Director of Program Investments- The Chicago Public Education Fund
- DESCRIPTION OF ORGANIZATION
In 2000, The Chicago Public Education Fund pioneered a venture
philanthropy model that invests private sector dollars and ideas in
high-impact programs to improve school leadership and student
achievement throughout the Chicago Public Schools. As a venture
philanthropy, The Fund serves as a catalyst and strategic investment
partner with businesses, foundations, civic and community leaders,
and the Chicago Public Schools. Our board of directors comprises 27
of Chicago¡¦s most prominent business and civic leaders whose
experience, intellectual capital and engagement form the foundation
for our unique venture philanthropy model that:
X Identifies high-quality programs and outstanding management
teams in which to invest financial and human capital.
X Tracks the performance of our investments, provides strategic
management assistance and leverages the business acumen of our
directors and management teams to generate results for our
X Values collaboration, equity, excellence, innovation,
integrity and leadership.
Please visit our website at www.cpef.org to learn more about The Fund.
The Fund seeks a highly motivated, entrepreneurial professional with
at least 15 years of professional experience. The ideal candidate
X Successful track record leading an organization or major
department to improved performance
X Substantial expertise in k-12 education and school reform
X Familiarity with philanthropic community, including
experience with grant-making process
X Outstanding written and oral communication skills
X Superior analytical skills
X Advanced degree in educational leadership, public policy,
business administration or related field
X Demonstrated commitment to underserved children
The desire to work in an entrepreneurial environment where taking
initiative, displaying a strong work ethic, paying attention to
detail, continuing to grow as a professional, and having a
willingness to cross boundaries and help colleagues are a must.
Familiarity with the Chicago Public Schools is preferred.
The Director, Program Investments will report directly to The Fund's
President and program committee of The Fund's board of directors.
He/She will manage a small professional staff organized to achieve
The Fund's programmatic objectives. The Director will be held
accountable for the following results:
X Setting and achieving ambitious programmatic goals
X Providing strategic and operational management assistance to
portfolio programs and CPS leadership
X Identifying innovative, high-impact programs for investment
that align with The Fund¡¦s focus
X Cultivating opportunities for collaboration with local and
national foundations that invest in education
X Ensuring that the program committee of the Fund¡¦s board is
actively engaged in the strategic planning and program investment
X Representing The Fund as a knowledgeable and passionate
spokesperson among business, philanthropic and education leaders
X Mentoring and managing a staff of professionals; establishing
and reviewing performance metrics; hiring, motivating and leading an
integrated team; and
X Adding value to organizational activities such as strategic
planning, recruiting, etc. as a member of the president¡¦s executive
We seek to maintain compensation packages comparable to the private
sector, commensurate with experience.
Qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via
email to Amy Short at ashort@... We regret that we will not be
able to respond to phone inquiries about this position.
The Chicago Public Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer.
The Fund evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of
qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to
race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation,
mental or physical disabilities, pregnancy, childbirth, medical
condition, marital status or any other characteristic protected by
law. The Fund employs and values a diverse work environment.