• AIR Comprehensive Center Network Senior Leader

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  • 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 to improve lives, especially the disadvantaged. AIR conducts research and evaluation and facilitates policy, practice and systems change in the U.S. and internationally on a broad range of issues in education, public health, mental health and health care, juvenile justice, and child welfare.

    AIR has worked for more than 30 years with education leaders at the state, district, and school levels to improve education systems. As a central part of this work, AIR operates a network of federally funded comprehensive centers (CCs) that provide technical assistance to state and local education agencies as they address federal education initiatives and priorities. This AIR CC network, which is part of a larger federal network of 22 centers, includes four regional comprehensive centers–Midwest, Great Lakes, Southeast, and Texas–and two content centers—Center on Great Teachers and Leaders and College and Career Readiness and Success Center.
    AIR is seeking an emerging or recognized education leader to serve on the AIR Comprehensive Center Network Leadership Team. The person in this role will be a key member of the team that is growing and shaping the AIR’s technical assistance service delivery strategy to help guide and support effective collaboration across all six Centers as well as the larger federal network of CCs.

    The ideal candidate will have a national reputation and experience with education systems change and some combination of experience and a demonstrated capacity in developing policies, delivering technical assistance, and working in collaboration with: federal, state, and local policymakers; K-12 schools and higher education institutions; workforce, business, and industry partners, and other educational nonprofit and for-profit agencies.

    The person in this position will preferably work out of one of AIR’s offices in either the Washington, DC metropolitan area; Waltham, MA; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; or San Mateo, CA. A remote home office may be permissible under certain circumstances.


    As a member of the AIR Comprehensive Center Network Leadership Team, major responsibilities will include the following:
    1. 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.
    2. Provide both day-to-day and strategic leadership, project management, and quality assurance oversight, as needed, to increase the effectiveness of the AIR CC network and individual centers.
    3. Provide guidance and structure for internal and external efforts to demonstrate the quality, relevance, and utility of the centers work and their impact in the field.
    4. Promote collaborations across the AIR centers, and other internal and external stakeholders (e.g., the State Support Network), dedicated to improving state, district and school effectiveness.
    5. Develop new technical assistance initiatives and related publications, resources, and materials for various educational stakeholders, including state education departments, school districts, schools, and teachers.
    6. Provide training and support to Center staff to increase their capacity in specific skill areas.
    7. Conduct a variety of activities to achieve preeminence for AIR’s applied work in the education field through presentations at major conferences, publications, visits with clients, etc., in partnership with staff and AIR’s Communications Department
    8. Manage and oversee project budgets.
    9. Serve as a thought leader and content expert to contribute to the vision for AIR’s future work, know trends and market opportunities, and with others, create and execute a plan to grow new work with federal, state, local, and foundation clients.


    This is a senior level position that requires concomitant educational attainment, demonstrated expertise, and experiences that include the following:

    1. PhD/EdD degree in Education, Public Policy or related field preferred, but will consider MA degree with 15 years of experience
    2. Demonstrated experience in designing, writing, and facilitating the use of research-based materials and resources for states, districts and schools
    3. Established pre-existing professional connections with potential partners or clients, including federal agencies, foundations, policy organizations, and state and local entities, and experience working with these and other professionals/leaders and advocates
    4. Demonstrated research, policy, and/or practice knowledge of a variety of facets of continious improvement for education systems
    5. Experience working in or with schools, districts, or State education agencies serving diverse student populations, including students at risk of not being ready for careers and postsecondary education
    6. Ability to work with a variety of educational stakeholders and audiences at the district and state levels
    7. Demonstrated ability to lead and manage large projects and teams, including ability to provide guidance and feedback to staff
    8. Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presenting and facilitating various-sized groups



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