Director of Education


Overview of Position:

The Director of Education oversees all educational programming at 826NYC. This role includes the strategic direction, planning, execution, and evaluation of all student-centered programming. The Director of Education manages and mentors program staff and interns to ensure the high quality of educational experience provided to students, teachers, and families. In addition to working directly with students through program execution, the Director of Education also supervises the volunteer department and supervises the management of volunteers.

826NYC seeks someone with a proven passion for writing and learning exhibited through a documented involvement in teaching writing. This person is a skilled communicator (to all ages and all levels of learners), flexible with their schedule (this position requires some evening and weekend availability), willing to travel across the city to reach students and classrooms, engaging, creative, and dedicated to 826NYC’s mission. The successful candidate will exhibit an attitude that is equal parts can-do and can-inspire-others-to-do.

Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Programs staff, volunteers, interns
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm (flex), with some nights and weekends

Major Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation

  • Direct all aspects of 826NYC’s programs (After-School Tutoring & Writing, In-Schools & Publishing Residencies, Workshops, Field Trips, and the Writers’ Room) to ensure high quality, effective support for more than 4,000 students each year
  • Oversee the volunteer department, which brings in over 400 individuals each year to support programming
  • Oversee and direct the continued articulation and development of research-based teaching and learning practices in 826NYC programming
  • Serve as the subject matter expert during the design of professional development, trainings, workshops. strategic partnerships, and other learning events
  • Support and guide the team of full-time and part-time programs staff in the implementation of effective instructional practice
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director and 826 National, review chapter specific data and develop strategies to ensure understanding and use of data to inform program success

Program Administration

  • Provide reports and other written materials as assigned for purposes of accountability and reporting responsibilities
  • Develop and manage all in-schools and partnership publishing residencies and records
  • Develop and manage all workshops projects and records
  • Oversee the programs and volunteer teams in the management of volunteer, field trips, after-school, and writers’ room records
  • Work with the programs staff to develop programs related budgets
  • Manage all project funds according to established accounting policies and procedures
  • Support with the identification and development of grant opportunities and grant reporting to support the work of 826NYC

Community Relations

  • Build and maintain relationships with K-12 education providers, including teachers, school principals, superintendents, researchers, and like-minded organizations
  • Initiate and support existing arrangements with colleges, universities, and relevant organizations for volunteer recruitment and service partnerships
  • Develop written content and material for the dissemination of information for publications, conference presentations, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Serve in organization work groups and committees as needed
  • In partnership with the Executive Director, steward the 826 brand and programmatic expansion
  • Lead and participate in 826 leadership team meetings to collaborate with the other departments and drive programmatic strategy and execution
  • Support organization-wide initiatives, requiring occasional evening events


  • Lead and support and the programs and volunteer team by overseeing the hiring, on-boarding, training, management, and leadership development of coordinators and managers
  • Conduct site visits to off-site programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City to support programs team
  • Hire, on-board, train, and manage a team of 826NYC teaching artists who run in-schools and publishing residencies
  • Lead bi-weekly programs meetings and maintain a schedule of staff observations and check-ins
  • Represent the program and volunteer teams at 826NYC board meetings and in the execution of the organization’s strategic plan and vision

How to Apply:

No phone calls, please.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter and resume through our online form:


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in education or a related field preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in education program development
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working with a diverse group of youth age 6-18

Required Qualifications:

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal
  • Experience in creating systems for productive communication within teams and departments.
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in K-12 education, especially those related to New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Experience creating and teaching writing-based curriculum
  • Experience in program evaluation and utilizing evaluation results to strengthen programs
  • Experience in shaping an organization wide vision and rolling that vision out to stakeholders
  • Strong presentation and public speaking skills, and a desire to represent 826NYC, its vision, and its values to a wide community
  • A belief in and a desire to foster a culture of professional development, continuous feedback, and mutual support among staff
  • Desire to be mobile and to work in different educational environments and spaces
  • Experience designing enduring, scalable systems that enable staff success and achieve results while maximizing resources
  • Experience ensuring day-to-day operations are having maximum impact toward organizations short-term and long-term strategies
  • Proficient with computer applications — (i.e. Microsoft office suite)
  • A deep passion and commitment to the mission of 826NYC

Desired Qualifications:

  • A understanding of the New York Public School system, connections to teachers, administrators, and schools
  • Fluency or proficiency with the Spanish language is a plus
  • Experience managing a remote, or multi-site staff
  • Experience with copy editing and publishing
  • Experience with Indesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is a plus
  • Experience with Salesforce or similar customer relationship management systems is a plus

Teaching Artist - Writing Residency Programs


About 826NYC, In-Schools & Partnership Residencies

826NYC — a Brooklyn-based writing and tutoring nonprofit — is hiring dynamic and experienced Teaching Artists for short-term, project-based residencies in New York City public schools and nonprofit organizations. 826NYC’s in-schools and partnerships programs are tailored to the needs of each partner school and organization. Residencies typically range from 6 to 10 sessions in length, lasting approximately the same number of weeks. Each project culminates in an anthology of student work, which is professionally designed and printed for distribution.

