AmeriCorps Program Manager, Lawrence

  • Do you want to change the face of alternative education?
  • Do you believe that all students can achieve?
  • Are you committed to the transformation of disconnected, underserved youth?

The Phoenix Charter Academy Network currently operates two high schools in Massachusetts- a charter school in Chelsea and an in-district school in Lawrence- with plans to open additional schools in the coming years. The Phoenix Network is the only network of schools in Massachusetts that operates both charter and traditional, in-district schools. Because of this we are at the forefront of education in Massachusetts. Because of our non-traditional students’ outstanding MCAS scores- 86% proficiency in English and 72% in math- we are at the forefront of alternative education in Massachusetts. (Our Math MCAS scores are higher than every sending school district.)

Phoenix Academy Lawrence opened in August 2012. It currently serves 125 students, but will grow to serve 175 students in the 2013-2014 school year. Phoenix prepares our students for college through a rigorous academic curriculum (AP courses, small class sizes, one-on-one tutoring) and intensive socio-emotional supports (student support team, school-wide incentive systems, social workers).

The mission of Phoenix schools, is to challenge teenagers with an academically rigorous and individually tailored curriculum. Talented students who have not succeeded in other schools will have the support, resources and training needed at Phoenix to succeed academically in high school and college, and become economically secure in their future. Phoenix is named after a mythological figure of strength, healing and renewal. We believe in the capacity of our students to regain control of their academic future and recast themselves as strong, independent and self-sufficient adults.

We specifically target students who have dropped out, were previously truant, are parents, are recent immigrants, or have not seen academic success in regular public schools. Despite these challenges, Phoenix students are achieving at high levels, outpacing their district peers, and entering and succeeding in college. Phoenix Chelsea, the Network’s first school, was named “a model to be replicated” in June of 2009 by WBUR’s “Project Dropout” series and “an inspiration for kids to dream big” by the Boston Globe.

To learn more about our network and individual schools, check out our website at

We are looking for a mission-driven, hard-working, entrepreneurialindividual to be an AmeriCorps Program Manager at our Lawrence campus.

Position Summary

The right individual for this job will have a fierce commitment to confronting the educational inequality that exists in urban education today. Because our students are often suffering from years of educational neglect or apathy, our tutoring program must be driven with a sense of urgency and energy. The Program Manager will be one of the primary engines behind this drive, urging our tutors forward and our students upwards. While the position will have many responsibilities, the single greatest goal for our Program Manager will be to prepare our students for the MCAS exam and success in the classroom.

The Program Manager (PM) will oversee the daily operations of our Phoenix Urban Fellowship. Broadly, this will mean providing support and leadership to a group of 15 – 20 Fellows, college graduates working as full time tutors, coaches, administrative assistants, mentors, and counselors. The person in this position is responsible for the professional development and management of the Fellows through the completion of their year-long contracts in July 2014.

Academically, the PM will develop trainings, practices, and strategies that support Fellows as they prepare a small group of high school students for the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), the state-mandated high school competency exam. Administratively, the PM will have to supervise each Fellows’ various duties and responsibilities. In both capacities, the PM will report to the Assistant Principal. Working together, the PM and Assistant Principal will ensure that the program’s day-to-day success.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Recruiting, selecting, and training a cohort of qualified, service-minded, and enthusiastic Fellows.
  • Supervising the Fellows as they tutor students for the math, ELA, and biology MCAS exams and in Reading Fundamentals and Study Skills. Helping fellows set goals for students given their daily progress through the curriculum.
  • Using data to regularly diagnose instructional issues and support learning in tutoring and classrooms.
  • Coordinating regular observation, mid-year and end of year evaluations, and create feedback protocols for Fellows in tutoring.
  • Responding to individual, systemic, and curricular problems in tutoring using all the resources available at Phoenix.
  • Managing and tracking all paperwork, deadlines, and requirements for AmeriCorps.
  • Supporting teachers and Fellows in their classroom partnerships.
  • Arranging and facilitating weekly professional development and member orientation sessions using appropriate school personnel.
  • Supporting fellows in their personal development, including their transition out of their year of service.
  • Planning and overseeing all national Days of Service.


  • Deep and unwavering belief in the mission of Phoenix Lawrence
  • Entrepreneurial attitude about working hard for educational change
  • Zealot-like dedication to getting and keeping high-risk youth in school
  • Experience working with high school-age teenagers, with a minimum of 3-5 years experience in an urban setting preferred
  • Excellent organizational and management skills
  • A working knowledge of the MCAS and other assessment tools
  • Ability to adapt to a fluid and changing work environment
  • Some supervisory, management experience
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Experience in working with federal/state grants strongly preferred.
  • Willing to do whatever it takes- including nights and weekends- to change alternative education
  • Proven record of successfully leading others, taking initiative, and ensuring student achievement
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

How to apply

Send resume and cover letter with “Program Manager, Lawrence” in the title. We will contact you if your qualifications match our needs. No phone calls or letters please.

We seek a diverse workforce. Phoenix Charter Academy Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Phoenix Charter Academy Network is committed to providing equal opportunity to staff and applicants in all areas of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status, or any other area protected by federal, state or local law.

Boston,, Massachusetts
The Phoenix Charter Academy Network