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Enrichment Programs Manager

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Job Description

At Acera, we are looking for someone with passion, high energy, and a commitment to innovation in education. If the thought of working at a non-profit with a start-up “feel” — where you can have a big impact gets you excited, then Acera needs you for our Enrichment Programs Manager.  We seek a kind hearted, results oriented leader who can become part of our growing mission and community!

We seek a multi-tasker to join our team, who will bring excellent communication skills and a sense of purpose, and who will invest themselves to understand students, coach teachers, and enable growth of an incredible enrichment program.

The ideal candidate is a highly experienced professional, organized and with classroom teaching and administrative experience.   The role includes overseeing enrollment, issue management, implementation, program formation in partnership with teacher entrepreneurs, and running the summer and enrichment after school / evening programs as a business.  This position requires superior organization, accountability, communication and judgment.

Belief in progressive educational approaches is essential, as our program philosophy is that Teacher Entrepreneurs and Specialists design, craft, and lead their own enrichment program offerings.  We are focused on a student centered and individualized approach to learning.  We empower our teachers as entrepreneurs in their programs.  Rather than follow age-based standards, consistent expectations across students, or particular curricula, we believe in removing the boundaries that can limit students (and teachers) from stepping into their best selves.

Role Expectations Include: 

  • In concert with other Acera administrative and teaching staff, envision and implement programs for summer, after school, evenings, and weekends.
  • Create a manage the enrichment program as a business, with a clear business plan which links the courses offered, enrollment targets, with the revenue and profitability results.
  • Leverage Salesforce database tool to help with enrollment, management and planning.
  • Manage program staff and teachers. Run staffing schedule to assure appropriate coverage.
  • Manage feedback and issue resolution as needed, for teachers, parents, and students.
  • In the summer, job hours are a particularly full day, approximately 8am – 6pm.
  • During the school year, job hours may vary more substantially, and include daily after school work.

Requirements:

  • Substantial years of experience in management, education, and/or administration.
  • Able to initiate and self manage
  • Highly collaborative and capable coach and supporter of others
  • Confident and capable in situations of stress and conflict
  • A bring-it-on, can-do, let’s make it happen, whatever it takes attitude!
  • A kind heart, a thoughtful mind, and a generous spirit (we’re still, in many ways, a start-up!)
  • BA / BS degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Mac proficiency
  • 5+ years of experience getting things done in a corporate, non-profit, or educational office environment.
  • See challenges as opportunities for invention. Positive, the “glass is half full” orientation.

School Mission:
Acera is a growing, private K-8 school that provides high ability students with unbounded access to learning.  At Acera, students learn, discover and explore at a pace appropriate to each child’s unique motivation and potential, not their age.  Our culture is not about pressure to achieve; it is about freedom to thrive. We support our students’ innate curiosity and love of learning via an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning approach. Through developing emotional intelligence, complex and creative thinking skills, and systems awareness, we develop thinkers and innovators who will be able to make positive change in our world.  We are growing our progressive school and we have an exciting vision for impact!

The Need for Something Different:
Massachusetts ranks at the bottom of the 50 states in supporting the needs of gifted students; there is great urgency and need within the gifted population that currently does not have access to an appropriate education.

Broader Cause:
We hope to be a microcosm of what is possible, and to model both in our school day and enrichment programs powerful learning opportunities.  We believe that all students should have voice and choice in their learning, should be able to engage in meaningful work, and that joy and curiosity are core to any learning experience.  We want to be a force of change for public education, and believe that all students should have meaningful, interdisciplinary, creative and project based learning opportunities.   We believe students should be able to learn whatever they are ready for and interested in, without limits due to age based norms or curricula.  We hope to, as we grow, offer new programs and professional development workshops and to be a force for positive innovation in education.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Acera is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Asst to Director, Development Assistant, and Network Expansion Support

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Job Description

Acera seeks an optimistic professional who has superior communication, organization, and follow through skills as well as excellent judgment and professionalism. As Assistant to the Director of School, run her calendar and schedule and support projects as they are defined and as they emerge.  As Development Coordinator, work on network expansion and development projects, campaigns and events as defined by our Director of Strategic Advancement.  Support all development and public outreach campaigns and events.  Spend some time each day at the hub of our school, covering the front desk.  Start Date:  January 8 or as soon as hired.  Year round position.  Come join our high performance team and joyful school community!  Send resume, cover letter and salary expectations to hiring@aceraschool.org

Mission

Acera is an independent K-8 school that provides high ability students with unbounded access to learning.  At Acera, students learn, discover and explore at a pace appropriate to each child’s unique motivation and potential.  Our culture is not about pressure to achieve; it is about freedom to thrive. We support our students’ innate curiosity and love of learning through an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning approach. Through developing emotional intelligence, complex and creative thinking skills, and systems awareness, we develop thinkers and innovators who will be able to make positive change in our world.  We have a new progressive school and an exciting vision for impact!

