Current Career Opportunities at the K20 Center

GEAR UP O+K=C Project Director

Job Number: 241460

The K20 – Sponsored Projects Education Director will guide the projects’ coordinators in planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring evidence-based services with project partners and ensure that they are aligned with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality resources supporting the project’s services. This professional will facilitate the ongoing development of each coordinator to help them realize their full professional potential.

Essential Job Duties & Functions:

Talent Management: The incumbent will actively contribute to the growth, enhancement, and professional learning of the project. This responsibility encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at identifying, nurturing, and maximizing the potential of coordinators to ensure they are well-equipped to meet the evolving needs of the sponsored program they support. Key responsibilities include:

  • Professional Learning: Identify, develop, and implement learning opportunities designed to enhance the skills, knowledge, and abilities of the project coordinator.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: Provide guidance and mentorship to coordinators, assisting them in setting and achieving career development goals.
  • Performance Management: Assist each coordinator in planning, developing, and implementing performance goals that align with the sponsored project goals they serve.
  • Feedback and Evaluation: Establish opportunities for coordinators to receive constructive feedback on their performance and offer opportunities for self-assessment and improvement.

Communications: The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the organization by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Develop, implement, and oversee internal communication strategies to ensure employees are well-informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. This may involve using various channels such as email, Microsoft Teams, and project meetings to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure that all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evaluation and Reporting: The incumbent will measure and assess the project’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met, and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect, compile, and organize data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Continuous Improvement: Collaborate with relevant teams to develop project services based on identified needs. Monitor progress in implementing improvements and adjust strategies as needed.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Develop and implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Professional Learning Facilitation: The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver professional learning opportunities for sponsored program participants. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the project stakeholders. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging professional learning sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: When appropriate, provide one-on-one coaching and mentorship to stakeholders to enhance their skills and professional growth.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote professional learning opportunities to employees and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Evidence-Based Design: The incumbent will support the sponsored project’s adaptation of evidence-based practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility of the literature sources.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design: The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective professional learning materials and programs. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps within the organization. Determine the knowledge and skills employees require to meet organizational goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or professional learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop educational content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support professional learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and professional learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Project Management: The incumbent will support the planning, implementation, and oversight of the grant’s projects and initiatives. Effective project management ensures that tasks are completed efficiently, within scope, on time, and on budget, contributing to achieving the sponsored project’s goals. Key responsibilities include:

  • Project Planning: Collaborate with stakeholders to create detailed project plans, outlining tasks, timelines, and resource requirements.
  • Team Coordination: Assign project roles and responsibilities to team members, providing leadership and guidance to ensure that team members understand their tasks and deadlines.
  • Resource Allocation: Allocate and manage resources, including budget, personnel, and materials, to support project execution.
  • Task Execution: Oversee the execution of project tasks, ensuring that they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified period.
  • Communication and Reporting: Establish clear communication channels to inform stakeholders about project progress. Provide regular updates, reports, and status meetings to address concerns and facilitate decision-making.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including schools, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Motion Graphic Artist

Job Number: 241392

The Motion Graphic Artist sought to design, create, and animate assets, illustrated characters, and environment assets, crafting, editing, and rendering content. Proficient in industry-standard software, the incumbent will collaborate with a creative team to produce engaging motion graphics for diverse learning projects. This artist will be asked to transform concepts into captivating visuals, ensuring brand consistency and a high level of aesthetic quality. The incumbent will be expected to stay abreast of industry trends and techniques to elevate GEAR UP for LIFE’s visual content.

Functional Requirements Translates functional requirements into application layout and interface (including interaction models, workflows, information architectures, flowcharts and screen mockups). 

  • Interpretation: Excel in translating complex functional requirements into visually striking application layouts and interfaces, demonstrating a keen understanding of design principles and user experience. 
  • Storyboarding: Leverage proficiency in crafting detailed storyboards, interaction models, and flowcharts to map out the dynamic journey of user interactions within the motion graphics, ensuring seamless and engaging experiences. 
  • Visual Synthesis: Merge creativity with technical acumen to transform abstract functional specifications into concrete screen mockups, seamlessly integrating animated elements. Bring functional requirements to life through visually compelling and aesthetically pleasing motion graphic interfaces. 

3D Modeling Creates and exports a wide variety of 3D models. 

  • 3D Modeling: Facilitate the creation of an extensive range of 3D models, showcasing versatility in hard surface/organic modeling skills with efficient topology. 
  • UV Mapping: Engage in the creation of UV coordinates for various 3D models, maintaining an efficient UV workflow for each project. Skillfully map textures to enhance the visual appeal of models, contributing to the overall aesthetic coherence of motion graphic projects. 
  • Export and Implementation: Lead the charge in exporting professionally crafted 3D models, while maintaining a streamlined implementation workflow for each project. Ensure seamless integration of models into motion graphics, optimizing the visual impact and cohesiveness of the final product. 

