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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.

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Lead Learning Designer

About the organization

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. Based in Austin, Texas, we were founded in 2017 in honor of Charles’ mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt, who was an educator, a philanthropist, and a lifelong champion for social justice.

We partner with public school districts to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom. At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles. We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues.

The Holdsworth Center is seeking a Lead Learning Designer 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.

Purpose & Responsibilities

In the 2021-2022 school year, Holdsworth launched two new program offerings for district leaders:

  • The Superintendent Leadership Program, a cohort-based model for high potential early career superintendents. This program was initiated in recognition of the extraordinary challenges facing new superintendents in Texas in the current moment, along with the need to begin investing in the superintendent pipeline in Texas as an historic number of superintendents (in Texas and nationally) are projected to step down in the coming years.
  • The Holdsworth Leadership Collaborative, an 18-month program that has supported 14 districts to begin building their principal pipeline.

The early success of these two new offerings has created opportunities for us to expand this work. Over the next several years, we plan to launch additional programs to support the superintendent pipeline in Texas (such as an aspiring superintendent program). We also plan to work with even more districts in future cohorts of the Collaborative.

The Lead Learning Designer will join a team that designs, delivers and refines these programmatic offerings. Alongside other Lead Learning Designers and a team (including a Director, a Coordinator, and Managing Director), you will guide cohorts of district leaders through these programs and drive planning and research as we build new programs for the future.

As a Lead Learning Designer, you will play a critical role in ensuring that our vision for impact in these expanded program offerings is realized. Your portfolio of work may include designing and delivering programming from any of our district leader offerings, and may change over time, depending on program needs and your particular skill-set and expertise.

You must have a strong desire to help leaders in our programs thrive in their careers and lead their districts effectively, with strong knowledge of adult learning theory to guide best-in-class programming.

Reporting to the Director of District Programs or to the Managing Director, you will work with talented, mission driven peers in a fast paced, dynamic environment to:

  • Lead the detailed planning of content, learning experiences, and logistics to help ensure that learning outcomes and objectives for each programming session are met, and that the content delivered through program sessions is part of a coherent and powerful arc of learning.
  • Serve as one of the “faces” of our programs, building relationships with leaders and increasing coherency of the overall program through on-site facilitation and delivery (most facilitation will take place at The Campus at Lake Austin and with groups ranging in size from 10 to 60+)
  • Work collaboratively with Holdsworth’s Superintendents-in-Residence to maximize their unique contributions to our work in the superintendent pipeline
  • Draw on personal experiences and academic concepts to deliver highly engaging and thought-provoking program sessions
  • Facilitate effective and engaging learning experiences that bring cohorts together over a multi-session journey, building a learning environment where leaders can effectively collaborate on a range of issues to grow their capacity and ability to lead sustainable improvement towards excellent and equitable outcomes for students
  • Attend assigned program sessions and work as a team to effectively facilitate program delivery
  • Work collaboratively with program coordinators to ensure flawless logistics and operations at each session
  • Support the team to develop and continually improve the curriculum for each of our expansion programs
  • Adapt and differentiate the curriculum to maximize leaders’ learning and achievement of learning objectives through the design, implementation and monitoring of learning assessments
  • Analyze data and use it to drive decisions and programmatic improvements

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

  • Strong alignment with organizational values—Drive for Excellence & Equity, Be of Service, Believe in People
  • Experience delivering high quality adult learning/training and proven ability to facilitate engaging, challenging, and thought-provoking discussion among diverse audiences, manage group dynamics, and use questioning techniques to identify solutions and actions rather than taking a wholly directive approach (with large audiences as well as smaller groups)
  • Experience in a leadership development and/or adult learning role (any sector) equivalent in scale and scope to this role, supporting the development of leaders of organizations through programmatic delivery
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and create clear and compelling learning experiences and materials; Thinks like a designer and is able to communicate information exceptionally clearly both in written materials and verbally
  • Intense curiosity to constantly learn, read, and increase one’s own knowledge base to inform design of programs
  • Strong project planning skills and detail orientation in order to effectively plan for multiple program sessions at one time
  • Self-motivated individual who demonstrates initiative without waiting for direction, openness to receiving feedback from peers and Holdsworth staff
  • Credibility with school leaders, faculty/experts, and our partner organizations
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, establish good rapport at all levels of the organization, collaborate with other faculty and experts and work with and relate to people from diverse backgrounds
  • Flexible; ability to adapt to an ever changing, growing organization as we pilot and learn from these new endeavors; Embraces a portfolio of work that may change over time
  • Experience using a range of design tools to create strong, engaging collateral and tools for learning (such as PowerPoint, Canva, or other similar design tools)
  • Working knowledge of the education landscape in Texas, including knowledge of the context within which our participants work

Geography

  • Austin, TX preferred

Other

  • This is a full-time role with frequent on-site work at the Campus at Lake Austin required. Some evenings and weekends may be required while executing program sessions with leaders.

