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Director of Education

Job Title: Director of Education
Reports to: Site Director, Figure Skating in Detroit
Status: Full-Time, Exempt

BACKGROUND/MISSION

Founded in 2017 as the first chapter of Figure Skating in Harlem (FSH), Figure Skating in Detroit (FSD) is a chapter of the only organization to combine the power of education with the grace and discipline of figure skating to build young leaders.  We give girls 6-18 access to innovative afterschool and summer programs that advance their intellectual, emotional and physical health. Our mission is to help girls transform their lives and grow in confidence, leadership and academic achievement. For more than two decades, our award-winning programs have provided girls from low income communities with access to education, health and wellness services to help them reach their fullest potential.  Our vision is for every student, regardless of socio-economic background, to acquire the foundational academic, social and leadership skills to achieve her dreams. She will be a powerful speaker, an effective leader, live a healthy lifestyle and be a global citizen.

JOB SUMMARY

The Director of Education will oversee education programming and staff at Figure Skating in Detroit, under the supervision of the Site Director of FSD, FSH’s CEO as well as the national Board of Directors and the organizational leadership based in Harlem. This full-time position has the opportunity to grow a rigorous and engaging program, combining education classes and individualized tutoring that both fulfills the larger objectives of FSD and maintains the safety and well-being of each participant. FSD’s committed staff wear many hats and the Education Director will also perform a number of administrative and general programmatic functions needed to ensure the smooth running of the organization.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and implement the mission-aligned education programming for the I Can Excel (ICE) afterschool program and Summer Dreams Camp
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise a team of part-time tutors, teachers and counselors
  • Provide support for educational staff via whole team monthly meetings as well as individual check-ins as needed
  • Supervise, maintain and approve educational team staff hours entered into the ADP system on a weekly basis
  • Write and submit monthly narrative reports including outcomes, student progress, program assessments and program plans as well as preparing end of season staff evaluations and end of season outcomes for national leadership and data for grants as needed
  • Lead the development and implementation of curriculum in the areas of STEAM, communications, financial literacy, and leadership/self-advocacy
  • Oversee implementation of all tutoring and education classes as well as the creation of individualized learning plans for each student; monitor students in their progress on graduation requirements and personalize learning strategies based on how students engage and learn best
  • Manage and implement pre/post testing via the STAR Renaissance system; ensure program outcomes are measured, analyzed and used to continually improve program delivery, staff performance and student progress; use assessment data to recommend and implement adjustments in curriculum and learning strategies for students in conjunction with Site Director and national leadership
  • Establish and maintain clear, consistent expectations that foster academic excellence and encourage students to pursue their educational goals
  • Build strong relationships and communicate regularly with parents about student progress and areas for improvement. Hold academic town hall meetings to educate parents on the program and solicit feedback from them
  • Collect and maintain academic records and evaluations, including report card collection, and evaluation for grades and identify students who need additional tutoring; ensure timely entry of all records into organizational database known as Apricot
  • Support annual student/community events such as: Skating events, Ice Show and Awards Ceremony.
  • Manage the Experience Detroit Field trips to support learning and exposure
  • Active participation in local fundraising events at the discretion of the Site Director and FSH’s Chief Advancement Officer
  • Lead registration and recruitment efforts for the I Can Excel (ICE) after school program and Summer Dreams camp enrollment and serve as the lead for the Apricot database system
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field; graduate degree preferred.
  • 8 years education experience with at least 3 years supervisory experience
  • Passion for youth development, education, and the mission of FSD
  • Knowledge of Detroit public school system and Michigan state education standards and graduation requirements
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication, interpersonal and instructional skills
  • Able to follow directions closely, take initiative, organize, work independently and collaboratively, prioritize, multi-task, follow-up and accomplish a variety of tasks and responsibilities simultaneously
  • Think analytically and be results- and detail-oriented, resolve problems quickly, provide tactful feedback
  • Presence and comfort level working with a diverse population
  • S/he will thrive in a culture of contagious positive energy, high performance, and teamwork
  • Flexibility to work periodic evenings and occasional weekends as needed

HOW TO APPLY

Please email a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and skills applicable to the position to lward@figureskatingindetroit.org with the email subject line “Director of Education.” No phone calls please.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience includes a comprehensive benefits package.  This is a full-time, exempt position.  Figure Skating in Detroit values its diverse community and encourages all qualified applicants to apply. No knowledge of skating is required for education positions. Due to the high volume of resumes, FSD may not respond to all who apply. FSD is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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