American Institutes for Research

Senior Technical Assistance Consultant

Job ID
United States
Technical Assistance


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. AIR has worked for more than 30 years supporting states and districts in tackling complex educator quality issues in their highest need districts and schools.

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. AIR is currently seeking to fill two Senior Technical Assistance Consultant positions to join our team. Note that we will also consider hiring a Technical Assistance Consultant for one of these positions if the candidate is a strong fit for the organization and the role.

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 strengthening the educator workforce through coherent talent management strategies (e.g., strategies to strengthen educator recruitment, support, development, and retention). 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 educator quality. This position emphasizes business development and client relationships and is part of our Education Preparation and Performance practice area. You may be located in one of our primary offices (Washington D.C.; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Waltham, MA; or San Mateo, CA (preferred).


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 educator quality, improving equitable access, and designing and implementing coherent talent management policies into valuable resources for the education field, which will also build and support AIR’s eminence on talent management (educator recruitment/hiring, professional learning and growth, development and retention)

Project Management
3. Manage fast-paced projects of moderate to high complexity dedicated to the development and implementation of talent management strategies and systems, including effective budget management, quality management, and staff management
4. Communicate regularly with clients and internal team members to gather feedback, sustain project momentum, and respond to day-to-day needs
5. 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
6. Cultivate and manage client relationships, including management of internal and external politics
7. 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 principal, teacher and leader effectiveness.
8. Support state and district clients in establishing outcomes-driven theories of action for their work and defining clear roles and responsibilities for technical assistance projects.
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 principal, teacher and leader effectiveness to capitalize on future business opportunities


1. Advanced degree in education or education leadership required; Doctorate preferred. Will consider candidates with an MBA, if have experience working with leaders in the education field.
2. Experience working in state education agency or local education agency, or as a teacher, leader or other school-based position preferred but not required.
3. Close familiarity with current education policy landscape (e.g., Every Student Succeeds Act, Equitable Access to Excellent Educators, etc.).
4. Comfort providing strategic consultation to and engaging in data-driven decision making with stakeholders preferred (e.g., human resources or educator evaluation data)
5. 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.
6. Experience with other areas including charter schools, micro-credentialing, career-technical education and/or networked improvement communities is an added value
7. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting to and facilitating various-sized groups with a broad spectrum of perspectives and entry points
8. Minimum of 10 years of experience working with public school districts and/or state education agencies on reforms to improve school leadership, including evaluation reform
9. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage projects and teams, strong project management and staff supervision skills required
10. Ability to work with and adjust for a variety of educational stakeholders and audiences at the district and state levels in a fast-paced environment
12. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a project team while prioritizing multiple objectives to meet project deadlines
13. Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook and comfort collaborating both in person and via telephone and video conference with project teams and clients.
14. Availability and flexibility to travel locally and nationally at least 40%-50%.



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