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Job Opportunity: Program Manager: Ready Readers

ExpandED Schools is dedicated to closing the learning gap by increasing access to enriched education experiences. We give children more hours in the school day, bring more role models into the classroom, and infuse their learning with enrichments in literacy, STEM, arts, and sports and opportunities to build character and leadership skills. In our first decade, we created the nation’s first citywide system of K-12 after-school programs and leveraged more than $500 million in private and public funds. Today, we continue to reimagine learning time – in school, after school and during the summer – developing scalable and sustainable models that provide more quality learning. Since our founding in 1998, we have reached more than one million students and trained more than 30,000 educators and teachers.


  • EXPAND the school day: We add more time each day to help close the learning gap by up to 450 hours each school year.
  • ENGAGE the community: We bring additional passion, talent, child development expertise and role models into the classroom.
  • ENHANCE the learning: We balance the curriculum with the arts, movement and personalized hands-on enrichments such as robotics, book clubs, debate and salsa dance.

In one of its special initiatives, ExpandED Schools is partnering with 28 elementary schools and 7 community-based organizations (CBOs) in New York City to deliver an innovative enrichment program, Ready Readers, which aims to improve students’ higher-order reading skills and build the capacity of community educators to deliver high-quality learning experiences that support literacy development. We aim to do this by providing more time for literacy throughout the after-school hours; fomenting alignment and collaboration between classroom teachers and after school educators; training after-school educators  to use  proven teaching strategies and practices; and fostering literacy rich environments that permeate throughout the after school.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Literacy Program Director, the Program Manager will manage a portfolio of approximately 28 sites with special literacy initiatives. The Program Manager will have overall responsibility for grants management, program oversight, and corresponding reporting as required by ExpandED and its funders.  S/he will serve as the primary liaison between ExpandED and principals, CBO partners, and relevant stakeholders at the site level. At the Ready Reader sites, the Program Manager will coach and support school-CBO teams (e.g., principals, after-school site directors, teachers, and resource coordinators) to ensure the implementation of high-quality after-school literacy activities and fidelity to ExpandED’s Ready Readers model. At three Ready Reader sites, the Program Manager will also assist in the oversight of an additional (but separate) program, to be implemented in January 2018, expanding the work of Ready Readers in the 2nd and 3rd grades to include 4th and 5th graders.


  • Coach school-CBO teams for successful implementation of engaging and high-quality after-school learning opportunities via literacy infusion across programming.
  • Assist school-CBO teams to devise systems for supervising and supporting site staff on implementation of the Ready Readers’ Literacy Block and literacy infusion across the site.
  • Conduct site visits to assess fidelity to Ready Readers models and identify opportunities for strengthening quality.
  • Observe literacy block and other literacy infused activities during site visits and meet with staff to deliver effective feedback on their performance, using the Ready Readers fidelity rubric and related instructional observation tools.
  • Collaborate with community partners to ensure Ready Readers staff receive at least 2 observations per year including a written debrief
  • Identify and disseminate information about professional development opportunities (internal and external) to school and CBO staff as needed.
  • Assist in developing and delivering summer and ongoing Ready Readers’ staff training.
  • Collaborate with ExpandED colleagues to provide ongoing professional development to school and CBO staff based on identified and/or observed needs (e.g., peer conferences, school/program inter-visitations, core and site-based training).
  • Liaise between the ExpandED Schools' research and evaluation department and schools to collect and certify necessary qualitative and quantitative data, including annual fidelity rubric annually, monthly attendance and enrollment data, staff surveys, student assessments and running records, etc.  


Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Bachelor’s degree and teaching or experience in the education field required. Master’s degree and experience teaching early childhood literacy a plus;
  • Experience supporting partnerships between schools and community organizations, particularly in a coaching capacity, strongly preferred;
  • Commitment to our mission to close the education gap;
  • Strong cultural competence with respect for and extensive knowledge of the cultures of the various stakeholders we work with and the communities we serve;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to communicate respectfully, clearly and effectively with a broad range of stakeholders including school staff and CBO partners;
  • Desire to work collaboratively and participate as a member of a team with a variety of people;
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with a proven ability to execute tasks efficiently;
  • Experience making presentations and facilitating trainings and professional development sessions;
  • Strong computer skills, especially MS Office;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders and execute projects independently;
  • Avid reader who has a desire to elicit a passion for reading in young people;
  • A genuine enthusiasm for continuous improvement of professional skills through training opportunities and field practice;
  • Willingness to travel throughout NYC for schools visits and or to deliver site based trainings (up to 3-4 days per week)
  • Flexibility, adaptability and comfort with complexity and change.


  • ExpandED Schools offers a generous benefits package which includes: 
  • Medical, dental and vision plans for full-time and eligible part-time employees and their dependents, largely subsidized by ExpandED Schools
  • Health, dependent care and transit pre-tax accounts
  • Employer-paid life insurance and supplemental disability coverage
  • A generous paid time off package which includes 20 vacation days, 8 sick days, 4 personal days and 10 paid holidays (prorated for part-time staff)
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of  5% of annual compensation  after one year of employment (no match requirement)
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after one year of service
  • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume to:

employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: Program Manager, Ready Readers. [Candidate’s First & Last Name]
No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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