HELPS Coach (HIRED)
Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) is an evidence-based and research-validated intervention proven to strengthen children’s reading fluency and improve students’ motivation and self-confidence with reading. It was developed by John Begeny, a professor at North Carolina State University. The average evidence-based literacy intervention will improve outcomes for 3 out of 100 children. By comparison, the results of four randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for HELPS shows it will improve outcomes for about 35 out of 100 children. Although HELPS targets fluency, the evidence also shows similar levels of impact for comprehension skills. HELPS is included in the 2016 What Works Clearinghouse practice guide for foundational literacy skills.
During the 2018-19 school year, Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte will collaborate with Read Charlotte, HELPS Education Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Tutor Charlotte (United Way of Central Carolinas) to launch HELPS in 8-10 select schools and develop a plan for further expansion.
The HELPS Coach is a new position and will be the lead role at ALP responsible for working with Read Charlotte, the HELPS Education Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and Tutor Charlotte to collaboratively develop a two-year (2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years) transition plan for ALP to take over central coordination of the HELPS initiative. In addition, the incumbent will closely shadow the HELPS Education Fund as they implement HELPS into CMS during the 2018-2019 school year. This will include full immersion into the program, its training techniques and volunteer recruitment methodology. Once the transition plan is activated, the role will have responsibility for the full coordination of the HELPS program across Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
• Serve on a multi-organization Implementation Team and collaborate with Read Charlotte, HELPS Education Fund, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) and Tutor Charlotte in the development of a 2-year transition plan for ALP to assume central coordination of the HELPS initiative across CMS by school year 2021-2022.
• Effectively participate in all scheduled planning meetings and represent the interests of ALP.
• Communicate regularly with the Executive Director with regard to all transition planning and other HELPS related issues, matters or concerns.
• Become certified in the HELPS program and all supporting aspects.
• Provide HELPS program to students as needed to acquire first-hand understanding.
• Gain the skills necessary to support the training and coaching of others in the program.
• Ensure the ALP staff is informed and engaged with the activities of the HELPS initiative.
• In anticipation of transition, become familiar with budgeting and reporting that will be necessary to sustain the program.
• Based upon transition plan requirements, engage in volunteer recruitment, selection, training and coordination of school assignments.
• Support the Executive Director in promoting and advocating for the program in the community.
• Attend outside meetings on behalf of Executive Director as needed.
Required experience and skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in education, non-profit management or related field preferred.
• Minimum of 5 years relevant experience with some exposure to a non-profit organization and or education/school systems.
• Strong leadership skills and qualities.
• Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships.
• Proven ability to manage, coach and develop talent.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
• Experience working in a fast-moving, changing environment.
• Ability to effectively present information to various groups.
• Passion for ALP’s vision of all children having access to literacy instruction that meets their individual needs and improves their opportunities to be successful in school and in life.
Who you are:
• Have a passion for ALP’s mission and believe that effective reading instruction can change the trajectory of a child’s life.
• Enjoy meeting new people and building relationships.
• Believe in the importance of data and attention to detail.
• Operate with a sense of urgency knowing that your efforts will ensure each child reaches his/her full potential.
• Value volunteers and believe in their ability to transform children’s lives with proper training and support.
• Interest in working in a fast-paced environment which requires thoughtful planning as well as flexibility and creativity.
• Desire to work in a supportive team environment that values continuous learning.
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