The Simmons School of Education & Human Development, seeks
an experienced Project Director to lead a collaborative partnership
between SMU, Dallas ISD, Toyota, and the community of West
Dallas. This partnership is co-designing and implementing a
PreK-8 STEM school, the West Dallas STEM School (WDSS). The
Project Director for the WDSS will have primary responsibility for
organizing and executing all aspects of the partnership.
In close collaboration with the Simmons Dean, the WDSS staff,
and Simmons faculty and staff serving on the design and
implementation teams for the WDSS, the Project Director will
coordinate co-design work and enact the overall vision for the
The Project Director will also coordinate and collaborate with
grant partners from Dallas ISD, Toyota Foundation and other
industry partners, and community members and parents in West
Dallas. Communication and problem-solving skills are paramount.
An essential function of the school
district-university-industry-community partnership will be leading
the partnership in collaboration with the Dean. This includes
facilitating partnership meetings, coordinating and leading
co-design and planning, and leading and executing a vision for
The WDSS project is a research and evaluation
endeavor. The Director will be responsible for coordinating
and supporting the delivery of a replicable model to the
funder and project partners. Will facilitate research,
collaborate with research and evaluation staff within Simmons to
document WDSS implementation and outcomes, and coordinate the
execution of a school-wide research agenda.
Support the dissemination of emerging
evidence about the model and lessons learned about the partnership.
Communication about the school and the partnership will be
essential; the Director will facilitate dissemination of
information in formal (manuscripts & conferences) and informal
modes (local presentations).
Serve as a project liaison among the partners
and as liaison and ambassador to the broader Dallas community for
current and additional partnerships. This includes attending
local meetings and events, representing the WDSS, and pursuing
additional opportunities for further partnerships and grants.
The Director will have administrative duties
within Simmons related to pre-and in-service educator preparation
in relation to the WDSS; collaboration with faculty, staff and
administrators; and development and direction of WDSS teaching,
learning and research opportunities within SMU.
The Director will work with the Dean and
other staff to continue fundraising initiatives including pursuing
foundation and research grants as well as gifts. This will
include meetings, coordination with SMU development office(s) and
writing grant proposals.
This position will oversee a multi-million
dollar grant budget in coordination with the Dean and Simmons
staff. Will assist the Dean in making budget decisions, and
maintain compliance with SMU and agency regulations.
Manage all project-related activities.
This requires a deep understanding of project aims and goals,
coordination of more than 75 project participants to execute
project deliverables ranging from curriculum development, project
deliverables to teachers and non-profits, and delivery of
Education and Experience:
A master’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of work experience is
required for this position. A terminal degree (e.g., Ed.D., PhD.)
Project management in a K-12 or higher-education setting related
to administration of grants or similar activities, is required.
Research and/or evaluation experience is required; must be
conversant in methodology and data collection.
Experience leading coalitions of diverse partners in a complex
planning and implementation process is required, including skills
of collaboration, communication, problem solving, and cultural
intelligence and equity.
Previous experience in the area of STEM education is
Knowledge of or experience with one or more of the
following: ELL, Integrated STEM, social sector/non-profit
work, higher education, K-12 districts, research and evaluation,
Previous supervisory experience is required.
Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) are
required. Experience with Teams, Box, Wiki, and Zoom are
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills with the
ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in
a diverse community.
Communication skills are of utmost importance, including the
ability to communicate with multiple
audiences. Effective consulting and leadership skills
are highly preferred, with the ability to collaborate with faculty,
staff and community partners.
Candidate must possess excellent organizational skills that
include effective planning, time management and project management.
Candidate must demonstrate outstanding problem solving skills
and analytical skills. Problems require new approaches and
creative problem resolution.
Must be willing and able to attend occasional meetings at
irregular times to accommodate community needs or other West Dallas
Must be willing and able to travel occasionally to site visits
or conferences. The job will require regular local
travel to West Dallas STEM school site.
Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.
NOTE: Applicants should submit a C.V. and Cover Letter for
Physical and Environmental Demands:
This position must be able to:
- Sit for long periods of time
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