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Title: School Improvement Facilitator - NY
Date Posted: 2017-12-25
Location: Not mentioned
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) of WestEd leads a large portfolio of technical assistance and research projects focused on school effectiveness, educator quality, justice and prevention, and special education. District Services within Learning Innovations provides technical assistance and coaching for schools and districts to enhance their educational systems and often works with schools that are failing to meet state or federal achievement goals. To close the achievement gap in under-performing schools, WestEd employs a three-part strategy: First, the program helps schools, their districts, and those who work with them to plan, implement, and refine a research-based, comprehensive school improvement strategy. 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, we bring together research and practical guidance to inform and support policymakers and school leaders as they make critical decisions designed to improve education and ensure all students succeed.

Position Description

WestEd is experiencing a rapid increase in demand for high-quality school and district services work in New York State and anticipates hiring and training exceptionally well-qualified program associates as the work continues to grow. In response to the demand, we are aiming to collect and maintain a continuous pipeline of high-quality candidates who can join our dynamic organization.

The Program Associate will be responsible for conducting services that support effective teaching and learning within schools and districts primarily in New York State, and the Northeastern United States. However, the associate may need to support work outside of this region as well. Responsibilities will include developing and implementing professional learning programs and workshops, and providing coaching support. Multiple areas of specialty are valued, particularly in areas such as mathematics, literacy, standards-based instruction and assessment, teacher leadership, leadership, restorative practices, culturally responsive instruction and ELL strategies. Strong skills in the following areas are essential: Using protocols to facilitate adult learning in professional learning communities (PLCs), 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.

This position may include work within federally-funded technical assistance centers that supports projects in the areas of school improvement, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), educator effectiveness, standards and accountability and other areas that are priorities for states served by the centers. Strong candidates will be able to provide consulting and technical assistance for state education agencies designed to improve outcomes for all students, especially those disadvantaged by income, race, ability, and language.

The successful candidate will have experience as a school and instructional leader, as well as a deep knowledge of pedagogy. This includes solid professional development and presentation skills. Experience with and knowledge of state and local initiatives designed to improve teaching and learning is also strongly desired. The ability to write grant proposals, research and position papers, and reports under tight deadlines is essential. The position also requires a strong background and expertise in curriculum and instruction, as well as experience facilitating professional learning and using protocols to support collaborative learning. Experience at multiple levels of instruction (elementary, middle, and/or high school) with a background working with general and special education students, as well as English Language Learners, is preferred.

This position is for a full-time position; however, we may consider a part time position for highly qualified individuals.


- Design and provide effective professional development engagements to support improvement of teaching and learning.
- Lead professional development that focuses on using proprietary WestEd protocols with school and teacher leaders to facilitate PLCs and communities of practice (COPs) onsite in schools.
- Develop and maintain relationships with high-profile clients, partners, and funders characterized by respect and trust.
- Facilitate collaborative efforts among partner organizations.
- Maintain ongoing communication among and between program staff, clients and partner organizations.
- Manage 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 for internal and external audiences and professional development materials as needed.
- Write proposals and contribute to overall development efforts.


- Minimum of Master's degree in Education or related field.
- Knowledge of the state and national learning standards.
- Familiarity with effective and standards-based curriculum and instructional practices.
- Highly effective consulting and facilitation skills.
- Experience as an educator and coach or administrator.
- 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.
- Ability to work collaboratively and independently to realize program goals.
- Necessary application skills: Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
- Willingness and ability to travel for extended, overnight work engagements.
- Residence in New York State, or in close proximity to New York.

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Company: WestEd
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