Animation Creates and exports a wide variety of animation. 

  • Animation: Oversee the animation efforts by generating a broad spectrum of animations, ensuring versatility and creativity in meeting project requirements. Maintain a comprehensive understanding of animation needs for each project. 
  • Workflow: Take charge of exporting animations seamlessly, developing and sustaining an effective implementation workflow for each project. Ensure smooth integration of animations into the final product, adhering to project timelines and specifications. 
  • Documentation and Cloud Management: Document essential animation data and uphold a cloud-based tracking and backup system. Safeguard the integrity of animation files while fostering accessibility and collaboration within the interactive learning team. 
  • 2D Animation and Sprite Sheet Expertise: Demonstrate proficiency in crafting 2D animations and sprite sheets, serving as a vital resource for diverse animation assets. Contribute to the creation of visually compelling motion graphics, enhancing the overall quality and impact of the interactive learning team’s work. 

Illustrations Creates and exports a wide variety of illustrations. 

  • Illustration: Contribute significantly to the interactive learning team by creating a diverse range of illustrations, adhering to a specified visual style for each project. Demonstrate versatility in crafting visuals that align with the unique needs and themes of various motion graphic projects. 
  • Export and Material Creation: Execute the final stages of the illustration process by expertly exporting visuals, ensuring compliance with project-specific illustration requirements. Additionally, play a crucial role in creating accompanying materials for each asset, meticulously following specified material requirements to enhance the overall quality and cohesiveness of the motion graphic projects. 

Technical Art Creates technical art including animation rigs, scripts, and shaders. Maintains requirements and research processes and improvements to the development pipeline. 

  • Animation Rigging: Oversee the creation of animation rigs, ensuring each project benefits from a well-crafted and efficient workflow. Contribute significantly to the technical prowess of the art department by delivering high-quality animation tools.
  • Script Automation: Drive efficiency in project development by creating and implementing automation scripts. Constantly innovate the development process, utilizing scripting expertise to streamline workflows and enhance the overall productivity of the motion graphics projects.
  • Shader: Elevate visual aesthetics by creating and fine-tuning shaders for various assets, maintaining a standard of excellence across projects. Demonstrate a keen eye for detail in managing shader requirements, ensuring optimal rendering, and enhancing the overall visual appeal of motion graphic elements.
  • Pipeline: Actively engage in research to identify and implement process improvements within the development pipeline. Stay abreast of industry trends, tools, and techniques, contributing to a dynamic and evolving technical landscape within the art department.

Video Production Designs, edits, and creates video projects for online learning lessons. Renders and optimizes video projects for web implementation. 

  • Editing: Demonstrate advanced skills in video post-production, excelling in the seamless editing of video projects tailored for online learning lessons. Implement creative and effective edits to enhance the educational content. 
  • Optimization: Specialize in rendering and optimizing video projects specifically for web implementation. Ensure that the final content is not only visually appealing but also optimized for various online platforms, delivering a high-quality viewing experience. 
  • Visual Storytelling: Bring a unique blend of creativity and technical expertise to the table, contributing to the design and creation of engaging video projects. Through thoughtful editing and visual storytelling, enhance the overall impact and effectiveness of online learning lessons. 

Audio Production Integrate and enhance audio elements in motion graphics, synchronizing effects and optimizing quality for a cohesive and impactful viewer experience, contributing to overall storytelling effectiveness. 

  • Integration: Integrate audio elements into motion graphics, ensuring a seamless fusion of sound effects, music, and voiceovers with visual content for a cohesive viewer experience. 
  • Synchronization: Synchronize audio components to enhance storytelling, creating a harmonious blend that adds depth and emotion to the motion graphic projects. 
  • Optimization: Utilize advanced audio editing tools to refine and optimize sound quality, maintaining consistency and clarity throughout the production process for an immersive viewer experience. 
  • Narrative Impact: Contribute a comprehensive understanding of audio aesthetics to elevate the overall storytelling impact, enriching motion graphics with compelling and resonant auditory elements. 

Project Management Creates a wide variety of design projects, addressing and implementing feedback. Maintains project requirements and asset libraries to aid in future projects. 

Project Management: Oversee a broad spectrum of design projects, demonstrating versatility in addressing varied creative challenges. From concept to completion, ensure each project aligns with goals while adeptly implementing feedback to refine and enhance the final deliverables. 

  • Documentation and Asset Management: Maintain meticulous project documentation, keeping track of project requirements and asset libraries. Establish and uphold organized systems that not only streamline current projects but also contribute to a comprehensive resource for future endeavors, facilitating efficiency and consistency. 
  • Feedback Integration and Continuous Improvement: Embrace a feedback-driven approach, actively seeking and incorporating input to refine designs. Foster a culture of continuous improvement by learning from each project, adapting strategies, and evolving processes for more effective project management in subsequent endeavors.

Career Exploration Specialist

Job Number: 241423

The Career Exploration Specialist will support the mentoring team in planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring evidence-based services with project partners and ensure they align with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality career exploration resources supporting the mentoring team’s services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions:

Community Learning Facilitation. The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver career exploration opportunities for cohort students. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the students. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging community learning sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote community learning opportunities to community members, primarily parents and guardians of cohort students, and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Communications. The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the organization by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Engage in established internal communication strategies to stay informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. The professional will actively use the organization’s various channels, such as email, Microsoft Teams, and team meetings, to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evidence-Based Design. The incumbent will support the mentoring team’s adaptation of evidence-based career exploration practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility of the literature sources.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design. The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective career-based exploration services and activities. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps. Determine the knowledge and skills community members require to meet the sponsored project’s goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or community learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop instructional content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support community learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and community learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Evaluation and Reporting. The incumbent will measure and assess the team’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Project Management. The incumbent will support the planning and implementation of the team’s projects and initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Task Execution: Engage in executing assigned project tasks, ensuring they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified time.
  • Communication and Reporting: Engage in established communication channels to inform stakeholders about the progress of assigned tasks. Fully participate in regular updates, reports, and status meetings.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Quality Assurance Specialist

Job Number: 240912

The Quality Assurance Specialist at the K20 Center oversees interactive learning application performance. They create and execute test cases, scripts, and plans aligned with technical documents, adhering to industry standards. This role involves mentoring testers, managing a defect database, and conducting regressions. Additionally, they assist in field testing, offering implementation recommendations. Flexibility to fulfill various duties is essential. 

Essential Job Duties & Functions: 

The K20 Center is committed to providing the professional learning required for the incumbent to successfully fulfill his/her job duties.  

The Quality Assurance Specialist oversees the overall performance of all the interactive learning applications developed by the K20 Center.

  • Creates test cases, scripts, plans, and procedures that ensure the development of content, art, and interaction as specified by the technical documents (Instructional Design Document, Game Design Document, and Technical Design Document). 
  • Follows established industry standards to test the software at specified milestones and reports issues into a database.
  • Mentors and coordinates testers to run test cases, scripts, and plans as well as generate issue reports as necessary.
  • Creates and maintains a defect database, assigns issues in coordination with team leads, and performs regressions as needed.
  • Assistin the field testing of the games and make recommendations for proper implementation.
  • Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position. 

Interactive Learning Designer

Job Number: 240914

The Interactive Designer will serve as a subject matter expert in using instructional design’s adult learning theory, instructional design best practices, and leveraging various delivery modalities and new technologies in the development of interactive learning experiences. The incumbent would use evidence-based practices to plan, design, develop, and support the delivery of learning to project stakeholders (students, families, and educators). This professional will collaborate with subject matter experts, K20 Center staff, and other stakeholders to identify meaningful learning outcomes and select the most appropriate instructional approach (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) to realize those objectives fully. The Interactive Learning Designer will utilize learner-centered instructional practices that foster higher-order thinking through real-world connections and substantive conversations that increase the depth of knowledge. 

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Instructional Design:

  • The incumbent will engage in instructional design by
  • Utilizing a literature review and selected standards will craft meaningful learning outcomes
  • Selecting the appropriate instructional approach (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) to fully realize the learning objectives
  • Designing lessons, student-based activities and workshops, and standardized-based learning experiences that reflect evidence-based learning theories in order to address the needs of students and the teachers, parents, and/or other stakeholders who support them
  • Using a collaborative approach with stakeholders to plan and design learning activities, standards-based lessons, student-based activities and workshops, and/or other learning experiences which use a learner-centered instructional approach that meets the needs of a diverse group of learners in meeting the measurable learning objectives
  • Employing a variety of learning methods and emerging technologies to reach learning outcomes
  • Identifying appropriate evaluation techniques and applying them to measure the impact of the learning experience
  • Publishing high-quality resources to K20’s LEARN repository

Educational Technology:

Supporting educational technology, this role involves providing advanced Learning Management System (LMS) support, evaluating academic tools, integrating e-learning into curriculum, and creating accessible learning modules and resources

  • Learning Management System Proficiency: Assists with the design, development, and administration of the Learning Management System, script and/or source code to support applications, and web development and website maintenance, as necessary. Troubleshoots and assists with technical issues related to the LMS’s use within instructional design or instructional technology. Provides support to learning facilitators, learners, and project staff. Serves as initial escalation point with LMS partner
  • Academic Technology Assessment: Identifies technologies that enhance learning in person, online, and through hybrid means of delivery Performs initial research & development, assisting with tool discovery and understanding. Research and reporting of market trends
  • Curriculum Integration: Works with staff to incorporate effective e-learning tools into curriculum and develops web-based information resources that enable stakeholders to use educational technologies effectively
  • Reporting: Generates activity reports as well as coordinating and documenting projects

