• Vice President, Educator Performance and Personalized Learning

    Job Location US
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    United States
    Technical Assistance
  • Overview

    Established in 1946, with headquarters in Washington, D.C., the American Institutes for Research (AIR) is an independent, nonpartisan not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation to improve lives, especially the disadvantaged. AIR is seeking an outstanding candidate with a national reputation in education, one who has been a leader in developing strategy and has demonstrated experience in executing proven and emerging solutions to teaching and learning such as networked learning/improvement communities, personalized learning, technology-enabled learning, and other approaches at the national, state, and local levels.

    The person in this role will have major responsibility for leading and shaping AIR’s work nationally in the field of education, specifically in strengthening the capacity of states and districts to improve teaching and learning, apply technology to personalized learning, and develop teachers’ skills and competencies through innovative approaches to professional development. You will contribute to and manage projects that provide training and technical assistance utilizing technology-enabled approaches in such areas as: college and career readiness, English language learners, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

    This position will be located in one of the following AIR offices – Washington, DC; Rockville, MD; Chicago, IL; Naperville, IL; San Mateo, CA; Austin, TX; or Waltham, MA. Washington, DC area is preferred.


    • Serve as a member of the leadership team for the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change (PP&SC) Service Area – the unit within AIR’s Professional Services Division that applies research and evidence to improve lives. This VP will help to shape the vision and pathway for building AIR’s future work in K-12 education innovations.
    • Create and execute a strategic plan to grow and build new work across the nation, and internationally as opportunities exist.
    • Serve as a thought leader and expert in strengthening Federal, state and district level technical assistance efforts focused on designing and delivering solutions in teacher and leader development, college and career readiness, and personalized learning
    • Work with AIR’s Strategy Office and Practice Area leaders to identify new opportunities, cultivate funding sources, conceptualize approaches, contribute to writing, and conduct critical technical reviews of major proposals and grant applications
    • Oversee a range of projects to ensure high quality performance and client satisfaction.
    • Set, monitor, and meet financial targets, as well as oversee financial metrics on projects and business development initiatives
    • Hire individual staff members and manage a diverse team of individuals and project teams of approximately 100 staff throughout the US
    • Develop plans, with staff and AIR’s Communications Department, to achieve preeminence for AIR’s applied work in this field through presentations at major conferences, publications, visits with clients, etc.
    • Foster collaboration across Professional Services with a mindset that all efforts are directed at leveraging talent and opportunities on behalf of one AIR for success and growth.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion


    • Master’s degree in relevant field (e.g., Education, Program Administration, Organizational Change, Leadership); PhD preferred.
    • Minimum of 15 years of experience, including 5+ years in a leadership/managerial role in a Federal, state, or district setting; foundation; or professional services firm; with a successful track record of leading and implementing an education technology agenda
    • Established networks in the field (federal, state, local government; foundations; and the private sector) with a willingness to draw on, cultivate, and expand relationships on behalf of AIR
    • Familiar with trends and funding opportunities from Federal and state agencies, foundations and corporations.
    • Strong track record of conceptualizing and writing winning grants and proposals to obtain project funding
    • Ability to manage and support large projects and a large staff (i.e., multi-million annual revenue and ~100 staff in unit)
    • Experience in building SEA and LEA capacity to support technology-enabled learning
    • Demonstrated ability to develop a rapport with and lead mission-driven teams with both internal (staff) members and external (subcontractor and consultant) members
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, the ability to listen and understand concerns, and the ability to communicate clearly with a variety of audiences, both internal and external.



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