University of Denver Education Director - The Bridge Project in Denver, Colorado

Job Description

The Bridge Project is a program of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work and provides a path for youth in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to graduate from high school and go on to attend college or choose a vocation by engaging them in educational opportunities and facilitating the development of life skills and self-sufficiency.

Position Summary

The Education Director (DOE) is responsible for the direction of the Bridge education program and college/career readiness program and the oversight of literacy and STEM curriculum (project based learning) for all four sites. This position is responsible for directing overall academic based programming across the four sites. The DOE also oversees the college and career readiness program, which includes workshops, post-secondary planning, case management and scholarship allocation. Finally, the position has oversight of the Tech Team program, working closely with the Binning Foundation to ensure all sites are providing adequate support to Tech Team members and an effective curriculum is in place each year. Other responsibilities include: assessment of participant reading levels, partnership and communication with schools, coaching and supporting direct reports.

The employee works in a community office environment. Unexpected interruptions occur frequently, the stress level is moderate to high, and the noise level is moderate to high. The position requires driving between four Bridge sites and the schools that Bridge participants attend. Ability to work in a small shared space in a highly active work environment involving up to 50 people including children at the site. This position demands the ability to talk and hear in person and on the phone, the ability to read documents, drive a car and lift up to 20 lbs.

Essential Functions

  • Direct the Educational Program at Bridge Design and oversee implementation of the curriculum based strategies for literacy intervention and STEM from kindergarten through high school levels. Continue to refine the educational curriculum for the 8-week summer program and school year. Create the vision for the future of the education program at the Bridge Project. Impact Students at the Bridge Project are gaining proficiency, graduating from high school and becoming self-sufficient.
  • Direct the Early Literacy Intervention at Bridge Oversee the implementation of the early literacy intervention project across all four sites to include identifying and procuring the curriculum necessary for implementation. Track results of students participating in the program and report to funders and donors specific to the program. Make necessary modifications to increase success of students: Impact
  • All students who enter the Bridge Project in grades K-2nd will read on grade level by 3rd grade which will increase their chance for success.
  • Supervision of Education Specialists, Pre-Collegiate and Scholarship Coordinator, Youth Success Case Manager Supervise two Education Specialists at Bridge. Provide support for classroom instruction and other curriculum support for each direct report. Conduct site visits to support each Education staff member. Meet regularly with Pre-Collegiate Coordinator and Youth Success Case Manager for support and programming oversight. Impact Quality education is provided across all Bridge Project Sites and students are adequately prepared for a post-secondary option.
  • Technology Curriculum Development and Education Materials Develop curriculum as needed, oversee technology curriculum for all sites, work with appropriate staff on specific curriculum development, appropriate implementation and training, and oversee resource inventory and organization of resources at the assigned site. Impact Quality direction and materials are available to volunteers, participants and staff to support learning and assure that logic model outcomes are achieved.
  • Volunteer Tutoring Program Oversee volunteer tutoring program which includes every fall, conducting outreach to recruitment partners, leading orientations once a week, and supporting staff members at each site with matches and onboarding.
  • Assessment Complete Individual Reading assessments PALS with participants, create Individual Learning Plan for participants, and collect data for research purposes. Ensure the completion of the Individual Reading assessments across the sites. Impact: Educational goals of Bridge are met.
  • Participation in the Bridge Project Staff Team Attend all staff meetings, staff tech meetings, and curriculum meetings, assist other staff members as necessary, represent Bridge in public, contribute to problem solving and conflict management, be prompt and efficient. Impact Educational principles and goals are fully integrated into all program planning, opinions are respected and a positive culture exists in the workplace.
  • Other Duties as assigned May include completing grant reports or assisting with proposals.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, research reports, professional journals, technical procedures and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, grants, business correspondence and manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the Bridge Board, groups of managers, staff, student interns, community members, volunteer tutors, program participants, school personnel, funding sources, and the general public.
  • Must be able to understand and formulate data regarding reading assessments. Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide using whole numbers and decimals while planning, implementing and reporting budgets.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations; ability to react quickly under pressure, ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • The employee must be familiar with the public school system in order to serve as an advocate for Bridge students. The employee must have knowledge and experience working with various literacy strategies, learning styles and approaches, and groups of students with varying academic abilities.
  • Ability to work with low-income diverse populations age 3 through adult. Knowledge and ability to conduct reading assessments.
  • Knowledge of grade level appropriate curriculum for students.
  • Ability to structure classes appropriate to an after school setting.
  • Ability to structure and teach classes appropriate to an after school setting. Ability to lead others and make public presentations on behalf of the program.
  • Knowledge and ability to administer literacy assessment tool utilized for research and program development purposes at Bridge. Knowledge of technology sufficient to direct the learning in computer labs. Demonstrated ability to develop relationships necessary to engage students in learning. Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently while paying close attention to detail. Excellent word processing, internet, database and educational software skills required.

*Required Qualifications *

  • BS/BA in Education
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Two years of elementary school experience or teaching literacy in middle school.
  • Colorado driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • MA in Education
  • Focus on curriculum and instruction
  • Colorado Teaching Certificate
  • 3 years teaching literacy
  • Experience teaching in an inner city school or afterschool setting.
  • Experience working, teaching, supervising high school students.
  • Literacy teaching training and background.
  • Ability to create technology curriculum to support literacy.
  • Bilingual in Spanish or Vietnamese.
  • Familiarity with SEL or SEAL integration

Work Schedule

Monday-Thursday 10:00AM-8:00PM, Summer Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) October 31, 2018. Applications may be accepted and reviewed until position is filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. For questions concerning the application process, please contact recruiting@du.edu.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an affirmative action employer and that age 40 and over, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other applicable status protected by state or local law are not taken into account in any employment decision.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Tracking Code: 004755

Department: GSSW-Bridge Project Operations (219800)

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular