Achievement Network (ANet)
Boston, MA, USA
Director of School Support – Massachusetts
Location: Flexible within Massachusetts (Up to 50% car travel)
Position is available: June 2020 (with possibility for earlier start)
WHO WE ARE
Every student deserves opportunities in life, and every educator committed to providing those opportunities, deserves support. Those beliefs drive us to work alongside schools to support great teaching so that we can work towards guaranteeing that all students are receiving high quality instruction. We partner with over 900 schools - both district and charter - in underserved communities around the country, thus impacting more than 330,000 students. Third-party evaluations confirm that when schools have the right basic conditions in place and partner with ANet, they achieve 6-8 months of additional learning over a two-year period compared to schools not partnering with ANet.
At ANet we are committed to living out our core values , both across our organization and with our partner schools. We acknowledge that systemic inequities impact student access to opportunities and that in order to ensure educational equity for all students, we must center on the experiences of those from marginalized communities to guide our work. We work to deepen our understanding of how race, class, power and privilege influence the education system as well as influence our own perspectives. To do so, we provide ongoing learning opportunities through org-wide professional development, affinity groups, working groups, and resource sharing.
Individuals who join ANet have the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values driven, and team-oriented organization that is committed to having impact in schools by investing in each other and learning together. We were named as The NonProfit Times “Best Nonprofits to Work For” and work tirelessly to foster a working environment where the unique perspectives, backgrounds, and identities of our staff members are valued.
As a Director of School Support (DSS), your coaching of school and system leaders will empower them to enact change that sets teachers up for success in the classroom, thus ensuring students receive the educational opportunities they deserve. You will leverage your past experience as an instructional leader to quickly build trust within your partner schools, identify strengths and opportunities, and develop action plans that lead to breakthrough results for kids. You'll be successful in influencing and motivating our partners because you thrive at marrying humility and assertiveness in everything you do. Your flexibility, team first approach, and commitment to equity will be infectious to everyone you interact with, whether it's a CAO of a school system, a principal of one of your partner schools, or another DSS on your team.
Reporting to a regional Executive Director, New England Network, this DSS will support approximately 12 district and/or charter schools in Massachusetts. This DSS will also work in a highly collaborative, supportive, and innovative fashion with peer coaches across the Northeast Region, which currently supports over 125 schools, predominantly in Massachusetts, with a growing presence in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Upstate New York, as well as with ANet's other Regions and national teams.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Partner with and coach school leaders to strengthen instruction and increase student achievement
Serve as a leadership coach for school leaders, partnering with them to determine instructional priorities and to overcome barriers to successful data-driven instruction and increased student achievement, including how to develop and leverage school- and/or system-wide practices and structures to build a culture of achievement that accelerates student impact
Develop school leaders and teachers on effective use of real-time data from the ANet interim assessments to target student misunderstandings, to improve teacher practice, and to continually deepen understanding of the rigor of the Common Core standards
Train and coach school leaders and teachers on effective backwards planning using state standards, complex texts, and curricula to achieve student mastery of grade-level content
Analyze student data and use research-based practices to inform an individualized strategy for coaching each school
Engage in a gradual release of support to build some schools' independence with teacher development, first by modeling meeting facilitation, then observing and providing coaching and feedback to leaders on their facilitation
Develop a strong network of ANet schools
Connect school leaders with other schools to facilitate best practice sharing
Design and lead professional development sessions for groups of school leaders and teachers
Support the regional leadership in growing the Network by sustaining current school partners and fostering new partnerships
Support internal ANet strength and growth
Develop tools, coaching strategies, and innovative ideas for the organization that improve our ability to coach schools
Serve in internal ANet leadership roles, which could include recruiting and hiring, network event coordination, sales, professional development planning and facilitation, and strategy development
WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU BRING
In order to be successful in this role, candidates must demonstrate the following:
You are energized by roles where no day will be the same, but where instructional excellence is at the heart of everything you do. You know how to get breakthrough results for kids because you have a proven track record of using standards and data to drive instruction in both math and ELA.
You have a passionate commitment to and a sense of urgency for the support of schools, along with a belief that all students can achieve at high levels. You believe in the power of formative assessment, coaching, and professional development as critical levers in school improvement.
