Lead Learning Scientist at Panorama Education

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About Panorama:
Panorama is a fast-growing national technology company focused on radically improving education. More than 1,500 school systems serving 15 million students across all 50 states have adopted our platform to understand students’ academic and social-emotional strengths and to identify those in need of additional support. School systems turn to our suite of tools to ensure that every child gets the support they need, including school climate and social-emotional learning surveys, tiered intervention planning, and professional development.

Panoramians can choose to work fully remote anywhere within the Continental United States, in-person from our Boston/San Francisco offices, or a hybrid option.

About the Role

At Panorama, we have a big-picture vision to radically improve student outcomes and advance student equity by helping educators act on data and research to improve their practice.  

Research is critical to the work we do—our survey measures, reporting analytics, and product offerings. It’s part of our identity. 

If you thrive on connecting learning science to educational practice, continue reading. We are seeking a Lead Learning Scientist who will partner with colleagues across our organization, most importantly our product, design, and engineering leaders, to apply social science scholarship to product development and company strategy.

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll provide timely, relevant, authoritative, and usable guidance to leaders across the organization, based on best practices and scholarship from social science.
  • You’ll help hire, organize, and support a team of research scientists with complementary backgrounds and expertise to execute high-value research projects in a rigorous, timely manner.
  • You’ll proactively incorporate evidence and insights from psychology, educational research, learning science, and human development into high-level product strategies, planning, and decision-making.
  • You’ll collaborate with cross-functional groups of software engineers, data scientists, product managers, and product designers to imagine, design, and build research-based products that are used and loved by practitioners
  • You’ll help build a network of leading education scholars and policy experts to advise Panorama on product strategy.
  • You’ll design and oversee high-impact empirical research that leverages Panorama’s unique datasets to address key questions of interest to practitioners and policymakers
  • You’ll communicate research findings to colleagues, clients, and the education community at large, and author thought-leadership pieces for placement in important publications.

Our Ideal Candidate Has:

  • A terminal research degree in a relevant field (e.g., social science Ph.D., EdD), and preferably at least two years of postdoctoral experience in education research
  • At least five years of experience working in an industry setting to apply social science to K12 educational practice
  • At least two years of professional experience working with software engineers, product designers, and/or product managers to develop educational products
  • Scholarly expertise in relevant domains, including but not limited to educational psychology, human development, and social-emotional learning
  • A compelling record of written and oral communication, with preferably one or more relevant first-authored publications in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • A deep understanding of and empathy with the real-world challenges faced by educators
  • A passion for using research to radically improve student outcomes

Panorama excitedly hosts two in-person "all team meetings" a year. All Panoramians attend and travel/hotels are provided. (Paused due to Covid)

Panorama Education is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive company because we serve students, educators and families from tremendously diverse backgrounds and identities across the country; we’ve seen how our product and impact are strengthened the more we reflect that diversity. In addition, we have found (and we believe the research) that diverse teams are higher-performing, and we embrace the varied perspectives that our team members share with each other. As such, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Panorama also has a policy on maintaining a drug-free workplace.

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An Insider's view of Panorama Education

What's something quirky about your company?

Many of us here use our old elementary or middle school pictures as our Slack picture or profile picture. I think this says a lot about who we are as a team, our culture and what makes us so unique. We’re a group of many former educators and folks who are passionate about holistically supporting students across the country.

Jony

Team Lead

What projects are you most excited about?

The biggest factors that initially piqued my interest in Panorama are the same ones that make me excited to stick around for years to come - the opportunity to work at a growing company with big ideas and ambitious goals, working alongside great colleagues and being apart of a culture that values work-life balance and caring about people.

Vinu

Outreach Director

What are some things you learned at the company?

I found Panorama's interviews to focus more on personality and drive. Instead of an investigative approach into ones' technical abilities, they give opportunities for candidates to show their strengths in a comfortable setting. My technical interview went really well, but my communication and empathy skills really helped distinguish me.

Corey

Senior Software Engineer

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

We empower each team member to build plans to turn strategy into reality. We believe that leveraging everyone’s unique skills and experiences will yield the best possible outcomes for our clients and cultivate an environment of teaching & learning.

Katie

CFO

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Everything we do is for students. That’s the thing I loved about Panorama immediately. It gave me that sort of pit in the stomach feeling that I really wanted to work here. We help support students and enable district administrators to make their students successful. We live our mission every single day, and it’s threaded into everything I do.

