Education Manager, North10

Posted by Lenfest Center on September 24, 2018

North10, Philadelphia (“North10”) is an innovative community development and neighborhood revitalization organization in the Hunting Park and East Tioga neighborhoods of North Philadelphia. Growing out of a decade’s work and commitment of The Lenfest Center, North10 aims to deepen impact as a place-based community agent, focused on affordable housing, cradle to career education and comprehensive community wellness programming.
Building upon the achievements, commitment, and ingenuity of neighborhood residents and local leadership, North10 will support community revitalization efforts so that by 2028, Hunting Park and East Tioga will be home to:

• A high-quality cradle-to-career educational pipeline so that every neighborhood child has access to learning opportunities worthy of their promise.
• A safer, cleaner, and greener environment, where all residents have access to affordable healthy food, an array of physical, mental, and behavioral health services.
• Dignified, high-quality housing; readily available resources for current homeowners and homebuyers; and both rental and ownership opportunities that prioritizes the needs of the current residents.
• A diverse cohort of local businesses, job opportunities, and adult learning options

About the Position:
The Education Manager will support the execution of our strategic plan and manage all of our educational partnerships, including, but not limited to neighborhood schools, out-of-school time programs, and education-focused community organizations. This role is part liaison, part advocate, and part relationship manager with a strong emphasis on engagement and project management. The Manager will work closely with educational leaders in the environment to increase access to resources, ensure services are community-informed, and connect with families to strengthen their involvement in educating the community’s youth. The Manager will also contribute expertise in
trauma-informed practices and services, and be a reliable, supportive collaborator who supports both the theoretical and practical applications of trauma-informed care.

Working closely with and reporting to the Director of Community Partnerships & Strategy, the Education Manager will coordinate and lead the collaborative effort to transform Bethune Elementary School, acting as project manager, researcher, family engagement liaison, and North10 representative to the school’s Transformation Committee. The Manager will work closely with The Lenfest Center leadership as project manager, supporting the transformation and growth of The Lenfest Center, and will provide support, as needed, with family and community engagement. The Manager will also provide support to North10 leadership on special projects, coordinating community outreach efforts, and communication of educational programming and development to North10 partners and their constituents.

More Responsibilities Include, But Are Not Limited To:
• Coordinate and convene the Bethune Elementary School’s Transformation committee’s monthly meetings, while serving as representative of North10.
• Consult with Lenfest Center leadership regarding program development, with the goal being to increase use of available neighborhood resources by Lenfest Center families and increase community and stakeholder access to Lenfest Center programming.
• Collect, capture, and present qualitative and quantitative data on the Bethune Elementary and Lenfest Center catchment area.
• Visit representatives at local schools to cultivate relationships, discuss improvement of programming, and build information gathering and data sharing systems in support of North10 mission
• Support research efforts to facilitate access to high quality early childhood providers and adult learning opportunities.
• Coordinate outreach efforts that will engage residents in making choices that have positive impact on their community
• Systematize avenues of communication between North10 stakeholders and partners
• Support North10 leadership in the development and initial implementation of a three-year strategy for North10, Philadelphia
• Support logistics and preparation for North10 meetings with partners and stakeholders (i.e. leaders of local community-based organizations, faith leaders, community activists, and law enforcement) to discuss improvement strategies for prominent commercial corridors, development plans for newly acquired properties, and securing access to affordable housing
• Occasionally represent North10 at conferences and meetings when Director of Community Partnerships & Strategy or Executive Director are unavailable and/or when the events are relevant to the direct work of the Manager

Sample Day Might Look Like:
• Meet with Bethune Elementary Transformation Committee on site at the school
• Update websites and social media to advertise fall registration dates
• Meet with Lenfest program team members to discuss recruitment strategies for Lenfest Center spring registration
• Meet with a representative from an area school to discuss opportunities at The Lenfest Center
• Set up meeting with Director with three community partners to discuss a recently proposed affordable housing project proposal
• Research information to support the grant proposal writing for North10 or a North10 partner in need of assistance
• Help Director and CEO prepare for upcoming stakeholder meeting

Ideal Candidates:
• Deeply believe in the mission and vision of North10, Philadelphia, demonstrated by prior experience working in neighborhoods with high poverty and other systemic barriers to success
• Have at least five years of experience working in schools, after-school programs, or other educational centers and settings, ideally as a counselor, program manager, or similar work.
• Bring passion and excitement about working on the ground and in partnership with the local community to revitalize the Hunting Park and East Tioga, ideally through a meaningful connection to or experience with North Philadelphia or similar neighborhoods
• Thrive in and are able to execute in a “startup”, entrepreneurial-like environment characterized by ambiguity and not having a road map
• Demonstrate strength in community engagement, relationship building or managing community partnerships; ideally in communities like ours
• Have direct experience working within trauma-informed organizations and institutions, upholding their core values and practices
• Have at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Education, Urban Studies, Social Work, Community Organizing, Adolescent Psychology, Public Health or related areas; Master’s preferred (MSW, MPH, etc).
• Demonstrate the ability to network and authentically engage a wide variety of stakeholders, from parents to school administrators to community leaders
• Demonstrate outstanding organization and project management skills
• Demonstrate outstanding written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrate proficiency in computer technology, including MS Office, web design via WordPress, and social media use and engagement
• Are self-starters and work well autonomously while taking direction and guidance from leadership in line with North10 mission and goals
• Are flexible with work schedule, understanding that some weekend and evening hours are required
• Are ideally proficient/fluent Spanish-speakers

To Apply:
Candidates should submit both a resume and letter detailing their interest in the organization’s mission, as well as their qualifications for the position to Latesha D. Sims, Director of Operations and Facilities at

North10, Philadelphia strongly believes in being an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a diverse organization which reflects the communities in which we work, live and partner. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sex or gender or condition, gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.

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