Possible projects that 826NYC’s Teaching Artists may work on include: memoir, poetry, short stories, playwriting, and speculative fiction. This list is not exhaustive.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and Teaching Artists will have placements throughout the year based on schedule and expertise.

Overview of Position:

826NYC is seeking Teaching Artists to design curriculum and lead in-school and partnership project-based residencies, typically 6 to 10 weeks each. This person should not only be a writer, but also be passionate about literacy education and have experience working with students. This position will be supervised and supported by the 826NYC Director of Education. Teaching Artists will also have the support of trained volunteers, who assist students with their writing during the in-class project sessions. Planning hours/days are somewhat flexible depending on the Teaching Artist’s schedule. The end-goal for each in-school and partnership residency is to produce professionally designed and printed anthology of the students’ writing. The teaching artist will be responsible for overseeing the publishing process from start to finish.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Design an age-appropriate, project-based writing curriculum
  • Facilitate each in-class session of the residency
  • Communicate regularly with the Director of Education
  • Oversee on-site volunteers, acting as a liaison between volunteers and students
  • Submit lesson plans, timesheets, reports, and other administrative documents
  • Oversee the publishing of the culminating anthology of student writing

Please apply online at:

No phone calls, please.

You will need:

  1. A cover letter explaining your approach to teaching your discipline, your relevant experience, and a specific explanation of why you are interested in working at 826NYC on these special projects
  2. A resume that demonstrates your experience as an artist and educator
  3. A one-page outline of a six-session residency with any age group 5-12 grade, including learning goals, questions for students, and activities to address learning goals.
  4. Two professional references


Desired Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience
  • Artistic excellence in their discipline
  • Experience working with youth
  • A passion to improve literacy and a deep commitment to student success
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal
  • Excellent organizational skills: ability to multi-task
  • A strong work ethic, a collaborative spirit, self-starter
  • Proficient with computer applications — (i.e. Microsoft office suite, Google Drive)
  • A deep passion and commitment to the mission of 826NYC


Fall 2018: 826NYC Writers’ Room Intern at PS 7 Middle School


Position: 826NYC Writers’ Room Intern at PS 7 Middle School

Location:  P.S. 7, 160 E 120th St, New York, NY 10035

Hours: 11-12 hours a week, Tuesday-Friday 8:30 am-2:30 pm

Organizational overview:
826NYC is a nonprofit organization that focuses on encouraging the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. Our mission is to empower students with the skills to write their own paths forward, undefined by circumstance, and to support new and exciting approaches to writing and inspire student engagement. We offer a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students ages 6-18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills including: After-School Tutoring, Field Trips, Workshops, the Writers’ Room, and In-Schools programs. Our mission is based on the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Internship overview:

The Writers’ Room program serves 250 students in sixth through eighth grade with year-round, writing, and literacy support at PS 7 in East Harlem. We work with classes of students in small groups and one-to-one on creative and expository writing projects. From playwriting to op-eds, and poetry to science fiction, we give students the space to develop their literacy skills and exercise their imaginations.

826NYC seeks an intern to help with the daily operations of the Writers’ Room. The Writers’ Room intern will commit to assisting with at least three days a week. Programming runs Tuesday – Friday from 8:30-2:30pm. Tasks will include providing writing-based tutoring to students, helping develop and facilitate writing curriculum, and assisting with administrative duties.


Projects and responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Assisting Writers’ Room Coordinator with planning and delivery of writing curriculum
  • Providing writing-based tutoring to students
  • Conducting education research to enhance Writers’ Room programming
  • Assisting with the development and delivery of specialized Writers’ Room volunteer trainings
  • Assisting with the production of student publications (editing, copyediting, book production, etc.)
  • Tracking student attendance and other data
  • Assisting with programs-related administrative work

Candidate must have:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • An interest in supporting middle school students in their emotional and intellectual development
  • A strong attention to detail and strong organization skills
  • An interest in education, writing, and a passion for the 826NYC mission
  • Experience working with youth (e.g. in school support such as teaching assistants, youth camp, after-school programs) a plus, but not required
  • Knowledge of Google Docs and Sheets a plus, but not required
  • A personal laptop to use in the office a plus, but not required

As an 826NYC Intern you will receive the following perks:

  • Experience teaching and developing writing curriculum for public school students
  • Opportunities to participate in 826NYC events
  • A forty percent discount at the 826NYC Superhero Supply Store
  • The opportunity to impact a growing local nonprofit and working relationships to last a lifetime

To apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to No phone calls please.