SAGA Education

  • Site Director ( New York City 2019)

    Job Locations US-NY
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(8/6/2019 2:05 PM)
    General Operations
  • Overview

    Who We Are

    Educational inequity doesn’t have to be a fact. At Saga Education, we know every student is capable of earning success in school, and life. Some students just need extra support. And we are getting it to them.


    We are a national nonprofit organization that partners with various school districts to supplement teacher instruction by offering trained Tutoring Fellows for students who are falling behind. We know the relationships young people can count on are the ones that lift them up. So our professional Tutoring Fellows offer consistent, personalized, in-school-day academic tutoring -- delivered with equal parts accountability and heart. Whether they are supporting students to work through a tough math problem or a tough day, our Fellows help busy teachers by focusing on the students who need it most.


    Position and Responsibilities:  Your position with Saga is Site Director.  You report directly to the Director of Programs.  In this position, at all times, you will be expected to uphold our organizational standards of excellence, responsiveness, proactivity, and over-delivering service.


    Position Summary:  Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Site Director is responsible for ensuring that Saga math tutoring is functioning effectively at the school site.  The Site Director serves as the direct supervisor and coach for a team of Saga Fellows. The primary goal of the Site Director is to drive student learning in Saga Math Lab by consistently improving the effectiveness of tutorials.  This is accomplished through weekly observations and coaching sessions with Saga Fellows and with consistent collaboration with school administration and teachers to ensure an effective and healthy partnership.




    Essential Job Functions:


    Fellow Development & Supervision (45%)

    • Observe every Saga Fellow daily, provide feedback during weekly coaching sessions, and give real-time feedback during daily fly-bys.
    • Lead all professional development sessions (created by the Academics Team and modified by Site Director to meet site needs) for Fellows during the school year.
    • Conduct formal Fellow evaluations two times per year.
    • Monitor and hold Saga Fellows accountable for the fulfillment of responsibilities and adherence to professional standards.
    • Read Saga Fellows’ responses to the Daily Report and respond daily to all questions/concerns posed in the DR.
    • Compose a daily email to notify site team of updates and curriculum plans, provide words of encouragement, etc.
    • Assist in leading Fellow recruitment onsites 3-4 times per year on a Saturday


    Program Implementation & Integration into School Community (20%)

    • Create a positive Saga Math Lab environment for Fellows and students.
    • Create and oversee Fellow committees, when possible, responsible for Saga Math Lab systems and classroom functioning (e.g. committees for student incentives, material organization, bulletin board upkeep, etc.).
    • Meet regularly with school administrator(s) to provide update on Saga Math Lab successes and challenges, and to request and receive feedback on how the program can improve.
    • Meet regularly with math teachers to optimize alignment of Saga curriculum with math class instruction and scopes and sequences, and to request and receive feedback on how the program can improve.
    • Attend school specific trainings or events, as needed, to support the partnership.
    • Arrange Saga lessons weekly to align with math class curricula.



    Results Monitoring & Action Planning (15%)

    • Monitor student progress in Saga Math Lab and math classes to promptly create action plans for struggling students in collaboration with their Fellow.
    • Analyze internal assessment data, and develop action plans to drive student learning with guidance from the Director of Programs.
    • Meet with Director of Programs to discuss progress toward program goals (in-person site visits and calls).
    • Meets 3-4 times per year with regional SD cohort and 1-2 times per year with all Saga SD cohort for continued professional development


    Record-Keeping & Administrative Support (10%)

    • Record student attendance each period.
    • Validate Saga Fellow attendance through ADP.
    • Respond to requests from HR for support when additional communication is needed with Fellows.
    • Notify Director of Programs and HR Department of changes in work status for Saga Fellows.
    • Maintain a site budget through expense tracking (Google Sheet template) and reporting (Concur).

    Support and Participation in Organizational Events, Trainings & Initiatives (5%)

    • Host visitors at your site for the purpose of program and/or philanthropic growth efforts.
    • Meet 3-4 times per year with regional Site Director cohort for continued professional development
    • Meet 1-2 times per year with all-Saga Site Director cohort for continued professional development
    • Travel to another city 2-3 times per year for various collaborative efforts.  


    Other Duties As Needed (5%)


    Please note:  Work responsibilities may differ from other Site Directors depending upon placement at sites and the Saga math lab model in operation at your assigned site (i.e. blended learning  vs. traditional model).



    Successful candidates will be highly effective leaders with a propensity for action, a strong desire to meet challenges with creative solutions, and a deep commitment to Saga’s mission.  
    Additional qualifications include:


    Required qualifications, skills, and/or experience:

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Experience (2+ years) teaching and/or experience as an instructional coach in a high school or middle school
    • Ability to interact with key players (school staff and district leaders) effectively for partnership success
    • Ability to generate a positive and healthy team dynamic and to rally your team behind initiatives
    • High school math proficiency (through Algebra I/II and Geometry) to interact with Fellow coaching and school teachers
    • A drive to seek out feedback and respond to it effectively
    • Ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deliverable deadlines with ease
    • Ability to roll-with-in when obstacles arise (flexibility, ability to adjust for challenges outside your locus of control)
    • A growth-mindset belief that ALL students  and Fellows can learn and grow in their math and tutoring abilities
    • Cultural competency; managing, celebrating, training and collaborating with diverse stakeholders (internal/external)
    • Professionalism and leadership to solve problems and protect team from failure and/or excessive frustration
    • Ability to lead training for full Fellow Corps and for individual team
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to effectively delegate
    • Ability to implement program with fidelity, while using sound judgement when modifications are required
    • Ability to solve problems independently, while also knowing when to seek help to ensure quality work
    • Strong and precise written and verbal communication skills


    Preferred qualifications, skills, and/or experience:

    • Math teaching experience (2+ years) in high school or middle school
    • Recognition of quality tutoring practices and quality students learning and engagement
    • Openness or fluency to navigate multiple technology platforms
    • Experience with online math learning platforms
    • The ability and desire to collaborate with colleagues to generate a team synergy
    • Lived or work experience in historically underserved communities


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