We are seeking a collaborative, organized problem-solver who is passionate about improving education for all children, especially children in high poverty schools.
As the Instructional Materials Portfolio Manager, you will play a vital role on our National Education team. You will support the Director of Instructional Materials to advance the goal of the portfolio: that all teachers can access and effectively use the excellent curricula that all students need and deserve. We take a multi-strand approach to reaching this goal: increase the supply of quality and OER materials; build demand for and distribution of quality materials; ensure that teachers receive great professional development grounded in the materials; and constantly build and learn from the research base. You will both make key contributions to and learn about these strategies as you manage key strategic projects, support the Director, build strong grantee relationships, and produce recommendations based on robust quantitative and qualitative analysis. Working collaboratively with the Director, you will help to identify, evaluate and support outstanding organizations who can advance the portfolio goal. 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 critical thinking and rigorous analysis of programmatic impact and organizational effectiveness;
- Proactively support grantees to make progress toward their ambitious goals for scale and impact through strategic planning and data analysis;
- Work collaboratively with our teacher preparation and professional learning portfolio teams to further our overall goal of developing great teachers;
- Ensure the Director is well-prepared for external meetings by identifying key questions and priorities, rooted in a deep understanding of field-wide and grantee-specific opportunities and challenges;
- Manage multiple projects and deadlines with strong project plans, good tracking systems, and a steady focus on execution and quality;
- Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and conversation with teammates, Foundation leadership, and leaders of current and potential grantees; 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 consulting firm, school system, education-focused organization, or publisher. We especially value a combination of experience in a school or school system and consulting experience.
- You thrive on data. You can analyze and synthesize complex qualitative and quantitative data into critical take-aways, questions, and recommendations;
- You are a learner who is excited to dive into new areas and quickly build your expertise;
- 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 have a passion for improving education for all students, especially those from low-income backgrounds, and a belief that educators can change lives; and,
- 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, “IM Portfolio Manager Candidate”, to Eboni Dunbar (email@example.com). 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.