Content Director, Education
I came to Hanover from a job working to improve the education system in Zambia. During my time abroad, I was struck by how similar many of the challenges this small nation in southern Africa was facing were to those I had witnessed closer to home. When I was looking for my next job, I wanted to work at an organization that was directly contributing to improving education in America.
What first drew me to Hanover was its position as a private organization seeking solutions to some of the most pressing public needs. This combination of private sector efficiency, innovation, and attention to improving an essential public service is what I find so compelling about the company. In addition, Hanover is a rapidly growing company that allows talented and driven individuals to rise through the ranks much faster than a comparable organization might. The company puts its faith in young, smart individuals looking to take on considerable responsibility. I thrive in this type of environment and therefore really appreciate the chance that Hanover has given me to grow professionally.
Making an Impact:
Within K-12 education, there has been a push to incorporate more research and more data into the decisions that educators make. Though this is an important and necessary step to ensure a quality education for all students, many districts do not have the time or resources to gather, analyze, and synthesize the information they need to drive informed decision-making. Hanover acts as an external resource for districts, independent schools, and other education organizations to do the heavy lifting of research. Whether we are synthesizing the secondary literature on optimal strategies for English language learner instruction or conducting a program evaluation to determine the efficacy of an instructional intervention, Hanover provides its partners with the information they need to make data- and research-based decisions. This translates into a better education for our nation’s students.
Tips for New Recruits:
Seize opportunities to grow.
One thing I have observed time and again here at Hanover is that the people who thrive are those who do not wait for opportunity to be handed to them. The company does a phenomenal job of helping its employees identify areas they would like to grow in and actualize these ambitions. For instance, as a researcher I wanted to gain project management and teamwork skills. To this end, my supervisor encouraged me to work with fellow researchers as a project lead and research coach, lending me invaluable experience guiding an analyst from the beginning to end of complex research requests. Because Hanover is growing and evolving, there is a lot of space for individuals to make a case for taking on substantial responsibility in their area of interest. As a new hire, you should recognize these opportunities and take advantage of them.