You bring prior experience managing or coaching other adults (e.g. school leadership, instructional coaching, etc.) and know how to develop and motivate others to drive results, while balancing humility and assertiveness. You thrive off building strong relationships, especially when it comes to building trust and credibility quickly.
You are a learner. You don't shy away from new or ambiguous situations, but rather dive right in and seek out opportunities to continuously improve your skills and expand your impact on kids, while learning from those around you.
You draw others in. Your ability to read and respond to unspoken and implicit cues, and your engaging presentation skills leave others energized and wanting to know more.
You are motivated by working in an environment where we live out our core values daily. You are eager to examine personal archetypes and biases while discussing topics related to race, class, and privilege which relate to ANet's Advance Equity and People Matter values.
You are excited to partner with schools and systems across the Northeast Region and within your portfolio and are therefore willing to travel and have access to a vehicle in order to do so (mileage will be reimbursed for drives to partners and a rental car or flight will be provided for longer trips).
Ideal candidates may also demonstrate the following preferred qualifications:
You have prior experience as a school leader, coaching teams, leading professional development, and/or managing programs at a district/CMO-level and bring an openness to learn about and navigate school systems
You have comfort working across various grade levels (elementary, middle, and high school) implementing the Common Core instructional shifts
WHAT WE OFFER
ANet offers highly competitive compensation based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where ANet pays 80% of the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partner; 3 weeks of vacation (4 weeks after two years with ANet); 10 paid holidays with paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; a paid floating holiday; paid sick & personal days; paid parental leave; retirement plan options; commuter benefits; tuition reimbursement; flexible spending accounts; short and long-term disability coverage; and basic life and personal accident insurance.
HOW TO APPLY
We are now accepting applications for this position, which will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please click on the blue “Apply” button. You will then be prompted to complete a brief application and upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter in which you outline why you are interested in working for ANet and how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.
ANet is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. PI118868499
Character Lab is looking for a full-time Director of Strategic Partnerships to catalyze the adoption of scientific insights by educators, parents, and students.
The Director of Strategic Partnerships will work with other research organizations, like-minded nonprofits, and educational intermediaries—both maintaining current partnerships and, crucially, cultivating new ones. Reporting to the Executive Director, this new position represents a pivotal strategic priority for our nonprofit organization.
This position is an excellent opportunity to liaise with a diverse group of educational organizations that create influential learning experiences and resources related to scientific insights generated on the Character Lab Research Network. The Director of Strategic Partnerships will find creative avenues to reach mutual goals as well as broker access to essential tools and resources to extend the impact of research that helps kids thrive. The ideal candidate has a strong understanding of the evidence-to-practice pipeline, constantly seeks out process improvements, and is eager to join a close-knit and dynamic start-up team.
About Character Lab
Founded in 2013 by two educators (Dave Levin and Dominic Randolph) and one scientist (Angela Duckworth), Character Lab is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing scientific insights that help kids thrive. By connecting researchers with educators, Character Lab seeks to create greater knowledge about the conditions that lead to social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being for young people throughout the country. To learn more, go to www.characterlab.org .
Research suggests that character encompasses a multitude of strengths that can be organized into three dimensions: strengths of heart (interpersonal), like gratitude, enable harmonious relationships with other people; strengths of will (intrapersonal) , like grit and self-control, enable achievement; and strengths of mind ( intellectual) , like curiosity, enable independent thinking.
Our culture is both challenging (we’re never done improving) and supportive (one of our core values is excessive generosity). We are a small team working under one roof. To learn more, read our Culture Book .
Build a pipeline of organizational partners that are strategically aligned with Character Lab’s mission: Manage all aspects of the partnerships funnel, including prospecting, cultivating, positioning, and closing new partnerships, while maintaining all relevant information in our CRM.
Establish mutual goals and expectations with key external partners, ensuring they have the support needed to integrate our scientific findings, and project manage all stages of partnership execution.
Stay current on developments in relevant academic research and K-12 practice and policy trends.
Build familiarity and relationships with other education sector organizations that embed scientific insights into resources, platforms, and programs.
Design, plan, and execute events, including our annual Educator Summit, that encourage the integration of insights and innovations into schools and the work of other education sector organizations.
Consult with education leaders on the potential application of scientific insights in their work.
Cultivate a coalition of influential organizations and individual champions for Character Lab’s work applying scientific insights in K-12 education.
