Position Vacancy - Senior Director, Birth-to-Three Policy, Communications and Partnerships
Bank Street Education Center
Start Date: January 15, 2020 Salary: Commensurate with experience Full Time
The Bank Street Education Center is the division of the college responsible for expanding Bank Street’s public impact through external partnerships. It works with school systems (districts, state education departments) to improve instruction at scale and incubates new programs to expand access to Bank Street’s approach.
While our core expertise lies in educator development, Bank Street is significantly expanding its capacity to shape policy and systems level change. In 2014-15, Bank Street’s strategic planning process identified the need for the college to partner with communities, early childhood organizations, school systems, and higher education organizations to advance educational practice and policy for all with a focus on large scale public impact. A new birth to three policy project is part of our efforts to realize that mission. We believe we have a better chance of making an impact on practice by creating a presence more broadly in early childhood education policy and leadership.
Bank Street released a Landscape Analysis defining key issues and opportunities in the field and will release a white paper with related recommendations for reform in January 2020. The Senior Director will be charged with building Bank Street’s capacity so that Bank Street is seen as a meaningful partner to influence change in the birth to three policy space and can begin to serve as a resource to the field to execute on a range of technical assistance and policy/advocacy partnerships aimed at strengthening systems and policy at a state and national level.
The Senior Director will report directly to the Associate Vice President of New Program Design & Strategy at the Bank Street Education Center. The Senior Director will also need to develop advisory relationships and collaborate with a range of stakeholders including funders, partner organizations and Early Childhood Graduate School faculty and staff from across the college.
The Senior Director will be responsible for developing and executing an external engagement strategy designed to increase awareness and interest in adopting Bank Street’s recommendations for reform, and then building and executing new partnerships designed to support implementation of those ideas. Overtime the emphasis will shift from an engagement and partnership development strategy to implementing partnerships.
Build & Execute Communications Strategy • Develop resources that can be used by policymakers, practitioners, and others on key reform ideas embraced by Bank Street • Engage with an external communications firm with expertise in messaging and communications strategy for social issues to support the development of a toolkit development that includes targeted resources and advocacy materials grounded in content expertise to support the work of partner organizations. • Partner with Bank Street’s Communications Division to create a digital presence for white paper ideas, including:
o Tweeting and posting social media content;
o Building a birth to three microsite.
• Serve as panelists or present in policy forums to share white paper ideas.
Engagement & Partnership Development • Build several new partnerships with organizations experienced with birth to three policy and advocacy at a national level in the first year • Convene a series of small group “strategy sessions” to catalyze innovation and discuss strategies for change with researchers, policymakers, family/practitioner-focused organizers, and funders. • Build support from new funders and other stakeholders without a history in birth to three resulting in at least two additional grant or contracts to support ongoing work (financially or through other commitments
Execute Initial Technical Assistance Partnerships • Work with identified organizations to offer targeted support that bolsters their efforts around policy change focused on reform ideas Bank Street proposes which include compensation reform and stronger professional learning pathways • Help secure new investments to support key stakeholders committed to executing our vision
Strategic Guidance & Reporting • Work with Associate Vice President to develop a growth plan that builds Bank Street’s capacity to grow a technical assistance portfolio over time • Participate in key meetings that report on and inform the trajectory of the project. • Lead presentations on the debriefing of learnings and implications of the project in an ongoing fashion with funder, Education Center staff, and other internal college stakeholders (e.g., Graduate School faculty). • Provide input and strategic guidance as needed to Education Center Leadership supporting the growth of the portfolio of 0-3 projects. • Provide support with development of connected projects across the Education Center
• Demonstrated ability to design and manage complex projects. • Demonstrated expertise connected to the 0-3 policy landscape • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with external partners and funders. • Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills that resonate with audiences of different backgrounds. • The ability to communicate persuasively, concisely, and unambiguously in writing and through presentation. • Ability to conceive of and create a variety of communications materials for a variety of audiences including powerpoint presentations, white papers, briefing documents and short articles • Ability to work effectively with others at varying levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions. • Flexibility in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of quickly changing priorities and tight deadlines. • Demonstrated ability to design systems or processes to solve a problem. • Strong critical thinking and project management skills.
• 10 years of relevant experience in policy, systems leadership, higher education or other related work in early childhood with a focus on infants and toddlers preferred • M.A. degree in education, public policy or related field
• This is a grant funded position • The position is contingent upon securing funds.
Internal Number: 912
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.