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Job Opening: Program Manager, Sites @ Stupski Foundation

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  • Johannah
    Title: Program Manager, Learning Lab Network Sites Reports to: Program Director, Learning Lab Network Sites About the Foundation: The Stupski Foundation is a
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 19, 2012
      Title: Program Manager, Learning Lab Network Sites
      Reports to: Program Director, Learning Lab Network Sites

      About the Foundation:
      The Stupski Foundation is a private, not-for-profit operating foundation whose mission is to improve life options for children of color and poverty through transformation of the public education system.

      The Stupski Foundation believes we need a public education system that meets the demands, realities and needs of today's youth, and engages them actively in their own learning. To get there, we see youth and teachers leading a learning revolution that reinvents American education. To learn more about Stupski Foundation, please visit us at: http://www.stupski.org/

      The Learning Lab Network:
      To help spark innovation in learning, The Stupski Foundation, alongside key partners, has built a Learning Lab Network of public high schools. The Network will use rapid improvement cycles and a variety of assessments in classrooms to transform instruction by incorporating student ownership of learning. By sharing the pioneering learning already underway in these schools, we can connect, accelerate and ignite new activities in classrooms that engage youth in the important work facing our schools: conquer academic content, learn to work together, solve complex problems, and apply what works. To ensure that learnings are shared across networks and catalyze important changes in policy, this initiative is aligned with the Council of Chief State School Officers' Partnership for Next Generation learning and the Innovation Lab Network.

      The Learning Labs will design and test new tools and practices to transform learning. To build a shared evidence base, Labs will take common assessments, exchange data with each other, and engage in continuous improvement cycles as we learn what works. Through these repeated cycles, the Labs will discover and document concrete practices that improve student agency, embed technology and ultimately result in dramatically increased student learning. Over time, this vital Network will champion the learning successes and promote the practices that empower and educate young people. Together as a network, armed with data, student work, and stories of transformation, we will reinvent American education and expand life opportunities for all youth.

      About the Position:
      The Stupski Foundation seeks a Program Manager to serve as a liaison between the foundation and the Learning Lab Network school sites, serving as the voice of the sites internally, and providing oversight, support, coaching, and instructional expertise to each site. The Program Manager will cultivate strong relationships with the students, teachers, principals and district leadership at each site. The Program Manager will have an opportunity to build on the early successes of the foundation's strategy while working collaboratively with other internal and external stakeholders to continually innovate and improve our work with the Learning Lab Network sites. The position reports to the Program Director, Learning Lab Network Sites.

      Key Responsibilities:
      • Cultivate and manage the day-to-day relationships with a cohort of learning labs throughout the country, providing frontline support to students, teachers, principals and district leadership. Communicate directly and frequently with the sites and ensure positive relationship management.
      • Coordinate and manage all interactions with school sites including site visits, check-in calls, meetings and strategy sessions. Train and coach site team members on the knowledge, skills and mindsets needed to implement foundation-led programs. Manage site teams to deadlines and outcomes.
      • Serve as the voice of the Learning Lab Network sites within the foundation, collecting and sharing feedback and key insights, aggregating trends, and sharing information and innovations with stakeholders.
      • Research, observe, and capture quantitative and qualitative information to confirm and improve effectiveness of services delivered to sites.
      • Work in close partnership with the foundation's Curriculum and Programming team by providing ongoing input into the learning experiences being designed for the school site teams, including trainings, webinars, conferences and coaching. Play a significant role in the delivery of these learning experiences to school site teams, which include students, teachers, principals and district/state leaders.
      • Collaborate with all foundation programmatic teams to plan and execute site visits and site workshops. Play key role in coordinating logistics to support the implementation and execution of programming and evaluation.

      As the Program Manager, Learning Lab Network Sites, the ideal candidate must possess significant experience in school settings, ideally at the high school level. S/he must have outstanding communication skills, and the ability to quickly build strong, collaborative relationships with students, teachers, principals and district leaders.

      • A passion for and commitment to social change, particularly educational reform and equity for children of color and poverty in the U.S., is required. A strong commitment to the Stupski mission and strategy of change.
      • Bachelor's Degree required, advanced degree preferred.
      • Significant experience working in public education with instructional expertise and the demonstrated ability to serve as a coach to students and teachers. At least five years' experience as a classroom teacher, high school strongly preferred.
      • Strong desire to coach and support students, teachers and administrators. Service-oriented mindset and approach to working with school site teams.
      • Exceptional relationship-management skill and experience navigating complex relationships within educational and political spheres. Able to quickly and easily build strong relationships and partnerships with diverse audiences.
      • Highly motivated, self-directed, and able to efficiently plan and execute projects.
      • Ability to work on multiple projects, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, meet deadlines, exercise good judgment, and handle high-pressure situations.
      • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, able to interact comfortably with and understand the interests of a variety of constituents while inspiring excitement and support for the organizational mission.
      • Ability to produce advanced digital presentations and training materials.
      • Ability to travel to Midwest and East Coast sites an average of twice per month (will vary from month to month).

      • Experience with use of student-centered instruction, instructional technologies and electronic media.
      • Knowledge of strategies that promote growth mindsets, passion for learning and learning strategies in youth.
      • Experience in situations where youth and adults collaborate on common goals.
      • Multi-site management or support experience in education or other relevant industries.

      To Apply:
      Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format and addressed to James Cleveland, at http://jobs.cgcareers.org/application.aspx?id=1835 Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

      The Stupski Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please visit us at www.stupski.org.
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