Job Opening: Senior Director, Broad Foundation, L.A., CA
- Senior Director The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Education and Family Office Financial Services (the Broad family office)
Industry: Foundations / Philanthropy
Function: General Management / Strategic Planning
City: Los Angeles
Date Listed: 2013-04-09
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
Founded by entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive. For more information, please visit www.broadeducation.org.
The Broad Foundation believes that K-12 education policies and practices generally have not kept pace with modern teacher and student needs. For example, too often resources do not make it to the classroom, teachers do not receive the support they need, poor and minority students receive unequal learning opportunities, and many talented professionals are discouraged from entering the education sector.
The Broad Foundation also believes that students of all backgrounds deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential in school and in life, that teachers deserve the support and working conditions they need to meet individual student needs, grow professionally and feel gratified by, and honored for, their good work, and that parents of all income levels deserve access to great public schools and the assurance that their child's teacher has the tools and support they need to deliver a personalized, world-class education.
The Broad Foundation supports bold, innovative changes that will:
Empower teachers with the time, flexibility, creativity and support to meet individual student needs while reasonably holding leaders, teachers and parents accountable for student growth,
Ensure adequate funding, resources and materials reach the classroom,
Meet world-class standards for teaching, learning and operations,
Attract and retain the best and the brightest Americanswho often turn to other professionsinto our public school classrooms and school systems,
Create quality public school options so that urban parents can send their children to high-quality, public schools, and
Develop and share new research, data and perspectives with policymakers, practitioners and parents to help create environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.
To create school system conditions like these, The Broad Foundation focuses its investments in the following areas:
Groundbreaking innovation in teaching and learning. Technology is a tremendous untapped resource to dramatically increase student learning. The Broad Foundation supports schools, policies and nonprofit entrepreneurs who are advancing technologies that enable public school teachers to adapt instruction to meet the personal needs of every student. Modern "blended learning" or "personalized learning" environments are designed to empower teachers with technology that individualizes the pace and style of instruction so all students can make dramatic gains. Smart new learning models like these amplify the effects of great teachers and engage students and parents as active partners in the learning experience.
Transformative federal and state policy. The Broad Foundation supports federal and state policies that remove the barriers to dramatic improvement in student learning and create the human capital, school choice, resource and governance conditions under which districts, schools, teachers and students can succeed. The Broad Foundation helps state education agencies become dynamic, performance-oriented organizations that can adopt and implement bold reforms tied to teacher and student needs. The Broad Foundation also invests in portfolio district models, such as the Recovery School District in Louisiana and the Education Achievement Authority in Detroit, to dramatically improve the opportunities and choices for our nation's most disadvantaged students.
Redesigned, high-performing institutions. Redesigned school districts, high-quality public charter schools, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, The Broad Prize finalist districts and alternative teaching pathways like Teach For America have one thing in common: they have all adopted or created new learning models that produce gains for students of all backgrounds, at scale. The Broad Foundation continues to support these best-in-class institutions and share their tools and practices that make it faster and easier for new leaders to grow high-performing organizations.
The Broad Foundation rigorously assesses culture fit in potential hires and believes that the fit of a candidate within its culture is as important as a candidate's professional qualifications. The foundation is an extremely entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and results-oriented environment where flexibility and teamwork are required from all employees.
ABOUT THE POSITION:
As a key member of The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation's education investment team, the senior director will develop and manage a portfolio of investments focused on current and emerging state-level work, including projects in policy and advocacy. Investments in the portfolio include implementing new state reform strategies, removing barriers to district-level transformation and assisting with the work of state education agencies, state governance arrangements and informing public will. The senior director will report to the managing director of policy and will be part of a high-performing team that is committed to creating a portfolio of transformative, high-leverage investments.
This is an ideal opportunity for an entrepreneurial leader who is deeply committed to innovation and excellence in the education sector and who wants to build strategies and support policy makers around the nation. Responsibilities include:
Grant Sourcing and Pipeline Development
Serve as a foundation liaison for state-level contacts such as state agency officials, leaders of top-tier education reform and support organizations, and other leaders of influential and entrepreneurial non-profits
Identify grantee organizations and initiatives with the potential to support the foundation's policy priorities and collaborate with the policy team on projects
Seek and evaluate new grant opportunities based on the foundation's priorities, including analyzing business plans, programs and budgets
Active Management of Investment Portfolio
Inspire state leaders to pass bold measures by providing strategic counsel and assisting with program implementation.
Recognize and leverage leadership talent in grantee and partner organizations
Work with the foundation's communications team to develop a strategy to showcase success and share learning across the education sector
Hold grantees accountable through rigorous evaluation metrics tied to student achievement
Grant Evaluation and Due Diligence
Support the foundation's research and evaluation team by developing and implementing assessment mechanisms for each grant, and developing and refining investment hypotheses based on grant outcomes
Provide insightful grantee investment analysis based on the latest data and research in education reform
Foundation Strategy, Development and Presence
Develop and present strategy and grantee investment recommendations to foundation leadership, Eli Broad, and the foundation's board of governors
Help drive the foundation and industry forward by sharing analyses, knowledge, experiences, and lessons learned
Maintain knowledge of current challenges, issues and personalities in the states, districts, and organizations that are relevant to achieving the foundation's mission
Represent the foundation at relevant public events, conferences, and meetings
Ten or more years of professional work experience, ideally in an education-related context; professional experience should include team/project leadership, portfolio management and/or business development
A track record of successfully leading complex multi-stakeholder projects and teams
Management or instructional experience in state education reform or school district/public charter experience preferred; previous experience in management consulting or scaling organizations is also a plus
Deep grasp of education issues and reform movement
Strong analytical capabilities, the capacity to understand complex organizations, and the ability to conceive, manage, implement and evaluate projects
Experience working on political campaigns and in direct advocacy preferred
Ability to devise workable scenarios for bringing initiatives to scale
Superb written and verbal communication skills
The presence and communication skills to represent the foundation in diverse forums and organizational relationships
The energy and perseverance necessary to find opportunities for high-leverage investments and the judgment and organizational savvy required to assess their probability of success
Demonstrated personal commitment to the cause of improving urban public education systems, coupled with the determination to find creative ways to improve upon traditional structures
Experience working in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and results-oriented environment preferred
The ability to commit to 30 percent travel
Advanced degree (e.g., M.B.A., M.P.P. or J.D.) required
Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check. You must be legally entitled to work in the United States.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience. The foundation offers a comprehensive benefits package.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and Family Office Financial Services do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristic covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.
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