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Program Associate II (Tribal Systems - Strategic Resource Planning and Implementation)-WestEd

Program Associate II (Tribal Systems - Strategic Resource Planning and Implementation)

Requisition Number: PROGR002303

About WestEd

As a community of over 800 researchers, practitioners, consultants, and administrative professionals from all backgrounds and life experiences, we are committed to making a qualitative difference in the lives of youth, children, and adults. We conduct and apply research, develop evidence-based solutions, and provide consulting services across the country in both rural and urban communities to improve equitable outcomes for individuals from infancy through adulthood. Serving as trusted partners in the areas of education, health, and justice, our teams enhance capacity within communities and school districts to prioritize impact — asking the right questions, customizing methodologies, developing relevant tools, and implementing best practices specific to a diverse range of stakeholder needs.

Furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion is core to who we are and how we work. We are committed to working with our clients to illuminate and address disparities, value and elevate diverse voices, and ensure equitable access to our resources and services. Please review our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

SPECIAL NOTICE REGARDING THE WORK LOCATION OF THIS POSITION—Although a remote option may have been listed as one of the location options for this position, the default location for all WestEd positions is in one of WestEd’s offices. However, candidates may submit a request to work from home.

All WestEd staff are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of full vaccination is required before beginning employment. If you want to be considered for a medical or religious exemption, you will have an opportunity to provide appropriate documentation.

About the Team

The Strategic Resource Planning & Implementation content area includes a team of 26 colleagues. We work to improve how resources are allocated, meaningful policy structures are built, and appropriate support systems are established in child, youth, and adult-serving sectors to advance equitable education system improvement. These improvements are realized through working with state, tribal, regional, and local education leaders to study, internalize and transform organizational and financing structures that result in direct systems change. Ultimately, we believe that the collective action of adults forms the experiences of students and families today and the path to effective change is by understanding and changing those systems in an equitable and high-quality manner.

We are a highly motivated team, with high expectations for ourselves, each other, our relationships and strive for long-term impact. We are passionate, optimistic, and hard-working. We leverage our fiscal and system knowledge, skill, and expertise, with collaborative partnerships throughout the agency and externally. We value professional growth and a positive culture and community.

Position Description

The Program Associate II will work on various project-based teams in the areas of strategic resource allocation, governance and accountability, leadership development, systems planning, and continuous improvement. Primary project objectives include, but are not limited to, providing research-based support and facilitation to state education agencies, tribal governments and organizations, health agencies, institutions of higher education, and local education agencies to advance equity and improve outcomes for students and their families.

The ideal candidate has lived experience as a member of a Native American community and professional experience working within a tribal government system. Successful candidates possess prior experience working in finance, proposal writing and grant award management, project management, and strategic planning. Candidates must demonstrate strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to stay organized while managing multiple priorities. Candidates should also have knowledge and interest in education finance and education policy (early childhood, K-12, and/or higher education).


· Co-design and implement organization reviews, resource allocation reviews, and strategic planning projects. Facilitate partner engagement and networked learning to advance equity and improve educational and wellness outcomes for students and their families.

· Work collaboratively with members of the Strategic Resource Planning and Implementation team and other WestEd practice areas to facilitate technical assistance in partnership with a range of clients that supports them in applying their learning and sustaining continuous improvement practices.

· Design and develop compelling reports and presentations for clients and education community members that communicate findings and motivate participants to act. Prepare high-quality written and visual materials in a variety of formats (reports, memos, policy briefs, slide decks) that document and communicate collaborative planning processes, complex data, analytical results, and actionable recommendations.

· Conduct in-person and remote engagement activities, including, but not limited to, individual and focus group interviews, professional learning opportunities, communities of practice, and workshops.

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· Participate in business development by identifying potential client partnerships and supporting the completion of funding proposals.


· minimum 5 years of professional experience in finance and/or strategic planning with tribal governments and education systems, health agencies, and/or higher education

· knowledge and skill in collecting, analyzing, and summarizing qualitative and quantitative data

· strong writing and analytical skills with the ability to communicate complex information to a range of audiences with varying levels of preparation

· strong attention to detail to ensure that work is complete and accurate; carefully prepare for meetings and presentations; follow up with others to ensure fulfillment of commitments

· experience with project planning and management, and the ability to identify all necessary steps of a project, set appropriate personal and team deadlines, and move seamlessly between prioritized tasks

· proven ability to effectively work and collaborate across differences, including ethnicity, gender, and culture, and willingness to engage in honest conversations about racism and systemic oppression

· master’s degree or equivalent work experience strongly preferred

· travel: ability to travel up to 15%


Salary for this role is competitive and at WestEd grade Level G. WestEd offers a very generous benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage, as well as Life, AD&D and Disability insurance. We also offer various retirement plan options and Flexible Spending Accounts for medical, childcare, and commuter expenses. WestEd offers generous paid holidays and paid time off (PTO), among other benefits.

Perks and Benefits

In addition to WestEd’s comprehensive benefits, our team values flexibility and offers flexible work hours. WestEd aims to provide you with a safe and comfortable work environment and offers ergonomic evaluations to make your work environment the best for you! Committed to the diversity of race, ethnicities, perspectives, and opportunities, WestEd offers a variety of ways to build community, including Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), affinity groups (e.g., WestEd Parents), and professional learning communities (PLCs) for Data Intelligence, Insights, Innovation, and Women in Tech, just to name a few. We hope you’ll consider joining us to build better schools, communities, learning pathways, and more!

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)