Saturday, August 13, 2016

Director of STEM, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MA

Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - (160005QA)

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is seeking to hire a Director of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). ESE seeks an individual who has deep knowledge and understanding of STEM and the development of children as scientists and mathematicians; experience successfully managing a team to meet ambitious outcome goals; and an understanding of the nexus and power of curriculum standards and assessments.

The Director of STEM is a critical position responsible for developing an articulated vision for STEM in the Commonwealth, integrating this vision with ESE’s core strategies, and leading and managing implementation. Further, with the advent of the implementation of the next generation MCAS (or “MCAS 2.0”) in the spring 2017, there will be terrific opportunity to continue to align and integrate standards, curriculum, instruction and assessments.

The Office for STEM in the Center for Instructional Support provides leadership for maintaining the Curriculum Frameworks in Science and Technology/Engineering, in Mathematics, and in Digital Literacy and Computer Science. The Office also supports districts development of STEM programs that embody rigorous curriculum aligned to these Frameworks. The Office is also responsible for designing STEM resources and providing professional development in these subjects. In addition, it links STEM initiatives to other initiatives at ESE.

The Director of STEM is the Commonwealth's leading expert on STEM.  Primary areas of responsibility include:
Setting a vision and goals for ESE’s work
Supporting the implementation of Curriculum Frameworks aligned with state assessments
Managing STEM Standards Review and implementation
Supporting districts in STEM Curriculum Frameworks implementation (Math, Science, Technology/Engineering and Digital Literacy and Computer Science)
Managing a team to meet ambitious outcome goals
Collaborating within ESE
Providing leadership on initiatives with external parties, as needed

The Director of STEM reports directly to the Senior Associate Commissioner for Instructional Support.

Successful applicants must demonstrate the following:

Experience as a teacher and administrator of STEM subjects with direct responsibility for improving curriculum and instruction;
Experience managing people and projects to meet ambitious outcome goals;
Experience in a leadership position related to STEM; and
Experience organizing meetings with various stakeholders that result in clear, actionable outcomes.
Master’s degree or higher in STEM content;
Knowledge of research and best practices in STEM;
Strong knowledge of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, standards based education and the Massachusetts state assessment system; and
Competency in evidence-based instructional practices such as Universal Design for Learning and tiered academic instructional supports.
Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in public-facing communications;
Ability to comprehend, analyze, synthesize and communicate complex information quickly; and
Ability to evaluate written work and verbal presentations of others to provide effective critical feedback.
Ability to plan and manage the annual budget and other factors to achieve identified goals.
Ability to effectively manage people and large scale, long term projects; ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities in a high-demand, fast-paced environment;
Flexibility and adaptability when presented with a change of course; willingness to fill a need, solve a problem and demonstrated initiative that strategically advances efforts;
Success managing details and the day-to-day implementation of multiple projects simultaneously and seamlessly;
Ability to maintain a long view while also attending closely to immediate details; and
Strategic initiative-taking skills, especially in problem-solving, anticipating risks.

Facility in the use of digital technology, including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software and flexibility in adapting to computer applications.

Commitment to improving outcomes and the experience of school for all students; and
Demonstrated success working both independently and collaboratively; leveraging different strategies and interpersonal skills to move the work forward.

In addition to the criteria outlined above, a successful applicant for this role is likely to demonstrate ability/experience in one or more of the following:
Eagerness to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial environment where team members push each other’s thinking and strive consistently toward the highest quality work;
Relentless sense of urgency and commitment to setting and attaining ambitious goals;
A commitment to data-driven problem-solving and decision-making;
Improvement mindset (constantly reflecting and trying to learn and apply lessons to become better); and
Ability to generate and identify connections among different facets of the work to support inter- and intra-team integration.
For more information regarding this job posting, please contact Monica Shah-Javia at


MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:  Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, supervisory or managerial experience in business administration, business management, or public administration and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a managerial capacity.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Program Manager VII
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street
Job: Management
Agency: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Aug 10, 2016, 2:36:52 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 44,590.00 - 119,145.22 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Sarah Harding - 617-988-6604
Bargaining Unit: M99-Managers (EXE)