Education Specialist

| July 22, 2014

Job description

Harlem RBI, an award winning sports-based youth development program, is seeking a dynamic individual to serve as the part-time Education Specialist for the REAL Kids (Reading and Enrichment Academy for Learning) comprehensive after-school program in the South Bronx.

Reporting to the South Bronx Campus Manager and the REAL Kids Manager of Curriculum and Professional Development, the Education Specialist is responsible for all curriculum design and teacher professional development. He or she works to ensure that the REAL Kids teaching team is exceptional, committed and well-supported to deliver the innovative REAL Kids curriculum in Literacy and Early Childhood Education. In addition to staff selection, training institutes, and championing the culture of workshop, the Education Specialist is responsible for further developing and codifying curriculum materials and for gathering comprehensive youth assessment data for the purpose of both placement and progress reporting.

Like all Harlem RBI employees, the Education Specialist should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of Harlem RBI and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility. Come join an organization that was recently recognized as one of the “50 Best Non-Profits to Work For” in the United States by The Nonprofit Times.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Recruit, select and place exemplary instructional staff;
  • Design data collection tools and methods so that each youth has a baseline assessment that can be converted to grade level for schools and external partners;
  • Gather and report on youth assessment data and use collected data to inform program decisions;
  • Manage site-based instructional leadership for after-school program;
  • Develop and deliver workshop training curriculum in Early Childhood Education to all instructional staff;
  • Train teachers in REAL Kids teaching strategies like co-facilitation, project-based learning and collaborative learning;
  • Manage and analyze staff performance data to identify trends and gaps that drive strategy for professional development of teachers throughout the program year.


  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Masters degree preferred;
  • 3 years of elementary school classroom teaching experience;
  • Experience in curriculum development
  • Strong grasp and demonstrated mastery of data and how it informs educational approaches;
  • Experience in training and developing teachers;
  • Passionately mission aligned;
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) helpful;
  • Knowledge and/or interest in baseball/softball preferred.

Hours: Part-time with some evenings required and occasional weekend hours.

Compensation: Hourly wage is highly competitive and commensurate with experience.

Who We Are

Harlem RBI serves over 1,200 East Harlem youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth, ages 5-22, in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time.

All Harlem RBI youth play on a baseball or softball team and participate in a full range of education and youth development programs designed to build the skills and confidence necessary to succeed as healthy and active adults.

Harlem RBI’s programs have been recognized nationally and locally by leading youth development practitioners and researchers.

In September 2008, Harlem RBI opened DREAM Charter School. DREAM’s mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship. DREAM inspires every student to recognize their potential and realize their dreams. DREAM currently serves 250 students in grades K-4 and will grow one grade (50 students) each year until it reaches capacity with grades K-8 and a total of 450 students.

What We DoUsing a unique blend of youth development principles and sports, Harlem RBI provides inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow as student athletes. Staff use the power of teams to Coach, Teach and Inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

Our programs are designed to ensure that all youth graduate high school and matriculate to college. Harlem RBI graduates are:

  • Physically and mentally healthy, able to avoid risky behaviors
  • High school graduates
  • College graduates
  • Work-ready, with the basic knowledge and skills to find and maintain a job
  • Good teammates, friends and family members, cultivating positive relationships with peers and adults;
  • Confident, competent and caring members of their communities; and
  • Active citizens, who participate in their community’s social and political life.

CULTURAL FIT STATEMENTHarlem RBI is committed to creating a strong organizational culture of success. Along those lines, it is important that each candidate be a strong culture fit for our team. We are passionate change-makers who believe in the promise of youth. To this end, we communicate with impact and use the power of teams to solve problems, pursue results, and to work hard and smart. We maintain a positive outlook in the face of challenge and value our community (both our organizational community and the community which we serve). We commit to learning and work to give, seek, and act on feedback so that we are consistently improving on our ability to reach our goals, all in the name of inspiring youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

We Believe in Diversity

An ideal candidate understands the importance of a workplace with diverse, cultural backgrounds, ethnicities and heritage, races, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, and ideas. The candidate believes that embracing differences makes us stronger, and is committed to creating and maintaining an open and just work environment.

For more information, visit Harlem RBI on the web at

How to apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Your cover letter should address the following questions regarding Harlem RBI’s “Cultural Fit Statement” (available on the employment section of our website): How do you fit into the culture of Harlem RBI? What might be challenging for you?

Please put “Education Specialist” in the subject line and please let us know how you heard of this opportunity. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Harlem RBI provides equal opportunity for all applicants and employees.