Position: Curriculum Specialist Manager, Migrant Education Program
Conexión Américas seeks qualified candidates for the position of Curriculum Development Manager to develop evidenced-based curriculum for school year and summer MEP which respond to federal and state requirements and the TN Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Service Delivery Plan.
This is a full time position. While the role has a statewide scope, the majority of time the Curriculum Specialist Manager will be based in the MEP office in Casa Azafrán, in Nashville Tennessee.
As the lead agency for the Migrant Education Program in Tennessee, Conexión Américas seeks qualified candidates to design, develop, and implement the academic services offered to children, aged Pre-K to 21 years old, in the program. The Curriculum Development Manager is responsible for developing curriculum, providing support to MEP staff on instruction, and develop assessment strategies to monitor student success.
The Curriculum Development Manager will work closely with the Associate Director of the Migrant Education Program to develop an integrated education program, to be delivered by the Service Team, that is individualized to student needs. The Curriculum Development Manager must be skilled at using student data to inform decision-making, and in providing high quality coaching, modeling, and instructional support as needed. The Curriculum Development Manager will develop curriculum that is designed to meet a student’s individual learning plan, which will include a range of skills and domains.
All curriculum and content developed for the MEP program must be evidence-based, comply with TN academic standards, as well as with MEP federal and state requirements and the TN Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Service Delivery Plan.
The successful candidate will demonstrate strong experience in the educational setting, preferably as a teacher, and as a curriculum or instructional specialist. The candidate must also be comfortable working with children and youth outside of the classroom setting, and with using innovative and non-traditional pedagogies.
Experience working with vulnerable and at-risk populations immigrant populations is required, and experience working with English Language Learners is highly desired.
This is a full-time position and salary depends on experience and/or qualifications.
The Migrant Education Program is a program established by the United States Department of Education. Conexión Américas is responsible for the implementation of the Migrant Education Program in the state of Tennessee. The fundamental purpose of the program is to remove barriers to academic success for migrant children (ages 3-21), and to promote academic achievement.
Only candidates who can demonstrate total commitment to the mission and values of Conexión Américas and the Migrant Education Program should apply. Please read about our mission and values on our website at www.conexionamericas.org.
Please submit cover letter, resume, references and salary history to Sara Del Castillo, Director of People & Culture, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or in-person inquiries, please.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lead the development of and directly contribute to the creation of a statewide school year curriculum program that can be implemented in dynamic non-traditional rural and urban settings outside the classroom, specifically focused on the topics of: Literacy, Math, Pre-K Readiness, College Readiness, English as a Second Language
- Lead the development of and directly contribute to the creation of summer curriculum programs - including for Summer camp for Prek-8th grade students, and Leadership Institute for high school students.
- Incorporate innovative pedagogies that incorporate art, play, and socio-emotional skills into curriculum and programming.
- Develop strong partnerships with curriculum and instructional experts in Tennessee, and in Migrant Education Programs in the country in order to improve and enrich the MEP curriculum
- Manage Education Resources
- Develop a professional development strategy for the Service team members around best practices in the instruction of the curriculums
- Coordinate and manage trainings to the Service team to roll out the school year and summer curriculums, as well as a training for certified teachers and staff in the summer camp and Leadership Institute
- Conduct regular observations, coaching and feedback of Education Advisors in the field
- Model effective teaching techniques and strategies for the Service team
- Provide Regional Service Managers and Education Advisors supportive feedback
- Communicate regularly with the Regional Service Managers to support the implementation of the school year and summer curriculums.
- Train volunteers in the implementation of MEP curriculums
- Develop Assessment tools for the service team, incorporating technology when necessary
- Work closely with Regional Service Managers and Data and Compliance Coordinator to monitor the implementation of the Assessment tools by the Service Team, ensuring that data is entered into data management system
- Analyze the assessment results with the Associate Director and Service Team Managers and propose recommendations and improvement measures based on results.
- Regularly share assessment results to the entire MEP team and the Tennessee Department of Education through Learning reports
- Participate in the MEP Leadership Team Committee
- Co-chair, along with the Associate Director the Education Committees
- Chair the Summer Camp and Leadership Institute Committees
- Regularly report to and work closely with the Associate Director are the implementation of these strategies
- Communicate current evidence-based best practices and trends
- Maintain and coordinate the purchase of necessary resources for the implementation of Curriculum, Instruction and Practice and distribution of resources
- Provide regularly monthly reports on progress, as well as other reports as required to the Associate Director, Conexion Americas and at the State and Federal level
- Support the Comprehensive Needs Assessment and Service Delivery Plan process every 3 years.
- Attend national Migrant Education Program conferences or Consortia meetings as necessary
General Organization Support Duties:
- Speaks or makes presentations on behalf of Conexión Américas at events and conferences.
- Communicates in a positive and effective manner Conexión Américas’ mission and programs.
- Attends and provides support as needed to organizational events and fundraisers throughout the year, including fundraising breakfast, Latin Dance Party, staff meetings amongst others.
Job responsibilities include but are not limited to those listed above. As with every other job at Conexión Américas, every person in the organization will assist in any way necessary to respond to new demands and to assure a cooperative environment.
Qualifications (Education and Experience):
- Master’s degree required.
- Preferred at least 3 years directly teaching in the classroom
- Preferred at least 10 years working in fields related to Education and or Children and Youth development.
- Extensive experience working to develop Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment tools.
- Ability to demonstrate a creative approach to curriculum design and instructional delivery;
- Adapt seamlessly to the complexities of the rural and urban education environment
- Comfortable in applying knowledge to a wide age-range from Pre-K to 21 years old.
- Experience working with vulnerable and at-risk children and youth populations required.
- Experience working with English Language learners highly preferred.
- Excellent written and oral communication in English required
- Preferred experience working outside the classroom setting with the community in non-traditional education settings.
- Preferred experience with non-traditional education pedagogies and methodologies, that incorporate art, play, learning by doing, horizontality and the development of socio-emotional skills.
- Ability to create work plan, medium long-term strategies and a record of success in their implementation
- Experience using train-the-trainer techniques, to train volunteers and educators to implement methodologies.
- Flexibility, creativity and imagination required.
- Ability to work independently, manage multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced environment with deadlines and strict timelines, required.
- Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders from students, parents to decision-makers, principals and representatives of the State.
- Must pass background check and language assessment.
- Must have reliable transportation and possess a valid TN Driver's License and auto insurance.
- Must be able to travel to make site visits to different parts of the states, including occasionally on weekends and evenings outside of regular school hours, required.
- Ability to travel and participate in overnight trips throughout the state
- Excellent computer skills, including MS Office and database management, required.
- Demonstrated appreciation for Latino culture and families, as well as other immigrant and refugee groups, preferred.
- Experience and knowledge of nonprofit organizations’ operations preferred.
About Conexión Américas
Conexión Américas is a Latino nonprofit organization based in Nashville, TN. Our mission at Conexión Américas is to build a welcoming community and create opportunities where Latino families can belong, contribute and succeed. Conexión Américas is an advocacy and direct-service organization. We focus on four areas of community impact: Social Integration (family engagement, youth development and English as a Second Language), Economic Integration (homeownership, micro-entrepreneurship and taxpayer education/assistance), Civic Integration (advocacy and grassroots leadership development) and Community Development (arts and placemaking).