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An image of Dr. Thomas Randle, Superintendent, and Mike Rockwood, Chief of Staff, of Consolidated Independent School District, smiling as they participate in a leadership program session for The Holdsworth Center.
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We thrive on collaboration

It takes a diverse team of talented individuals to do extraordinary work. The Holdsworth Center is comprised of professionals with deep expertise in educational leadership, organizational talent management, adult learning and school district administration. We're looking for experienced and versatile professionals who enjoy working within multidisciplinary teams and thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration and iteration.

All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Open positions

Director of Strategic Initiatives (Austin, TX)

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman and CEO of H-E-B, a regional supermarket company. Based in Austin, Texas, the academic campus and its programs are being developed in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist and a lifelong champion for social justice.

The mission of the Holdsworth Center is to invest in public schools and improve student outcomes across the state of Texas through strengthening educational leadership across the state. Holdsworth will work in partnership with public school districts over a sustained period of time to help them tackle their toughest challenges around leadership development, pipeline planning and strategic talent management. In addition to its core offerings—the District Leadership Program, the Campus Leadership Program, and District Support—provided to partner districts over five years, the Holdsworth Center will work, over-time to broaden its impact on all aspects of leadership that drive student outcomes.

The Holdsworth Center is seeking a Director of Strategic Initiatives who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we aim to be of service to public school districts across the state of Texas.

The Director of Strategic Initiatives, reporting to the Vice President will:

  • Build and manage the Center’s Strategic Initiatives team to ensure that it is nimble, dynamic, and efficient in its operations
  • Establish effective, collaborative relationships with senior leadership and cross-functional stakeholders to identify emerging needs and opportunities
  • Work with the Vice President to identify, prioritize, and incubate projects that will enhance Holdsworth’s effectiveness and impact. Possible projects over the next two years include:
  • Building out strategies to effectively engage alumni with an eye towards deepening and sustaining their learning and leveraging them in Holdsworth’s on-going work
  • Deepening Holdsworth’s online learning capabilities and offerings
  • Refining Holdsworth’s approach to serving small/rural school districts
  • Establishing plans/strategies to work with one of Texas’ large/urban school districts
  • Researching tools to measure individual leadership growth and developing a strategy to enhance Holdsworth’s ability to measure individual leadership growth
  • After incubating and launching projects, develop sustainability plans and work with the relevant stakeholders to establish the skills and systems to sustain new efforts

Desirable candidates will have a range of prior experience and capabilities to include:

  • Strong evidence of alignment with organizational values—Drive for Excellence & Equity, Be of Service, Believe in People
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly collaborative work style and ability to influence key internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Deep curiosity and motivation to learn coupled with a strong results-orientation
  • Ability to bring structure to highly ambiguous or complex topics
  • Management consulting experience, or other project-based experience, highly preferred

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in the Center and its mission to recruitment@holdsworthcenter.org no later than July 22, 2019. Please include the job title in the subject line of your e-mail application.

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Apply now

Manager of Strategic Initiatives (Austin, TX)

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman and CEO of H-E-B, a regional supermarket company. Based in Austin, Texas, the academic campus and its programs are being developed in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist and a lifelong champion for social justice.

The mission of the Holdsworth Center is to invest in public schools and improve student outcomes across the state of Texas through strengthening educational leadership across the state. Holdsworth will work in partnership with public school districts over a sustained period of time to help them tackle their toughest challenges around leadership development, pipeline planning and strategic talent management. In addition to its core offerings—the District Leadership Program, the Campus Leadership Program, and District Support—provided to partner districts over five years, the Holdsworth Center will work, over-time to broaden its impact on all aspects of leadership that drive student outcomes.

The Holdsworth Center is seeking a Manager of Strategic Initiatives who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we aim to be of service to public school districts across the state of Texas.

The Manager of Strategic Initiatives will work under the Director of Strategic initiatives and the Vice President of the Holdsworth Center to formulate solutions in key priority areas that will enhance Holdsworth’s effectiveness and impact.

Possible projects over the next two years include:

  • Building out strategies to effectively engage alumni with an eye towards deepening and sustaining their learning and leveraging them in Holdsworth’s on-going work
  • Deepening Holdsworth’s online learning capabilities and offerings
  • Refining Holdsworth’s approach to serving small/rural school districts
  • Establishing plans/strategies to work with one of Texas’ large/urban school districts
  • Researching tools to measure individual leadership growth and developing a strategy to enhance Holdsworth’s ability to measure individual leadership growth

The role of the Manager in this work will be to:

  • Build Holdsworth’s knowledge of best practices to drive projects forward
  • Facilitate working groups of internal and external stakeholders to understand underlying issues and arrive at potential solutions
  • Identify challenges and opportunities of key initiatives and support decision makers with data and key considerations
  • Launch projects internally to test feasibility and define plans for sustainability
  • Support transfer of projects to internal team members through knowledge transfer and skill development

Desirable candidates will have a range of prior experience and capabilities to include:

  • Strong evidence of alignment with organizational values—Drive for Excellence & Equity, Be of Service, Believe in People
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Highly collaborative work style and ability to influence key internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Commitment to and belief in the potential of excellence in public education
  • Deep curiosity and motivation to learn coupled with a strong results-orientation
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills
  • Ability to bring structure to highly ambiguous or complex topics
  • Working knowledge of education systems and key change levers
  • Project-based experience highly preferred
  • Knowledge of curriculum design for adult-learning or e-learning preferred

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their interest in the Center and its mission to recruitment@holdsworthcenter.org no later than July 22, 2019. Please include the job title in the subject line of your e-mail application.

The Holdsworth Center is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. All employment decisions are based on job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Apply now