Social Emotional Learning Program Manager

New York, NY, US
Sep 15, 2020
About Us

New Visions for Public Schools works to ensure that all New York City public school students, regardless of race or economic class, have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the rigors of college and the workforce. Since 1989, New Visions has been a driving force behind some of the most significant reforms to public education in New York City, including:

  • pioneering the model of small high schools and creating nearly 150 new small schools;
  • producing free, open-source curricula used by thousands of teachers across the country;
  • launching a nationally-recognized Urban Teacher Residency program to train new teachers;
  • operating the largest charter high school network in New York City;
  • and designing revolutionary data tools that help every NYC public high school easily make informed, student-centered decisions.

Today, our diverse team of over 160 professionals leverages their varied skills and educational expertise to develop and scale innovative tools and approaches that help educators address common challenges. As both an Affinity Group and Charter Management Organization-the only hybrid organization of its kind, serving both public district and charter students -we help 709 schools plan for the success of 500,000 New York City students to prove that meaningful change is achievable at scale and success is possible for every student.

Position Summary

The Social Emotional Learning Program Manager is a key member of the School Support Department who works intensively with Charter School Leadership Teams to develop strategies to implement social-emotional supports within schools. With support from the Director for School Climate and Culture, the SEL Program Manager will support schools in implementing an SEL framework of support as identified by the network. The Program Manager will lead network level professional development offerings to further develop school leaders and staff apply an SEL lense to student engagement and instruction. The SEL Program Manager will train schools on trauma-informed and restorative practices and provide school-based coaching to support integration of practices.

Detailed Responsibilities:

Work with New Visions...
  • to develop a network-wide multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework that schools can flexibility implement
  • to develop an SEL learning framework to guide school advisory structures
  • in collaboration with the Director of School Culture and Climate, develop network-level protocols to guide schools during crisis situations including suicide ideation, self-injurious behavior, bullying, substance abuse, and other related school incidents
  • to develop professional development offerings focused on Trauma Informed Instruction
  • in collaboration with the Director of School Culture and Climate, develop year-round professional development offering for social workers, counselors, and mandated counselors to ensure students receive appropriate behavioral interventions (i.e. group and individual counseling, mediation, completion of R- plans, restorative circles)
  • to support the implementation of network wide sel and school culture and climate assessments
  • to leverage existing data systems to effectively measure staff interventions (i.e. restorative conferences, family meetings, etc)
  • to develop partnerships with agencies in each borough that will support student's SEL needs
  • serve as a hearing officer as necessary

Work with schools...
  • to lead central and school based multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) training for all school staff, with support from the special education coordinator and other key school staff
  • to build school capacity to implement restorative practices as a school-wide framework
  • to build student support teams by identifying key members, developing meeting structures, and routines that will enable schools to independently review data for the purposes developing action plans and supports for high risk students
  • to ensure students with social-emotional risks/concerns are provided proactive and restorative practices that support their emotional and educational growth. This includes but is not limited to conducting classroom observations for Behavior Intervention Plans
  • to collaborate with social workers and guidance counselors in order to create mental health programs and interventions that address salient emotional themes
  • to support the implementation of the CASEL SEL framework by providing ongoing training and support, data analysis, and addressing other needs as identified
  • and network Principals to establish quantitative school culture goals aligned to New Visions organizational goals
  • to facilitate school/classroom observations to assess SEL climate and effectiveness of student engagement practices

Education and Experience:
  • Master's in Social Work or a related field
  • Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) preferred
  • 3 years of school-based youth development experience
  • 3 years clinical experience preferred
  • Experience in Restorative Practices in school-based settings preferred

Required Skill Sets and Knowledge Base:
  • Effective trainer and group facilitator
  • Personal initiative and desire for responsibility
  • Strong communication skills
  • Excellent follow-through and attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively with network departments and school leadership
  • Commitment to work collaboratively with school principals and to share in the accountability for student level outcomes.


New Visions for Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of New Visions that all employees and applicants for employment will be treated in all respects on the basis of their merit and qualifications and without regards to their race, color, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, gender, military status, marital status, ancestry, or any other reason prohibited by law.

New Visions believes that our people and teams should reflect the diverse communities we serve, and that our culture and internal structures should be inclusive and equitable for all prospective and current employees. We also recognize that perspectives from communities that have been historically marginalized, such as individuals of color, individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA, and women, are critical to the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from individuals living in the communities that we serve or who are members of marginalized communities.

New Visions provides a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package in addition to the opportunity to make a significant impact on education reform and in the lives of urban youth.