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Program Lead, Rural Schools

Company: Wayfinder
Location: Berkeley
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

The Organization

Imagine if adolescent education was designed for all students to develop lives of meaning and purpose? In 2015 Project Wayfinder was founded at the Stanford d.school to answer this call. With our fifth academic year upon us, our toolkits + trainings have journeyed to over 20,000 students, 1000 teachers, 200 schools across 25 states and 20 countries.

With our $1.5M seed funding secured, we are now pushing our expansion across the country + globe. Our goal is to continue to double our impact and revenue each year for the coming years. Our vision is to become the preeminent SEL curriculum company in the world - leading the global movement of purpose learning, meaning making and belonging-based education world wide.

What We Value

You will be joining a staff of incredibly motivated and dedicated staff members that are committed to living the values of our organization. We have a very close culture where team members get to know one another and build lifelong relationships. We also feel and act like a purpose-driven organization. To the best of our abilities each person's role aligns with their own sense of purpose which feeds into the organization's larger sense of purpose.

Read this article by our Founder about our workplace culture in Conscious Company.

We also value access, equity, diversity, and belonging. This is represented primarily in three ways: our product, our staff, and our schools.

Product : We have intentionally developed our curriculum to be able to cross national, racial, and socio-economic boundaries. During the process of curriculum development, we have had over 30 educators work on and develop the curriculum from a variety of backgrounds.

Team : Our team is composed of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experience. We intentionally recruit, hire, and work with people from diverse identities + experiences.

School Partners : We intentionally target a wide array of educational partners from traditional to non-traditional that work with a range of students from different socioeconomic groups: we have taught our curriculum in low income schools in the Bronx, independent schools in Silicon Valley, and after-school programs in San Antonio.

Learn more: Project Wayfinder Team + School Partners

The Role:

If you believe in leveraging innovative digital curriculum tools to help every young person live a healthy life of belonging and purpose, Wayfinder wants to talk to you. We are looking for a passionate Program Lead to join our team, to create partnerships with rural schools providing access to our curriculum in hard to reach markets.

You must thrive in novel, high-stakes situations that require creativity and big-picture thinking. You will work closely with decision-makers including superintendents of rural school districts and leaders of community organizations to ensure that the Wayfinder curriculum value is being articulated and realized, ultimately leading to successful retention and growth in hard to reach communities across the nation.

We strongly encourage people from traditionally underrepresented populations in tech - such as women, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people, etc - to apply!

Responsibilities: Provide direct, high-touch engagement with rural schools/districts
High value training, mostly in person
Co-teaching curriculum with school staff
Coaching implementation strategies
Supporting sites with implementation planning and timelines
Pitch to new schools to get them to work with Wayfinder
Work with the Wayfinder Product Team to adapt curriculum to meet the school's culture needs
Maintain partnership with school partners by assisting them with Wayfinder implementation in a three year cycle
Utilize school implementation model to build a customize approach to support and technical assistance
Create authentic, meaningful and long-lasting relationships with a variety of stakeholders in the education field.
Increase footprint and nonprofit outreach by discovering and maturing opportunities to grow Wayfinder's network in other rural communities
Collaborate closely with Sales Team and Account Management Team to transition non-profit partner schools to the for-profit business
Organize programs and activities with partnering schools in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization
When feasible, travel approximately 25% of the time to facilitate planning meetings, renewal conversations, partner health interventions, and support training.

Requirements
You have been in the educational sphere, working in rural schools, as a teacher, counselor, and/or administrator for at least 5 years
You have at least 2 years of experience designing and implementing new systems to support schools/district with program implementation
You have strong networking skills that allow you to build relationships and partnering connections, especially with rural schools and communities
You have designed and delivered innovative and effective training to adult learners
You are adept at managing multiple projects simultaneously
You know how to work with multiple data sources to build reports, inform decisions, and/or build dashboards
You can break down ambiguous problems into concrete, manageable components and effectively communicating at all levels
Proven ability to work cross-functionally to understand business requirements and how to translate them into effective solution paths
You have strong communication skills

Benefits

We offer a competitive package that is based on location and experience. We also offer the following benefits:
+ Family Focus: Parental leave and flexibility for families.
+ Time Off: Flexible vacation policy to encourage people to get out and see the world.
+ Healthcare: Medical, dental, and vision policies.
+ Goodies: Whatever hardware and software you need to get the job done.
+ Team Fun: Regularly scheduled events, annual retreat, and celebrations.
+ Learning: Learning & Development Opportunities to grow your skills and career.
+ Great team: Working with fun, hard-working, kind people committed to making a difference!
+ Flexible culture: We are results-focused. We don't work at the office every day.
+ ...And much more! Lots of other perks make this company an incredible place to work.

Keywords: Wayfinder, Berkeley , Program Lead, Rural Schools, Other , Berkeley, California

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