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Curriculum and Program Manager (Fixed Term)


Reports to: Senior Curriculum Manager
Location: Novato office (remote candidates with exceptional experience and skills will be considered)

 

Organization Summary
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL), and creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders. At BIE, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. At the end of 2016, BIE launched an ambitious new strategic plan that provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.

BIE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with headquarters in Novato, California. We are a certified Marin County Green Business with a dog-friendly working environment.  BIE is an equal opportunity employer seeking to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world those students will inherit.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package; compensation is commensurate with experience.

 

Position Summary
The Curriculum and Program Manager is responsible for the review, development, and refinement of BIE curriculum, tools and resources and ensuring alignment across all products, services, and publications. The Curriculum and Program Manager will contribute to three main projects: (1) updating BIE’s PBL 101 workshop; (2) continued development of a Career Pathways PBL 101 workshop, and (3) the refinement and/or development of high quality Project Based Learning units.

This position will be based in Novato, CA, but candidates with outstanding qualifications may be considered for remote assignment.  Some travel will be required (up to 10 – 20%). Note: This is a fixed term, full-time position with full benefits. This fixed term position has secured funding through June 30, 2018. Based on future funding, job performance and organizational needs, this position may be extended beyond this term.

 

Responsibilities

Curriculum Development

  • Contribute to the development of curriculum, written publications, online products, and implementation resources related to the PBL 101 workshop and Career Pathways PBL 101 workshop.
  • Revise and/or develop high quality Project Based Learning units for public use.
  • Recommend and develop new tools for BIE’s organizational resources, both internally and externally, as needed.
  • Work closely with BIE partners and clients to develop workshop curriculum and materials.


Project Management

  • Develop and follow project plans for all assigned projects, including management of timelines, budgets, and coordination of multiple stakeholders, team members and organizational priorities.
  • Assist with the implementation of curriculum and professional development pilots in partner school districts
  • Collect and analyze data from pilots to inform the development and revision of curriculum materials.
  • Support and train National Faculty to facilitate and use professional development resources.


Contribution to BIE’s mission & culture

  • Work with other BIE team members to further BIE’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
  • As a collaborative team player, support BIE colleagues, and understand the full process of BIE work.
  • Share our deep passion for equitable access for all students to high quality education. 
  • Attend Novato-based meetings as needed, at least 4 times/year (if not based in Novato).
  • Travel up to 20% of the time.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualities and Abilities

The Curriculum and Program Manager will be thoroughly committed to BIE’s strategy and mission. All candidates should have demonstrated curriculum development, coaching, and relationship management experience and strong demonstrated success managing diverse constituencies.

Other qualifications include:

  • Deep knowledge of Project Based Learning, preferably gained through first-hand experience as a PBL teacher, coach or leader.
  • Experience with teaching or leading Linked Learning, Career Pathway or Career Academy models is strongly preferred, but not required.
  • Commitment to educational equity and bringing high-quality Project Based Learning to all students, regardless of where they live or what their background.
  • Experience as a curriculum developer and/or experience with professional development design and facilitation, including online learning.
  • Five or more years of K-12 classroom teaching experience is preferred.
  • Outstanding verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in virtual environments with staff and consultants.
  • Self-starter, able to work without close supervision.
  • A collaborator who enjoys working across teams to achieve a common goal.
  • Competent with Word, Excel, Google Apps, and willing to learn Salesforce if not already competent.
  • Mission-driven individual who is excited about supporting a community of professionals to impact students around the world.


Application Instructions:
If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to [email protected]. You must reference "Curriculum and Program Manager application" in the subject line of your email.  BIE will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set. Please do not contact the employer.

 

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Senior Director of District and School Development

Organization Summary
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). BIE creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders across the country. At BIE, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life and we seek to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world those students will inherit. At the end of 2016, BIE launched an ambitious new strategic plan that provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.


Position Summary
The Senior Director of District and School Development (SDDSD) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for district and school partnership development. In addition to overseeing the development and delivery of district level services, the SDDSD will also oversee the implementation and refinement of a new PBL school coaching model, to be piloted in 2018. The position will be part of BIE’s Leadership Team, which drives the overall strategy for the organization. As such, this leader will be expected to represent BIE on a local, regional, and national basis.


Key Responsibilities
Program Leadership & Management:

  • Supervise the District and School Leadership team, including 4 – 6 Directors, and ensure the annual delivery of high quality services to a portfolio of 20 – 30 school districts or school networks
  • In collaboration with the Director of School Leadership, support the implementation of a PBL School coaching model, and provide ongoing monitoring to ensure it provides high quality, cost-effective services and staffing model
  • Play an active role in the design, content development, and delivery of BIE’s leadership development workshops and resources for districts including curriculum, professional development, and resources pertaining to PBL as well as systems leadership and change management
  • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance


External Relationships:

  • Expand revenue-generating district partnerships based on BIE’s district theory of action and logic model; cultivate existing relationships and develop new relationships
  • Ensure annual revenue goals for district and school development work are attained


