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SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING THE WORK LOCATION OF THIS POSITION-Although WestEd provides the option of working at one of its facilities for employees, many roles allow employees to choose to work remotely for their own convenience. The decision to allow remote work at the employee's convenience is based on the requirements of the position or project in question.
Content Area Profile
English Learner and Migrant Education Services (ELMES) at WestEd, which includes the Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) initiative, is looking for a team of equity-focused educators committed to improving the quality of educational opportunities for all students, with a particular focus on English and Multilingual Learners. ELMES provides professional learning, strategic systems support, curriculum, and standards development, and conducts research to enhance the quality of education for English Learners, Multilingual Learners, and Migratory Students. Our team partners with state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to build educator capacity to implement necessary educational shifts. These positions will expand our ability to continue to develop and deliver services that change outcomes for traditionally underserved students.
Who We Are
We are a highly motivated team with a deep, sociocultural foundation and an equity focus. We believe equity cannot be achieved without an upmost commitment to ensuring a quality education for all students. We are committed to building educator capacity at all levels of the system to ensure quality curriculum, design and facilitate quality teaching, and develop coherent systems, we can create the necessary conditions to implement powerful learning experiences that lead to long-term impact for students. Our team values experience and consists of former teachers, site, district, and state administrators, researchers, and scholars. We rely on our diverse teammates to navigate the dynamic and ever-changing contexts our school, LEA, and SEA partners face while staying true to our theoretical foundations. We are passionate and hard-working and we value professional growth, intellectual rigor, and a collaborative culture.
Please note that we are seeking candidates with experience in K-5 education, with deep knowledge and experience with Dual Language Programs as well as deep content knowledge in one of the following: Science, Math, ESL, ELA, or Social Studies.
Program Associate positions are an opportunity for experienced practitioners, administrators, researchers, and scholars across the country to join a committed team and contribute to a diverse portfolio of services that builds educator expertise to ensure quality learning opportunities for all students, with a focus on English and Multilingual Learners. The people in these positions will bring a combination of competencies and experience working in and with school districts, state education agencies, and/or other education service organizations. They will work with teachers and educational leaders in designing and facilitating professional learning, systemic improvement planning, accompanying teachers in the classroom to support them as they engage in quality pedagogical practices, developing curricular materials which balance, contributing to proposal writing and technical publications, and supporting successful project management and business development. Applicants should be self-starters who thrive in fast-paced working conditions, enjoy problematizing complex situations and seeking solutions, are intellectually curious, independently able to successfully manage a variety of project work, communicate clearly, continually pursue opportunities to learn and grow, seek feedback, build strong relationships, and advocate for others.
As a part of the English Learner and Migrant Education Services team, Program Associates will support existing projects and lead specific components in a variety of work. Based on their expertise, Program Associates will do the following:
Curriculum Development (up to 50%)
Professional Learning (up to 50%)
Strategic Systems Support (up to 50%)
Business Development (up to 20%)
What We Are Looking For
We are seeking to hire multiple candidates with a complementary range of experiences and knowledge that will enhance and strengthen our existing team.
Must authorized to work (visa sponsorship not available).
Joining the Team
We look forward to inviting new hires to start their position by attending a week-long, in-person QTEL Summer Institute in San Francisco in mid-July 2022. This opportunity will allow all new staff to be apprenticed into the QTEL approach and our team, while engaging in deep professional learning as a participant/observer.
Salary for this role is competitive and at WestEd grade Level G. WestEd offers a very generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as Life, AD&D and Disability insurance. We also offer various retirement plan options and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses. WestEd offers generous paid holidays and paid time off (PTO), among other benefits.
Perks and Benefits
In addition to WestEd's comprehensive benefits, our team values flexibility and offers flexible work hours. Committed to the diversity of race, ethnicities, perspectives, and opportunities, WestEd offers a variety of ways to build community, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), affinity groups (e.g., WestEd Parents), and professional learning communities (PLCs) for Data Intelligence, Insights, Innovation, and Women in Tech, just to name a few. We hope you'll consider joining us to build better schools, communities, learning pathways, and more! #LI-Hybrid