School Design Partner (Boston)

Posted: November 18, 2019

Who We Are

Founded in 2010, Eskolta School Research and Design is a collaborative, nonprofit educational consultancy that partners with educators and districts to craft custom solutions to the problems confronting urban public schools. We partner with educators using research to create practices and tools to successfully reengage struggling students and to build a culture of high expectations, respect, and compassion in which underserved students thrive. We help educators reinvent schools and inspire students to succeed not only in school but also in life. We don’t solve the problem for educators; we solve the problem together.

Our Values

We seek to continuously challenge ourselves to exhibit respect, focus, balance, integrity, and justice. To that end, Eskolta strives to be an antiracist organization, using its influence to fight against social injustice by supporting a culture of learning, empowerment, and equity in our schools. Applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experience of underserved students.

School Design Partner  (This position is based in Boston, MA)

The School Design Partner will have an exceptional ability to help others articulate their thinking, engage in a process of reflective inquiry to problem solve, and identify, aggregate, and explain themes and patterns they find in information. You will serve as part of a team supporting projects in district and charter schools as well as research efforts across multiple schools and will have the keen project management skills to juggle multiple projects, the perseverance to keep work moving despite challenges, and the attention to detail to ensure that projects are completed to high quality every time. In addition, you should have a knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experience of underserved students.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Lead development of Boston based expansion office.
  • Manage and coordinate design projects in which teams of teachers in schools test and improve practices to help students who have been underserved succeed.
  • Facilitate adult learning by designing agendas and turning them into collaborative, disciplined inquiry in groups ranging from 2 to 200 educators at the same or different schools.
  • Conduct interviews and gather and analyze quantitative data—from surveys, student grades, attendance, test scores, etc.—to better understand the impact of efforts.
  • Write clear, concise, and informative memos, case studies, analytic studies, slide decks and other narrative forms to document learning from schools.
  • Visit district and charter schools regularly to observe, document, survey, and interview staff and students and to support meetings of teacher teams.
  • Collaborate with teachers and teams of teachers to design projects that flexibly respond to the various needs and challenges encountered as they implement new practices.
  • Collaborate with the national Eskolta team across cities and support cross-team learning and development.
  • Tracking project information and sharing with team internally through various reporting systems.

 

Requirements:

  • Professional experience in a relevant field, including education, adult learning, organizational change strategy and management, and sociology.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize information into clear, cogent writing.
  • Comfort and ease in diverse settings, including district and charter schools across Boston serving a variety of populations of students who have struggled academically and been previously underserved by schools. Experience in Boston schools is a plus.
  • Strong research skills through both Internet and academic sources.
  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a flexible, entrepreneurial environment.
  • A knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experience of underserved students.
  • Ability to travel to NYC on a monthly basis for workshops and multi-day training.
  • Experience managing and leading teams is a plus.

To Apply

Submit a resume, a thoughtful cover letter, a sample report or chart you created based on statistical analysis you conducted to Danielle L. Green, Director of Operations (jobs@eskolta.org) with the position of interest in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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