The Center for Strategic Solutions (CSS) at the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools is seeking a Program Director to oversee the center's strategic vision and lead decisions that further develop the programming and impact of CSS.
CSS is an equity and racial justice field unit that provides professional development and technical assistance to schools, districts, and organizations around the country. CSS provides tactical support, applied research, and collaborative problem-solving to schools in the United States and abroad as well as agencies outside education. The central focus of our work is to help organizations implement strategies that close equity gaps and lead to the improvement of student outcomes. CSS works to enhance the capacity of schools, districts, and other agencies through the co-construction of policies and practices that are designed to both meet the specific learning needs of students and respond to environmental challenges that impact child development and student achievement.
We are seeking a full-time CSS director to support our team in the following ways:
lead a team inclusive of equity coaches, trainers, and researchers
liaison with school, district, and organizational leaders
manage program workflow, timelines, and deliverables
Support the ongoing growth and success of CSS, including program development and proposal writing
Expand consulting tools, templates, research, and case studies
The ideal candidate is, first and foremost, committed to our organizational mission and vision, is organized and attentive to detail, brainstorms ways to streamline systems for project management, and is a creative, adaptive, and dynamic thinker who can easily make in-course adjustments to work plans as the need arises.
Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong dedication to developing and sustaining equity in the classroom and beyond, providing research-based, targeted technical assistance to schools and school districts seeking to improve student outcomes.
Our belief is that an equitable and just society loves and invites its members to be their authentic selves and openly reflects on how disparities and historical oppressions contradict the principles of social justice. Successful candidates will work to promote this reflection by helping the center to build the capacity of schools and districts to challenge assumptions and embedded biases, breaking down barriers to student success. Successful candidates will also be able to draw upon the local context in order to:
Build intentional relationships;
Leverage the assets of students in instruction;
Deliver rigorous instruction that engages all students; and
Develop students' critical consciousness to confront and challenge the existing social order of race, power and privilege in school and society.
The candidate must demonstrate an awareness of race power, privilege, and intersectionality, and a respect for diversity
Experienced in developing professional development curriculum focused on racial justice and equity, culturally responsive-sustaining education, restorative practice, trauma-informed care, etc.
Able to interact with partners of diverse backgrounds and experiences
Master's degree with an outstanding academic record; Advanced graduate degree (e.g., PhD or JD) is preferred
At least three years experience within racial equity-focused organizations
Exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills, inquisitive by nature, adept researcher and research-to-practice practitioner
Radically inclusive, values a diversity of perspectives, and understands the importance of understanding issues from multiple perspectives to lead to effective outcomes
Comfortable developing project scopes and deliverables for academic and non-academic organizations
strong writing, communication and presentation skills, and ability to communicate effectively
All interested individuals, including people of all races and national origin, people of all ages, people of all religions, people with or without disabilities, and/or people with any gender identity and sexual orientation, are encouraged to apply.
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