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Diversity Coordinator (New York City)
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Uncommon Schools is committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our scholars. By building schools that reflect and represent the communities we serve, we enhance the cultural competence of our scholars, preparing them for a multicultural, global future. The Diversity Team helps work towards our organizational goal of creating an inclusive and stimulating work environment by attracting, developing, and retaining a collaborative and dynamic team.

The Diversity Coordinator will largely focus on supporting and managing logistics and operations for our Summer Teaching Fellowship (STF) program, which is a unique, highly competitive teacher recruitment and preparation program designed to introduce college juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to teaching and urban education reform through experience in our Uncommon classrooms.  This role will also provide support to other Diversity Team programming and initiatives.

The individual who is a qualified fit for this role will care deeply about the mission of Uncommon Schools and believe that all students, regardless of their background, deserve a high-quality education. In addition, this person will be driven and energized by the knowledge that he/she is helping build a diverse workforce at Uncommon to better serve our students, families, and communities. This person will be excited about the opportunity to learn more about diversity work and provide support to the team to help us continue to build an inclusive organization.
This position reports to the Associate Director of Diversity and will also work closely with the Director of Diversity.

The position requires a smart, hard-working team player who can handle both mission critical projects and smaller details with equal enthusiasm and efficiency. While the majority of the role will support the Summer Teaching Fellows (STF) program, the role will also support other initiatives and workstreams across the Diversity Team.
Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Supporting operations and logistics for STF candidate selection, including:
    • Reviewing candidate applications
    • Managing the collection and analysis of candidate data   
    • Prepping for and executing on school-based candidate interview days
    • Disseminating contracts to hires
  • Managing relationships with external vendors (e.g. food, housing, space rentals)
    • Researching space options for external venues
    • Managing contract solicitation for all external venues and/or vendors
    • Liaising with external venues to ensure smooth “day-of” event operations
  • Supporting a high quality people and talent experience for Fellows, including:
    • Ensuring a joyful summer housing experience through support of Resident Assistants
    • Coordinating the hiring process for Resident Assistants
    • Supporting the creation of engaging onboarding materials
    • Disseminating weekly surveys to Mentor Teachers and Fellows
    • Supporting the planning and execution of all major program events, including Orientation week, professional development training and social activities
    • Booking travel for participants
  • Supporting operations and logistics for STF and Diversity team programs
    • Scheduling and calendar support, including managing invitation lists and RSVPs
    • Reserving meeting rooms, managing room set-up and ordering meals
    • Preparing and distributing meeting materials
    • Booking travel
    • Processing team expense reports and credit card reconciliations, as well as payments of invoices related to program operations.
    • Collecting, tracking and analyzing data to measure program effectiveness and future program direction
Required knowledge, skills & characteristics
  • Passionate commitment to the mission of Uncommon Schools
  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills; especially in respect to project management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
  •  “Customer service” mindset; able to work with a wide range of internal and external partners
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative; “Problem-solver” mentality
  • High sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently
  • Ability to prioritize and demonstrate urgency in proportion to the need
  • Ability to create and maintain systems that enhance organization efficiency
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated proficiency or willingness to learn Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated ability or willingness to learn data compilation and analyses
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • At home in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends as required for program execution
Minimum educational level
  • Bachelor’s degree required

We offer a competitive compensation package, including a salary significantly above the district scale and comprehensive health benefits.  In addition to extensive professional development, all our teachers are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, a library budget, and all necessary instructional supplies.
As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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