Promise Neighborhood K-12 Education Manager

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    Philadelphia, PA

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Job Overview:

The K-12 Education Manager will serve as the lead for all school-based work in the West Philadelphia Promise Neighborhood (PN) schools and will liaise with other PN staff and Drexel’s School of Education leadership and faculty to address the educational agenda of the Promise Neighborhood both within and outside of the school buildings and school day. The K-12 Education Manager will lead the K-12 academic strategy on behalf of the grant to ensure that the strategy is in support of the Districts Action Plan and school plans. This individual will serve as the liaison between Drexel University through the School of Education and the Promise Neighborhood steam and the Promise Neighborhood schools, agencies, and City of Philadelphia offices. This individual will serve as the coordinator of PN activities for the School of Education as well as a resource for both SoE and PN individuals who wish to engage in collaborative activities. A primary function of this individual will be to assist SoE community member in developing research and activity plans that are consistent with the PN goals and outcomes. This will include collaborating with other Drexel colleges and schools that are interested in partnering with PN schools.


– Master’s or Doctoral degree in a related area of education, such as elementary or early childhood, STEM, Higher Education, or Curriculum and Instruction.
– Supervisory experience required.
– Teaching certification and/or previous teaching experience strongly preferred
– Demonstrated collaboration and teamwork skills.
– Demonstrated excellence in both oral and written communication.
– Five to seven years’ experience focused on school-based efforts in urban schools/districts. Experiences could include conceptualization, strategic planning, or coaching. Work and prior experience in Philadelphia schools or organizations working directly with Philadelphia schools desired.

Essential Functions:

– Serve as the main point of contact and lead staff member on K-8 educational service delivery in the Promise Neighborhood, working directly with the schools, Drexel, the School District, and the community.
– Serve as primary liaison between the SoE and the PN.
– Serve as the liaison to the School District of Philadelphia and Belmont Charter School and serve as the on-the-ground point of contact for all school-based implementation and planning.
– Develop a strategy that coordinates school-based supports for attendance, academic achievement, STEAM, school climate and academic transitions.
– Partner and collaborate with the School District leads to communicate about the grant and desired outcomes with principals and district offices.
– Provide strategic direction, in partnership with SDP, for school transformation over the five years with specific, measurable outcomes for each year.
– Work with principals to determine coaching, professional development, modeling, and collaborative planning. Manage a portfolio of grant-funded activities to ensure progress toward performance measures and timely grant reporting. Continually monitor progress on all measures of school, student and staff performance as related to GPRA indicators and additional Promise Neighborhood indicators. Maintain active involvement in the school improvement planning process.
– Manage and/or organize research and development activities for the SoE related to the PN schools, community agencies, child care centers, and City of Philadelphia offices.
– Assist SoE faculty and students in coordinating their efforts in the PN.
– Create a culture of excellence, teamwork and collaboration among the PN staff, principals, teachers, students and families.
– Attend and actively participate in all Promise Neighborhood project management team, working group and committee meetings to advance the work of the grant.
– Actively look for collaboration with other PN partner organizations to strengthen the work in the schools to support student achievement.
– Support PN communications and outreach efforts with PN schools and families
– Represent the PN at local and national meetings and conferences focused on school community development and related concerns.
– Other duties as assigned.

Supplemental Information:

This position is supported fully or partially by external funds; therefore, the continuation of employment is contingent on receipt of those external funds.

Drexel University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic. Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment may not begin until the University accepts the results of the background investigation.

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