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Position Purpose:
A part of the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute at Education Commission of the States, the Strong Start to Finish (SSTF) campaign unites postsecondary administrators and faculty, philanthropists, policymakers, researchers and nonprofit leaders committed to creating systematic change to set students up for long-term success. The projects goal is to scale reforms designed to dramatically increase the number of low-income students, students of color and returning adults who complete first-year math and English gateway courses and enter a family-wage earning program of study. The SSTF Associate Director will provide leadership to the knowledge management portfolio of the project, support the SSTF Director and external Expert Advisory Board, contribute to the strategic direction for the project, and maintain a high national visibility among the research community, education policymakers, national partner organizations, and funders. The successful candidate will have extensive experience in research, evaluation, and project management, familiarity with relevant state policy and a track-record of successful grant development and management.

Essential Duties:

  • Work with the chair of the Expert Advisory Board and SSTF director to develop and continuously a knowledge management agenda and overall content strategy for the project
  • Support the project director in his or her role as “concierge” of the SSTF network of scaling sites, technical assistance partners and the research and development community
  • Produce scopes of work and manage contractors needed to support knowledge management such as the collection, analysis and reporting of scaling site data and information on student and system measures of progress
  • Curate content and manage an emerging knowledge base to be site-centered and problem-specific
  • Ensure project artifacts (e.g. RFP scoring rubrics) reflect common metrics and lessons learned are developed and utilized to support site-based work and project evaluation
  • Support structured reflection about the lessons learned from SSTF among key constituencies including the Funder Advisory Board and Expert Advisory Board
  • Produce formative and summative reports demonstrating scaling site returns on investments of time and money
  • Manage portfolio of contractors to support achieving knowledge development goals 

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Applications will be accepted until qualified candidates are identified.