Education issues specialist/Collaboration Lab coordinator

Department: Policy, research and outreach
Supervisor: Director of policy, research and outreach
Location: St. Paul
Hours/status: Full-time/exempt
Employee group: TEMPO/Professional staff

Purpose of position:
The education issues specialist develops and coordinates member-led professional development programs for educators; supports the effective use of best practices in adult learning; and develops and implements the Collaboration Lab and other collaborative and professional development programming for school district teams. The Collaboration Lab coordinator will facilitate administration-staff collaborative teams and projects, develop and implement programming around effective collaboration, recruit district teams to participate in the program and support the mission of the Education Minnesota Foundation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Major functions and responsibilities:

  • Support the MEA re-licensure credit program.
  • Train members on best practices in adult learning and delivering core curriculum to fellow members.
  • Deliver professional development to educators across the state on a variety of topics.
  • Create high quality adult learning opportunities using a racial equity lens.
  • Support the development of new, ongoing and/or online professional development opportunities.
  • Engage Education Minnesota members on professional and education issues.
  • Develop and coordinate the Collaboration Lab program.
  • Train school administration and staff in trust, relationship building, project planning, feedback loops and other best practices in collaboration.
  • Provide direct support to staff-administration collaborative teams as they engage in projects via foundation partnerships.
  • Create, adapt and implement curriculum on collaboration at the site and district level for a variety of education issues.
  • Promote the Education Minnesota foundation's Collaboration Lab to partners, Education Minnesota members and external stakeholders.

Required knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to identify common issues, build trust, and de-escalate conflict.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, plan and meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of and background in effective teamwork and collaboration models.
  • Strong belief in the importance of labor unions in improving public education.
  • Understanding of education issues as well as the political and legislative landscape in Minnesota.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

Minimum qualifications:

  • B.A. in education or related field or a combination of two of the following: 10 years experience working in a school setting; more than two years experience delivering professional development; demonstrated course work; and expertise in adult learning.
  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Understanding of and/or background in teacher evaluation, Minnesota’s staff development statute, PLCs, racial equity or related items.
  • Background in delivering adult learning and/or professional development to educators.
  • Experience working in a collaborative school district environment.
  • Knowledge of school district operations, labor unions and labor-management relations.
  • Knowledge of and background in anti-racist or cultural competence curricula or tools.
  • Knowledge of Moodle, Google and/or other online learning delivery platforms.

Additional comments:

  • Some travel required.

Education Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where diversity is valued, supported and celebrated to benefit applicants, employees, members and students. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit and business need. 

Deadline: For best consideration, apply online and include a resume, by 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 14.

Education Minnesota
Human Resources
41 Sherburne Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103