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WestEd Position Announcement

Benefits Highlights

  • All health benefits effective first of the month following date of hire
  • 15% contribution toward retirement effective day one of employment
  • 15 vacation days, which will increase to 20 days per year beginning the 4th year of employment
  • 12 holidays
  • 12 days sick leave per year
Position Title: School Performance & Systems Transformation Specialist
Reports to:Senior Program Associate, Organization Development Specialist
Program: Comprehensive School Assistance Program
Salary: Level G - $77,840 - $97,300
Location: Oakland, CA; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco, CA
Time Base:100%
Position No: 5117

The Comprehensive School Assistance Program (CSAP) at WestEd works to transform educational systems in partnership with state and local educators, families, and communities to strengthen teaching and learning and ensure equity so all students thrive. CSAP’s work covers a broad range of projects including providing planning and professional learning support to state and local educational agencies, including extensive support related to school performance and accountability. WestEd’s work, while varied, is focused on impacting outcomes for students through the development and cultivation of educational systems and cultures that result in learning for all students. The CSAP team consists of approximately 75 staff with presence and projects in over 16 states.

Position Description

The School Performance & Systems Transformation Specialist will apply expertise and experience in the area of state and school district system transformation, resource allocation approaches, leveraging networks to drive leadership development. Primary duties include, but are not limited to providing collaborative and research-based capacity building to state education agencies, county offices of education, school districts, and schools on issues related to system transformation, resource allocation approaches, and leveraging evidence-based practices; designing, writing, and facilitating the use of evidence-based system transformation and instructional practices, materials, and resources for clients and the field at large; and leading project teams for state and local education agencies in developing strategic, data-driven plans and strategies that address equity issues and increase system leader capacity to support each other and students to improve outcomes.

This position requires experience and a track record of leading and/or assisting state, regional, and/or local education agencies to implement and sustain system improvements. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable of systems change research and frameworks, comfortable with the collection and use of qualitative and quantitative data, exhibits strong communication (written and verbal) skills to diverse audiences, and can juggle multiple priorities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of interesting and challenging projects within a forward-thinking environment.


1. Provides direct organizational improvement assistance to state and local educational agencies by: (a) engaging clients and a broad range of stakeholders in using processes such as stakeholder engagement, service assessment, process design, multiparty consensus-building, visioning, and strategic planning (with reasonable mastery of service content and relevant interpersonal and political dynamics for each case); (b) Designing and executing complex organizational analyses and interpretation that generate advice and recommendations to improve program quality, organizational structure, staffing, and resource allocation efficiency and effectiveness; (c) analyzing program and federal and state compliance requirements to develop policies and protocols to support productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency; (d) serving as a trainer, coach, and strategist to build clients’ internal management practices and service delivery capacity, (e) partnering with clients and professional colleagues to identify and support implementation of effective process interventions.

2. Provides leadership, strategic direction, and guidance to WestEd teams by: (a) developing scopes of work, budgets, and work plans, (b) sharing relevant professional learning materials and technical assistance tools, (c) participating in analyses and reflection that contributes to continuous improvement of services, (d) coordinating staff activities to deliver agreed upon services, and (e) ensuring that high quality deliverables are completed on time and within budget, and (f) monitoring the impact of services.

3. Assists with the development and growth of WestEd services by participating in proposal preparation and project management.

4. Prepares and presents high quality written materials in a variety of formats that document, analyze, and explain critical information including, but not limited to, descriptions of collaborative planning processes, complex data, analytical results, and recommendations and reflections based on clients’ needs and data.

5. Develops, manages, and facilitates communication among and between program staff, clients, and partner organizations as needed.

6. Participates in and develops professional learning trainings, webinars, learning communities, and events to strengthen colleagues’ capacity to support new and emerging areas of work. Travels to other WestEd offices or school or district sites as needed.


• Experience: Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to system improvement.
•At least seven years of experience as education leader at the school, school district, or county-level
•Strong knowledge and understanding of research on improving schools and school systems
•Familiarity and interest in education policy analysis and development
•Strong analytical skills with the ability to communicate complex information in a clear manner.
•Comfort in managing large quantitative datasets and familiarity with student performance, school finance and accountability data structures.
• Communication Skills: Demonstrated ability to communicate in a collaborative manner with colleagues and partners at all levels, from frontline employees to executives and external representatives.
•Persuasive Communication: Plan and deliver oral and written communications that make an impact and persuade intended audiences and priorities.
•Written Communication: Excellent written communication skills and ability to articulate a compelling case for programs, present organizational objectives persuasively, and translate strategic concepts into compelling business cases and proposals.
• Initiative: Proactively create and/or follow through on new ideas and strategies.
• Thoroughness: Ensure that one's own and others’ work and information are complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled.
• Project Management: Identify and think through all necessary steps of a project, set appropriate deadlines, move seamlessly between prioritized tasks, identify required participants and hold self and others accountable to outcomes and deadlines. Ability to manage large, complex projects to meet deadlines and budgets.
• Education: Master’s in education, public policy, or related field.
• Alignment: An abiding commitment to excellence and equity, and having an impact on the lives of children.
• Travel: Ability to travel – requires 40-50% travel time.

Application Process

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