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If you care about transforming young people’s lives and helping educators do amazing work, we want to work with you!  

We're incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by collaborative, fun-loving professionals who are passionate about learning and motivated by possibilities for advancing educational equity and transforming students’ lives.

Together we create exceptional Project Based Learning (PBL) services and resources for educators. Many of us are former teachers and school leaders with deep roots in PBL. Some of us work remotely from all over the country. More than a few of us bring our dogs to work. Every one of us is committed to making a positive impact on students.

Interested in joining us? Please check our open positions below.

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Current Openings

  • Director of District & School Leadership (DDSL) - Boston/New England

    Organization Summary 
    PBLWorks (formerly the Buck Institute for Education), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, and is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). PBLWorks creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders across the country. At PBLWorks, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life and we seek to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world those students will inherit. At the end of 2016, PBLWorks launched an ambitious new strategic plan that provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.
     
    Position Summary 
    The Director of District & School Leadership (DDSL) plays a pivotal role in supporting school and district leaders around the United States in their effort to implement high quality Project Based Learning. This position provides an opportunity to have influence on schools and districts within a specific region, through the delivery of engaging professional development, face-to-face and virtual leadership coaching, and strategic planning support. The DDSL will need to leverage systems thinking, adult learning theory and leadership develop theory. This role will provide guidance and consultation to superintendents, district and school leaders. The DDSL will work closely with PBLWorks’ curriculum team to develop tools, resources and general support materials for district school level leaders who are leading the implementation of PBL.
     
    The Director of District & School Leadership (DDSL) reports directly to the Senior Director of Programs, and is a full-time position with benefits. The successful candidate will work with other DDSLs and be a member of the District and School Leadership team. The successful candidate will be located in Boston/New England. Travel for this position will be extensive, sometimes more than 50%.
     
    Key Responsibilities
     
    District & School Leadership Development

    • Provide leadership coaching and support to district leaders in 5 - 7 school districts in the Boston/New England region to ensure a systemic implementation of Project Based Learning.
    • Facilitate onsite meetings and leadership workshops to school and district leaders to build their capacity to support and sustain the implementation of high quality PBL.
    • Assess the districts’ implementation capabilities, develop and maintain excellent relationships with district leadership partners and build capacity of leadership teams in the districts and individual schools. 
    • Facilitate the development and monitoring of district-wide implementation plans for PBL, and insure coordination of PBLWorks programs and services delivered to the districts. 
    • Engage in regularly scheduled (weekly or bi-weekly) coaching sessions with district partners to support PBL implementation.
    • Represent PBLWorks by communicating to district partners and the public what PBL is, and what products, online resources, and professional development are available in PBLWorks’ suite of services.
    • Remain in close contact with the Senior Director of District and School Development and other PBLWorks staff, and keep PBLWorks fully informed of district activities and progress with regards to district-wide PBL implementation. 

    District & School Partner Management

    • Assist with the launch and facilitation of PBL School Leader Networks throughout the Boston/New England region.
    • Ensure fulfillment of contracted services in a timely fashion, working with PBLWorks staff to plan and coordinate service delivery of PBL teacher and leader development workshops and additional programs and services.
    • Work collaboratively with PBLWorks staff to measure and track delivery of programs, including accurate and timely inputting and monitoring of data in Salesforce.
    • Ensure collection of research and efficacy data related to PBL implementation.
    • Attend all PBLWorks National Faculty summits and conferences.
    • Attend quarterly (and potentially, more frequent) PBLWorks staff meetings each year in Novato, CA. 

    Business Development

    • Expand revenue-generating district and school partnerships based on PBLWorks’ theory of action; cultivate existing relationships and develop new relationships.
    • Ensure annual revenue goals for district and school development work are attained.

    Contributing to mission of PBLWorks

    • Work with other PBLWorks team members to further PBLWorks’ mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
    • Share and model our deep passion for equitable access for all students to high quality education.
    • Support PBLWorks colleagues as needed.
    • Participate as a team member in PBLWorks meetings and ongoing projects.
    • Facilitate workshops, meetings, and protocols as assigned.
    • Complete other tasks, as assigned.

