Under the direction of the Senior Director, the Senior Program Consultant is instrumental in driving and enacting NTC’s mission, theory of change, and Program Theory of Action . The Senior Program Consultant co-designs and executes on program strategy for NTC’s emerging services related to assessment and supports the redesign and piloting of NTC’s instructional coaching model. The Senior Program Consultant will:
- Co-design new content and programs focused on assessment in alignment with NTC’s partnership with Smarter Balanced
- Oversee the implementation of new assessment programs with clients, including relationship management and engagement across a variety of stakeholders
- Build the capacity of teachers and leaders to understand the needs of underserved students and implement equitable, culturally responsive and standards-aligned curriculum and instruction and social-emotional learning
- Develop and manage pilots of new and/or redesigned content for NTC’s instructional coaching model, including supporting pilot implementation across sites
- Identify and strengthen key conditions to leverage coaching models that actively engage educators in deepening the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the diverse needs of every student
- Support our partners in developing coherence and structures for sustaining the work by including partners inside and outside of the system
- Co-construct measures of success and collaboratively monitor progress to inform decision-making
The Senior Program Consultant provides oversight and support to the Program Delivery teams (Program Consultants and Associate Program Consultants) dedicated to providing consultative services and high-quality professional development for partners. The SPC is responsible for capacity building of program staff; advises within and outside the organization; may participate in work teams to develop content and services for NTC and/or support internal learning for colleagues. To best support our NTC program team to disrupt barriers to equity, Senior Program Consultants commit to:
- Understand ourselves and our own biases to best combat historical and institutional inequities
- Know our people, our strengths and opportunities for growth and strategically leverage staff experience and interests in program decision-making
- Spotlight successes and problems of practice to deepen our understanding of key levers to support our partners
- Prioritize deepening our expertise through collaboration, meaningful feedback, and learning experiences and continually adapt, innovate and remain responsive to the needs of our underserved students
- Know our partners, their priorities and obstacles to success and speak the language of the district as trusted advisors
- Collaborate to learn from and share knowledge with mission-aligned experts and organizations across the field
Responsibilities & Essential Functions:
The following is an overview of the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. The employee may perform other duties as required.
- Oversee relationship management and engagement across all stakeholders including NTC team, client, applicable funders, and partner organizations
- Co-design and execute on program strategy for site including providing problem-solving consultation & support, implementation of professional learning that is responsive to context, and data-driven support to drive impact
- Provide consultation and thought-partnership to senior leadership at the district and/or state level, often on higher-stakes projects that advance NTC’s theory of change.
- Lead engagement with clients from start to finish of an engagement, which includes imagining the work that is responsive to the client need, establishing clear outcomes/goals by which we will monitor success and then review/feedback on program implementation.
- Responsible for highest quality program delivery, sustaining and deepening partnerships, renewing existing contracts, and supporting business development within the Regional Strategy
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders in client/partner organizations, especially at the executive level; seek partnerships within and outside the organization to strengthen program implementation, quality, and sustainability
- Take a lead on critical projects to advance Program Theory of Change, deepen partnerships, and facilitate our program learning agenda
- Play a leadership role in designing, planning, and leading external learning events such as NPLN and Symposium.
- Partner with Directors to cultivate and manage site-specific and applicable national funder relationships, in partnership with development or focus area leads, in order to enable deeper impact and sustainability.
- Oversee and support NTC program delivery teams in multiple locations and complex contexts
- May supervise up to two staff members and/or may oversee significant initiatives or projects aligned with NTC’s strategic priorities or program department goals.
- Participate in work teams to develop content design products and services for NTC, and lead and facilitate internal learning and teaming for colleagues.
- Manage operational components for our programming, staffing, and grant management and budgets (in selected instances)
Professional Learning Responsibilities:
- Engage actively in collaborative NTC meetings, work sessions, and internal initiatives: could include developing/co-developing or leading/co-leading sessions and projects to support the professional learning of colleagues
- Remain current with professional readings and research, especially in regards to rigorous learning standards, adult learning theory, and the U.S. K-12 education policy landscape
- Share video of practice
- Engage in formal formative assessment practices
- Develop conference proposals and conduct conference presentations
- Utilize NTC’s online systems including Kiano, Collaborate, Talent, Netsuite, and Sales Force
- Manage personal calendar, travel, and job responsibilities
- Master’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience
- Minimum 5 years teaching experience.
- Minimum of 3 years facilitating professional learning for adults and/ or coaching/mentoring teachers and/or school leaders
- Experience collaborating with and building capacity for system leaders
- Deep knowledge of the Common Core standards, instructional practices, and social-emotional learning
- Knowledge of effective assessment practices, including Smarter Balanced tools, resources, and assessment system
- Demonstrated track record of improving student learning outcomes and
- Must be able to manage intersecting scopes of work and navigate complex environments with finesse/professionalism
- Comfortable and confident in leading consultations with partners’ executive leadership to drive district-level strategy and decision-making
- Experience with NTC program or services preferred
- Knowledge of NTC’s approach to educator development, mission and theory of change, and contributions to the field.
- Knowledge of professional teaching and/or administrative standards, content materials, assessment and methods that improve student achievement in core standard areas
- Knowledge and experience designing and facilitating professional learning for teachers and/or leaders, and coaching educators
- Ability to develop or contribute to professional publications, training materials, grants and reports
- Ability to manage complex programs involving multiple participants
- Ability to manage one’s time and productivity in a fluid, team oriented work environment with a high level of initiative, creativity and flexibility
- Ability to collaborate with NTC personnel, often in other functions, to assess and improve partner services using innovative and effective approaches
- Demonstrate ability to develop strong relationships and work well within districts and NTC
- Reflective practitioner demonstrating the ability to use feedback to improve self, program and community
- Knowledge of school reform, professional learning communities, and the impact of coaching
- Knowledge of adult learning theories and practices
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- General knowledge of Google Apps, Adobe Acrobat, virtual meeting software and experience with assessment data desirable
ADA Requirements/Working Conditions:
- Work normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment
- Limited physical effort required
- Hearing, repetitive hand motions, sitting, talking, typing
- May have substantial national travel (at least 50-75%)