EDUCAUSE (http://www.educause.edu), a highly creative, entrepreneurial, national nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology, invites applications for the position of Program Officer to support Next Generation Learning Challenges and its impact. This is a full-time, exempt position with the option to work remotely. This position is currently grant funded through December 2017; we anticipate receiving additional grant funds that will extend the position at least through the life of the initiative it supports (projected to be three years).
This Program Officer will be responsible for shaping and managing the Next Generation Learning Challenges “NGLX” (working title) school incubator based in Massachusetts. NGLX is designed to be a three- to four-year $8-10M initiative that will catalyze the development of new schools in Massachusetts that reflect principles of next gen learning and expand the Commonwealth’s understanding of what’s possible in public school design. The Program Officer will lead strategic design for the launch of the Incubator, recruit potential school teams, oversee the review process, and work with the Director of K-12 Operations, NGLC to support NGLX grantees to design, launch, and grow innovative high schools focused on next gen, personalized learning. The Program Officer will help create and deliver high-impact professional learning, feedback, and other supports that both drive short-term progress and build the capacity of school leaders and their partners across the long-term. The Program Officer will also work with other NGLC staff to support NGLX’s launch through the Mass Learning Excursion program, designed to enable MA-based educators and leaders to visit such schools across the country.
About Next Generation Learning Challenges:
NGLC supports the educators who are reimagining public education. We help educator-leaders take what they know about learning and apply it toward the fundamental transformation of the traditional K-12 school model; we issue national challenge grants that enable practitioners to completely redesign their schools; we work with a range of national partners and practitioners to rethink professional learning so that it mirrors next gen student learning and to reimagine the role of assessment in support of learning; and we encourage strategies for the dissemination and growth of these educator-driven approaches.
NGLC is an initiative of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology. Funding for NGLC has been provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, among other grantors.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Managing the design and execution of the NGLX Incubator including development of the RFPs, outreach and recruitment of potential school teams (grantees) and addressing their questions, implementation of the application review processes, working with external reviewers, preparation of recommendations selection, and articulation of the resulting school teams’ designs and innovation potential for use by all other aspects of the initiative.
Developing relationships with school design teams to support design and launch of bold school models and provide direct coaching, as needed, including on appropriate pathways towards authorization and ensuring operating latitude to enable implementation of the whole model.
Curating resources and best practices to provide to school design teams.
Generating and/or collaborating in the development of reports, case studies, profiles, toolkits, and other materials designed to bring MA NGLX Incubator outcomes and lessons learned to the wider field.
Assisting and coaching grantees in understanding and meeting requirements for planning, financial, and/or programmatic documentation; and monitoring grantee performance, including careful review of all reports and communication with principal investigators and financial administrators.
Reporting regularly to the Director of K-12 Operations, Director of NGLC and funders on the school development progress, achievements, benchmarks, and challenges, both internally and externally.
Participating in strategy development for the Incubator over the medium to long term, including the possible spinning off of the Incubator (after a four-year management phase) to a Massachusetts-based organization or incorporation on its own.
Participating in strategy development for NGLC with other staff members as needed
Assisting in preparing reports for NGLC funders, NGLC Executive Committee, and other stakeholders.
Representing NGLC as needed in front of partners, audiences at relevant conferences, potential funders for NGLC grantees, and other key constituencies.
Contracting with consultants and external providers as needed in support of the tasks outlined above.
Performing other responsibilities as assigned.
Service and Support
Represent EDUCAUSE in a professional manner at all times; engage with co-workers in a civil, caring, respectful way. Support the professional development of others in their work to advance the mission and vision of EDUCAUSE.
Education and Experience
Requires a Bachelors Degree in a related field
Requires a minimum of three years’ experience in grants management and in non-profit management or related experience
Requires a minimum of five years’ experience in a K-12 related education reform initiative, ideally with at least three years working in schools with a leadership experience
Requires knowledge of the education system and policy environment in Massachusetts
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
Understanding of the components of next gen learning (student-centered, competency-based, driving toward richer, deeper definitions of student success, enabling student agency, technology as an enabler, etc.).
Familiarity with the landscape, history, and nature of education reform in Massachusetts.
Written and spoken communication is essential.
Solid familiarity with core office productivity software tools. (Google docs, Excel, PowerPoint, social platforms, etc.).
Ability to work collaboratively.
Willingness and capacity to provide candid feedback and test key assumptions.
Commitment to working with schools dedicated to serving diverse populations.
Exceptional strategic thinking skills with an openness to reimagine what schools can do, where resources are allocated, and how students learn, grow, and succeed.
A background in managing online community mechanisms, such as wikis, blogs, social networking applications, discussion lists, and online resource collections is a plus.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and project planning skills.
Demonstrated ability to generate respect and trust from staff and internal/external
EDUCAUSE offers a stimulating work environment and a staff who are dedicated to our mission. The Colorado-based location features a state-of-the-art facility with video and voice conference amenities. EDUCAUSE is comprised of site-located and remote employees with satellite offices across the United States.
The EDUCAUSE benefit package includes medical and dental insurance, employer paid life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expense reimbursement, paid vacation, paid sick time, paid personal time, ten paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and a retirement plan with employer contribution and 100% vesting upon enrollment.
EDUCAUSE is a fast-paced organization with an ambitious agenda and a staff that is committed to the mission. The Program Officer is part of a highly collaborative, mission-driven team that mixes an innovative spirit with flexibility, respect, and high expectations. The distributed team emphasizes team-building, communication, learning, and fun through regular virtual and face-to-face meetings and retreats; a variety of communication and planning tools helps the group stay connected daily. The Program Officer may experience high work demands under tight timelines. Working after hours and during weekends may be necessary. Travel to grantee sites for site visits and to support events and conferences will be required. The position may be fulfilled by an individual working remotely from a home office; remote employees are required to establish home office technical capabilities and connectivity to ensure effective telework.
EDUCAUSE requires background checks of all employment candidates. EDUCAUSE is an equal opportunity employer.
Please respond with cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying "Program Officer” in the e-mail subject line. Applicants are encouraged to use the cover letter to demonstrate their communication skills and identify the aspects of the position they are most passionate about.
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