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Director of the Network for EdWork

Job Description

Director of the Network for EdWork

Reports to: The Executive Director of Education

Location: BCLS

Position Closes: Open until filled

Status: Full Time, Exempt

Every student can achieve academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they are, instead they marginalized and underestimated their abilities. TAF partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system. We address the entire public education system, from top-to-bottom, providing STEM skills and equitable, anti-racist education environments where all students can succeed and by working with emerging and established education leaders of color to improve representation at every level. We:

  • Co-manage two public STEM schools where we provide industry-relevant, equitable curriculum and experiences
  • Partner with existing schools and coach staff and students to use our successful STEMbyTAF learning model
  • Empower early-career educators and establish school leaders of color through educational equity and liberation pedagogy



Position Overview

The mission of the NWEW is to relentlessly support the sustainability of BIPOC educators by dismantling institutionalized and racist structures and practices within and around us; replacing them with tools and behaviors that help sustain inclusive and equitable schools and learning spaces. The NWEW is comprised of the Martinez Fellowship (a cohort-based program for early career BIPOC teachers) and the Education EnCounter (a program for BIPOC leaders in education) and the Ally Engagement Program (a program to support the development of white leaders that parallels the programming of the Education EnCounter). The Director of the NWEW is responsible for leading the work of TAF’s NWEW.

The Director of the NWEW is charged with the development and expansion of all NWEW programs. This role will ensure that all programs are chronicled and packaged in such a way that they can be scaled throughout Washington State to ensure the retention and development of teachers and leaders of color in Washington State. The Director of the NWEW is the primary driver/program planner for Education EnCounter until such a time it is ready to be led by a program manager.

The Director of the NWEW has the authority to specify actions required and to detail how the NWEW will operate. The Director’s work is accomplished by providing strategic leadership to the NWEW Team, engagement with internal and external stakeholders, and by system development aligned to the achievement of the NWEW’s mission and vision. They serve as the manager of the NWEW and the main link between the program managers and TAF. The Director of the NWEW will manage and evaluate the performance of the Martinez Program Manager, the Ally Engagement Program Manager, and Program Coordinator on an annual basis. The Director of the NWEW reports directly to TAF’s Executive Director of Education. The Executive Director of Education will evaluate the performance of the Director of the NWEW on an annual basis.

The ideal candidate for this position is team oriented, can develop strong supportive relationships, and provide guidance to our growing network of school and district leaders around liberation practices in education. They also understand the ways systemic racism engulfs systems (e.g., the education system) and can facilitate effective conversations about race and equity. Members of the BIPOC community are encouraged to apply.

Primary Responsibilities

Collaboration

  • Serve as the driver and leader of the Coalition of Universities and Districts charged with reimagining what recruitment, support and retention of teachers and leaders of color in Washington State

  • Meet with college of education leadership to expand Martinez Fellowship, Education EnCounter, and Ally Engagement partners to establish and develop working relationships

  • Meet with district leadership to expand and develop working relationships for purposes expanding the NWEW throughout Washington State

Recruitment and Scaling

  • Collaborate with Director of Transformation on recruitment and marketing
  • Collaborate with marketing and development team to expand marketing and branding for the NWEW
  • Support the development of strategy for NWEW program recruitment
  • Lead engagement activities (ie: leadership presentations, school and exhibition of learning tours, stakeholder panels, and staff presentations) to schools, teachers, and prospective non-network participants

Professional Development

  • Refine and adapt Liberation Pedagogy Curriculum and ensure cohesive and innovative implementation

  • Develop and lead programming for Education EnCounter and other NWEW programs as required.

  • Fosters a professional learning culture grounded in adult learning theory and research-based instructional strategies

  • Lead the creation, development and execution of a yearly convening focused on racial equity and social justice

  • Support sourcing of speakers/ facilitators for all NWEW events

Leadership

  • Collaborate with TAF’s Executive Director of Education to support needs of Program Managers and Program Coordinator

  • Facilitate meetings and ensure TAF goals and objectives are achieved

  • Represent organization at community events to maintain ongoing community support for TAF goals

  • Support the recruitment, screening, and hiring of NWEW staff

NWEW Team Operations

  • Provide leadership in developing the annual work plan for the NWEW

  • Oversee the internal documentation of all NWEW programs and program elements

  • Conducts and coordinates evaluations of the NWEW Program Managers and Program Coordinator

Financial Management

  • Develop and manage the NWEW program budget

  • Communicate proposed budget priorities and needs to Executive Director of Education for fundraising support

Education and Experience

Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Education, Research or other relevant field

  • Five or more years program management/evaluation experience in education, business, or nonprofit position, including supervision/management of staff.

  • Strong Communication skills for naming and calling out systemic oppression.

  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills; high sense of urgency; demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently; ability to work independently.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities.

  • Openness to participate in racial equity work to recognize personal bias and improve performance through a racial equity lens.

  • Demonstrate the highest standards of honesty, integrity, flexibility and responsiveness.

  • Demonstrated ability to respectfully challenge people’s biases.

  • Experience in underserved schools and communities

  • Experience related to adult learning (e.g. professional development, mentoring, teaching)

  • Experience facilitating effective conversations about race and equity with adults.

  • Ability and willingness to innovate independently and try things out.

  • Ability and willingness to be flexible and responsive (within reason) to role responsibilities.

Highly Preferred

  • Masters or doctorate degree in education and related field experience
  • Knowledge of school and district organization and policy
  • Program and/or Project management experience
  • Classroom experience and/or relevant experience in the field of education
  • Experience facilitating effective conversations about race and equity with adults.
  • Preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to capture, analyze and make programmatic changes based on collected data
  • Moderate to high proficiency and or aptitude in Microsoft Windows Operating System; and Microsoft Suite

Benefits

  • Healthcare
  • Individual Retirement Account
  • Additional whole-staff week off
  • Vacation and Sick Leave

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