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Vice President, Leadership & Development



Cambridge, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, August 19, 2023

Working Configuration: Hybrid (3+ days a week in office)

Office Location: Cambridge, MA

Reports To: Chief of Schools

Who We Are - About NewGlobe

NewGlobe supports visionary governments to transform public education systems, the cornerstone of a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful society.

With a comprehensive system transformation platform and data-driven educational services, NewGlobe delivers rapid and dramatic improvements in learning outcomes at state and nationwide scale. Through building impactful partnerships and programs, NewGlobe ensures that all children have access to an education that will develop their full potential and create a foundation for growth and prosperity.

NewGlobe leverages more than a decade of educational experience and proven impact in integrated school management, teacher professional development, instructional design innovation, technological system support, child-centered classroom practice, and parent engagement -- all grounded in learning science -- to ensure each teacher is empowered to engage children in transformational learning, and all children have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Every day, NewGlobe supports governments to solve what were once seen as intractable problems, and by doing so, ensures this generation will be able to grow up to lead more fulfilled lives, while simultaneously building economic prosperity for themselves, their communities, and the globe.

NewGlobe’s high-touch, intensive professional development programs, along with integrated school management, teacher support, and assessment software, enable schools to succeed. NewGlobe works within state and national curriculum and syllabi, ensuring all children are empowered to learn their own history, and master local content, while being globally competitive in mathematics and languages. The science of behaviour change and the science of learning is at the foundation of all programming.

NewGlobe works with urgency because youth quickly becomes adulthood and relentlessly because improvement requires continuous problem-solving. NewGlobe is honoured to serve and to help rebuild trust in public systems.

NewGlobe’s work is all encompassing and will challenge you to use your full mind, and heart, each day. We need bright minds who want to be part of building a new globe -- a more equitable globe -- to join us.

About Leadership & Development

The Leadership & Development team (L&D) is a key unit of the Schools Group. It is responsible for the professional development of all school staff, including teachers and school leaders. Within L&D we design the core content for all professional development sessions, including intensive residential programs of 10 days (80 hrs), as well as ongoing professional development that may happen in person, online, or through other channels. NewGlobe also has regional leaders in the field (sometimes called “school supervisors”) who engage with school heads and teachers every day, and so L&D must create and iterate the tools and processes for these regional leaders – that is, the professional development, performance management, and intensive coaching that they deliver.

We are always seeking effective ways of ensuring every adult in every school is supported with data-driven practices, and supported to become a leader and mentor to the children they serve. We measure our success through the learning outcomes of the children in the classroom, and overall classroom and school management strength.

We are performance-driven. Since everyone claims that, it’s worth a quick contrast: “input-driven” is what many aid organizations do, they are accountable for the notion that teachers attended training sessions, and that the aid organization believes the quality was good. L&D is “outcome-driven” – meaning what we measure is teacher and leader behavior, and ultimately student learning gains. Providing “professional” quality training, and changing adult mindsets, are necessary but insufficient conditions towards student achievement.

You will flourish leading this team if you are: a team player, hyper-focused on results, flexible in a dynamic environment, and have fun while working hard.

About the Role

NewGlobe spans 5 countries, 11 programs, 4300+ schools and by the fall of 2023 serving nearly 2 million children. Our network will grow by 3 to 4 new programs per year in new and existing countries for the foreseeable future. As VP, Leadership & Development (L&D), you will oversee the development of all professional development (PD) content for school staff, and support the implementation of said PD in partnership with our operating teams for each program. This includes the 40,000+ teachers, and 4300+ school leaders we currently support. It also includes “training the trainer” strategic development and execution.

Our school leaders and teachers must learn our theory of instructional design and structured pedagogy, core subject content knowledge, importance of a safe and positive learning environment, classroom management techniques, use of technology, approach to parent communication and involvement, and other things.

The VP, L&D is responsible for development and maintenance of both induction training of school staff new to the schools or programs we support, as well as for ongoing professional development throughout the school year. (S)he will use data from our school staff’s performance and student learning to drive the design of our induction and ongoing professional development, for both the year ahead, and for real-time interventions in school management or teachers’ practice by the Schools Group. We also support data-driven analysis of teacher and school leader performance. We know we have succeeded when each teacher, and each school is delivering on the promise of every child learning.