    Qualifications and Abilities
    The Director of District and School Leadership (DDSL) will be thoroughly committed to PBLWorks’ strategy and mission. All candidates should have demonstrable leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience and success managing business relationships. Additionally, the successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

    • At least five years of successful school district or system leadership experience or experience working closely with school and district leaders in a coaching/consultative role.
    • Successful mentoring or coaching of school and/or district leaders.
    • Successful facilitation of groups, especially in service of strategic planning and professional learning.
    • Successful implementation and scaling of programs across a school district or system.
    • Strong demonstrable community building experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, trade associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups.

    The successful candidate will possess these skills:

    • Strong written and verbal communication skills. S/he will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
    • Superior public speaking and presentation skills.
    • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
    • The ability to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities.
    • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
    • Strong analytical skills; basic business intuition.

    The successful candidate will reflect these attributes:

    • Integrity, a positive attitude, and self-direction
    • A team player who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
    • Strong work ethic and demonstrated passion for PBLWorks' mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals

    Reporting Relationships
    The Director of District and School Leadership reports to the Senior Director of Programs and will be a member of the PBLWorks Program team.

    Location
    The job will be located in Boston/New England. Travel will be extensive, sometimes more than 50%.

    Compensation / Benefits
    The Director of Districts and School Leadership role is a full-time position with full health benefits, (including medical, vision and dental), generous retirement contribution, life and disability insurance and cell phone stipend. PBLWorks offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package. PBLWorks is a dog-friendly working environment.

    The Application Process
    If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to https://workable.com/j/EE09DF76D0. PBLWorks will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set.

    We are actively seeking diverse candidates. PBLWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

  • Senior Director of Programs (SDP)

    Organization Summary 
    PBLWorks is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL), and creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders. At PBLWorks we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life. At the end of 2016, PBLWorks launched an ambitious new strategic plan that provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL.
     
    PBLWorks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with headquarters in Novato, California. PBLWorks is an equal opportunity employer seeking to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world those students will inherit. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package; compensation is commensurate with experience.
     
    Position Summary 
    The Senior Director of Programs (SDP) position offers an exciting opportunity for an experienced educational leader to apply their skills and background to help transform teaching and learning across the United States. The SDP will serve a key role as a national educational leader, offering insights internally to PBLWorks’ staff and externally to school and districts across the United States. 

    The primary role of the SDP will be to lead the implementation and scaling of all PBLWorks’ professional services offered to teachers, school and district leaders. The SDP will guide PBLWorks’ School and District Leadership team to support school and district leaders in their effort to create the conditions and structures necessary to support and sustain high quality Project Based Learning, especially for students furthest from opportunity. The SDP will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for growing PBLWorks’ professional services, but especially, district partnership services, and will assist with the development of new PBL School and District Leadership Networks nationwide. 

    PBLWorks seeks a dynamic, systems thinking leader who can draw on their own leadership experience working in or with complex school systems to help us increase the number of schools implementing high quality Project Based Learning around the country. In this role, the SDP will provide guidance and consultation to PBLWorks staff, superintendents, district and school leaders, as well as, education foundation and nonprofit partners. Experience leading the development and scaling of educational programs for other professional services organizations will be highly valued. The position will be part of PBLWorks’ Management Team, which drives the overall strategy for the organization. As such, this leader will be expected to represent PBLWorks on a local, regional, and national level, by presenting at conferences, promoting PBLWorks and our services through writing and meeting with key officials from district, state and national agencies.
     
    Key Responsibilities 
    Program Leadership & Management

    •  Lead the implementation and scaling of all PBLWorks’ professional services, including teacher and leader services to meet or exceed annual organizational goals.
    • Lead the District and School Leadership team, including 5 - 6 Directors, to cultivate and deliver high quality services to a portfolio of 25 – 35 school districts or school networks annually.
    • Monitor the quality of all services delivered by establishing and monitoring a continuous improvement process with key metrics to ensure individual, team and organizational goals.
    • Assist with the development and implementation of a regional service delivery model nationwide.
    • Collaborate with the curriculum team to inform the design and delivery of curriculum, professional development, and resources for use by teachers and leaders.
    • Attract, develop, coach, and retain high-performance team members, empowering them to elevate their level of responsibility, span of control, and performance; perform annual performance reviews and goal-setting with direct reports. 

