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Project Evaluation Consultant

About Rebus

The Rebus Foundation is a registered charity, established in April 2016 with a mandate to reimagine the academic ecosystem in inventive, responsive ways based on open principles. We are a small but innovative team looking for new members who embody our dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit. We value family-friendly work culture and work/personal life balance. We are continuously reinventing our practices to realize our long-term vision of open education, particularly in light of a global pandemic that has forced a reckoning of educational practices all over the world. 

Rebus Community is the arm of Rebus Foundation that focuses on open educational resources (OER) and collaborative open publishing. It is generously supported by funding from the Hewlett Foundation and the Internet Archive. Rebus Community supports open educational publishing through the Textbook Success Program, which provides professional development for faculty and librarians looking to create and improve open educational resources. We create webinars, workshops, and freely licensed guides on OER-related topics and support institutions looking to prioritize open educational resources to reduce costs and more equitably serve their students.

Project Brief

Rebus Community is partnering with 2 US Department of Education funded projects to support their OER initiatives through our year-long, cohort-based program—the Textbook Success Program (TSP)—and other OER-focused professional development programming. Across 2021-2023, we will be training educators across 2 states in different regions of the US who are working on a total of 50 OER projects (for dual-enrollment and introductory level high-enrollment courses). Through these partnerships, we will work with approximately 250 educators (teaching faculty, librarians, administrators) and guide them through the publishing process to create OER and scaffold a course around it. The frequency of TSP programming, as well as team compositions, vary across the 2 states. States also have outlined different goals for their OER initiatives, such as encouraging creation of culturally relevant OER or to improving graduation rates of students enrolled in their institutions. These factors result in 2 unique and distinct cases where TSP is being implemented.

With additional support from The Hewlett Foundation, Rebus will be sharing insights and findings from our work (specifically around Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and OER Efficacy) across the 2 different sites with the broader open education community. We will memorialize findings from both cases for wide application in the form of new curriculum, guides, and a project evaluation. 

Research goals

Rebus is seeking to collaborate with an evaluator who has a strong understanding of the OER landscape in North America and demonstrates a deep, ongoing commitment to equity. We seek a project evaluator to compare and synthesize the TSP across these 2 sites. The evaluation will account for the slight differences in program structures to help determine the best approach for responsive OER professional development training (via TSP) given varying contexts, goals, and prior participant knowledge. As part of their responsibilities, they will be tasked with identifying what aspects or concepts from these two TSP offerings may be transferable to other contexts.

The evaluator will be welcome to sit in on programming sessions, preparation & debrief conversations with facilitators, and internal Rebus staff meetings. They will also be connected with representatives from our two partners. Arrangements can be made for the evaluator to interview or survey program participants. 

Evaluator deliverables

The primary deliverable will be in the form of a written report. The project evaluator will be expected to deliver an evaluation report that summarizes their high-level research questions, methods, findings, observations, recommendations, and insight. The evaluator will also:

  • advise on the development of program assessment instruments in coordination with the Rebus Community team,
  • evaluate core equity and efficacy principles taught to educators

The evaluator will be responsible for securing any needed IRB approvals or exemptions based on the research plan.

Timeline

The grant runs October 2021 through June 2023. The evaluator should begin as soon as possible, beginning no later than 1 December 2021, and submit their final report by May 2023.

Budget

The grant allocated funds available for this evaluation is US $45,000.

Submit a proposal

Proposals should be at most 5 pages long, and contain the following items:

  1. Introductory letter
  2. Summary of North American OER landscape
  3. Overview of your relevant experience, background, or skills with DEI
  4. Research methodology with suggested research questions and approach (will be finalized on conversation with Rebus staff)
  5. Details of the team who will be working on this project

Please submit your proposals with suggested research questions and methodological approach by October 22 to Apurva Ashok. Decisions will be made by November 1.

Program Associate, Rebus Community 

About Rebus

The Rebus Foundation is a registered charity, established in April 2016 with a mandate to reimagine the academic ecosystem in inventive, responsive ways based on open principles. We are a small but innovative team looking for new members who embody our dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit. We value family-friendly work culture and work/personal life balance. We are continuously reinventing our practices to realize our long-term vision of open education, particularly in light of a global pandemic that has forced a reckoning of educational practices all over the world. 

Rebus Community is the arm of Rebus Foundation that focuses on open educational resources (OER) and collaborative open publishing. It is generously supported by funding from the Hewlett Foundation and the Internet Archive. Rebus Community supports open educational publishing through the Textbook Success Program, which provides professional development for faculty and librarians looking to create and improve open educational resources. We create webinars, workshops, and freely licensed guides on OER-related topics and support institutions looking to prioritize open educational resources to reduce costs and more equitably serve their students.