How to apply

Interested candidates should click here to submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing their interest in this Lead Learning Designer position and the work of The Holdsworth Center. If selected for the interview process, next steps are tentatively scheduled to begin in June 2022.

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.

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Application Technology Lead

About the organization

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. We are guided by three core values—Be of Service, Believe in People and Drive for Excellence & Equity. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus and 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.

We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staffs thrive, and students excel in every classroom. At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles. We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues.

We are seeking an Applications Technology Lead who shares a commitment to our mission and whose experience will deepen our capacity to serve leaders and enhance our impact in public school districts across the state of Texas. At Holdsworth, we believe that good work starts with good people, and we value team members that thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration, and iteration. Along with working in the capacity of the role, the Applications Technology Lead will engage alongside Holdsworth staff in leadership development activities and training including but not limited to equity work.

The IT organization of The Holdsworth Corporation is responsible for the life cycle planning of business applications through the following phases: strategize, architect, select, deploy, operate, evolve, and retire. The Applications Technology Lead has specific responsibility for building, configuring, maintaining, enhancing, and eventually decommissioning applications through their life cycle. This role reports directly to the Director of IT.

The Application Technology lead will be responsible for Holdsworth’s portfolio of enterprise business applications utilized by 60+ end-users at the organization. Three applications are SaaS: CRM (Salesforce, including Pardot and Form Assembly), Learning Management System (Totara Learn), and Cloud Collaboration (SharePoint). One client/server application is for finance (Microsoft Dynamics NAV). Another client/server application is for our Learning and Impact team and consists of a data warehouse and visualization platform.

Responsibilities

Leadership and Management

The Application Technology Lead will oversee all activities that optimize the value, cost, and risk of applications:

  • Provide application leadership, vision, and direction to the organization to ensure it will contribute to the company achieving its goals.
  • Develop productive relationships with business leaders across the organization to influence how applications can enable new sources of value.
  • Define and enhance methodologies and practices for the application life cycle management in line with best practice and practical experience of continuous improvement.
  • Manage relationships with major vendors and service providers to ensure they cost-effectively meet the needs of the organization.

Application Governance, Strategy, and Delivery

The Application Technology Lead’s primary responsibility is to ensure the applications cost-effectively meet the needs of the business by:

  • Assess technical and business fitness of the application portfolio and their associated costs and risks.
  • Implement application governance process to gain consensus on a prioritized set of measurable business outcomes that applications must support.
  • Work with stakeholders to accomplish application work in a way that improves the business and technical fitness of the application portfolio and minimizes its ongoing support costs.
  • Successfully deliver business outcomes in partnership with business colleagues.
  • Lead value realization efforts to ensure that business outcomes are achieved.
  • Own application support activities in conjunction with infrastructure and operations to ensure the applications perform well in production.
  • Work with the security team to ensure the applications are effectively secured, and cybersecurity risks are mitigated.
  • Optimize ownership cost, risk, and value of applications throughout their life cycle.

Qualification, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, engineering, finance, business management, or a related field.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience in software design/development, application architecture, project management, software as a service (SaaS), software integration, data management/governance, business intelligence, security and/or business process analysis.
  • Strong analytical, data processing, and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in process formulation and improvement.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills are needed to collaborate, and effectively influence internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience working with a not-for-profit organization is preferred, but not required.

How to apply

The Holdsworth Center has partnered with Scion Executive Search to source candidates for this role. Interested candidates can submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing their interest in this position and how their experience will contribute to the work of The Holdsworth Center directly to Scion by clicking here.

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.

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Multimedia Designer

About the organization

Driven by the belief that great leaders can push student achievement levels to new heights, The Holdsworth Center partners with Texas public school districts to help educators become experts at leadership, and to grow stronger leaders within their own systems. Founded in 2017 by H-E-B Chairman Charles Butt, Holdsworth makes considerable investments within districts and brings education leaders from across Texas to its Campus on Lake Austin for deep learning, reflection and renewal.

