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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 this position, please apply by visiting our search partner, On-Ramps, website: https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/1805. They will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set and experience. 

    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 - Boston 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 this position, please apply by visiting our search partner, On-Ramps, website: https://www.on-ramps.com/jobs/1819. They will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set and experience.

    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. 

  • Director of HR, People and Culture

    Organization Summary 
    PBLWorks (also known as 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—especially black and brown students —should have access to quality PBL instruction to deepen their learning and achieve success in college, career, and life.  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. The PBLWorks strategic plan 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 HR, People and Culture is a new and key role for this fast growing, mission driven organization. They will lead organizational initiatives critical to maintaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment that supports high performing teams.  This position brings strategic leadership and operational expertise so the successful candidate will be comfortable working with the executive team on the big picture, and rolling up their sleeves and owning the day to day aspects of HR.  

    This HR generalist role will require developing strong working partnerships across functions, roles and geographies. Working closely with all employees, they will successfully maintain a culture where current and new staff are aligned with the mission and vision of the organization. 

    Because of the work that PBLWorks focuses on, it is important that the Director has management experience gained from working in educational and non-profit organizations, believes in PBLWorks’ mission, and is able to work with the executive team to positively steer the company culture as the organization grows. 
     

    Key Responsibilities: 

    Strategic:

    • Work with the executive team to clarify the organization’s strategic goals and values, and create objectives and plans for the HR function that support those goals and values. 
    • Evaluate current practices to identify gaps, and drive new practices that align with organizational objectives.
    • Provide strategic consultative support in the areas of workforce planning, team development, and building a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.
    • Recommend the migration of specific HR functions from an external provider, to internal oversight including leading the implementation of HRIS or other people management tools. 
    • Develop a talent acquisition and growth strategy which ensures attracting, retaining and developing top talent.
    • Develop total rewards strategies, including compensation structures, and benefit/wellness plans.
    • Maintain knowledge of trends, best practices, regulatory changes, and new technologies in human resources, talent management, and employment law; apply this knowledge to develop and communicate changes in policy, and practice.


    Operational:

    • Provide hands on administration of policies and procedures, benefits, and compensation structures.
    • Lead the organizational development team to support culture and ongoing improvements.  
    • Manage the sourcing, recruiting, hiring, on-boarding and new hire orientation process; ensure continual improvement in these processes.  
    • Manage the annual benefits open enrollment process including communication of plan changes to employees.
    • Lead the performance management process, including job descriptions, performance standards and performance evaluation tools and tracking. 
    • Adeptly handle employment related inquiries from applicants, employees and managers across functions and geographies. 
    • Coach managers on employee performance issues and terminations; create performance improvement plans.
    • Working with management and employees, advise and participate in resolving employee relations situations.
    • Develop and assess surveys, gather data, conduct focus groups, exit interviews, and other research to understand the employee experience. Implement changes based on take-aways from this research and analysis. 
    • Develop and deliver training programs for managers and employees to support the culture and values, and to comply with federal and state requirements. 
    • Ensure the organization is in compliance with all federal, state and local laws to including EEO, Leave Laws, ADA, and COBRA, for all locations in which PBLWorks has staff. 
    • Partner with the payroll provider to assure that record-keeping and coordination with payroll is maintained.
    • Own all administrative work associated with the HR function. 
    • Be the culture champion by planning company events and teambuilding activities. 

     
    Requirements, Skills and Abilities

    The successful candidate will bring this experience to the role:

    • At least 7 years of progressive responsibility in human resources roles.
    • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field required; Masters degree preferred.
    • SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred.
    • Experience in a non-profit, educational organization preferred.
    • Experience in building HR infrastructure from the ground up. 
    • Hands-on experience with administration of benefits, on-boarding, off-boarding, creating pay ranges and compensation structures, and employee relations. 
    • Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations.
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, gmail and google drive.
    • Proficient with, or the ability to quickly learn, HRIS and talent management systems, and other new technologies and applications. 
    • Experience supporting employees at all levels of the organization.
    • Experience implementing culture - building initiatives including those focused on diversity, equity and inclusivity.  

     

    The successful candidate will possess these skills and abilities:

    • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
    • Strong analytical skills; basic business intuition.
    • Great listener. 
    • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
    • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation,  and negotiating skills
    • Extraordinary organizational skills, with high attention to detail, and exceptional focus on accuracy and accountability. 
    • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines and prioritize.
    • Data driven with strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Ability to adapt to the needs of the organization and employees.

     

    The successful candidate will reflect these attributes:

    • Integrity, a positive attitude, and self-direction.
    • Belief in transparency and open communication and the ability for an individual’s power to improve and enable those around them.
    • Passionate about addressing equity in the workplace and in education.
    • The ability to build trust quickly and be seen as an advocate for all employees.
    • A team player who can work effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial, yet demanding, work environment
    • Strong work ethic and a passion for PBLWorks' mission and commitment to working collaboratively with a management team of senior professionals.


    Physical Requirements:

    • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
    • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

     
    Reporting Relationships
    The Director of HR, People and Culture reports directly to the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer and will work closely with the Senior Director of Finance and Administration. 

    Location
    The job is located in Marin County, California, one hour north of San Francisco. Travel will be minimal.

    Compensation
    The Director of HR, People and Culture role is a full-time position with full health benefits (including medical, vision and dental), generous retirement contributions, life and disability insurance and a cell phone stipend. PBLWorks offers 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 this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter here: https://apply.workable.com/pblworks/j/76A94C7A2F/. 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, religion (including religious dress and personal appearance), matriculation or political activities or affiliation, sex (including pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability, ancestry, sexual orientation, transgender / gender (including gender identity and expression), AIDS/HIV, citizenship status, legally protected medical condition, family care or medical leave status, military or veteran status, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, assault or stalking, genetic information, genetic expression or any other category protected by state or federal law (“a protected category”).