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Operations Program Associate

Posted 9/22/2021

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA seeks outstanding candidates to fill Operations Program Associate position.  This position is dedicated to the advancement of a comprehensive, proactive leadership development strategy that furthers the mission and goals of SEF to advance creative solutions to ensure equity and excellence in education for low-income students and students of color in the south.  The position will also be a critical support to the Chief Operating Officer and President. Assist on key strategic initiatives/new pathways for impact, partner engagement, and the development and management of organizational strategy and operations.  Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge and genuine interest in improving educational opportunity across the P-20 continuum and working to ensure that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

For more than 150 years SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.  SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally.  Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

A bachelor’s degree is required preferably in education, public policy, or a related field.  Candidates should: be able to organize and prioritize workload to effectively complete multiple assignments; have experience in reviewing and tracking  contracts and agreements as well as exceptional written, oral, and electronic communication skills; have the ability to interact with diverse external audiences; effectively communicate and embody the value, belief, purpose and mission of the organization; have experience working both independently and in cooperation with other staff members while displaying a positive, cooperative attitude; and exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Curating relevant resources, documents and materials for participants and staff;
  2. Support with and/or manage social media, web conferencing and other meeting/document sharing platforms;
  3. Support in monitoring, tracking and responding to the processing of consultant agreements, proposals, invoices, credit card reports, and report submissions, and other documents as requested;
  4. Prepares general correspondence, emails, agendas, memos, documents, presentations, reports, financial ledgers, and other materials with intermediate-expert level skills in using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access is a plus) or a similar professional suite;
  5. Proofreads documents, reports and publications for accuracy and clarity;
  6. Prepares general correspondence, agendas, memos, documents, presentations, reports, financial ledgers, and other materials with exceptional proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) or a similar professional suite;
  7. Prepares meeting agendas, takes and transcribes meeting notes, prepares meeting details and summaries;
  8. Makes travel arrangements, prepares trip itineraries and manages expense reporting for Chief Operating Officer;
  9. Meeting Planner (managing logistics, materials, necessary follow-up); support in researching and securing program venues, materials for programs, and meeting logistics as needed; attend meetings with/in the stead of direct report;
  10. Organizes and prioritizes workload to be able to effectively complete multiple assignments within established time frames;
  11. Acts as a resource and liaison for grantees, consultants, partner organizations, prospective fellows, and internal staff;
  12. Support with curating relevant resources, documents and materials for partners, fellows/participants and staff;
  13. Utilize Salesforce to manage new entries;
  14. Utilize Stripe to monitor donations;
  15. Utilize Form Assembly to update forms on website;
  16. Support and execute strategic planning or related activities;
  17. Work closely with the Chief Operating Officer to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Act as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the COO updated. Anticipate COO’s needs in advance of meetings, conferences, etc.;
  18. Provide foresight and anticipate conflicts in calendar management for Chief Operating Officer. Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
  19. Exhibits sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation; and
  20. Additional duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred (e.g., master’s degree in public policy, education policy, or related fields)
  • Two to four years of work experience (including internships) in organization administration and program delivery, ideally at an education supporting organization, nonprofit organization, or school system.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and presentation skills and an ability to clearly communicate complete ideas for general public audiences
  • Experience in developing and maintaining relationships with representatives of advocacy organizations, community leaders, and other partners
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents
  • Knowledge of education and education equity across the P-20 continuum and Federal education policy
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on multiple projects
  • Sense of humor and the ability to exhibit grace under pressure
  • Comfort with ambiguity
  • Ability to occasionally travel (when permitted under CDC and expert guidance)
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence for every young person, but especially students of color and low-income students in the South

Salary: $45K – $50K.

