21st Century Community Learning Center Project Director
The Dearborn Academy, K-8 charter school, is seeking a 21st Century Community Learning Center Program Director.
The Program Director is directly responsible of the oversight of programs and operations for the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant under the guidelines of the 21st CCLC grant mandated by MDE at the four schools(The Dearborn Academy, West Village Academy, Inkster Prepartory and Escuela Avancemos). The primary focus will be the coordination of programs development and implementation; staff development, overseeing instructors, conducting program evaluations and data collection to strengthen community partnership, participate in regional meetings and workshops and budget management for the after-school grant. The purpose of the grant is to help students improve in academics, attendance, behavior, promotion rates, and graduation rates through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
Position-Specific Responsibilities: (include but are not limited to):
- Establish Campus-Based After School program (through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers) that strives to improve student academics, attendance behavior, promotion rates, and graduation rates.
- Planning and oversight of after school, school vacation, and summer programs for students in grades K-8 at the four schools (The Dearborn Academy, West Village Academy, Inkster Preparatory, Escuela Avancemos).
- Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate overall programs, services and activities to ensure they meet state objectives and the needs and interests of students.
- Ensure the establishment and implementation of all policies and procedures that fulfill the requirements of the 21st Century Learning Center.
- Overseeing the 21st CCLC grant budget and approving expenditures as appropriate and in accordance with the grant’s guidelines.
- Compile regular reports reflecting all activities, attendance, participation, or other data as needed.
- Tracking program participation levels, daily attendance, and evaluation measures.
- Hire part-time site coordinators and help recruit and negotiate community- based organizations and volunteers for the program
- Meet regularly with site coordinators to ensure smooth day to day operation of the program.
- Recruiting teachers, instructors and volunteers for the programs and supporting them in creating high-quality learning experiences.
- Working with teachers, students, and school principals to design an exciting and engaging schedule of programs for academic enrichment, remediation, and exploration that meets the needs of students and families and the goals of the grant.
- Daily oversight of programs and staff while programs are in operation (after school, vacations, and summer).
- Conduct regular staff meetings
- Maintaining communications and meeting regularly with the 21st CCLC Advisory Board.
- Establishing, maintaining, and strengthening community partnerships
- Conducting program evaluation and writing annual reports as required.
- Participating in state and regional meetings, conferences, workshops, and other activities
- Developing and implementing an advocacy plan for promoting the program and its successes.
- Developing and implementing a sustainability plan for the program and following through on efforts, grants, and activities to secure funding.
- Be thoroughly familiar with the approved grant contract with MDE.
- Assure adherence to the grant contract.
- Approve expenditures in accordance with approved budget.
- Evaluate program and program staff using YPQA and MSU evaluation
- Determine and arrange staff development needs in cooperation with all staff in
- accordance with evaluation results.Develop positive school-day to after-school relationships.
- Develop a sustainability plan and work toward program sustainability over
- grant period.
- Develop operational policies and practices for the after-school program in cooperation with staff, youth and parents. Ensure the control of center expenditures against the grant budget.
- Develop partnerships with parents, community leaders and organizations.
- Develop and maintain public relations to increase the visibility of the after-school programs, services, and activities within the community
- Provide direct and indirect supervision of Site Coordinators and teachers.
- Ensure the reporting of student data and information from each center to meet grant reporting requirements to ensure that timelines will be met.
- Ensure administrative and operational systems are in place to maintain the operation of the physical properties and equipment.
- Ensure state site licenses are up to date and meet state requirement.
- Ensure and enforce compliance with organizational policies and procedures for all staff.
- Ensure a productive work environment at all sites.
- Ensure that plans for technology, information management systems and updating staff skills are implemented.
- Require, manage and provide staff development opportunities for staff and volunteers.
- Supervise and coordinate all staff and volunteers at special events.
- Maintain daily contact with program and administrative staff to interpret and explain organizational mission and standards, and to discuss issues and provide/receive information.
- Maintain contact with external community and school groups, students’ parents, and others to assist in resolving problems and to market/ promote the program.
- Articulate the district’s mission, instructional philosophy, and curriculum implementation strategies to the community and solicit its support in realizing the district’s mission.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a "child related field", i.e.: Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary
- College course work in education/youth issues, preferred
- Education, Physical Education and Recreation, Child/Youth Development, Child
- Guidance/Counseling, Child Psychology, Family Studies, Social Work, or Human
- Services. Administrative experience, preferred. Experience with budgeting, supervision, and curriculum development.
- Must meet minimum requirements for licensing "Multi-Site School-Age Program Director" as defined in Licensing Rules for Child Care Centers, January 2014
- Three years’ experience with out-of-school program, or similar experience in organizational planning and supervision of activities based on the development and educational needs of youth.
- CPR and First Aid certification, or ability to certify upon hire.
- Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with professionals, parents and students.
- Satisfactory criminal background check and unprofessional conduct check as required by School Safety Legislation.
- Knowledge of principles related to development of youth between 5 and 18 years of age
- Knowledge of group leadership skills
- Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills