Partner, Schools, Talent, and Racial Equity

  • Education Organization Senior Leadership
  • Washington, DC
  • Dec 30, 2022

Website EdForwardDC Education Forward DC

You will lead our Schools, Talent, and Racial Equity grantmaking team, managing a $5-7M annual investment strategy that includes funding an additional 5,000 high-quality seats in the next three years, across a portfolio of 79 schools.

As one of six leadership team members, you will help set the culture and tone of the organization. You will be responsible for championing the organization’s most substantial body of work and leading the biggest team. You and your team will support senior executive leaders and entrepreneurs, providing strategic management assistance on thorny issues. You’ll work alongside DC’s most influential education players, serve on high-performing charter school boards, and partner closely with visionary board members like Josh Edelman and Abigail Smith.

Though the Partner of Schools, Talent and Racial Equity is likely to see him/her/themself in the following examples, these are not requirements. Rather, they are designed to help you determine if this opportunity aligns with your own passion and purpose.

You are a masterful puzzle solver. You thrive at determining the right lane and vision for a new line of work and owning how all the pieces connect together to form a more cohesive whole. You are a hub of information and thrive when connecting people and ideas to help solve thick, complicated, sticky issues.

You get schools and dream of the possibilities. You have taught and have a school systems or network-wide view. However, your knowledge doesn’t prevent you from being able to see things with fresh eyes and look where no one else has to cause breakthroughs for underserved students.

You have a track record of disrupting patterns of inequity to create breakthrough results. You are a self-actualized leader who is comfortable in your own skin. You have addressed issues of race, class, and privilege because you have been proximate to the challenges that exist in communities without equal access to opportunities.

You build trusting relationships at lightning speed. You have been successful coming into new organizations, learning quickly and building the right team. You have galvanized city-wide stakeholders and are seen as credible sooner than expected.

You are a hub of information and ideas. You have a track record of connecting people and ideas to solve think, complicated issues that others haven’t been able to hack. Your ideas lead to better and smarter results for students who have been left behind.

You think like an investor. You are adept at influencing others without formal authority (funders, grantees, board members). You are considered a critical friend and trusted partner to those who reach out frequently for your sage and nuanced advice.

You have built world class teams. You have thoughtfully built a diverse team that aligns with your vision and organizational core values. You have taken high performing teams to the next level by modeling how to execute with precision and deliver with pride.  People from all walks of life want you to be their manager because they know you care about them both personally and professionally and know the work will be engaging.

Skills and Qualifications

We work intentionally to disrupt patterns of racial inequity; a strong candidate will demonstrate an unwavering commitment to educational equity and improving public education in DC.

Outstanding people management skills, including a track record of success in developing people and distributing leadership.

Excellent, clear, and persuasive written and verbal communication skills.

Strong strategic thinking skills to understand, frame, and address complex problems.

Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships across lines of difference and to mobilize others to advance the work.

Self-directed, self-starter with a willingness to own high-priority tasks and projects with minimal guidance and support.

Personal presence necessary to effectively interact with senior stakeholders.

Humble and responsive to feedback, with capacity to learn quickly and continuously.

Excellent technical skills, including fluency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

Education and Experience

Minimum ten years of experience, including people management experience.

K-12 school leadership experience highly valued.

Strategy, consulting, philanthropy, and/or or entrepreneurial experience valued.

Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree in business valued.

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