Director of Community Engaged Learning—The New School, Atlanta
(Full Time Position)
The New School (TNS), an independent four-year high school in Atlanta, offers an innovative curriculum which blends traditional academic study and community engaged learning, creating opportunities for students to do real-world work that takes them beyond the classroom. TNS takes a blended approach combining multiple experiential learning opportunities with a rigorous college prep program to equip students with the competencies they’ll need to thrive in the workplace, higher education, and their personal lives after high school. TNS students apply their classroom learning in the city through major interdisciplinary projects, an entrepreneurship program, and internships, and in the process develop portfolios of exceptional work and experiences. The New School is a pioneer of the Community Engaged Learning (CEL) model and has developed a network of 100+ community partners in Atlanta and beyond. To learn more, please visit www.tnsatlanta.org.
The New School is starting an expansion phase starting in 2020 from 80 students over grades 9-12 to around 120-150 students, a growth phase that will take four years to complete. This is a unique opportunity to join a team of passionate educational innovators at an exciting stage in the development of a school at the cutting edge of project-based and community-engaged learning. To learn more, please visit www.tnsatlanta.org.
The Director of Community Engaged Learning will work with the Head of School to execute and lead The New School’s Community Engaged Learning programs. Working with multiple teachers and community partners, the CEL Director will design, lead, and co-teach interdisciplinary projects that immerse the students to design-thinking, research, and storytelling initiatives in partnership with TNS faculty and community partners. The CEL Director will also be responsible for implementing innovative assessment tools as well as assisting faculty in integrating trips, speakers, mentors, project partners into their individual subject curricula. The CEL Director will also be responsible for marketing, managing, and recruiting community partners to lead our innovative after school programs (TNS-X Programs), as will work in partnership with a Community Engaged Learning Associate to manage the Senior Internship Program as well as coordinate regular Speaker Series Symposiums and school-wide workshops.
We are filling two Community Engaged Learning positions to work together in partnership. Our preference would be to hire someone with more experience, and someone with less experience but considerable potential to work in an assistant role – ideally with complementary areas of expertise (i.e. someone with a STEM background, and someone with a humanities/civic innovation background).
Essential Job Functions
Lead the design and development process for the extended Community Engaged Learning (CEL) experiences offered to 9th and 10th grade students
Work with faculty to integrate CEL experiences into all academic classes including subject-specific trips, speakers and mentors
Curate the TNS-X after-school enrichment program series
Identify, hire, train, and supervise project partners, speakers, and mentors for 9th and 10th grade projects, the entrepreneurship program, and subject-based projects
Recruit community partners to lead TNS-X after-school enrichment programs in fields ranging from drone design to civil rights law.
Work with 12th grade students to identify and secure internships
Lead a team in the delivery of CEL project work and subject-based PBL
Mentor students through the completion of CEL project work
Support the work of the Entrepreneurship curriculum, including building and maintaining partnerships with Innovation Partners--local startups, design and marketing firms, incubators, accelerator programs and investment firms
Teach a single academic class in either Government, Economics, History, or an upper level Math class
Develop and implement best practices for evaluating and documenting CEL experiences and relationships
Monitor and support students in the Internship Program
Broadcast student stories in partnership with other TNS staff through social media and the TNS website
Provide relevant insight into CEL best practices through occasional blog and other articles, and/or use of twitter or other social media platforms
Skills and Experience Required
Five years+ of experience in civic engagement, entrepreneurship, innovation, or project-based-learning role preferred
The ideal candidate will be adept at building networks and managing relationships, and will have ideas for civic, innovation and research projects
The ideal candidate will also be an experienced project manager and organizer with excellent written and verbal communication skills, have a keen an eye for detail, an entrepreneurial mindset, and a passion for high school education
All faculty and staff are expected to embody the following New School values:
The belief that students should be architects of their own learning
A commitment to knowing students well and serving as their guide
A passion for innovation, collaboration and participation in a community of learning
The New School, an independent high school in Atlanta, offers an innovative curriculum which blends traditional academic study and community-engaged learning, creating opportunities for students to do work that is meaningful and relevant to their lives. The New School uses multiple experiential learning opportunities to supplement a rigorous college prep program equipping students with the competencies they’ll need to thrive. TNS students apply their classroom learning in the real world and in the process, take the passions to the next level. Every student learns to code and build websites, every student goes through a year-long entrepreneurship program, every student takes internships, creativity meets technology and innovation in core classes and enrichment programs. The school day starts with yoga, and reflection and peer review are an integral part of projects and classes. To learn more, please visit www.tnsatlanta.org.