Program Profile: The Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) works to transform educational systems in partnership with state and local educators, families, and communities to strengthen teaching and learning and ensure equity so all students thrive. CSAP’s work covers a broad range of projects including planning and professional learning support to state and local educational agencies, and support related to school performance and accountability. WestEd’s work, while varied, is focused on improving outcomes for all students through the development and cultivation of aligned, high-quality educational systems and supportive cultures.
Brief Position Description:
WestEd seeks an energetic, entrepreneurial leader with a commitment to improving outcomes for English Language Learners, and with the vision and flexibility to continue to grow and scale one of WestEd’s signature areas. In this role, the national expert for English Learner Services will lead a body of work focused on instructional supports for English learners including systemic improvement plan development, and policies and practices regarding English learner services. The successful candidate will contribute his/her existing networks to the Agency’s resource development efforts, join a team of 15 dedicated staff, and be a primary national spokesperson representing WestEd’s English Learner Services. Qualities of strategic thinking and a strongly collegial approach to work with the highly talented and long-term current staff will be essential to success in this position.
Note: The job location for this position is national: California, New York or DC preferred.
This position will be housed in the Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) and report to the CSAP Program Director. CSAP works to transform educational systems in partnership with state and local educators, families, and communities to strengthen teaching and learning and ensure equity so all students thrive. CSAP’s work covers a broad range of projects including providing planning and professional learning support to state and local educational agencies, including extensive support related to school performance and accountability. The CSAP team consists of approximately 80 staff with presence and projects in over 25 states.
Represent WestEd nationally to increase visibility and secure funding from SEAs, LEAs, foundations and federal grant programs; this will include frequent travel to meetings with potential future clients, funders, and influencers, as well as presenting keynotes.
Provide intellectual leadership and support to team members and staff reflecting the most current theory and practice in the field of English Language Learning.
Work collaboratively with current staff to lead resource development efforts. Provide leadership in matching emerging needs from the field with funding opportunities.
Ensure ongoing excellence of current EL Services projects and financial sustainability of existing EL services at WestEd.
Supervise and mentor staff on proposal development as well as the deployment of staff for growth and high-quality services.
Strategically develop partnerships inside and outside of WestEd to continue to grow and improve our EL Services.
Demonstrated success in leading major district improvement initiative(s).
At least 10 years of experience in executive leadership position at a local, regional, and/or state education agency (e.g., Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent) with track record of developing organizational and human capacity.
Broad educational agency operational, leadership, and management experience (i.e., experience with teaching, learning, pupil services, human resources).
Deep knowledge of research, policy, and practice related to curriculum, assessment, instruction, systemic change, leadership, English learners and school/district/state improvement.
Familiarity with and ability to collaborate with significant school/district/state improvement initiatives, partnerships, and projects around the country. Comfortable and effective working in academic, political, and K-12 education environments.
Demonstrated success generating and managing funding through traditional education funding sources, business or other entrepreneurial approaches; strong track record with private foundations and major federal and state funding agencies.
Excellent organizational, administrative, managerial, interpersonal, and communication skills
Demonstrated ability to manage contracts and budgets; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse staff, colleagues, and clients from across the organization and across the nation.
Superior communication skills, including excellent writing and powerful presentation skills; comfort with large and small groups and with diverse audiences. Experience in product development, writing for publication, and writing/presenting to the public, non-educators, and policy makers. ? Doctorate or equivalent education/experience in relevant areas desirable.
An abiding commitment to equity, excellence, and having an impact on the lives of children.
This position is Level I.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.
Internal Number: PROGR01101
WestEd, a nonprofit research, development, and service agency, works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. While WestEd serves the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah as one of the nation's Regional Educational Laboratories, our agency's work extends throughout the United States and abroad. WestEd has 16 offices nationwide, from Washington and Boston to Arizona, Southern California, and its headquarters in San Francisco.