Current Career Opportunities at the K20 Center

Educator Instruction Designer

Job Number: 240004

The Instructional Designer will use evidence-based practices to plan, design, develop, and support the delivery of professional learning experiences for in-service 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 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; and
  • 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; and
  • 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 and
  • 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; and
  • 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.

Visitor & Office Support Specialist

Job Number: 240064

 As K20’s Visitor and Office Support Specialist, the incumbent will serve as the primary point of contact for the center, adept at providing first-line assistance to visitors and callers. Efficiently manages multi-line phones, directs inquiries, and ensures a welcoming environment. Proficient in standard office duties, data entry, and maintaining organized appointment calendars. Skilled in organizing students and facilitating the opening and closing of the center. Effectively handles diverse tasks, from filing and scanning to assisting with special projects. Diligently contributes to the smooth functioning of the office, offering flexibility and support as required.

Essential Job Duties & Functions

  • Serves as primary front desk receptionist.
  • Answers multi-line phone and directs callers to appropriate personnel.
  • Greets visitors, assists with questions and directions or directs to appropriate personnel for additional assistance.
  • Performs standard office duties, including but not limited to filing, typing, copying, scanning, sorting, and distributing mail.
  • Maintains appointment calendars and keeps track of scheduled events.
  • Assists with general office support duties and special projects.
  • Opens the K20 Center (7:00 am) and Closes at the end of the day (4:00 pm).
  • Organizes and schedules student employees to complete standard office duties.
  • Facilitates drinks and snacks for meeting rooms.
  • Performs various duties as needed to successfully fulfill the function of the position.

Career Exploration Specialist

Job Number: 233267

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.

Student Experiences Youth Specialist

Job Number: 233268

The K20 – Sponsored Projects – Youth Specialist will support the project team in implementing student evidence-based services with project partners.

Essential Job Duties & Functions:

Student Activity Facilitation. The incumbent will deliver student learning activities. This professional will play a key role in enhancing the skills, knowledge, and capabilities of participating 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 facilitate effective communications within and outside the organization 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.

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 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.

Director of Interactive Learning

Job Number: 240019

The Director will coordinate a team of artists, programmers, and videographers in the support of evidence-based services with school and community partners and aligned to project outcomes. The incumbent will oversee project management, evaluation services, employee recruitment and development, technical communications with project stakeholders, and the development of high-quality services and resources in support of the project’s deliverables. This professional will facilitate the ongoing development of each of the coordinators and their teams to realize their full professional potential.

Project Management. The incumbent will manage the day-to-day responsibilities of grant-defined projects and develop long range strategic planning for Micro-credentialing learning modules, Game-based learning, Augmented Reality experiences, and Teachers professional learning.

  • Develops, implements, and refines performance improvement methodology and project management methodology.
  • Monitors project timelines to ensure resources are available and applied appropriately to achieve desired performance goals in a timely manner.

Communications. The incumbent will maintain effective internal and external communication regarding grant-supported services while providing timely information regarding the progress of initiatives by:

  • Serving as a liaison between center leadership, project staff, school stakeholders, and community partners,
  • Resolving project-based conflict and taking corrective action as needed, and
  • Acting as an ambassador for both the K20 Center and the sponsored project.
  • They will participate in meetings and committees and represent the project in the center and sponsored research outreach efforts.
  • Gathering staff feedback, recommendations, and insights to inform and improve project services,
  • Disseminating K20 Center and project, information to project staff members, and
  • Supporting the publication of easy-to-use implementation resources of core project services to the K20 LEARN repositor

Talent Management. The incumbent will ensure the project has the staff infrastructure and resources required to implement the sponsored research goals effectively and efficiently by:

  • Monitoring staffing requirements,
  • Recruiting and hiring exceptional candidates,
  • Focusing on staff engagement and retention, and
  • Developing and maintaining a high-performance culture.

Additionally, the incumbent will provide consultative, coaching, or mentoring services to project staff through:

  • Guiding the performance improvement process,
  • Facilitating the performance development process, and
  • Facilitating periodic formative (K20 Center) and summative (OU) evaluations.

Project Coordination. The incumbent will independently lead project teams to support sponsored research initiatives, in supporting all grant-defined services in their effort to implement and effectively achieve performance excellence by:

  • Leveraging strong interpersonal skills to direct, coach, counsel, and motivate project staff members in supporting grant-defined services
  • Promoting staff members’ well-being and productivity.

They will develop and maintain project goals, objectives, and procedures.

Evaluation and Reporting. The incumbent will utilize tracking tools and risk management data found in K20 Center’s grant management platforms (TREK, PLANS, and LEARN) to establish service goals as well as monitoring and reporting progress by:

  • Communicating the team’s goals, objectives, and outcomes of the project to stakeholders,
  • Gathering and communicating information to help make data-informed planning decisions about the project, and
  • Reviewing and implementing evaluation criteria to evaluate progress toward project goals, objectives, and outcomes.

The incumbent will implement risk management practices using K20 Center’s grant management platforms (TREK, PLANS, and LEARN) and their data to identify and mitigate risks and challenges to grant-defined outputs and outcomes by:

  • Documenting, monitoring, and, when needed, refining evaluation procedures throughout the lifetime of the project,
  • Monitoring and communicating the extent to which the project goals, objectives, and outcomes were met; and
  • Developing criteria for program improvement.

Evidence-Based Practice. Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in process innovation and project management in interactive learning production.

  • 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 the book or article, and
  • Producing a summary and explanation of the complete and current state of knowledge on a selected topic as found in peer reviewed resource.
  • Provides support for multiple process improvement efforts, which are expected to dramatically improve operating performance. Provides best practice examples from other organizations. 

Professional Learning Facilitation. Provides consultative, coaching, or mentoring services to stakeholders as appropriate.

  • Conducting/reviewing needs assessments to better understand partner schools and what school stakeholders hope to accomplish from the proposed learning experience,
  • Practicing learner-centered instructional methods and alternatives to lectures that accommodate the different learning styles of adults, and
  • Identifying challenges in the facilitation of professional learning experiences and demonstrating an ability to select and apply the most effective solutions. 

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

Senior Accountant

Job Number: 240130

The K20 Center is a diverse network of school, university and community partners who cultivate innovation, generate research, and positively influence education worldwide. K20 is recognized for transforming learning with a focus on diversity, authenticity, technology innovation, and collaboration. Our mission is to advance leadership and learning through authentic experiences, educational resources, technology integration, college and career readiness, and community connections that innovate and transform education. To find out more about the K20 Center, click here.

What’s in it for you:

On top of your salary (shown above), you will have access to a generous benefits package that includes:

  • 14 holidays each year and 18 – 22 hours of earned PTO per month.
  • Insurance plans for you and your family
  • Retirement options that require no contributions from the employee
  • And much more! For a list of OU’s benefits, click here.

What you will do:

We are seeking a senior accountant to forward our mission. This position will play a crucial role by providing accuracy in budget development, financial reporting, and maintaining financial records for sponsored research programs. For a full job description, click here.

If you would like to join us as we innovate and transform education, and you meet the minimum qualifications, prepare your resume, and cover letter and click “Apply Online” above. We look forward to hearing from you!

Professional Learning Specialist

Job Number: 240119

The Professional Learning Specialist will support the project team in planning, organizing, communicating, and monitoring evidence-based services with project partners and ensure they are aligned with specified project outcomes. The incumbent will utilize project management, participant management, and the development of high-quality resources supporting the Professional Learning services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions:

Professional Learning Facilitation

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Family Engagement Coordinator

Job Number: 232840

The Family Engagement Coordinator will guide the Family Engagement 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 team members 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 Family Engagement team. This responsibility encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at identifying, nurturing, and maximizing the potential of employees 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 team members.
  • Mentoring and Coaching: Provide guidance and mentorship to employees, assisting them in setting and achieving career development goals.
  • Performance Management: Assist each team member in planning, developing, and implementing performance goals that align with the sponsored project goals they serve.
  • Feedback and Evaluation: Establish opportunities for employees 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 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, 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.

Community 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 project stakeholders. 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.

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. 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.

Project Management.
The incumbent will support the planning, implementation, and oversight of the team’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 time.
  • 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 community members, partners, and team members. Address their needs and concerns while keeping them informed about project developments.

As Needed

  • The incumbent will perform various additional duties as needed to successfully fulfill the position’s function.

Evaluation & Data Scientist

Job Number: 240124

The K20 Evaluation and Data Scientist provides research and program evaluation support for the K20 GEAR UP GUF, OKC, GUMS partnership grants. 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

  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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 

  • 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   

  • 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 

  • 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.

Student Experiences Specialist

Job Number: 233272

The Student Experiences Coordinator will guide 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 student engagement in College and Career Readiness activities and services.

Essential Job Duties & Functions

Learning Facilitation.
The incumbent will design, organize, and deliver College Readiness Learning experiences. 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 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.

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.

As Needed.

  • The incumbent will perform various additional duties as needed to successfully fulfill the position’s function.