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WOODROW WILSON TEACHING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM—STATE PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

INTRODUCTION

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, located in Princeton, New Jersey, identifies and develops the most talented minds for the nation’s greatest challenges. The Foundation does this by offering more than 400 fellowships annually to recruit, support, and prepare the next generation of leaders for important fields. Woodrow Wilson has supported 22,000 Fellows who have won an astounding number of awards and honors, including: 14 Nobel Prizes, 37 MacArthur “Genius” Awards, 19 Pulitzer Prizes, two Poets Laureate, and even one Academy Award.

The WW Teaching Fellows Program recruits and selects strong prospective STEM teachers who enroll in master’s level teacher preparation programs at twenty-eight university partners in the states of Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Director of Mentoring Strategy and Program Assessment, the WW Teaching Fellowship State Program Associate serves as an active link between the WW Foundation and partner universities to help develop, implement, and sustain the WWTF program at the institutional level. The Foundation seeks an organized and creative candidate with significant knowledge of national- and state-level education policy, as well as key stakeholders and dynamics related to STEM education in the states where the program operates. The successful candidate will be both highly self-motivated and directed, and a communicative team player who is capable of working collaboratively with Teaching Fellowship team members based in Princeton and across states. The successful candidate will have prior experience working in K–12 schools and higher education organizations.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Overall, the State Program Associate is responsible for three major functions:

  • Program development, including course work and clinical program design;
  • Fellow support; and
  • Assessment.

Specific tasks include the following:

  • Assist partner universities in developing MOUs and building strong relationships with participating school districts.
  • Collaborate with university program directors to ensure full program compliance; facilitate data reporting to the Foundation and assure program quality.
  • Assist in monitoring the progress of Fellow cohorts across states and report regularly to the Director of Mentoring Strategy and Program Assessment
  • Serve as a liaison between Program Associate for Fellow Support and PD and assist in resolving issues of Fellow support.
  • Assist with tasks related to selection and attend selection days as needed in the state and elsewhere.
  • Conduct and coordinate site visits and assessment visits as directed. Help to resolve issues identified by Foundation staff and administration and visit institutions as needed for technical assistance and resolution.
  • Assist with grant reporting and stewardship.
  • Convene state-based Program Directors on a regular basis to discuss best practices in teacher education, review lessons learned in implementation, and troubleshoot programmatic challenges.
  •  Represent the Foundation at meetings with external partners and organizations.
  • Serve as Foundation liaison to STEM-related committees, including but not limited to statewide efforts around STEM ecosystems.
  • Identify linkages with other Fellowship programs at the Foundation.
  • Contribute to the broader educational field by presenting on lessons learned and best practices.
  • Assist in planning state and national Fellow convenings/gatherings and professional development opportunities.
  • Attend weekly team meetings either by phone or in person at the request of the Director of Mentoring Strategy and Program Assessment.
  • Attend other meetings as requested by senior Fellowship administration.
  • Other duties as assigned by Foundation leadership.

DESIRED QUALITIES

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated successful leadership experience in education policy, higher education administration, and/or nonprofit management.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects while ensuring desired program outcomes.
  • Experience working in and with school districts.
  • Familiarity with school-level and/or district-level data.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with stakeholders and senior leadership.
  • Strong professional network, with extensive knowledge of education policy.
  • Strong verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.

To express interest, submit cover letter and résumé/C.V. to opportunities@woodrow.org. Letters may be addressed to Jane Foran, Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Title IX employer. The Foundation is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants, without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran.

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