Subject Matter Experts

Flexible leadership for flexible projects.

Bespoke support and development for school leaders
  • Time commitment: Variable, anything from an hour to ongoing long-term support

  • Work in existing programmes, deliver single sessions or support a leadership team

The Subject Matter Expert (SME) role is a flexible opportunity to support school leaders as they take on a bespoke project built around their strategic plan.  

This might be assisting them at a Kickstart Your Strategy workshop, helping them review an annual plan, giving a one-hour webinar for a cohort, or simply sitting down with a principal and/or their team to help them clarify goals for the year ahead.

What makes a good Subject Matter Expert?

SMEs are typically senior leaders in their organisation, and have a wide range of expertise, including but not limited to: 

  • Change management 

  • Strategic leadership 

  • Instructional design and leadership 

  • Project management 

  • Transformation projects 

  • Coaching 

  • Strategy analysis and refresh

  • Marketing, branding and communication 

Depending on the project, we may require more specialist skill sets for principal support. We would ideally prefer SMEs to have previously worked with Springboard as a Capacity Partner.  

Time requirements

Due to the variability of the work SMEs do, requirements may vary. Setting up a project usually takes 8-10 hours, while implementation may be anywhere from four hours to 50, across three to 12 months. However, this role is also ideal for those who have only an hour or two of their time to contribute.

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