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Associate, Networked Improvement Science
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California
Date Posted 04/28/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Foundation is seeking an Associate, Networked Improvement Science, with knowledge in the science and practice of improvement and the power of networks. The Associate will work with external teams of researchers and practitioners on the design and execution of improvement efforts while simultaneously building the team’s improvement capacity. The Associate will guide networks through a process of identifying unwanted variability in performance, understanding the root causes of these gaps, and organizing groups in collaborative change efforts. This will include facilitating, consulting, coaching and teaching all aspects of improvement science to organizations working on making progress on undesirable and inequitable outcomes.

Key Responsibilities

The Associate will be expected to

  • Contribute to efforts to integrate networked improvement into all of the Foundation’s initiatives and undertakings.
  • Coach partners on their application of the tools of improvement science: work with school, district, and other teams of educators engaged in applying improvement science to solve local problems of practice.
  • Facilitate the process of initiating and developing NICs: coach network teams to articulate a vision, to enroll and onboard membership in pursuit of that mission, to build improvement science capacity, to shape network culture, and to mobilize coherent collective action deploying improvement science methods to reach an ambitious collective aim.
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly with a team of colleagues: Design and execute collaborative work processes (convenings, meetings, virtual collaboration) and train others in the design and execution of collaborative work processes utilizing improvement science.
  • Lead, manage, and support projects: Assess and proactively work with project staff to address internal resourcing needs, capabilities, and capacity to properly support project deliverables and goals.
  • Design and execute learning experiences: Teach workshops and create all forms of teaching materials for workshops and virtual experiences focused on applying networked improvement science methods.
  • Enable knowledge management efforts: Ensure that the appropriate research knowledge-base and content expertise is accessible to network members; support the capture, organization, and use of practical knowledge being generated in the NICs.
  • Design and develop knowledge products for the broader field: contribute to the field’s knowledge about improvement science carried out in networks.
  • Continually pursue the development of your own improvement and education skills. Participate in cross-unit learning within the Foundation to enhance its operation, performance, and culture as a learning organization.
  • Other projects or tasks as they develop.
Education and Experience Requirements
  • An advanced degree, preferably in the social sciences, Education, or a relevant field.
  • Three or more years of experience coaching and teaching in educational and professional settings.
  • Knowledge and practice of Improvement Science
  • Knowledge of and experience in adult learning in practical settings.
  • Knowledge of educational systems and their norms, structures and operational routines.
  • Experience working effectively in a dynamic, collaborative, matrixed organization is highly desirable.
Skill Requirements and Qualifications
  • Ability to approach challenges with an improvement mindset and commitment to equity.
  • Ability to design, develop, initiate, and support networks of professionals engaged in the pursuit of a common aim using continuous improvement methods.
  • Ability to design and facilitate productive workshops, convenings, and meetings with colleagues.
  • Must have strong analytic skills and demonstrate superb communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Able to apply adult learning theory to build the capacity of professionals to lead, innovate, and collaborate.
  • Able to foster productive team dynamics and work in highly collaborative and interdependent teams.
  • Able to navigate complex school contexts.
  • Able to work effectively with a wide range of constituents engaged in improvement efforts.
  • Able to manage relationships with a variety of constituents, including school leaders, researchers, technologists, designers, etc.
  • Proven organizational skills are essential.
  • Must have strong team leadership skills and experience in mentoring, motivating, and/or managing others
  • Must be flexible and comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment where processes and timelines are fast paced, evolving and changeable.


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Candidates from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply to our positions.

Benefits & Perks
  • The Foundation offers a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes full medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance, and subsidized health care and day care flexible spending arrangements
  • A retirement savings plan, including employer contributions and the opportunity for your own tax-advantaged savings
  • Generous time-off benefits including paid holidays and paid parental leave
  • Matching Gift program to benefit charitable organizations and Educational Assistance to further your professional development
  • The facility is located in Stanford, California in a quiet pastoral setting near a hiking trail.
  • Amenities include a communal kitchen (coffee, tea, and drinks provided), outdoor eating/gathering areas, free parking, and electric car charging stations.
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