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WHO WE ARE

Founded in 2010, Eskolta School Research and Design is a collaborative, nonprofit educational consultancy that partners with educators and districts to craft custom solutions to the problems confronting urban public schools. We partner with educators using research to create practices and tools to successfully reengage struggling students and to build a culture of high expectations, respect, and compassion in which underserved students thrive. We help educators reinvent schools and inspire students to succeed not only in school but also in life. We don’t solve the problem for educators; we solve the problem together.

OUR VALUES

We seek to continuously challenge ourselves to exhibit respect, focus, balance, integrity, and justice. To that end, Eskolta strives to be an antiracist organization, using its influence to fight against social injustice by supporting a culture of learning, empowerment, and equity in our schools. Applicants should demonstrate a knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice impacts the experiences of underserved students.

At Eskolta, we also believe that our education system represents the key means of inspiring, equipping, and empowering young people to build a better future. We value every student and educator as an individual and seek their input, knowledge, voice, and potential. Through our work, we aim for both teachers and students to feel supported and valued, and to be afforded true opportunities to succeed.

We believe that changing the world begins with changing ourselves. We seek to continuously challenge ourselves to learn about the systems of oppression that exist in our society, examine our own beliefs and actions, and embrace discomfort as we move toward consciously creating a more just and equitable model of education.

We stand with all persons who are targets of intolerance, inequity, and injustice.

THE POSITION 

The Director of Eskolta Boston will have an exceptional ability to help others articulate their thinking, engage in a process of reflective inquiry to problem solve, and identify, aggregate, and explain themes and patterns. They will lead a team supporting projects in district and charter schools as well as research efforts across multiple schools. 

To be successful in this role you will need to have a knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experience of underserved students. An ideal candidate will have keen project management skills to juggle multiple projects, the perseverance to keep work moving despite challenges, and the attention to detail to ensure that projects are completed to high quality every time. 

Responsibilities include:

Lead Boston Strategy and Execution 

  • Manage the Boston Eskolta Network, a group of 10-15 schools in Boston 
  • In collaboration with organizational leadership in NYC, recruit new school partners in Greater Boston 
  • Manage and coordinate design projects in which teams of teachers in schools explore research, design, test and improve practices to help students who have been underserved succeed
  • Conduct interviews and gather and analyze quantitative data—from surveys, student grades, attendance, test scores, etc.—to better understand the impact of efforts

Champion Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Raise and integrate issues of equity and justice as they connect to school-based projects
  • Help educators develop critical awareness of the connection between issues of social justice and their practice in schools

Develop and Facilitate PD through Inquiry and Design Process

  • Facilitate adult learning by designing agendas and turning them into collaborative, disciplined inquiry in groups ranging from 2 to 200 educators at the same or different schools
  • Work collaboratively with program teams and academic leaders in schools to support the development of multicultural/culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy, skill-based competencies and assessment for mastery learning, strength-based culture drawing upon the cognitive science of learning, and student-centered feedback
  • Visit partner schools regularly to observe, document, survey, and interview staff and students and to support meetings of teacher teams

Develop, Monitor, and Codify Data on Practice

  • Collaborate with teachers and teams of teachers to design projects that flexibly respond to the various needs and challenges encountered as they implement new practices
  • Write clear, concise, and informative memos, case studies, analytic studies, slide decks, and other narrative forms to document learning from schools
  • Collaborate with the national Eskolta team across cities and support cross-team learning and development
  • Track project information and disseminate internally through various reporting systems

Qualifications:

There are innumerable ways to learn, grow, and excel professionally. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below.

  • A knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experiences of underserved students
  • Professional experience in a relevant field, including education, adult learning, organizational change strategy and management, and sociology
  • A commitment to helping high school students who have been underserved by the school system to improve their grades, passing rates, and graduation rates 
  • An ability to create a strategic vision, assessing the organization's progress against its determined goals
  • Comfort and ease in diverse settings, including district and charter schools across Boston serving a variety of student populations 
  • Comfort pushing teams to center their work in educational equity and justice without losing sight of team goals
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize information into clear, cogent writing
  • Experience in Boston schools is a plus
  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a flexible, entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong research skills through both Internet and academic sources
  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a flexible, entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to travel to NYC on a monthly basis for workshops and multi-day training
  • Experience managing and leading teams is a plus

Compensation & Benefits

Eskolta offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package. The salary for this position starts at $100,000, commensurate with experience. 



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Eskolta is committed to actively working against racism within our organization, and externally in our work with partner schools and organizations. 

Eskolta provides equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees and prohibits discrimination with respect to the hiring or promotion of individuals, conditions of employment, disciplinary and discharge practices, or any other aspect of employment on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, disability, or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. 

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our philosophy

We believe in the power of positivity, and that people deserve to be happy both at home and at work.  That's why we focus on three key components to find the right match for each of our current openings: aligning your individual strengths with the requirements of the role, finding work you feel passionate about, and ensuring your values match those of the organization.

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