Project Management:

The incumbent will manage projects by:  

  • Identifying, planning, and implementing instructional projects that address an identified need
  • Coordinating with K20 Center stakeholders (e.g., project director, peer collaborator, Instructional Technologist, etc.) to manage the various components of the instructional project
  • Coordinating with artists and writers to incorporate their expertise into the appropriate stage of an instructional project
  • Reporting on instructional project outcomes and using feedback to drive future improvements, and using K20 selected platforms (Jira, LEARN) and processes to support stakeholder communication and cross-team collaboration

Evidence-Based Practice:

The incumbent will conduct a needs assessment to understand the need and based on that learning topic will conduct literature reviews of theory and evidence-based practices:  

  • Determining the nature and extent of the information needed, selecting the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems, and evaluating information and its sources critically
  • Preparing an annotated bibliography of selected sources that summarizes the central theme and scope of a book or article
  • Producing a summary and explanation of the complete and current state of knowledge on a selected topic (e.g. instructional approach) as found in academic books and journal articles

eLearning Design:

The incumbent will design, develop, and maintain online learning resources by:  

  • Applying the components of effective eLearning instructional design and learner motivation; Understanding how interactivity affects online learning
  • Leveraging eLearning tools and trends to engage the remote learner
  • Ensuring that instructional experiences are learner-centered to foster higher-order thinking through real-world connections and substantive communications that result in an increase in the depth of knowledge 
  • Applying the principles of effective eLearning design and navigation
  • Evaluating eLearning programs and making recommendations for improvements
  • The incumbent will review existing eLearning content and make recommendations for improvement

Editor:

The incumbent will support the publication of only the highest-quality resources by serving as a peer editor for lessons

  • Reviewing instructional approach, content, and activities to ensure that they align with K20’s theoretical framework and practices 
  • Collaborating with curriculum writers to ensure that the included resources are easy to understand and use by the intended audience
  • Approving final versions submitted by contributors to be published in the K20 LEARN repository. 

Participant Management:  

  • To support communication with project sponsors, the incumbent will document participant management using a sponsored research participant management system (TREK). 

Student & Family Micro-Credentialing Learning Specialist

Job Number: 241311

The Student and Family Micro-Credentialing Learning Specialist will guide the planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring of evidence-based micro-credentialing learning experiences for students and their parents and ensure that they are aligned with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality learning experiences that support students’ exploration of College and Career Readiness activities and services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Learning Facilitation. The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver micro-credentialing learning experiences for the educators of cohort students. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the cohort students’ skills, knowledge, and capabilities. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging micro-credentialing sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: When appropriate, provide one-on-one coaching and mentorship to stakeholders to enhance their skills and professional growth.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote micro-credentialing learning opportunities to employees and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Evidence-Based Design. The incumbent will support the family engagement team’s adaptation of evidence-based practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design. The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective parent or guardian learning experiences. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps. Determine the knowledge and skills community members require to meet the sponsored project’s goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or community learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop instructional content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support community learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and community learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Communications. The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the K20 Center by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Establish internal communication strategies to stay informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. The professional will actively use the organization’s various channels, such as email, Microsoft Teams, and team meetings, to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evaluation and Reporting. The incumbent will measure and assess the team’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Project Management. The incumbent will support the planning and implementation of the team’s projects and initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Task Execution: Engage in executing assigned project tasks, ensuring they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified time.
  • Communication and Reporting: Engage in established communication channels to inform stakeholders about the progress of assigned tasks. Fully participate in regular updates, reports, and status meetings.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Educator Micro-Credentialing Learning Specialist

Job Number: 241310

The Educator Micro-Credentialing Learning Specialist will guide the planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring of evidence-based micro-credentialing learning experiences for educators who serve cohort students and ensure that they are aligned with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality learning experiences that support professional educators’ exploration of College and Career Readiness activities and services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Learning Facilitation. The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver micro-credentialing learning experiences for the educators of cohort students. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the cohort students’ skills, knowledge, and capabilities. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging micro-credentialing sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: When appropriate, provide one-on-one coaching and mentorship to stakeholders to enhance their skills and professional growth.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote micro-credentialing learning opportunities to employees and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Evidence-Based Design. The incumbent will support the family engagement team’s adaptation of evidence-based practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design. The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective parent or guardian learning experiences. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps. Determine the knowledge and skills community members require to meet the sponsored project’s goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or community learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop instructional content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support community learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and community learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Communications. The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the K20 Center by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Establish internal communication strategies to stay informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. The professional will actively use the organization’s various channels, such as email, Microsoft Teams, and team meetings, to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evaluation and Reporting. The incumbent will measure and assess the team’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Project Management. The incumbent will support the planning and implementation of the team’s projects and initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Task Execution: Engage in executing assigned project tasks, ensuring they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified time.
  • Communication and Reporting: Engage in established communication channels to inform stakeholders about the progress of assigned tasks. Fully participate in regular updates, reports, and status meetings.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Senior Interactive Developer

