Director of Classroom, Teaching, & Learning - 09-05

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organization:Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory
position summary:

A unique opportunity in the Premier R&D Organization in the Northwest

It is infrequent that a senior, cabinet level position opens in a large ($25M annual revenue) non-profit organization with a multi-talented, diverse staff (160 FTE). Such an opportunity is now available at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL in Portland, Oregon. We are seeking just the right person to become the Director of the Classroom, Teaching, & Learning Center of Excellence, one of four Centers of Excellence that comprise the programmatic thrust of the organization.

The Center for Classroom, Teaching, & Learning (CCTL) has a focus on improvement of learning for all students through use of research-based products and services to support high quality teaching. With four units – Classroom Focused Research and Evaluation, Equity, Core Academics (including the Northwest Comprehensive Assistance Center), and Math Education – twenty-three staff members, and over $5M annual revenue from contracts and grants, CCTL provides a wide variety of services to schools, districts, states, the federal government, and private agencies. Training teachers in math and science, supporting states as they implement school improvement efforts, conducting program reviews in technology, mathematics and ELL, and conducting research and evaluation studies in mathematics and science are in the current CCTL portfolio of work. With the strong emphasis on quality classroom teaching, CCTL is central to NWREL’s efforts to support improvement of student learning and achievement in the Northwest and beyond. The new Center Director will begin with strong staff and revenue flow and lead efforts to enhance reputation and build business to strengthen CCTL and NWREL in the fundamental building block of school reform.

NWREL will celebrate its 43rd anniversary in June 2009 as the best known and productive research, development and service agency in the Northwest. While our nearly 1000 member institutions and our hearts are in the Northwest, our work is both regional and national. Oversight of the Lab is provided by a representative Board of Directors, some 29 strong, and Executive Cabinet comprised of eleven senior managers – including the Director of the CCTL, the Deputy Executive Officer and the CEO. The Board and Executive Cabinet set direction for the organization. The new Director of CCTL will serve as a Cabinet member and participate in Board of Director meetings.

Because every senior leader at NWREL leads, manages, and provides service, the individual we are seeking must have a broad set of leadership, management and technical skill. The person must bring broad experience and a solid reputation related to training, technical assistance, development, evaluation and research at the classroom level, and must have the conceptual, technical, interpersonal skill, and proposal development skills to continue development of the Center.

Expectation and Responsibilities

• Work with staff, provide leadership to establish an even more coherent vision and growing portfolio of work for CCTL that aligns with the NWREL mission and contributes to accomplishment of NWREL strategic goals • Lead resource development efforts to assure adequate and growing funding to support work envisioned for the Center • Lead and contribute to enhancing the regional and national reputation of staff, the Center, and NWREL as providing superior quality, technically sound service in high needs topics related to content focused classroom teaching and learning • Work with managers, plan and manage multiple budgets to complete work specified in contracts and grants with high quality and available funding • Lead staff through growth oriented supervision to enhance their skills and productivity • Contribute to the leadership and success of NWREL as an organization through participation as a member of Executive Cabinet, participation in organizational events and initiatives, promotion of cross-center initiatives, and participation in meetings of the Board of Directors

APPLICATIONS Please submit your resume and letter of application to [email protected] Interviews will be conducted after internal screening. In you cover letter, please reference Position #09-05 and describe how your skills match the specific qualifications listed above.

NWREL is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

Salary / Pay Rate:Salary up to $135,000 depending on qualifications, and a generous benefits package.
Qualifications:Qualifications • Earned graduate degree in education or other field related to teaching and learning; doctorate preferred • Ten years experience in leading training, technical assistance, development, evaluation and/or research related to content focused classroom teaching. Math and/or science content background preferred • Demonstrated knowledge of regional and national trends in classroom focused school improvement/change efforts • Five years experience in leading and managing senior staff, including oversight of their continuing growth and development • Proven track record in developing and maintaining over time a program/center that has broad, clear focus and multiple funding sources • Proven track record of resource development, including proposal writing • Excellent interpersonal skills in working with diverse clients and staff to plan and complete projects and activities • Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication
Education Required:Graduate degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer