Big Picture Learning is always seeking high-energy, visionary, and dynamic educators to work within our network of schools. We are looking for people who believe that all students are capable of high academic achievement regardless of socioeconomic status, are open to challenging themselves in an innovative learning environment, and who value Big Picture Learning's 'one kid at a time' design.
Posted: October 22, 2014
Opportunity: Chief Communications Officer (CCO),
Big Picture Learning seeks an experienced professional at the executive leadership team level to help the organization exponentially expand our network of influence, increase the number and overall amount of donations, market the services that we offer, and develop a more significant media presence. As we simultaneously prepare celebrate our 20th anniversary, and engage in a deliberate leadership transition, we hope to launch a communications and media strategy that will invigorate proven supporters and engage new investors and partners in our work. We are not looking for a traditional PR person to “spin” our work; the ideal candidate is scrappy and entrepreneurial; can work strategically across a variety of media (from established channels, to social media and online video, to hyper-local and specialized outlets); excels not only at pitching stories but also at finding and harvesting stories inside the organization; and relishes the challenge of doing more with less.
The Chief Communications Officer (CCO) will ensure the health and strength of the BPL brand while positioning the organization as a thought leader at the local, state and national levels. Specific scope and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Leading and Enhancing the BPL Communications Team:
- Oversee brand management; ensure integrity & consistency of design & editorial standards.
- Supervise the BPL Communications Director.
- Coordinate outside consultants as necessary.
Conceptualizing, Crafting and Telling BPL’s story:
- Develop integrated communication and marketing strategies that successfully deliver information and key messages to various audiences; coordinate in-house and outsourced initiatives in service of these strategies.
- Lead the creation of a case statement that captures how BPL strengthens and supports schools and communities.
- Create a plan for effectively messaging 20th year anniversary celebration and deliberate leadership transition process.
Expanding our network of followers and supporters
- Develop outreach plan and customized messages for targeted audiences.
- Coordinate communications and media plans with fundraising strategy.
- Lead the creation and development of materials and media related to the 20-year anniversary campaign and celebrations.
Developing a significant media presence
- Position BPL as a thought leader by securing media placements.
- Lead the creation of web copy, fact sheets, video, thought pieces, etc.
- Promote BPL for conferences and other public speaking opportunities.
Integrating Web and Social Media Presence into Communications Strategy:
- Assess the effectiveness of the BPL website and oversee a process of continuous and discontinuous improvement.
- Select and delineate appropriate social media platform(s) and channels.
- Determine and monitor KPIs and utilize data to create a vibrant virtual community.
Candidates for Chief Communications Officer must share BPL’s commitment to developing strong relationships, and be adept at working with adolescents and adults to help them craft powerful personal and professional narratives.
The geographic spread of BPL’s work requires individuals to have strong internal accountability. The organizational culture supports flexible and contextually appropriate decision making processes. As a result, individuals who thrive in BPL are comfortable juggling multiple projects and prioritizing tasks in a fast paced environment, advancing the work in the face of uncertainty, are willing to take risks, exhibit entrepreneurial behaviors, take ownership and see tasks and ideas through from conception to implementation, and have exquisite interpersonal communication skills (speaking, writing, listening) in person as well as virtually.
(Please note that while it is highly desirable that the candidate be located in the Greater Boston Area, we are open to considering the possibility of a person working remotely)
Additionally, the ideal candidate will have the following skills, experience and credentials:
- Excellent editorial writing skills in various forms;
- A successful track record (ideally 3+ years of experience at the executive leadership team level) in the areas of communications, public relations, marketing, advertising, and/or related field(s);
- Versed in the latest technology and social media;
- Comfort synthesizing, analyzing, and prioritizing data to solve problems and achieve goals;
- Ability to clearly convey (written, oral, visual, etc.) education and education policy issues in ways that are easily accessible to a wide variety of audiences;
- Manages projects and people with ease, flexibility, and good humor.
Most Important Requirement
- Commitment to continuous improvement, a relentless approach to growth and learning, and an openness to constructive critical feedback.
