Director of District and School Leadership (DDSL)

Buck Institute for Education - Boston, MA - Full time

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 BIE’s 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 District and School Development, 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 the Northeast United States, ideally in Boston, MA. Travel for this position will be extensive, sometimes more than 50%.

The Director of District & School Leadership will:

District & School Leadership Development

Provide leadership coaching and support to district leaders in 5 - 7 school districts in the United States 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 BIE 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 BIE by communicating to district partners and the public what PBL is, and what products, online resources, and professional development are available in BIE’s suite of services.

Remain in close contact with the Senior Director of District and School Development and other BIE staff, and keep BIE fully informed of district activities and progress with regards to district-wide PBL implementation.

District Partner Management

Ensure fulfillment of contracted services in a timely fashion, working with BIE staff to plan and coordinate service delivery of PBL teacher and leader development workshops and additional programs and services.

Work collaboratively with BIE 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 within the district related to PBL implementation.

Provide feedback and recommendations to district leadership about the execution of the PBL implementation plan and assist with modifications of the plan to reflect current realities.

Generate reports for BIE staff and National Faculty.

Prepare quarterly work projections for review by BIE staff.

Attend all BIE National Faculty summits and conferences.

Attend quarterly (and potentially, more frequent) BIE staff meetings each year in Novato, CA.

Business Development:

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

Contributing to BIE’s mission

Work with other BIE team members to further BIE’s mission, vision, values, and strategic plan.

Share and model our deep passion for equitable access for all students to high quality education.

Support BIE colleagues as needed.

Participate as a team member in BIE 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 BIE’s 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.
  • Strong ability to persuade and influence others.
  • 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 BIE's 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 Chief Program Officer and will be a member of the BIE Program team.

The Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume and a compelling cover letter to Please reference "Director of District & School Leadership application" in the subject line of your email. BIE will contact you if there is a match between the job requirements and your skill set.

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Buck Institute for Education

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Northern California, is the industry leader in providing professional development and support services related to Project Based Learning (PBL). 

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