Career Opportunities at PSP
Join a fast-growing, mission-driven education nonprofit and help lead our effort to make it easier for parents and families to become actively engaged in their children's education. Launched in 2012, GreatPhillySchools is a website and series of school-directory publications providing information on more than 400 schools located in the city of Philadelphia. Our team works on two parallel priorities: expanding and improving the quality of information provided for each school, and increasing distribution and access so more families can use the site as a resource to support their children's education. The Philadelphia School Partnership is a fast-growing nonprofit focused on expanding the number of great schools-traditional public, public charter and nonpublic-in the city, and on creating the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive. PSP is halfway toward raising a $100 million "Great Schools Fund" to power this mission. We are driven by our belief that every student in every neighborhood needs access to a great school.
Job responsibilities primarily include (but may not be limited to):
- Work with schools of all types to encourage them to provide and update information about their schools
- Manage data quality control
- Gather and monitor user feedback to identify opportunities for improving the user experience
- Oversee design, content, editing and production for published school directories
- Manage one or two interns
- Work with PSP's communications and public affairs team to expand awareness and usage of GreatPhillySchools, and to publish and update content on the GPS homepage
- Assist the Director-GreatPhillySchools as needed on other work, especially on project management
Key skills and experience:
- Demonstrated resourcefulness in entrepreneurial and/or publishing or online media setting
- Project management (organized; attention to detail)
- Demonstrated ability to take initiative and drive process through to project outcomes
- Ability to work with a wide variety of "clients" and partners; interpersonal and relationship-building skills
- Collaboration with colleagues
- Communicating clearly and patiently, both orally and in writing
- Confidence working under pressure of deadlines
- Commitment to K-12 education reform
- Familiarity with database management, content management, website development and/or social media
Medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 403b plan with employer contribution
Commensurate with Experience
Email resume, writing sample(s) and cover note to Talia Stinson: talia.stinson[@]philaschool.org.
Join a fast-growing, mission-driven education nonprofit and help lead our effort to establish a common enrollment system to make finding and enrolling in schools easier for families; to launch a leadership development program to strengthen the pipeline of aspiring school principals in Philadelphia; and to manage a variety of other initiatives that support expanding the the number of high performing K-12 schools in the city.
The Great Schools Compact is a joint commitment of school providers and education leaders to ensure that policies, strategies and resources align to a common goal of providing a high-performing school option for every child. The Compact is signed by The School District of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools, Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, the Mayor's Office of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a commitment to share responsibility and work together to expand high-quality K-12 school options and dramatically reduce the number of chronically underperforming schools by 2016-17. The Philadelphia School Partnership serves as the facilitator of the Compact Committee. The committee was established to oversee implementation of the Compact tenets and action plan, adhering to a results-driven timeline. The committee is comprised of eight voting and two non-voting members. As part of this effort, the Compact Committee created multiple working groups to drive several priorities to completion. The Great Schools Compact Manager will play a vital role as a facilitator to the working groups, keeping each on task and on schedule. S/he will report to PSP's Great Schools Compact Director and work closely with the entire PSP team.
Responsibilities primarily include (but may not be limited to):
- Managing projects-especially the incubation and launch of new training and parent-engagement programs through work groups consisting of multiple stakeholder organizations
- Facilitation of multiple Compact related working groups
- Assist in the facilitation of summits and gatherings related to Compact initiatives, convening various education stakeholders locally and nationally
- Building relationships with school operators, social service agencies, parents groups, organizations, key community leaders
- Representing PSP at select community meetings and public events; and
- Miscellaneous projects as needed at the discretion of the organization's leadership team.
The ideal candidate possesses the following skills and experience:
- Ability to derive, set, and achieve ambitious goals within the context of relationship building;
- Demonstrated experience managing projects and achieving results in context of working across teams and/or organizations;
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral), especially in explaining and synthesizing complex work flows in concise formats (memos, PowerPoint);
- Ability to lead and motivate others;
- A self-motivated and entrepreneurial approach; confidence in deadline and other high-pressure situations;
- Knowledge of and commitment to K-12 education reform, including a willingness to work on behalf of high-quality schools of all types, including District, charter, and private;
- Experience working with families from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds;
- Willingness and ability to work nontraditional hours;
- Three to five years minimum of relevant work experience; K-12 education experience strongly preferred;
- Proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint;
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university
We are a small team driven by our commitment to improving urban education and our unwillingness to accept excuses for failure. We set big goals and pursue them with urgency. This position is available immediately. Salary commensurate with experience, along with a bonus opportunity and excellent benefits.
Please email to info[@]philaschool.org a resume and a cover letter that addresses a) why you are interested, b) the assets you would bring to the position and our organization , and c) how you would go about setting goals in the context of this position.