Position Description

Senior Program Consultant - National
Employment Status Full time
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Position Summary:

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

  Qualifications:

  • 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%) 
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