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State of Massachusetts Contracted Student Intern in Malden, Massachusetts

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

PLEASE NOTE THAT PURSUANT TO MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAW, CONTRACTED EMPLOYEES ARE NOT PAID FOR THE ELEVEN SCHEDULED HOLIDAYS, DO NOT RECEIVE ANY PAID, VACATION, PERSONAL LEAVE BENEFITS, OR CONTRIBUTE TO THE STATE RETIREMENT SYSTEM OR SOCIAL SECURITY. AS A STATE CONTRACTED EMPLOYEE, YOU MUST PARTICIPATE IN DIRECT DEPOSIT AND CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS STATE ALTERNATE RETIREMENT PLAN, ("OBRA PLAN").

The Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s Statewide System of Support (SSoS), in the Center for District Support, is seeking an internto support the work of the Manager of Strategic Planning and Integration, who works closely with the Associate Commissioner of SSoS on projects that cut across the five teams that make up SSoS. (More information on SSoS is available online here). This an excellent opportunity for someone who is interested in learning about state policy and strategies to promote school and district improvement, with an explicit focus on racial equity. We are interested in finding the best fit candidate who is motivated to promote sustainable systems-level change that helps all children obtain an excellent education. We would encourage you to apply even if you don't believe you meet all the qualifications described.

The intern will take on responsibilities in_at least one_of the following areas, and isnotexpected to address all areas listed. The specific role of this intern is flexible and can be designed based on the strengths of the selected candidate. /Candidates should include a cover letter describing the specific area(s) of focus that interest them, as well as the skills they would bring to that work./

1. Strategic planning and integration: Support the Associate Commissioner’s implementation of his vision for SSoS by providing a range of supports for strategic planning, implementation, coordination and integration of key priorities across SSoS offices that results in SSoS meeting goals for performance and impact, with a particular focus on ensuring racial equity is at the forefront of all SSoS work. (70%)

Specific areas of focus: Leveraging SSoS Leadership Team to implement SSoS vision; Support design and implementation of all-SSoS Professional Development; Support for SSoS cross-office Working Groups

2. Outcomes and data-informed practice:Support a data- and evidence-informed culture across SSoS by furnishing meaningful data and information and developing processes for SSoS to make sense of data collectively and monitor and assess the impact of our collective work. As a result SSoS will be able to better adjust its resource allocation, program offerings, and targeted assistance efforts to ensure an equitable, inclusive, accessible education for all. (25%).

Specific areas of focus: Support SSoS goal-setting and progress monitoring; Develop and roll out a dashboard displaying school engagement with DESE projects; develop and roll out data tools displaying data from school monitoring site visits.

3. *Urban Superintendents Network: *Convene a network for the leaders of the state’s 25 highest-poverty districts, ensuring the network leverages the unique assets of the districts and provides support for their unique contexts and the challenges they face. (5%)

Specific areas of focus: Convene planning team consisting of representatives from DESE, district leadership, and the MA Association of School Superintendents. Manage all details for monthly convenings.

4. Performother related duties as required

_Required Qualifications:_

  1. Effective collaborator and team-member; able to lead from within and also be a learner

  2. Strong organization, time management, and project management skills

  3. Strong communication skills (written, verbal, and nonverbal)

  4. Solution-oriented, creative problem-solver

  5. Takes initiative

_Preferred Qualifications:_

Candidates do not need to possess all these skills, but should bring skills in at least one area and be willing to learn and grow in others:

  1. Experience leading racial equity projects and/or integrating racial equity into existing work

  2. Able to simultaneously consider both the big picture and the details needed to implement it

  3. Experience designing, implementing, and/or facilitating professional learning for adults

  4. Experience using a wide range of data and evidence to inform projects, communicate priorities, and monitor impact

  5. Experience in public K-12 schools or similar educational context

  6. Experience managing external partnerships, and/or cross-office or cross-function teams

  7. Knowledge and/or experience with tools and platforms that can enhance team collaboration, communication and efficiency

Hourly salary is based on education level and experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Administrative Services

Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Title: Contracted Student Intern

Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street

Requisition ID: 210000KY

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