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Deputy Director for Innovation Policy and Research

Innovation, Policy, and Research

Start Date: Oct 02, 2017
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Position Vacancy - Deputy Director for Innovation Policy and Research

The Division of Innovation, Policy and Research (IPR) is designed to build from Bank Street's strengths to expand our work on behalf of children, families, teachers, and schools. Our aim is to broaden Bank Street's impact in line with the mission of our founders: to build a better, more just society through education. At its core, IPR maintains a program incubation and support function for the College. IPR works in partnership with the Graduate School of Education, the School for Children, and the Bank Street Education Center to expand our influence in the public sphere through specific programs, policy efforts, and direct work with children, families, and educators. The Division is purposefully designed to be nimble in order to pursue important new opportunities for the College. Our work falls into five general domains: direct service to children and families; direct work with educators and practitioners; scholarship and innovation; policy; and new program development and incubation.

The Deputy Director for IPR plays a key role on the IPR Leadership Team. In partnership with the Dean and IPR staff, the Deputy Director assists in the development, launch, initial implementation, and support of projects, both in current and new programs. This role also serves as a key member of the Dean of IPR’s leadership team, supporting the overall management of IPR, including providing strategic support to IPR teams on communications materials, strategic planning, team management, and editing grants and writing grants and grant reports. This role also supports the partnerships and intersections between IPR and the broader College, specifically with the Communications Office, the Development Office, and also with other key Bank Street groups.


• Project development: Supporting all stages of new project development, including writing proposals, letters of intent, and developing presentations to pitch to potential funders.
• Grants support: In partnership with the Development Office, monitoring of grant databases with the goal of identifying opportunities for IPR teams. Writing grant proposals and collaborating with teams to produce grant reports, as needed.
• Project launch and incubation: Creating short- and long-term project plans and then managing their execution, tracking progress to goals, and identifying where shifts in strategy may need be needed.
• Communications: Developing marketing materials, presentations, and other materials as needed to promote the work of IPR and the teams IPR supports. Coordinating updates to the website and College-wide marketing materials, writing and copy-editing materials for new projects and existing IPR programs and projects.
• Strategic leadership: Supporting the Dean of Innovation, Policy & Research with direct supervision of teams, including tracking agenda items, deadlines, and coordination of efforts across teams.
• Central office support: Supporting the IPR Leadership Team by gathering agenda items, working with team members to facilitate meetings, and identifying opportunities for collaboration.
• IPR resource: Providing strategic, operational, and other supports to project directors.
• Bank Street Liaison: Supporting College-wide initiatives and representing the Division of IPR on College-wide committees, as needed.


• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Flexibility and adaptability, including the ability to multi-task, comfortably switch gears, and prioritize workload independently
• 5 - 7 years of work experience in an educational, social service, or other related organization, including experience with project management, developing formal presentations for a variety of audiences, and supporting senior leadership of an organization
• Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in a related field preferred
• Experience in fundraising or grant-writing preferred; familiarity with APA writing style and academic writing is a plus
• Excellent organizational skills; experience in project management preferred
• Commitment to social justice and equity
• Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and navigate ambiguity
• Collaborative orientation to identify and address challenges and opportunities

Bank Street College of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law in its employment policies and other college administered programs.  In addition, Bank Street College of Education will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

Bank Street has been recognized as a leader in education, and strives to have its faculty and student body reflect the diversity of the society in which they exist. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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