Senior Vice President, Program Implementation

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Teach Together. Reach Every Learner.

Title: Senior Vice President, Program Implementation
Location: The SVP-PI is a full-time position located from a home office anywhere in the country with ~20% travel expected
Start Date: August 2021

Who We Are
Blue Engine is an education nonprofit that optimizes the power of team teaching, the approach of having multiple teachers work together in a classroom in service of a shared outcome for students. We partner with teachers, schools, districts, and education organizations to ensure that educators can effectively collaborate and individualize instruction for every learner—regardless of race, income level, or learning style. In doing so, Blue Engine delivers mindset shifts and effective practices for teachers and engaging, identity-affirming learning experiences for students.

We amplify the great things already happening in communities by intentionally and thoughtfully designing partnerships with schools, districts, and education organizations. Through these partnerships, we shift teachers’ mindsets, make collaboration more effective, and improve instructional practices—resulting in academic gains for students. The end result is measurable, tangible gains for everyone in the classroom. Teachers report mindset shifts and improvements in their ability to collaborate, reflect on data, and meet the needs of all learners. Students in Blue Engine classrooms demonstrate academic gains (Algebra students in Blue Engine-designed classrooms gain the equivalent of six additional months of learning in a single school year when compared to non-Blue Engine classrooms) and experience engaging, identity-affirming learning. After more than a decade of operating in New York City, we are growing our impact by partnering with schools and districts in new regions. Blue Engine plans to grow to 20 systems by 2024. In 2021-22, we will be expanding outside of New York City into at least five new school systems

Our Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Blue Engine is more than an “equal opportunity employer.” We acknowledge the roles we play as educators and leaders in the systems of oppression and racism that exist in our city, our communities, and our classrooms, and strive to become an actively anti-racist organization. We do this first by articulating the value of diversity, inclusivity, and equity as separate yet interwoven concepts; we evaluate decisions and policies through the lens of diversity, inclusivity, and equity; we pursue opportunities for continued learning about how historic and current systems of oppression manifest in individuals and organizations; we strive to increase our collective awareness of the cultural values, biases, and differences in self and others; we utilize skills of interruption to bring to bear cultural breaches along the lines of diversity, inclusivity, and anti-racism and combine these approaches to embrace and resolve conflict while fostering growth. We make this commitment because we know it enables us to more meaningfully connect with each other, our students, and the communities in which we work.

The Role
The Senior Vice President (SVP) Program Implementation (SVP-PI) is a new role at Blue Engine and will report to the Chief Program Officer. It’s the perfect role for someone who cares deeply about our country’s most marginalized students and believes we must transform traditional classrooms; who is motivated to redesign elements of school systems; and who wants to bring their ideas and perspective to a growing organization. The role is equal parts leadership, implementation oversight, and partnerships. This person will set the foundation and build systems for Blue Engine’s programmatic growth.

As Blue Engine grows its impact and learns in new contexts, the SVP-PI will set and drive a clear vision for high-quality program implementation to ensure student and teacher impact and partnership satisfaction. The SVP-PI will provide leadership, management and oversight to a results-oriented team of instructional staff, building a strong team culture and systems that support national expansion. This person will serve as the liaison with district and school leaders with whom we partner. The SVP-PI will collaborate with other senior leaders within and from outside the organization to ensure we are learning, creating change, and remaining steadfast to our bedrock DEI value.


What You Will Do
The ideal candidate loves to build and lead teams and develop people; is excited to work with system leaders to support system wide change that leads to improved instruction for all students; and is motivated by the multifaceted nature of a role that requires them to lead people with a clear vision, humanness, and a dedication to strong execution because it matters for students. We expect the SVP-PI to:

Establish a strategy for program implementation that achieves outcomes for students across multiple regions. With input from others, you’ll develop a strategy for how to deliver Blue Engine’s program services across multiple partners in multiple regions.  You can work with stakeholders at all levels, build systems that enable you to manage toward program and organizational goals, anticipate challenges, and assess the effectiveness of our work. You acknowledge that there already are great things happening in communities and know we must tailor partnerships to meet the specific needs of each partner; you bring this mindset to the systems you build.
Ensure strong execution against implementation strategy by leading a high functioning, collaborative team of talented individuals. You love motivating others and will attract, develop and support effective instructional staff who develop our partner teachers, leaders and district staff. You will provide assistance and guidance on how to troubleshoot challenges and will provide regular feedback and support to ensure coaches are effective and are growing in their roles.  You nurture a collaborative, cohesive, positive, equitable and inclusive culture and empower the team with the right role clarity and tools for all team members to succeed.
Ensure strong execution against implementation strategy by building and bolstering systems that track data and results for growth. In collaboration with your team and in line with Blue Engine’s goals, you will establish annual program and staff goals. Using Blue Engine’s performance management framework, you will create and implement systems and processes for growth, ensuring we maintain our impact as we increase our footprint. You will support instructional staff to identify gaps in skills on the instructional coaching team and support them on how to provide the necessary management and oversight.
Build and bolster relationships with partners. You will be external facing also and will develop strong relationships with and get to know the needs of senior level partners in districts, state departments, charter management organizations and community organizations. You will support BE instructional staff to develop multi-year partnership plans that enable partners to meet their goals and will renew these partnerships each year. You consider the political, economic and social context of our partners, and support the BE team to contextualize and adjust their support based on partners’ needs.
Build and bolster relationships with other leaders. You will work closely with Blue Engine’s head of Learning & Design to assess effectiveness and refine programming to ensure student and teacher impact. Together, you two also will design cross-team collaboration and, in your first year, you will co-develop a talent strategy that defines clear roles and responsibilities for our work as we grow. You will also work with our Chief Development Officer, helping to elevate and highlight our programmatic work in funding conversations. You will be a member of the Blue Engine Leadership team, engaging in organizational-wide decisions and priorities and ensuring alignment of program strategy with overall organizational goals.

Who We Need

The ideal candidate will personally connect with Blue Engine’s mission and our commitment to assembling diverse, inclusive, and actively anti-racist teams to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression at their root. Our belief in teams extends beyond the classrooms we serve; we know that we are better together than we are as individuals. Our team supports one another to reflect, improve, and push our individual and collective practices to new levels. We need an SVP who is eager to contribute their ideas and perspective to a growing and learning organization and understands that teams enable outcomes that individuals alone cannot achieve.

Blue Engine needs an SVP who is resourceful, responsible, independent, and honest; commits to an ongoing practice of anti-racism and personal growth; and is driven by a personal standard of high-quality, equity-informed work and is excited to play a role – as an individual and as part of a team – in creating the learning environments the students affected by educational inequity deserve.


Specifically, we are looking for an individual who:

Possesses a breadth and depth of knowledge about the current state of critical issues in education. You make it a point to stay current on best practices and innovative approaches in education. You have a broad understanding and point of view on emerging trends and what the future of the education landscape holds, and an innovative perspective on the role an organization like Blue Engine can play within it. You understand the current landscape and are constantly looking ahead and forward-thinking about what’s to come, and how our strategies should evolve accordingly.
Has demonstrated leadership experience building capacity in systems. You have 12+ years in public education, including teaching and school system leadership, and have demonstrated experience establishing relationships with and engaging a diverse group of senior leaders in school districts and CMOs. You have Deep knowledge of instructional excellence and school, system, state and intermediary organization levers for instructional improvement. You have demonstrated success changing policies, systems and mindsets and supporting others with resources that enable them to significantly improve student learning and/or program outcomes. You’re not afraid to leverage different schools of thought or develop entirely new approaches to meet the needs of your partners, even if it means challenging the status quo. You can represent Blue Engine confidently to senior leadership such as Superintendents, CEOs, and CAOs.
Leads Change through Strategy Setting and Managing Others to Execute. You have proven experience shaping implementation strategy and managing large-scale program delivery efforts -through multiple layers- that achieve impact, even in situations involving complexity. You have expertise in motivating and influencing others to act – including peers, direct reports, and other stakeholders. You have led engaged, diverse, inclusive and effective teams that deliver work of the highest quality and meets goals and have strong management skills and experience developing team members, including those managing others.
Models Commitment to Personal Growth and Anti-Racism. You have a strong understanding and prior experience with asset-oriented and anti-racist practices, and use them as foundational lenses of your leadership. You believe and have demonstrated that the best work can only be done through engaging diverse perspectives and are intentional about seeking input from others – both internally and externally. Authentic self-reflection, self- awareness, and high emotional intelligence are central to who you are, and you utilize these skills to shape a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion that influences how you think about your work.  You have an adept cultural understanding of yourself and use your understanding of yourself and others to build trusting relationships with direct reports, colleagues and clients.
Can see the forest through the trees and is willing to roll up their sleeves. You are a strategic thinker who also has the ability to implement tactically when needed. This role will require someone to pull up and synthesize and see challenges and opportunities from an enterprise-level perspective. The person also will need to get into the weeds with their staff and with partners. You’ll manage from 10,000 feet and know when it’s appropriate to work at the 100 foot level too.

The salary range for this role is $140,000-$155,000. Compensation for this role will depend on a number of factors, including qualifications and experience, as well as internal equity alignment. Blue Engine employees are provided comprehensive benefits, including six weeks paid time off.

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