Educational Specialist, Sunrise of Philadelphia

Posted by Sunrise of Philadelphia on January 18, 2016

Sunrise’s mission is to aid children, youth and families in becoming responsible, participating citizens and leaders. Our approach unites schools, families, and communities to support young people. With over sixteen years’ experience providing high-quality educational and youth development programs, Sunrise has a proven track record and strong working relationships within the South Philadelphia neighborhood (19148 zip code) where we provide academic enrichment, career and college programming, and workforce development to over 400 youth annually. Sunrise is currently seeking a full time Education Specialist. This is a full-time, exempt position with competitive benefits. Salary negotiable.

Job Summary:
The Educational Specialist supports the coordination, development, and implementation of project-based learning (PBL) curriculums for all of Sunrise’s out-of-school time (OST) programs – K to 12 after school and summer camp. The Educational Specialist works with Sunrise leadership, management, and direct service staff to ensure the delivery and evaluation of high quality academic enrichment in a PBL format to students in grades K – 12. The Educational Specialist is a team- oriented individual that supports the development and evaluation of PBL around all of Sunrise’s educational enrichment focus areas. Those areas include Literacy, English Language Learner (ELL) support, STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math), SAT prep, and more.

Major Duties:

  • Work with program staff to design/develop creative and innovative project-based educational activities that are hands-on, incorporate a variety of learning styles, and promote student engagement
  • Stay abreast of current research on youth development best practices, effective curricula for OST programs, instructional strategies, and youth engagement
  • Ensure educational activities are in line with current research trends and best practices for OST
  • Utilize a youth-development perspective when planning all educational activities
  • Maintain and foster collaborative relationships with school faculty to align afterschool themes and learning objectives with the school day
  • Provide training and ongoing coaching to program staff to implement PBL and purchased curricula
  • Coordinate training objectives for direct service staff, including researching available trainings and scheduling.
  • Work with program staff to develop long and short-term objectives for K – 3rd grade literacy initiatives
  • Ensure educational activities are aligned with identified student outcomes
  • Utilize research-based assessment tools and relevant school data to track students’ academic progress in math and literacy
  • Attend relevant community and professional meetings to promote Sunrise’s work, share best practices, and collaborate with community stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as assigned

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