About Bellwether Education Partners
Bellwether Education Partners is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit of over 50 professionals dedicated to helping education organizations become more effective and achieve dramatic results, especially for underserved students. To do so, we work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and provide a unique combination of exceptional thinking, talent, and hands-on strategic support:
Why bring all this together? Bellwether was founded on the belief that the only way to ensure that all children have access to high-quality schools is to take a holistic approach to education’s most pressing challenges. Having all three areas of expertise makes our work stronger by tying innovative thinking to perspectives regarding on-the-ground realities.
In this way, Bellwether has carved out a special and desperately needed niche in the education reform landscape. We aren’t just a think tank, a consulting firm, or a human capital organization. We are all of the above and more, providing comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most long-standing and complicated problems.
Bellwether takes our mission of serving educators, students, organizations, and communities seriously. But we try not to take ourselves as individuals quite so seriously. We do challenging work, and we know how to have fun. From jumpsuits and talent shows at retreats, to PowerPoint presentations on werewolves and vampires at team meetings, we embrace our individuality — our quirks, talents, and diversity of viewpoints. We welcome different experiences and perspectives because we know that our team is stronger for having a variety of political, cultural, and educational beliefs represented.
Bellwether strives to make the work rewarding and sustainable so we can find harmony between demanding jobs and full personal lives. We are proud that our team has poets, hockey players, food bloggers, activists, teachers, karate black belts, church leaders, cyclists, and much more. Our flexible work environment allows many of our team members to work where they like, and when they like (within reason, of course). This allows us to operate in ways that feel most productive to us and do more of what we love doing on our own time.
These qualities are clear in the core values that guide our work and reflect what is truly important to us as an organization:
Further, we value many forms of diversity and believe race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues play an especially acute role in the education sector and consequently our work. By actively seeking and hiring talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and maintaining an environment where divergent ideas and perspectives are freely expressed, we increase our collective ability to deliver thoughtful, relevant solutions and analyses for our clients and the education sector.
About the Position
The Associate Partner (AP) will play an important role in Bellwether’s growing evaluation practice. APs work as members of small teams and take strong leadership roles in both external and internal capacities. Externally, APs play an important role with clients and on client engagements by identifying issues, designing and implementing responsive plans, conducting research, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data sets, and communicating findings and recommendations to stakeholders. Throughout an engagement, an AP is directly involved in discussions and presentations with senior client leadership. Internally, APs work closely with Bellwether Partners and Principals, and are assigned the role of overseeing and managing the output of more junior staff members (Analysts, Fellows) and sub-contractors for Bellwether.
Associate Partners are accountable to Partners and Principals within Bellwether who, in turn, guide their work and invest in their professional development. This particular opportunity is in the Policy and Thought Leadership practice within Bellwether, led by Co-Founder and Partner Andrew Rotherham and Partner Sara Mead; the AP will report to Senior Adviser Allison Crean Davis, who leads Bellwether’s evaluation practice. The AP will periodically have the opportunity to work across the Bellwether practice areas to broaden his/her skills and perspectives, including providing support to Bellwether’s Strategic Advising team.
In that context, the Associate Partner’s primary responsibilities and duties will be to:
Bellwether is a strong fit for professionals who possess strong personal drive and motivation; demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and who are resourceful, responsible, tenacious, independent, and self-confident.
The ideal candidate for this position will have strong experience designing and managing high profile evaluations, will bring a sophisticated understanding of research design and statistical analysis, will have contextual awareness of relevant issues in education reform, and will possess an entrepreneurial spirit.
Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following:
Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and firm success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.
Our work is national in scope, and our team is primarily concentrated in two major cities: Washington, D.C. and Chicago. We prefer that this candidate be based in our Washington, D.C. office.
Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to:
Allison Crean Davis, Senior Adviser
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a letter of interest and a current résumé or curriculum vitae and should be submitted electronically.
Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Further, as described above, Bellwether is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.