Senior Technical Assistance Consultant, Teacher Preparation
American Institutes for Research - United States

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The American Institutes for Research is the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment, technical assistance and policy analysis from the school level up to the national and international levels.

The Senior Technical Assistance Consultant will provide high quality, collaborative, and research-based technical assistance and consulting to state and school district clients, with a specific emphasis on teacher preparation and the role of state agencies, and state and local boards of education in ensuring high-quality teacher preparation programs that align teacher development with the demands of state and district priorities. This work entails leading project teams for a variety of clients, engaging design task forces in collaborative decision-making, coordinating and creating materials, providing training, and developing strategic solutions to pressing issues of teacher effectiveness.

You will be joining our team of professionals that are highly committed to making a difference in education and working closely with senior staff and committee project teams. Staff members are encouraged to add their skills and expertise to multidisciplinary teams that draw on staff’s assembled knowledge to deliver the strategies that make an impact.
This position is part of our Education Program and located in one of our primary offices (Washington D.C., Chicago, IL, or Naperville, IL).

Research-Based Technical Assistance and Writing
1. Design, write, and facilitate the use of research-based materials and resources for client engagements, including national, state, and district policy groups and task forces.
2. Transform strategic expertise and thought leadership on teacher preparation into valuable resources for the education field, which will also build and support AIR’s eminence on educator talent management (e.g., teacher preparation, recruitment, hiring, development, evaluation and retention)
3. Facilitate and support engagement with Institutes of Higher Education, alternative preparation programs and other non-profit teacher preparation, accreditation and certification organizations

Project Management
4. Manage fast-paced projects of moderate to high complexity including effective budget management, quality management, and staff management
5. Communicate regularly with clients and internal team members to gather feedback, sustain project momentum, and respond to day-to-day needs
6. Monitor, coordinate, and provide work direction to assigned project staff and/or subcontractors, including review of their work to ensure accuracy, completeness, and adherence to quality standards, policies, and procedures

Client Management

7. Cultivate and manage client relationships, including management of internal and external politics
8. Serve as an advisor and thought partner to district and/or state leaders as they make research-based decisions about reform efforts aimed at improving teacher effectiveness and specifically teacher preparation
9. Manage client expectations on a project or strategic level, including handling escalation on stakeholder/external issues

Business Development
10. Support new business development efforts, including proposal writing
11. Deliver high-quality, interactive presentations to position AIR’s expertise and work in educator effectiveness to capitalize on future business opportunities

Staff Development
12. Serve as personnel supervisor, as necessary, including providing guidance and coaching related to job tasks, performance, and career development

1. Advanced degree in education or education policy required
2. Knowledge and experience in the educator effectiveness policy landscape and specifically teacher preparation.
3. Expertise in and/or experience with developing written resources to support effective decision-making and/or implementation, including materials, presentations, training, and reports is strongly preferred
4. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting to and facilitating various-sized groups with a broad spectrum of perspectives and entry points
5. Minimum of 10 years of experience working with public school districts, state education agencies, or non-profit organizations on reforms to improve teacher effectiveness, including teacher preparation reform
6. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage projects and teams, strong project management and staff supervision skills required
7. Ability to work with and adjust for a variety of educational stakeholders and audiences at the district, state and national levels in a fast-paced environment
8. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a project team while prioritizing multiple objectives to meet project deadlines
9. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and proficiency in navigating the Internet
10. Availability and flexibility to travel locally and nationally at least 40%-50%



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