Job Number: 240913

The Career Mentoring Specialist will support the mentoring team in planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring LIFE’s Career Cafe services with project partners and ensure they align with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality career exploration resources supporting the mentoring team’s services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Community Learning Facilitation. The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver career cafe opportunities for cohort students. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the students. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging community learning sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote community learning opportunities to community members, primarily parents and guardians of cohort students, and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Communications. The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the organization by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Engage in established internal communication strategies to stay informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. The professional will actively use the organization’s various channels, such as email, Microsoft Teams, and team meetings, to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evidence-Based Design. The incumbent will support the mentoring team’s adaptation of evidence-based career exploration practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility of the literature sources.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design. The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective career-based exploration services and activities. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps. Determine the knowledge and skills community members require to meet the sponsored project’s goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or community learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop instructional content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support community learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and community learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Evaluation and Reporting. The incumbent will measure and assess the team’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Project Management. The incumbent will support the planning and implementation of the team’s projects and initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Task Execution: Engage in executing assigned project tasks, ensuring they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified time.
  • Communication and Reporting: Engage in established communication channels to inform stakeholders about the progress of assigned tasks. Fully participate in regular updates, reports, and status meetings.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Career Mentoring Specialist

Job Number: 241305

The Career Mentoring Specialist will support the mentoring team in planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring LIFE’s Career Cafe services with project partners and ensure they align with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality career exploration resources supporting the mentoring team’s services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Community Learning Facilitation. The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver career cafe opportunities for cohort students. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the students. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging community learning sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote community learning opportunities to community members, primarily parents and guardians of cohort students, and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Communications. The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the organization by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Engage in established internal communication strategies to stay informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. The professional will actively use the organization’s various channels, such as email, Microsoft Teams, and team meetings, to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evidence-Based Design. The incumbent will support the mentoring team’s adaptation of evidence-based career exploration practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include:

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility of the literature sources.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design. The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective career-based exploration services and activities. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps. Determine the knowledge and skills community members require to meet the sponsored project’s goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or community learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop instructional content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support community learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and community learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Evaluation and Reporting. The incumbent will measure and assess the team’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Project Management. The incumbent will support the planning and implementation of the team’s projects and initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Task Execution: Engage in executing assigned project tasks, ensuring they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified time.
  • Communication and Reporting: Engage in established communication channels to inform stakeholders about the progress of assigned tasks. Fully participate in regular updates, reports, and status meetings.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Student Instructions Designer

Job Number: 240925

The Student Instructional Designer will use evidence-based practices to plan, design, develop, and support the delivery of professional learning experiences for cohort students. This professional will collaborate with subject matter experts, K20 Center staff, and other stakeholders to identify meaningful learning outcomes and select the most appropriate instructional approach (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) to realize those objectives fully. The Student Instructional Designer will utilize learner-centered instructional practices that foster higher-order thinking through real-world connections and substantive conversations that increase the depth of knowledge. 

Instructional Design:

The incumbent will engage in instructional design by:  

  • Utilizing a literature review and selected standards will craft meaningful learning outcomes
  • Selecting the appropriate instructional approach (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) to fully realize the learning objectives
  • Designing lessons, student-based activities and workshops, and standardized-based learning experiences that reflect evidence-based learning theories in order to address the needs of students and the teachers, parents, and/or other stakeholders who support them
  • Using a collaborative approach with stakeholders to plan and design learning activities, standards-based lessons, student-based activities and workshops, and/or other learning experiences which use a learner-centered instructional approach that meets the needs of a diverse group of learners in meeting the measurable learning objectives
  • Employing a variety of learning methods and emerging technologies to reach learning outcomes
  • Identifying appropriate evaluation techniques and applying them to measure the impact of the learning experience
  • Publishing high-quality resources to K20’s LEARN repository

Project Management:  

The incumbent will manage projects by:

  • Identifying, planning, and implementing instructional projects that address an identified need
  • Coordinating with K20 Center stakeholders (e.g., project director, peer collaborator, Instructional Technologist, etc.) to manage the various components of the instructional project
  • Coordinating with artists and writers to incorporate their expertise into the appropriate stage of an instructional project
  • Reporting on instructional project outcomes and using feedback to drive future improvements, and using K20 selected platforms (Jira, LEARN) and processes to support stakeholder communication and cross-team collaboration

Evidence-Based Practice:

