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Professional Learning Facilitator, National Travel

ZEARN

ZEARN

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Zearn is the nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to inspire all kids to love learning math. Everything we do is driven by our belief that every kid is a math kid.

Our top-rated learning platform is designed to catch kids up and move them forward in grade level math. And it works. Large-scale efficacy research shows students who use Zearn make significant gains in math proficiency, including the students who start multiple grade levels behind.

The vital importance of learning math today is hard to understate, and yet today, it is common to think that only some are born to achieve in math. Math learning is often disparaged and feared (e.g. I’d rather go to the dentist than do algebra) or viewed as a special interest of luxury (e.g. if kids don’t have a passion for math that is okay, maybe they have a passion for pottery). We don’t look at learning to read the same way.

Zearn exists to help create a world where all children love learning math.

As a nonprofit, all of our work is driven by what is best for kids. At the same time, we operate as an intense and fast-moving technology company, inclusively solving hard problems that will impact current and future generations. The problems we solve require expertise in pedagogy, software development, persuasion, psychology, design, writing, video production, problem solving, and countless other disciplines. As an organization that is always stretching to get to the next level of impact, every single person owns mission critical work.

If you are ready to join our team of problem solvers, own work that will drive us to achieve impact at scale, we are looking for you.

Learn more about us at https://about.zearn.org/.

The purpose of the Professional Learning Facilitator at Zearn is to have a significant impact on nationwide math education by helping thousands of teachers and school leaders learn to implement Zearn effectively to provide the best learning outcome for students. This is achieved by:

Delivering outstanding professional development sessions in-person and virtually, in an engaging and approachable way to ensure our partner schools and districts become highly skilled in implementing Zearn Math.

  • Facilitating onsite and remote PD sessions for our partners nationwide, which will include national travel and early morning through early evening, weekend and holiday sessions based on partner needs.
  • Preparing for sessions through close collaboration across teams, ensuring deep understanding of both the content and the needs of the partner
  • Deploying strategic questions during sessions to learn about and engage participants and deepen the learning experience for all participants
  • Analyzing survey data to improve subsequent PD session preparation for subsequent facilitation.

Elevating our relationships with schools and districts by creating a personalized training environment to shift educator’s perspectives to believe in our mission that all students can simultaneously catch up and move forward in their grade level learning.

  • Sharing our research and results showing the efficacy of continually moving student’s math learning forward while working with them to bring their foundational skills up to grade level to best ensure all kids have the numeracy skills they need
  • Share insights and outcomes from PD sessions with internal teams to enrich future engagements with partners, fostering continuous improvement and alignment.
  • Utilizing all Zearn resources to answer attendee questions in the moment or through post-session follow up with and from the Partnerships Team

Becoming an expert in Zearn’s products through continual learning to develop an expertise in all aspects of Zearn to allow you to best serve as a ‘Knowledge Hub’ for our partners.

  • Participating in ongoing facilitator training to develop expertise in the Zearn method of PD delivery, and learning new or updated professional development decks, products and curricular materials.
  • Studying and internalizing the content of each type of PD session by preparing associated materials for each partner, practicing with other team members, and receiving and incorporating feedback from managers and the team.
  • Learning all areas of Zearn products, the research based approach used to develop Zearn, and the phases, key actions and milestones involved in Zearn implementation.
  • Developing a solid understanding of the research-based approach used to develop Zearn Math to better demonstrate the logic and efficacy of Zearn products.

Examples of problems someone in this role can be expected to solve:

  • How can I best gain the trust and confidence of attendees with variable needs?
  • How can I successfully keep up to date on and internalize new Zearn products, key actions and milestones involved in Zearn implementation?
  • What methods are currently used by team members to prepare materials for each partner and how do I determine what works best for me?
  • How can I best be prepared to best answer questions in the moment?
  • How do I best keep the Partnerships team informed on the trends that we are learning from PD sessions?
  • How do I test my knowledge of Zearn’s research-based approach and prepare to demonstrate the logic and efficacy to PD attendees?

SKILLS: Below are the skills we believe would be impactful for this role. We certainly do not expect a candidate to be fluent in any more than five to eight of these skills, we would expect a candidate to be excited to learn many of the others through continuous coaching and on-the-job apprenticeship.

Personal Organization:

  • Managing time and commitments

Being a Team Player:

  • Owning your own skill development

Written and Verbal Communications:

  • Critical Reading
  • Active and attentive listening
  • Sharing your perspective productively

Teaching and Persuading:

  • Educating Adults
  • Demonstrating Your Product or Service
  • Establishing Credibility
  • Persuading Through Confidence and Humility
  • Communicating Onstage

Solving Problems:

  • Troubleshooting and solving everyday work problems

Generating Insight:

  • Gathering customer or expert feedback to create useful ideas

POTENTIAL MARKERS OF THESE SKILLS:

  • 3+ years of K-8 or math teaching experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience leading professional learning for teachers and/or leaders is preferred

This role is a non-managerial role

  • Title: Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Reports to: a Lead Facilitator
  • Travel Requirements: up to 90% travel weekly, year round, to facilitate in-person professional development sessions

HOW WE WORK:

  • We aim to create a numeracy movement. This is no easy feat, and no one of us can solve this on our own. Given that, Zearn is a transparent, collaborative, and open-to-feedback culture.
  • This team has to work in close collaboration and partnership with the other Academics teams. One of which focuses on delivery, and the other on the tools that help fit Zearn within existing contexts and curricula.
  • As a result, our work is often collaborative in nature:
    • We own our deliverables in close collaboration with the entire Academic Team.
    • We maintain Factor boards for our strategies, and share early thinking and drafts often.
    • We often must support other parts of Zearn through collaborative influence.

TRAVEL:

This role requires up to 90% travel weekly, year round, to facilitate in-person professional development sessions. You will also travel to an annual team building meeting each year.

LOCATION:

This role is remote and will focus on providing professional learning sessions across the country. It will require up to 90% travel across the year (1-4 different locations a week) and therefore candidates must live within convenient driving distance of one the following hub airports:

  • Baton Rouge, LA (BTR)
  • Boston (BOS)
  • Charlotte (CLT)
  • Chicago (ORD)
  • Cincinnati (CVG)
  • Cleveland (CLE)
  • Detroit (DTW)
  • Nashville, TN (BNA)
  • New Orleans, LA (MSY)
  • Orlando (MCO)
  • Philadelphia (PHL)
  • NYC area airports (JFK, LGA, EWR/Newark)
  • Houston (IAH)
  • Dallas (DFW)
  • Shreveport, LA (SHA)
  • Washington DC (DCA)

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

The compensation range for this role is $75,000 - $80,000 per year.

We offer a competitive benefits package, including comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, 401K matching, parental leave, a generous Holiday policy and a flexible PTO policy. We also offer a collegial and passionate culture and the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of children.

To Apply: https://apply.workable.com/j/3CD52737BB

Zearn is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.