Highlander Institute is Seeking a Part Time Bookkeeper

The Highlander Institute is an education non-profit organization focused on researching,
developing and disseminating innovative educational methods to improve outcomes for all
learners. Highlander Institute focuses on methods that work to create student-centered,
personalized learning environments through various models and outreach efforts, improving
teaching and learning across the region.

We are seeking a part time bookkeeper for approximately 15-20 hours a week to assist the
Director of Finance in accounting/bookkeeping duties.

Job Duties:
 Processing and paying various accounts payable invoices
 Processing bank deposits
 Reconciliation of Credit Cards
 Posting payroll disbursement entries from bank accounts
 Other general ledger entries, analysis and reconciliation
 Assist with compilation and organization of the Human Resources files
 Other duties as assigned

Qualified applicants will possess the following skills:
 Minimum of 3 years of bookkeeping experience
 Intermediate experience in Microsoft Excel
 Experience with Quickbooks
 Excellent attention to detail
 Organization
 Independent Worker
 Willingness to learn
 Excellent written and oral communication skills

Supervision Required: Reports to the Director of Finance
Please send resume to ebrouillette@highlanderinstitute.org

Hiring: Educational Strategies Specialist

Highlander Institute is a non-profit organization located in Providence, RI. Our vision is an equitable, just education system that meets the needs of all students as it prepares them for success in our complex, rapidly changing world. Highlander Institute supports classrooms, schools, district leaders, and state education agencies in reimagining how students learn, how learning is measured, and what skills and competencies are essential for success both in college and beyond.

Committed to equity and inclusiveness in education, Highlander Institute strives to support all schools in designing competency-based, personalized learning programs that are student-centered and culturally responsive. As we continue to grow, we are committed to hiring a staff that reflects the diverse population we serve. We are looking for talented people to join us as we work to remodel our education system. If you are passionate about empowering students and leveling the playing field for all learners, we want you on our team!

As an Educational Strategies Specialist (ESS), you will have the opportunity to coach classroom teachers as they deliver blended and personalized instruction. As a coach, you will model effective instructional strategies, observe teachers in their practice, and provide written and verbal feedback. In addition to your role as coach, you will develop relationships with school stakeholders as the liaison between Highlander Institute and the schools you support. This work includes collaborating with school and district-level personnel to develop clear and actionable implementation plans at the start of the school year. Throughout the year, the ESS will document and regularly report on implementation progress.

Our team of Educational Strategies Specialists are hardworking, mission-driven individuals at the forefront of the Institute’s mission to transform schools. As an ESS, you will become part of a positive, affirming culture where growth mindset and collaboration drive each of us every day.

Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Diverse needs, perspectives, and experiences within K-12 education
  • Innovative instructional models
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Educational Technology
  • K-12 Culture and Structure

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:

  • Performs duties professionally, thoroughly, in a timely manner, and with a respectful, friendly demeanor in both external and internal relationships
  • Ability to be flexible and able to adapt to a high-energy, fluid environment
  • Growth mindset-oriented professional belief system
  • Exercises sound judgment and requests assistance when needed
  • Takes initiative to solve problems proactively and works independently on tasks
  • Responds ethically, professionally, and respectfully as needed to various office situations
  • Manages time effectively and follows through on assigned tasks accurately
  • Maintains professional demeanor regardless of internal or external concerns

Minimum Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Clear and confident presentation and facilitation skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Kara O’Connell at koconnell@highlanderinstitute.org

Seeking Student Centered Classroom Redesign Project Manager

The Highlander Institute is a non-profit organization located in Providence, RI and operating as a national thought leader around blended and personalized implementation in schools. The Highlander Institute supports classrooms, buildings, district leaders and state education agencies in reimagining how students learn, how learning is measured, and what skills and competencies are essential for success both in college and beyond. Committed to equity in education the Highlander Institute strives to support all schools in designing competency-based, blended learning programs that achieve basic skill acquisition alongside project-based, personalized learning.

The Highlander Institute is seeking a Project Manager to coordinate all aspects of a new initiative. This project, funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and in partnership with RIDE, RI Office of Innovation, EdSurge and IDEO, will provide schools and districts across the state with an 18 month design and implementation opportunity to build a new student centered classroom experience. This project will build upon Highlander Institute’s blended learning success, but push further around the tenets of student centered learning that we often don’t touch in our K-12 classrooms. This grant covers four phases of work and will require a dynamic and organized project manager who can navigate Rhode Island districts, schools and classrooms.