The incumbent will conduct a needs assessment to understand the need and based on that learning topic will conduct literature reviews of theory and evidence-based practices:  

  • Preparing an annotated bibliography of selected sources that summarizes the central theme and scope of a book or article
  • Producing a summary and explanation of the complete and current state of knowledge on a selected topic (e.g. instructional approach) as found in academic books and journal articles
  • Determining the nature and extent of the information needed, selecting the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems, and evaluating information and its sources critically

eLearning Design:

The incumbent will design, develop, and maintain online learning resources by:  

  • Applying the components of effective eLearning instructional design and learner motivation; Understanding how interactivity affects online learning
  • Leveraging eLearning tools and trends to engage the remote learner
  • Ensuring that instructional experiences are learner-centered to foster higher-order thinking through real-world connections and substantive communications that result in an increase in the depth of knowledge
  • Applying the principles of effective eLearning design and navigation
  • Evaluating eLearning programs and making recommendations for improvements
  • The incumbent will review existing eLearning content and make recommendations for improvement

Editor :

The incumbent will support the publication of only the highest-quality resources by serving as a peer editor for lessons:

  • Reviewing instructional approach, content, and activities to ensure that they align with K20’s theoretical framework and practices
  • Collaborating with curriculum writers to ensure that the included resources are easy to understand and use by the intended audience
  • Approving final versions submitted by contributors to be published in the K20 LEARN repository

Participant Management:

  • To support communication with project sponsors, the incumbent will document participant management using a sponsored research participant management system (TREK)

Student Experiences Specialist

Job Number: 241306

The Student Experiences Specialist will support the Student Experiences team in planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring evidence-based services with project partners and ensure that they are aligned with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, participant management, and development of high-quality resources supporting their team’s services. This professional will facilitate the ongoing development of each member of this team to help them realize their full professional potential. 

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Learning Facilitation.
The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver community learning opportunities for sponsored program participants. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of the cohort students. Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitation and Instruction: Deliver engaging community learning sessions, workshops, and seminars that fully address the instructional learning goals. Utilize various instructional methods and adult learning principles to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology tools to support online and blended learning opportunities. Stay current with e-learning trends and best practices.
  • Communication and Promotion: Promote professional learning opportunities to employees and encourage participation. Use various communication channels to raise awareness and generate interest in the sponsored project’s offerings.

Evidence-Based Design.
The incumbent will support the sponsored project’s adaptation of evidence-based practices through the systematic search, review, and synthesis of existing literature to inform project-based services. Key responsibilities include

  • Identification of Research Objectives: Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to define question(s) that need to be addressed through a literature review.
  • Search Strategy: Develop a comprehensive search strategy to identify relevant literature sources.
  • Literature Search: Collect, organize, and catalog literature sources and evaluate the quality, relevance, and credibility of the literature sources.
  • Synthesis and Analysis: Summarize key findings and insights from the reviewed literature. Identify common themes, trends, and gaps in existing knowledge and research.
  • Evidence-Based Recommendations: Offer evidence-based recommendations and insights based on the literature review to guide decision-making and project services.

Instructional Design.
The incumbent will engage in the creation, development, and implementation of effective professional learning materials and programs. The professional ensures that learning initiatives are well-structured, engaging, and aligned with the sponsored project’s goals and objectives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Needs Analysis: Collaborate with stakeholders to identify learning needs and performance gaps within the organization. Determine the knowledge and skills employees require to meet organizational goals.
  • Learning Objectives: Define clear and measurable learning objectives for each instructional program.
  • Curriculum Development: Design comprehensive curriculum or professional learning programs that cover the identified learning objectives. Organize content logically and in a sequential manner.
  • Content Creation: Develop educational content, including written materials, multimedia presentations, videos, e-learning modules, and assessments. Ensure that content is engaging, informative, and interactive.
  • Instructional Strategies: Select appropriate instructional methods and strategies, considering the needs of the learners. Incorporate a variety of pedagogical techniques to cater to diverse learning styles.
  • Technology Integration: Utilize instructional technology to enhance the learning experience.
  • Compliance and Accessibility: Ensure that instructional materials are compliant with relevant laws and accessibility standards and are accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities.
  • Facilitation Development: Prepare and support professional learning facilitators in implementing instructional programs. Provide guidance and resources to ensure effective instruction.
  • Collaboration and Communication: Collaborate with subject matter experts, instructional designers, artists, writers/editors, and professional learning facilitators to ensure that instructional design aligns with project goals and requirements. Communicate progress and results effectively.

