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Mass Insight Education & Research Consultant - School Improvement in Boston, Massachusetts

About Mass Insight

Mass Insight Education & Research is a growing Boston-based nonprofit serving schools and districts nationwide. Our mission is to provide leadership in closing achievement and opportunity gaps for underserved students by focusing on system transformation and student academic success. Mass Insight is a leader in education reform, providing academic programs, research, and strategic consulting services across the United States. We take a design-based approach to implementing our theory of action by building networks, coherence, and capacity in order to make learning rigorous for all students.

We seek to dramatically improve student achievement at scale by transforming state and local education systems, structures, and policies. We also work directly with schools and districts to develop, implement and assess plans to improve school and district performance. Mi organizes its work around our theory of action for improving schools:

Consultant Position Summary

Mass Insight is growing and seeking to fill this critical new position on the School Improvement team. A Consultant plays a key role on our team, partnering with a school, district, state department and/or other education organization to assess, plan, implement and evaluate strategies to improve student achievement and school performance. Consultants provide expert support for projects under the direction of a team leader, and are responsible for major elements of projects. This Consultant will support Mass Insight s network for school improvement.

While the Mass Insight office is in Boston, Mass Insight staff live all over the country. We expect this individual to spend significant time in Massachusetts area schools and prefer candidates within driving distance.


Mass Insight has identified a set of Core Competencies that it expects to see in all staff members. Candidates for the consultant position should demonstrate competence in each of the following areas at the level described:

Core Competencies

Consultant Level Expectations

Champions Our theory of action

Understands and helps others to understand how our theory of action informs our work

Organizes work to implement most elements of our theory of action

Believes in and grows people

Manages staff from an assets-based approach and effectively develops his/her people

Demonstrates resilience in the face of challenge

Establishes clear expectations for staff and provides needed support

Promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness

Seeks out, values, and responds to cultures including perspectives, experiences different from one s own

Understands, anticipates, and plans for the ways that culture impacts our work with both partners and other Mass Insight staff

Helps build cultural awareness in other staff

Uses knowledge of staff, including their cultural perspectives, experiences, interests, and concerns, to differentiate management; uses knowledge of self to account for how one s belief s, values, biases, and work preferences affect one s staff

Establishes partner trust

Builds relationships with key members of partner team to advance the work

Able to authentically describe the challenges facing partners

Demonstrates cross-cultural agility by establishing strong relationship and ensuring success in a variety of settings

Manages projects to impact in spite of ambiguity

Gets the required work done, even when there are grey areas and obstacles

Supports Mass Insight and partners in maintaining a focus on the work in spite of distractions

Able to adjust work and project schedule and milestones in response to changing expectations

Effectively Works as a Team Player

Builds and supports a cohesive team to accomplish project goals

Operates with self-awareness and maintains perspective to support the team

Takes responsibility for addressing team challenges

Solves Complex Problems Systematically

Collect and organize data and other evidence in ways that facilitate problem solving

Builds strong project plans that meet project needs

Demonstrate understanding of contextual factors that influence partner success

Provides strong solutions to discreet problems within a project

Continuously Builds Both Education & Specific Subject Matter Expertise

Brings and continuously grows both education and specific subject matter expertise within the education field

Facilitates learning of both partner and Mass Insight staff

Communicates Effectively

Presents information to partners and Mass Insight colleagues in a clear and concise manner, both written and oral

Demonstrates active listening skills that demonstrate empathy and understanding

Matches communication style to the context and need

Facilitates Effectively

Uses a variety of facilitation tools and protocols to engage groups in learning, problem-solving, decision-making, and action-planning

In addition to demonstrating the core competencies described above, a consultant must have a bachelor s degree. A master s degree or comparable past experiences is preferred but not required.