The person in this role will be a key member of the team that is growing and shaping AIR’s applied work nationally in the field of K12 education, consistent with current federal and state priorities, such as the Every Student Succeeds Act, primarily focused on innovative approaches to teacher and leader professional development (blended learning, micro-credentialing, video coaching, personalized learning, etc), teacher and leader preparation, and addressing educator shortages.
Overall Responsibilities are to:
• As a member of the practice area leadership team, serve as a thought leader and content expert to contribute to the vision for AIR’s future work educator effectiveness, know trends and market opportunities, and with others, create and execute a plan to grow new work with federal, state, local, and foundation clients.
• Lead and support project directors in conceptualization, high quality implementation, and defining and measuring outcomes for capacity building work at the federal, state, and local levels.
• Conduct a variety of activities with staff and AIR’s Communications Department to achieve preeminence for AIR’s applied work in the education field through presentations at major conferences, publications, visits with clients, etc.
• Work with AIR’s Strategy Office and Practice Area leaders to identify new opportunities, cultivate funding sources, conceptualize, contribute to writing, and conduct critical technical reviews of major proposals.
Specific Responsibilities include:
1. Steering research, consulting, training and project work in direction of new sources of business and acting as a significant force for closing business and establishing AIR’s competitive advantage
2. Creating business development strategy for specific new areas of growth, developing potential partners, deepening relationships with existing funders/build new funder relationships
Project and Client Management
3. Integrate effective project management and quality methods to manage fast-paced projects of high complexity dedicated to the development and implementation of educator effectiveness 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 to cultivate and manage client relationships, including management of internal and external politics and handling escalation of stakeholder/external issues
6. 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 educator effectiveness and establish outcomes-driven theories of action for their work and defining clear roles and responsibilities for technical assistance projects.
Research-Based Technical Assistance and Writing
7. Oversee the design, writing, and use of research-based materials and resources for client engagements, including national, state, and district policy groups and task forces.
8. 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)