Position Vacancy - Executive Director, Center on Culture, Race & Equity
Bank Street College of Education is a private, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1916 and located in New York City. Bank Street is considered to be one of the leading institutions in the area of progressive education and has grown over the years into an internationally recognized leader in early childhood education, a pioneer in improving the quality of classroom education and teacher preparation, and a national advocate for children and families. The College includes a Graduate School of Education, an on-site independent School for Children, a Head Start program, professional development and social programs, and partnerships with school districts, colleges, museums and cultural institutions, hospitals, community service organizations, and educational media corporations.
The Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) at Bank Street was founded in 2015 with the mission to build and coordinate the capacity of communities to support children and families through the collaborative development of culturally responsive strength- and evidence-based systems, programs, and practices. CCRE co-develops and implements culturally responsive, professional development training and technical assistance programs with city and state administration, districts and regions, and local community organizations.
Bank Street is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to oversee the management and implementation of the work of the Center. The ED will be responsible for leading, sustaining and growing the team and its projects. An ideal candidate will be someone with expertise in the field of cultural responsiveness, adult development, nonprofit management, team leadership, curriculum development and program facilitation, funding and partnership development, research design and implementation, and academic writing.
This position is contingent on available funding and reports to the Vice President of the Bank Street Education Center, which is the division of the college engaged in numerous educational partnership initiatives across the country.
Center Development and Sustainability
Represent CCRE and the larger college in meetings with potential clients/grant officers
Concretize CCRE’s core model and socialize shared understandings of this model through publications and marketing materials
Design and execute on a strategy for stabilizing, deepening, and/or growing CCRE’s work for long-term sustainability
Cultivate potential partner relationships for CCRE and the college
Lead the development of and guide the grant and contract fundraising proposals for CCRE, working collaboratively with CCRE team members as well as divisional and other college colleagues as relevant
Ensure designs of proposals, including staffing and strategic budgeting, can work within CCRE capacity or with a plan to expand capacity
Lead the development of project reports, academic articles, and any other relevant publications
Assume leadership and accountability for overall budget, operations, staffing decisions and processes
Lead the process to refine and upgrade operational systems, in partnership with divisional and college operations teams, to support CCRE in functioning well
Liaise across the college to support deep connection and coherence between the CCRE’s work and Bank Street at large and to support meeting CCRE’s goals
Research and Evaluation
Provide oversight and mentorship to CCRE team members on research design, implementation, data management, and data analysis
Develop coding systems for qualitative data analysis
Write and present abstracts, and proposals for conferences and other presentations
Organizing partnerships with external research institutions to support the work of CCRE
Ensure that partnership projects, as they launch, are designed, staffed, resourced and implemented effectively such that evidence indicates consistent high-quality client experiences
Manage project teams (e.g. facilitators, analysts, etc.) to support effectively executing on partnerships
Build leadership and facilitation capacity of CCRE staff through strong onboarding, culture, and supervision systems
Synthesize data from partnership projects to formulate high-quality recommendations for organizations and school systems
Work collaboratively with other staff to respond to and develop resources and materials for CCRE professional development and research projects.
Work collaboratively with CCRE staff to integrate cultural responsiveness into resources and materials
Facilitate workshops and professional development sessions
Provide support to CCRE team members, as needed, to facilitate the smooth functioning of the CCRE projects
Ensure that project deliverables are met
Strong personal leadership qualities, integrity and follow through
Sound problem resolution and organizational skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to multi-task, comfortably switch gears, and prioritize workload
Ability to design and manage complex and multiple projects
Strong team leadership experience, with a proven ability to build capacity in others
Ability to productively facilitate workshops and group discussions
Strong relationship-building and collaboration skills, as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a team and with personnel at all levels of the organization and external stakeholders
Advanced skills using MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word
Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative analytic strategies and programs
Experience managing complex projects
Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of quickly changing priorities and tight deadlines
Master’s degree in Education, Psychology, or related field
10+ years of experience in the field of education, 2+ years of experience in nonprofit management
Background in culturally responsive education and pedagogical practices
Background or experience working with an institution of higher education
Experience managing large, multi-method research projects
Extensive knowledge and experience working with adults in a training/professional development facilitator role
Ability to successfully communicate, verbally and in writing, with multiple stakeholders and audiences both virtually and in person
Ability to problem solve, take initiative, set priorities, handle multiple projects, and exercise good judgement in a fast paced, dynamic, and deadline-driven environment in an organized and professional manner
Ed.D. or Ph.D. in Education, Psychology, or another related field
Advanced skills in Excel, SPSS, SAS, NVIVO (or similar)
This is a grant-funded position, contingent on available funding.
About Bank Street College of Education
The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.