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Turnaround for Children translates the science of learning and development into tools, strategies and services for educators so they can help more students reach their full potential as learners.

Currently, we partner with schools in New York City, Northern California and Washington, D.C. Turnaround has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Play an important role in impacting the lives of thousands of children.
Put your passion into practice and continue to grow as a professional and a person, to hone and deepen existing skills and develop new capacities.
Work alongside committed, forward-thinking colleagues from wide-ranging backgrounds in an organization that strives to be as diverse as the communities it serves.

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  • You’re here because you believe in the important work Turnaround for Children is doing and you think you have skills and experience to help drive it forward. We are always looking for talent dedicated to Turnaround for Children’s mission. If this sounds like you, please send us your resume and a cover letter explaining how you see yourself fitting into the organization.

    New York City or Washington, D.C.

  • The Partnership Director is responsible for building out and delivering results with (initially) KIPP Bay Area network and school leaders. The Partnership Director will be providing training, coaching and support to school leaders and school leadership teams around key Turnaround practices and tools, leading to demonstrated practice change. At the school level, the Partnership Director will assist school leadership teams in conducting diagnostic assessments of each school’s environment and student development practices, identifying high priority areas for improvement and managing the implementation process for the priority changes. The Partnership Director models a unique set of implementation strategies and provides consultation and coaching to school leaders to promote the use of these strategies in their school improvement initiatives. The Partnership Director will have significant experience in school leadership and will also be skilled at designing and delivering high-quality adult learning experiences. Finally, the Partnership Director will support the VP, Partner Impact who is based on the west coast , in managing the relationships with our school system partners, including assisting the VP in designing and facilitating system level trainings and partnership engagement activities. This is a part-time position based in a home-office, ideally in the Bay Area.

    California – San Francisco Bay Area

  • Turnaround seeks a detail-oriented, driven, strategic and collaborative individual who will thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment supporting a senior executive. The Special Assistant will balance judgment, strategic thinking, project and relationship management and careful execution. The Special Assistant plays a critical role in ensuring the efficiency and success of Founder and Senior Science Advisor - Pamela Cantor, MD - through strong management of projects and logistics. This is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand insight into supporting a leader and having broad visibility into education reform, philanthropy, research, and coalition building.

    Dr. Cantor’s four main areas of work involve: (1) fundraising, (2) speaking externally on behalf of the organization (thought leadership), (3) advising on science and the design and measurement of tools for school leaders, and (4) field leadership and leadership of the Science of Learning and Development Alliance. The Special Assistant will work to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of Dr. Cantor – on both day to day logistics as well as complex strategic projects.

    This is a temporary (6 month) part-time role (20 hours across the week), reporting into the Chief of Staff. This has the potential to evolve into a full-time role and is ideal for someone who aspires to work as a Chief of Staff.

    New York City or Washington, D.C.

Benefits of Working at Turnaround

Turnaround for Children believes that individuals do their best work when they are in a safe, supportive environment – this is precisely what we are working to create for students and teachers in struggling public schools across the nation.

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Core Values

Turnaround for Children’s Core Values are the guiding principles that support the organization’s efforts to unlock the potential that exists in every child:

  • We inquire, we learn, we innovate, we share
  • We interact with understanding and act with integrity
  • We seek diverse perspectives and confront uncomfortable truths
  • Together, we can change the odds

When you have 29 children sitting in front of you who have emotional needs, who have family issues, who have more problems than an adult could handle, and you're trying to get them to want to learn, that is an extreme challenge that I don't think many teachers are prepared to take on.

Edel CarolanP.S. 85 Great Expectations, Bronx, NY