Are you AWESOME? Do you have a passion for child literacy? We are looking for two very special people to assume the following key roles in our organization. Please check them out and let us know you are interested by sending your cover letter and resume to alpcltjobs@gmail.com.

 

Program Director: 12 months, Full-time • Charlotte, NC  • Reports to Executive Director

About the Organization: Augustine Literacy Project®-Charlotte
The Augustine Literacy Project®-Charlotte (ALP) recruits, trains and supports volunteer literacy tutors who provide long-term, intensive tutoring to low-income children struggling with reading. Tutors are matched with first- or second-grade students and provide twice-weekly, research-based instruction during the school day. Tutors are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach- a multisensory, structured, explicit method of instruction- and use Wilson Reading System® materials. Seventy-eight percent of economically disadvantaged students in Charlotte are not performing on grade level in reading as they enter the 4th grade. Volunteer tutors, with quality training and ongoing support, play a critical role in addressing this issue. ALP’s vision is that all children have access to reading instruction that meets their individual needs and improves their opportunities to be successful in school and in life.

The Augustine Literacy Project®-Charlotte anticipates becoming its own, independent 501c3 organization in 2018. Currently, ALP falls under the auspices of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. During the 2017-18 academic year ALP served 178 struggling readers in 19 school sites in Charlotte, NC. ALP-Charlotte students gained an average of 1.8 grade levels in decoding and word attack, based on ALP pre- and post-assessments.

About the Role: Program Director
The Program Director is a new position responsible for the ongoing operations of the ALP tutoring program including the recruitment, training, development and placement of quality tutors for ALP schools. The Program Director will develop and implement plans to ensure a consistent program experience across partner schools, establish and monitor program goals, and report on progression and attainment. Additionally, the Program Director will work closely with the Executive Director to evaluate new programs that may advance the vision of ALP. Responsibility for program management could expand over time to include new programs. As a member of the leadership team of ALP-Charlotte, this person must passionately inspire staff, volunteers, community partners and donors to act with urgency to ensure all students develop the strong foundation in literacy skills necessary to success in school and in life.

Job Responsibilities:
• Develop and implement a strategy to enhance recruitment of a diverse tutor population for ALP.
• Ensure that ALP tutors receive the requisite training to work with students, deliver materials at a high level and are successful in the program.
• Provide for tutor support and development (Lunch Bunch/Workshops) to increase quality of tutoring and enhance retention of trained tutors.
• Work closely with Site coordinators to maintain a consistent tutoring experience across all partner schools.
• Build relationships with partner school principals and represent ALP’s interests with respect to all program needs and planning.
• Oversee all data collection and data monitoring for the program including periodic and year-end metrics reports.
• Participate in the research and development of new programs (e.g., family engagement, complimentary tutoring interventions, etc.) that may advance the vision and goals of ALP.
• Provide management, coaching and support to the Program Staff.
• Hire and train staff as required.
• Represent and support the ALP mission in the community. Attend meetings, events and presentations as required.

Required Experience/Skills:
• Minimum of five years relevant experience with at least two in an educational environment.
• Passion for the ALP mission.
• Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships across lines of diversity.
• Proven ability to manage, coach and develop talent.
• Experience with low-income population.
• Experience with data analysis and reporting.
• Understanding of CMS system and hierarchy.
• Understanding of the working of a non-profit a plus.
• Has managed successful projects involving attention to details and precise planning,
• Presence and confidence necessary to effectively represent ALP in the community.

Personality / Interests:
• Have a passion for ALP’s mission and believe that effective reading instruction can change the trajectory of a child’s life,
• Enjoy meeting new people and building relationships,
• Believe in the importance of data and attention to detail,
• Operate with a sense of urgency knowing that your efforts will ensure each child reaches his/her full potential,
• Value volunteers and believe in their ability to transform children’s lives with proper training and support,
• Interest in working in a fast-paced environment which requires thoughtful planning as well as flexibility and creativity
• Desire to work in a supportive team environment that values continuous learning.

