Senior Consultant, Academic and Program Strategy
Use your instructional and educational leadership expertise to strengthen the impact of schools and networks across the country that are working to eliminate gaps for students furthest from opportunity.
Bellwether has an immediate opening for a Senior Consultant, Academic and Program Strategy, who will bring deep instructional knowledge and educational leadership to develop insights and recommendations that support strategic planning with schools and networks. Our work is national in scope, so our flexible working style allows our professionals to work where they have built their lives, which means Bellwether is able to hire the best person for each role, regardless of geography. Post-COVID-19 restrictions, up to approximately 30% travel may be required.
About Bellwether Education Partners
Bellwether Education Partners is a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. We do this by helping education organizations accelerate their impact and by working to improve policy and practice.
Our Academic and Program Strategy (APS) team is deeply experienced in supporting schools — district, charter, and independent, pre-K through 12th — to develop actionable plans to close the gap between current student performance and actual potential.
About the Position
The Senior Consultant will work directly on projects related to Academic and Program Strategy (APS), a body of focused work within the larger Strategic Advising practice, and led by Tresha Ward, Partner. Our APS team works with schools and networks to deepen and expand programmatic impact by developing and implementing data-driven, actionable plans that focus teams on the priorities most critical to student success.
The Senior Consultant, Academic and Program Strategy (SCAPS) will be a key member of the APS team working with clients to start strong, improve results, and grow with quality. Internally, SCAPSs work closely with Bellwether Partners, Senior Associate Partners, and Senior Advisers, and may be assigned the role of overseeing and managing the output of more junior staff members (Consultants, Fellows) and subcontractors of Bellwether.
In that context, the Senior Consultant’s primary responsibilities and duties will be:
Project leadership, support, and delivery (~90%)
- Partner with clients and senior Bellwether team members to develop high-impact academic and program strategies, and implementation plans in response to real-world, time-sensitive challenges brought forward by the school/network/district clients through an antiracist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive lens;
- Develop and execute work plans with independence and a high degree of ownership;
- Perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of core strategic issues for school/network/district clients; synthesize insights and eventually oversee and manage more junior staff members who perform research and analytical functions;
- Identify key data sources and gather data through interviews, academic program artifacts, and secondary research;
- Plan and manage client meetings with independence, including strong meeting preparation and follow-up;
- Serve as a thought partner, leveraging internal and external networks, to engage in team problem-solving, share evolving instructional trends and best practices, and contribute to knowledge creation initiatives; and
- Write and deliver high-impact presentations, strategic plans, and research briefs.
Content and tool development (~10%)
- Contribute to Bellwether’s knowledge capture and dissemination;
- Take on internal roles to build out Bellwether’s key capabilities; and
- Generate creative, action-oriented insights and recommendations to strengthen Bellwether’s APS offering.
Bellwether is a strong fit for professionals who possess strong personal drive and motivation; who demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values; and who are resourceful, responsible, tenacious, independent, and self-confident.
Excited? We are too. You should apply if you have:
- A clear passion and commitment to improving schools serving underserved students;
- A breadth and depth of familiarity with the challenges and disparities facing underserved students and education reform efforts in the United States;
- An understanding of and commitment to antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- At least seven years’ professional experience in a school or network/district-based setting, with at least four or five years of teaching experience and three or four years of school-based leadership and/or network/district-based experience; school district experience is strongly preferred;
- A strong record of student achievement in those roles;
- A clear vision of rigorous, high-impact instruction and assessment, as well as related academic program and leadership practices necessary to drive meaningful school improvement and/or network/district growth;
- Experience managing program implementation through teachers and school-based leaders;
- Experience planning and facilitating professional learning sessions for school and/or school network-based leaders;
- Experience leveraging project management tools and processes, research, and analytical problem-solving skills to drive extraordinary outcomes;
- A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to build strong client relationships, work effectively in a team environment, and facilitate joint problem-solving with clients and team;
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
- A highly self-motivated work style and willingness to proactively take on leadership roles within project teams and the organization;
- A learning mindset and the ability to seek out and synthesize new information about innovative school models and instructional practices; and
- Ability and experience in thoughtfully giving and receiving feedback.
Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package, including a performance-based bonus based on individual and firm success, full health care coverage, and access to 401(k) accounts with a matching contribution policy.
Use your application (a letter of interest and a current résumé) to show us that you have the skills we’ve listed or to explain why the skills you have are the ones we actually need.
Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to Tresha Ward, Partner, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will review applications as we receive them until the position is filled.
Bellwether is committed to building a team that reflects the varied backgrounds and experiences of the students we seek to serve. It is important to us that you use your application materials to clearly surface ways in which your background and experiences align with Bellwether’s core values, including our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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.