Getting Smart CAREERS

We help education leaders identify and plan what to do next. Through advocacy, advisory and learning design, our team’s diverse expertise enables us to be agile and effective. With a team of educators, school administrators, business executives, nonprofit leaders and marketing strategists, we approach problems with varied and valuable expertise.

We’re insatiably curious and grow in community, so we tour innovative schools, track innovations in learning and love meeting fellow passionate education disruptors. Inspiring conversations, relationships and experiences fuel the work we do. We’re so happy you’re interested in joining the Getting Smart team! Learn more about our available opportunities below.

Candidates of Color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply for this role.

Director of Strategy

Timeline: Hiring immediately

Getting Smart is seeking someone who is motivated by challenge, passionate about innovations in learning and committed to individual and team growth. We’re looking for someone who is a:

☑️  Learner: Our team is a group of lifelong learners. We want someone to join who is excited about the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge and skillset, even when it is outside of their comfort zone.
☑️  Leader: Everyone on our team has an opportunity to lead–from presenting insights and ideas to inform internal work, to leading projects with our partners.
☑️  Creator: Strong ability to write, create and curate in multiple modalities such as organizational strategies and strategic plans.
☑️  Hybrid: Fluent in the worlds of education and business and passionate about human development.
☑️  Design Thinker: Demonstrates grit and perseverance to try new things and take projects from ideation to completion.
☑️  Creative Organizer: We often consider ourselves professional plate spinners. At any given time our team members are juggling multiple partner projects and internal projects. This requires organization and an ability to self manage time and priorities. 

The Fit

Finding the right person for our environment is very important, and that includes a variety of elements. We are looking for someone with strategy and project management experience. Can you say yes to most of these statements?

☑️ I have strong organizational strategy skills;
☑️ I have extensive education and learning market expertise;
I have strong project management skills;
I am comfortable in a digital and remote working environment;
I enjoy working with a team but can also work independently;
I believe a diverse workplace improves work product and culture; and
I am passionate about education and life-long learning.

The Role

We are looking for someone with 8+ years of relevant work experience for the role of Director of Strategy at Getting Smart. This position will:

🔘 Lead strategic planning efforts for a variety of clients including schools, districts and learning organizations.
🔘 Manage client engagements with strategy components such as go to market strategy, scaling strategies, sustainability planning and organization development.
🔘 Utilize and grow education and learning market expertise to lead and support strategy projects.
🔘 Contribute to thought leadership opportunities such as blogs, speeches and presentations related to education strategy.

This is a full-time salaried position with competitive benefits. Some travel may be required beginning in 2022.

Getting Smart is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot be used as a basis for an employment decision.

The Strategy Team

Tom - Speaking Engagements

Tom Vander Ark

Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, he advises schools, districts, networks, foundations and learning organizations on the path forward.

Caroline Vander Ark

As President, Caroline oversees client engagements and the day-to-day operations of the company, business development and participates in client projects at nearly every stage of the process.

Rebecca Midles

Rebecca Midles

Rebecca Midles is an innovator in competency education and personalized learning with over twenty years of experience as teacher, administrator, board member, consultant and parent.

Erik Day

Erik manages projects for Getting Smart’s strategic advisory partnerships. With a system-oriented outlook and a background in marketing and communication, he oversees the details that ensure our partners’ initiatives are powerful and effective

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