Represent Character Lab with key stakeholders: Build the organization's profile through engagement of current and prospective partners.
Continuously improve systems and procedures through the application of new tools, systems, or best practices in the field.
Graduate degree preferred. Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the social sciences, education, or non-profit fields.
5+ years’ experience working in the education sector building relationships with leaders in practice and the funder community. Experience working in a startup environment preferred but not required.
Demonstrable track record in business development and/or partnership management, from prospecting and cultivating interest all the way to a successfully launched partnership.
Experience maintaining positive long-term strategic partnerships, with the ability to build upon past work and find additional avenues for collaboration.
Solid understanding of the evidence-to-practice pipeline. Experience specifically with psychology research a bonus but not required.
Demonstrated ability to strategically spearhead projects that are deadline-driven and involve multiple internal and external stakeholders.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
Culturally open-minded, flexible, and open to suggestions and opinions, with a passion for continued personal and team growth.
Ability to collaborate productively, while also managing a workload with minimal oversight.
High energy, with the proven ability to engage, inspire, and motivate others as well as to build trust and rapport quickly.
Ability to work full-time from our Philadelphia office.
Willingness to travel to partner institutions and for events and conferences as needed (estimated travel up to 20% of time).
Physical Demands/Environmental Factors
Prolonged and irregular hours of duty, as necessary.
Some light-to-medium level of manual labor (e.g., preparing mailings, moving boxes of materials).
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles (ESLA) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and innovative educator to fill the newly-created position of Dean of Students in this rapidly growing, vibrant school. Reporting to the Head of School and working alongside the Dean of Academics (also a newly-created position), Director of Student Life and Diversity, and Chaplain in the daily management of school life, the Dean of Students will oversee all aspects of grade 6-12 non-academic activity at ESLA. As part of the school’s strategic plan, the Dean will lead the school in strengthening schoolwide programs in discipline, advisory, social/emotional learning, faculty mentoring, parent education, and other programs relating to school climate and culture.
We’re looking for...
An experienced, dynamic educator with a background in non-academic/co-curricular leadership in middle and upper schools.
The ideal candidate will display some or all of the following characteristics:
Experience designing successful co-curricular, SEL, and behavioral programs
Demonstrated success as a classroom teacher or counselor meeting the developmental needs of students across grades six through twelve,
Successful administrative, leadership, and/or teaching experience, preferably in an Episcopal school
Experience and a passion for working with a diverse student body with a commitment to equity and inclusion
Evidence of being a proactive self-starter
A desire to collaborate with and support colleagues, and
Flexibility, joy, and a thirst for leading and collaborating with an energetic faculty and staff shaping a young school.
School Culture and Climate
Nurture a strong and vibrant school climate based on ESLA’s Mission and Four Virtues. Take the lead in disciplinary matters
Faculty Development and Support
Develop and nurture a top-notch faculty (co-curricular, advisory, pastoral, student support, student life)
Student Social/Emotional Development
Oversee individual student health and wellness from entry until graduation
Initiate, develop, and oversee co-curricular programs
Communicate proactively with parents on behavioral and social/emotional matters
Collaborate on the school’s lead Administrative Team
Mentor and guide faculty members in non-academic matters
Support the work of the Admissions and Development teams, the Chaplaincy, and the Office of Student Life and Diversity
Cultivate a highly visible presence on campus and at school events
Teach, coach, and/or chair a club or council as time allows
A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Counseling or similar is strongly preferred,
Minimum of 2-3 years administrative or departmental leadership involving co-curricular, advisory, discipline and/or student life,
Minimum of 3-5 years of teaching experience in public, charter, parochial, or independent schools, preferably in both middle and upper school grades, and ideally in an Episcopal school,
Demonstrated knowledge of adolescent development,
The ability to connect productively with students, faculty, and parents,
Strong attention to detail combined with clear vision in order to bring projects to fruition,
Demonstrated work using data to enhance learning outcomes,
The inclination and motivation to seek out opportunities to collaborate with peers.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary is competitive with other area independent schools.
Full medical, dental, vision, flexible spending benefits, plus 401(k) with employer match after 1 year of employment.
Lunch is freshly prepared and shared family-style by faculty and students each day.
Beyond competitive pay and benefits, faculty enjoy working in a student-centered, collaborative, and joyful learning community.