In our first seven years, Acera has gone from an idea to a progressive elementary and middle school program with 125 students, and a STEAM Learning Lab program that offers year-round enrichment open to the public.  We are building a microcosm of what is possible in education, in which students’ voice, capacities and needs are understood.   We build strong programs in our core school day, enrichment offerings, and have a broader future mission to launch a center for education innovation.

Top Priorities

  • Support the School Director Assure that meetings and focus of activities and requests for time are optimized within organizational priorities. Manage director calendar and meetings.  Enable appropriate meeting follow up and next steps, responding to requests. Write and/or edit follow-up communication or documentation as needed.
  • Development Coordinator Enable follow through within fundraising campaigns, thank you notes and follow up, and other projects as determined by Director of Strategic Advancement
  • Event Support Collaborate with our team to bring alive Acera events for network expansion, public outreach, development, open houses, Innovator Symposium, etc.
  • Database Track donations and donors. Support enrichment enrollment and other efforts as needed.
  • Marketing/Dev/PR Coordination Coordinate with and support Public Relations, marketing, and social media efforts.  Take an active grassroots organizing and canvassing role, when appropriate, to support hyper local marketing efforts.

Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Mac proficiency
  • Excellent Microsoft Office, Google Calendar, Word, Excel, and Power-point skills

Requirements

  • A bring-it-on, can-do, let’s make it happen, whatever it takes attitude!
  • A kind heart, a thoughtful mind, and a generous spirit
  • Prior job experience Getting Things Done in a corporate, non-profit, or educational office environment.
  • See challenges as opportunities for invention. Positive, the “glass is half full” orientation.
  • Laughter and love of life!
  • Flexibility to step in, help and do whatever is needed to support our school, our admin/ office team, and our students

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary range is $35,000 – $45,000 depending upon whether applicant is entry level or more experienced.
  • Health and dental benefits available
  • Year round, full time position, 8am – 4pm, 9am-5pm or 10am – 6pm
  • 6 weeks vacation

Application 

Anticipated start date                    Immediately

School Mission: Acera is a growing, private K-8 school that provides high ability students with unbounded access to learning.  At Acera, students learn, discover and explore at a pace appropriate to each child’s unique motivation and potential, not their age.  Our culture is not about pressure to achieve; it is about freedom to thrive. We support our students’ innate curiosity and love of learning through an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning approach. Through developing emotional intelligence, complex and creative thinking skills, and systems awareness, we develop thinkers and innovators who will be able to make positive change in our world.  We are growing our progressive school and we have an exciting vision for impact!

Equal Opportunity Employer

Acera is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Middle School Lead Teacher with focus on Humanities, Inquiry, and Curriculum Creation

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Job Summary:
Do you have passion and a commitment to innovation in education? Acera seeks an entrepreneurial teacher who customizes interdisciplinary curricula and facilitates students with an inquiry approach. Our educators build classroom community putting students’ interests and development of their voice at the core of their school experience. Become the lead teacher for a group of 20 gifted middle school /grade 6 students, collaborating with the MS Teaching Team — specialists in science lab, electronic arts, computer science, architecture, arts, math, and more.

Acera emphasizes development of core capacities (systems thinking, perspective taking, collaboration, creativity, emotional intelligence and leadership), as well as skill development in key areas like organization and writing. A background in the humanities — government, philosophy, history, political science and literature — is preferred. The best candidate would also eagerly be a mathematics teacher during our ability based math block program.

  • Be the primary Teacher Leader for a group of mostly 6th grade students. Facets of the job each week include:
  • Leverage whole class times for thematic and project-based learning, launching from essential questions and themes as jumping off points for discussions, literature book groups, electives and projects.
  • Create individualized learning plans that fit each students’ capacity, interests, needs, and learning style.
  • Lead a math class during math block time from 9am-10am four times/ week
  •  Invent and lead social sciences electives from 1pm-3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Support students’ engagement during IMP project time (Inquiry, Maker Passion Projects) Monday and Friday 10am – 12pm
  • Be the touchstone “person” for 20 MS students who leads point on their learning plan for the year, and who engages with the rest of the MS teaching team of specialists who serve as other elective teachers and as IMP Project Mentors for students.
  • Write and integrate other teachers comments into a narrative report card format, and lead point for parent communication and conferences.

Contact hiring@aceraschool.org with letter, educational philosophy statement, and salary expectations.

