Seeking: Educational Strategies Specialist

We are currently accepting applications for this position until July 30th, 2019

Highlander Institute partners with students, communities, educators and administrators to redesign the school and classroom experience to meet the needs of all stakeholders. We believe that we can restore natural confidence and competence to students who have been marginalized by systemic inequity by delivering the most powerful teaching that builds students’ cognitive development. To this end, the Highlander Institute cultivates and disseminates innovative education solutions that improve educator and system capacity to provide personalized experiences for every learner. A nonprofit organization based in Providence RI,  Highlander Institute identifies and implements best practices through collaborative partnership with schools and districts. A trusted translator and convener across stakeholder groups, Highlander Institute advocates for and activates educators as social change agents through personalized learning practices that are focused on creating equity through education.  

The Highlander Institute theory of change is outlined in the book, Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change (Harvard Education Press, 2018). We offer a bottom-up and top-down research and development approach, beginning with assisting school or district change agents as they convene a design team, craft a clear vision for the work, and launch implementations of personalized learning that support innovative classroom practices. Supports are customized for the local context, and enhance classroom culture, student agency and ownership, differentiation, and rigor and mastery. You can learn more about the high-leverage practices we emphasize in our Priority Practices Tool

The Highlander Institute is seeking an Educational Strategies Specialist who truly believes that all children can learn, and that all children have the right to a high quality, culturally responsive, personalized learning environment. We are looking for educators with the skills necessary to support high school classrooms in Rhode Island and surrounding areas. Educational Strategies Specialists coach teachers to deliver student-centered instruction through successful integration of curriculum, assessment, student collaboration, authentic projects, and high quality small group instruction. The majority of our coaching is job-embedded, so we are looking for highly personable candidates who believe in the power of personalized professional learning.

REPRESENTATIVE JOB DUTIES (listed in order of importance, maximum of 10):

  • Provide high quality professional development, design team facilitation, classroom modeling, and individual coaching sessions for teachers, school administrators, and district personnel based on the Pathway to Personalization framework. 
  • Develop relationships and act as a liaison between The Institute and assigned partners/ schools.
  • Work with partners to develop implementation plans with clear, actionable, and attainable goals.
  • Connect to data-driven decision-making through calibration to the Highlander Institute’s Priority Practices Tool, process data collection across a set amount of classrooms, and documentation
  • Communicate effectively with district and school leaders, identify barriers to implementation, provide suggestions to resolve challenges, and respond promptly to all stakeholders’ needs.
  • Collaborate and problem solve in a team environment with Highlander Institute staff.
  • Document all aspects of assigned projects, including service records, TeamworkPM updates, and recording of  relevant communications in the Implementation Plan.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings to review assigned projects and implementation progress.
  • Other duties as assigned

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:

  • Commitment to instructional equity & asset-based thinking about all students and communities 
  • Strong communication, documentation, presentation, and organizational skills 
  • Project management experience
  • 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 
  • Team player! Ability to support others through thought-partnering, coverage, and critical engagement
  • Growth mindset leads professional belief system
  • Able to problem-solving options that are responsive to a variety of stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field
  • High school teaching experience

WORK ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

Work Environment and Culture: 

  • Works actively to promote the organization’s focus on social change and equity 
  • Demonstrates excitement, energy, and enthusiasm for all aspects of organizational growth 
  • Participates in regular ‘all hands on deck’ collaboration required by specific programs and events

Physical Space and Demands:

  • Ability to travel between multiple school environments
  • Frequent sitting, standing, stair climbing, bending over, squatting, and walking 
  • Frequent talking and listening.
  • Frequent reading and writing
  • Occasional carrying of objects up to 20 pounds (file boxes, materials, etc.) without assistance.

Salary Range:  $50,000-$80,000 based on experience

To apply, send CV and cover letter to Kara O’Connell koconnell@highlanderinstitute.org and Malika Ali (mali@highlanderinstitute.org).

Seeking: Executive Assistant

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 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!

The Executive Assistant is a quasi new role for the Institute.  We have revised the job duties of this position to create a dynamic new role that will deeply support the work of the Highlander Institute and it’s executive staff.  This position must have an understanding of the Highlander Institute’s current scope of work, a general understanding of the RI educational system structure, and project management.  Being able to prioritize, be flexible and have strong communication skills is a must. This position reports directly to the Highlander Institute’s Chief of Staff.

Major components of the position include:

  • Being the front line for the Institute, providing general office support and management that includes fielding phone calls and receiving and directing visitors
  • Supporting the Executive Director and Chief Education Officer (including but not limited to: travel arrangements including booking of flights, hotels, car reservations, documents required for staff to travel,  maintaining calendar and occasional email proxy)
  • Providing excellent bookkeeping support to the Finance Director (including but not limited to: collection calls and notices, American Express reconciliation, receipts, accounts payable, expense reports, maintaining ADP timekeeping system) for 25% of the total role
  • Plan, organize and execute the details for convening all Institute events, including coordinating all internal technology needs (Chromebooks, iPads, Zoom conference calls, etc), and coordinating all conference spaces for meetings
  • Maintaining a clean and orderly office, including the relationships and communications with landlords and security
  • Manage the purchasing of supplies, utilizing internal processing systems
  • Maintain strong interpersonal relationships with employees at all levels of the organization
  • Participate in the annual conference planning committee, managing all special events and catering coordination associated with the conference

Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Office management and operations, including technical and nontechnical skills
  • The RI educational system structure (including school and district relationships and contacts,  funders, and community partners)
  • Project management
  • Highlander Institute priorities areas and how they relate to day to day workflow and operations
  • Strong communication skills are required, as are software skills, internet research abilities and a willingness to support website maintenance and social media (Google Suite, Excel, Powerpoint, Gmail, Zoom, Quickbooks, Mailchimp, Eventbrite, and others)

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:

  • Detail-oriented- must be able to proofread, check, and and double-check the work of the Institute’s leadership
  • Performs duties professionally, thoroughly, in a timely manner, and with a respectful, friendly demeanor in both external and internal relationships.
  • Handles routine challenges with calm and good humor.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Bookkeeping experience a must
  • Strong communication, documentation, and organizational skills.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Interest in learning and growing software skills, internet research abilities and a willingness to support website maintenance and social media.
  • 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

Salary Range:  $45,000-$55,000 based on experience

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Erin Brouillette, Director of Finance at ebrouillette@highlanderinstitute.org.

Seeking: Chief of Staff

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 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!

The Chief of Staff is a new role for the Institute, focused on the internal workings and culture of the growing organization while providing needed deputized leadership in the absence of the Executive Director and Chief Education Officer.  The Chief of Staff acts as a an advisor to the leadership team and as a sounding board for ideas, while focusing on operations, logistics, and community-building. The Chief of Staff will be tasked with leading and managing team strength, capacity and culture, acting as a first line of defense for all staff, mitigating disputes, shining a light on performance, and connecting staff to the supports they need.

Other major components of the position include:

  • the ability to liaise with partners, schools and districts, forge new relationships and maintain long term partnerships, identify current needs,
  • develop customized supports, resolve barriers to implementation, and grow educator, school and district pipeline for future engagements;
  • onboarding  all new staff;
  • managing the Executive Assistant and all office management/operations;
  • supervising the performance review process and support plan for all staff, including coordination of internal training needs and supports in conjunction with others;
  • de-facto substitute for many projects- ability to ‘lean in’ everywhere.

Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • Project management
  • Internal operations
  • Talent management
  • Diverse needs, perspectives, and experiences within K-12 education

Non-Technical Skills and Behavior:

  • Empathic listener, ability to connect with all staff members
  • 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 team with calm and good humor.
  • 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
  • Manages time effectively and follows through on assigned tasks accurately
  • Maintains professional demeanor regardless of internal or external concerns
  • Commitment to equity and social justice through education

Preferred Education, Skills, and Experience:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Clear and confident presentation and facilitation skills
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Project management experience

$77,000- $90,000 based on experience

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Dana Borrelli-Murray, Executive Director at dborrelli@highlanderinstitute.org.

Seeking: Director of Pedagogy

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 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!

In order to systematize instructional equity across our organizational work, we are seeking a Director of Pedagogy to advance and improve upon our school change process through a strategic rethinking of the instructional core. We are seeking a leader who has a vision for what liberatory classroom practices, assessment, and curriculum can and should look like in any classroom.

The Director of Pedagogy is responsible for research, quality, internal training and capacity building with regard to teaching and learning across Highlander Institute’s programming. The Director of Pedagogy will report directly to the Chief Education Officer, designing professional learning experiences for delivery within the Pathway to Personalization Framework coaching model, workshops and courses.

In partnership with the Institute’s Director of Implementation, the Director of Pedagogy will design processes, content, and experiences to support Highlander Institute coaches in their work with teachers and schools. The Director of Pedagogy will be responsible for moving the organization forward with regard to the practices included in Highlander Institute’s Priority Practices tool, pushing the tool to further integrate culturally responsive teaching as the foundation of personalization. The Director of Pedagogy will be responsible for ensuring that all Highlander Institute coaches and facilitators understand the theory and why behind these chosen practices.

The Director of Pedagogy must be highly skilled in research-based education practices, learning science, culturally responsive teaching and possess the ability to explain these practices to any stakeholder group. Ultimately, the Director of Pedagogy will be responsible for defining Highlander Institute’s new vision for pedagogy coming out of our strategic planning process allowing the entire organization to feel confident communicating this new pedagogy both internally and externally.

Highly qualified candidates will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • All aspects of Highlander Institute, including history, guiding principles, current programmatic scope and future plans
  • School, district, and LEA structure and culture
  • Project management
  • Adult learning theory
  • Blended and personalized learning theory and pedagogy
  • Culturally responsive teaching practices
  • Culturally relevant pedagogy design and implementation
  • Strategies related to SEL, UDL, PBL, ELL, interdisciplinary practices and special education
  • Content areas most commonly taught in high school (Math, ELA, Science & Social Studies)

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.
  • Strong ability to build rapport and connect with educators at any level of the system.

Preferred Education, Additional Qualifications and Experience (not mandatory):

  • Master’s Degree in Education
  • Experience with Highlander Institute, knowledge of Highlander Institute philosophy and practice, and familiarity with communities served by Highlander Institute.
  • Classroom experience
  • Nonprofit experience

$85,000-$90,000 based on experience

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Shawn Rubin, Chief Education Officer at srubin@highlanderinstitute.org.