Jun 01, 2021

Director, Eskolta Washington DC

  • Positively Partners
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-Time Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging Education/Training Knowledge Management/Learning

Job Description

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 impacts the experiences of underserved students.

At Eskolta, we also believe that our education system represents the key means of inspiring, equipping, and empowering young people to build a better future. We value every student and educator as an individual and seek their input, knowledge, voice, and potential. Through our work, we aim for both teachers and students to feel supported and valued, and to be afforded true opportunities to succeed.

We believe that changing the world begins with changing ourselves. We seek to continuously challenge ourselves to learn about the systems of oppression that exist in our society, examine our own beliefs and actions, and embrace discomfort as we move toward consciously creating a more just and equitable model of education.

We stand with all persons who are targets of intolerance, inequity, and injustice.

THE POSITION

The Director of Eskolta Washington D.C. 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 will lead a team supporting projects in district and charter schools as well as research efforts across multiple schools. 

To be successful in this role you will need to 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. An ideal candidate will have 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Lead Washington D.C. Strategy and Execution

  • Develop the Washington D.C. Eskolta Network, a group of 10-15 schools located  in the Metro DC Area
  • In collaboration with other organization leaders, recruit new school partners
  • Manage and coordinate design projects in which teams of teachers in schools explore research, design, test, and improve practices to help students who have been underserved succeed

Champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Raise and integrate issues of equity and justice as they connect to school-based projects
  • Help educators develop a critical awareness of the connection between issues of social justice and their practice in schools

Develop and Facilitate PD through Inquiry and Design Process

  • 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
  • Work collaboratively with program teams and academic leaders in schools to support the development of multicultural/culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy, skill-based competencies and assessment for mastery learning, strength-based culture drawing upon the cognitive science of learning, and student-centered feedback
  • Visit partner schools regularly to observe, document, survey, and interview staff and students and to support meetings of teacher teams

Develop, Monitor, and Codify Data on Practice

  • 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
  • Write clear, concise, and informative memos, case studies, analytic studies, slide decks, and other narrative forms to document learning from schools

Hiring Organization

Eskolta

Qualifications

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • A commitment to helping high school students who have been underserved by the school system improve their grades, achieve passing scores, and graduate in higher numbers.
  • Master’s degree or commensurate experience in a relevant field, including education, adult learning, organizational psychology, and sociology
  • 8+ years of experience working with diverse groups in professional or community settings to achieve shared goals.
  • Knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experiences of underserved students
  • Highly organized project manager able to consistently deliver high-quality work on time
  • Growth mindset required to succeed in a learning organization committed to self-examination and professional, as well as personal, development. 
  • Track record of successfully leading projects with district or network-wide impact in schools located in the Metro DC Region.
  • Ability to travel to NYC for workshops and multi-day training as needed (once in-person work resumes) 

Industry/Service Area

Community/Capacity Building, Education, Youth Development

Level

Director

Application Instructions

Please prepare a cover letter and resume and apply through the application portal linked here. If you have any questions or require any accommodation in the application process please email search@positivelypartners.org

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.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Eskolta School Research and Design is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or marital status in employment or the provision of services. 


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