School Overview:
Acera is an independent K-8 school that provides high ability students with unbounded access to learning. At Acera, students learn, discover and explore at a pace appropriate to each child’s unique motivation and potential, not their age. Our culture is not about pressure to achieve; it is about freedom to thrive. We support our students’ innate curiosity and love of learning with an interdisciplinary, hands-on learning approach. By developing character, knowledge, and talent, we develop thinkers and innovators who will be able to make positive change in our world. The Acera community strives to consistently cultivate a committed and highly educated faculty, maintain a high degree of parental involvement, and nurture in its students a life-long love of learning.

Belief in progressive educational approaches is essential. We are focused on a student centered and individualized approach to learning. Rather than follow age-based standards, consistent expectations across students, or particular curricula, we believe in removing the boundaries that can limit students (and teachers) from stepping into their best selves.

Our program philosophy includes three different areas:

  1. A program for gifted students (Massachusetts is a climate which typically rejects this terminology, though this phrase is the national term used for the population we serve.)
    2. A STEM rich program focused on creative and complex thinking and problem solving, raising students in the “soup” of the sciences and freedom of thought across disciplines
    3. A progressive education approach built around authentic inquiry. Dialogue and projects in classrooms focus on open-ended problem solving rather than an emphasis on coverage of content or achieving age based standards of performance. Rather than training conformity or testing knowledge acquisition, we empower students to struggle, problem solve, innovate, initiate and lead.

Job Requirements:

  • Collaborative approach and excellent communication skills to partner with parents and the MS teacher team.
  • A highly experienced professional, preferably a career changer with 5+ years of lead teaching experience.
  •  Capacity to evolve approaches in response to students’ interests, passions and needs.
  •  Background in political science, government, history and/or world cultures preferred; the ideal candidate is dually experienced in coaching students’ writing skills.
  •  Confident to plan and lead a pre-algebra, algebra 1 or geometry group, leveraging and customizing curricula appropriately
  • Create and customize Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs).
  •  Adapt classroom activities and strategies to differentiate for each student’s needs, capacities, and interests; understand and support each learner’s strengths and style, and foster a setting in which they can each be their best self, while also progressing in areas of relative weakness.
  • Collaborate with the rich pool of researchers in the greater Boston academic community to bring their expertise, mentorship, and ideas to life in the classroom with students. Engage curriculum collaborators to spend time in our school as experts and inspirations for our students.
  • Apply Inquiry Pedagogy.
  • Belief in a constructivist approach to learning
  • Cover recesses and lunch 1x / week (and if needed when staff members are out sick.)
  • Leverage student engagement and voice as a key strategy to manage classroom engagement and student needs

Mission:
We envision a world in which schools engage students in meaningful learning, in which teachers are freed as entrepreneurs in their classrooms, and in which students can become the best version of themselves, given each students’ unique capacities, needs, and passions. The Acera school day program provides students with unbounded access to learning, offering gifted students opportunity according to their ability not age. The Acera community, across all its programs and partnerships, learns, discovers, and explores at a pace appropriate to each child’s unique motivation and potential. Our culture is not about pressure; it is about freedom. We keep alive students’ innate curiosity and love of learning. We also partner with organizations beyond our walls, creating programs rich in sciences, technology, engineering, creativity and arts. We operate both as a lab school and a microcosm of what is possible for other schools. We seek to grow students’ emotional intelligence and enable them to become the best version of themselves. Our mission, across our core school day program, enrichment programs and within our partnerships, is to develop the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative thinkers who can make a positive impact in the world.

The Need for Something Different: Massachusetts ranks last in the nation in gifted education. There is great urgency and need within the gifted population. These students often do not have access to an appropriate education.

The right candidate will have philosophical alignment with our core values and curriculum.

Application: Contact hiring@aceraschool.org with resume, teaching philosophy, and salary expectations.

Anticipated start date: August 2018

Equal Opportunity Employer
Acera is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship, veteran status, political affiliation or disability as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Counselor, Counseling Process Manager & Enrollment Manager

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Counselor, Counseling Process Manager & Enrollment Manager Job Description

Permanent/Temporary: Permanent
Reports to: Assistant Director
Exempt/Non-exempt: Exempt
Schedule: 12 months
Benefits Eligible: Yes

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

As a full-time member of our community, a key aspect of your role is as an administrator, teacher, facilitator, and coach for students.  The highest priorities for promoting student growth include:  

  • Enable perspectives and knowledge across disciplines and in core skills
  • Foster capacities of systems thinking, perspective taking, problem solving, moral and ethical decision making, innovation and creativity, and more.  
  • Develop social, emotional and leadership growth in students (including self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy for others, frustration tolerance and persistence in the face of adversity and ambiguity, adaptability, and awareness of the needs of others, being able to adapt self to fit with the needs of others, emergence and exercise of leadership to make contribution to the community.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND KEY OBJECTIVES FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

When teaching:  Create & Customize Curriculum

  • Be a Teacher Entrepreneur for your sessions.  Do the right thing to assure student engagement, safeguard student curiosity, and leverage your talents, those of the broader team and community and Acera partners to invest and recreate a great learning environment for your unique group of students.
  • Customize curriculum, aligned around essential questions.  Collaborate and share ideas with other teachers; optimize opportunities for cross-classroom experiences and learning between teachers.
  • Leverage eclectic pedagogical approaches.  Include interdisciplinary, STEM rich, inquiry driven and project-based learning.
  • Adapt classroom activities and strategies to differentiate for each student’s needs, capacities, and interests; understand and support each learner’s strengths and style, and foster a setting in which they can each be their best self, while also progressing in areas of relative weakness.

