Read to Lead/Classroom, Inc. Program and Recruitment Specialist, LA Role (Independent Contractor)
National education technology nonprofit seeks a program and recruitment specialist on contract basis to identify and cultivate cohorts of partner schools and sites in the greater Los Angeles, CA community. With strong ties to the Los Angeles educational ecosystem, you will  help engage, support, retain and grow our network of Read to Lead educators. This role is responsible for developing strong partnerships with school districts and community-based partners in Los Angeles.

What We Do
Classroom, Inc. is a philanthropically supported edtech nonprofit that helps middle school youth in high-poverty communities develop the literacy, life and career skills that are essential for success in school today, and to ensure a smooth transition to high school and beyond. 

We created and launched Read to Lead in 2017, a platform offering supplemental literacy curriculum in the form of unique literacy learning games set in diverse professional worlds. Our digital learning games, personalized pathways and supporting curriculum empower middle school students by putting them in the role of the boss, where they must read closely, tackle authentic workplace challenges and make evidence-based decisions. Through our immersive virtual workplace experiences, students improve reading and writing skills, apply essential 21st century skills and imagine new possibilities for themselves to achieve new-found ambitions.

Why We Do It
At Classroom, Inc. we engage middle school youth in deep learning experiences. With 28 years of research, we know our approach works. When middle school youth are given the chance to connect the dots between school and their future, immerse themselves in career exploration, and develop critical literacy and leadership skills, they are ready to bring their full potential to any opportunity they wish to pursue. 

Students participating in Read to Lead programs outpace their peers in literacy gains on standardized assessments; demonstrate growth in the 21st century skills that are critical to thrive in the modern workplace such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving; and gain exposure to new career paths and opportunities.

Middle school educator, Kiwonda Riley, shared her students’ experience: “My students were asking questions about how businesses work, and what it takes to be a boss. On top of improving their reading comprehension, Read to Lead taught them the skills they need to be effective leaders. Students are challenged to make important decisions, preparing them for life outside of their classrooms.”

Program and Recruitment Specialist (LA)

What you’ll do:

  • Meet with school/site leaders and participating educators to set clear goals at the beginning of the school year to achieve measurable, data-driven outcomes for both student learning and educator practice.
  • Use effective coaching techniques to train educators to infuse digital games in a blended-learning context within the school day, out of school time, and summer enrichment.
  • Maintain follow up through regular communication (email, phone calls, texts, and Google Hangout) with your teachers and school leaders.
  • Identify opportunities for expansion.
  • Conduct outreach through phone calls, in person meetings, etc.
  • Provide in-person or webinar demos of Read to Lead.
  • Attend conferences, as needed.
  • Ability to manage school-based/site-based relationships and experience with managing clients also a bonus.
  • Comfort in web-based technologies like Google Apps, including Google Apps for Education.
  • Must have – education experience both SD and OST, tech savvy especially with google, experience training and working with adults 
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel, Outlook and Google Drive documents. Experience with other software, including Salesforce a plus
  • Evidence of driving growth and adoption of ed tech and curriculum
  • Excellent relationship development skills
  • The ability to critically assess challenges and identify effective solutions
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with all different levels in an organization
  • Superb organization, detail-orientation, and project management skills
  • Ability to thrive in a goal-oriented, fast-paced, and entrepreneurial environment, including the ability to be flexible in project execution
  • Ability to motivate high-level clients, including CEOs of large community based organizations and district partners 
  • Demonstrated record of building effective collaborations between and among organizations, especially with school districts and/or CBOs
  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills, including experience leading trainings and workshops 
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, professionalism, flexibility, and entrepreneurialism 
  • Experience and/or high comfort level working virtually with internal and external team members
  • Report to Managing Director, Programs and Partnerships.

What you bring:

  • Expertise in middle school literacy with a strong focus on blended-learning and data driven instruction to enhance the classroom experience.
  • Ability to manage and coach educators to improve student outcomes.
  • Experience in utilizing digital tools to drive instructional outcomes.
  • Ability to manage school-based/site-based relationships and experience with managing clients also a bonus.
  • Ability to create systems and processes for recruitment that are replicable and drive for growth
  • Comfort in web-based technologies like Google Apps, including Google Apps for Education.
  • Ability to recruit and retain partnerships 
  • Ability to travel throughout greater LA
  • Ability to work within a remote team

We’re a small team committed to having a big impact on the futures of the students that we serve. Each and every one of us is fully committed to our mission, and we are looking for new team members who match our passion and are ready to dive in! If you’re interested, send your resume to kthompson@classroominc.org.

About Read to Lead

Read to Lead, created by the nonprofit organization, Classroom Inc., uses the power of game-based learning to empower middle school students to build literacy, life, and career skills. Teachers can sign up for a free account to get started!