Director of Education


About 826NYC

826NYC encourages the exploration of endless possibility through the power of writing. We support students ages 6-18 from under resourced and marginalized communities with their writing skills and social emotional development. Our after school programs—Write After School, Write Away Workshops, and Teen Writers’ Collective—build core skills while inspiring a love of writing in young people. Young Writers Publish and Write Together help educators transform their students into young authors, through imaginative, personal, project-based work.   


826NYC’s Director of Education is responsible for ensuring our programs are of the highest quality, actively engaging our young writers’ imaginations while meeting their social-emotional and academic needs. The Director of Education is a thought partner to the Executive Director in guiding 826NYC’s growth. They oversee the programs and volunteer teams, providing mentorship and professional development and ensuring that projects are executed in a timely manner in keeping with program objectives. The Director of Education stewards our programmatic partnerships with DOE educators and nonprofit partners.

Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Programs and Volunteer Manager, Programs Coordinator, Teaching Artists
Hours: Mon-Friday, 9:30am-5:30pm (flex), with some nights and weekends
Salary: $60,000

Major Responsibilities

Program Development and Implementation
• Oversee and direct the continued articulation and development of current and new curricula and programs
• Lead the alignment of research-based teaching and learning practices with 826NYC programming
• Identify, communicate, and integrate best practices for teaching and learning
• Serve as the subject matter expert during the design of professional development, trainings, workshops. strategic partnerships, and other learning events
• Support and guide the programs staff in the implementation of effective instructional practice
• In collaboration with the Programs and Volunteer Manager, ensure that our volunteer cohort is well staffed and well trained
• In collaboration with the ED, 826 National, and the Programs and Volunteer Manager, review evaluative sdata to inform programmatic decisions

Program Administration
• Lead programs meetings and maintain a schedule of staff observations and check-ins
• Train and support programs staff and teaching artists through professional development and ongoing feedback
• Direct the Young Writers Publish program, overseeing the teaching artist cohort, managing school partnerships, and supporting the publishing processWork 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, like-minded organizations, and the 826 Network
• Manage contracts with the Department of Education and community organizations
• Support the creation and dissemination of  content for publications, conference presentations, fundraising, and volunteer recruitment and retention
• Serve in organization work groups and committees as needed
• Represent 826NYC in relevant 826 Network cohorts
• Present at external events/conferences on the 826NYC model as requested
• In partnership with the Executive Director, work to steward the 826 brand and programmatic expansions
• All other duties assigned by the Executive Director


Education & Experience Requirements
• BA, or equivalent work experience

• Minimum of 5 years experience in education program development, including  working with a diverse group of youth age 6-18

• Minimum of 2 years experience directly managing staff or volunteers 

Required Qualifications
• Exceptional communication skills, both written and interpersonal

• Knowledge of current trends and issues in K-12 education, especially those related to New York City’s five boroughs

• Experience designing and teaching writing-based curriculum

• Understanding and experience in creating literacy curriculum 

• Experience planning and delivering events for families, students, and volunteers 

• Able to be mobile, work in different educational environments and spaces 

• Self motivated and problem solver

• Excellent organizational skills: ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously 

• A strong work ethic, a collaborative spirit, self-starter

• A passion to improve literacy and a deep commitment to student success

• Proficient with computer applications — (i.e. Microsoft office suite, Google Apps, Slack)

• A deep passion and commitment to the mission of 826NYC

Desired Qualifications
• An 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 with copy editing and publishing is a plus

• Experience speaking in front of and leading large groups of students in an activity

• Experience working with, motivating, and supervising volunteers and interns

• Experience with Salesforce or similar customer relationship management systems is a plus

How to Apply
Please apply online at
826NYC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.