NSB Consultant Description – Pathways & Postsecondary Working Groups
New Skills Boston (NSB) seeks a consultant(s) to facilitate and manage the day-to-day operations of two working groups focused on Career Pathway Development and Postsecondary Transitions. These working groups will be composed of stakeholders across the 8 partners organizations in NSB: Boston Public Schools, Boston Private Industry Council, Bunker Hill Community College, The City of Boston, Office of Workforce Development, Massachusetts Executive Office of Education, UMass Boston, The Boston Foundation, and facilitating partner, EdVestors. The consultant will facilitate and support the working groups to discuss and complete coordinated, collaborative actions aligned with the NSB Vision and Action Plan and provide timely updates that can be shared with the New Skills Boston Leadership Team.
- Guide and drive the strategy of the working group in order to ensure conversations, tasks, and products meet the stated objectives of the working group, complete articulated actions steps within the NSB initiative, and achieve timely milestones
- Manage the day-to-day tasks of the working group to prepare agendas, co-facilitate meetings, and communicate with working group members to make progress on key deliverables. This work will be supported by and done in collaboration with EdVestors staff and a NSB Leadership Team member, but the consultant is an important driver of implementation
- Prepare updates on group decisions, next steps, and areas of needed feedback that can be shared with the Leadership Team
- Coordinate with EdVestors around project management, cross working group connections, and technical assistance needs
- Undertake other duties or special projects as assigned. This posting is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities.
Time Commitment: 8-10hrs/month per working group for 12 months (Total for both working groups 16-20 hrs/ month)
- Meeting prep and follow up, working group updates and deliverable development (approx. 3-5 hrs per meeting)
- Meetings with working group, a minimum of 1x per month (this may be increased based on need or project timeline, approx. 1-2 hrs)
- Coordination meeting with EdVestors staff in addition to working group meeting per month (30- 60 mins)
Working Group Descriptions
The Pathways Development Group is responsible for:
- Implementing an equitable process to select a portfolio of 3-5 schools that will serve as focus school models of high-quality career pathways in high priority industry sectors in collaboration with NSB partners.
- Establishing the infrastructure that will support and grow these pathways in the focus schools and coordinating NSB partner resources for implementation
- Supporting the design and implementation of pathway components within the selected 3-5 schools in a manner that increases opportunities for students to access key pathway elements, addresses identified systemic barriers in the pathway experiences, and aligns to NSB vision and outcomes
- Defining and articulating the next steps of the working group to support pathway implementation and student access in Year 3 and beyond through the action plan
The Postsecondary Transitions Group is responsible for determining and addressing barriers to successful postsecondary transitions:
- Creating a strategy that addresses the inequities within the district, campus, and state-level policies and procedures
- Identifying barriers and places in the pipeline where students lose momentum, and a plan to ensure seamless transitions to and through postsecondary to credential completion and career
- Aligning high priority industry sector pathways at the secondary level with courses of study, related academic requirements, and program/career guidance at local colleges and universities
- Making evident to students the curriculum, requirements, choices, and opportunities available to participate in and move through pathways from secondary to postsecondary to credential completion and career
- Experience and demonstrated success in facilitating and implementing cross-sector collaborative efforts
- Expertise in career pathways development and/or postsecondary transitions & supports, preferred
- Strong ability to collaborate with a variety of stakeholders including public school district, postsecondary institutions, city and state agencies, workforce development partners, and community organizations
- Adept at multitasking, meeting deadlines, and engaging a diverse audience of leaders
- Outstanding organizational skills, with a high level of attention to detail and the ability to manage projects through to completion
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Project Period: June 2021-June 2022
- Project Location: Boston (Note: All engagement is currently virtual and opportunities for in-person engagement will be contingent on city and state public health and safety guidelines)
- Work closely with the Director of Career Pathways as well as other members of the EdVestors staff and Leadership Team
- Approximately 16-20 hrs/month
- Compensation: Hourly consultant rate of $100-$125
EdVestors is an equal opportunity employer. At EdVestors, we strive to maintain an inclusive, flexible, and diverse work environment, and our team is made stronger by the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives within our staff.
To apply for this position, please submit the following information to LaVonia Montoute, EdVestors Director of Career Pathways, firstname.lastname@example.org by June 11th.
- Name, contact information, and qualification of the applicant (please include resumes)
- A brief proposal which describes:
- Interest and relevant experiences for this type of project
- Preference to work with one or both groups
- A description of your envisioned process or strategy to engage the working group(s) to advance key action steps towards project outcomes
- Estimated costs for the project based on information provided
- References (references from similar projects are appreciated, but not required)
New Skills Ready Network
New Skills ready network, launched by JPMorgan Chase & Co. in 2020, bolsters the firm’s efforts to support an inclusive economic recovery, as part of both their $350 million, five-year New Skills at Work initiative to prepare people for the future of work and their new $30 billion commitment to advance racial equity. Advance CTE and Education Strategy Group are working with sites to improve student completion of high-quality career pathways in six US communities.
The six New Skills ready network sites are: Boston, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Nashville, Tennessee. These sites are formulating new partnerships between local school systems, higher education, employers, and government entities to develop pathways and policy recommendations that give underserved students access to higher education and real-world work experiences that lead to high-wage, in-demand jobs.
New Skills Ready Boston – Vision
This is what we updated to: New Skills Boston (NSB) is a multi-year strategy that leverages cross-sector partnership to dramatically increase the number of Black, Latinx, Asian, and/or Indigenous students, students with disabilities, and English Learners who have access to and progress through pathways that are engaging and relevant, address community needs, and prepare young people to enter meaningful careers.
The Boston partners engaged in a deep needs’ assessment and action planning process that led to a vision for the work and focused activities in year 1. Our vision for Boston in 2025 is:
- A city where social, institutional, and systemic barriers to entry and success are removed so that all young people can access quality career learning opportunities that support their exploration, informed decision making, and preparation for their future opportunities?and postsecondary paths.
- A transformed system that recognizes students of color as “holders and creators of knowledge” and values?the cultural wealth they bring to schools through their knowledge, skills, abilities?to navigate their context despite systemic barriers, such as structural racism which threaten equitable outcomes.
- A learning environment, inclusive of settings from the schoolhouse to the workplace, with connected systems that employ equity-minded and asset-based strategies and accountability measures prioritizing the inherent strengths of students, their networks, and community, while also eliminating barriers and addressing systemic inequalities
- A public-school district where every student can progress through pathways that are engaging and relevant, enhance their community, offer direct connections to postsecondary, and prepare young people to enter meaningful?careers.
New Skills Ready Boston Partners
- Boston Public Schools
- Bunker Hill Community College
- UMass Boston
- Boston Private Industry Council
- Massachusetts Executive Office of Education
- The Boston Foundation
- The City of Boston, Office of Workforce Development