The Director of Education is both a teaching and an administrative (management-level) position. In addition to providing hands-on instruction as part of the Milagro House Education Center’s GED program, the Director of Education is responsible for the development and administration of all educational initiatives that align with the mission and vision of the organization. This includes developing individualized education plans and goals, coordinating HiSet testing readiness with testing center staff, and planning educational-based field trips and experiential learning opportunities.
In addition to assisting women obtaining their GED, the Director of Education works with women exploring post-secondary educational opportunities through interest inventories and identifying academic programs that meet post-secondary goals. The Director of Education will also manage a dedicated group of volunteer tutors that support individualized instruction in various subject areas for GED students.
Of important note, this position will play a crucial role in Milagro House’s planned expansion. We are particularly interested in exploring creative and effective ways to incorporate education-based supports (healthy development, kindergarten readiness and learning supports) for the infant, pre-school and elementary aged children of the women we serve. The ability to identify and cultivate community partners around educational initiatives is essential.
- Work with the Executive Director to develop educational program plans that align with Milagro House’s mission, reflect our current needs and allow for strategic growth.
- Be able to think creatively and build programs from the ground up.
- Evaluate educational program effectiveness and make adjustments as necessary.
- Manage education programming related issues and work flow with Case Management, Programming and Workforce Development Staff as well as with volunteers.
- Maintain relevant program statistics that are critical for measuring program outcomes and supporting grant reporting.
- Experience using multiple learning modalities with adult learners and children.
- Ability to create individualized educational plans and goals that align with GED test preparation and completion of requirements for graduation.
- Perform a weekly review of personal progress cooperatively with each student.
- Administer and document placement tests for each prospective student as part of program interview.
- Administer TABE tests and chart scores (4 times per year).
- Teaching philosophy rooted in student strengths with a commitment to empower.
- Ability to identify learning deficiencies and disabilities.
- Supportively respond to students’ past educational experiences and difficulties.
- Familiarity with the concept of trauma-informed care and skills.
- Teaching style that aligns with a “partnership” philosophy rather than hierarchical structure.
- Ability to set and maintain expectations, and instill in students a sense of personal responsibility.
- Work with the Executive Director to develop annual program budget.
- Work closely with Accounting Manager when indicated to ensure program funding is being managed in accordance with related grant guidelines.
Community and Outside Agency Relations:
- Identify, cultivate and maintain partnerships with outside agencies and community resources that support overall educational goals.
- Represent Milagro House, as requested by the Executive Director, at community meetings and industry-related events.
Personal and Professional Qualities:
- Understanding and compassion for marginalized populations, specifically for woman and their children who have experienced poverty and homelessness.
- Commitment and understanding of the role education plays in breaking the cycle of poverty.
- Sensitivity to student’s past history and current circumstances.
- Strong moral compass and commitment to professional, ethical boundaries.
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education is required. Master’s degree is a plus.
- Staff supervision experience preferred.
- Self-starter with the ability to think creatively and handle several tasks simultaneously.
- Comfortable working as part of a small non-profit team.
- Familiarity and experience working with a diverse demographic. Knowledge of the unique challenges faced by women and children facing poverty and homelessness is a plus.
- Ability to work occasional weekend hours as program requirements dictate.
- Have (or be able to successfully obtain) child abuse clearances and criminal background checks.
- Valid PA Driver’s License.
Please email resume and cover letter (along with salary requirements) to:
Christina Duncan, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
No Phone Calls, Please.