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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 Climate Improvement Facilitator
Reports to:Senior Research Associate
Program: Health & Human Development Program
Salary: Level G - $77,840 - $97,300
Location: Home Office; Los Alamitos, CA; Oakland, CA
Time Base:80%
Position No: 5173

WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency — works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has more than a dozen offices nationwide, from Massachusetts, Vermont, and Georgia, to Illinois, Arizona, and California, with headquarters in San Francisco.

WestEd’s Health and Human Development Program (HHDP) conducts research and provides technical assistance related to build the capacity of schools, families, and communities to promote youth physical and mental health, wellbeing, positive behavior, and development, as well as to foster success in school, career, and life. This includes both the prevention of risk or illness as well as the promotion of resilience and protective factors. A major focus of HHDP’s work is on promoting equity in opportunities for all students to succeed and creating safe and supportive school, afterschool, and community environments. Other major areas of current work are assessing and addressing the needs of military-connected youth, career and technical education, and adult education.

Position Description

WestEd is seeking to fill the position of School Climate Improvement Facilitator to provide training, technical assistance, and coaching that builds capacity for implementing HHDP’s School Climate Partnership (SCP) Model. The SCP Model cultivates positive school climates, improves student supports, and promotes the growth of all students through effective stakeholder collaboration and implementation of best practices. The preferred candidate will have content expertise in school climate improvement practices such as youth development, education, health (behavioral, social, emotional, mental), school culture, student supports, school improvement, data-driven decision-making, equity, stakeholder engagement, and systems change.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of services and practices designed to improve school climate and student supports, as well as extensive facilitation (training, coaching) and technical assistance skills. The ability to assist with recruiting partners, securing contracts, managing multiple priorities, and completing reports under tight deadlines is essential. Experience working in K-12 schools (secondary schools is preferred) with a background working with diverse communities and clientele.

This position is funded at 80% through August. After August, the position is contingent on the number of secured contracts. The position has the possibility of leading to full-time employment.


Training, Technical Assistance, & Coaching
  • Assess current school climate and stakeholder supports and practices in schools/districts based on the SCP Model:
    a) Support the formation of a School Climate Team and facilitate a foundational session with the Team to co-create an SCP Plan.
    b) Share conditions and processes for implementation success.
    c) Plan the SCP Plan roll-out process, including collaboration with school/district administration to build an annual action plan for the SCP.

  • Develop capacity with the School Climate Team (staff, administrators, students and families):
    a) Co-facilitate Youth Summits to support Student School Climate Leaders and their Educator/Adult Allies.
    b) Facilitate School Climate Data Use Workshops to integrate the use of various sources of school and student data.
    c) Co-facilitate a Student Listening Circle as a stakeholder voice strategy.

  • Provide ongoing student and educator coaching sessions.
  • Develop internal expertise of school/district staff and students.

  • Collaborate with the School Climate Team to:
    a)Engage in reflective practices to continually monitor progress of the SCP Plan.

  • Integrate best practices into key strategies for school climate improvement.

Business and Project Management
  • Manage projects including: developing, launching, and monitoring the implementation of multiple contracts simultaneously.
  • Launch the SCP area of work by promoting and marketing the service to current, past, and potential clients. Contribute to activities that focus on recruiting partners and securing additional contracts.
  • Assure that all initiatives and services are of high quality, meet the needs and expectations of clients, and are delivered on time, within budget, and in compliance with contractual requirements.

Client Engagement
  • Serve as the primary liaison to client personnel; build and foster relationships with clientele that includes frequent communication re: status updates via on-site visits, email, and telephone contacts.


  • Master’s degree or above, in education or related field with at least five years of experience working with schools, districts, or related sites.
  • Extensive facilitation experience including coaching, training, and technical assistance.
  • Ability to recruit partners and secure contracts with LEAs and schools.
  • Deep knowledge of: school climate and culture, student supports, effective leadership, student and family engagement practices, stakeholder voice, data use, strategic planning, systems change, working with diverse communities, and issues of equity.
  • Attention to detail and excellent follow-through with the ability to manage and coordinate multiple priorities.
  • Reliable, self-initiator, and ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team player on technically and politically complex projects with multiple stakeholders; Strong ability to communicate and collaborate with colleagues and clients in leading school climate and district improvement efforts.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations and diverse settings; an abiding commitment to equity and having an impact on the lives of children.
  • Strong interpersonal, presentation, and writing skills, including the ability to: problem-solve and solution-find, moving stakeholders to consensus on complex educational issues; and use applied research skills and produce and present complex materials clearly and effectively to educators, students, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to travel – requires up to 70% time travel. Travel may be local, regional, or national.

Application Process

We invite you to Apply for this Position.

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San Francisco, CA 94107

WestEd is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veterans’ status or other status protected by applicable law.