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Sr. Manager of Academics (K-8)

Website Horton's Kids, Inc.

About Horton’s Kids: Horton’s Kids is a community-based organization working to drive positive change in the lives of 500 children in grades K – 12 living in two of the most under-resourced communities in southeast Washington, DC. These communities are home to children and families with big dreams and the potential needed to achieve them. However, decades of disinvestment and systemic racism have created unfair barriers to access for these families. Horton’s Kids works to remove these barriers and even the playing field by providing comprehensive academic, social-emotional, health and wellness, and family engagement support.

Details: Horton’s Kids is seeking a Senior Manager of Academics (K-8) to oversee academic programs for children in grades K-8. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Youth Programs and coordinates with all youth programs staff. This position will play a crucial role in designing academic and literacy support for children. Additionally, they will support the organization’s broader goals for health and basic needs, youth development, social-emotional learning, enrichment, and community engagement. The salary range for this role is based on experience. This role requires an innovative and creative thinker who has a high aptitude for change.

Salary: 60-75k

Core responsibilities of this position include:

  • Academics:
    • Design and schedule effective Out of School Time Learning opportunities
    • Develop and implement literacy interventions to ensure children are reading at grade level based on best practices
    • Train and support volunteer tutors and teachers in delivering academic support and literacy interventions to children
    • Evaluate children’s reading levels using the STAR Assessment; design individualized academic plans for each child to set goals and monitor progress
    • Provide diverse reading experiences and opportunities for children and their families
    • Manage academic program implementation at two sites.
  • School Advocacy:
    • Develop and cultivate relationships with school administrators, teachers, and staff on behalf of children and families
    • Collaborate with and educate parents on their children’s educational rights
    • Advise families on school choice options and the lottery process; lead the school enrollment and re-enrollment process for children in grades K-8
    • Cultivate collaborative relationships with school staff to ensure children receive the comprehensive education that they deserve
  • Family Engagement:
    • Communicate frequently with parents and families on participants academic progress; monitor participant’s attendance and participation in our Out of School Time learning programs
    • Develop strong relationships within communities
    • Provide educational opportunities for parents as we focus on our two-generation approach
  • Administrative:
    • Track, gather, and evaluate data to monitor children’s academic growth
    • Manage and oversee part-time assistants during programs at two programmatic sites
    • Manage elementary academic budget


  • 3-5 years as a classroom teacher or 1 year as an instructional coach in an elementary or middle school setting focused on early literacy
    Knowledge of RTI Tiers and Education, IEP and 504 plans, and the educational landscape of DC
  • Strong knowledge of Fundations, Wilson and Fountas & Pinnell
    Experience with administering academic assessments and creating individualized supports based on data
  • Strong behavior management and classroom management strategies based on the tiered PBIS model
  • Experience in observing and coaching literacy instruction
  • Ability to form strong relationships with children, families, volunteers, and school staff
  • Willingness to take ownership of long-term projects; ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Skilled at large group facilitation with children and adults
  • Experience working with children and families who come from under-resourced, urban backgrounds
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice for children and families

Applicants will be asked to undergo standard screening requirements including an FBI background check, Child Protection Register check, and TB test. Applicants must be fully vaccinated. Must be 18 or older to apply. Horton’s Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.  No phone calls, emails, or drop-ins, please.

Please, submit your resume, cover letter, and at least two references. Submit through our website at We will not respond to direct emails or drop-ins.

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