Instructional Leadership / Teaching
MA - Boston metropolitan area
About the Organization

PBLWorks (formerly the Buck Institute for Education), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, and is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). PBLWorks creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders across the country. At PBLWorks, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life and we seek to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world those students will inherit.

About the Position

The Director of District & School Leadership (DDSL) plays a pivotal role in supporting school and district leaders around the United States in their effort to implement high quality Project Based Learning. This position provides an opportunity to have influence on schools and districts within a specific region, through the delivery of engaging professional development, face-to-face and virtual leadership coaching, and strategic planning support. The DDSL will need to leverage systems thinking, adult learning theory and leadership development theory. This role will provide guidance and consultation to superintendents, district and school leaders. The DDSL will work closely with PBLWorks' curriculum team to develop tools, resources and general support materials for district school level leaders who are leading the implementation of PBL.

The Director of District & School Leadership (DDSL) reports directly to the Senior Director of Programs and is a full-time position with benefits. The successful candidate will work with other DDSLs and be a member of the District and School Leadership team. The successful candidate will be located in Boston/New England. Travel for this position will be extensive, sometimes more than 50%.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

District & School Leadership Development

  • Provide leadership coaching and support to district leaders in 5 - 7 school districts in the Boston/New England region to ensure a systemic implementation of Project Based Learning.
  • Facilitate onsite meetings and leadership workshops to school and district leaders to build their capacity to support and sustain the implementation of high quality PBL.
  • Assess the districts' implementation capabilities, develop and maintain excellent relationships with district leadership partners and build capacity of leadership teams in the districts and individual schools.
  • Facilitate the development and monitoring of district-wide implementation plans for PBL, and ensure coordination of PBLWorks programs and services delivered to the districts.
  • Engage in regularly scheduled (weekly or bi-weekly) coaching sessions with district partners to support PBL implementation.
  • Represent PBLWorks by communicating to district partners and the public what PBL is, and what products, online resources, and professional development are available in PBLWorks' suite of services.

District & School Partner Management

  • Assist with the launch and facilitation of PBL School Leader Networks throughout the Boston/New England region.
  • Ensure fulfillment of contracted services in a timely fashion, working with PBLWorks staff to plan and coordinate service delivery of PBL teacher and leader development workshops and additional programs and services.
  • Work collaboratively with PBLWorks staff to measure and track delivery of programs, including accurate and timely inputting and monitoring of data in Salesforce.
  • Expand revenue-generating district and school partnerships based on PBLWorks' theory of action; cultivate existing relationships and develop new relationships.
Candidate Requirements:

The Director of District and School Leadership (DDSL) will be thoroughly committed to PBLWorks' strategy and mission. All candidates should have demonstrable leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience and success managing business relationships. Additionally, the successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

  • At least five years of successful school district or system leadership experience or experience working closely with school and district leaders in a coaching/consultative role.
  • Successful mentoring or coaching of school and/or district leaders.
  • Successful facilitation of groups, especially in service of strategic planning and professional learning.
  • Successful implementation and scaling of programs across a school district or system.
  • Strong demonstrable community building experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, trade associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. S/he will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Superior public speaking and presentation skills.
Compensation and benefits:

Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

PBLWorks is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status.

On-Ramps is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe social change happens when people with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and identities come together with common purpose. We're partnering with the team at PBLWorks to build a diverse team that demonstrates this commitment. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.