    External Relationships

    • Lead the implementation and growth of all PBLWorks’ professional services
    • Collaborate with the Director of Partnership Development to expand revenue-generating district partnerships based on PBLWorks’ district theory of action and logic model; cultivate existing relationships and develop new relationships
    • Ensure annual revenue goals for district and school leadership work are attained 

    Knowledge Management

    • Work with staff to develop systems that ensure consistent, high-quality project management
    • Develop the necessary systems, processes, and tools to better support the facilitation, collection, and sharing of knowledge generated by PBLWorks’ services; foster the ongoing use of data to improve team performance

    Contributing to mission of PBLWorks

    • Work with other PBLWorks team members to further our mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
    • As a collaborative team player, support PBLWorks colleagues, and the full processes established at PBLWorks.
    • Share our deep passion for equitable access for all students to high quality education, and help to move our equity agenda forward.
    • Participate in PBLWorks’ Management Team to implement our organizational vision (as established in the PBLWorks’ Strategic Plan), promote high-energy creative dialogue, and demonstrate sharing of knowledge and information
    • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth

    Qualifications and Abilities
    The Senior Director of Programs will be thoroughly committed to PBLWorks’ strategy and mission. All candidates should have demonstrable leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience and success managing business relationships. Additionally, the successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

    • Master’s degree required; Ed.D. or Ph.D. degree preferred
    • At least 10 years of management experience, particularly leading complex district or school network systems, or a professional services organization
    • Experience working within a professional services organization, where S/he developed and operationalized strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth (strongly preferred)
    • Direct leadership of a variety of successful initiatives at a district, state, and/or national level. 
    • Strong commitment to educational equity and demonstrated cultural competence.
    • Active leadership in the design, management and/or facilitation of school or district leadership development programs
    • Successful recruitment, management, and development of a strong team of staff, program/project managers, and development professionals
    • Strong demonstrable sales and/or fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders including advisory groups, coalitions, forums, trade associations, foundations, corporate sponsors, and practitioner groups
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills. S/he will be a persuasive, credible, and polished communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
    • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management with the ability to achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
    • The ability to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities
    • Strong analytical skills; basic business intuition, and common sense
    • Integrity, a positive attitude, , and self-direction
    • A team player who can interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
    • Mission-driven, impeccable integrity
    • Strong work ethic and demonstrated passion for PBLWorks' mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals
    • Competent with Word, Excel, Google Apps, and at least some experience using Salesforce. 

    Reporting Relationships
    The Senior Director of Programs reports to the Chief Program Officer. S/he will manage a team of 5 - 6 Directors, each of whom manages a portfolio of 5 – 7 district partners. 

    Location
    The job will be located at PBLWorks headquarters in Novato, CA (accessible by Sonoma-Marin Smart Rail, Golden Gate Transit, Marin Transit and with lots of free parking). Travel for this position may be extensive, sometimes up to 50%, based on the needs of partners. 

    Compensation / Benefits
    The SDP role is a full-time position with full health benefits, (including medical, vision and dental), generous retirement contribution, life and disability insurance and cell phone stipend. PBLWorks offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package. PBLWorks is a dog-friendly working environment.

    The Application Process
    If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to HR@PBLWorks.org. Please reference Sr. Director of Programs Application in the subject line of your email. PBLWorks will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set.

    We are actively seeking diverse candidates. PBLWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

  • Regional Director of Educational Partnerships – Boston

    Organization Summary 
    PBLWorks (formerly the Buck Institute for Education), is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, and is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). PBLWorks creates, collects, and shares high-quality PBL tools and resources with K-12 teachers and leaders. At PBLWorks, we believe that all students—no matter where they live or what their background—should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life and we seek to build a multi-talented staff who deeply understand and embrace the diversity of the students of today, and have awareness of the challenges in the world those students will inherit. At the end of 2016, PBLWorks launched an ambitious new strategic plan that provides a clear roadmap for ensuring equitable, consistent, and positive student outcomes while also creating the evidence base for further adoption of PBL. In 2019, PBLWorks completed plans for regional implementation of our services, with Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island serving as one of our initial target regions.  

    Position Summary 
    The Regional Director of Educational Partnerships – Boston is a new position that is part of a larger regional strategic plan focused on growth and depth of our Professional Development (PD) services in targeted regions. The Regional Director of Educational Partnerships - Los Angeles is responsible for building a financially sustainable business for PBLWorks in the Boston region.  This includes nurturing and building new relationships with K-12 school leaders, district leaders, community leaders, and other significant local partners.  Our goal -- by 2022 -- is to work with 3000 teachers and 700 leaders who will ultimately influence up to 100,000 students.  The successful candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, an ability to build cross-sector partnerships and the courage and leadership skills to address educational inequities. 

