About the Organization - 100Kin10
To solve the world's most pressing problems, we need all of tomorrows problem-solvers to be equipped with STEM knowledge, skills, & inspiration. And tomorrows problem-solvers need excellent STEM teachers today to guide them. 100Kin10 unites the nations top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, & government agencies to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers for classrooms around the country by 2021. To do this, were building a new type of networked-impact effort that rethinks how organizations collaborate, learn from one another, & together identify & tackle challenges that none could successfully address on its own. On target to meet our ambitious 100Kin10 goal, we are focusing not only on the 100,000-teacher goal but also on making progress against the underlying reasons for the STEM teacher shortage.
About the Role - Strategic Initiatives Associate
The Strategic Initiatives Team leads our effort to constantly evolve in pursuit of achieving our goal of ending the STEM teacher shortage. As an organization, we are guided by the values of audacity & experimentation grounded in learning. With that in mind, the Strategic Initiatives Team operates with the dual goals of research & future planning, exploring new ideas & leading discrete projects that shape what's next for 100Kin10.
The Strategic Initiatives Team's work primarily falls into two buckets. The first bucket can be described as Internal Consulting & focuses on the next phase of 100Kin10, which we expect will follow the achievement of the decade-long 100,000 STEM teacher goal at the end of 2021. The projects associated with the post-2021 planning will range greatly in type & scope, related to everything from branding to measurement to north-star goal-setting.
The second bucket moves beyond the STEM teacher shortage goal & is best described as External Consulting. 100Kin10 has launched consulting-style partnerships that enable others to use our networked-impact approach to bring together diverse stakeholders to map, coordinate & solve significant social issues. Most of these partnerships are outside of the STEM or education sectors.
The range of projects requires a generalist with broad, high-quality skills including research, synthesis, analysis, communications (both written & verbal), & project planning & management. The Strategic Initiatives Associate is the kind of person who seeks out opportunities to work on ambitious, uncharted goals that, although tough to crack, are fun to pursue & highly-rewarding. Characteristics that lead to success in this role & on the Strategic Initiatives Team include comfort with ambiguity, resourcefulness, curiosity, self-motivation, & reliable follow-through.
Above all, you will apply your passion for social change, your research & analytical capabilities, your knowledge & unique lived experiences to the advancement of the 100Kin10's mission.
Your Responsibilities will include:
- Conducting research & synthesizing that research into a range of products.
- Managing communications & evaluation for projects, in partnership with 100Kin10's Operations & Community Teams & with external PR partners.
- Providing support in a range of writing & presentation development, taking on a variety of roles (e.g., drafting full documents, editing, fact-checking, slide-making, conducting supporting research) in different situations.
- Playing a lead support role in one to two client engagements, with responsibilities that will vary depending on the nature of the engagement (e.g., analysis, supporting role in client meetings, program management, presentation development, etc.
- Performing analogous context research to help build out or develop 100Kin10's approach to change.
- Synthesizing & analyzing quantitative & qualitative data.
- Managing groups of individuals (e.g., 100Kin10 partners, guests, & teachers; stakeholders associated with external partners) who are contributing to projects or engaging in related programs
Your Skills & Competencies
This work is analytical, collaborative, & challenging. The Strategic Initiatives Associate will be a self-starter who is committed to their learning & growth & possess the following skills & competencies:
- Research, Data Gathering, & Critical Thinking: An ability to independently design & conduct research, gather data, structure quantitative & qualitative analyses, & draw actionable recommendations.
- Written & Verbal Communication: Strong written & verbal communication skills with an ability to create original written content & deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings.
- Active Listening & Inclusion: An ability to listen with an open mind & a deep commitment to respecting diverse viewpoints.
- Adaptability & Self-motivation: You proactively take the initiative. Strong project management skills, even in an ambiguous environment, & the ability to handle multiple priorities with ease.
- Learning Mindset: A desire for continuous improvement & a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning & growth.
- Equity Centered: Knowledge & experience with centering equity in research, analysis, synthesis, & recommendation development.
3-5 years of professional experience in a role that includes:
- Delivering well-structured quantitative & qualitative analyses.
- Designing & drawing actionable insights from data.
- Leading projects with a record of increasing responsibility over-time.
- Communicating persuasively using multiple verbal & written formats (e.g., PowerPoint, memos, emails).
The Application Process
Please complete the following simple form. Individuals who submit by Thursday, August 22nd will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!
When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume, & you may leave your degree (e.g. "B.A. Economics"). Just remember to remove any undergraduate & graduate school name references where possible. This "bias blind" process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school). Lastly, we intentionally do not ask for a cover letter, so we kindly request that you not send one in your application.
This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making & may be different from other application processes you have experienced.
The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:
- Late August: Selected candidates asked to complete short-answer questions.
- Early September: Phone interview with 100Kin10 staff.
- Early September: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed, blinded, trial assignment.
- Middle of September: Finalists will come for an in-person, multi-team-member group interview in our New York City office. Candidate references will also be checked at this step.
- Late September: Offers extended.
More details about the EEOC questions in the application, including definitions of veteran & disability status, can be found here.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to email email@example.com.
Working at 100Kin10
People who thrive at 100Kin10 are team-oriented, open-minded, creative, & flexible & possess a strong desire to learn & grow in a feedback-rich environment. Our culture embraces colleagues with genuine warmth, a curiosity to learn, a drive toward excellence, the ability to laugh at themselves, an eagerness for feedback to spur growth & impact, & an interest in co-workers as colleagues & as human beings.
We believe in community. We believe that diverse perspectives & background create a rich work environment that is essential to our work. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we collaborate with our partners, support our network, & work together as a team. We aim to build each other up, empower each other, & give each other what we need to grow & thrive. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, valued, & supported.
Strategic Initiatives Team members, in particular, thrive in collaborative work environments; are comfortable with ambiguity; are tight on vision & strategy but loose on tactics; embody curiosity & the desire to learn, & constantly search for opportunities for improvement.