Please note that Big Picture Learning is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination against and harassment of any employee or any applicant for employment because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status (special disabled veterans, disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans), or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
- BPL provides a competitive salary commensurate with experience
- Excellent Benefits Package (medical, dental, retirement, and life insurance)
Application Process and Timeline:
Confidential Inquiries are welcomed. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is advantageous to apply as soon as possible.
Desired Start Date Window
- As Soon as Possible. No later than January 2015 to coincide with launch of 20 year campaign
To Apply: Please submit the following by email to email@example.com:
- Tailored Cover Letter of Introduction (≤ 2 pages)
- Relevant Work Sample(s) and/or Portfolio
- List ≥ 2 Professional References
- Produce a ≤ 2-min video and/or a ≤ 2-page document that answers the following:
- What is BPL’s current Media and Communications “footprint”?
- What new insights do you have about Media and Communications initiatives you will launch to help BPL spread our message and work?
- How would you expect to be evaluated on your job performance?
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Over the past 19 years, Big Picture Learning has established itself as a uniquely innovative and steadily expanding educational organization. BPL coined the phrase “The New Three R’s” Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships. These core pedagogical values are reflected in the network schools that now stretch across the United States and internationally. BPL co-founders have established themselves as thought leaders, written and published books, articles, and blogs, and been featured speakers in a wide variety of national and international engagements.
As the organization approaches the 20-year anniversary of its founding, BPL is engaged in a process of deliberate leadership transition. There is a recognized need to refresh, update and create new approaches to our communications strategy with an eye towards improving donor development and marketing. Without question, this is an exciting time for a vibrant, competent and entrepreneurial professional to help BPL stand out for our unique accomplishments, phenomenal outcomes and innovative approach.
Organizational Structure and Culture:
This newly created position of CCO will oversee all communications, and promotional efforts. The CCO will work closely with BPL’s top executive leadership team including Co-Directors Andrew Frishman and Carlos Moreno, Co-Founders Elliot Washor and Dennis Littky, and COO/CFO M.R. Brezler. The CCO will collaborate closely with BPL staff focused on Donor Development. At the time of hire, the CCO will supervise the BPL Communications Director, and coordinate outside consultants as necessary. It is anticipated that Communications will be a growing department at BPL and therefore a strong applicant will present evidence of experience developing people, as well as contributing to, and leading a high functioning team.
At BPL, we are practitioners and practice the implementation of truly innovative designs using our own processes. We are story doers and we work with an intensity and drive that rivals any other organization or business. We relentlessly focus on elevating the voice of students, parents, and communities. BPL does not have a strongly hierarchical structure, and a feeling pervades that every idea should be listened to in turn. Many BPL team members report that the "family feel" of our organization is what makes our work so rewarding and has caused them to continue with the organization for more than 10 years. Working at BPL is a vibrant and ongoing learning experience and we seek to offer all staff the opportunity to experience work that aligns with the 10 student expectations described in Leaving to Learn. (see - http://www.leavingtolearn.org/10-Expectations/
Posted: October 10, 2014
Founding Principal, Delaware Met Charter School, Wilmington , Delaware
The Delaware MET seeks a catalytic and forward-focused leader to serve as the founding principal a groundbreaking Big Picture Learning high school in Wilmington, Delaware. The leader of the MET will be in a position to create a meaningful learning environment where students are encouraged and enabled to discover and develop their own unique interests and passions, creating their own success through personalized learning and purposeful internships.
Background and Opportunity
The Delaware MET will be opening its doors to 264 students in grades 9-10 in the fall of 2015 and growing to a 528-student 9-12 configuration by adding one grade per year.
The school will employ the BIC Picture Learning (BPL) school design, a model that is defined by its commitment to educating “One Student at a Time.” Every BPL high school is built around the recognition that each student has unique interests, needs, and abilities that can be harnessed to drive a powerful education program for that student and, therefore, must be incorporated into his/her education plan. The key to achievement in this learning environment lies in fostering students’ individual interests and encouraging their active participation in the learning process. The fundamental focus is on authentic learning in order to develop students’ abilities to apply knowledge and skills to real life experiences and challenges.
