Blue Engine is a New York City-based education nonprofit founded in 2010 to dramatically improve academic achievement for students in historically oppressed communities. We help schools restructure the classroom with trained teams of teachers who provide personalized, small group instruction for students in Algebra and English/Language Arts classes, creating the classroom conditions that enable students to thrive.
We believe that the current structure of classrooms actively contributes to massive untapped
human potential and an epidemic of lost talent in historically oppressed communities across this
nation. Blue Engine partners with schools to fundamentally redesign the traditional classroom and
employ an innovative team teaching model, dramatically accelerating academic progress so that
all students have the choice to pursue college and career opportunities that reflect their unique
talents. This year, Blue Engine is partnering with 9 schools, 100+ extraordinary educators, and 1,800 students; and the results are clear: 7-9 additional months of learning over the course of a single year, doubling the rate of student learning; increased high school and college-going rates; a growing alumni base of diverse, trained new educators.
And yet, beneath all these statistics, the reason people come to work here is to witness, to create for as many young people as possible a more foundational truth: strong human relationships at the heart of classrooms where every single student is seen for who they are, what they need, and what they want to become.
After seven years of operating in New York City, we are mapping out our plan to deepen our impact here and beyond.
Reporting to the Vice President of NYC Program Implementation, the Senior Director of NYC Program Operations will play a key leadership role in deepening our impact in NYC classrooms. This role will work collaboratively with the entire program team to constantly learn, improve, and refine our collective work across all our classrooms. This person will oversee a portfolio of work that includes: program oversight & performance management; school partnerships recruitment, selection and stewardship; and program team planning & collaboration. The Senior Director also will partner closely with the Development & External Affairs to support fundraising efforts, through help with content for proposals, facilitating site visits, and stewarding donor relationships in partnership with the VP of Development & External Affairs and CEO.
This role is a perfect opportunity for someone who has instructional experience, believes we must transform traditional classrooms, wants to lead and work on highly effective teams, and is excited to drive strong execution of a highly impactful classroom based model.
WHO YOU ARE
Blue Engine is an organization that believes:
In the infinite potential of all humans
In an education system that works to liberate that potential
Teams enable outcomes that individuals alone cannot achieve
Good intentions cannot be confused with measurable results
Strong human connections are our lifeblood
Our Bedrock Value: Foundational Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity: The prevalence of historic and current systems of oppression in our society fundamentally impact the lives of students we serve. These systems foster entrenched privilege for some while ensuring the systemic oppression and denial of equal opportunity for others. Only by assembling diverse, inclusive, and actively anti-racist teams will Blue Engine build alliances that disrupt and dismantle these systems at their root. Neutrality in this fight is a myth; there are only two paths forward. Either we actively work to dismantle these systems on behalf of young people or we remain complicit in maintaining the status quo. Our path is the first. This requires us to seek and embrace discomfort, learn from perspectives different from our own, and interrogate our own assumptions and beliefs through dialogue that builds towards a hopeful, empowered future for every student in every classroom in America.
We are looking for a team member who is invested in these core values, and embodies them in their work and leadership.
Primary Responsibilities & Outcomes
Program Implementation Strategic & Operational Planning & Team Collaboration
Design and implement annual team planning strategy and process
Create collaborative structures for NYC Program Implementation Team to optimize continuous improvement processes across program execution
Lead, operationalize and consistently refine collaboration strategy and structures in service of driving towards student outcomes
Program Performance Management & Oversight
Create and execute on operational plan for implementing NYC Performance Management Plan
Work with Senior Director of Eval & Performance Management to refine NYC Performance Management and Evaluation plans
Interface with Program Implementation team to gather data on regular cadence, interface with program members (Blue Engine Teaching Apprentices (BETAs), Team Leads, Admin, data BETAs) to gather data on regular cadence, following up to ensure 100% completion of data collection
Ensure technology tools (Tableau + Google) enable clear, concise, and actionable data so that all players are empowered to make effective, data-driven decisions to continuously improve
Create strategy to work with all members of Blue Engine program to keep existing data tables (in Google Sheets) and data visualizations (in Tableau) up-to-date. Field questions and troubleshoot any technology glitches.
NYC School Partnership Recruitment, Selection & Stewardship
Refine and implement annual NYC school partnership selection process
Design and implement strategy for stewarding existing school administration through each year of partnership including ongoing review of data, accountability to partnership conditions and annual renewal process
Collaborate effectively with all members of schools support teams (Instructional Coaches and School Support Managers)
Ongoing Team Operations
Provide support in ongoing team operations as needed including event logistics, communication to school partners and BETAs, Americorps Compliance and school budgets
Support in the project management and logistical planning for summer onboarding experiences
Development & External Affairs Support
Support VP of Development & External Affairs and CEO in fundraising efforts for NYC Program through help with proposal content, facilitating site visits, and stewarding donor relationships
This role will require time to be split between our office and our partner schools. Approximately 50% of the Sr. Director of NYC Program Operations time will be spent in our partner schools and 50% will be spent in our office and will vary by week.
Specifically, we are searching for an individual who possesses the following:
7+ years of work experience including 2+ years of classroom teaching experience
2+ Management experience and deep commitment to and belief in developing others, ability to influence, inspire trust and motivate others
Strategic thinker who has demonstrated experience turning strategy into strong and detailed operational plans that are successfully executed
Demonstrated experience and excitement for collecting and utilizing data to monitor progress towards a goal
Systems builder with “customer service” mentality
Demonstrated ability to strategically and operationally plan and to help others create strong plans
Strong influencer and ability to laterally manage effectively
Track record of consistently delivering high-quality work against deadlines
Believes in radical collaboration and thrives in a team environment
Effectively works across lines of difference with colleagues and constituents
Ability to take initiative and thrive in a fast-paced environment and comfortable in ambiguity / can adjust course when needed
Love fast paced work and motivated by driving toward ambitious goals
Is reflective, open to feedback and demonstrates a growth mindset
A sense of urgency and a deep-seated commitment to working to educational equity with an understanding of the hard, sustained work required to achieve outcomes
Understanding of how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations
Seeks feedback and consistently reflects on their practice; can articulate their strengths
and their areas for growth
Can operate in grey space--proactively assesses challenges, identifies flexible,
effective solutions in ambiguous and complex situations
Proactively seeks diverse perspectives to inform decision making and planning
Awareness of cultural values, biases and differences in self and others and able to lead diverse, inclusive teams
Believes that every student and teacher has the ability to grow and be successful
Believes in the importance of giving and receiving feedback consistently in both formal
and informal ways, and is excited to continually build skill in this area
Sense of humor and joy is a must
Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Blue Engine employees are provided comprehensive benefits, including six weeks paid time off.
Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter using this link. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis.
OUR APPROACH TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSIVITY
Blue Engine is more than an “equal opportunity employer.” We acknowledge the roles we play as educators and leaders in the systems of oppression and racism that exist in our city, our communities, and our classrooms, and strive to become an actively anti-racist organization. We do this first by articulating the value of diversity, inclusivity, and equity as separate yet interwoven concepts; we evaluate decisions and policies through the lens of diversity, inclusivity, and equity; we pursue opportunities for continued learning about how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations; we strive to increase our collective awareness of the cultural values, biases, and differences in self and others; we utilize skills of interruption to bring to bear breaches and combine these approaches to embrace and resolve conflict while fostering growth. We make this commitment because we know it enables us to more meaningfully connect with each other, our students, and the communities in which we work.