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Teacher Leadership Project Director
Albany, NY - Posted on: Wednesday 11/30/16
About Research Foundation for SUNY System:
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) is the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country.
Serving SUNY and New York State, the RF provides essential services to SUNY faculty, students and staff who are performing life-changing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; and computer and information sciences. More than 15,000 dedicated RF employees work on SUNY-led research, training and public service projects throughout New York, across the country and around the world.
This position is being offered through the Research Foundation for SUNY at the University Relations and Policy Office in Albany.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded SUNY System Administration a planning grant to engage New York's P-12 teachers in professional networks and leadership opportunities to improve teaching practices and views about the profession. The overarching goals of the project are to 1) build the capacity of SUNY to coordinate high-leverage and promising teacher leadership activities in New York State, and 2) align all of SUNY's existing statewide teacher leadership initiatives under one comprehensive umbrella.
SUNY will establish a comprehensive plan of action to promote teacher leadership and provide high-quality, standards-aligned professional learning experiences for teachers in New York State. More specifically, SUNY will assess its internal capacity to serve as a fiscal sponsor and technical support to teachers in New York seeking to host regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) events; conduct a landscape analysis which explores the use of collective impact among New York's existing teacher networks; convene key stakeholders to discuss ways in which New York can implement recommendations of the TeachNY Advisory Council; and develop and implement a plan to provide leadership and peer learning opportunities to teachers across the state through the New York Teachers Summit.
The project period ends on September 30, 2017, but has the potential to be extended for one or more years with additional grant funding.
The project director will be directly responsible for overseeing the successful completion of all planning grant activities within the approved timeline and budget. This person will lead the project team to develop a comprehensive plan of action to provide high-quality, standards-aligned professional learning experiences for teachers in New York State. More specifically, the director will:
- Conduct focus groups with teachers to hear directly from them about their interest in growing ECET2 in New York and their perceived gaps in networking and leadership opportunities, as well as to learn how SUNY could best provide technical assistance and facilitate their efforts;
- Engage SUNY business and budget officers, Master Teacher Program staff, and others to determine which existing processes could support the financial components of being an ECET2 regional hub, as well as to determine if additional processes must be developed;
- Conduct a landscape survey to identify existing teacher networks in New York resulting in a database or comprehensive list of such networks, including each network's particular scope or potential reach of influence and resources;
- Convene representatives of existing teacher networks to discuss alignment of resources and priorities toward collective impact;
- Coordinate the planning and implementation of the New York Teacher Summit, a large-scale convening of approximately 2,500 teachers across the state;
- Facilitate the creation of a data set across SUNY, the State Education Department, and the State Department of Labor to study supply and demand in the teaching workforce;
- Assist with the planning and implementation of bimonthly TeachNY Roundtable meetings and contribute to the development of a TeachNY Policy Implementation Plan that includes input and buy-in from the necessary stakeholders to achieve reform;
- Participate in regular meetings with SUNY project team and Gates Foundation program staff to ensure on-time and within-budget execution of grant activities;
- Prepare reports for SUNY project team and Gates Foundation program staff as required by the grant;
- Prepare reports, public relations materials, publications, fact sheets, and other external documents to promote and support the project; and
- Other duties as directed by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.
The director will be an individual who can demonstrate the following abilities, attributes, and attitudes:
- Strong interpersonal, communication (verbal and written), organizational and presentational skills
- Ability to perform multiple tasks and manage complex projects effectively and successfully without extensive task-by-task supervision
- Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with all levels of project/administrative staff and professionals within SUNY and its partners
- Detail-oriented, flexible, and adaptable to change
- Willingness and ability to travel within New York State and the United States
Master's degree in a related discipline and a minimum three years' experience in project management required. Experience as a P-12 classroom teacher is preferred.
As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.