Education Reimagined seeks an Associate Director of National Outreach and Community Building who is committed to making learner-centered education available to every child in the country by accelerating the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement.
This person is focused on transforming, rather than reforming, education as described in “A Transformational Vision for Education in the US” (link). They are an experienced community builder and strategic thinker. This individual is prepared and excited to be a leader in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment with a small, dynamic team.
The Associate Director of National Outreach and Community Building will actively nurture the emerging community of learner-centered education pioneers working to create the conditions for learner-centered environments to thrive. They will seek to accelerate the movement by making the field of learner-centered education visible to the people in it and others, building relationships among pioneers who wouldn’t otherwise know each other, and creating opportunities for those interested to share a language and lens that will dramatically improve their ability to work together. The kinds of people this role will identify, build relationship with, and convene are learner-centered network leaders, policy influencers, human capital capacity builders, foundations, business and union leaders, higher education stakeholders, community leaders, and advocacy and outreach groups.
In partnership with the Education Reimagined Executive Director and team, the Associate Director will be responsible for conducting outreach to, gathering learnings from, and mapping the national and regional players in the learner-centered field. They will be listening for what conversations could make a difference to the field and identifying opportunities to accelerate the movement through shared language. As topics emerge as important to the field, they will be responsible for finding and enrolling attendees, supporting the design of the gatherings in partnership with the team and program leaders, and coordinating and executing pre- and post-event activities. The Associate Director will also represent Education Reimagined in national collaborations, speak at conferences and events, and amplify the great work of pioneers from across the country.
As resources allow and demand for our work requires, this role will entail building and leading a small team of new staff members, interns, and consultants.
The ideal candidate is:
Engaged in the learner-centered education movement;
Curious and knowledgeable about what learner-centered learning environments need to thrive;
Experienced in working and communicating with high-level leaders and stakeholders across a wide range of sectors and ideologies;
An effective speaker and workshop leader;
Strongly committed to high-quality work and has a proven track record of project management;
Experienced in planning and executing convenings (experience bringing together diverse stakeholders, a plus); and
Has a Bachelors degree, at a minimum.
Skills & Dispositions
You are passionate about and committed to learner-centered education, as expressed in our vision (link), and the transformation of the education system already underway across the country.
You are eager to work in service of the learner-centered education movement’s growth, rather than working to control or direct it.
You are able to operate at both a strategic level of generating what is possible and a practical level of getting things done.
You embrace emergence as a powerful theory of change.
You don’t think you have the answer for how the movement will grow and look forward to engaging in authentic inquiry with the team and others to discover how we can best support its emergence.
You are ready and able to make decisions, take risks, and lead others, while simultaneously soliciting and valuing the input, expertise, and assistance of others.
You are comfortable working with a small, highly collaborative team, where you will play the role of both leader and supporter in varying realms, and are flexible and willing to pitch in wherever you are needed.
You can work iteratively—often within vague and emerging circumstances.
You are able to perform and prioritize multiple concurrent tasks in fast-changing circumstances.
You are self-motivated to continuously reflect on how you can learn and improve in your contributions to the team and the learner-centered field.
You have a strong interest in Convergence’s mission and aspirations to create social change through collaboration and relationship-building.
Education Reimagined, an initiative of Convergence, arose out of an 18-month dialogue to reimagine education amongst 28 ideologically diverse practitioners and leaders. They emerged with "A Transformational Vision for Education in the US," which sets out the fundamental transformation of the current school-centered education system to one that is learner-centered. In this future, learners are no l...onger asked to adapt to the education system; instead, it adapts to the unique needs, strengths, interests, and aspirations of each learner—supporting each learner to thrive and reach their full potential, regardless of their circumstances.With the vision signatories now serving on the Advisory Board, Education Reimagined is committed to making learner-centered education available to every child in the US. In service of that purpose, our mission is to accelerate the growth and impact of the learner-centered education movement in the United States by:- Identifying and emboldening learner-centered pioneers already at work in communities, school systems, policy arenas, and the education profession, growing the number of pioneers who see themselves as part of a larger movement;- Igniting and fostering an ever-growing community of diverse learner-centered pioneers—who wouldn’t otherwise see each other as allies in a movement—and create the conditions for them to effectively collaborate, innovate, and advocate together; and- Sharing the possibility of learner-centered education with a broad spectrum of education stakeholder groups, so as to attract new pioneers and to grow support for pioneering efforts.