Excellent non-profit employee benefits.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume; 3) names and contact information of three references to (hr@southerneducation.org) with Operations Program Associate in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Program Manager, Outcomes-Based Contracting Math Tutoring (One-year contract)

Posted 9/2/2021

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA seeks outstanding candidates to fill a Program Manager position to oversee and execute a multi-district pilot of math tutoring projects that uses outcomes-based contracts as the basis of the contracting arrangement between math tutoring providers and participating school districts. The Program Manager will be responsible for executing all elements of the project, including managing relationships with districts, collecting relevant data, ensuring a series of tools and communications resources are developed and disseminated, and reporting to funders.  The Program Manager will have a keen understanding of K-12 district environments alongside an entrepreneurial and can-do flair for getting things done. They will work collaboratively with the Program Director to promote and support an organizational culture that pursues improving student outcomes with evidence and passion.

The Program Manager will oversee all day-to-day operations of the Outcomes Based Contracting (OBC) Math Tutoring Pilot, ensuring the project meets all deliverables, is on-time, and within budget. They will support participating districts to problem-solve on the ground and glean information across districts both to share lessons learned and to identify ways to strengthen the pilot over time. They will seek ways to bolster capacity for and understanding of outcomes-based contracting in K-12 broadly. They will work collaboratively across the organization with Program and Communications staff at all levels, as well as directly with partner districts and math tutoring providers.

This position reports to the OBC Math Tutoring Pilot Program Director.

Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge of and passionate commitment to improving educational opportunity, particularly for K-12 students experiencing poverty. The right candidate is committed to the belief that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

For more than 150 years, SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.  SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally.  Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s is preferred.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Develop project management structure, ensuring visibility to team members to status and progress of project elements
  2. Track progress against outcomes and goals of project, helping to ensure we have time, capacity, and adequate planning time to ensure we are able to achieve project goals on time and within budget
  3. Schedule all virtual and in-person events
  4. Launch, manage web-based hub of resources, updates, and other information about the pilot and about OBC
  5. Represent the OBC project in other networks of education advocates (Chiefs for Change, tutoring networks, research networks, etc.)
  6. Manage reporting to funders; drafting updates and ensuring SEF Chief of Staff, CEO and Program Director provide input
  7. Build library of OBC resources to be housed on web hub and disseminated through other networks
  8. Coordinate and oversee vendors on this project, including technical assistance providers and communications consultants.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills, cultivating trusting relationships with district partners and tutoring providers and maintaining close contact with funders. The Program Manager will be helping shape a collaborative approach to problem-solving between districts and providers. This takes a deft hand; creative approaches; and a respectful, risk-taking posture.
  2. This pilot will have lots of moving parts. The Program Manager needs to have a vision for how complex projects come together, comfort in managing complex projects, and flexibility when things do not go as planned.
  3. Keen ability to organize and prioritize workload
  4. Extremely strong skills in Google Docs and/or Word; Google slides and/or Powerpoint; Google sheets and/or Excel
  5. Ideally, this Program Manager sees opportunities for expansion (to more districts) and for showcasing the work (representing the pilot in conferences, helping people write about it, identifying opportunities for education media to write about it).
  6. Strong working knowledge of K-12 school systems, including how districts make decisions about programs and the kind of data collected to understand program success. It would be wonderful for this Program Manager to have reasonably good knowledge about district purchasing processes.
  7. Depth or willingness to quickly develop depth in outcomes-based contracting and pay-for-success work (primarily in the public sector)
  8. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree is preferred

Salary: $65K – $70K.

This is a grant-funded position with funding in place for one year. Extending the position will depend on additional fundraising.

This is an Atlanta based position, currently SEF is working remotely with limited office attendance in accordance with the CDC and other health guidance.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume; 3) names and contact information of three references to (hr@southerneducation.org) with Program Manager in the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted until 10/15/2021

The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Director of Research & Policy

Posted 7/9/2021

The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding candidates to fill a Director of Research & Policy position to lead SEF’s research and policy analysis activities, as well as, the Foundation’s overall learning and evaluation functions. The Director of Research & Policy will inform internal strategic decision-making and help elevate SEF’s posture as a thought leader externally. They will also possess a robust understanding of federal, state, and local education policy across the P-20 pipeline. They will work collaboratively with the Chief of Staff to promote and support an organizational culture that values research and learning in a way that is both actionable and useful for improving overall effectiveness and driving impact across the education policy and advocacy landscape.

