SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Funding for the program comes from a range of supporters, including Brown Memorial. Eighty percent is raised through generous donations from individuals and foundations committed to advancing literacy and helping the children of Baltimore City succeed.

Consider volunteering to tutor. Tutors commit roughly 90 minutes a week during the public school year. Come visit us to experience the joy and magic that occurs daily.

Get Involved

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Martha Socolar, Program Director, at msocolar@browntutoring.org. If you would like to donate or to learn about other ways to support the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, please contact Tracy Cerrato, Development Director, tracy@browndowntown.org Or you can call the Tutoring Program directly: (410) 523-1542, ext. 108.

Our Leadership

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is a nonsectarian program overseen by a Commission (or Board).

commission

  • Anne Fallon Arnold
  • Brian Boles
  • Sana Brooks
  • Diana Cohen
  • Karen Dates Dunmore
  • Rob Kasper
  • Coppie MacFarlane
  • Jennifer McDowell
  • Thorsten Moenig
  • Mary Obrecht (Chair)
  • Terri Smith
  • Viviane Thorpe

staff

Martha Socolar, Director

Molly Higgins, Assistant Director

Tracy Cerrato, Development Director

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, located in the heart of Bolton Hill in Baltimore City, is seeking an Assistant Director with a passion for children and education to assist the director in all areas of program planning and leadership.  The Tutoring Program has been providing one-on-one structured literacy tutoring for elementary school children from Baltimore City Public School for over 50 years.  Please see the attached job description for qualifications and responsibilities.  Qualified candidates should be ready to begin January 3, 2022.  To apply, please send resume to Martha Socolar, Director at msocolar@browntutoring.org.

Download the job description for qualifications and responsibilities

Position Description


Position: Assistant Director, Brown Memorial Tutoring Program
Reporting relationship: Reports to the Program Director
Supervisory accountabilities: Assists in supervising 70 – 80 volunteers
Employment status: Part Time (74% FTE)

About the Program: The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program’s mission is to improve literacy skills and to awaken a love of reading in elementary school students. The program has been operating for 56 years, serving children from Baltimore City public elementary schools that have been identified by their teachers as reading significantly below grade level and behind their peers. The tutoring program is affiliated with and located in Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. 

Position Objective: To assist the Director in all areas of program planning and leadership with a specific focus on tutor management training and student evaluation. The tutoring program corresponds with the school year. Planning, data analysis, program wrap-up, and tutor onboarding takes place during the summer months.

Major Areas of Responsibility

Management and Training of Tutors
Recruit and provide training for tutors (new and returning)
Coordinate daily tutor, substitute, and student schedules throughout the year

Curriculum Development
Develop theme for the year
Select books and educational materials related to the theme
Create writing prompts related to theme to inspire written expression

School Partnerships
Coordinate with school principals and teachers to select students who will attend the program and manage onboarding process to enroll students in program and help to match with tutors. 

Student Assessment
Conduct assessments of each student at the start of the program year to:
Provide an individual education plan and goals
Consider the appropriate materials and methods (for the tutor)
Provide a baseline from which to measure progress each year
Assessments measure phonemic awareness, phonetic knowledge, code knowledge, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and writing ability

Monitor student progress. Including:
Administer mid-year assessment (design it and tutors administer)
Administer end of year assessment (design it and tutors administer)
Communicate with teachers throughout the year, and pass along information to the tutors as needed
Provide monthly data to university or non-profit partners for program evaluation

Other Responsibilities
Prepare the tutoring center space for each new year
Coordinate summer book club
Plan events: Opening Day, Holiday Party, Open House for Parents, End of Year Celebration, Thank You Luncheon for the tutors
Tutor 1-2 students and fill in for tutors as needed
Attend Tutoring Commission meetings
Liaise with church on fulfilling the Safe Church Policy 

Professional Development Expectations
Stay abreast of current trends regarding teaching/training students with learning differences
Attend trainings to improve program management as needed
Participate in annual review by Tutoring Director 

Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or commensurate experience
Highly organized
Effective interpersonal skills to engage principals, children in the program and their families, tutors, and church staff
Must be compassionate with children
Ability to recruit and motivate tutors
Willingness to work as a team as well as independently
Practices inclusivity regardless of race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or national origin.
Strong written and oral communication skills
Flexible and innovative 
Regular use of computers particularly comfort with the Microsoft suite of programs
Ability to pass a background check

Physical Demands/Requirements (Requirements to be met with or without reasonable accommodation):
Ability to move furniture, set up classrooms, and carry equipment of up to 20lbs
Ability to supervise children on walks between school and program site
Normal office environment, keyboard use
Ability to use stairs is highly preferred

Preferred Qualifications
Experience working with elementary school students
Experience in using Structured Literacy approach to teaching reading
Experience working with low-income and racially diverse students 

Benefits and Pay

This position is scoped part-time with a salary amount of $35,000 and includes access to benefits including health, short and long term disability, and retirement. 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the selection of staff, volunteers, and commission members with regard to race, ethnicity, social background, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS

Funding for the program comes from a range of supporters, including Brown Memorial. Eighty percent is raised through generous donations from individuals and foundations committed to advancing literacy and helping the children of Baltimore City succeed.

Consider volunteering to tutor. Tutors commit roughly 90 minutes a week during the public school year. Come visit us to experience the joy and magic that occurs daily.

Get Involved

For more information about becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Martha Socolar, Program Director, at msocolar@browntutoring.org. If you would like to donate or to learn about other ways to support the Brown Memorial Tutoring Program, please contact Tracy Cerrato, Development Director, tracy@browndowntown.org Or you can call the Tutoring Program directly: (410) 523-1542, ext. 108.

Our Leadership

The Brown Memorial Tutoring Program is a nonsectarian program overseen by a Commission (or Board).

commission

  • Anne Fallon Arnold
  • Brian Boles
  • Sana Brooks
  • Diana Cohen
  • Karen Dates Dunmore
  • Rob Kasper
  • Coppie MacFarlane
  • Jennifer McDowell
  • Thorsten Moenig
  • Mary Obrecht (Chair)
  • Terri Smith
  • Viviane Thorpe

staff

Martha Socolar, Director

Molly Higgins, Assistant Director

Tracy Cerrato, Development Director