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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 Program Facilitator will lead facilitated action research projects using tools of improvement science to help educators innovate in how they support youth; engage in research and documentation of practices in Boston schools; support qualitative and quantitative data analysis to help educators assess and learn from school improvement strategies. 

The ideal candidate 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 find in information. The Program Facilitator will report to the Director of Eskolta Boston as part of a team supporting projects in public and charter schools as well as research efforts across multiple schools. You'll love this position if you enjoy taking ownership in your work, leading with inquiry, and operating with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Responsibilities include:

Partner to Facilitate Continuous Improvement

  • Facilitate the Boston Eskolta Network, a group of 10-15 schools 
  • Manage and coordinate design projects in which teams of teachers in schools test and improve practices to help underserved students succeed
  • Respond to the various needs and challenges encountered by teachers and teams of teachers as they engage in projects to implement new practices
  • Visit schools regularly to observe, document, survey, and interview staff and students and to support meetings of teacher teams

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

Collaborate with Schools and Eskolta Network

  • Collaborate with the full Eskolta team and support cross-team learning and development
  • 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

Develop, Monitor, and Codify Data on Practice

  • Conduct interviews and gather and analyze quantitative data—from surveys, student grades, attendance, test scores, etc.—to better understand the impact of efforts
  • Write clear, concise, and informative memos, case studies, analytic studies, slide decks and other narrative forms to document learning from schools
  • Monitor the effectiveness and results of the initiatives and plan adjustments through pre-and post-event surveys, analyze event performance and prepare metrics for programmatic success

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.

  • Knowledge of and concern for issues of equity and justice and an understanding of how structural injustice has impacted the experiences of underserved students
  • Experience in a relevant field, including education, adult learning, organizational change strategy and management, and sociology
  • Comfort and ease in diverse settings, including schools across Boston serving a variety of student populations
  • Exceptional project manager with strong attention to detail, highly organized, and meticulous in monitoring work
  • A self-starter with the ability to move a project forward in a small, flexible, entrepreneurial environment
  • Strong research skills through both Internet and academic sources
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to quickly synthesize information into clear, cogent writing

Compensation & Benefits

Eskolta offers a comprehensive and generous benefits package. The salary for this position starts at $75,000, 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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