The Director will lead both internal and commissioned research and policy analysis initiatives, as well as provide technical assistance for research and policy components embedded within specific projects. They will bolster SEF’s learning agenda by responding to our most pressing learning questions through rigorous, evidence-based knowledge generation. They will work collaboratively across the organization with Program and Communications staff at all levels, as well as directly with partner organizations.

This position reports to the President and CEO.

Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge of and genuine interest in improving educational opportunity across the P-20 continuum and working to ensure that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

For more than 150 years, SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education.  SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally.  Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

A PhD or JD is required.  Candidates should: be able to organize and prioritize workload to effectively complete multiple assignments; have experience in reviewing and tracking grants, contracts, and agreements, as well as exceptional written, oral, and electronic communication skills; have the ability to interact with diverse external audiences; effectively communicate and embody the value, belief, purpose, and mission of the organization; have experience working both independently and in cooperation with other staff members while displaying a positive, cooperative attitude; and exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional, and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Research and Policy Strategy

  1. Partner with SEF’s senior leadership to develop and execute a strategic plan for policy and research initiatives that advance SEF’s mission to raise the achievement of all students in the South and close achievement gaps;
  2. Lead the design and implementation of action-oriented research and policy analysis in support of program learning agendas;
  3. Lead the development of policy recommendations on our core issue areas and generate ideas for new policy areas that promise to improve outcomes for students;
  4. Partner with the Director of Communications and Program Leads to monitor and respond to federal, state, and local policies and research relevant to students in the South, including serving as a media spokesperson on those issues;
  5. Forge new partnerships with a range of research and policy experts, institutions and other stakeholders to further leverage knowledge generation activities;
  6. Engage in conferences, convenings, working groups, speaking engagements and other activities that reinforce SEF’s role as thought contributor;
  7. Build staff and partner capacity to understand, manage and/or undertake rigorous, ethical and impactful research and policy analysis; and
  8. Identify new grant opportunities, contribute to grant writing, and manage relationships with grant officers, including tracking and communicating our impact in grant reports.

Organizational Learning and Other Duties

  1. Provide consultation to Program Leads to develop hypotheses, learning questions, indicators, and metrics for strategies and initiatives; and
  2. Partner with Operations team to create and refine internal structures and systems for cross-program sharing; and develop specific tools and technology supports that anchor a culture of learning both organizationally and within program areas; this may include drafting learning reports to SEF’s Board of Directors, learning publications, staff learning retreats, and other activities that support the evolution of the Southern Education Foundation as a learning organization.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Possession of a doctorate degree in education, education policy, or related field or a juris doctorate;
  • Seven or more years of experience managing and/or conducting research, evaluation, and/or policy analysis;
  • Deep commitment to educational equity and high achievement for all students, particularly for students of color and low-income children;
  • Deep knowledge of state and federal education policies;
  • Preferred experience in statistical analysis package such as STATA or SPSS or other research tools, expertise in Microsoft Excel required;
  • An organizational learning and effectiveness orientation, with a proven record of developing and implementing processes that advance rigor and learning across an organization or team;
  • Demonstrated capacity of translating ideas into action;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to distill and explain complex information, data, and technical details to a multiplicity of audiences and partners;
  • Strong project management skills; ability to facilitate the work of multiple teams and prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment;
  • Sense of humor, exhibiting grace under pressure;
  • Comfort with ambiguity; and
  • Ability to travel.

Compensation: Excellent non-profit employee benefits and competitive salary commensurate with position and experience.

Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume; 3) names and contact information of three references to (hr@southerneducation.org) with Director of Research & Policy as the subject line of the email.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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