Please send a cover letter and the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org :
Résumé or Curriculum Vitae; Write the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
A written statement that includes, at a minimum, answers to the following questions:
Why do you enjoy working with grade 6-12 students and faculty?
What work have you done in the areas described above and what have you learned from that experience that you would bring to this position?
What does it mean for you to have a commitment to diversity and inclusion? How have you demonstrated that commitment, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it here?
How would your understanding of the Episcopal tradition inform your leadership of the school’s culture and climate?
What are you eager to learn and develop in yourself as you grow in this profession?
ESLA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by state or federal law.
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About This Role…
We are the Partner Experience team, responsible for researching and creating delightful experiences. We’re a multidisciplinary design team looking to transform education through exceptional products and services for students, teachers, principals, administration, and families. Our design practice is highly collaborative, informed by data, and constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in education.
This role will require empathy, thought leadership, and service design skills. You will be responsible for creating and constantly improving a service design practice that works cross-functionally to achieve partner (customer) goals.
Your Next Challenge…
Utilizing design thinking to build engaging experiences for students, teachers, principals, administrators, and families
Collaborate with product managers, engineering, researchers, and designers that deliver on business objectives, brand goals, and are technically feasible
Works with client user groups to ensure that design experience requirements and objectives are met
Collaborates with the engineering teams, services teams, and external vendors to ensure that the design works for the users
Manage the development of team members and mentors in design process and prowess.
Serve as implementor of design standards and guidelines throughout their direct team
Day-to-day work will consist of people management, design operations management, and design execution
Fosters a creative environment for inspiring design
Able to work across siloes and organizational layers to create repeatable design processes with a constantly improving quality standard
Knows how to manage difficult stakeholders and complex working relationships to produce a desired outcome.
Understands the intersection of Design Thinking, Agile, Lean, and Systems Thinking. Able to translate to others and teach new concepts when necessary
Operates as a teacher and a facilitator of the design organization
Direct management of other design services.
Provide leadership and direction on content management and strategy
Keeps teams focused on what’s best for the end-user
Creates and manages an end-to-end content strategy for digital and physical presences
Generate innovative solutions, provide input, and contribute to overall service strategy and design
Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the success of the team
Your Skills & Abilities…
Ability to conceptualize the abstract and manufacture the concrete
Ability to create simple and intuitive solutions to complex problems.
Expert ability to envision and articulate how to build exceptional experiences
Ability to work with partners and internal experts to develop cohesive strategy
Expert knowledge of Internet functionality and comparative browser features
Working knowledge of HTML/CSS/JS. Hands-on a plus
Expert knowledge of best practices in usability as it applies to Web sites and on-line applications
Expert knowledge of design processes, including how to teach it to others
Strong skills in modern design tools like Sketch, InVision, Adobe Suite, etc.
Superior facilitation, presentation, written and verbal communication skills
Proven leadership skills
Must be able to perform the physical and intellectual requirements of the role, with or without accommodation
Your Education & Background…
Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in HCI, Human Factors, Information Design, Web Design or related field, or comparable experience in the Industry. An equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered in lieu of a degree
Experience in documenting and creating delightful solutions to meet the clients’ business requirements and objectives
Exhibited knowledge in developing products or systems, or comparable education.
3 to 5 years’ experience leading teams of designers
Advanced knowledge of accessibility and accommodation requirements related to User Interface development preferred
Who We Are…
NWEA® is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed innovative pre-K–12 assessments, including our flagship interim assessment, MAP® Growth™; our progress monitoring and skills mastery tool, MAP® Skills™; and our reading fluency and comprehension assessment, MAP® Reading Fluency™. Educators trust our professional learning offerings to accelerate student learning and our research to support assessment validity and data interpretation. Our tools are trusted by educators in more than 9,500 schools, districts, and education agencies in 145 countries.
It’s not just a job, but a career, with an opportunity to do the best work of your life and to make a difference in the lives of kids.
What we can offer you….
At NWEA we not only offer a competitive base salary, we offer a 15%contribution of eligible employees’ base salary to a defined contribution 403(b) retirement savings plan; career development opportunities; an awesome work culture and environment; we also offer industry leading benefits and perks that are focused on supporting our employees’ holistic wellbeing. To learn more about what we can offer more, click here.
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NWEA™ is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For our EEO Policy Statement, please click here. If you’d like more information on your EEO rights under the law, please click here .
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