We’re looking for

We seek an associate program manager for a 12 month contract term who, working closely with the project lead and assistant program manager, will conduct research to inform our programming, disseminate learning with the open community, and provide related communications support. We are looking for someone who has research experience, is at ease translating scholarly research for non-academic audiences, has familiarity with open education, and has excellent written communication skills. The ideal candidate will possess some faculty development experience (for example, designing and offering workshops, consulting with faculty on tools, etc.), and must be comfortable representing Rebus across a variety of public-facing avenues. We are looking for an organized and focused individual, ready to coordinate with a small team of passionate, mission-driven people. This is a new role, so there is a great opportunity to shape and grow the position.

Responsibilities

This role has split time between supporting programming, conducting and disseminating research, and related communications and marketing responsibilities.

Research

Rebus Community resources and program curriculum is built on evidence-based practices for faculty development. In our work, we aim to make the learning experience accessible. As such, we also share our findings openly for others in the community to use. In this role, you will:

  • Review current research on equity and cultural competence in open education
  • Collaborate with the Rebus team and project evaluator to contextualize program insights and key methods within current research
  • Create new openly licensed guides to share Rebus’ insights and methods
  • Update existing guides to reflect changes in program, advances in the field, and alignment with core values

Programming

We are continually developing new courses, services, and resources to support the creation, adoption, and use of OER. Working with the project lead and assistant program manager, you will:

  • Use collected research to update and improve program curriculum
  • Support the development of new resources, courses, and modules with insight from research collected
  • Assist the Rebus Community team to ensure the smooth running of programs 
  • Step in, on occasion, to lead trainings on topics related to OER, open education practices, and open publishing

Communications and marketing

The success of our programming and other community efforts depends on sharing responsibility across communications and marketing tasks. Rebus offers a breadth of services for the open community, each with a unique value and purpose that needs to be clearly articulated. Working with the team, you will:

  • Highlight high-impact stories and narratives to share on social media channels 
  • Compose blog posts to be featured on the Rebus Community website
  • Support the delivery of our monthly newsletter
  • Prepare and present marketing materials and reports relating to programs (including projects, participants, and alumni)
  • Provide input on marketing strategies to the project lead

At a rapidly evolving and responsive organization, work may change and other duties may be assigned.

About you

Required skills and experience:

  • You have at least 1 year of experience with either research, faculty development, communications, marketing, or relevant experience/certification
  • You have a strong public service orientation with the ability to interact effectively with faculty, students, and others working in higher education
  • You have experience with writing guides, newsletters, or other marketing material
  • You are an excellent written and verbal communicator
  • You have a deep ongoing commitment to equity

Additional candidate assets (most of the following should apply):

  • You enjoy telling stories about people, projects, or initiatives
  • You are creative and excited to try new ways of doing things
  • You are comfortable collecting information and using evidence-based research to present reports and make decisions
  • You are familiar using Google Suite, Discourse, Pressbooks, Mailchimp, Adobe InDesign, and Twitter
  • You have knowledge of the open education field, Creative Commons licenses, open publishing, accessibility, open pedagogy, and/or higher education
  • You take initiative and are eager to grow into a leadership role
  • You are mission-driven and fuelled to improve the educational sector

We are looking for people with a range of experiences and ideas, who can bring fresh perspectives and guidance to our team. Even if you do not check off all the above points, we encourage you to apply. Give us a sense of who you are and why you want to work with us. Your application will be given the care and consideration it deserves.

Working Hours

Rebus Foundation is headquartered in Montreal, though the team is currently distributed and working remotely. The successful candidate can work at headquarters once that becomes a possibility, or work remotely for the duration of their contract. The role is conceived to be a 1 year contract position, full-time. Given the current pressures, particularly on those with caregiving duties, we do not wish the full-time workload to be a barrier to the right candidate. If you believe you are qualified but are unable to commit to a full-time workload at this time, please apply and indicate that you would like to explore different ways of structuring the role.

Compensation, Benefits, and Workplace Culture

Annual compensation: CA$44,000 to CA$55,000 based on experience.

Rebus is committed to building a diverse team, with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. We believe that diverse teams help drive innovation. Equity, inclusion, and diversity are core values for us, for the programs and technologies we build, and the communities we support. We strive to ensure that our team reflects these values. Some of the ways in which we commit to those values include:

  • Health and dental insurance for all employees based in Canada
  • Maintaining a work environment that is supportive of those with caregiving responsibilities
  • Offering generous leave allocations, including illness, mental health, volunteer, and protest leave
  • Offering flexibility in working hours

How to apply 

Please submit your application via email to jobs@rebus.foundation with the subject line “Application: Associate Program Manager.”

Applications must include the following documents:

  1. CV or resume 
  2. Cover letter
  3. Writing sample (blog post, guide, documentation, research findings, etc. — ideally written for a non-expert audience)

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please note that due to respect for staff time, incomplete applications will not be reviewed. We look forward to hearing from you.

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