Program Manager (Part-time)

Program Manager (Part-time)

Program Manager (Part-time)

  • Part Time
  • Mid-Level
  • Applications have closed
Job Category: Programs/Services
Location: Manhattan
Job Sectors: Education


At Literacy Trust, we believe education is a basic human right and access to high-quality literacy instruction is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our mission is to leverage existing resources in school communities to increase educational capacity and create fluent, motivated, self-confident readers.


We provide professional development to allow teachers, paraprofessionals, and other school community members to utilize our signature literacy intervention program, Reading Rescue. We strive to build sustainable intervention models that eventually become a core component of the school’s literacy ecosystem. Literacy Trust is currently partnering with more than 130 New York City schools and school-support organizations, reaching hundreds of educators and students, throughout the five boroughs.


At Literacy Trust we engage in ways of thinking and programming, both internally and externally, that seek equity in education and a pursuit of universal literacy. To learn more about Literacy Trust, please visit:


Literacy Trust is looking for a part-time Program Manager for the 2021-2022 school year. Their primary role is to develop a team of school-based educators to deliver high-quality, one-to-one and small group instruction to struggling first-grade and second-grade readers. The part-time Program Manager manages all aspects of program quality, delivery, and implementation (including ample time on providing coaching and potentially some time on PD facilitation) for four to twelve schools, with an average of four instructors per school to support. The Program Manager is an inspiring team leader, is goal-oriented, and is excited by both detail-oriented work and big-picture thinking. Especially in our current, unpredictable landscape, the Program Manager must be comfortable with ambiguity, resilient in the face of challenges, and able to quickly adapt to the ever-changing needs of our schools and various stakeholders.


[Note: for the 21-22 school year, Literacy Trust PD is provided entirely online using Nearpod. Coaching is currently provided remotely, but in-person coaching will likely be integrated as the year progresses. While most of our partners are schools and require support during regular school hours, there are also opportunities to work with after school programs who need support during late afternoons, early evenings, and (occasionally) weekends.]

What you’ll do:

Build Relationships & Communicate with Stakeholders


With External Partners

  • Foster positive relationships with Reading Rescue instructional teams, including teachers, paraprofessionals, principals, other school staff (and families and students when relevant).

  • Act as a liaison to school sites, the New York City Department of Education, and external partners.

  • Work collaboratively as an ambassador of the program, especially with school leaders and Reading Rescue instructional teams.

  • Establish and maintain strong systems for communication and messaging to ensure partners successfully launch, maintain, and close out their Reading Rescue programs each year.

  • Break down complex topics in a clear and compelling way for a variety of audiences and employ excellent written communication skills.

  • Anticipate challenges and/or questions, and proactively act to address them. 

  • Speak in a clear and compelling way when in both PD & in coaching as it relates to the best practices of Reading Rescue specifically, and to Reading science more broadly.


With Literacy Trust Teammates

  • Through shared experiences with various colleagues, build understanding of larger strategic priorities to support both independent and collective efforts of making measurable progress against larger goals.

  • Work collaboratively in celebrating personal and organizational success, as well as to reflect on and refine areas of growth.

  • Contribute to organizational projects, using key insights of on-the-ground needs of program partners.

Cultivate Adult Learning through PD Facilitation (Online, Synchronous)

(Note that Literacy Trust’s PD season wraps up by December/January.)

  • With the support of Literacy Trust teammates, prepare to facilitate multiple Reading Rescue Professional Development sessions by internalizing the content.

  • Prepare facilitator materials, activities, and technology prior to each scheduled facilitation day. 

  • Facilitate full-day PD sessions (often multiple times per week) both as a co-facilitator and/or independently, in alignment with Literacy Trust facilitator rubric. 

  • Follow-up with PD participants to provide related information and answer outstanding questions from sessions.

Provide Instructional Coaching 

  • Ensure high fidelity to the Reading Rescue model at all school sites, utilizing various available resources (e.g. the program Toolkit, the Instructor Development Pathway, etc.)

