Strategy Associate

100Kin10 - New York, NY - Full time

100Kin10 - New York, NY - Full time

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About 100Kin10

100Kin10 unites 280 of the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to address the nation’s STEM teacher shortage. Together, we are tackling the systemic challenges to getting and keeping great STEM teachers in classrooms nationwide.

In our first five years, we secured commitments for 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021 and built a highly engaged, collaborative network of partner organizations immersed in collective problem-solving and shared learning and willing to be vulnerable and trusting with old and new allies alike. In the fall of 2017, we publicly launched the grand challenges, an unprecedented system map showing the 100 root causes of our nation’s STEM teacher challenges. We are now mobilizing our partners and the broader field to address the grand challenges.

People who thrive at 100Kin10 are team-oriented, open-minded, creative, and flexible, and possess a strong desire to learn and 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 and impact, and an interest in co-workers as colleagues and as human beings.

Learn more at 100Kin10.org

About the Strategic Initiatives Team

The Strategic Initiatives Team leads 100Kin10's learning and innovation efforts to catalyze our partners to address the grand challenges. We do so by running experiments that infuse six core elements of change into 100Kin10’s networked impact approach (https://medium.com/100kin10s-experiments-in-networked-impact) and, in so doing, help us answer key questions, including: how to help partners take up the element(s); when an element is more, or less, important; if and how multiple of them intersect; what additional elements we need to consider to get to change; what contexts enable or detract from an element’s impact; and which actors are especially critical to an element’s impact. The “change elements” build on 100Kin10’s expertise and experience to date making impact through our network, as well as deep research and study around change, innovation, systems, and mobilization.

To support this work and the broader work of the network, the Strategic Initiatives Team will contribute to building and sustaining the stamina and will for change across 100Kin10 partners and the field by:

  • Raising up emerging ideas and trends across the STEM education, social innovation, and systems change sectors to guide the work.
  • Measuring progress both (a) broadly against the grand challenges via a set of user-friendly, non-traditional indicators that point to a “healthy” STEM teaching sector, and (b) specifically against the catalyst challenges via targeted metrics.
  • Pointing to specific examples of how our partners and the network are successfully making inroads against the grand challenges.

Learn more about the Strategic Initiatives’ work here: https://bit.ly/2pJyfyx

Strategic Initiatives Team members thrive in collaborative work environments; are comfortable with ambiguity; are tight on vision and strategy but loose on tactics; embody curiosity and the desire to learn; and constantly search for opportunities for improvement.

About the Role

The Strategy Associate will play a key role in supporting experiments and the work of the network by (1) tracking progress against the grand challenges, (2) growing and developing the knowledge base supporting the grand challenges, and (3) monitoring trends across a broad range of relevant content, such as STEM, education, social innovation, and systemic change.

The Strategy Associate will synthesize all data into insights and ideas that will inform current experiments and lead to new experiments. (S)he will also help in designing the tactics used across progress-tracking, knowledge-generation, and trends-monitoring. In addition to working cross-organizationally, the Strategy Associate will manage external consultants that are contributing to and supporting projects.

The Strategy Associate should embody the qualities of the Strategic Initiatives Team (collaborative, comfortable with ambiguity, curious, etc.). (S)he should also have a strong orientation toward adventure in the workplace, and view failure as a step toward gaining knowledge and experience. This individual is hungry to work on ambitious, unchartered goals that, although tough to crack, are fun to pursue and highly-rewarding.

Responsibilities

+ Progress tracking, which will likely include the following activities:

  • Manage the project to identify progress metrics
  • Design and implement methods to gather and analyze data around the metrics
  • Synthesize progress from metrics into key insights
  • Support the public dissemination of progress on grand challenges

+ Nourishing the knowledge base, which will likely include the following activities:

  • Design and manage an approach to regularly refreshing the grand challenges data
  • Manage the identification and development of content to support ongoing learning around the grand challenges (both academic/research content and ‘best practices” research)
  • Design new and improve existing tactics for identifying and sharing best practice research about the grand challenges, in collaboration with Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Contribute to managing, updating, and improving the grand challenges website, in particular where related to content

+ Trends Monitoring, which will likely include the following activities:

  • Cultivate and host engagements with trends monitoring groups (e.g. Teacher Forum) to gather outside expertise to identify and build out emerging ideas
  • Gather trends about partners’ priorities, projects, and interests, by talking with partners directly and by working closely with the Community Team
  • Regularly monitor, synthesize, and internally disseminate STEM, education, systems change, and social impact newsletters, etc.
  • Design new and improve existing trends monitoring techniques as needed, in collaboration with Strategic Initiatives Director

+ Synthesizing, which will likely include the following activities:

  • Analyze all inputs into quarterly insights and recommendations for the organization, in collaboration with the Strategic Initiatives Director
  • Identifying new areas to investigate based on insights

Qualifications

  • Approximately two to six years of relevant experience in STEM education, education research, or social innovation
  • A strong interest and knowledge base in the STEM education field
  • Affinity for social innovation and systems change preferred
  • Background in experience design preferred; interest in using a range of traditional and non-traditional tools to solve problems or address challenges required
  • Experience working with external consultants or vendors preferred
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, with strong follow-through
  • Excels at working collaboratively and across multiple teams
  • Highly curious by nature, with a strong inclination to constantly learn
  • Demonstrated program or project management skills preferred
  • Self-directed and proactive in an environment with dynamic priorities; able to prioritize competing projects and multi-task, exercise independent judgment, and take initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team in a fast-paced environment on deadline-driven projects
  • Team-oriented, open-minded, and flexible, with a high-level of comfort working in an experimental and ambiguous setting
  • Eagerness to learn and grow professionally, with a strong desire to learn and grow in a feedback-rich environment

To Apply:

Please share your resume and a brief cover letter that includes:

  • Why you want to work for 100Kin10
  • What about this role in particular excites you
  • Why you are the right individual for this job
  • Your desired salary

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