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28 Mar 2022

Instructional Support Manager, Career-Connected Learning

Colorado Education Initiative

Job Description

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is seeking a Manager, Career-Connected Learning to join CEI’s implementation team in our efforts to support Colorado school districts to: equitably, predictably, and reliably produce graduates who have developed academic, personal, professional, entrepreneurial, and civic competence; embrace a broader understanding of school quality; and maximize the policy and funding opportunities of recovery to enable breakthrough change that drives equity and relevance in high school.

The ideal candidate for this role has significant experience working in/with schools and/or districts to design and implement career-connected learning opportunities for students and is skilled at high-quality project design and project management. Additionally, this candidate must be competent at building and leveraging relationships with CEI school and district partners and in coaching for project success. This person is drawn to working with teams of district, school, teacher, and student leaders to design and implement career-connected learning.

The candidate is excited to join a team grounded in the CEI mindsets: dream big, act small, and pivot quickly; constant learning and adaptation; flexible, nimble, and purposeful; and partnership and service orientation. In addition to the qualifications described throughout this description, the candidate will exhibit belief in and comfort with the CEI Design Commitments, including change management; diversity, equity, and inclusion; youth activation; family and community partnership; social emotional development; and leadership. This position will report to the Assistant Director, Implementation and Partnership.


About Colorado Education Initiative

CEI is at the forefront of improvement, innovation, and change in Colorado’s public education system. CEI is a statewide nonprofit organization that invests time, expertise, and dollars in K-12 public education. For 15 years, CEI has worked with educators as an inspired and supportive partner on the ground in over 150 urban, suburban, and rural school districts.

CEI works as an implementation expert, innovation thought leader, and statewide convener in public education. Our mission is to accelerate improvement and innovation in Colorado schools. Our vision is a future in which every student in Colorado is prepared and unafraid to succeed in school, work, and life, and ready to take on the challenges of today, tomorrow, and beyond. We currently partner deeply in over 60 Colorado school districts and have limited work in other states in the region. In addition to our field implementation work, we engage in important policy and innovation agendas in Colorado. Our success is driven by a passionate team of diverse individuals who truly enjoy working together.

Of note, we are committed to prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the work we support across Colorado. We seek to identify and embed equity-seeking practices in our culture and talent systems and have made a focused set of investments in the related professional development of our team. We believe our work demands this because of the historic and current experiences in the school systems in which we operate and because we believe the outcomes we seek for students require the prioritization of equity. In all roles, we welcome candidates who are eager to participate in and contribute to this work and whose lived experiences deepen our perspectives on the education system.



Implementation of career-connected learning initiatives

• Build and maintain content knowledge in current and emerging best practices in career-connected learning
• Support CEI staff and field implementation partners in building knowledge about and implementing current and emerging best practices for career-connected learning
• Collaborate on project design and management of initiatives related to career-connected learning; organize teams to do their best work
• Coach school and district teams to successful outcomes
• Work with systems to promote equity in career-connected learning for students furthest from opportunity

Content development and facilitation

• Design and facilitate professional learning networks for district- and school-based staff to deepen expertise of career-connected learning and facilitate best practice sharing
• Support design and delivery of professional development that integrates best practices to promote equitable student outcomes
• Identify technical assistance and professional development needs through both systematic assessments and informal discussions with district partners
• Assess the quality and effectiveness of provided facilitation and/or technical assistance to ensure that programming accomplishes its intended goals through a continuous improvement process
• Provide a culture of positivity and customer service internally and externally

Learning, collaboration, and thought leadership

• Learn new approaches and processes and apply them within and outside of personal areas of expertise to advance the work of CEI and our partners
• Actively and eagerly partner with colleagues inside and outside of CEI to advance shared goals and increase the capacity of the K12 ecosystem
• Contribute to the body of knowledge in areas related to career-connected learning and how these opportunities intersect with academic and social-emotional student outcomes and innovative assessments
• Understand, promote, and inform policy and funding opportunities that drive increased relevance and experiential learning



A successful candidate will have at least five years of experience in education or a related field with a proven track record of designing and implementing career-connected learning in the K12 ecosystem. Understanding of concurrent enrollment systems, experience instructing or supporting Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in Colorado, and/or developing Individual Career and Academic Plans and providing career advising to students are additional advantages. They will have skill and experience in working with diverse groups of people, coaching across lines of difference, and empowering local leaders to create change. They will be a strong facilitator in both in-person and virtual contexts and have a working knowledge of adult learning techniques. They know how to work across organizations to build relationships, develop collaborative work products, and take responsibility for the outcomes. They will have a record of working with humility and persistence to serve partners and teams to which they are accountable. They will be organized, detail-oriented, an outstanding verbal and written communicator, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The person in this role must be available and willing to travel as needed, approximately 25% of working days.



This position requires strong project design and management skills, facilitation, coaching, interpersonal communication, collaboration, relationship building, and multi-tasking skills and the ability to anticipate and take initiative to predict and solve problems.



• Full-time position
• Annual salary commensurate with experience in a range of $60,000 – $80,000
• Competitive benefits package
• Hybrid work environment including some flexible scheduling and work-from-home options
• CEI’s headquarters are in Denver, but if you live elsewhere in Colorado, we’d love to talk with you

How to Apply

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Applicants should indicate the position in the subject line of the email. Note: applications submitted directly through a job listing site will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 11 and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please.   CEI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. CEI strives to be an inclusive organization, and as such takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Instructional Support. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.