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WestEd Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
1966
Nonprofit Organization
Education Training Services
$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

  • Read the latest WestEd R&D Alert. Topics include high school re-enrollees, support for school turnaround, education technology, and leadership standards. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ7L4

    R&D Alert®, Vol. 18, No. 1

    This edition of R&D Alert® explores how: To support students who drop out of high school and later re-enroll Tailored support can aid school turnaround Leadership standards strengthen principals' practice Education technology can help all students succeed Read current and past articles at R&D Alert Online.

  • WestEd has recently published a new "Framework for Leading Next Generation Science Standards Implementation." This new framework provides insight into the full array of what leaders need to know — and be able to do — to lead NGSS implementation, from inspiration and vision to data use and quality professional learning. Check it out for yourself (free!) at http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQsg2

    Framework for Leading Next Generation Science Standards Implementation

    When it comes to transforming science learning in ways envisioned by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), leaders play an essential role that up until now has not been clearly defined. This new framework provides insight into the full array of what leaders need to know - and be able to do - to lead NGSS implementation, from inspiration and vision to data use and quality professional learning.

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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.

Are you looking to make a quality difference for children, youth, and adults? Join our team at WestEd! We apply unrivalled expertise to significant questions and important issues related to learning, working across education, health, labor, child welfare, and other disciplines to create positive results for clients and communities.

In addition to valuing staff diversity, we offer a range of professional growth and career development opportunities — both in-house and externally — that help staff broaden their knowledge, skills, and abilities. We also provide generous benefits for full-time and part-time employees.

Apply for one or more of the career opportunities, join WestEd, and discover why our agency is recognized as one of the “Best Places to Work,” according to a survey conducted by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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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    Collaborative environment
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    Decent opportunities for growth

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    Support from infrastructure departments can be lacking for program staff

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    Look to invest more funding to hire infrastructure staff (IS, HR, Communications) in order to increase organizational capacity

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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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