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Pivot Learning Partners

Director, Teaching and Learning

Pivot Learning Partners is a nonprofit organization of K-12 education experts working shoulder-to-shoulder with schools, districts and charters to address the biggest challenges they face. We partner with education leaders at all levels and provide them with the knowledge, skills and support proven to strengthen educational systems and transform teaching and learning.

 We are currently seeking a Director, Teaching and Learning. This senior level program director position would lead Pivot Learning Partners’ efforts to develop and scale Pivot’s approach to teaching and learning. The Director would lead and manage a team of individuals who would together develop, document, test, disseminate and market a variety of tools, materials and programs related to common core, instructional methodologies and assessments at the state, district and school levels. The Director would also work closely with state and district leaders, educators, funders, policymakers and other stakeholders with an interest in K-12 education.

 The ideal candidate would be strongly committed to Pivot’s mission, have experience in and/or strong knowledge of K-12 curriculum, instruction and assessment, and demonstrate leadership, communication, project management and analytic skills.

 This is a full-time position that would be based out of our San Francisco office and would report to the Chief Education Programs Officer.

 Position Responsibilities

 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Creating the vision for and managing the execution of Pivot’s continued teaching and learning work in California and nationally.
- Leading a team of content developers to create the cutting-edge tools, materials and programs that will keep Pivot on the forefront of teaching and learning service providers.
- Training and supervising Teaching and Learning staff.
- Building capacity and knowledge of Pivot staff to successfully market and deliver teaching and learning tools, materials and programs to our school and district partners.
- Collaborating and consulting with others across the organization to maintain the Pivot quality and brand, alignment between program areas and to document programs, to develop, prototype and pilot tools and materials, and to successfully communicate lessons learned to others in organization.
- Coordinating closely with other projects taking place in overlapping districts or networks.
- Collaborating with the Director of External Relations to develop and manage critical relationships with stakeholders, partner organizations and funders with a vested interest in teaching and learning work.

 In addition, this person will be expected to contribute to:
- National projects, by serving as an expert resource and providing content-specific project support as needed.
- Developing learning and training opportunities for Pivot staff members on relevant project and policy topics.
- Monitoring statewide and national teaching and learning policy developments and reform initiatives.
- Writing white papers, articles and blogs related to K-12 policy to raise Pivot’s profile related to K-12 policy and reform.
- Participating in statewide conferences and events to represent Pivot’s interests and work related to K-12 education.


 Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills:
- Teaching experience at more than one grade-level.
- A deep level of understanding of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, or Science.
- Evidence of successful leadership in reading and writing, math or science content development at a grade level, building level or district level.
- Knowledge of Response to Intervention (RTI).
- In-depth knowledge of a variety of reading and writing or math instructional strategies necessary to support the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts or Mathematics.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to set priorities, track multiple timelines and budgets, manage complex projects, work in a fast-paced environment and take on complex problems with a collaborative, creative and strategic approach.
- Proven leadership and managerial skills, including coaching and inspiring a team of strong performers.
- Experience in translating ideas into action, building systems, creating new programs and taking something to scale.
- Experience in or knowledge of California and national education policy, public education reform and public sector change.
- Demonstrated ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial environment.
- A commitment for the work of Pivot Learning Partners and a desire to continually broaden and deepen the organization's impact.
- High computer literacy.
Desirable Experience, Knowledge and Skills:
- Teacher Certification in elementary or secondary education.
- Participation in comprehensive literacy training (Phonemic Awareness, Phonemic Instruction, Fluency Instruction, Vocabulary Instruction, and Text Comprehension)
- Experience assisting teachers in diagnosing individual student reading and writing or math weaknesses and match these areas of need with appropriate strategies and resources based on the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts or Mathematics.
- Experience assisting with disaggregating and analyzing Benchmark, ITBS, and other district assessment data (MAPS, STAR, DRA, Fast For Word, etc.) to help guide teacher’s instructional decisions.
- Experience with designing or implementing technology solutions and/or with online collaboration.
- Experience designing learning experiences and delivering trainings for adult learners.
- Skills in building strategic relationships and working with funders.
- Public policy interest or experience.
- Research experience and skills.
- Master’s degree or higher.
- Bi-Lingual a plus.

 Compensation and Benefits

 Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. Full benefits include health, dental, vision, 403B contribution, and paid time off for holidays, sick leave and vacations.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants should email a resume and cover letter to resume@pivotlearningpartners.org and include position title in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage applicants to submit their materials as soon as possible.

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Director, Teaching and Learning

Date Posted:  03/06/2015
Experience Level:  Executive
Career Group:  Education
Cause Type:  Education

731 Market Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

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