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The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy (“YBA”) is a 501(c)3 subsidiary of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation (the “Foundation”) and operates as the Foundation’s programmatic arm.  The YBA’s mission is to use baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement, and improved health among underserved youth in Washington, D.C.  To achieve its mission, the YBA implements holistic programs throughout the year at its nine-acre educational and athletic facility in the Fort DuPont neighborhood of Ward 7.  

Reporting to the Executive Director (“ED”), the Director of Academics and Skills Building (“The Director”) will lead and manage all Scholar-Athlete-facing content delivered during summer and after school programming. The Director works in collaboration with other members of the team to implement HEART.  HEART is the guiding framework for action at the YBA.  Whether a YBA staff member, Scholar-Athlete, volunteer or community member - on or off the field - we lead and act with HEART (Hustle, Effort, Attitude/Achievement, Responsibility and Teamwork) to ensure that we are effective in all that happens with and for one another at the YBA.

The Director coordinates and monitors all academics, character development, and enrichment activities, while overseeing the delivery and any future modification or development of quality, STEM-focused curriculum.  In addition, the Director is responsible for hiring and supervising all academic and enrichment staff. 

The ideal candidate for this role is adaptable, flexible, and a problem solver.  He/she values working in a high energy space and can readily employ a growth-oriented mindset, poise and tact – particularly when under pressure. The Director should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of the YBA and should have substantial experience in all listed areas of responsibility.  We seek someone that will be relentless in their desire for Scholar-Athletes and their families to have the best experience possible while at the YBA.  

Key Responsibilities:
Academics:
  • Plan the implementation of summer and after school program schedule and curricula – including mathematics and literacy supports; identify appropriate technological, web-based platforms for Scholar-Athlete use during programming;
  • Oversee and manage relationships with contractors and vendors to ensure quality implementation of academic interventions and, relevant, developmentally appropriate enrichment activities; and,
  • Establish a process to collect relevant academic information (including reports cards, IEPs and other behavioral information) from partner schools, school district offices, and/or LEAs to drive planning for appropriate intervention and support during programming.
Program Operations & Support: 
  • Work closely with the ED and other YBA Directors to coordinate effective, data-driven management of the Academy and its programs; including but not limited to: 
    • Coordinate/maintain dialogue with school partners to ensure consistency of intervention and support of Scholar-Athlete development; and,
    • Collect academic performance data to drive decision-making about programming;
  • Identify and ensure proper implementation of appropriate academic, and social and emotional assessment tools;  
  • With support of the ED and additional senior staff, support the Academy’s annual processes of budget creation (pre-year) and tracking/forecasting (in-year);
  • Manage supplies, fiscal systems, and permits involved with managing HEART summer and after-school programming; and,
  • Regularly communicate with Nationals’ offices to support efforts that align with and extend the YBA mission.
Staff Management:
  • Manage team of 4-6 direct reports focused on:  Scholar Athlete development (academics and enrichment), family/ community health and nutrition, and program growth and accountability; 
  • Manage the hiring process for and provide oversight, coaching, monitoring, supervision and evaluation of all part-time academic/enrichment staff, the Manager of Health and Nutrition Programs, the Program Associate for Academics and Classroom Management, and the Manager of School Partnerships;
  • In collaboration with the ED, provide training and professional development to all classroom staff, inclusive of family engagement through home visits, classroom management, and data/use tracking; 
  • Intentionally engage with and model effective communication techniques with fellow YBA Directors to ensure streamlined communications, minimize duplicative efforts and maximize effectiveness of collaborative, Scholar Athlete-facing endeavors; and,
  • Oversee and effectively manage external “staffing partnerships” (eg. Urban Teachers, YBA/KIPP Capital Teaching Residents), taking care to adhere to timelines for effective implementation. 
  • Effectiveness for the Director will be measured through successful leadership and management of program staff, program quality and consistency – determined through the evaluation process; sustained Scholar-Athlete enrollment and attendance, levels of parent and Scholar Athlete satisfaction (determined through surveys and focus groups), as well as Scholar Athlete improvement in growth scores on social emotional and academic assessments.
Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • Master’s in education, educational psychology or related field preferred;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience with a record of managing a team of direct reports toward high expectations; 
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing the classroom environment and relationships with parents/guardians;
  • Experience in building and managing complex budgets with an outcome/results orientation 
  • Experience in assessment of academic performance and social-emotional learning;
  • Strategic program thinker and dedication to using data to inform processes and strategies; 
  • Superb written and oral communication skills;
  • Professional background and interest in working with youth from under-resourced, minority communities;
  • Responsible, organized, and detail-oriented;
  • H/she must have managed, monitored and/or supervised no fewer than five (5) people, and have a solid ability to coach adults for professional improvement and growth.  
Preferences:
  • Affinity for and experience with team sports through participation or leadership.
  • The ideal candidate brings a minimum of four (4) years’ professional experience in some or all of the following areas: 
    • elementary/middle school teaching;
    • academic team oversight and/or leadership
    • demonstrated, effective classroom management (and knowledge of the theories behind it);
    • experience in curriculum writing and/or the pedagogy of content/performance standards;   

Physical/Environmental Requirements: 
  • Office: Working conditions are normal for an office environment.  Work may require occasional weekend and/or evening work.

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