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Innovation Specialist - Alpharetta, GA

Innovation Specialist - Alpharetta, GA

Division:  Innovation
Work Location:  AdvancED Headquarters in Alpharetta, GA
Reports to:  Vice President, Innovation Division
FT/PT Classification:  Full Time (40 hours per week)
Position Summary
The Innovation Specialist plays an important role in the Innovation Division to ensure the realization of AdvancED’s vision for education. The role of the Innovation Specialist has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, providing assistance to identify and create innovative resources, products, and processes that promote, support and improve education in a variety of teaching, learning and organizational settings.  A successful Innovation Specialist utilizes current knowledge and expertise in education and other fields to promote, enhance and continuously improve teaching, learning and institutional effectiveness. This is an entry-level position.
  • Assist with the identification and development of innovative resources, products and processes for educational improvement and excellence
  • Support the creation, development and design of solutions, tools and resources that support and enhance the effectiveness of education providers to improve and maximize learner success
  • Apply practitioner’s knowledge and experiences to contribute to quality product development
  • Provide research and data to inform the development of new resources and/or revision of current resources
  • Assist with pilot studies to determine viability and effectiveness of newly developed resources, products, and processes
  • Create and manage project plans, development tasks, timelines, and communications
  • Input data and track progress of projects and communications relative to projects
  • Provide regular work/project status updates to appropriate level of Innovation leadership
  • Support collaborative efforts with internal stakeholders to assess and scan the past, present and future trends within the education industry 
  • Serve as the initial copy editor and content reviewer for resources, solutions, products, processes and contracts
  • Fulfill roles and responsibilities on assigned interdivisional team projects
  • Serve on AdvancED Reviews
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Have a knowledge base of current issues and future trends in PK-12 education and research and evaluation
  • Possess knowledge of the process to develop products, how to conduct pilot studies, and track a project’s progress
  • Possess and demonstrate effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Think creatively and analytically
  • Collaborate with internal employees 
  • Be self-driven and motivated
  • Be organized and an effective and contributing team member
  • Demonstrate ability to simultaneously work on multiple projects and tasks
  • Demonstrate high levels of proficiency using Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint and other software and web-based applications
  • Support and contribute to the Mission, Vision and Core Values of AdvancED
Annual Travel Requirements
  • Approximately 20% travel annually with possible weekend travel,  depending on the nature of the project or assignment                                           
Qualifications & Experience
  • Minimum of five successful classroom teaching years, preferably in a K-12 setting
  • Demonstrate current knowledge of PK-12 education, quality learning environments for all students, curriculum and instruction, program development and evaluation, and data collection, analysis, and application
  • A proven track record of assessing learning institutions’ needs to improve the learning, growth and development of all students and the institutions’ organizational effectiveness
  • Successful experience managing and conducting tasks necessary to complete projects
  • Minimum Master’s Degree in teaching, curriculum and instruction, or educational leadership from an accredited institution of higher learning. Equivalent combination of education and experience in other related fields will be considered.                                                                              
Application Process
Please send your resume and cover letter to This is an entry-level position.
About AdvancED 
AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving over 32,000 institutions in more than 70 countries educating over 20 million students. As the global leader in advancing education excellence through accreditation and school improvement, AdvancED brings together more than 100 years of experience and the expertise of the three national accreditation agencies — the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). The AdvancED Accreditation Process, a protocol embraced around the world, is a clear and comprehensive program of evaluation and external review, supported by high quality standards and dedicated to helping schools, school systems and education providers continuously improve. AdvancED's position as a thought leader in education continues to expand as we provide a national and international voice to inform and influence policy and practice on issues related to education quality. Our research results help us shape educational policy and strengthen learning practices worldwide.
The vision of AdvancED is to create a world of opportunities for every learner. We work to achieve our vision by driving education improvement through accreditation, research and innovation, policy and advocacy, and technology.