Nationally recognized nonprofit venture philanthropy seeks a part-time Designing for Equity Lead to support the fiscally sponsored EF+Math Program, an inclusive research & development (R&D) program that aims to dramatically improve math outcomes for Black and Latinx students and students living in poverty in grades 3-8 by building student agency via executive function skills. As an executive team member, the Designing for Equity Lead will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of the EF+Math Program are designed and implemented with equity at the center. In partnership with the Chair of the EF+Math Equity Research Advisory Board, they will develop and implement a strategy for supporting EF+Math awardees in designing learning systems for Black and Latinx students and students living in poverty. This position will report to the Educator Co-Design Manager and can be done remotely.
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising and innovative education entrepreneurs and leaders and helps them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. NewSchools is the fiscal sponsor of the EF+Math Program, an initiative to improve students’ math performance and strengthen their executive function skills, based on the latest advances in mathematics education learning and research, learning sciences, and education innovation. The goal of the program is to improve students’ math performance by strengthening student agency and improving their ability to focus attention and ignore distractions, juggle multiple tasks, and hold information in mind. The program funds educators, researchers, and developers to co-design and then rapidly iterate on and improve solutions together. In doing so, the program aims to unlock the potential in every student to be a powerful math learner.
You will work approximately 20 hours per week as part of the executive team of EF+Math and report to the Educator Co-Design Manager. Key responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lead the EF+Math Equity Research Advisory Board - a distinguished group of equity researchers of mathematics education, educational technology, critical race theory in mathematics, and systemic inequities in education.
- Develop and implement a strategic plan for supporting EF+Math Program awardees in designing math learning systems for Black and Latinx students and students living in poverty.
- Lead the design and implementation of learning sessions (workshops, professional development modules, etc.) on topics related to equity in technology development, educational research, and mathematics teaching and learning.
- Conduct regular audits of EF+Math equity practices and suggest action items EF+Math should implement.
Skills and Qualifications
Success in the position will require, but not be limited to, the following proven competencies:
- Minimum of 5+ years of experience in the K-12 education sector, working with and / or within schools.
- Strong understanding of and experience conducting, synthesizing, and / or communicating research on equity in education; knowledge of math equity research and / or inclusive R&D, equity by design, and / or other similar research and development models.
- Strong skills in program and / or project management, including experience managing medium-scale groups, external partners and / or contractors. Experience managing advisory boards of academic and / or non profit leaders is a plus.
- Experience developing content for and facilitating learning sessions (workshops, professional development modules, etc.) on topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion strongly preferred.
- Ability to build and maintain positive relationships and a sense of community and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders.
- Commitment to EF+Math’s mission and strategy, including the improvement of public education and to EF+Math’s diversity, equity, and inclusion values.
- Belief in the mathematical brilliance of Black, Latinx, and students living in poverty.
- Commitment to racial equity and its intersections with considerations of class, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, nationality, language, and ability.
- Proficiency in using Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Drive, Slides) and Zoom; willingness to learn additional platforms such as Qualtrics, Airtable, and Slack.
- Extremely organized and detail-oriented; Strong analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic, and often virtual environment, owning high priority tasks quickly with minimal support.
- Work style suited to working in a small-team setting, where teamwork, innovation, agility, and resourcefulness are highly valued.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, sociology, or a related field; Masters or PhD preferred but not required.
- Research, non-profit management, teaching, school and / or district leadership, education technology, and entrepreneurial experience are all valued.
NewSchools Venture Fund has a strong commitment to diversity. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.