  • Lead implementation of our organization’s assessment and curriculum and become an expert on Reading Rescue’s curriculum.

  • Prepare for observational coaching by internalizing Literacy Trust’s recommended processes for observations and debrief sessions. 

  • Note: coaching and observations are normally provided in-person via “site visits,” but they will be done via video conferencing at least through November this year. 

  • Conduct multiple observational coaching sessions per day to support Reading Rescue instructors in delivering the intervention with fidelity. 

  • Determine each instructor’s proficiency level in implementing the Reading Rescue intervention by using our Instructor Development Pathway (rubric).

  • Prepare for brief coaching sessions by reviewing both quantitative and qualitative data (e.g., from observations and student performance).

  • Conduct other methods of coaching as relevant, such as lesson demonstrations, co-teaching to a student, lesson planning support, etc.

  • Using both qualitative and quantitative data, select the most high-leverage feedback and ideas to focus on for differentiating support provided to Reading Rescue instructional teams.

  • Utilize adaptable coaching practices that accommodate varying degrees of instructor knowledge and experience.

Utilize Organizational & Evaluative Systems for Program Management

  • Support schools in launching their Reading Rescue programs by scheduling initial meetings with school leaders and Program Coordinators and utilizing Literacy Trust’s resources and processes for the Launch period. 

  • Schedule approximately four partner “program reviews,” mostly for observational coaching (or other methods as relevant) for each assigned school partner.

  • Use software (e.g., Calendly) to streamline the scheduling process for facilitating program reviews with school teams. 

  • Maintain descriptive and timely logs of support sessions provided to instructors using our organizational systems for record keeping (e.g., Salesforce).

  • Communicate with instructors and school leaders after coaching sessions using our systems (e.g., Salesforce) for program reviews.

  • Determine the wholistic level of program fidelity across an entire Reading Rescue school team using our organizational Implementation Rubric.

  • Synthesize and summarize information to create interim reports that are sent out to each school partner, plus provide support in drafting reports for other stakeholders (funders, district-level leadership, etc.)

  • Manage PD accountability systems including attendance, sending surveys, and CTLE forms. 

  • Manage time effectively, balancing multiple competing priorities at once while remaining adaptable, flexible, and positive while navigating challenges.

Core Competencies

  • Relationship Building & Communication

  • PD Facilitation 

  • Instructional Coaching

  • Expertise in literacy (as it relates to Reading Rescue)

  • Organizational Skills 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Direct management experience of school-based staff or other related educational settings

  • Deep knowledge of DIBELs/Acadience 

  • Deep knowledge of one or more Phonics or ELA curricula or familiarity with various programs

  • Familiarity with current research in Reading Science 

  • Fluency in Spanish or other language other than English

  • Knowledge of and connection to the New York City elementary education community


  • Deep belief in our mission

  • Master’s degree in education or related subject area 

  • 5+ years working with elementary-aged students in an educational setting; teaching experience is strongly preferred

  • 2+ years coaching adults in literacy instruction or related subject areas

  • Experience with early literacy instruction, assessments, and student data analysis

  • Access to reliable internet

  • Access to reliable transportation to travel throughout the 5 boroughs, as needed, to ensure that we are ready to return to in-person service when policies permit

  • Flexibility and adaptability in your work schedule, including early mornings, and very occasionally, evenings

  • Excellent computer skills, including Zoom and other video conferencing platforms, MS Office, Adobe, and Google Docs 

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.

  • Availability as per the following: 

    • Up to three days per week of onboarding between November 8 – December 22nd

    • At least 1 day per week from January – June between 8 am. and 3:00 p.m. (or 7 total hours across two days)

    • Wednesday afternoons each week



  • Starting salary is $40 per hour and commensurate with experience. 


How to Apply:

Please submit an updated resume and cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. If you are also interested and would like to be considered for the full-time Program Manager position, please state this in your cover letter.

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