We are guided by three core values—Be of Service, Believe in People, and Drive for Excellence & Equity.

We are seeking a Multimedia Designer who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we strive to serve public school districts across the state of Texas. At Holdsworth, we believe that good work starts with good people, and we value team members that thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration and iteration.

About the position

The Multimedia Designer, reporting to the Sr. Manager, Digital Communications, will play a critical role in our team’s growing efforts to produce digital and print visual assets and marketing collateral. This role is also responsible for data visualization, photo editing, marketing campaign graphics, and web/social media graphics. This position is based in Austin, Texas.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and design a range of materials for print and digital collateral on various time frames including quick turn and long-term projects that involve several months of development
  • Ensure projects are completed with attention to quality, detail and are on schedule
  • Adhere to established brand guidelines while also challenging our team to evolve them based on the context
  • Lead the presentation of ideas, mood boards, storyboards, and mockups of visual design projects and play a role in managing feedback and approvals

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent with emphasis on graphic design, photography, and/or web design preferred
  • 4-5 years working with a creative team environment or design firm with a solid background in graphic design
  • Experience in branding, web design, typography, and print
  • Expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
  • Familiarity in working with a wide range of media—including design, photography, and video
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Extremely detail oriented
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, work well under pressure, and manage details of several concurrent projects.
  • Excellent project management skills; ability to establish priorities, manage time and meet deadlines
  • Takes initiative, kindly assertive and is a self-starter
  • Possesses outstanding typography and layout skills with a keen eye for detail

Nice to have:

  • Experience in a non-profit organization
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS
  • Expertise in event photography
  • Proficiency in video editing
  • Experience managing a Digital Asset Management platform
  • Social media management

How to apply

Interested candidates should provide an updated portfolio demonstrating an individual sense of visual aesthetic and style utilizing digital skills involving Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or InDesign showing examples of both digital and print designs.

Additionally, interested candidates should click here to submit a current resume and cover letter, detailing their interest in this position and how their experience will contribute to the work of The Holdsworth Center.

Applications submitted without a cover letter and design portfolio will not be reviewed.

We will contact those candidates who most closely match the requirements. We thank you in advance for your interest.

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

District Support Consultant

About the organization

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus and 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.

We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom. At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles. We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues.

We are seeking a District Support Consultant who shares a deep commitment to our mission and whose experience and vision will deepen our capacity and enhance our impact as we strive to serve public school districts across the state of Texas.

About the position

District Support Consultants are an integral part of our District Support Team (DST). DST works day-to-day and often behind the scenes with our partner districts in their context to build excellent leadership development systems with the goal of ensuring every campus is served by a great principal and leadership team in order to achieve excellent and equitable outcomes for all students.

Consultants work under the direction of a Team Lead and a Managing Director to:

  • Assess the current state of our partner-district’s leadership pipeline through quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis of their talent systems (e.g., hiring, evaluation, compensation, professional development, etc.)
  • Support partner-district senior leaders (including cabinet, HR leaders, and principal supervisors) in creating a compelling vision for the future state of their leadership pipeline including specific high-leverage deliverables and system changes in support of their goals
  • Develop and manage clear plans to transform and build high-quality systems for leadership development, including: career pathways, campus leadership structures, teacher leader role implementation, selection of campus leaders, and professional development, coaching, and support for campus leaders
  • Produce ready-to-use tools and detailed recommendations that demonstrate best practice in leadership development and lay the groundwork to achieve the district’s aspirations
  • Support key district leaders to implement, perform, and continue to iterate on system recommendations and changes to ensure sustainability and long-term success through rigorous project and change management

All candidates for the District Support Consultant role must possess:

Mindsets and Knowledge

  • Desire to work with mission-driven peers in a dynamic, outcomes-focused environment
  • Working knowledge of education systems and belief in the potential for excellence in public education
  • Drive to deliver polished, detailed, practical deliverables quickly and independently
  • Highly collaborative work style and openness to feedback in support of mutual learning and continuous improvement

Leadership and Technical Skills

  • Strong strategic thinking supported by the ability to analyze qualitative and quantitative data and synthesize actionable themes
  • Relationship-building that instills confidence and can align internal and external partners to work together and make decisions
  • Large-scale project and change management that includes setting clear goals and benchmarks and managing many individuals against delegated activities, as well as changing mindsets, building skills, and strategic communications
  • Effective meeting and adult learning facilitation and design (e.g., design workshops, skill-building, steering committees)
  • Very strong written communication skills that can bring nuance and life to things like guiding documents, project plans, goals, parameters, etc.