Because the philosophical commitment of a BPL high school is directed toward interest- generated, real-world, personalized learning, the school structure and model design are significantly different from those of traditional high schools. Among other unique features of this modern school design, students are taught in the ‘real’ world through interest-based internships; each student has a personalized education plan based on those internships; and assessments are individualized and in accordance with both state academic standards and real-world standards.
The school leader will be charged with executing the vision of the Delaware MET Board, which is to provide each student with:
- A highly personalized learning experience defined by a Personalized Learning Plan, daily advising, internship mentoring, and rigorous academics based on student interests;
- A guiding partnership among students, parents, advisors, mentors, colleagues, and the community that provides a learning context appropriate to student interests;
- Learning experiences and hands-on projects that guide learning across all content areas and support depth over breadth;
- Opportunities for students to participate in real-world learning through internships and training related to their interests and goals;
- A vibrant, flexible learning environment that provides equal access to all students by customizing instruction to address unique student learning styles, abilities, and interests; and,
- Graduation with a high school diploma, a post-high school plan, and the skills needed for success throughout college and in real-world careers.
Planning Year (July 2014-2015)
- Guide the development of the curriculum, school policies, systems, and structures.
- Work with Charter Management Organization and Board Members to hire instructional staff
- Work with Charter Management Organization and BIG Picture Learning to plan professional development including summer institute for staff
The Principal will be the Delaware MET’s instructional leader and will hold primary responsibility for ensuring the academic success of all students. The Principal will develop and manage the school’s academic program and will support, develop and evaluate instructional staff. The Principal will report directly to the Board of Directors and will collaborate with the school’s Charter Management Organization (CMO).
Core responsibilities of the Founding Principal include:
- Develop, implement and manage the school’s academic program in a manner consistent with the school’s vision:
- Help develop and implement instructional programs, structures, and decision- making processes that support the Delaware MET’s vision, mission, and instructional philosophy
- Work with the faculty to establish and commit to clear student achievement goals and provide direction and encouragement to all instructional staff in the accomplishment of goals
- Assume significant responsibility for evaluating student learning: supervise the collection and analysis of multiple sources of data and employ the results to continually improve learning and engagement among all students
- Recruit, develop and evaluate instructional staff:
- Supervise and support the instructional staff
- Plan, implement, and support professional development of instructional staff as part of the school-wide professional development plan
- Nurture and promote diverse instructional leadership in support of the school’s mission and continued growth and sustainability
- Maintain a safe and clean facility:
- Communicate daily with the custodial staff to provide direction and feedback
- Determine priorities to support the use of the facilities and the scheduling of work
- Conduct emergency drill procedures as required
- Establish the standards and benchmarks to be used to measure the performance of custodial and maintenance staff
The Principal, Board, and Charter Management Organization will work together to implement a cohesive, clear vision and ensure the school meets its mission and academic goals. They will:
- Develop and sustain a school culture and learning community that embodies the Delaware MET’s commitment to the principles of the BIG Picture Learning school design
- Build strong relationships with parents, families, and the community
- Ensure equity and high expectations across the school
- Ensure that student enrollment and retention targets are met
- Maintain an atmosphere of openness, confidentiality, and trust Qualifications
- Successful leadership experience in a public or non-public school serving diverse and low- income student populations, with significant results in closing student achievement gaps
- Passion for working in the field and commensurately strong work ethic
- Demonstrated success in encouraging and engaging parental and community involvement
- Commitment to accountability for all aspects of school’s charter, academic performance agreement, and school operations.
- Master’s or Doctoral Degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university
- Five (5) years of instructional/classroom experience.
- Exceptional organizational, communications, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to prioritize and effectively manage competing tasks and responsibilities.
- Ability to sustain a calm, reasonable approach and to communicate effectively in stressful or problematic situations.
- Skilled in the use of the internet, email, and Microsoft Office.
- Display a high-level proficiency in the use and application of educational technologies
Location Wilmington, DE, United States Categories Head of School/Principal Organization Type Charter School Grade Level High School Experience Years 5 yrs
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