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Education Director

Intentional Futures
Seattle, WA
  • Posted: September 29, 2022
  • Full-Time

Company Overview

Intentional Futures (iF) is an idea-to-impact consultancy. We work with some of the most notable leaders in the US to solve hard problems that matter. Our clients are visionaries and change agents who believe the world can be better than it is and trust us to be their thought partner. We are a 30-person-strong firm of researchers, strategists and designers that work on complex issues with corporations, nonprofits, and family foundations.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and believe this strengthens our ability to serve our clients, support one another, and fulfill our mission. As an equal opportunity employer, iF considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class. People of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

We strive to create an environment where all staff are supported, valued and respected.

Job Summary

Our work in education started with the birth of iF 12 years ago. We have clients who we've worked with throughout our entire history, and some who are newer to us. We are looking for an education practice lead to continue and build on our current portfolio of project work and client relationships.

As the Director of the Education team, you will guide a team of strategists through iF engagements . Education project teams deliver offerings that include: Intentional Learning sessions, program strategies, storytelling assets, and product envisioning, to name a few. Examples of past projects include: an Intentional Learning session on the use of AI in education; a fellowship program focused on co-creating improvements to the student experience; a series of co-design workshops to inform tech product development.

As Director you will have the opportunity to both lead this work and support teams to hone their craft and improve methodologies to deliver exceptional results.

As a people leader , you will help the team grow and develop. You are excited about spending time developing team capabilities through coaching, mentorship, and contributing to an inclusive and high performance team culture.

As a team lead, you will work on business development efforts - developing existing relationships and forging new ones, crafting approaches, writing proposals, and presenting to prospective clients. You will set the vision for the team and enable the reality of that vision through these relationships and secured projects.

Who you are

You are a humble and collaborative leader who doesn't shy away from conflict when it's needed. You love going deep to learn a new topic. You thrive in a collaborative environment, and motivate your teams and direct reports through empathy and an assets-based mindset. You advocate for the team both internally and externally. If issues arise, you are willing to question and disrupt harmful dynamics (like dominant norms) to create a team dynamic that is safe and joyful. You proactively develop new relationships and advance our craft to ensure we have real impact.

Responsibilities and Duties

Practice leadership and management

+ Manage a dynamic team by stewarding a culture of equity-centeredness, innovation & collaboration, driving to consistent productivity, and ensuring high-quality results

+ Use data and conversations to ensure the health and well-being of the team while hitting practice goals (for example, hitting goals like utilization, quality and impact of the work, revenue, while anticipating and proactively solving project resourcing challenges, balancing team member workloads, matching projects with team members' skill sets and interests, ensuring that the team is taking PTO, etc.)

Client management and business development

+ Engage in business development activities that include lead development, relationship management, and crafting innovative, successful proposals

+ Push back on clients and colleagues in ways they can appreciate, advocating for the project team if needed

+ Manage key client relationships ensuring healthy and open communication that results in strong collaboration, ideas to improve our practice, and ongoing opportunities for partnership

+ Participate in thought leadership publishing and public speaking engagements as appropriate

People management

+ Provide mentorship, coaching, and training around client management, project management, framework development, strategy development, and stakeholder alignment

+ Exercise both flexibility and consistency with direct reports around expectations and assignments

Project leadership and management

+ Lead various client-facing project types to develop impactful deliverables that often involve a high level of ambiguity

+ Lead collaborative project teams that include strategists, visual/graphic/UX designers, and technical product managers through scoping, budgeting, research, and delivery

+ Lead a multi-disciplinary team to develop research plans, craft points of view, generate frameworks and story narrative to teach audiences about a wide-range of topics in the form of interactive presentations, reports, or other forms

Qualifications and Skills

Practice leadership and management

+ 10+ years of leadership experience in education

+ Experience working in multiple education age ranges (i.e., early learning, K-12 education, postsecondary education)

+ Direct experience working with Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students and students experiencing poverty

+ Commitment to advancing issues around racial and socio economic equity

+ Understanding of the edtech space

Client management and business development

+ Experience as external consultant or in professional services running project delivery, leading client and business development, and managing project teams with a diverse client portfolio

+ A strong network of connections to leaders in education

People management

+ Ability to discern, appreciate, embrace and nurture diversity, including cultural, workstyle, and interpersonal relationships

+ Excellent people management skills: you believe deeply in the importance of developing talent with a track record of motivating high-performing teams to achieve an ambitious result

Project leadership and management

+ A history of primary & secondary research, writing, or speaking publicly on education, technology, strategy, innovation, and related topics

+ Experience managing complex tasks and teams

+ Consulting experience, or experience working on multiple projects at once

Bonus Experience & Skills

+ Experience working towards creating equitable education technologies

+ Understanding of non-US educational systems

Additional Information

Please note that our office is located in the Seattle area. Our staff currently work from home with access to our office if needed. We have a strong preference for candidates who reside in the Seattle area, but would consider candidates residing outside the area based on qualifications and fit for the role. We are not able to offer relocation packages. We are also unable to offer any visa sponsorship at this time.

This interview process will be conducted via phone calls and Zoom.

Salary Range, Benefits & Perks

In addition to a competitive base salary in the range of $125,000 - $175,000 annually, this position is eligible for profit sharing, annual bonus, and the following benefits:

+ Healthcare coverage including domestic partner benefits

+ Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Account options

+ Life insurance

+ Short-term disability coverage

+ Paid parental and adoption leave

+ 4% 401K match

+ Paid time off

+ Learning and Development Resources

iF Values

+ Imagination - We seek out new perspectives, creative approaches, and novel solutions.

+ Rigor - We challenge ourselves to question, substantiate, and sweat every detail.

+ Teamwork - We build trust by working openly and collaboratively with clients, partners, and each other.

Intentional Futures supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, military service eligibility, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, or any other protected class.

If you enjoy the endless pursuit of the unknown, apply today!

Job posted on 2022.09.27

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