Communications.
The incumbent will manage and facilitate effective communications within and outside the organization by ensuring that information flows efficiently and accurately while fostering collaboration. Key responsibilities include:

  • Internal Communication: Engage in established internal communication strategies to stay informed about organizational updates, policies, and relevant news. The professional will actively use the organization’s various channels, such as email, Microsoft Teams, and team meetings, to keep staff informed.
  • External Communication: Manage external communications, including interactions with students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Create and maintain a positive working relationship and ensure all external messages align with the organization’s mission and values.
  • Content Creation: Develop and distribute content, including written materials, graphics, presentations, and multimedia, to convey key messages and information. Ensure content is clear, consistent, and engaging.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Build and nurture relationships with key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, school leaders, and partners. Keep them informed and engaged in the sponsored project’s activities and initiatives.
  • Communication Strategy Development: Collaborate with the management team to develop and execute comprehensive communication strategies that support the sponsored project’s objectives and goals.

Evaluation and Reporting.
The incumbent will measure and assess the team’s implementation of services, ensuring that project objectives are met and providing valuable insights to guide decision-making and improvement. Key responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection: Collect data from field services and participant feedback.
  • Reporting Systems: Utilize the sponsored project’s reporting systems to document and communicate evaluation findings to stakeholders.
  • Documentation: Maintain comprehensive documentation of services, partner interactions, and evaluation processes and methodologies.
  • Performance Metrics: Implement key performance indicators (KPIs) aligned to the team’s sponsored research goals.

Project Management.
The incumbent will support the planning and executing of the team’s projects and initiatives. Key responsibilities include:

  • Task Execution: Engage in executing assigned project tasks, ensuring that they are completed in accordance with the project plan and within the specified time.
  • Communication and Reporting: Engage in established communication channels to inform stakeholders about the progress of assigned tasks. Fully participate in regular updates, reports, and status meetings.
  • Stakeholder Engagement: Foster positive relationships with project stakeholders, including community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

Evaluation & Data Scientist

Job Number: 241259

K20’s Evaluation and Data Scientist provides research and program evaluation support for the three FY2018 GEAR UP partnership grants (GEAR UP OKC, K20 GEAR UP for MY SUCCESS, and K20 GEAR UP for the FUTURE). This incumbent will lead various aspects of research, including developing data collection instruments; collecting, cleaning, and managing large data sets; conducting complex analyses; preparing reports and presentations based on results; and making recommendations across a variety of internal and external projects. In addition, the Evaluation and Data Scientist schedules, coordinates, and manages on-site research activities; establishes and maintains positive relationships with external partners and stakeholders; and trains other personnel as appropriate. 

Essential Job Duties & Functions 

Research:

  • The incumbent will support K20 Center’s rigorous analytical evaluation of project services through research initiatives that will: 
  • Ensure proper facilitation of social-behavioral educational research with a focus on the protection of human subjects.  
  • Facilitate research team meetings and assist in implementing rigorous research protocols with internal (teams) and external (cohort schools) stakeholders.
  • Organize recruiting/managing participants.
  • Oversee the careful tracking of study activities.
  • Coordinate the preparation of key study personnel to collect data according to approved protocols.
  • Coordinate documentation (surveys, assessments, and observations) of selected activities, behaviors, or outcomes.
  • Oversee the monitoring of data collection activities. 

Talent Management:

  • The incumbent will ensure that the project delivers high-quality support and services by: 
  • Recruiting and hiring exceptional candidates.
  • Monitoring staffing requirements and assessing existing talent.
  • Focusing on staff engagement and retention.
  • Developing and maintaining a high-performance culture.
  • Facilitating periodic formative (K20 Center) and summative (OU) evaluation.
  • Additionally, the incumbent will provide consultative, coaching, or mentoring services to management and/or department staff as appropriate to reach their full potential through:
  • Guiding the performance improvement process, which identifies and closes any existing skill gaps or addresses behavioral concerns that may be preventing staff members from reaching their team goals.
  • Facilitating the performance development process seeks to define and clarify staff members’ career goals and then organize appropriate opportunities to allow them to develop the skills or gain the experience for their continued professional growth.

Project Management:   

  • The incumbent will provide project management of evaluation and research services by ensuring appropriate and timely communications, developing project evaluation or research plans, output (milestones), and outcomes.
  • The evaluation and data scientist will collaborate with Project Leadership and supporting staff to implement the intervention with fidelity and achieve targeted outcomes. 

Research-Based Evaluation:

  • Collaborate with K20 Center leadership, engaged researchers, program staff, and partners to document each program’s evaluation (operational) goals.
  • Design, plan, implement, and manage effective program evaluation protocols to measure the planned impact of the best practice intervention or program on expected outcomes.
  • Plan, develop, implement, and analyze valid and reliable questionnaires, surveys, and other data-gathering instruments.
  • Organize research activities such as: recruiting/managing participants, tracking study activities and timelines, assisting with training data collectors, and monitoring data collection activities.
  • Report findings on the impact of the interventions on targeted goals. 

Evidence-Based Practice.   