What You Will Do

  • Design and implement a structured and strategic onboarding program designed to set up new employees of the Schools vertical - school directors, regional managers, supervisors and L&D managers -for immediate success in their roles.
  • Design and implement a structured and strategic performance management training program designed to skill build, and continuously improve performance along the schools vertical, with particular emphasis on Regional Managers, L&D Managers and Supervisors.
  • Assess for content mastery of trainees through the effective implementation of operating mechanisms designed to measure training impact.
  • Continuously improve training based on data-driven outcomes
  • Functionally manage and coach regional managers of L&D and in-program L&D managers to ensure strategic alignment, content mastery, continuously improved training delivery, and ongoing data gathering.
  • This role will require some international travel throughout the year.
  • Other duties as assigned
    Set the vision, strategy, and overall approach to teacher and school leader professional development, including:
    • Induction Training
      • The initial ~10 day training that all NewGlobe-supported teachers and school leaders receive
      • In a given year, there may be 15+ separate induction trainings spread out across all NewGlobe programs; these trainings are large-scale events, and can have up to 2500 trainees in attendance
    • Ongoing Professional Development for the schools vertical, including school leaders and teachers
      • develop precisely-aligned training and materials targeted to specific teacher needs (e.g. a Grade 1 teacher gets direct support in the phonics lessons (s)he’s actually teaching, a Grade 8 teacher gets support on how to increase performance on an exit exam). This will require close collaboration with the Academics team, who design all classroom materials.
      • Ongoing Professional Development should run 2-4 times per month across all programs
    • Manage leaders worldwide. This includes a shared services team largely responsible for content development in the US and a mix of regional or country training directors (who in turn manage their teams on the ground), and key deputies who focus on training content, logistics, and measurement
    • 10 to 15% of travel to our operating countries to observe and improve training, collaborate with in-country colleagues, and serve as a representative in high stakes government meetings

What You Should Have

  • One of these 2 profiles
    • Leadership experience running a K-12 school network (example, CEO, Chief Talent Development Officer, Chief Academic Officer, Chief of Schools of a group of 5 to 10 schools or more)
    • Leadership experience running a teacher and/or school leader training organization (example, a program which trains 500 new teachers per year such as Teach for America, TNTP, Relay, etc.)
  • Obsessive quest for learning gains for children
  • Grounded in a Fail Fast orientation – you’re confident but humble, aware that many efforts at adult training fail when carefully measured. You’re on guard to our human tendency towards confirmation bias, and you have a track record of overcoming that and really becoming driven by evidence
  • Clear and demonstrated pedagogical vision and implementation of teaching adults programs.
  • Track record of training success in core school management functions, particularly use of technology and overall instructional strategy.
  • Record of success in leading adults; prior experience with direct management and ensuring key performance indicators are achieved and deliverables are submitted on time.
  • Strong belief that individuals thrive and succeed under structure; that we’re not taking away autonomy but setting individuals up to succeed
  • Excellent organization and planning skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to take feedback positively and turn it into quick improvement
  • Ability to work independently, collaboratively, and/or under the direction of senior management, as needed
  • Obsessive quest for learning gains for children
  • Grounded in a Fail Fast orientation – you’re confident but humble, aware that many efforts at adult training fail when carefully measured. You’re on guard to our human tendency towards confirmation bias, and you have a track record of overcoming that and really becoming driven by evidence
  • Leadership experience running a teacher and/or school leader training organization (example, a program which trains 500 new teachers per year)
  • Calm, common-sense approach to problem solving – we have no shortage of challenges
  • Bonus: Operating experience in a high performing, high-poverty school or school network
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred

You’re also

  • A detailed doer – You have a track record of getting things done. You’re organized and responsive. You take ownership of every idea you touch and execute it to a fine level of detail, setting targets, engaging others, and doing whatever it takes to get the job done. You can multi-task dozens of such projects at once and never lose sight of the details. Likely, you have some experience in a start-up or other rapid-growth company.
  • A creative problem-solver – Growing any business from scratch comes with massive and constant challenges. On top of that, NewGlobe works in often fragile, sometimes volatile low-resource communities and with complex government systems. You need to be flexible and ready to get everything done effectively, quickly, and affordably with the materials at hand.
  • A relentless advocate – The children we serve and teachers we empower never leave your mind. You know them, get them, have shared a meal with them (or would be happy to in the future). You would never shrink back from shaking a parent’s hand or picking up a crying child, no matter what the person was wearing or looked like. Every decision you make considers their benefit, experience, and value.
  • A malleable learner – You believe you can always do better. You welcome constructive criticism and provide it freely to others. You know you only get better tomorrow when others point out where you’ve missed things or failed today.
  • A data-driven decision-maker – When making decisions, you don’t rely your intuition alone. You collect data, you analyze it and make decisions with clear justifications.
  • A curious investigator – You ask why a lot. You don’t just take what you see and accept it. You wonder why it is that way, and are aware that the world we see is created by human choices and actions – and it could be different. You wonder, and see the world as wonderful even when you want to change a part of it that is unjust.

What We Offer

  • The opportunity to make a difference for children every day at a proven, internationally recognized, mission-driven company.
  • Flexible hybrid working arrangement.
  • Health insurance
  • 20 paid leave days + 11 public holidays
  • Professional development: fast role growth and internal transfer opportunities at a fast-growing scale up.

What to Expect from the Interview Process

We have a rigorous, merit based hiring process. The process is designed to simulate the essential parts of the job and introduce you to your role in the business should you join our team.

  1. A brief online assessment and personality inventory
  2. A screening interview with a member of theTA team
  3. A functional interview with the reporting manager
  4. A values interview with a member of the hiring team
  5. Reference Check