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The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylands Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Institute The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program (Aspen Education) improves public education by inspiring, informing, and influencing education leaders across policy and practice, with an emphasis on achieving equityfor students of color and students from low-income families. Aspen Education supports leaders at all levels, from networks of urban superintendents and their teams, to state chiefs and their cabinets, to elected officials and their staffers. We convene groups that are diverse by design policymakers and practitioners, union leaders and reformers, Republicans and Democrats to question conventional wisdom, elevate evidence over ideology, and promote innovation that addresses vexing challenges. By providing off-the-record venues for authentic learning and honest dialogue, and producing a range of resources and tools, Aspen Education assists education leaders in designing, implementing, and continuously improving policy and practice. About the Work: The Aspen Education Programs efforts are focused on:
  • Advancing a richer vision of student success that integrates the social, emotional, and academic dimensions of learning as essential to advancing equity;
  • Transforming education systems so that they can sponsor and model exemplary learning and continuous improvement practices;
  • Developing education leaders to achieve transformation in learning, equity, and efficacy.
  • The Aspen Education Program does this work via three key strategies:
  • Hosting thought-provoking convenings of diverse leaders from the district, state, national and federal level that create powerful learning experiences that support and make explicit connections across policy and practice
  • Developing resources and tools for national, state, and local policy makers, practitioners, and philanthropy leaders to disseminate lessons and promising practices in a non-partisan, non-ideological way;
  • Cultivating and fostering partnerships to inform and challenge our thinking, surface and spread promising practices and recommendations, and share and apply our resources and tools.
  • Basic Function: This role will serve as the lead on practice-facing strategy, design, and implementation to advance the programs strategic priorities. Key responsibilities include, but not limited to:
  • Defining practice strategy that strengthens and advances the overall strategic objectives, focused on creating impact, coherence, and connection across activities;
  • Capturing insights and learning with respect to social, emotional and academic integration, system transformation, leadership development and equity implications, and transferring those insights into useful recommendations and resources (e.g., frameworks, tools, blogs, discussion guides, etc.) for key audiences (e.g., district, policy, and philanthropic leaders);
  • Leading design, content, and execution of practice-facing activities;
  • Managing the Aspen Education urban district networks, supporting urban superintendents, chief academic officers, and other chief/cabinet level district leaders to deepen their learning, provide fellowship and support, and refine their education improvement strategies: this includes conceptualizing convenings, creating and managing project plans, holding teams accountable, collaborating with other program staff and external advisors/consultants;
  • Supporting ongoing change management with education leaders (e.g., at our events, through continuous engagement/thought partnership with district leaders, visioning and planning additional learning experiences, etc.)
  • Delivering personalized support and tracking changes in practice and leadership among district network leaders;
  • Representing Aspen Education in public forums and with partner organizations;
  • Managing a team of three staff as well as external consultants and advisors.
  • This position reports to the Managing Director and will be a key member of Aspen Educations leadership team. Knowledge, Education, and Experience:
  • Have deep expertise in K-12 education practice and instructional pedagogy;
  • Possess significant expertise in, and experience with, social and emotional development (required) and integration with academic content (ideal);
  • Have established credibility via progressive leadership in both K-12 schools and senior-level district/central office management, with a minimum of 10 years in education leadership;
  • Hold a solid understanding, interest, and comfort with education policy, and are enthusiastic about finding intersections and opportunities to integrate and intersect policy and practice discussions;
  • Understand K-12 systems change and continuous improvement as well as barriers to change;
  • Are a skillful communicator and adept at translating across different audiences internal and external;
  • Are committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion through your work and how you show up in the work;
  • Have a facilitative mindset and experience leading adult dialogue/adult learning;
  • Are a learner and get excited about helping create an environment for learning and improvement;
  • Are a joyful, engaged, and collaborative problem-solver and thought partner;
  • Have your own network of district, state and national education leaders and can network across diverse organizations, building additional relationships with multiple stakeholders including in policy, research, practice, and philanthropy; and
  • Have solid writing and presentation skills.
  • To Apply:

    To apply, please visit www.aspeninstitute.organd follow the instructions to apply for the Assistant Director, Education Practice & Leadership position. Applicants must submit cover letter and resume.

    The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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