Open Position

Director, Curriculum Adoption & Implementation

About the Position

At Pivot we look for talented and inspiring colleagues who believe in public education and the imperative to support schools to innovate and improve. We are currently seeking a Director, Curriculum Adoption & Implementation to join the Pivot team. This position will be responsible for managing projects in our Curriculum Program that support the adoption and implementation of high‐quality instructional materials in service of equitable student outcomes.

This position will be responsible for managing a multi‐year grant funded project to support implementation of high‐quality middle grades mathematics curricula in multiple school districts across the country. In addition to working directly with the districts, this project also focuses on further developing our model of high‐quality curriculum implementation support, in collaboration with close partner organizations (including UnboundEd, OpenUp Math, and Curriculum Associates).

This is a full‐time, Exempt position, reporting to a Vice President, Education Programs. Pivot is headquartered in Oakland, CA, and we anticipate returning to an in‐office setting at a future date, once it is safe to do so, for staff located in the Bay Area. All staff are currently working remotely due to the COVID‐19 pandemic.

Candidates for this position can be based anywhere in the US. Once travel is considered safe, future travel (car and air) will be required for this role, including regular travel to California and monthly or more travel to school districts.

Key Responsibilities

  • Project Management. Drives projects from launch through achievement of all grant and other deliverables. Develop and track project goals and manage project plans. Coordinate with colleagues, including our subsidiary CORE and support staff, to effectively scope, manage, align, and improve services provided to our district clients at all levels (district, principal, teacher, coach).
  • Partnership Development. Develop and/or maintain partnerships with school district clients and other key partners. This includes meeting regularly with partner organizations to ensure coherent support to
    district clients, aligned to project goals and plans.
  • Meeting Facilitation & Materials Development. Prepare for, facilitate, and follow‐up from professional learning events, small group, and 1:1 work sessions with clients and partners (virtual or in‐person). This includes agenda creation and co‐developing materials for district teams and partners.
  • Product Development. In collaboration with internal and external partners, play a lead role in the ongoing development of our overall curriculum implementation model. This includes defining the specific
    processes, tools, and other resources that make up the model, and testing them with district clients and partners to ensure quality, sustainability, and scalability.
  • Data Collection, Analysis, & Evaluation. Collaborate with district clients and partners to develop and execute measurement and evaluation plans for their district work, supporting districts to collect, analyze, and make decisions to improve their work and reach project goals. This will include working with district clients to secure data sharing agreements and collecting data to meet grant requirements. In addition, collaborate with the research and evaluation team at Pivot to evaluate the impact of this work, and make ongoing refinements. This may include data collection, analysis, writing, and reporting/presenting our data.
  • Communications & Marketing. Play a key role in developing and implementing communications for both the grant‐funded project and Pivot’s overall curriculum program. This may include developing written
    content, presenting our work through webinars or conferences, communicating about our work through social media, and joining conversations with prospective clients.
  • Grant Management. In partnership with Pivot’s development team, manage the project to successfully complete all grant deliverables. Support the districts to understand the grant deliverables and manage
    them to completion. Work with the Pivot development team to ensure that we are reporting to the funder according to grant requirements. Attend meetings with the grant program officers and other funder‐led meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A passion for Pivot’s vision and mission, a commitment to public education as a key lever for opportunity, and a desire to deepen the organization’s impact. A deep understanding of institutional and structural racism and bias, and how inequities impact equitable outcomes for students most underserved by our education system.
  • Experience working in and/or with K–12 education via Local Education Agencies (county offices, districts, or charters), especially those systems that implement high quality ELA and Math curricula in service of
    equitable student outcomes.
  • Familiarity with research regarding curriculum quality and implementation and Common Core State Standards. Familiarity with education policy nationally is a plus.
  • Very strong project management skills, including the ability to develop and manage project plans, set priorities, manage self and a diverse group of stakeholders to deadlines and deliverables, manage “up” and “across” regardless of positional authority, and ensure achievement of project goals.
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, summarizing, and utilizing qualitative and quantitative data to inform project decisions, future programming, or policy decisions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate and work with diverse groups and individuals, and with educators and partner organizations.
  • Superb facilitation skills, including the capacity to facilitate meetings, trainings, workshops, and technical assistance engagements (e.g., professional learning sessions, coaching).
  • Strong content development skills, including developing meeting materials, training and/or workshop materials, and/or other support materials (e.g., toolkits, resource libraries) and developing polished
    products for the longer term. Excellent writing skills.
  • Proficiency in project management tools or track record of learning similar tools quickly (e.g., Asana); proficiency with Microsoft/Google Suites, particularly Excel/Google Sheets for data analysis and PowerPoint/Google Slides for communication/facilitation; experience with Stata a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 7‐10 years of relevant work experience required.

Compensation and Benefits

Pivot Learning offers a competitive compensation package, including medical/dental/vision insurance, 403b, vacation leave, sick leave, and 15 paid holidays. Salary is commensurate with experience.


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Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply; we welcome applications from persons of every race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, ancestry, religion, national orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, and for whom English is not their first language.

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