Educator Co-Design Manager – NewSchools Venture Fund – Oakland, CA

NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising and innovative education entrepreneurs and leaders and helps them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve.
NewSchools is the fiscal sponsor of an exploratory project to improve students’ math performance, based on the latest advances in mathematics learning and research, learning sciences, and education technology. The goal of the project is to significantly increase the math proficiency of students, specifically students furthest away from opportunity, so that young people can meet their goals for long-term educational, career, and life success.

You will join the founding team of an exploratory R&D project fiscally sponsored by NewSchools that aims to improve students’ math performance by improving their ability to focus attention and ignore distractions, juggle multiple tasks, and hold information in mind. You will lead the project’s educator engagement strategy to design and lead meaningful opportunities to deeply integrate educator expertise into overall project strategy and execution. In this role, you will report to the project’s Deputy Program Director. You will preferably be based in the San Francisco Bay Area; however, we are open to remote candidates.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Co-lead a national educator advisory committee of district leaders, school leaders, and classroom teachers
Manage an ethnographic research study focused on understanding current math teaching and learning practices and challenges
Manage the creation of human-centered, iterative research and design processes that elevate and integrate diverse educator perspectives
Provide ongoing project management, relationship management, research, writing, and analytical support

Passion for innovation and excellence in public education
Demonstrated track record of excellence leading and managing projects involving a wide range of stakeholders to achieve shared goals
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic, and often virtual environment, owning high priority tasks and multiple projects at once with minimal support
Ability to think strategically and creatively in response to unstructured problems
Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with diverse stakeholders
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Ability to travel up to 10% for school visits, convenings, and conferences

Demonstrated commitment to educational equity
Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in PreK-12 education, with at least 3 years in a teaching role; Experience teaching math at the elementary or middle school level preferred
Experience in project management and/or strategy development for complex projects involving multiple partners
Experience collaborating with researchers and / or educational product developers preferred
Familiarity with human-centered design principles preferred

A competitive compensation package including base salary, performance bonus and complete benefits is available.
Applications for this position will be reviewed on a rolling basis with first round interviews beginning on July 10, 2019. The ideal candidate will be available to start in August 2019.

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