Knowledge Management:

  • Work with staff to develop systems that ensure consistent, high-quality project management
  • Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge that is generated by the district and school development work


Contribution to BIE’s mission & culture:

  • Participate in BIE’s leadership team to implement our organizational vision (as established in the BIE Strategic Plan), promote high-energy creative dialogue, and demonstrate sharing of knowledge and information
  • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth
  • Share and model our deep passion for equitable access for all students to high quality education 


Qualifications and Abilities
The Senior Director of District and School Development will be thoroughly committed to BIE’s strategy and mission. All candidates should have demonstrable leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience and success managing business relationships. Additionally:


The successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

  • Direct leadership of a variety of initiatives at the local, district/system, state, and/or national level and experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth
  • Successful recruitment, management, and development of a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and development professionals
  • An advanced degree, with at least 10 years of management experience, particularly leading complex district or school network systems
  • Strong demonstrable sales and/or fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, trade associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups


The successful candidate will possess these skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. S/he will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • The ability to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Strong analytical skills; basic business intuition, and common sense


The successful candidate will reflect these attributes:

  • Integrity, a positive attitude, and self-direction
  • A team player who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
  • Mission-driven, impeccable integrity
  • Strong work ethic and demonstrated passion for BIE's mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals


Reporting Relationships
The Senior Director of District and School Development reports to the Chief Program Officer. S/he will manage a team of 4 – 6 Directors, each of whom manages a portfolio of 5 – 7 district partners.


Location
Ideally the candidate will work out of BIE headquarters in Novato, CA, but remote candidates with exceptional experience and skills will be considered. Travel for this position may be extensive, sometimes up to 50%, based on the needs of partners. 


Compensation / Benefits
The SDDSD role is a full-time position with full health benefits, (including medical, vision and dental), generous retirement contribution, life and disability insurance and cell phone stipend.  BIE offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package. Further, BIE is a certified Marin County Green Business with a dog-friendly working environment.


TO APPLY:

The executive search team at Bellwether Education Partners is leading the search. Inquiries and applications, comprising a resume and letter of interest, should be sent to: Crystal Combs, Senior Consultant, at [email protected].

Bellwether Education Partners is a nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors become more effective in their work and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students. Our Talent Services practice identifies, places, and supports education leaders through comprehensive executive searches, customized search advisory services, and individual coaching. We also partner with clients to build talent-ready organizations where diverse teams can work, develop, and thrive.

 

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Staff Accountant

Reports to: Sr. Accountant Manager
Location: Novato office

 

Organization Summary:
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL), and creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders. At BIE, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. At the end of 2016, we launched an ambitious new strategic plan which provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.

BIE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a dog-friendly headquarters in Novato, California. BIE is an equal opportunity employer seeking to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges of their lives and the world they will inherit. BIE offers a competitive salary and benefits package; compensation is commensurate with experience.


Position Summary:
The Staff Accountant will be primarily responsible for the processing of accounts receivable, journal entries, revenue analysis and other accounting and administrative tasks as needed. Reporting to the Senior Accounting Manager, the Staff Accountant is a key position in a 4-person department that prepares the financial reports for a fast-paced organization.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare documentation required for customer contracts and vendor registration; maintain vendor accounts, as needed.
  • Process all client invoices and Aged AR collection notifications.
  • Reconcile and process all client payments, including check deposits, EFTs, and credit cards.
  • Maintain related schedules, files, and documentation thoroughly and accurately, in accordance with organization policy and GAAP.
  • Respond to all customer inquiries.
  • Continuous system implementations and process improvements.
  • Assist with audit preparation and other GL projects, as required.
  • Support with Accounts Payable processing, as needed.
  • Filing, copying, answering phones, database entry, as needed.
  • Other duties, as assigned.


Qualifications and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or Finance and 2 years of experience.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic accounting.
  • Previous experience with public and/or private sector contract review and management.
  • Ability to work independently, accurately and prioritize weekly and monthly job tasks.
  • Detail‐oriented.
  • Very strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a high level of service to internal customers and vendors/clients.
  • Ability to identify and solve or escalate problems efficiently and quickly.
  • Ability to thrive in a complex, high paced environment.
  • Ability to perform data entry for up to 7 hours/day.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.
  • Competent with Word, Excel, Google Apps, and Salesforce.
  • Intacct or ERP Accounting Software preferred.


Application Instructions:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to [email protected]. You must reference "Staff Accountant application" in the subject line of your email. BIE will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set. Please do not contact the employer.

 

 

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Director of Communications and Marketing

Reports to: Chief Strategy and Operations Officer
Location: Novato, CA office


Organization Summary
The Buck Institute for Education (BIE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). BIE creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders across the country. At BIE, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life.  We seek to build a multi-talented staff who are passionate about equity in education. At the end of 2016, BIE launched an ambitious new strategic plan that provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.

