Duties & Responsibilities Our goal is to make evidence gathering and use a natural part of how education agencies conduct their daily work by making it easier for network members to pilot and test new ideas and share what they learn. The Senior Network Manager will support education leaders around the country as they learn what's working and what's not in education and move their agencies towards an evidence-driven culture.
Thisrole will work as part of a leadership team to support learning and manage change with our network partners. The main responsibility is to manage strategic and complex key relationships with our partners and lead the peer networking and change management components of the Proving Ground network. This work includes planning and running meetings and conversations with partner agency senior leadership team, managing and developing content and tools to support the network and change management process, and ensuring all legal and logistical needs of the network are addressed.
As Proving Ground grows, additional consultants will be needed to manage relationships with individual partners. The Senior Network Manager will manage these additional consultants.
Duties & Responsibilities: Developing, maintaining, and supporting network partner relationships, general network activities, and collaborating with staff across CEPR to meet key project deadlines. Specific duties include the following.
Partner Relationship Management (40%)
Lead strategic development and management of relationships with partners agencies' senior leadership teams (e.g., superintendent, chief academic officer, chief performance officer, etc.) and partner agencies' program implementation teams.
Serve as primary liaison between partner agency teams and CEPR program team maintaining in-depth understanding of organizational priorities, and the ways in which the Project's services and support can advance their progress.
Build and maintain strong relationships with all partners – identify emerging issues and opportunities with partners and develop strategies as appropriate.
Develop, manage, and facilitate on-site meetings with partner agencies to ensure district leadership team participation and buy-in to the process. Serve as trusted thought-partner to senior leaders.
Develop and manage processes for identifying and selecting interventions to test.
Develop reports and presentations to clearly communicate project progress for all internal and external partners including school boards, superintendents, and principals.
Work with partners' leadership team and program team to develop strategy implementation plans. Monitor partner implementation of plans. Identify exceptions when they occur and work with partner teams to respond to them.
Ensure that all contractual, operational and data management logistics are moving forward to facilitate full engagement by partner agency and ensure that internal and external contacts adhere to all contract terms.
Train and manage contractors and consultants working with individual partners
Network Management (40%)
Leverage, build, and maintain a network of partners that can share information and insights in support of the initiative's participants to facilitate relationship development, share learnings, and encourage cross-site collaborations.
Identify emerging areas of common interest / need across sites and develop strategies to connect participants to relevant innovations, solutions, and approaches to common concerns leveraging Proving Ground resources and expertise.
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Network Management (40%) cont'd
Direct the development of the annual network partners meeting, including working with project coordinators, research managers, and Proving Ground's director.
Create and manage delivery and content for network specific webinars.
Curate and manage the content for the document management system and facilitate on-line partner discussion.
Maintain connection with education sector thought leaders (both Harvard faculty and outside experts).
Develop tools, resources, and trainings to support change management work, including, but not limited to offerings that: assess the alignment between a district's issues and their resource allocation, facilitate root cause analyses, guide the creation of district-specific action plans, etc.
Project Management and Communications (20%)
Maintain open and clear communications with the Proving Ground project director and research team to facilitate effective work.
Share insights gathered from partner agencies with Proving Ground team to inform and shape various facets of the project: including programming, assessment of impact, and development of content.
Create project timelines and time-to-completion.
Develop tools and resources to support the change management and continuous improvement processes.
Develop and participate in presenting key partnership findings to both internal audiences and partner agencies.
Support in the recruitment of new agencies to the network.
Present at national conferences on network findings.
Collaborate with appropriate members of the PG team to ensure that on-site meetings, webinars, annual convening, etc., include the right analysis and protocols, as appropriate.
This position is a term appointment for one year from the date of hire, with a strong possibility of continuation.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
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Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Bachelor's degree in public policy, political science, economics, or a related field.
Minimum of 5 years professional work experience; relevant coursework may count towards this experience.
All candidates invited to interview, may be asked to complete a memo and present their recommendations during the in-person interview.
This position requires approximately 40% travel.
Valid driver's license is required
Candidates wishing to be considered must submit a resume in addition to a cover letter and must indicate that they meet all of the basic requirements in either the cover letter or resume.
Demonstrated capacity to synthesize and present findings to both technical and non-technical audiences
Proven ability to work under pressure, accurately assess problems, and develop solutions
Experience working with (or in) education or the public sector preferred
Change management, systems management, or management consulting experience a plus
Demonstrated success managing completion of projects a plus
Masters degree preferred
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 50096BR
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