annually) are well-established, year-round programs that serve the academic, personal, and social needs of Boston Public Schools (BPS) students. Although originally designed for Latino students, TAG and Project ALERTA now also support the educational and social development of other English language learner (ELL) immigrant populations. Through after-school programs, monthly Saturday seminars/academies during the academic year, and intensive four-week summer programs onsite at UMass Boston, the TAG and ALERTA programs provide BPS Latino students and English language learners with the skills and motivation necessary to excel academically, socially, and personally to improve their ability to succeed in high school and in postsecondary education. The Director of Latino Student Success and English Language Learners Programs is responsible for the overall planning, development, and administration of the TAG and ALERTA programs. The Director will also: be responsible for fundraising and developing funding proposals to federal, state, and local agencies as well as to private donors; develop and implement the program’s curriculum, in conjunction with the coordinators and instructors and will evaluate the programs and assess the impact on participants; ensure that the curriculum is aligned with the state mandated Mass Core; work closely with the coordinators to develop and implement the summer programs and ensure a smooth integration of elementary and secondary students into the university setting; provide supervision to various staff members; manage program budgets to ensure compliance with accounting and procurement procedures and, as appropriate, any federal or other grant requirements; work with the unit’s business manager and various internal departments to ensure adherence to university policies and procedures; supervise the recruitment, screening, and admission of program participants; communicate with parents at parent orientation and other times regarding program updates and children’s progress; provide translation services as needed; serve as a liaison between the university, the Boston Public Schools central office, and partnering Boston Public Schools; supervise the maintenance of student and program records and the collection of appropriate data; annually conduct an evaluation of both programs; provide advice and guidance to pre-collegiate directors and their staff; prepare and submit various reports; and perform other duties as assigned. Requirements: Master's Degree in Education or a closely related field and a minimum of five years administrative experience within an institution of higher education, a secondary school, or a related educational setting is required. Demonstrated leadership and managerial skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively with low-income, first-generation, urban, Latino, and English Language Learner students is required. Experience working with English language learners is required; fluency in Spanish preferred. Demonstrated educational philosophy and methods that encourage the development of active and independent learning habits and of the skills and knowledge needed for postsecondary success required. Knowledge of Massachusetts Core Standards and various educational assessments, such as SAT and MCAS required. Demonstrated technical skills in accounting, budgeting, procurement and program management required. Knowledge of the Boston Public School System or a similar urban district required. Demonstrated ability to initiate and nurture collaborative partnerships. Knowledge of the challenges and issues that confront Latino and immigrant students in urban schools is required. Demonstrated ability to successfully write grants and raise funds and evaluate programs required. Experience in negotiating various services and contracts preferred. The following additional qualifications are required: • Must be able to work weekends, evenings, and holidays as required; • Ability to act with discretion and maintain confidentiality; • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and meet ongoing deadlines; • Ability to work independently and see tasks through to completion in a timely fashion; • Demonstrated supervisory skills; • Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Additional Information: UMass Boston provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Among the procedures which may be used to select personnel to fill vacant positions are review of work experience, reference checks, and interviews. All appointments and promotions will be effective on a Sunday. Application Instructions: Please apply online with your resume, cover letter and list of three professional references. • Professional. Union. Benefited. • Full time. Grade 32. • Normal Hiring Range: $50,545-$55,600. • Unrestricted funding. • Review of candidates will begin following the application closing date. Closing date for applications: August 18, 2014