Program Specialist -The Hub for Innovation and Equity in Higher Education

Washington D.C
May 03, 2019
Jul 04, 2019
Program Manager
Full Time
Located in a historic neighborhood in the nation's capital, Georgetown offers rigorous academic programs, a global perspective, exciting ways to take advantage of Washington, D.C., and a commitment to social justice. Our community is a tight knit group of remarkable individuals interested in intellectual inquiry and making a difference in the world.


The Hub for Innovation and Equity in Higher Education is a Research & Development Unit that draws on existing and new research to inform the design and evaluation of equitable models of education. Additionally, in collaboration with community partners, The Hub seeks opportunities to re-imagine ways in which Georgetown can substantively expand the educational capital of communities, families, and individuals.

The Program Specialist is an integral member of The Hub who will be centrally involved in the development, launch, and growth of a high school educators network. S/he builds and maintains relationships with high school educators through both face-to-face and virtual connections and helps to develop an online platform for the educators network. Reporting directly to the Director of The Hub and working closely with the other research staff and students within this office, the Research Specialist has additional duties that include but are not limited to:
  • Works with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services to acquire the application files of matriculated students who are low-income and first-generation.
  • Evaluates teacher letters of recommendation for their appropriateness for 'pivotal educator' designation.
  • Reaches out to both the former students of the potential 'pivotal educators' and to their principals to confirm their appropriateness for this designation.
  • Directly connects with 'pivotal educator' invitees, initially through email engagement but ultimately through face-to-face contacts.
  • Builds and maintains an internal network of Georgetown faculty and staff participants with regular face-to-face gatherings.
  • Works with the educators and a digital environment expert to design and develop an online platform for the educators' network.
  • Develops content for the network and facilitates activity within each of the academic disciplinary communities.
  • Leads the planning of an annual summer convening of the educators' network participants at Georgetown University.
  • Selectively reaches out to our peer institutions to invite them to join, working on a process to partially automate the review of letters of recommendation.
  • Develops and assesses different business models for the functional and legal standing of the envisioned nonprofit "action arm" that will facilitate the ability of The Hub to work nimbly with external partners.
  • Coordinates with the necessary legal and business units within the University to establish the framework for the creation of the nonprofits, interpreting, monitoring, and analyzing model outcomes against set goals.
  • Produces front-end products such as reports and analyses that provide information to campus units and external stakeholders to further this goal.
  • Conduct philanthropic and foundation work in support of funding streams for the educators network.
  • Produces front-end products such as reports and analyses that provide information to campus units and external stakeholders to further this goal.

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 2-3 years relevant work experience
  • Have interest and expertise in under-resourced high school education systems and business expertise - qualities necessary to play a central role in an education start-up
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills to work with and present to diverse audiences including stakeholders at the high school and University level
  • Ability to synthesize complex information, meet challenges with resourcefulness, and use independent judgment and discretion to determine or recommend best course of action
  • Possess excellent organizational, analytical, and time-management skills

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