  • The incumbent will support the K20 GEARUP for LIFE’s understanding of trends and developments in educational literature by: 
  • Determining the nature and extent of the information needed, selecting the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems, and evaluating information and its sources critically.
  • Preparing annotated bibliographies of selected sources that summarize the central theme and scope of the books and articles reviewed.
  • Producing summaries and explanations of the complete and current state of knowledge on selected topics (e.g.,validated instrument for cognitive engagement) as found in academic books and journal articles. 

Dissemination of Findings.  

  • Lead an evaluation team to plan, develop and implement a project evaluation plan that addresses the federal reporting requirements as specified by project sponsor(s).
  • Prepare regular internal and external communication notices regarding project updates and monitor grant resource allocation.
  • Assist in the development of project reports through writing, proofreading, and document layout.
  • Disseminate project findings through internal research team meetings as well as external scholarly publications and national presentations.

Participant Management:

  • Provides active tracking tools, K20’s research participant management system (TREK), and risk management practices to support documented communication with internal (project team members, research teams, etc…) and external (project sponsors) stakeholders.

Editor:

  • The incumbent will maintain effective internal and external communications through the support and publication of only the highest-quality resources by serving as a peer editor for the Research and Evaluation team and: 
  • Reviewing methodological approach, content, and statistical analysis to ensure that they align with accepted research practices in social science research.
  • Collaborating with engaged researchers and stakeholders to ensure that the findings are accessible to the intended audience.  

As Needed:

  • Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.

Family Instructional Designer

Job Number: 241258

The Family Instructional Designer will use evidence-based practices to plan, design, develop, and support the delivery of professional learning experiences for in-service educators and families. This professional will collaborate with subject matter experts, K20 Center staff, and other stakeholders to identify meaningful learning outcomes and select the most appropriate instructional approach (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) to realize those objectives fully. The Instructional Designer will utilize learner-centered instructional practices that foster higher-order thinking through real-world connections and substantive conversations that increase the depth of knowledge. This incumbent’s job tasks will include:

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Instructional Design. The incumbent will engage in instructional design by:

  • Utilizing a literature review and selected standards will craft meaningful learning outcomes
  • Selecting the appropriate instructional approach (face-to-face, hybrid, or online) to fully realize the learning objectives
  • Designing lessons, professional development workshops, and standardized-based learning experiences that reflect evidence-based learning theories in order to address the needs of students, teachers, parents, and/or other stakeholders
  • Using a collaborative approach with stakeholders to plan and design learning activities, standards-based lessons, professional development workshops, and/or other learning experiences which use a learner-centered instructional approach that meets the needs of a diverse group of learners in meeting the measurable learning objectives
  • Employing a variety of learning methods and emerging technologies to reach learning outcomes
  • Identifying appropriate evaluation techniques and applying them to measure the impact of the learning experience
  • Publishing high-quality resources to K20’s LEARN repository

Project Management. The incumbent will manage projects by:

  • Identifying, planning, and implementing instructional projects that address an identified need
  • Coordinating with K20 Center stakeholders (e.g., project director, peer collaborator, Instructional Technologist, etc.) to manage the various components of the instructional project
  • Coordinating with artists and writers to incorporate their expertise into the appropriate stage of an instructional project
  • Reporting on instructional project outcomes and using feedback to drive future improvements, and using K20 selected platforms (Jira, LEARN) and processes to support stakeholder communication and cross-team collaboration

Evidence-Based Practice. The incumbent will conduct a needs assessment to understand the need and based on that learning topic will conduct literature reviews of theory and evidence-based practices:

  • Determining the nature and extent of the information needed, selecting the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems, and evaluating information and its sources critically
  • Preparing an annotated bibliography of selected sources that summarizes the central theme and scope of a book or article
  • Producing a summary and explanation of the complete and current state of knowledge on a selected topic (e.g. instructional approach) as found in academic books and journal articles

eLearning Design. The incumbent will design, develop, and maintain online learning resources by:

  • Applying the components of effective eLearning instructional design and learner motivation; Understanding how interactivity affects online learning
  • Leveraging eLearning tools and trends to engage the remote learner
  • Ensuring that instructional experiences are learner-centered to foster higher-order thinking through real-world connections and substantive communications that result in an increase in the depth of knowledge.
  • Applying the principles of effective eLearning design and navigation
  • Evaluating eLearning programs and making recommendations for improvements
  • The incumbent will review existing eLearning content and make recommendations for improvement

Editor. The incumbent will support the publication of only the highest-quality resources by serving as a peer editor for lessons and:

  • Reviewing instructional approach, content, and activities to ensure that they align with K20’s theoretical framework and practices
  • Collaborating with curriculum writers to ensure that the included resources are easy to understand and use by the intended audience
  • Approving final versions submitted by contributors to be published in the K20 LEARN repository

Participant Management. To support communication with project sponsors, the incumbent will document participant management using a sponsored research participant management system (TREK).

As Needed.  The incumbent will perform various additional duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.