State Initiative Specialist

Full Time

The State Initiative Specialist supports the Executive Vice President and Director of State Initiatives in the design and implementation of plans to increase new and strengthen existing partnerships with state agencies and/or state professional organizations in order to deliver Solution Tree and Marzano Resources events, professional development, coaching, and other services within and across all 50 states to increase the scope and scale of impact and transform education to ensure learning for all students. The Specialist will carry out assigned tasks, as well as brainstorm new tasks, in an effort to continuously improve the implementation of the State Phases processes.


Summary of Essential Job Functions

The State Initiative Specialist is someone who is deeply committed to supporting educators, improving education, and transforming education worldwide to ensure learning for ALL. The State Initiative Specialist will support the Strategic Initiatives Team in looking for and responding to state-level opportunities to deliver services, building new and strengthening existing state-level partnerships, and designing and delivering state-level and national projects to increase the scope and scale of implementation of high-quality educational practices within and across states. This new team is leading work that is quickly growing in scope and complexity and, as such, is looking for a motivated educator to support continuous improvement inside and outside the organization for the betterment of students.


Primary Duties:

  • Maintain deep commitment to education, educators, and students, as well as Solution Tree’s vision: Transform education worldwide to ensure learning for all.
  • Acquire deep knowledge and understanding of Solution Tree and Marzano Resources products and services
  • Build, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with external stakeholders at state agencies and state professional organizations
  • Support the research of educational trends within and across states
  • Support the research of partnership opportunities (e.g,. grants and RFPs)
  • Apply knowledge of educational trends, educator needs, company products and services to support the drafting of a project plan/proposal or partnership opportunities, such as grants
  • Support the design, planning, and implementation of new state level projects collaboratively with other company teams/departments, as well as associates and external state-level partners
  • Brainstorm ways to improve the design and implementation of existing state level projects collaboratively with other company teams/departments, as well as associates and external state-level partners
  • Support the design and use of new project management processes for numerous complex projects, including a detailed workflow for the complex state-level work that identifies key roles and responsibilities for tasks occurring internally and externally
  • Maintain existing databases documenting status and impact of state-level projects
  • Brainstorm ways to improve existing project databases
  • Support the drafting of technical documents (e.g., RFPs, grant proposals, client proposals, etc.)
  • Help continuous improvement efforts at the team, department, and organization level by asking the non-judgmental question “Why”
  • Help efforts to increase equity within the organization and, more broadly, education
  • Participate in meetings with and support the efforts of the broader department (i.e., EdTech)
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisors.


Required Education and Experience

  • BA required; degree in education or policy preferred
  • 5+ years of experience in the education field (e.g., teaching, administration, professional development and/or policy)
  • Ability to research educational trends and needs within and across states to inform conversations or proposals with state clients
  • Ability and willingness to acquire knowledge of Solution Tree and Marzano Resources products and services to support informed conversations with clients or writing proposals for state initiatives
  • Ability to excel in social environments with key state-level stakeholders/clients
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workload while adhering to critical project timelines and quality standards in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work independently, as a team, and across teams/departments to support effective implementation of state initiative tasks
  • Superior communication, collaboration, organization, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Detail-orientated, with ability to see the “big picture” and plan accordingly




Work Environment/Travel

  • 40 hours a week, primarily between 8 – 5 EST (some flexibility, as necessary), Monday through Friday
  • Occasional travel (less than 10%) to attend annual company ReTREEt, quarterly department-level meetings, key company conferences, and other prioritized conferences/events
  • Travel may occasionally require time commitments on weekends


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.


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