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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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