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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 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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    "Outstanding organization that strives to make a positive impact"

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    WestEd is full of committed, smart, and thoughtful professionals. I am consistently impressed with my colleagues and the quality of their work. There are high expectations for your work across the agency, yet WestEd encourages (and truly supports) work/life balance. Compared to other, similar, organizations, WestEd is less hierarchical. I often do not know the "level" of others I am working with on projects. Tasks are assigned based on skill, interest, and availability instead of simply one's level in the organization. The benefits and working environment are incredible. I feel valued, respected, and supported and feel that the pay, benefits, and opportunities offered to employees reflect that.

    Cons

    Though the heart of our work is team-based, it can be easy to become isolated in your work if you don't reach out consistently across the agency. This varies by role, program, and office/work location, but you have to work proactively to stay engaged with others. The agency is committed to collaboration, and is working on improving program silos, but they can be a barrier to the work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage, and set up structures to encourage, cross-program, cross-office, and cross-level collaboration opportunities.

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WestEd Interviews

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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at WestEd (San Francisco, CA).

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    Temp to perm conversion., Hired through Alain J Blair then converted at six months. Had to interview nonetheless with my managers and the head of dept. 1;1 interviews checking skills, some behavioral type questions. Lot of emphasis on attention to detail and ability to follow established process. Also much emphasis on need for confidentiality within that particular department.

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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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