We are seeking a collaborative, organized problem-solver who is passionate about improving education for all children, especially children in high poverty schools.
As a Portfolio Manager, you will play a vital role on National Education team. You will support the Director of the Professional Learning portfolio in our efforts to transform the way teachers in urban and high poverty schools are supported and developed. You will work collaboratively with the Director to identify, evaluate and support outstanding organizations who are improving teachers’ instructional practice and building the capacity of schools to provide high quality, job-embedded supports for teachers. You will manage key strategic projects, build strong grantee relationships, and produce recommendations based on robust quantitative and qualitative analysis. You will have the opportunity to lead, learn, and make critical connections across portfolios, grantees, and other funders. This position is based in San Francisco, CA and requires some travel.
- Identify key questions, challenges and opportunities for current and potential grantees using rigorous analysis of programmatic impact and organizational effectiveness;
- Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and conversations with teammates, Foundation leadership, and leaders of current and potential grantees;
- Proactively support grantees to make progress toward their ambitious goals for scale and impact through strategic planning and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data;
- Work collaboratively across the Foundation’s education portfolios to make connections and share learning about what it takes to support great teachers;
- Manage multiple projects and deadlines with strong project plans, good tracking systems, and a steady focus on execution and quality;
- Ensure the Director is well-prepared for external meetings by identifying meeting priorities and crafting meeting agendas based on your understanding of grantee organizations and the sector overall; and
- Build trusted, collaborative relationships with peers at grantee organizations and other funders.
Critical Experience and Qualifications:
- You’ve worked for five or more years in a school system, education-focused organization, or consulting firm. We especially value experience as a K-12 teacher, coach or mentor in urban schools that have implemented the Common Core or similar high standards.
- You thrive on data. You can analyze and synthesize complex qualitative and quantitative data into critical take-aways, questions, and recommendations.
- You approach the critical work of improving schools with humility and a deep respect for the extraordinary work done in the field by those we support.
- You are a learner who is excited to dive into new areas and quickly build your expertise.
- You have a passion for improving education for students from low-income backgrounds and a belief that educators – with the right supports – can change lives.
- You enjoy cultivating relationships (with teammates, grantees, other funders, etc.) and believe that we all are continuous learners.
WHO WE ARE
The ten-person National Education team was formed in December 2013, with the goal of being an effective and agile grant maker. Together we strive to act on these key beliefs:
- We believe that teachers and school leaders are the most critical factors in ensuring that every student, especially those in low-income communities, graduates from high school with the literacy, math, critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for success in college and career.
- We believe that we can have the greatest impact on the greatest number of students by:
- Investing in teacher preparation, professional learning for teachers and school leaders, curricula aligned to rigorous standards, and research to build actionable knowledge;
- Increasing the number and reach of leaders and teachers of color; and,
- Supporting advocacy efforts aimed at the above priorities.
- We strive to effectively support our grantees while learning with and from them.
- We believe in building collaborative communities of practice to allow key leaders to work together on common challenges.
The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a global organization that seeks to ignite the passion and unleash the power in young people to create positive change. We pursue our mission by working collaboratively with others to support and operate high-quality education, identity development, leadership training and service programs designed to help young people cultivate their growth as individuals and as leaders. Our goals are to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the global Jewish community and Israel, and enhance the quality of life in our founders' hometown of Tulsa, OK. Established in 1987, the Foundation has offices in Tulsa, OK; Washington DC; Atlanta, GA; San Francisco, CA; and Jerusalem, Israel.
We offer a competitive salary and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, as well as incentives for healthy living, a generous 401k match and other benefits.
Please submit a resume and one-page cover letter via e-mail with the title, “PL Portfolio Manager Candidate”, to Eboni Dunbar (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications will be reviewed in a rolling basis until the position is filled. We welcome applicants of all religions, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic and cultural background.