District Support Consultant - The Holdsworth Center

23 Jan 2023 3:14 PM | Lewis Martinez (Administrator)

Company Name: The Holdsworth Center

Website: https://holdsworthcenter.org/

Position Description:

The Holdsworth Center seeks a District Support Consultant who believes in the promise of public schools to deliver excellent and equitable results for students, and who believes their unique skills and inner purpose would be a great match for Holdsworth’s mission, culture, and values.

Our organization & mission

The Holdsworth Center is an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit founded in 2017 by Charles Butt, an education philanthropist and 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.

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. Holdsworth makes investments within districts and brings education leaders from across Texas to learn at its Campus on Lake Austin, a one-of-a-kind place dedicated to the idea that public education matters. Holdsworth hosts educators for learning sessions on the 44-acre campus, which has 186 sleeping rooms and state-of-the-art classroom space.

Our work

In our leadership development programs, superintendents, central office administrators, principals, assistant principals, teachers, and other campus leaders engage with some of the nation's top experts in their fields from a variety of sectors, including K-12 education, academia, government, and business.

In some of our partner districts, we embed Holdsworth consultants to work hand-in-hand with central office leaders to define what great leadership looks and help them build custom solutions to identify and develop future campus leaders, place them in leadership roles and support them as they progress in their leadership journey.

Our theory of action is that stronger leaders will build stronger systems that achieve stronger results for students. That belief is backed by research showing that after teachers, school leaders have the greatest influence on student outcomes.

Our culture & values

We have three core values at Holdsworth: Drive for Excellence & Equity, Be of Service and Believe in People. Our values flow from the vision and beliefs of our founder, Charles Butt, and guide our daily words and actions, bringing meaning to the work we do.

About the Position

This full-time position works alongside Holdsworth Partner District teams to develop and implement high quality leadership development systems that enable a strong principal pipeline. Partnering with school leadership, human resource, and other central office and campus-based teams, District Support Consultants help districts to assess and address strengths and weaknesses in their systems for identifying, developing, placing, and supporting new principals in order to ensure every school is served by an excellent leader. Over the course of five years, our team works to ensure these systems are built, implemented, strengthened, and set up for ongoing success beyond the life of the Holdsworth Partnership.


Assess the current state of our partner-district’s principal pipeline through quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis of their leadership development systems

Support partner-district leaders in creating a compelling vision for the future state of specific leadership development systems, including measures of success, key behavioral changes, and requirements for sustainability

Develop and manage clear plans to transform and build high-quality systems for leadership development, including systems to identify high-potential future leaders, professional development for aspiring leaders, transparent and rigorous selection processes, effective onboarding, and sustainable distributed leadership in campus roles (e.g., teacher leaders and assistant principals)

Produce ready-to-use tools and detailed recommendations that demonstrate best practice in leadership development and lay the groundwork to achieve the district’s principal pipeline aspirations
Support key district leaders to implement, perform, and continue to iterate on systems to ensure sustainability and long-term success through rigorous project and change management

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

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
  • Project and change management that includes setting clear goals and benchmarks and managing diverse individuals against delegated activities, as well as changing mindsets, building skills, and strategic communications
  • Effective meeting facilitation and design
  • Very strong written communication skills that can bring nuance and life to things like guiding documents, project plans, goals, parameters, etc., including comfort working in PowerPoint to communicate ideas and facilitate meetings.


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 Resources
Leadership Development
Education leadership
Human capital consulting
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.

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.

Applications submitted without a cover letter will not be reviewed. 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.

Use this link to apply: https://holdsworthcenter.bamboohr.com/careers/46


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Dallas, TX 75244

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Phone: 972-233-9107 ex. 224

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