Project Coordinator

Multiple positions available

Location: Boston, MA

Timeline: Rolling hiring, some positions starting immediately

Job types: Full time

Background:

In 2007 Mass Insight Education and Research Institute (Mass Insight) published The Turnaround Challenge. That report - which U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently called “the bible of school turnaround” - provided an ambitious framework for approaching the devastating problem of chronically failing schools, namely by creating Partnership Zones. These carve-out Zones are an in-district strategy for turnaround, characterized by flexible operating conditions and strong Lead Partner organizations. Mass Insight recently launched The School Turnaround Group (STG) to prove that Partnership Zones can work to turn around failing schools at scale.

Position description:

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated individual to help jump start this initiative and support the broader mission of our organization. The STG Project Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the fieldwork objectives of the STG, particularly focused on research, analytical, and materials development needs. The Project Coordinator will be an integral member of the turnaround team and will have the opportunity to grow and take on major responsibilities quickly.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop expertise on the Mass Insight framework as well as own content leadership in a number of focused areas of school turnaround
  • Support sub-projects of larger consulting engagements with states and districts including by:
    • Execute research projects and analyze qualitative and quantitative data to support strategic and tactical decisions
    • Contribute to conversations about the strategic direction of major projects for our various clients (primarily state and local educational agencies)
    • Develop materials to codify and communicate results and recommendations for clients
    • Collaborate with clients and internal team members to complete these tasks
  • Codify findings from client projects for both external dissemination and internal knowledge management
  • Support other internal needs as necessary, including in the areas of research, communications, and knowledge management
  • The Project Coordinator should expect some travel to client sites

Qualifications include:

  • Exceptional research and analytical abilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong design and presentation building skills, particularly PowerPoint expertise
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and submit high quality deliverables on a deadline
  • Professional demeanor and ability to interact with a diverse range of partners and clients
  • Ability to ramp up on new material extremely quickly and work in an independent and self-motivated manner
  • Desire to work in the dynamic conditions of a start-up environment
  • Passion for urban education reform and an unwavering belief that 1) all children deserve an outstanding education and 2) it is possible to turn around our country’s lowest-performing public schools
  • Strong familiarity with critical K-12 education issues
  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree a plus
  • Sense of humor, positive attitude, and willingness to work in a collaborative environment a must

The Project Coordinator should have 2+ years of experience. Applicants are encouraged from a diverse range of fields and advanced degree programs.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and letter of interest to Michele St. Laurent, HR Director, at mstlaurent@massinsight.org.