District Services Program Associate 9/3/2016

WestEd Boston, MA

Company
WestEd
Job Classification
Full Time
Company Ref #
5048
AJE Ref #
576083767
Location
Boston, MA
Experience
Entry Level (0 - 2 years)
Job Type
Regular
Education
High School Diploma or GED

JOB DESCRIPTION

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WestEd a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has more than a dozen offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Illinois, Arizona, and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.

The Learning Innovations Program (LI) at WestEd improves education for children by strengthening adult learning and promoting systemic improvement at the state, district, and school levels. LI provides professional development, research, and evaluation services that bolster teacher quality and leadership, address needs of all students, including English learners and students with disabilities, and improve learning in all subject areas at all grade levels.

District Services within Learning Innovations helps schools and districts improve their educational systems and often works with those that are failing to meet state or federal achievement goals. To close the achievement gap in these under-performing schools, Learning Innovations at WestEd employs a three-part strategy: First, the program helps schools, their districts, and those who work with them plan, implement, and refine research-based, comprehensive school improvement efforts. Second, through publications, webinars, journal articles, and conference presentations, WestEd contributes to a growing knowledge base of how low-performing schools can improve student achievement. Finally, the program brings together research and practical experience to inform policymakers and school leaders at all levels as they make critical decisions designed to ensure all students succeed academically.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Program Associate will be responsible for conducting services that support effective teaching and learning within schools and districts across the Northeast region. Responsibilities will include developing and implementing professional learning programs and workshops, especially in the areas of mathematics, literacy, and standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Strong skills in the following areas are essential: facilitating adult learning, conceptualizing educator professional development, demonstrating effective instructional practices in classroom settings, and the ability to work collaboratively in developing program improvement strategies based on data.

Successful candidate will have knowledge of state and local initiatives designed to improve teaching and learning, as well as professional development and presentation skills. The ability to assist with writing of grant proposals, research and position papers, and reports under tight deadlines is essential. The position requires a strong background and expertise in curriculum and instruction, as well as experience facilitating and using protocols to support collaborative learning. Experience at all levels of instruction (elementary, middle, high school and college) with a background working with general and special education students, as well as English Language Learners, is preferred.

While this position is a full-time position, we will consider a part time position for qualified individuals.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Design and provide effective professional development engagements to support improvement of mathematics teaching and learning.
Work with the Reading to Learn team at LI to support the development of a literacy instruction program for mathematics and other teachers.
Provide technical assistance and coordination for state and school districts improvement efforts
Facilitate collaborative efforts among partner organizations.
Maintain ongoing communication among and between program staff, clients and partner organizations.
Manage project resources (time and budget) to support completion of defined scopes of work.
Collaborate with a team of professional development providers to analyze district and school needs and plan services.
Prepare written reports, brochures, and professional development materials as needed.
Write proposals and contribute to resource development.

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of Masters degree in Education, Mathematics or related field
Experience providing professional development related to mathematics and Common Core State Standards
Familiarity with effective and standards-based mathematics curriculum and instructional practices
Experience as a educator and coach/administrator in a medium to large school district
Experience working with state education agencies and with state-wide initiatives
Familiarity with federal funding initiatives for district/school improvement efforts
Ability to perform data analysis and interpretation
Solid writing skills
Ability to handle multiple priorities under time-restricted conditions
Commitment to quality products and customer service
Product and service development experience
Marketing and customer relations experience
Ability to work collaboratively and independently to realize program goals
Necessary application skills: Excel, Word, PowerPoint

APPLICATION PROCESS

We invite you to Apply for this Position.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation to complete the online application process, please call 415.615.3131. Please leave a message and a member of our Human Resources team will return your call within three business days. Alternatively, you may send an email to hr-help@wested.org with "Applicant Accommodation" in the subject line of the email. Please note that this phone number and email are only for those individuals with a disability who would like to request an accommodation to apply for a job. If you are not an individual with a disability and have a question or comment, please email recruitingassistance@wested.org.

Human Resources
WestEd
730 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
http://www.WestEd.org

WestEd is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans status or other status protected by applicable law.