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Reasoning Mind, Inc., Math Education Advocate-Austin, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9096

Fri, October 17, 2014

 
Reasoning Mind offers a much stronger mathematics curriculum than U.S. students ordinarily receive, but getting it to students requires advocating for curriculum and instructional change. As a Mathematics Education Advocate, you would speak to school district administrators about the complex issues involved in mathematics curriculum and establish new partnerships with school districts interested in implementing Reasoning Mind’s blended learning program. 

Whether you’re a math teacher, a graduating math PhD, an educational psychologist, or someone who has developed a passion for education or math in some other way, this job is a chance for you to make a large impact on the mathematics education of tens of thousands of children. 

What is Reasoning Mind? 

Reasoning Mind is a non-profit organization with the mission of providing a first-rate math education for every child. To achieve this, the organization develops blended learning mathematics programs for elementary and middle school and works with schools to implement these programs in classrooms. 

This year alone, over 80,000 students will benefit from Reasoning Mind. The program is supported by hundreds of leading philanthropies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Cockrell Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Hoglund Foundation, and the Houston Endowment. 

What would I be doing? 

Your job will be to create successful new partnerships with school districts. This involves: 

(1) Promoting the program to school leaders (superintendents, curriculum directors, principals, and others) as well as advocating for the importance of mathematics and the need for mathematics curriculum reform. 

(2) Building relationships with school leaders to support and expand the number of students enrolled within a particular region, including developing new contacts and prospects. 

(3) Working closely with school leaders to design effective implementations: i.e., to determine how the partnership should be structured to ensure that teachers receive the best possible support and students end up getting the best possible education. 

You’ll also be encouraged to contribute to the broader discussion about mathematics education: writing blog posts, speaking at conferences, and participating in panel discussions. 

This seems like "sales"… but what if I haven’t done sales before? 

This is indeed sales, but as a non-profit, we’re not the stereotypical sales team. We’re looking for people who deeply believe in the importance of great mathematics education and can discuss it authentically, credibly, and passionately. This position is about building partnerships, not about "pushing a product." 

This means that someone who cares deeply about math education and has sales experience might be a great fit for this job. However, a Mathematics Education Advocate doesn’t need to have prior sales experience – knowledge of how to build school district partnerships can and will be taught on the job. But the passion for math education has to be there from the beginning. 

What qualifications are needed? 

We’re looking for passionate, accomplished people. But beyond that, there’s no single "profile" we’re looking for: there are several types of experiences that would prepare someone for success in this position. The table below lists some possible backgrounds along with an explanation of why that background would be helpful for being a Mathematics Education Advocate. 

Background 

Why it’s helpful 

Math teacher or school administrator 

Your knowledge of math education and experience with the school system will both be helpful, and your experience working with students will give you credibility in meetings with educators 

PhD or postdoc in math, physics, education psychology, or a related field 

Your expertise will allow you to understand curriculum issues deeply and to consult current and potential partners on curriculum and implementation questions 

Someone with experience in sales of math education programs 

In addition to applying your knowledge to your own prospective partner districts, you’ll be able to share your knowledge with team members who have a background in mathematics or education, but have not previously done partnership/sales work 

By no means are these the only possible backgrounds, but they do give some examples of people who might be good fits for this position. The qualifications that are needed no matter your background are: 

Excellent people skills and the ability to build strong relationships 
Excellent writing and public speaking skills 
Love for education, particularly math education 
Interest in acquiring relevant knowledge (including the K-12 procurement process, sales strategies, curriculum, instructional practices, cognitive psychology, motivation psychology, and other areas) 
Ability and desire to travel extensively to meet with school district leaders 
We don’t expect that you’ll already be familiar with all of the relevant knowledge. You’ll receive thorough training on how best to collaborate with administrators; additionally, Reasoning Mind has reading groups, frequent seminars featuring leading researchers and practitioners in the education field, and many other ways to acquire this knowledge over the course of your work here. 

Is this position entry level or more senior? 

There are actually two versions of this position: "Mathematics Education Advocate" and "Senior Mathematics Education Advocate." Those early in their careers (such as recent college graduates) will be considered for the former, while more experienced applicants (such as those with several years of relevant work experience or graduates of PhD programs) will be automatically considered for the latter. 

The two positions are similar, but Senior Mathematics Education Advocates will work more independently and take on more challenging tasks. Those successful as Mathematics Education Advocates can eventually grow into the Senior Mathematics Education Advocate position. 

Why is this work important? 

For individuals selecting curriculum programs for school districts, it’s often difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff – and the curriculum and instructional technology worlds are rife with chaff. The shortage of effective curricula is why it’s necessary to share research on what makes for a coherent, rigorous mathematics curriculum and to help districts see the value in the Reasoning Mind curriculum and approach. 

What are the biggest advantages of this position? 

Impact. You’ll create partnerships that will bring Reasoning Mind to tens of thousands of children.
The team. You'll be joining a driven, first-rate team of people who are incredibly passionate about education. You will have the chance to work closely with people from all different parts of the organization. 
Growth. At Reasoning Mind, you will develop your skills in communication, presentation, and leadership, among others – skills that will stay with you throughout your professional career. 
Advancement. Reasoning Mind is expanding rapidly, and those who are ready can grow into positions of increasing responsibility. 
The cause. Your efforts will help children learn mathematics, creating possibilities they would never otherwise have had. 
What are the benefits? 

Reasoning Mind offers exceptional benefits. You will enjoy comprehensive health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), short-term disability insurance, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance. You will receive 17 days of annual paid vacation. Additionally, you may work from home or remotely from any location in the world for a total of 20 days each year.Reasoning Mind may also offer a relocation stipend to help defray the cost of moving for this position, if applicable. 

Application steps 

Submit your resume and application. 
After submitting your application, you may receive an invitation to complete written assignments. 
Applicants submitting outstanding assignments will be invited to a phone interview. 
After the phone interview, applicants may be invited to a final interview in Reasoning Mind’s headquarters in Houston. 
Offers will be made on a rolling basis, so it is in your best interests to apply as early as possible.
Reasoning Mind is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, pregnancy, or veteran status. 

Reasoning Mind will make reasonable accommodations per the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
 
BTT Gateway Job ID 9096 

 

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