Breakthrough Atlanta Manager of High School Readiness

Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 09, 2018
Dec 09, 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Breakthrough Atlanta at The Lovett School

Manager of High School Readiness

Reports to: Executive Director, Breakthrough Atlanta

Position Summary: The Lovett School, an independent K-12 day school in Atlanta, GA, is home to Breakthrough Atlanta, a college preparatory program for first generation and low-income metro area students, and a teaching fellowship program for current college students. Breakthrough Atlanta is seeking a Manager of High School Readiness. The Manager of High School Readiness for Breakthrough Atlanta leads programs for rising 7th through 9th grade students, including a six-week summer school and Saturday activities throughout the school year. The manager prepares and leads instructional teams with the primary goals of preventing summer learning loss, ensuring middle school and ninth grade students are ready for the academic rigors of high school and  preparing students socially and emotionally for high school and college.

This is a full-time, 30-hour work week, 12-month, exempt position beginning in December 2018.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan and lead Breakthrough Atlanta’s programming for rising 7th through 9th graders
  • Develop/leverage rigorous and effective curricula that accelerates students’ academic readiness and social-emotional learning
  • Employ and train site directors and instructional coaches
  • Collaborate with the Director of College Prep Programs on the recruitment and hiring of teaching fellows and school-year program facilitators
  • Engage with the Breakthrough Collaborative for training and tools
  • Design and facilitate meetings and professional development sessions for school-year program facilitators, teaching fellows, instructional coaches, and site directors
  • Ensure an engaging experience that aids student and staff retention
  • Communicate curricular goals, program guidelines, and activities to Breakthrough parents and solicit their feedback
  • Coach, supervise, and team with the program coordinator to produce, deliver, and evaluate programs
  • Manage volunteers to support program activities
  • Ensure compliance with student and employee policies
  • Oversee student disciplinary action
  • Conduct regular evaluation of program efficacy and customer satisfaction
  • Complete related administrative, external affairs and fundraising duties, and other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • The drive, organization, and flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment, contributing to the school community beyond the Breakthrough Atlanta program
  • Interested applicants should have prior at least 5-7 years of experience in middle school education, including classroom instruction and teacher training in a Title I school
  • A bachelor's degree in middle or high school education or related degree is required; master’s degree preferred
  • The ability to work 1-2 Saturdays per month during the school year and extended hours for six weeks during the summer
  • Dedication to increasing equity and inclusion, as well as cultural competency regarding Atlanta’s African American and Hispanic/Latino communities
  • English-Spanish bilingual candidates are highly desired
  • Excellent written and oral communication and customer service skills to facilitate relationship building with students, parents, partners, colleagues, and supervisors
  • Employment of a variety of teaching and assessment techniques to engage students and further their critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity
  • A strong desire to work in a collaborative learning community, employing a growth mindset and participating in ongoing professional development during the school year and summer
  • Desire and ability to develop an atmosphere of trust and knowledge of students as individuals
  • Purposeful design of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to reach a diverse community of learners
  • Commitment to developing one’s own cultural self-awareness, cultural competence, and emotional intelligence
  • Ethical behavior, professionalism, and regular and reliable attendance

Breakthrough Atlanta’s Mission & Vision: Breakthrough Atlanta pursues a dual mission to: increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and get them into college ready to succeed; and to inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders. Our vision is to create an empowering educational experience that results in equitable access to higher education for our students and prepares our teaching fellows for education sector roles, enabling all of our students, teaching fellows, and instructional coaches to achieve their full potential as learners, teachers, leaders, and agents of change in their communities.

The Lovett School Mission: The Lovett School is a community that seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.

The Lovett School Vision for Learning:  Lovett offers experiences that inspire our students to love learning. We encourage them to think critically, communicate effectively, engage creatively, and collaborate purposefully. We provide the opportunities and resources that help our students develop independence and self-direction and extend their learning beyond the walls of the classroom as they grow intellectually, emotionally, physically, aesthetically, morally, and spiritually.

The Lovett School Diversity Mission Statement: The Lovett School celebrates the uniqueness of each individual within an intentionally inclusive, diverse, and welcoming environment. We recognize that our community is enhanced as we seek to appreciate and respect the differences among our students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni. We are committed to supporting this environment through classroom instruction, professional development, and other curricular and co-curricular programming, and in accordance with our nondiscriminatory policy.

Physical Demands:  

NOTE: The Lovett School employment process includes a post-offer drug (hair) test and background check. See the employment application for more information.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands from wrist to finger, and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk, and reach with hands. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

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