Girl Be Heard seeks a visionary Director of Education and Human Potential to take our rapidly expanding education programs to the next level. The Director of Education and Human Potential sets the goals, priorities, and strategies for the education team and engages all education staff to ensure this work is of the highest caliber, has the biggest impact, and is empowering for both staff and program participants. They are responsible for financial oversight of all education work, including partnership building, budgeting, and contributing to writing and reporting for education-related grants. They represent the education team to the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders, and contribute to the overall direction of the organization as a member of the executive team. An understanding of dismantling racism work and trauma-informed care is key.
The Director of Education and Human Potential is responsible for cultivating safe spaces at every level of Girl Be Heard, ensuring that every member of the Girl Be Heard community has the opportunity to reach their full potential both within and beyond the organization, and has access to the resources necessary to get them there. This includes overseeing the development of curriculum across Girl Be Heard programs, devising the leadership trajectory that girls follow through the various levels of our organization, planning and implementing training and development opportunities for all staff, and serving as a staff liaison for the Girl Be Heard Amplifiers (our young professionals group). Additionally, the Director of Education and Human Potential engages in an ongoing process of program evaluation to determine any gaps that need to be filled in supporting our community to reach its highest potential.
• Operationalize the Ed elements of the Strategic Plan
• Oversee the growth and development of all education programs (Afterschool, Mentoring, Girl Power Workshops, special programs such as cross-cultural exchanges, workshops with external organizations, other leadership development initiatives for company members, etc.)
• Oversee ongoing revision and development of all Girl Be Heard curriculum
• Manage the evaluation and monitoring of programs and staff
• Oversee the production of education-related events
• Strategize leadership development and community building opportunities across GBH community
• Work with the leadership of the education department to identify and implement staff training and development opportunities
• Hire all education staff and supervise office-based education staff to include teaching artists, Program Manager, Youth Advocate and interns
• Serve as a member of the executive team to strengthen organizational structure and develop long term goals
• Work with Development Manager to write and report on education-related grants
• Cultivate relationships with key education partners
• Meet with funders to discuss and report on our work
• Report to the Board of Directors on all education-related work
• Manage budgets and spending for overall education-related expenses
• Work with Communications Associate to ensure all education-related collateral is up to date
• Strategize on creating a sustainable work flow with site supervision
• 5 years experience working in a school, educational or youth-support setting required with at least four years in a role managing or leading others.
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in education or similar strongly preferred.
• Strong experience with, or knowledge of, the NYC public school system.
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and present ideas with clarity, credibility, humility, and tact; lead with “the why” and incorporate vision into messaging; tailor messaging to audience and maintain professionalism in speaking and writing.
• Proven success operating in ambiguous and changing environments with the demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects; delegate tasks appropriately; manage progress against goals for self and others while addressing barriers.
• Possesses openness, responsiveness, and understanding of others’ perspectives with the demonstrated ability to maintain and build relationships through collaboration.
• Experience with data management systems preferred (we use Salesforce).
• Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of issues of social justice and girls’ empowerment.
• Desire to work with a dynamic start-up to help shape the future activist-artists of tomorrow!
Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.
Compensation: Full‐time, commensurate with experience. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays.
How to apply: Send your resume with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience and why you would like to work with Girl Be Heard. Submit electronically to Jen Thatcher, Chief of Staff, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Director of Education – (your name)” in the subject line.
Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies, and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making. We bring global issues affecting girls center stage by creating cutting-edge, cause-related theatre – inspired, written and performed by girls (12-21) – that is thought-provoking and actionable. Our shows give voice to issues that girls care about most (such as bullying, body image, and self harm). Our company also takes on global issues affecting girls worldwide such as sex trafficking, forced child marriage, and gender-based violence; and regularly performs our acclaimed shows at the United Nations, TED conferences, and The White House.
Girl Be Heard’s education curriculum encourages young women to think critically about social justice, challenge stereotypes, foster friendships, and build tools for bringing about positive change in their communities. Our programs are housed in 17 sites in NYC (12 Title schools, 3 detention centers, one church, and a community center). We also launched the first program abroad in Trinidad and Tobago this year.
Girl Be Heard is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity or expression, color, national origin, ability, ethnicity, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. Girl Be Heard seeks a broad spectrum of employees and is strongly committed to a diverse and equitable work environment. People of all backgrounds, abilities, gender expressions, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations, religions, and nationalities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Girl Be Heard’s main office is located in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Our offices are air-conditioned and located in wheelchair accessible buildings.