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State of Massachusetts Director of STEM in Malden, Massachusetts

The Education Secretariat is committed to equity and valuing the unique and diverse characteristics and experiences of every member of its workforce. We encourage an authentic workplace where colleagues show up as their full selves, where collaboration, innovation, and connections are key to realizing our mission that all children, youth, and families thrive socially, academically, and economically. We seek teammates who are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment, where everyone is valued and engaged. We encourage you to apply and identify your strengths in these areas. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is seeking to hire a Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). DESE seeks an individual who has deep knowledge and understanding of the PK-12 education of STEM disciplines and the development of young people as scientists and mathematicians; has experience successfully managing a team to meet ambitious outcome goals; and can lead with equity first. The Director of STEM is a critical position responsible for enacting a vision for PK-12 STEM education in the Commonwealth, integrating this vision with DESE’s Academic Vision, and leading and managing implementation. Within theCenter for Instructional Support(CIS), the Director of STEM will lead theOffice of STEMand support the vision that all Massachusetts students will have an equitable, comprehensive STEM education that fosters a positive STEM identity and enables them to apply their learning to thrive in their everyday lives. The STEM Office leads the development of and support for implementation of the Curriculum Frameworks in Mathematics, Science and Technology/Engineering, and Digital Literacy and Computer Science, and is comprised of about nine team members across the various content areas. RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director of STEM is the Commonwealth's leading expert on equitable PK-12 STEM education. Primary areas of responsibility include: Strategy Leadership • Set and enact an equity-centered vision and goals for DESE’s work related to PK-12 STEM education for all • Lead initiatives and work focused on upending the disproportionate access to a comprehensive, culturally relevant PK-12 STEM education and improving outcomes for historically underserved students in the Massachusetts PK-12 education system (including students of color, students with disabilities, and students who are English Learners) • Contribute to a high-performing CIS team and Department through work such as: strategic planning, collaborating to solve problems and bringing coherence to efforts across CIS and within the Department Team Leadership • Hire, develop, and retain a thriving STEM team that promotes collaboration and a sense of belonging for all members • Effectively manage the STEM team’s portfolio of work so that district support, project goals, and timelines are met; competing priorities are managed; deliverables are high-quality; and work measurably contributes to improved STEM learning outcomes for students • Provide leadership on initiatives with external stakeholders and partners, as needed Support Inclusive, Culturally and Linguistically Sustaining STEM Instruction • Oversight of the MA STEM (Math, Science, Technology/Engineering and Digital Literacy and Computer Science) Curriculum Frameworks including development and implementation • Work with student assessment, teacher preparation, and other oversight teams in DESE to ensure alignment to the STEM Frameworks • Support districts and educators to implement the STEM Curriculum Frameworks by improving access to and implementation of high-quality instructional materials and professional learning through culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy The Director of STEM reports directly to the Associate Commissioner for Instructional Support. A successful applicant for this role can demonstrate: Commitment to Equity • Commitment to improving outcomes and the experience of school for all students, especially historically underserved student groups (including students of color, students with disabilities, and students who are English Learners) • Leadership in supporting a workplace culture that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion; and actively seeking to disrupt past injustices Knowledge and Experience in STEM Education • Experience as a teacher of STEM subject(s) in the PK-12 classroom • Knowledge of research and best practices of culturally relevant STEM education, including Universal Design for Learning, and tiered academic instructional supports • Knowledge of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, WIDA English Language Development Standards, and the Massachusetts state assessment system Strong Project and Team Management Skills • Experience in an educational leadership position with direct responsibility for improving curriculum and instruction and demonstrated success in improving outcomes for students • Strong ability to manage a team of people to be equity-oriented and highly effective • Ability to evaluate written work and verbal presentations of others to provide effective feedback for improvement, including strong self-reflection processes, eagerness for feedback, and growth mindset • Ability to plan and manage across multiple project budgets • Ability to effectively manage people and large-scale, long-term projects; ability to manage multiple, shifting priorities • Ability to manage external partnerships and contracted vendors to meet goals and expectations • Flexibility and adaptability when presented with a change of course; willingness to fill a need, solve a problem and demonstrated initiative that strategically advances efforts • Thrives in working both independently and collaboratively, and leveraging different strategies and interpersonal skills to move the work forward • Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in public-facing communications Questions regarding this position or the application process should be directed to MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) six (6) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least two (2) years must have been in a project management, supervisory or managerial capacity or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required (A) experience. II. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required (A) experience. III. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required (A) experience. IV. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for four (4) years of the required (A) experience. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Education* *Organization: Department of Elementary and Secondary Education *Title: *Director of STEM Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street Requisition ID: 22000E15