Full-time

US Division

HQ: Waltham, MA

EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace.

 

The US Division has an opening for a Director, STEM Strategy & Initiatives, reporting to the Senior VP & US Division Director, in Waltham, MA.

 

Over the decades, EDC has consistently earned a national and international reputation for excellence in products, services, reach, and impact. Federal, state, and international agencies, foundations, schools, and health providers express confidence in EDC as a change partner, and look to EDC for thought leadership and sound program and fiscal management on projects large and small. EDC has 1,200 staff, including a substantial virtual workforce. With headquarters in Massachusetts, corporate offices in New York City, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., and multiple domestic and international regional and field offices, EDC has annual revenue of over $160 million. Projects typically are secured by developing successful proposals that are awarded through competitive processes and through proactive outreach to funders and partners.

EDC’s varied U.S. project portfolio includes approximately 250 projects designed to:

  • Improve early learning opportunities and outcomes for children, pre-natal to eight years old;
  • Develop effective teaching and learning approaches inside and outside the classroom;
  • Prepare youth for 21st century livelihoods and employment;
  • Develop computational thinking skills among students;
  • Deepen understanding of science concepts and build data literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Promote individual, family, and community health and address disparities in areas such as suicide prevention, substance misuse, and sexual and reproductive health; and
  • Expand health equity and access to quality health services.

For over 60 years, EDC has been dedicated to improving education, health, and economic opportunities for people of all ages. EDC began with the creation of PSSC Physics, a curriculum that broke new ground in how science was taught in the US. Since that time, EDC has been a trailblazer in educational innovation and excellence, allowing us to help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. Our accomplishments include:

  • Designing Elementary Science Study, an acclaimed curriculum that built on children’s ideas, developed conceptual understanding, and engaged them in investigating scientific phenomena.
  • Developing pattern blocks that are now ubiquitous in elementary classrooms and used as tools for learning science and mathematics.
  • Creating Man: A Course of Study, a new approach to social studies education that sought to teach children to be more humane and eliminate racism by closely studying another culture.
  • Establishing pre-college centers at historically black colleges and universities to increase access and opportunity for low-income students; these centers were a model for Upward Bound.
  • Pioneering the powerful use of interactive audio instruction—a low-cost, high-reach, renewable, and reusable strategy—to deliver high-quality basic education around the world.
  • Guiding high-profile, innovative public-private partnerships (e.g., with Amgen, Intel, Cisco, IBM, Google, Adobe, Apple, PBS) that give students clear, equitable pathways to college and careers.
  • Shaping modern mathematics education through the development of numerous equity-oriented curricula and professional learning programs that are effective and inclusive, including Transition to Algebra and Math for All.
  • Integrating STEM into early childhood initiatives, giving children, parents and other caregivers the math, science, and computational thinking building blocks essential to future success.
  • Using our expertise to advise policymakers at all levels, from the White House to community boards of education.

EDC’s roots are in science education and that history continues today with a focus on education across the STEM disciplines, as well as on the enduring and underlying practices that are critical for learning and success in STEM careers. Our work extends from early childhood and K-12 education through post-secondary education and adult learning. This work includes the development of tools and materials for students as well as for teacher professional development across the STEM fields, online courses and instructional technology, the implementation of evidence-based programs and strategies with local, regional, and national partners, and research and evaluation to determine what works and why.  

Our work, across EDC and in STEM in particular, is grounded in a steadfast commitment to equity, inclusion, and broadening participation in STEM education.  At the heart of our work is the knowledge that equity in STEM education is the key to a strong economy. In all STEM fields, breakthroughs in innova­tion occur when people with a diversity of cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds and life experiences work together to address society’s challenges. To maintain a strong workforce and citizenry that can solve the complex problems of our world, all students must have outstanding STEM educations.

 

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

There are significant opportunities for EDC to expand our footprint in innovative STEM education research, development, evaluation and professional development. We are looking for a Director of STEM Strategy and Initiatives to join EDC and help lead the next generation of STEM education at EDC.

The Director will help refine and implement a strategy to deepen our work related to:

  • Increasing equity in computer science education and integrating support for engaging, rigorous, and relevant computational thinking and computer science learning into all aspects of education;
  • Expanding access and improving STEM education for underrepresented groups; and
  • Preparing children and youth for the world of tomorrow through the development of evidence-based STEM programs/curriculum, provision of effective teacher and leader professional development, deep work in research and evaluation, and policy analysis/advising policymakers.
     

In this role, the Director will also:

  • Build and/or amplify strategic partnerships with other research organizations, university researchers, foundations, and/or corporate partners
  • Work with staff on the development of new concepts, products &/or programs
  • Drive development efforts and secure funding for strategic new projects
  • Contribute substantially to EDC’s intellectual capital and external visibility, through conferences, publications, and other opportunities
  • Initiate and execute highly strategic programs and projects
  • Regular travel (local, regional, and national) required

 

QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking for a candidate with the following characteristics:

  • Background in one of the STEM disciplines is required, preferably one of the sciences or computer science
  • Demonstrated dedication to equity and broadening participation in STEM education
  • Proven success in business development across a variety of funders (federal, state, foundation, and/or corporate)
  • Instant credibility with a wide range of funders and partners
  • Nationally respected in field of expertise
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to develop and coach teams, and highly effective, positive, and transparent communication skills
  • Deep knowledge of formal and/or informal STEM education contexts and challenges (urban and rural issues, needed systemic changes, emerging trends and opportunities)
  • Entrepreneurial, resourceful, adaptive, results-oriented, energetic and collaborative
  • Master’s degree required, PhD preferred
  • 12+ years related experience, with 5+ years of complex project management or program development experience, including staff and skills in research-related tools and technology

 

CONTACT

EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please

 

Posted:  June 19, 2019

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.