About 826 Boston:
826 Boston is an award-winning nonprofit youth writing center located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The organization is dedicated to teaching creative and expository writing to underserved students ages 6 to 18, and to helping Boston Public Schools teachers inspire their students to write.
Our high-impact programs are based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can occur with one-on-one attention, and that writing skills are fundamental to future success.
826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers, which was voted one of the top 30 companies to work for by Good Magazine. Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to over 16,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.
This is a full-time position located in Roxbury, MA. For more information on 826 Boston, please visit www.826boston.org.
About the Opportunity:
826 Boston seeks a dynamic and creative leader with exceptional curriculum and management skills to serve as the Education Director. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead, manage, and measure the impact of all programmatic activities at a highly regarded organization. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Education Director will collaborate with fellow senior leadership team members in the development and implementation of strategic goals that allow 826 Boston to deepen its impact and continue to fulfill its mission.
Program and Personnel Management
- Direct 826 Boston’s in-school and out-of-school programs; ensure progress toward annual and strategic planning goals
- Oversee major publishing projects; expand upon 826 Boston’s library of innovative, professionally designed collections of student writing
- Supervise three program managers, in addition to leading the hiring and training of program staff and service members
- Collaborate with partner teachers and administrators to develop engaging writing curricula and initiatives
- Actively support the expansion of existing programs, such as the 826 Boston Writers’ Room
- Oversee College Essay Boot Camp, an annual event at Northeastern University, and other program-related events, including book release parties
- Coordinate the program elements and youth participation in 826 Boston’s annual fundraising and community events
- Visit and observe 826 Boston satellite sites on a regular basis to ensure quality and effectiveness
- Manage the 826 Boston internship program
Data Collection and Evaluation
- Set annual, measurable program goals with staff and service members; develop a plan and dashboards for evaluating progress toward goals
- Manage data collection and reporting, including annual chapter reports to 826 National
- Organize and lead quarterly reporting sessions on program progress toward milestones
- Collaborate with Executive Director and development team to collect and document program impact
- Build, cultivate, and manage strong relationships with Boston Public Schools, universities, and other community partners
- Serve as main agency contact to partner service organizations, such as MSA Commonwealth Corps and AmeriCorps VISTA
- Oversee and develop relationships with contractors (i.e. designers, copy editors, printers)
- Represent 826 Boston publicly at relevant conferences and community meetings
- Serve as the chapter’s programmatic liaison to 826 National
The ideal candidate is a team player with a track record of effectively directing and evaluating programs, a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of K-12 education, a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, and a passion for youth empowerment through writing and publishing.
The Education Director will also possess the following competencies and skills:
- An enthusiastic belief in the 826 Boston mission
- Bachelor’s degree in English, education, creative writing, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred
- At least three years of experience teaching English language arts or literacy to K12 students in an urban setting; experience working with a Boston Public Schools institution preferred
- Experience working in a K12 school, education, or youth development nonprofit
- Strong team management skills with ability to mentor, coach, and develop staff
- Experience developing writing curricula for K12 students; teaching certification preferred
- Exceptional organization and project management skills; high attention to detail
- Background in book publishing and/or familiarity with design process strongly preferred
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- High level of intercultural competence and experience working in urban communities; proficiency in Spanish a bonus
- Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and database/records management software (i.e. Salesforce)
- Ability to travel to partner schools in Boston and 826 Boston satellite sites
- Self-starter attitude, high level of flexibility, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
826 Boston has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Sam Simmons here.
826 Boston is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBT applicants.
About Koya Leadership Partners:
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.