Leadership Development Services Facilitator - EPIC (Consultant)
Leadership Development Services Facilitator Organization Description Over the past ten years, New Leaders has trained almost 800 school leaders who are now serving a quarter million students in both district and charter schools – measurably raising student achievement and graduation rates in 12 urban areas across the country. As we enter our second decade, we have expanded our work to offer Leadership Development Services to partner districts, charter management organizations (CMOs), other education organizations, and states to help them drive leadership for their principals, assistant principals, coaches, and teacher leaders. Leadership Development Services Leadership Development Services programs provide customized leadership development and training tailored to meet the needs of clients and their targeted participants. These programs are grounded in New Leaders’ unmatched knowledge and experience in preparing school leaders and draw on New Leaders’ extensive resources, including the Urban Excellence Framework and the EPIC Knowledge System. The programs are designed to respond to client needs, to move participants’ practice in targeted domains, and to connect tightly with school systems’ human capital strategies. Leadership Development Services programs’ learning design is based on the validated leadership development model that New Leaders piloted and evaluated with district and charter management organization partners in 2009–11. New Leaders hires and trains the field’s most highly skilled leaders of adult learning as our facilitators. Facilitators are keys to providing a highly individualized experience for each participant. The ideal candidate is a dynamic, knowledgeable, and thoughtful facilitator who has a strong background in designing and facilitating adult-learning experiences and in helping adults grow their leadership skills. The Leadership Development Services Facilitator will work closely with the Leadership Development Services team and with district, charter, state, or nonprofit partner(s) to develop a program that will meet participants’ needs. This position requires regular communication and relationship building with New Leaders staff, as well as external partners and program participants. Program Purpose The purposes of the Leadership Development Services programs for which New Leaders is hiring include: Accelerating high-potential assistant principals’ skills in specific domains. Developing current principals’ skills in specific domains that are critical for successful school leadership Providing school-based leadership teams professional development in targeted domains that are critical for successful school leadership Participant Experience through the New Leaders Leadership Development Model New Leaders Leadership Development Programs build strong communities of practice among a small cohort of 12–20 practitioners and provide intensive, highly individualized training and support for each participant. In most of our implementations, participants follow a cycle of interactive learning activities each month: Participate in a day-long, in-person session with the cohort. Complete job-embedded, applied learning assignments, including at least one personal practice video recording, connected to the session. Participate in a 90-120 minute online or in-person peer consultancy with the cohort. Complete additional job-embedded, applied learning assignments connected to the online peer consultancy. Participate in an hour-long, one-on-one targeted consulting call with the program facilitator. While the number of sessions varies based on the partner’s requirements, typically there are six to 10 of each of the following: in-person sessions, online or in-person consultancies, and, for each participant, targeted consulting calls. Participants also benefit from a customized, password-protected program site on the New Leaders EPIC Knowledge System. This site serves as a virtual venue for the cohort to continue to develop as a professional learning community. Responsibilities: While exact responsibilities will vary based on the partner and engagement, responsibilities may include the following: Curriculum Design & Delivery Design scope and sequence for professional development programs aligned with the New Leaders Leadership Development Services program model. Create professional learning curriculum, including session plans, activities, and accompanying materials. Collaborate with New Leaders staff, other facilitators, and the partner(s) to design and develop program materials. Facilitate half-day to full-day interactive professional development sessions. Facilitate 60-90 minute online peer consultancies that leverage technology to push participants’ learning and growth, allowing participants to share and give feedback on their practice through examination of personal practice videos and artifacts using a prescribed protocol. Develop, review, provide written feedback on, and confer with participants about job-embedded applied learning assignments that drive changes in participants’ practice. Coach adults in reflecting on and improving their practice. Connect with diverse participants as people and be committed to participants’ personal and professional growth as academic and school leaders. Use local language and address the local context to situate participants’ learning. Facilitate conversations that lead participants to think beyond surface answers. Create a safe space in which participants can explore and grow. Partner Relations Develop and maintain productive professional relationships with program sponsors to ensure strong program execution and effectiveness. Meet with program sponsors as needed to establish a shared understanding of program goals and outcomes, system and participant needs and program specifications. Participate in debriefing meeting to discuss each program session and plan for adjustments. Evaluation Communicate with the Leadership Development Services team about participants’ assignment completion rates, feedback about the program, lessons learned, and steps for strengthening future programs. Serve as a thought partner to the Leadership Development Services team, on refining the program design to meet partner needs and context and to meet program goals. Provide feedback on the evaluation plan and surveys. Qualifications Demonstrated success in designing adult learning, facilitating individual and group learning, and developing professional development curriculum Demonstrated success in building trust among adults and giving candid feedback to adults At least 10 years of experience as an educator, with demonstrated success and experience as a school leader strongly preferred Experience coaching educators; experience coaching principals, assistant principals, coaches, and teacher leaders strongly preferred Experience developing and facilitating online professional development sessions Highly proficient computer skills Experienced in working with school districts, and charter management organizations Knowledgeable about and has expertise in adult learning theory and practice Fully conversant in the research and current thinking about the content areas on which the program focuses, including leading effective teams, developing personal leadership and effective leadership of adults, developing a school culture of high expectations, academic leadership, observing and coaching teachers, designing professional development Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills Self-starter able to initiate work and meet deadlines with minimal supervision An unwavering commitment to ensuring high academic achievement for all children and to the mission of New Leaders required. The Way We Work The New Leaders Leadership Development Services team expects a high degree of collaboration and an openness to receiving feedback and to incorporating feedback into session plan design and delivery. We are a results-based and execution-oriented team that relies on everyone to meet tight deadlines. Our work requires that candidates have exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to have genuine conversations. In addition, we depend on our staff members and consultants to work effectively in a virtual environment. Reporting Relationships The facilitator reports to the New Leaders Senior Director of Leadership Development Services. This facilitator will work closely with the partner point of contact as well as with other New Leaders staff members. Locations New Leaders is establishing relationships with districts and school leaders across the country. We are looking for candidates who live in various parts of the country and are willing to travel. Travel Travel may be required for training and/or session delivery, depending on your proximity to partner locations. Compensation Compensation is commensurate with experience. While this would begin as a contracted, part-time position, it could lead to a permanent position. Keywords: Education
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