• Partnership Development Specialist

    Job Locations US-Remote
    Posted Date 5 months ago(11/30/2018 1:18 PM)
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    # of Openings
    Fiscal Sponsorship Projects
    Location : Name
    Tools of the Mind
  • Overview

    Tools of the Mind (www.toolsofthemind.org), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org) is a research-based early childhood program that embeds development of executive functions and self-regulation into the design of all teaching and learning, leveraging make-believe play and a classroom culture of co-regulation & peer scaffolding to build the foundational skills children need to be successful in school and life.


    Mission: To help all children learn and develop to their full potential by applying developmental theory-based principles of learning to early childhood education.


    Vision: Our vision is to empower teachers with the understandings and tools they need to create positive classroom cultures, facilitate intentional, playful learning and support the development of self-regulated learners who achieve to their full potentials – closing the achievement gap for low income, minority and DLL students.


    Are you passionate about early childhood education? Do you have the drive to support teachers and early childhood programs in transforming their practice through strong implementation of a research-based program that has proven results in their impact on children and teachers? Are you looking for part-time highly meaningful work and would like to join a world-changing team that applies Vygotskian theory to the approach of teaching and learning? Would you like to continue your own professional development and impact the field in powerful ways? Then we’d like to work with you!


    The Partnership Development Specialist is charged with supporting powerful implementation of Tools of the Mind in PreK and K classrooms, across the country and beyond, leading and delivering professional development workshops, providing in-person on-site and virtual technical assistance, building relationships with all school stakeholders and participating in the larger Tools community and team to help build a vibrant community of practice. The specialist serves as a regional ambassador for Tools of the Mind supporting strategic outreach, helping prospective partners learn about Tools, and guiding partners within your program partner (client) portfolio in developing growth plans for building capacity and sustainability.

    • Build relationships with all stakeholders in programs in your portfolio, reaching out to establish relationship with new partners to learn about their needs, and provide regular check ins, collaborating with Tools team members in planning and coordinating the best support possible for each program to ensure their success;
    • Prepare for and deliver strong professional development workshops for teachers, coaches and administrators applying Tools of the Mind’s philosophy and practices to work with adult learners ensuring that all participants engage in a high-quality consistent Tools experience with key content to support learning goals;
    • Prepare for and engage in technical assistance sessions (virtual or in-person) to identify site-based needs and strengths, and collaborate with site team to support goal setting and plans for next steps. May co-teach sessions, modeling our Tools approach and/or modeling individual scaffolding of children as part of these sessions;
    • Participate in Tools team meetings contributing to the growth and development of all team members through actively sharing ideas and experiences, presenting case studies, and engaging in rigorous professional discourse;
    • Manage all travel related responsibilities; use travel expense software and submit reports in a timely way;
    • Use workshop evaluations, partner feedback and own reflections to engage in a continuous cycle of improvement in the delivery of professional development sessions and technical assistance;
    • Participate in and facilitate Communities of Practice;
    • Collaborate with the Director of Partnership Development to plan how to best meet the needs of each partner and plan and communicate proposals for their ongoing development;
    • In coordination with Director of Partnership Development, supports outreach to new programs within designated region;
    • Commits to learning the content of Tools professional development presentations, training manuals, website, iScaffold and other curriculum resources and staying up to date on current early childhood research and building knowledge of trends in field in curriculum, assessment, standards and policies;
    • Complies with all deadlines;
    • Abides by travel and personnel policies;
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Special Requirements

    • Must live in NJ/NY, CO, MA or VA and have driver’s license and access to car with ability to do local travel to workshop venues and partnership programs sites within one of these regions;
    • Maintains a home office;
    • Own or have access to a Mac laptop with at least 4 GB of space and necessary software for delivery of professional development (e.g. Keynote and PowerPoint; QuickTime Player, iTunes) required; owns or has access to an iPad with space for Tools apps is preferred;
    • Ability to travel for periodic in-person meetings or to work with a partner outside of region including overnight stays is strongly preferred;
    • Ability to lift, carry, move and store over 30 pounds to transport training materials, technology, etc.;
    • Ability to work flexible hours to accommodate occasional early and late meetings coordinating with virtual team in different time zones, as needed;
    • Commitment to learn and master programs and software that support timesheet and expense procedures, scheduling, workshop facilitation and outreach.


    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • Master’s degree in early childhood education or related field is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree in education or related field; required;
    • Experience in preschool and/or kindergarten or elementary school classroom teaching or work within early childhood classrooms in specialist or supervisory role (e.g. SLP, OT, Literacy Specialist, Principal, Program Director, Coach, Master Teacher) is required;
    • Experience coaching or teaching adults or leading collaborative teams and professional development experiences with and for colleagues is required;
    • Demonstrated ability to deliver engaging professional development workshops and evidence of professional presentations at a local or national level in the field of early childhood education is preferred;
    • Experience with the Tools of the Mind program is preferred;
    • Experience as a Training Specialist or as a coach/mentor with Tools of the Mind is preferred;
    • A passion for supporting teachers and adult development with a deep respect for educators and the challenges they face; commitment, persistence and patience, recognizing that system change and teacher development take time and the willingness to engage in troubleshooting and problem-solving to support impactful implementation of Tools in programs in your portfolio;
    • Strong knowledge of child development and Vygotskian theory and ability to lift this up in professional development and interactions with clients to build their capabilities;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills including an excellent sense of humor; a manner that puts people at ease, with strong skills in responding to and reading a group, adjusting in the moment to the ‘temperature in the room’ to make our partners and colleagues feel supported and build relationships that support development;
    • Commitment to personal professional development––engaged in ongoing review of current research and educational trends including education policy, assessment and data collection systems and curricular interventions;
    • Professional and reliable; a self-starter that easily manages own schedule, completes the needed preparation to deliver with excellence with a track record of fulfilling commitments, being on time, and being prepared;
    • Collaborative – working in a virtual environment requires proactive outreach and relationship building; we believe in the power of co-construction and shared activity so outreach to colleagues, asking questions, coming to virtual meetings with supervisors prepared to debrief and plan are integral part of our work together;
    • Proficient with Apple computers and software, and online communication, data sharing and file storage systems including Microsoft Office, Apple Mail, Google docs, Google calendar, Google forms, and software programs (e.g. Word, Pages, Excel, Keynote; PowerPoint; Zoom; Adobe, Preview, QuickTime Player, Dropbox);
    • Contributes to the development of Tools of the Mind’s nonprofit strategic goals and objectives;
    • Complies with all deadlines;
    • Abides by travel and personnel policies;
    • Manages all aspects of work-related travel;
    • Performs other duties as assigned;
    • Fluent in Spanish is preferred

    TSNE MissionWorks/Tools of the Mind envision a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks/Tools of the Mind actively seek people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employee, TSNE MissionWorks/Tools of the Mind will not discriminate in their employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.



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