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WestEd Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
WestEd is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has 16 offices nationwide, from Washington ... Read more

Mission: WestEd is a research, development, and service agency that works with education and other communities to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

Company Updates

  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy - what's it all about? Our Dual-Language Institute promotes bilingualism and biliteracy for students who speak a language other than English, as well as for students who are English-only speakers.

    Dual-Language Solutions Institute: Promoting Bilingualism and Biliteracy for Students, Pre-K-8

    District-based teams of foreign language and English as a second language coordinators District Administrators Teachers who work with pre-K-8 English learners and English home speakers Participate in WestEd's Dual-Language Solutions Institute where you will learn: What is dual-language?

  • Did you know WestEd also works with adults? Read about our Platform to Employment® program designed to address the crisis of long-term unemployment.

    Formative Case Study on Long-Term Unemployment: Recent Research

    WestEd conducted a case study of Platform to Employment® (P2E), a program designed to address the crisis of long-term unemployment, helping job seekers update job search skills, develop new professional networks, build interviewing skills, and more.

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WestEd – Why Work For Us?

In 2016, WestEd celebrated a half-century milestone, marking 50 years of improving learning and healthy development at all stages of life. 

Success for every learner is WestEd’s prime focus and has been for five decades. A nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults.

The depth, diversity, and history of our work, coupled with our on-the-ground experience and research-based knowledge, give WestEd staff unique expertise in helping all learners — infants to adults — succeed in school and career.

WestEd staff meet the needs of our clients and customers through consulting & technical assistance, evaluation, policy analysis, professional development, and research.

“WestEd staff are always in the field, we’re always listening,” says WestEd CEO Glen Harvey. “We’re very needs driven. We focus on the priorities of our clients and customers so that we can successfully leverage our expertise and resources, resulting in a deeper and more lasting impact.”

Since its inception in 1966, WestEd* has been tackling real-world challenges, often in partnerships with others, to make a positive difference in the lives of millions of children and adults. Our work is far from over as we continue to identify and develop ways to ensure success for every learner.

* WestEd is a Joint Powers Agency, authorized by a California Joint Powers Agreement(pdf) and governed by public entities in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah, with Board members representing agencies from these states and nationally.

A nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, WestEd is tax exempt under Section 115(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Because of this status, our work meets the giving guidelines of philanthropic organizations.

Across the country, WestEd staff work on a range of federal, state, and local projects in conjunction with a variety of funders, partners, and subcontractors. We welcome the opportunity to discuss contracting and partnering opportunities with your organization.

Federal Contract Vehicles

WestEd has a task order contract through 2020 with the General Services Administration under the Professional Services Schedule (PSS). All federal agencies may procure work with WestEd through this vehicle. 

WestEd is an approved vendor on the Department of Education Technical Support Services Blanket Purchase Agreement, providing a range of services and expertise in the areas of technical assistance, research, evaluation, and data analysis. WestEd is also an approved vendor on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Program Support Center Task Order. Services that WestEd offers under this indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity task order contract include: data analysis and support services, evaluation design studies and data collection, performance measurement, policy assessment and analysis, program assessments, and technical assistance.

Subcontracting With Small Businesses

WestEd is pleased to work in partnership with a diverse group of small businesses, including historically underutilized business zone (HUBzone) small businesses, as well as disadvantaged, women-owned, veteran-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

At WestEd, we apply unrivalled expertise to significant questions and important issues related to learning.

Our staff work across education, health, labor, child welfare, and other disciplines to create positive results for clients and communities.

Are you looking to make a quality difference for children, youth, and adults? Apply today via our website, join our team, and discover why WestEd is recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work."

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  • "Great Benefits, Great Colleagues, can be unrealistic work demands"

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    I have been working at WestEd full-time (More than 5 years)


    Benefits- especially if you do not have a good ss acct- the 401k&b plans are great. Also excellent PTO and health benefits
    Mission driven smart, open minded interesting people to work with


    Its all soft money, so to move up you need to be able to get your own money- and since the overhead is quite large, that means big federal grants. problem, no easy path to get to that spot, and absolutely no support for writing peer reviewed articles. So its being a pre-tenure assistant professor with out any salary guarantee.

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WestEd Interviews



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    The interview process was long and tedious. There were many interviews scheduled and long periods of waiting in between interviews. I met with every person that I would expect to interact with plus HR people.

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WestEd Awards & Accolades

  • Beacon Award for Excellence in Newsletters, Association of Educational Publishers, 2013
  • Best Places to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2011

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