The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an operating foundation located in Stanford, California. Chartered in 1906, the Foundation has carried out a wide range of activities and research to support and advance the work of educators at all levels. The Foundation is currently undergoing a significant transition in its program of work. The new focus seeks to pioneer a radically different model of educational research and development capable of advancing improvements in student learning at scale.
The Foundation is engaged in a deep and long-term exploration of the application of the tenets, tools, and methods of improvement science to performance improvement in education. The idea is to establish a “third way” to think of education research. The methodological richness and rigor of translational research requires controls and restrictions that limit its capacity to address real problems of practice in their contextual complexity and in ways that support improvement. Participant/ practitioner research offers compelling immediacy and profound impact that unfortunately remains limited in its breadth of influence and therefore limits its contribution. The proposed “third way” partakes of each of these traditions and brings to bear an emerging science of improvement research to work on high leverage problems of practice in ways that produces knowledge that drives improvement - ultimately at system-wide scale.
Currently, the Carnegie Foundation is involved in a major effort to dramatically increase the number of developmental math students who complete a college level math course within an academic year. This work is being done through the Statistics (Statway™) and Quantitative Literacy (Quantway™) Pathways Instructional Systems, which are part of Carnegie’s Community College programs. The Statway and Quantway pathway programs have been implemented on 41 community college programs in 11 states, with significant success, but we are now at a juncture where we are looking at ways to improve the two pathways.
The Director of Materials Development will be responsible for ongoing refinement of all elements of the instructional kernel for each lf the Pathways programs ensuring coherence throughout the materials and alignment with the design principles. The incumbent will also lead the design and development of a new hybrid version of both the Statway and Quantway Instructional Systems. The Director of Materials Development reports directly to the Senior Associate and Managing Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships in the Community College Pathways (CCP) program. This position works in coordination with the Directors of Advancing Quality Teaching (AQT), Network Development and Relations, and Productive Persistence, as well as the Director of Analytics and the Director of Program Technology, in the development of routines and processes that prepares faculty members and their institutions in the effective implementation of either or both of the Pathways. Particular attention will be given to supporting faculty members in the application of improvement research methodologies in the pursuit of effective implementation of the Pathways programs. The institutions, as well, will be prepared to support the unique demands that the Pathways make on students, the faculty and the institutions themselves.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The responsibilities of the Director of Materials Development will include, but are not limited to:
• Managing ongoing curriculum improvement efforts, ensuring timely updates and new version releases of base materials
• Leading the design and development of a new hybrid version of both the Statway and Quantway Instructional Systems, including:
o Establishing and managing external advisory team of academic and industry experts
o Developing, testing, and refining design principles that ensure the address of the Pathways Design Principles in the hybrid environment
o Creating and piloting a prototype of the system in an classroom environment
o Working with faculty at NIC colleges to test and refine the system over time
o Managing the activities of the staff and consultants who comprise the project team
o Ensuring tight collaboration with Carnegie’s analytics and technology teams
o Ensuring activities align with overall program design philosophy and strategic goals/priorities
• Managing development and revision of assessment materials in conjunction with analytics team and NIC A-Team (Assessment Team) members
• Working with analytics team to understand data that could be used to suggest and design improvements.
• Contribute to the efforts of the Advancing Quality Teaching unit in designing and leading faculty development opportunities that help faculty adopt effective instructional strategies around the use of the new curriculum. These include online and in person training opportunities, including sessions at the Pathways National Forum
• Supporting faculty in their daily implementation of the instructional system through online forum, faculty facilitator calls, emails, newsletters, etc.
• Establishing project plans for the suite of activities related to curriculum development and ensuring progress against milestones
• Managing the materials development budget
• Serving as the lead external spokesperson for the Pathways on instructional design – highlighting our work through conference presentations, publications, etc.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Education & Experience:
• Advanced experience in all phases of instructional design (analysis, design, development, iterative testing and refinement, as well as evaluation).
• Extensive experience with all aspects of instructional design, development, and production in mathematics
• Experience supporting faculty with the use of online and blended learning models
• Demonstrated experience working with multimedia applications and webinar tools
• Experience developing and applying performance metrics (progress, engagement, outcomes, etc.) to course design.
• Experience teaching at the community college level or undergraduate level is highly desirable.
• Understanding of accessibility issues and use of assistive technologies in course design.
• Online and classroom teaching experience preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal and group communication skills.
• Strong writing and editing skills.
• Advanced program management and presentation skills.
• Advanced skills in content design and development tools
• Must be able to work collaboratively and harmoniously as a member of close knit program and administrative teams, creating effective collaboration while being sensitive to diverse opinions and personal styles.
• Must be very flexible and comfortable working in an environment where processes, timelines, and targets are evolving.
• Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to multi-task effectively and meet multiple deadlines in a calm, courteous, and professional manner.
• Must have strong English verbal and written skills; must be able to communicate effectively, both one-on-one and in groups, with a variety of audiences, including internal staff and external partners. Effective communication skills are necessary as this individual should be able to represent the Foundation and the program when appropriate. Strong presentation and public speaking skills are a must.
• A minimum of a master’s degree and at least five years of progressively responsible and relevant experience. Background in statistics, mathematics, and/or quantitative reasoning is required. A combination of education and experience equivalent to this requirement may be considered.
• Experience as a participant/collaborator on complex initiatives is highly desirable.
• Able to travel 5-10% of the time.
The position requires occasional lifting, pulling or pushing objects of less than 25 pounds. Bending, kneeling and carrying are also occasionally required. A significant amount of time is spent sitting. The position requires visual and auditory acuity.
The Carnegie Foundation offers a competitive salary and generous benefits in a pleasant and friendly work environment. Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date is November 1, 2013 or as early as possible. To apply, please refer to Job Code AACCDMD-0913 in the subject line and send, email, or fax a detailed cover letter, salary expectations, and resume to:
Ms. Charlene Moran
Director of Human Resources
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
51 Vista Lane
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650/566-5100 Fax: 650/326-5312 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org