Transformation Network Lead

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

Partners in School Innovation (Partners) is transforming public education in profound ways by training and empowering change agents to close the gap in school and student achievement in underserved schools that educate significant numbers of children of color. Through our collaboration with leaders, teachers, and schools, Partners has impacted over 30,000 students by supporting the creation and continuous improvement of vibrant learning environments for every student, regardless of background.

At Partners we are looking for exceptional people to scale our transformative approach nationally, reaching more than 50% of US students of color living in poverty by 2022.


  • Leading implementation of all program elements, designing and facilitating network events – including summer institutes and monthly network meetings.
  • Delivering strong front of room leadership facilitation as well as small group support to participants.
  • Adjusting or refining customized support content and tools for different school and district personnel while maintaining a consistent “look” and “feel” for Partner’s materials, determining the best ways to package our products for broader distribution.
  • Providing on-the-ground support to participating teams and to individual participants - facilitating their team meetings, providing 1-1 observations and feedback, etc.
  • Guiding participating teams to engage in a deep dive on content and strategies for effective math instruction, and to execute on their Theory of Action.
  • Facilitating annual goal setting, planning, data analysis, and Results-Oriented Cycles of Inquiry sessions with schools
  • Coordinating with district leaders to monitor and adjust program implementation.
  • Contributing to the design of the Transformation Network program, using your knowledge of the context and relationships with our partners to ensure our designs are relevant, user-centered and high-impact.
  • Identifying areas where our model should be improved and being a part of the process of creating, implementing, and adjusting solutions to those challenges.
  • Helping design and execute our learning and evaluation plan; collecting data on the program’s quality and impact and helping to support organizational learning.
  • Participating as an active member in the Gates Foundation Community of Practice Associated with the Networks for Improvement Grant, including travel to quarterly convenings.
  • Partnering with national staff to design services based on Partners’ school transformation approach; marketing services to targeted customers; managing and delivering products and services.


  • Experience designing, developing and delivering effective professional development for adults, particularly in the area of middle school math.
  • A history of achieving excellent student achievement results for impoverished students of color.
  • Racial and cultural proficiency – an understanding of the role of racism and historical inequities and how they manifest within the public school system.
  • Specific experience coaching and building the capacity of adults.
  • Strong project management and relationship building skills.


  • Confident and empowered. you know your stuff, but more importantly, you are secure in you. You are not shaken when you do not know the answer and are driven by intellectual curiosity and a sense of self-agency.
  • Emotionally mature. You are not easily SCARFD (extra points if you know what this means!), you have a thick skin and don’t get ruffled by debate,  pushback and others’ work style hangups.
  • Grounded in perspective. You put the interest of the org first, and don’t get caught up in politics or noise - yet you also understand that tending to the human nature of the work can make or break results.
  • A great communicator and coach. You actively listen and ask smart questions. You are an articulate speaker. You know how to be candid and kind at the same time, and bravely tackle conflicts with a solution-based approach built on facts, empathy and win/win outcomes. You can hold accountability frame and be supportive at the same time. You get the most out of “what is” while keeping a constant eye on “what can be,” and put impact above being liked.
  • A natural problem solver. You love challenges and aren't easily discouraged. You are a resilient, proactive strategist; you see roadblocks before you hit them, and look for creative solutions to get the job done. You rely on logic and facts while honoring the behavioral and emotional dynamics of problems.
  • An awesome team member.  A natural at collaborating with a variety of personalities, you get the interrelatedness of what we all do. You enlist your problem solving and communications skills – sprinkling in your high EQ and fun personality- to build strong relationships. You know the importance of leveraging divergent viewpoints for the betterment of the work, and also know when it is time to graciously move on. You show up strong when your team members need you. You hold your colleagues accountable, and you are receptive and humble when they hold you accountable.
  • Caring. Your moral compass is active, and you are highly ethical. Your intentions are transparent, and you are well-grounded in integrity and empathy. You are kind to others, even when it involves intense disagreement.
  • An active, lifelong learner with a Growth Mindset. You pick things up quickly and think critically; you are intellectually curious and deeply committed to learning and growing, even when it is tough-going – you persevere through mistakes and failure.

Performance Tasks

  • Review the Pennsylvania Core Standards for sixth through eighth grade mathematics.  Based on your reading of the standards, compose a memo of 500 words or less in which you suggest a high level scope and sequence of the math content that the middle school math network should focus on.  For the purposes of this task, you need not consider pedagogical or process-oriented aspects of the network. You will be asked to provide a 3-5 minute verbal summary of the memo and your rationale behind your choices during the interview.
  • Choose one of the math content area topics you included in the scope and sequence for task #1. Design a 15 minute mini-session that has the following objectives:
  • Develop a common understanding what proficiency looks like for a given objective or set of objectives within the topic area.
  • Identify common student misconceptions from the objective or set of objectives within the topic area.
  • Learn effective strategies for facilitating student learning of the objective or set of objectives within the topic area.


With a staff that cares deeply about social justice and equity, we believe that diverse perspectives and background create a rich work environment. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we work with school leaders as well as how we work together as a team. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed and valued.

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