Casey

Outreach Specialist

What are Panorama Education Perks + Benefits

Panorama Education Benefits Overview

At Panorama Education, one of our core values is Care About People. We value team members and the contributions they make to the organization. That is why we offer a variety of great perks and comprehensive benefits to meet your unique work life. This includes 2 weeks a year of full office closure, 16 week of paternal leave, 12+ company holidays, flexible vacation and paid time off, access to professional development, wellness and home office reimbursements, along with more traditional benefits like medical, dental & vision.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Panorama encourages team members to give back to their local communities. Many team members serve as mentors to various groups across the country.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Panorama has culture and fun committees that manage heritage celebrations, events and all team programs.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Documented equal pay policy
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Panorama's leadership team is as diverse as our staff, and we are focused on continuous improvement of our D&I initiatives which started in 2016.
Unconscious bias training
Panorama offers a continual unconscious bias training to any team member that will become a part of the interview process or would like to attend.
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We are proud to be part of a team with diverse perspectives, identities, and interests. We honor these through Employee Resource Groups, Affinity Groups and Cultural Celebration Committees
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
A revamped hiring process lead to the increase of representation of minority groups in 2021. In our tech department, 44% of our team recognizes as female, and 36% of our team recognize as non-white.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Panorama's FSA helps employees pay for eligible health & dependent care expenses with pre tax contributions up to $2,750 annually. (This includes copays, deductibles, daycare, after-school care, etc)
Disability Insurance
Panorama offers short term and long term disability insurance.
Dental Benefits
Panorama covers 90% of the overall monthly premium for individuals & 65% for dependents
Vision Benefits
Panorama's vision insurance plan provides 100% coverage for annual eye exams and lenses after a $10 copay. Frames and contact lenses are covered up to $150.
Health Insurance Benefits
Panorama's health insurance plan through BCBS offers a PPO and HMO option. Panorama covers 90% of premium costs.
Life Insurance
Full-time employees will receive Basic Life Insurance and AD&D automatically. Panorama covers 100% of the monthly premiums and the maximum benefit amount is $50,000. Supplemental Life offered also.
Wellness Programs
Panorama provides monthly reimbursements up to $50 to employees for physical wellness expenses like gym memberships, yoga classes, running coaches, meditation apps, etc.
Team workouts
Panorama regularly offers team workouts such as yoga, zumba, and running clubs.
Mental Health Benefits
Panorama offers "Learn to Live", a self guided platform where you can manage stress, anxiety, depression, even insomnia with multiple programs.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Panorama's 401(k) retirement plan offers a broad selection of funds to choose from through Human Interest.
401(K) Matching
Panorama matches 100% of employee contributions of up to 4% of their annual salary. Matched contributions vest right away!
Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Eligible employees receive stock options when hired. Our stock option platform is Carta.
Performance Bonus
Panorama's commission based bonus plan includes certain roles and departments. Ask during your interview to see if your role has a commission incentive.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Panorama offers up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents. We also offer a flexible transition back to work, compassionate leave, and equitable pay for those on variable comp plans.
Flexible Work Schedule
Overlapping working hours for all team members will be 12-5PM EST. Team meetings and team-wide events will be scheduled within these hours going forward.
Remote Work Program
Panoramians can choose to work fully remote, in-person from our Boston/San Francisco offices, or a hybrid option
Family Medical Leave
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Panorama's vacation policy includes a flexible PTO plan. We recommend team members take off 4 weeks a year, and provide 2 weeks a year for full company closure.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Panorama excitedly hosts two in-person "all team meetings" a year. All Panoramians attend and travel/hotels are provided.
Stocked Kitchen
Snacks, sodas and seltzers provided in office
Some Meals Provided
Panorama offers an employee lunch perk in sync with team wide activities. We also have snack boxes mailed to remote employee homes.
Happy Hours
Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Panorama reimburses employees up to $50 per month on health, fitness and wellness.
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Available for remote and hybrid employees. Panorama also offers office and commuting reimbursements (internet, office supplies for home office, & co-working space)
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Every Panoramian is paired with a buddy on their first day. This buddy provides company mentorship throughout the year and a lifelong in person or remote friendship
Time allotted for learning
Each Panoramian is invited to LifeLabs development training, and given a LinkedIn Learning account for self-chosen learning professional development.
Online course subscriptions available

Additional Perks + Benefits

We work really hard at Panorama so we make sure our team members are comfortable and well supported by benefits and perks that are motivating and encourage them to build long-term careers with us.

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