The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of preschool through high school education across the country. We believe that systemic educational efforts that promote students’ social and emotional competence are a key ingredient that will enable all young people in our diverse society to lead healthier, happier, more productive, and fulfilling lives.
With committed and growing philanthropic funding and a cohesive strategic plan, CASEL is endeavoring to:
Support the implementation and document the impact of systemic SEL in large school districts and socio-demographically diverse school districts across this nation.
Capture, refine, and test the learnings to advance the research base for the process of implementing systemic SEL and share that knowledge broadly.
Identify and evaluate interventions and assessment tools to accelerate high-quality implementation of SEL nationwide.
Partner with SEL program providers, colleges of education, professional organizations, school districts, and researchers to support scaling of SEL.
Promote federal and state policies that encourage academic, social, and emotional learning.
Strategically communicate to foster widespread demand for SEL as an essential part of students’ education at the classroom, school, district, state, and national level.
CASEL is overseen by a distinguished 11-member Board of Directors. They include Timothy P. Shriver (Chair), Ann S. Nerad ( Vice Chair), Larry Aber, Stephen D. Arnold, Catherine Bradshaw, Linda Darling-Hammond, Deborah Delisle, Paul Goren, Kim Schonert-Reichl, Andrea Wishom, and Roger P. Weissberg (Vice Chair). This search will fill one of the most pivotal top-level positions: the Vice President (VP) of Research. The VP of Research will ensure CASEL operates with the appropriate and efficient infrastructure, policies, and practices that will be important to fulfilling CASEL’s goal of making evidence-based SEL an integral part of children’s educational experience.
Position Description and Responsibilities:
This critical staff member will report directly to the Vice President of Programs and Practice to inform and oversee the development and field testing of CASEL products, resources and publications including, but not limited to district and school resource guides (in print and online), professional development modules, and other professional publications. Specifically, job responsibilities include:
The creation of products, resources and publications in conjunction with the Vice President of Programs and Practice and the Director of Practice from conception to dissemination
Development and execution of detailed work plans that identify and sequence activities needed to successfully complete the project to produce high quality SEL offerings
Determine and implement strategies to measure product effectiveness and utilization as appropriate
Manage product staff and consultants to achieve objectives
Manage product development budgets
Ensure that the deliverables are on time, within budget, and at the required level of quality
Collaborate with communications team and CASEL leadership on dissemination
CASEL seeks a highly motivated individual with at least 10 years of accomplished professional experience, preferably in the field of preK-12 public education. The ideal candidate will have the following experience, expertise and skills:
Bachelor’s degree preferred in business administration, marketing or related fields required
Expertise in product management
Expertise in online and print product development in preK-12 education
Expertise in PreK-12 education, School Climate and Culture, Social and Emotional Learning
Strong leadership skills for effective management of diverse teams to stay motivated and supported to accomplish complex project
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, in order to effectively and efficiently explain, document, and disseminate information about progress and goals
Eagerness and capacity to learn comprehensive and complex information in a short amount of time
Multi-tasking skills in order to manage multiple, simultaneous projects, activities, and budgets
Strong problem solving/conflict resolution skills to advance work effectively overcoming obstacles and difficulties that may arise within a team
Meticulous time management and organizational skills to accurately and efficiently plan, schedule and adjust accordingly to meet deadlines
Precise budgeting and mathematical skills to keep and maintain an accurate and reliable budget
Experience working with diverse populations is required
Commitment to CASEL’s mission and SEL development for every student
The desire to work in a highly collaborative, entrepreneurial environment where taking initiative, working well in teams of internal and external colleagues, and perseverance in the face of challenges is a must
Please email a thoughtful cover letterand resume outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity to email@example.com. Please include the position title in the subject line of your email message. We regret that we will not be able to respond to phone inquiries about this position.
Additional Salary Information: CASEL seeks to maintain compensation packages competitive within the nonprofit and education sectors, commensurate with experience.