To apply: Submit the following documents to: alpcltjobs@gmail.com
• Resume – standard format including education, work, and volunteer experience
• Cover letter – standard, 1-page format explaining your interest and why you believe you are a good fit
When submitting, use the subject line, “2018 Program Director Application” and address correspondence to Alison Houser.

 

HELPS Coach: 12 months, Full-time  •  Charlotte, NC  •  Reports to Executive Director

About the HELPS Fluency Intervention:
Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) is an evidence-based and research-validated intervention proven to strengthen children’s reading fluency and improve students’ motivation and self-confidence with reading. It was developed by John Begeny, a professor at North Carolina State University. The average evidence-based literacy intervention will improve outcomes for 3 out of 100 children. By comparison, the results of four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for HELPS shows it will improve outcomes for about 35 out of 100 children. Although HELPS targets fluency, the evidence also shows similar levels of impact for comprehension skills. HELPS is included in the 2016 What Works Clearinghouse practice guide for foundational literacy skills.
During the 2018-19 school year, Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte will collaborate with Read Charlotte, HELPS Education Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Tutor Charlotte (United Way of Central Carolinas) to launch HELPS in 8-10 select schools and develop a plan for further expansion.

About the Role: HELPS Coach
The HELPS Coach is a new position and will be the lead role at ALP responsible for working with Read Charlotte, the HELPS Education Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and Tutor Charlotte to collaboratively develop a two-year (2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years) transition plan for ALP to take over central coordination of the HELPS initiative. In addition, the incumbent will closely shadow the HELPS Education Fund as they implement HELPS into CMS during the 2018-2019 school year. This will include full immersion into the program, its training techniques and volunteer recruitment methodology. Once the transition plan is activated, the role will have responsibility for the full coordination of the HELPS program across Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Key Responsibilities:
• Serve on a multi-organization Implementation Team and collaborate with Read Charlotte, HELPS Education Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and Tutor Charlotte in the development of a two-year transition plan for ALP to assume central coordination of the HELPS initiative across CMS by school year 2021-2022.
• Effectively participate in all scheduled planning meetings and represent the interests of ALP.
• Communicate regularly with the Executive Director with regard to all transition planning and other HELPS related issues, matters or concerns.
• Become certified in the HELPS program and all supporting aspects.
• Provide HELPS program to students as needed to acquire first hand understanding.
• Gain the skills necessary to support the training and coaching of others in the program.
• Ensure the ALP staff is informed and engaged with the activities of the HELPS initiative.
• In anticipation of transition, become familiar with budgeting and reporting that will be necessary to sustain the program.
• Based upon transition plan requirements, engage in volunteer recruitment, selection, training and coordination of school assignments.
• Support the Executive Director in promoting and advocating for the program in the community.
• Attend outside meetings on behalf of Executive Director as needed.

Required Experience/Skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in education, non-profit management or related field preferred.
• Minimum of five years relevant experience with some exposure to a non-profit organization and or education/school systems.
• Strong leadership skills and qualities.
• Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships.
• Proven ability to manage, coach and develop talent.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
• Experience working in a fast moving, changing environment.
• Ability to effectively present information to various groups.
• Passion for ALP’s vision of all children having access to literacy instruction that meets their individual needs and improves their opportunities to be successful in school and in life.

Personality / Interests:
• Have a passion for ALP’s mission and believe that effective reading instruction can change the trajectory of a child’s life,
• Enjoy meeting new people and building relationships,
• Believe in the importance of data and attention to detail,
• Operate with a sense of urgency knowing that your efforts will ensure each child reaches his/her full potential,
• Value volunteers and believe in their ability to transform children’s lives with proper training and support,
• Interest in working in a fast-paced environment which requires thoughtful planning as well as flexibility and creativity
• Desire to work in a supportive team environment that values continuous learning.

To apply: Submit the following documents to: alpcltjobs@gmail.com.
• Resume – standard format including education, work, and volunteer experience
• Cover letter – standard, 1-page format explaining your interest and why you believe you are a good fit
When submitting, use the subject line, “2018 HELPS Coach Application” and address correspondence to Alison Houser.