Commonwise Education
July 25, 2019
Reno, NV, United States
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Organization: Commonwise Education (A startup nonprofit in the education space)

A new nonprofit based in Reno (Commonwise Education) is in its infancy and is looking for help to start up their programming.  Our mission is to offer resources and tools to support young learners in becoming self-reliant, adaptable, and strong advocates for themselves who persevere in the face of failure. 

Our organization is in early startup mode (e.g. our name is unofficial) and we need entrepreneurial-minded self-starters who can tackle our early growth challenges with minimal direction. We are hiring for at least one new part-time position to support our efforts in a number of capacities. This position starts at part-time, contract-based work but could turn into a more permanent position. Applicants will be working on the following activities and goals, reporting to the Managing Director of the nonprofit:

Research & Synthesis

Various research projects to support our efforts to better understand the space of programs and schools working on resilience-building in youth. Specific projects may include:

  • Literature review of measures that are used in psychology research to test soft skills such as Initiative, Adaptability, Emotional self-regulation, Autonomy, complex problem solving skills. Recommendation of validated (both student self-report and teacher report) measures to use at our partner school in 2019-2020 school year.
  • Index the K-16 conferences / events around teaching resilience, innovation in K-12 education, and effectively spreading innovative methods. Capture each conference description, what seems unique about it, recent programs and types of experts, who it’s catering to, any top speakers. 
  • Research teacher training institutes, models, approval structures, license requirements, costs, etc as we consider a plan to start our own training institute to support continuing education for K-12 teachers. 
  • Research and identify schools and nonprofits across North America who are innovating in the space of resilience-building, teaching problem-solving skills, outdoor education, etc. Index and document grade levels served, location, size, and how aligned the mission and philosophy is with our own. 

Outreach and Marketing

  • Reach out to academic experts, practitioners, nonprofit and school leaders, and teachers who are known to be working in this area of resilience building. Support the Managing Director in setting up meetings, interviewing, and capturing the feedback from interviews
  • Support the Managing Director in identifying potential Advisory Board members for the organization from the community of experts in resilience and innovative educational models.
  • Draft content for our site - marketing copy, blogs, social media, articles, etc - around resilience research, our goals, other programs, what our partner programs are up to, etc. 

Prize Program Development

  • Draft the RFP and press release for the Micro Prize (donations to other schools and programs doing great work in this area) and supporting materials
  • As we get ready for our collaborative conference event, support the Director and other members of the team in crafting an innovative, inspiring event agenda. 
  • Post the RFP, screen applications, communicate with applicants and support them as the process moves along. Coordinate with award recipients as the event approaches. 

Qualifications and Skills

In addition to the willingness to tackle the above-described activities, we are looking for a person who is a strong cultural fit. We believe the right person is:  

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and things changing quickly;
  • A self-starter who is able to work alone / remotely often and without a great deal of instruction;
  • Confident and very comfortable reaching out to and speaking with strangers (as we build or organizational expertise);  
  • An excellent writer and communicator - written (formal and informal, eg.. email) and verbal;
  • Humble but opinionated: Willing to learn as they go, speak up when they disagree, and change direction when needed.

The ideal person will:

  • Have at least 3 years of experience working in operations, business development, or program management;
  • Experience or interest in the education reform or research / philanthropy / nonprofit space; 
  • Experience or interest in working with social media and a comfort with learning new tools (e.g. Squarespace) to develop web- and video-based content;
  • Part-time availability (at least 10-20 hours/week available); be willing to work as a contractor for at least the next 3-6 months. There may be opportunity to increase hours or extend the contract longer if desired. 

This position will report in to the Managing Director of the organization, who is based in Reno, NV. We are very flexible with co-location. If you are located in the Reno/Tahoe area, co-locating on a regular or semi-regular basis is ideal. Pay is negotiable and commensurate with experience. 

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