Collaborate & Create Community

  • Collaborate with all members of the community.   Share and listen.  Leverage core teachers’ and parents’ knowledge across to serve students as a community, and to continuously improve as a school and as professionals.  
  • Collaborate with scientific researchers in the greater Boston academic and medical community and other school partners to bring expertise, mentorship, and ideas to life in your classroom.

Facilitate Effective Learning Experiences

  • Apply an eclectic blend of learning pedagogy, including teaching for understanding, multiage, thematic, interdisciplinary, experiential, and projects. 
  • Technological fluency – in a Macintosh platform – is expected so that technology can be an integrated tool in the classroom.
  • Use a ‘teacher as facilitator’ style.  This is not a traditional “in-charge teacher who dispenses the knowledge” approach.  Our teachers serve as facilitators who enable student learning in a way customized for student abilities and interests.
  • Leverage a positive, responsive classroom type management style with students, emphasizing student engagement and voice as a key strategy to manage classrooms and foster authentic learning.  

Be a flexible part of our Acera Community

  • Embrace our parent collaborative educational model; communicate openly, with honesty and compassion.  Share teaching philosophy and pedagogical beliefs; educate parents.  
  • Take initiative, be inventive, ask for help, and suggest novel approaches.
  • Be flexible and open to support others on the team, and do what makes sense for our whole school community.

Communicate

  • Clarify approach to foster student development of Acera’s core capacities (Systems thinking, perspective taking, moral and ethical decision making, emotional intelligence, leadership, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration)
  • Be proactive to get what you need to be successful by leveraging the extended Acera community and – if appropriate — its collaborators beyond our walls.  
  • Communicate with parents as needed and requested to respond to concerns, requests and input in a timely and appropriate fashion.   
  • Envision, identify and communicate the resources and materials you would like to have to build the best learning environment.  Collaborate creatively with all staff to generate ways to bring those ideas into reality.  
  • Seek out support from school Directors as needed.  Share challenges and concerns openly so that we can work together to meet the needs of students, parents, and staff.
  • Model continuous learning for your students by constantly engaging to learn yourself

Teacher Style Expectations

  • Apply an eclectic blend of learning pedagogy, including direct instruction, hands-on learning, experiential projects, and on-line tools as appropriate.  Use a blended teacher style, being a knowledge leader combined with a facilitator of inquiry
  • Collaborate and share ideas with other teachers; work as a community to utilize each person’s knowledge across the whole school, to serve students as a whole community, and to continuously improve as a school and as professionals.

SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS AND KEY OBJECTIVES

Counselor:

  • Work with the Student Services Team, under the guidance of Malcolm and the school counselor, to provide counseling and EQ services to our students. Work may also include:
    • Establishment of a social skills group

Counseling Process Manager:

  • Administrative work for Student Services Program
  • Working with a student’s internal and external team (counselor(s), therapist, evaluation, etc.)
  • Counseling work and coordination in conjunction with students’ ILPs

Student Re-enrollment Manager:

  • Work with Director of Admissions and Director of Administration and Operations to ensure data collection and fee collection for re-enrollment of current day program students.

High School Transition Manager:

  • Work with middle school teachers, students and families to help counsel and guide them through the transition to an appropriate high school program. This will include providing appropriate documentation (transcripts coordinating references, etc.) as the Student Records Manager.
  • This will include providing appropriate documentation (transcripts coordinating references, etc.) as the Student Records Manager.

Summer Enrichment Enrollment Manager:

  • Work with Director of Faculty and Enrichment to help register and enroll applicants.

Summer Programs Manager (to include stipend):

  • Work with Director of Faculty and Enrichment to manage day to day operations of summer programs. Job includes:
    • Daily schedule of teachers
    • Substitute coverage
    • Ensuring teachers have appropriate supplies, etc.
    • Transportation needs for trips (with others).
    • Basic logistics and support.

General Duties:

  • Teach one or more sessions of Creativity Morning (TBD).
  • Work at recess and snack as an EQ coach.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Enrichment Opportunities:
Opportunities may arise to work in an array of Acera’s enrichment programs that may include teaching or administrative responsibilities in the following areas: After-School programs, Vacation Camps, Summer Programming.