Background: 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. 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. The Education Center’s New Program Design team (NPD) works to advance that goal by designing, launching and, in some cases, incubating new partnerships for the college that drive innovation. In the past year these have included projects such as: launching an alternative pathway for experienced PreK teachers without a credential to earn a master’s degree, building a partnership with the Department of Education to build, pilot and document a professional learning pilot for family child care providers, researching and publishing a white paper on birth to three policy, and securing funding to launch a blended online approach to professional learning for teacher teams.
The New Program Design team seeks a Director of New Program Design to assist in managing the process of building new programs and partnerships within the Education Center and across Bank Street College (e.g., with the Graduate School and/or the Strategy & Operations division).
Key relationships: The Director of New Program Design will report directly to the Associate Vice President, New Program Design & Strategy and will work closely with a range of stakeholders from across the college who inform program design.
The Director of New Program Design will coordinate the process of designing proposals as new partnerships are forged by writing and documenting ideas as they are generated and iterated upon through internal and external stakeholder input, executing research to support idea development, building cost and staffing models, creating and maintaining a core set of foundational materials for use in partnership development and proposal writing, and organizing an internal learning strategy that supports project teams to be successful in sharing and learning from best practices identified through project implementation. The Director of New Program Design may also take on key time-bound projects to support NPD priorities across work streams in collaboration with the Associate Vice President or to support other Program Directors leading incubation efforts.
Document the design of new program models through concept papers and proposals that draw from the Bank Street approach, research and best practice to meet strategy goals and the needs of partners,
Develop related budget models and staffing plans that meet the needs of new programs with an eye towards sustainability, in collaboration with the Associate Vice President and with guidance from the Strategy & Operations division of the college
Perform research into new opportunities and partners, and conduct landscape analyses necessary to inform program design
Develop a knowledge base about similar innovation and design programs and research to support Bank Street’s capacity to bring new impactful ideas to life
Collaborate with key internal and external experts to inform the New Program Design team’s strategy
Serve as the key project manager to ensure successful project design and implementation planning for new partnerships, with an eye towards ensuring a process of broad input and collaborative decision-making
Liaise with internal and external stakeholders related to program/partnership design
In consultation with the Associate Vice President, develop and manage agendas, follow-up tasks and tracking next steps for key meetings with Senior Leadership and other stakeholders across the college
Fundraising & Development
In collaboration with the Development Office, conduct prospect research, develop proposals, write grants or other forms of solicitation to raise funds for new programs
Develop a core set of materials and resources (e.g. stock language, sample budgets) that builds a strong foundation from which to quickly build new designs
Write or support the creation of materials highlighting NPD supported projects for internal and external audiences (may include powerpoint presentations, short articles, fact sheets, white papers)
Minimum 5 -7 years of experience working in education or policy or a similar role
M.A Degree strongly preferred
Strong project management experience with exceptional organizational skills
Strong communication and writing skills (public speaking, letter, presentation, proposal and report writing)
Ability to design and manage complex and multiple projects independently
Excellent visual communication skills including the ability to create strong powerpoint presentations quickly and as a tool for documenting and vetting new ideas
Strong analytical and problem solving skills
Ability to work effectively with others at varying levels of an organization and to consistently display a high level of professionalism in all interactions including experience with maintaining confidentiality as needed
Proven ability to collaborate with others including demonstrated ability to influence key stakeholders you do not supervise and work collaboratively with experienced educators
Experienced and thrives in an ambiguous, fast-paced environment of quickly changing priorities and tight deadlines
Demonstrated ability to design systems or processes to solve a problem in a consensus-oriented culture of decision-making
Strong computer and related tech skills
Strong critical thinking
Internal Number: 919
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.