    The position reports to the Chief Program Officer, and is a full-time position with benefits. The candidate will be a remote employee located in the New England region (ideally Boston, MA). Travel for this position will be extensive, up to 40%.

    The Regional Director of Educational Partnerships will:

    Partnership Development

    • Cultivate a robust, local pipeline of leaders at all K-12 levels to create sustainable networks for teachers and leaders to learn with and from one another while increasing the number of students experiencing High Quality Project Based Learning (HQPBL), especially those students furthest from opportunity.  Specific goals will include negotiation and finalizing service contracts for:
    ○    At least two PBL School Leader Networks (SLNs) annually to include diverse leadership teams from 8-10 local schools in each cohort.
    ○    One to two new district partnerships annually.
    ○    One or more partners who will host a PBL Institute event.
    ○    10 or more local schools for teacher-facing PD services. 

     

    • Work closely with the Director of Partnership Development to strategically develop new relationships, while successfully assessing potential partners’ implementation capabilities.
    • Develop and maintain excellent collaborative relationships with K-12 leaders in the region.
    • Demonstrate understanding of local K-12 educational systems and policies, as well as local community and funding networks that support K-12
    • Work effectively with the program and operations teams to seamlessly bring in new partners and insure that they have a successful experience, and with marketing team to develop leads pipeline.

     
    Partner Support

    • Provide ongoing oversight and support of the leader networks and school and district partners, in collaboration with the local Director of District and School Leadership. 
    • Support Institute partners in the execution of an event that is in synch with the PBLWorks strategy, brand, and high-quality service goals.

     
    Thought Leadership

    • Represent PBLWorks and advocate for our work by presenting at conferences (regional, state, and national) and using social media
    • Organize local events to showcase PBLWorks.  
    • Explore partnership opportunities with organizations interested in working with PBLWorks, and provide an assessment and recommendations to the PBLWorks management team.

     
    Account Management 

    • Monitor and report on sales metrics (e.g. quarterly sales results and annual forecasts).
    • Develop and maintain leads and deeply understand Salesforce.com. Set and track sales account targets.
    • Be able to read the market, recognize trends, and adjust prospecting to match opportunities.
    • Other accountabilities, as assigned.

     

    Contributions to PBLWorks’ mission and culture 

     

    • Work with other PBLWorks team members to further our mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.
    • As a collaborative team player, support PBLWorks colleagues, and understand the full process of PBLWorks.  
    • Share our deep passion for equitable access for all students to high quality education, and help to move our equity agenda forward.

     

    Qualifications and Abilities
    The successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

     

    • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred 
    • Five or more years of consistent sales success and/or service delivery experience in K-12 districts and schools.  
    • Extensive knowledge and experience working within the Massachusetts K-12 system, including an understanding of the local educational policies, geography and culture.
    • Skilled negotiator with a win/win approach.  Seasoned ability to negotiate and discuss contract terms. Able to navigate complex school and district procurement and decision-making processes. 
    • Be able to present and facilitate with large groups with ease and aplomb.
    • Superb communication skills.
    • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
    • Organized, detail oriented, careful, cool under pressure and deadlines.  Great at follow-up.
    • Growth-oriented and reflective.
    • Self-starter, able to work without close supervision.
    • Experience working with diverse communities and demonstrated cultural competence
    • Knowledge of and passion for Project-Based Learning, preferably gained through first-hand experience.
    • Competent with Word, Excel, Google Apps, and deep experience using Salesforce.
    • Presence and facility with Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (preferred)

     

    Reporting Relationships
    The Regional Director of Educational Partnerships reports to the Chief Program Officer. 

     

    Location
    The job will be a remote position located in Boston, MA (New England). Travel will be extensive, sometimes more than 50%.

    Compensation / Benefits
    The Regional Director of Educational Partnerships role is a full-time position with full health benefits, (including medical, vision and dental), generous retirement contribution, life and disability insurance and cell phone stipend.  PBLWorks offers a competitive salary (commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package. PBLWorks is a dog-friendly working environment.

    The Application Process
    If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to https://workable.com/j/45642ED173. PBLWorks will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set.

    We are actively seeking diverse candidates. PBLWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.