The Relay Graduate School of Education is an innovative Master's degree program designed specifically to respond to today's urgent demand for effective and successful teachers. Relay GSE is currently serving nearly 650 graduate or alternate route program students in both New York and New Jersey.
Our mission is to teach teachers to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life. Our academic programs--practically focused, reinforced by the proven practices of high-performing schools, and substantiated by research--were designed to enable our graduates to lead their predominantly urban students to demonstrable annual achievement gains. Relay GSE is positioned to bring about transformational change in teacher preparation, becoming the place where a new generation of continuously-improving, results-focused individuals can fulfill their destiny in the world's greatest profession.
Typical Projects for the Fellow
Relay GSE's Davidson Impact Fellow will gain experience working within a fast-paced, dynamic, and quickly expanding organization. He or she will complete his or her year with us well positioned for future leadership opportunities at Relay GSE, the education reform movement, or other start-up, innovative organizations around the world.
Possible projects could include:
- Helping the Chief Operating Officer (a Davidson alum) with the day-to-day management of a growing organization, which could include developing and managing systems around culture building, technology, human resources, and talent recruitment and retention.
- Helping the organization with growth projects, including serving as the lead planner in expansion site markets like Houston, Chicago, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and other places nationwide.
- Conducting extensive market research for those emerging partner markets.
- Potentially auditing the Relay Master's program and serving as a resource for what is going well and what's not.
- Serving as a special projects coordinator for a variety of functional teams, including Technology, Product, Enrollment, Student Services, and Curriculum Design.
Desirable Backgrounds: (from Tim Saintsing `98, Chief Operating Officer)
What I don't want is a student who knows that he or she wants to pursue a career in higher education. What I want is a nimble thinker; roll-up-your-sleeves-and-jump-in team player; a person who doesn't take No for an answer (especially from large bureaucratic institutions like state and local governments); a person comfortable operating with lots of unknowns and uncertainty; a master of digesting a large amount of material and summarizing it so totally clueless audiences can understand it; the ultimate flex player who is okay with balancing a number of urgent, sometimes competing tasks; a strategic planner; a pro at Excel and PowerPoint; someone who will challenge my challenging thinking.
If you're locked in the 24-Hour Room of Little every night, you're probably not my ideal match. If you've seen the inside of the 24-Hour Room of Little once or twice, know your way around multiple departments in Chambers, know the family names of all the staff members of Knobloch, have a cohort of friends who come from all over the country and globe, studied abroad (and got lost in at least one foreign city without crying), are known well at Generals concerts, both the Commons and the Court, the Mint Museum, and any number of sports events, and are a fiercely prideful Wildcat...we should talk. It will be required that this individual be comfortable in a very diverse workplace and bring even more diversity to our already eclectic team.
Other Requirements: It would be amazing to find an Impact Fellow who heralds from one of our expansion markets.