  • Phase 1 will involve the recruitment of districts and teachers interested in pioneering new ways of bringing learner-centered practices into the classroom.
  • Phase 2 will involve organizing district design teams that include participating district teachers and leaders as well as students and parents, all of whom will participate in a classroom design experience led by national education design leader, IDEO.
  • Phase 3 will involve taking the design team’s vision and operationalizing it through the selection of community partners and education technology, supported by EdSurge. These partners will help support teacher teams in their implementation of these new designs.
  • Phase 4 is all about implementation and starts in the Summer of 2017 and runs throughout the 2017/2018 school year as these growth minded teachers implement their new models with the support of their chosen community partner and software.

The grant will support up to eight of these implementations at the high school level across the state of Rhode Island with a focus on students in our most neediest districts and charters. .

In order to ensure the success of this highly anticipated new initiative, the Highlander Institute Project Manager will coordinate both the day-to-day operations, tasks and deliverables of the grant as well as the long term arc and scope of the project as it relates to the overall vision, mission and guiding principles of the Highlander Institute. This project requires the leadership of a talented project manager with experience and expertise in delivering success through logistics and coordination.   

The Highlander Institute is growing rapidly and is committed to hiring a staff that is a reflection of the population that it serves. To this end, the Highlander Institute is looking for talented applicants from diverse and underrepresented communities to join the team and help remodel our national education system so that students are at the center of their own learning.  

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Designing and implementing all aspects of the Highlander Institute project, including the coordination of all day-to-day operations,  including scheduling, service delivery, communications, and logistics.
  • Develop, utilize and maintain project management tools as they relate to the project
  • Lead short and long-term project planning with internal leadership team.
  • In partnership with the Director of Data and Analytics, create, execute and analyze data systems as they relate to the project
  • Liaising with all necessary partners, schools and districts, forging new relationships and maintaining long term partnerships, identifying current needs, developing customized supports to resolve barriers to implementation of the project, and responding promptly to all needs
  • Training all necessary partners engaging with the project to ensure fidelity to the work
  • Connect and consult with Highlander Institute team members to share information and impact of the project work

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Knowledge of:

  • RI school, district, and LEA structure and culture
  • Project management
  • Student Centered learning theory and pedagogy

Technical Skills:

  • Strong communication, documentation, and organizational skills.
  • Superior writing skills

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:

  • Performs duties professionally, thoroughly, in a timely manner, and with a respectful, friendly demeanor in both external and internal relationships.
  • Handles routine challenges with diverse consulting team with calm and good humor.

Ability to:

  • Exercise sound judgment and request assistance when needed.
  • Take initiative to solve problems proactively and work independently on tasks.
  • Respond ethically, professionally and respectfully as needed to different office situations.
  • Manage time effectively and follow-through on assigned tasks accurately.
  • Maintain professional demeanor regardless of internal or external concerns.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Project management experience

Preferred Education, Additional Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Background in education or education-related field
  • Three years project management experience

Reasoning and Problem Solving Skills:

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding in daily situations.
  • Ability to make decisions with minimal guidance as needed.
  • Ability to determine and execute multiple problem-solving options that are responsive to a variety of stakeholders.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Shawn Rubin, srubin@highlanderinstitute.org.  

 

Seeking Educational Strategies Specialist

The Highlander Institute is a non-profit organization located in Providence, RI and operating as a national thought leader around blended and personalized implementation in schools. The Highlander Institute supports classrooms, buildings, district leaders and state education agencies in reimagining how students learn, how learning is measured, and what skills and competencies are essential for success both in college and beyond. Committed to equity in education the Highlander Institute strives to support all schools in designing competency-based, blended learning programs that achieve basic skill acquisition alongside project-based, personalized learning.

Building on its success across Rhode Island and southeast, New England the Highlander Institute is growing rapidly and is committed to hiring a staff that is a reflection of the population that it serves. To this end, the Highlander Institute is looking for talented applicants from diverse and underrepresented communities to join the team and help remodel our national education system so that students are more empowered to drive their own learning and move at their own pace.  

The Highlander Institute is seeking an Educational Strategies Specialist to support blended and personalized learning initiatives in classrooms in Rhode Island and the surrounding areas. The person selected for this position will provide high quality professional learning services, develop relationships with school stakeholders, and act as a liaison between Highlander Institute and assigned schools.  The Educational Strategies Specialist will work with schools and districts to develop clear and actionable implementation plans, and will document and report consistently on implementation progress.  The Educational Strategies Specialist will support classroom teachers as they deliver blended and personalized instruction, modeling effective instructional strategies and providing written and verbal feedback.  

Applicants for this position must have a clear understanding of blended and personalized learning theory, pedagogy and practice as well as an understanding of adult learning theory, and experience delivering professional development.  Facility with technology and knowledge of K-12 instructional technology are highly recommended.  Strong communication, documentation and organizational skills are a must, as is a willingness to learn and grow.

To apply, send CV and cover letter to Kara O’Connell at koconnell@highlanderinstitute.org