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Project U-Turn Fellow : Opportunity Network

School District of Philadelphia | Philadelphia PA 19130 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 04/18/2017

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Job Summary

The Opportunity Network is comprised of district-managed and external provider-managed education options that focus on educating formerly disengaged students through to high school completion in preparation for postsecondary credential attainment and/or self-sustaining employment. In total, the Opportunity Network educates more than 5,000 students each year across 28 school programs.

The Project U-Turn Fellow will work to improve the retention rates of reengaged students, leading to more students graduating from Accelerated High Schools. Based on the most recent data from the District’s Performance Office, students who reengage by enrolling in one of the Opportunity Network’s Accelerated High Schools have an average retention rate of 54%.  The Fellow will work within the SDP Re-Engagement Center (REC), alongside REC staff, to ensure an ongoing alignment of efforts, activities and goals in support of improved reengagement strategies and program retention rates.

Essential Functions

  • Develops a comprehensive analysis of the timing, the reasons behind, and characteristics of students disengaging from Accelerated High Schools; conducts program by program analysis of retention trends.
  • Produces monthly data reports on the number of students enrolled in Accelerated High Schools who have disconnected from school; includes a breakdown of data by program, and by student gender, age, proximity to graduation (number of credits), and any known life circumstances that may be a barrier to school completion; uses data from both the SDP information systems and the Accelerated High Schools local data systems.
  • Publishes a compilation of promising practices and strategies that all stakeholders can use to improve the retention rates for students who reengage through Accelerated High Schools.
  • Develops a work plan to engage and support stakeholders as they implement strategies and practices aimed at improving school retention.
  • Convenes stakeholders regularly to continuously monitor, assess progress, provide professional development support and to determine next steps.
  • Increases the average retention rate for reengaged students by at least 10 percentage points over 2 years.
  • Develops relationships with Accelerated High Schools and their senior leadership teams.
  • Researches promising practices for retaining reengaged students in school that can be utilized at the program, District, and local government levels.
  • Works collaboratively with Opportunity Network leadership to convene major stakeholders who support reengaged students.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Four years of full-time, paid, professional experience in alternative education, urban high schools or non-profits working with secondary school students at risk of academic failure which has involved managing academic and social support programs inside high schools or school districts with a track record in data collection and reporting.

 

                                                                        OR

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Two years of full-time, paid, professional experience in alternative education, urban high schools or non-profits working with secondary school students at risk of academic failure which has involved managing academic and social support programs inside high schools or school districts with a track record in data collection and reporting.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Demonstrated knowledge of:

  • the methods and techniques used in effective program planning, design and administration.
  • youth development for at-risk adolescents.
  • administrative and budgetary practices and procedures for federal grants.
  • the uses and capabilities of personal computers and their software applications.

 

Demonstrated ability to:

  • assess the effectiveness of programmatic activities and to make recommendations for modifications as needed.
  • maintain records, monitor program activities and prepare reports on a timely basis.
  • work across complex systems to create effective programs.
  • exercise sound judgment and discretion in applying and interpreting policies and procedures.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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Location Philadelphia, PA, United States
Categories Evaluation/Assessment/Testing
Organization Type Public School
Teaching field Other
Experience Years 4 yrs

Location Maptop

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Contact Name Danielle Schultz
How to apply Applications are no longer accepted for this job posting.
Job Code -
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