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA preferred

Desired Qualifications

Strong candidates for the District Support consultant role have a range of prior experiences and capabilities. As we seek to build a team with a diverse set of experiences and qualifications, we’re currently particularly looking for candidates with prior experience in the following areas:

  • Human capital consulting
  • Multi-year change efforts in a large organization
  • Teacher leader role implementation
  • Management consulting
  • Public education consulting

Additional Responsibilities and Expectations

This is a full time, individual contributor role that may involve changing assignments with multiple districts over time. Weekly, in-state travel is required for meetings and convenings with our partner districts. Typical travel requirements include two to three per days per week of travel, including at least 1-2 overnights. District Support Consultants will also be required to attend some District Leadership Program sessions, which typically occur monthly or every other month and include multiple days of in-state and out-of-state travel, including some Saturdays and Sundays.

The Holdsworth Center is based in Austin, Texas. Candidates not residing in the Austin area will be required to travel to Austin for another 2-3 days per month for staff development and collaboration opportunities.

How to apply

Interested candidates should click here to submit a current resume and cover letter, including 3 professional references, detailing their interest in this position and how their experience will contribute to the work of The Holdsworth Center.

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. Position is open until filled. Applications will be screened regularly until a sufficient pool of candidates is identified.

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

Executive Assistant

About the organization

The Holdsworth Center is a non-profit organization founded and largely funded by Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, a regional retail company. Our mission is to impact, over time, the quality of K-12 public education for all Texas students by supporting and developing leaders. We are guided by three core values—Be of Service, Believe in People, and Drive for Excellence & Equity. Based in Austin, Texas, our campus and 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.

We partner with public school districts over five years to help them grow outstanding leaders at all levels so that staff thrive, and students excel in every classroom. At Holdsworth, we believe leadership isn’t just about titles. We make a deep investment in leaders at both the district and campus levels, including teachers who lead students in the classroom and influence and lead their colleagues.

We are seeking an Executive Assistant who shares a commitment to our mission and whose experience will deepen our capacity to serve leaders and enhance our impact in public school districts across the state of Texas. At Holdsworth, we believe that good work starts with good people, and we value team members that thrive on pushing ideas further through feedback, collaboration, and iteration. Along with working in the capacity of the role, the Executive Assistant will engage alongside Holdsworth staff in leadership development activities and training including but not limited to equity work.

About the position

  • Assist Vice President and/or other people managers in planning, organizing, implementing, and accomplishing day-to-day operations and goals that relieve and assist the leaders of routine project or advanced administrative duties including development of various collateral (slides decks, reports, etc.)
  • Build positive, productive professional relationships with all teams at Holdsworth and provide outstanding customer service and support; resolve issues and concerns, managing risks appropriately and escalating where necessary
  • Coordinate meetings including preparation of meeting materials, printing, meeting supplies, or coordination of meal deliveries
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of A/V systems to troubleshoot minor issues for team members
  • Operate standard office equipment on a regular basis, including copy machine and computer(s)
  • Book travel arrangements for managers as assigned to include hotel stays, airfare and/or car rentals
  • Assist with development of travel expense reports
  • Assist in managing projects through current systems such as Asana
  • Cross-train with program coordinator on session responsibilities to be ready to assist during peak times and augment team resources as needed
  • Work with talented, mission-driven peers in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Engage with other Holdsworth staff in professional development sessions including equity conversations

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year accredited college or university is desired
  • Five to seven years of relevant work experience in an office environment required
  • Experience working in a non-profit or education institution a plus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Strong customer service and servant leadership skills
  • Organized and with a high attention to detail
  • Displays the ability to be proactive in working to resolve administrative problems by using critical thinking skills
  • Excellent technical and interpersonal communication skills
  • Must have the ability to operate with discretion
  • Excellent at multi-tasking and time management

How to apply

Interested candidates should click here to submit a current resume and a cover letter detailing their interest in the Executive Assistant position and the work of The Holdsworth Center. Applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

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