Instructional Support Manager, Implementation and Partnership
Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) is seeking a Manager, Implementation and Partnership to join CEI’s implementation team in our efforts to support school districts to equitably, predictably, and reliably produce graduates who have developed academic, personal, professional, entrepreneurial, and civic competence.
The ideal candidate for this role has deep experience designing and implementing discrete projects related to topics such as school/district strategic planning and implementation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; social-emotional development; and/or career-connected learning. This candidate is skilled at high-quality project design, project management, facilitation, and coaching and relationship-building with school and district partners. This person is drawn to working with teams of district, school, teacher, and student leaders to design and implement innovative systems, programs, and processes that drive equitable outcomes for all students.
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 included 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 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 school- and district-facing projects
• Partner with Directors in project design and management of school and district initiatives related to content such as social-emotional learning, career-connected learning, strategic systems improvement, academic equity and improvement, and continuous improvement.
• Manage project budgets for high quality and efficient delivery.
• Lead internal project meetings and support effective team communication and collaboration.
• Support a culture of positivity and customer service internally and externally.
Facilitation, coaching, and relationship management
• Collaborate with CEI teammates to design and facilitate professional development, community co-creation and co-production, and school and district leadership team meetings.
• Effectively communicate conceptual ideas and expertise to both internal teams and external stakeholders.
• Support partner and project success through individual and project coaching and project management.
• Build and deepen relationships with CEI partners to better meet their current needs and to identify opportunities for future support and partnership.
Learning, collaboration, and thought leadership
• Learn new content, 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 but not limited to social-emotional learning, career connected learning, strategic systems improvement, academic equity and improvement, and continuous improvement.
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 discrete projects in the K12 ecosystem. Understanding of the Colorado public education landscape is an additional advantage. 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 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