The Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is seeking a full time employee to serve as Coach and Project Manager to support the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) project. The Coach/Project Manager partners with schools and districts to design quality performance assessment systems, provide data analysis and action planning through SQM Data to facilitate professional learning experiences, and implement assessment practices that are equitable and fair. The Coach/Project Manager will also oversee day-to-day operations, management, and monitoring of the project to ensure timely and successful project delivery. This position will report to the MCIEA Project Lead.
As part of the CCE team, this position will actively participate in our ongoing justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion work. We are committed to centering communities in all aspects of our work, operating with a racial equity lens, building collaborative relationships with our partners, and continuously improving. As an organization we are actively reflecting on and improving our internal culture and developing our competencies to support and work with organizations, schools, and districts.
About the Center for Collaborative Education
The Center for Collaborative Education is a national impact driven organization that is committed to working with schools, districts and communities to increase educational equity so that students succeed, and communities thrive. CCE envisions a just and equitable world where every student is college- and career-ready and prepared to become a compassionate, thoughtful, and contributing global citizen. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools.
About Massachusetts Consortium of Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA)
The Coach/Project Manager will work on the Massachusetts Consortium of Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) project. Our field guide, Quality Performance Assessment: A Guide for Schools and Districts, describes the QPA model and provides tools and resources to implement high quality performance assessments. The Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA) is a partnership between CCE, MA public school districts, and their local teacher unions, joined together to create a fair and effective accountability system that is guided by a set of principles and offers a more dynamic picture of student learning and school quality than a single standardized test. MCIEA seeks to increase achievement for all students, close inequitable achievement gaps, and better prepare students for college, career, and life. MCIEA’s system focuses on a school quality framework that includes multiple measures of student engagement, student achievement, and school environment, and emphasizes performance assessments in the classroom to measure students' deeper mastery of content and skills.
A Coach/Project Manager will bring passion, insight, and ideas to a team working in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment. The Coach/Project Manager will put evidence-based approaches to student-centered instruction and assessment into practice with educators, school, district, state leaders, and other stakeholders. The Coach/Project Manager has a multifaceted skill set and the ability and disposition to design and implement effective and innovative approaches in the following roles:
- Build and develop strong relationships with school teams and school staff by motivating and inspiring strategic action and supporting schools and districts leaders in navigating the change process
- Design, plan, and facilitate effective and engaging professional learning including:
- Presenting and facilitating at multi-day institutes and workshops;
- Adaptive coaching in one-on-one and small group settings; and
- Designing and facilitating virtual and blended learning and networking opportunities (e.g., webinars, online learning modules).
- Collaborate on coaching plans for schools based on their current needs and provide adaptive coaching, technical assistance, and professional development
- Use school quality measures survey and administrative data to plan performance assessment coaching that is attuned to school strengths and areas for growth
- Contribute regularly as a thought leader in forums ranging from the CCE blog to local and national conferences
- Work with MCIEA Project Lead and project team to determine and define project scope, objectives, and resource requirements
- Monitor and track project deadlines, scope, and project plan and provide updates to Project Lead
- Coordinate project needs with other departments including communications, research, admin, IT, and the business office
- Manage short term “working” documents/files using different systems (i.e., Box, Google Drive, etc.) and long term storage/archiving of project documentation in Box
- Manage databases in Salesforce (Attendance/participation, data quality control, contacts, campaigns, registration, list servs)
- Tech support/needs (Zoom Meetings, Calendars, Box, Google Drive)
- Support logistical event planning as needed (I.e., meeting coordination, reservation management, meal orders, etc.)
- Work collaboratively as a member of the CCE staff to support and develop all CCE programs and to contribute positively to the CCE organizational culture
- Complete additional CCE special projects, as needed
MCIEA Task Bank
- Coordinate review of performance assessment tasks by designated task reviewers
- Work with task submitters on edits to performance assessments based on task validations
- Format and prepare performance assessment task files
- Upload new tasks to Task Bank
- Provide maintenance of Task Bank as needed
- Work with finance team to provide stipends to task reviewers on a quarterly basis
- Create and send PDP certificates to task submitters on a quarterly basis
- Track status of performance assessment tasks in Salesforce
- Further develop the QPA model and supporting performance assessment tools and resources in response to identified needs within QPA’s areas of expertise
- Manage annual data collection from MCIEA district partners
- Regularly updating SQM survey implementation materials: FAQ sheet, student survey script, etc.
- Coordinate the merging and cleaning of large datasets of student and teacher surveys
- Maintain SQM data instruments, refining instruments to ensure valid and reliable student and teacher survey scales and meaningful administrative data indicators as needed
- Formatting, implementing, and promoting SQM-related data inquiry protocols: appreciative inquiry guide, equity guide, individual data inquiry protocols, SQM walkthrough guide
- Maintain online dashboard for displaying, visualizing, and analyzing school-level data on a range of school quality measures
- Ensuring that all relevant materials (e.g., survey links, inquiry protocols, survey implementation materials) are all easily accessible on the MCIEA website
The Coach/Project Manager must have a strong background in performance assessments as a vehicle to inform learning and teaching and a strong background in interpreting and analyzing data for school and district improvement. The successful candidate for the position of Coach/Project Manager should have the following qualifications:
- A commitment to CCE’s mission of increasing educational equity
- Demonstrated history of and passion for equity in public education and working with educators to improve education
- Experience working in public schools, especially in an instructional leadership role, teaching, and/or school or district administrator
- Experience with a school reform effort, either as a staff person or as an outside facilitator
- Experience with coaching strategies or protocols
- Knowledge of and experience in personalized, student-centered learning practices including:
- performance assessment design and school-based performance assessment systems
- rigorous and culturally responsive curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- competency-based education
- Understanding of the theory and practice of effective adult professional learning and leading change
- Strong facilitation and teaming skills
- Ability to develop high quality content that integrates and elevates equity in practice
- Effective presentation skills
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences
- Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines
- Must be detail-oriented with excellent organizational, time management, and interpersonal skills
- Strong writing and editing skills
- Collaborative and team driven
- Advanced experience in Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Google docs, and Zoom. Experience with Salesforce or other databases is a plus.
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree in education or a related field.
Additional qualifications that are an asset to the position:
- K-12 teaching background
- Expertise in standards-based grading, project-based learning, early-grades assessment, and learning progressions
- Experience with culturally relevant and sustaining curriculum and pedagogy
- Experience instructing or planning for students who are English Learners
- Experience instructing or planning for students with Special Needs
- Comfort with Qualtrics survey software a plus
- Understanding of Massachusetts context
CCE offers a competitive salary as well as health and dental insurance; generous paid time off including sick time, vacation days, floating holidays, and personal time; 403(b) with employer match; flexible spending accounts; and internet services and cell phone subsidies. CCE offers a virtual (work from home) office environment with in-person meetings as needed and travel on occasion (up to 20%) primarily in New England and sometimes to other areas of the U.S. Further information about the Center for Collaboration Education can be found at their website: https://www.cce.org.
To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume via application form at https://formstack.io/4BFAC. Your cover letter should clearly indicate why you are interested in this job and how you have been an equity seeking and antiracist leader.
Interviews and performance tasks will be conducted virtually via video conferencing and online platforms.
The Center for Collaborative Education is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace.