Sr. TA Consultant
American Institutes for Research - Chicago, IL

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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. Our programs apply science to address real world issues on behalf of clients that include federal and state agencies, international development agencies, leading foundations, school districts and private businesses and our experts are a frequent source of information and guidance for policymakers, clients and the news media.

You will be joining our team of highly committed professionals committed to making a difference in education. 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.

The Senior Technical Associate Consultant will provide high quality, collaborative technical assistance and consulting to state and school district clients. This work entails leading project teams for a variety of clients by leading discussions and decision-making, coordinating and creating materials, providing training, and developing strategic solutions to pressing issues of educator talent management. Knowledge of and skills specific to designing and implementing teacher and leader evaluation and professional learning systems that support the academic and special growth of students with disabilities are required for this position. This position is part of our Education program and located in either our Washington D.C. or Chicago, IL office.

Responsibilities:

1. Manage mid-size project or large tasks within large-scale projects dedicated to the development and implementation of educator evaluation systems designed to improve educator effectiveness at the district and/or state level(s) in a fast-paced environment

2. Cultivate and manage client relationships, serving as an advisor and thought partner to district and/or state leaders as they make research-based decisions about school, district, and state
improvement and reform efforts, especially reforms driving educator effectiveness

3. Design and facilitate processes and materials for work sessions, professional development and/or training related to improving educator effectiveness with state and/or district and/or school. Ensure that all products, tools, and resources are designed to include the needs of students with disabilities

4. Develop guidance and products to specifically address issues of teacher quality and special education (e.g. attributing growth in co-teaching situations)

5. Collaborate and coordinate with national associations to provide consistent guidance to states and districts

6. Work with states and districts to differentiate the evaluation process for specialized instructional support personnel.

7. Work with states to identify means to disaggregate data concerning students with disabilities and to identify outcome measures to determine if teacher and leader quality efforts have resulted in gains in academic outcomes for students with disabilities

8. Efficiently identify, review, and synthesize research reports, publications, and findings from the field to inform the development of client services and deliverables

9. 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

10. Support new business development efforts, including grant writing

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

12. Availability to travel locally and nationally at least 50%

12. Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

1. Master’s degree in an education-related program required; Doctorate or National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification preferred. Background in special education preferred.

2. Minimum of 8 years experience working with school districts and/or state education agencies on a combination of the following components in the educator’s career continuum: preparation, recruitment/hiring, induction, professional development and growth, compensation reform (preferred), and evaluation/performance management (preferred).

3. Expertise in and/or experience with student growth models for teacher and principal accountability (preferred)

4. Experience working with diverse student populations and/or low performing schools and districts

5. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage projects and teams, strong project management and staff supervision skills preferred

6. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting to and facilitating various-sized groups with a broad spectrum of perspectives and entry points

7. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and proficiency in navigating the Internet

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