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Education Development Center, Inc. Portfolio Director II in Waltham, Massachusetts

Portfolio Director II(PDII070219)

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US Division


HQ: Waltham, MA

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EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC has a commitment to promoting equity and access to high quality education and health services that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. EDC expresses its commitment to increasing equity through its strategies, services and products, which contribute to building capacity and transforming lives.

EDC is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

EDC has an opening for a Portfolio Director II, reporting to the Senior Vice President of the U.S. Division.This is one of six portfolios in the U.S. Division and is focused on working with schools and other formal and informal education systems to improve outcomes for learners. Through evaluation, research, professional development, and technical assistance, staff work collaboratively with educators and other leaders to promote success across the education spectrum, from pre-K through post-secondary. Our approach to research, evaluation, and technical assistance includes a client-centered, responsive approach; building organizational capacity through research and evaluation; and a commitment to increasing equitable access to educational opportunities for diverse learners. We work to build the capacity of educators and leaders to identify and sustain improvements for the most vulnerable populations, including students who are English learners, learners from disadvantaged communities, and learners with disabilities. In addition, we provide technical assistance to other evaluators and researchers to promote high quality design and products, cultural competence, and effective dissemination of results and products.

Through all these types of work, we focus on:

  • Evaluation of state and district policy initiatives and education systems

  • Support for educator preparation and effectiveness

  • Trauma-informed support for schools

  • Support for alternative pathways to high school graduation

  • Research and evaluation of afterschool and out-of-school learning initiatives

  • Capacity building of current and future workers

  • Supporting the use of evidence in decision making

  • Facilitating organizational change including school and district change

This portfolio includesmore than 60 staff who specialize in evaluation, research, curriculum development, and/ortraining and technical assistance (TTA) and who lead and work on dozens ofprojects, with an annual revenue of over $10M. Current projects include: federally funded Regional Educational Laboratories that support state and district leaders; foundation, federal and state grants and contracts, and influential research and evaluation studies in collaboration with partners and clients. The content focus within the portfolio is diverse, including early childhood, college and career readiness, STEM learning, social-emotional learning, educator and leader quality, and equitable education opportunities. Our staff brings significant experience in a range of methodological approaches to research and evaluation, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, systems-change approaches, case study, and mixed methods designs. In addition, we have expertise in econometrics, psychometrics, statistics and comprehensive qualitative analytic approaches. In addition, our staff has experience working in informal and formal educational settings, working with students, teachers, district leaders, state leaders, institutes of higher education, and other evaluators and researchers.


EDC is seeking a Portfolio Director with deep experience working with schools and systems to build capacity and/or conduct applied evaluation and research. S/he will oversee the current portfolio and staff, ensuring high quality execution of projects and deliverables. The Portfolio Director also will develop and execute a business development strategy that builds on and expands EDC’s work in improving schools and educational systems. A successful Director will understand the research, evaluation, and technical assistance landscape, from federal and state initiatives to collaborations led by the philanthropic and private sectors. S/he will be able to identify trends, opportunities, and connections that can inform and enhance strategic initiatives. The Portfolio Director also will have a network of relationships in the field and a proven track record of strong leadership and effective management.

The Portfolio Director II has overall responsibility for the programmatic, financial, and administrative success of the Portfolio. As such the Portfolio Director will:

• Develop, communicate, and implement a strategic and technical vision for the Portfolio

• Build external relationships for future collaborations, including to seek new business opportunities

• Be accountable for business development including: overseeing business development initiatives to ensure long-term financial viability for the Portfolio and EDC and evaluating business opportunities for risk to Portfolio & EDC, in conjunction with Portfolio staff and/or US Division Leadership

• Works with colleagues in other portfolios to discern and realize opportunities for collaboration to advance programmatic goals

• Work with programmatic and communications staff to maintain and increase EDC’s reputation and visibility in the field

• Participate in the US Division Leadership Team that sets and oversees policies, procedures, systems, resources, and communications to maximize efficiency, reduce costs, increase quality, and promote innovation & excellence across the Division

• Provide strategic insight and recommendations to EDC Leadership &/or the Board of Directors (as requested)

• Be responsible for communicating and modeling EDC and division policies and goals to portfolio staff and for raising concerns of portfolio staff to division leadership.

• Actively present progress &/or results in public forums &/or publications and supports the same among Portfolio staff

• Have overall responsibility for the management of the portfolio, including direct supervision of the senior staff.

The Portfolio Director II also

• Contributes to and advances EDC’s commitment to diversity, promoting strong ethics and ensuring fair & equitable treatment of staff & partners

• Fosters overall atmosphere of productivity, creativity and innovation

• Serves on US Division and/or EDC committees

• May lead meetings, negotiations, presentations, and external events

• Troubleshoots problems and facilitates solutions

• Promotes excellent business, client, funder and public relations

• Represents the portfolio and organization with key or potential clients/accounts

• Travels to other EDC offices and to visit funders on a regular basis


This position requires demonstrated management experience; educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently, as well as to work effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Master’s degree or equivalent combination of training & experience required

• MBA or PhD desirable

• 15+ years related business, R&D, evaluation, education or management experience, with minimum of 10 years prior business development, project management, &/or grants & contracts management experience, including budget responsibility and staff supervision and development

• Excellent analytical capacity

• Demonstrable skills in leadership, advanced client relations, business development, contract management, and staff development

• Regionally or nationally respected in field of expertise


EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please

Posted: 7/2/2019

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.