 

Position Summary
The Director of Communications and Marketing (DCM) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for marketing, events, and communications at BIE.  In this position, you will be responsible for developing, planning, and executing strategic and responsive communications and marketing initiatives that support consistent growth, grow brand equity, and help BIE grow its reach and influence to help all kids learn through PBL. You must be a creative storyteller as well as an innovative, well-organized strategic thinker with powerful writing chops and strong analytical skills.
Key priorities will include successfully building the BIE and High-Quality PBL brands, introducing new products and services to clients/customers, and ensuring the coordination of marketing communication across BIE. This is a newly created position that reports to the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer.

 

Key Responsibilities
The Communications & Marketing Director will:

  • Work with the Management team to develop, implement, and monitor all communications and initiatives at BIE to support ongoing organizational growth. 
  • Lead branding and brand-building strategies and oversee brand integrity of BIE, High-Quality (HQ) PBL, and PBL Done Well.
  • Plan and implement publicity as a thought leadership strategy, and oversee creation of op-eds, publicity releases and other publicity initiatives.
  • Lead all external communications efforts, working across the BIE organization to insure that all external communication is clear, consistent, and true to the vision of BIE. Create & execute communications guidelines and internal training.
  • Edit and author content for presentations, social media, advertising, newsletters, quarterly and annual reports.
  • Lead special initiatives such as a website rebuild linked to our learning platform.
  • Lead marketing strategy and activities for BIE books and publications.
  • Organize and publicize public events, including PBL World. Oversee event logistics planning for other BIE events.
  • Develop and maintain key external-facing collateral including website, print, digital, and video content.
  • Manage marketing and communications budget; hire and manage freelancers to support marketing and communications work.
  • Work across BIE to continuously improve upon systems and structures that will enable BIE to sustain and grow its impact on behalf of the students whose lives we aim to improve.

 

Qualifications and Abilities

The successful candidate will be a high-energy and adept marketing strategist with exceptional leadership and communication skills. You will have a creative mindset, strong writing skills, and leadership experience. We are seeking candidates who are deeply passionate about solving racial and economic inequities in our education system, and who believe in deeper learning and PBL. You will have experience leading a team, building highly effective marketing plans, events, and programs, a deep understanding of branding, a passion for content marketing, and demonstrated marketing results. 
 

The successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

  • A minimum of eight years (preferably more) hands-on experience including all aspects of marketing; publicity, communications, events, website, branding, video and print collateral, and digital marketing.
  • At least 4 years of highly successful experience managing others, providing coaching and leadership that inspires and creates a highly effective team.
  • Experience managing a mix of freelance workers, contactors and direct reports to achieve excellent results on time and on budget.
  • Experience creating successful communications vehicles including websites, newsletters, videos, and other marketing collateral.
  • A track record of creating successful publicity at the national level.
  • Brand growth with at least one other highly respected brand.
  • Bachelor’s degree or more.

 

The successful candidate will possess these skills:

  • Superlative writing and verbal communications skills, with a storyteller’s approach.
  • Ability to analyze results of marketing efforts and to readjust plans based on data.
  • Proven ability to manage a budget and to make strategic choices about what can be outsourced.
  • Proven ability to create and execute an overall marketing plan and to create strategic priorities for marketing efforts.  A relentless focus on using analytic tools to create and evaluate plans.
  • A savvy understanding of digital platforms and tools including: Salesforce, MailChimp, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram).  Knowledge of website optimization and SEO (Google Analytics, Alexa)
  • Demonstrated project management skills.  Highly organized and capable of managing many workstreams at once and able to move seamlessly between high-level/strategic work and details of implementation.
  • Superlative leadership skills, both in managing others and in working across an organization.
  • Strong analytical skills; basic business intuition, and common sense.

 

The successful candidate will reflect these attributes:

  • Integrity, a positive attitude, and self-direction.
  • An ability to build relationships with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”.  An ability to pursue objectives without an ego, balancing thoughtfulness with high productivity & efficiency, and balancing confidence with humility.
  • A belief that equity and inclusion is critical for our students and for BIE.
  • A team player who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment.
  • An infectious enthusiasm and sense of excitement for the work we do together.
  • A proven ability to work independently, an entrepreneurial spirit who enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Strong work ethic and passion for BIE's mission

 

Reporting  & Relationships
The Director of Communications and Marketing reports to the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer and will manage 2-3 others.  They will have critical collegial relationships with our Editor-in-Chief (creator of our blogs and other content), with our Director of Partnership Development (who brings in new partners and will need leads and marketing support), our Executive Director (who is our most visible and active spokesperson), and many others across BIE.
 

Location
The job is located in BIE headquarters in Novato, CA. The position will include some travel to key events and conferences.

 

Compensation / Benefits
This is a full-time position with full health benefits (including medical, vision and dental), generous retirement contribution, life and disability insurance and a cell phone stipend.  BIE offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package. BIE is a certified Marin County Green Business with a dog-friendly working environment.

 

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to [email protected]. You must reference "Director of Communications and Marketing" in the subject line of your email.  BIE will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set. Please do not contact us directly.

 

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