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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

  • Positive school climate and wellness can lead to increased student engagement, attendance, achievement, and success. The Moving the Needle on School Climate and Wellness Toward a Happier and Healthier School Community four-part webinar series, sponsored by WestEd’s School Climate and Wellness Partnership, is designed to help school leaders plan and implement policies and practices that improve climate, engage students and staff, and support the needs of all members of the school community. Learn more here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQINY

  • Learn about Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) In Practice, presenting tools and processes central in professional learning provided to teachers and administrators. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQGdr

    Next Generation Science Standards in Practice

    NGSS Early Implementers is a four-year initiative created to help eight California school districts and two charter management organizations, supported by WestEd's K-12 Alliance, implement the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Designed for professional developers and administrators, this NGSS Early Implementers report presents 10 tools and processes that are central in the professional learning provided to teachers and administrators in the participating school districts.

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WestEd – Why Work With 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 unrivaled expertise to significant questions and important issues related to learning, working across education, health, justice, policy, 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 of the career opportunities listed, join WestEd, and discover why our employees consider us an “outstanding work environment” with “meaningful and exciting projects,” and “consistently kind, passionate, and interesting colleagues,” per Glassdoor reviews.

 

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."


WestEd periodically engages an external firm to conduct an employee opinion survey. The results help agency leaders to make sound decisions about organizational direction and improvements. The survey is sent to every staff member, and responses are anonymous.

Below are some comments that staff made in the most recent survey, Spring 2018.

  • WestEd is such an amazing and influential organization in not only education but in making a difference for the future of learning.
  • I have worked at WestEd for several years and there are many things that I love about the organization: I highly respect and appreciate my supervisor, colleagues, and staff; I feel that the teams in our center are highly efficient, effective, and collaborative; we do high quality work that really matters; we are highly regarded by our clients for our expertise, and the collaborative and thorough style with which we approach our work.
  • I love working with my clients at WestEd and with my team. I firmly believe in the mission of the work we are doing to make education better for students, educators and communities. I have dedicated my professional career to improving public education and the level of work I get to do at WestEd means that I can see the contributions I get to make.
  • WestEd is highly respected and I am proud to work for this organization. It continues to expand and respond to the needs of the field.
 

WestEd Reviews

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    I have been working at WestEd full-time (Less than a year)

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    Fun atmosphere
    40 hour work week

    Cons

    Not much besides for traffic

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WestEd Interviews

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    Content Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at WestEd (San Francisco, CA) in November 2018.

    Interview

    The manager used deceptive business practices in order to try to receive free contract work from me as a candidate. It’s immoral, unethical, and potentially illegal to do so. WestEd needs to be cautious in who they hire as managers.

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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

Pledges & Certifications

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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