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Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for 25,000 students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive, including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership and create opportunity for high-performing schools to grow. Additionally, PSP invests to catalyze collaboration, facilitating the sharing of best practices among schools and support organizations. Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.

 

PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Like all cities, Philadelphia has finite resources for K-12 education. PSP believes the route to effectively educating all of the city’s children lies in fomenting and sustaining an educational ecosystem that steers resources toward effective schools, regardless of sector or type of school, so they can grow; increases equity of access to all school choices for families; and utilizes multiple measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools.

 

Position Summary

The Development Director will be responsible for leading PSP’s development (fundraising) strategy.  PSP has ambitious fundraising targets. We have raised more than $80 million in grants from about 120 donors since 2010. We aim to raise an additional $120 million over the next five to seven years from mostly local but also national funders. PSP primarily relies on large gifts ($1 million and up); thus, the core development strategy is focused on identifying and building relationships with high-capacity donors, both individuals (families) and foundations. The Director will identify potential donors and build relationships with them.

 

The Development Director will report to the Senior Director of External Affairs and work closely with the entire PSP Team.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Secure major gift donor commitments to hit PSP’s aggressive fundraising goals
  • Identify, assess, analyze, and design appropriate strategies for approaching prospects and donors, matching PSP’s mission with prospects philanthropic goals
  • Plan and implement effective outreach and cultivation activities to enhance prospect identification and move solicitation and stewardship processes forward
  • Proactively prepare and collaborate with Board and other volunteers to participate in cultivation and solicitation as needed
  • Proactively manage a portfolio of individual, corporate, and foundation major gift prospects, determining frequency of contact needed
  • Determine and prioritize lists of donor prospects, alumni and other stakeholders to be contacted for personal visits
  • Partner closely with PSP department managers across all functions on cultivation and stewardship strategy
  • Lead the development of effective development tools and resources: presentations, prospectuses and annual reports, other printed and interactive marketing communications
  • Manage and maintain donor cultivation and solicitation strategies
  • Manage and nurture relationships with existing donors, reporting to them on results and progress of PSP
  • Develop and leverage partnerships with key local officials, community leaders and civic/educational institutions
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership
  • Thrives working in an outcomes-focused, goals-driven organization
  • Demonstrated success raising large gifts for a nonprofit organization, including building and maintaining relationships with key donors
  • Experience identifying new ways to engage high net worth individuals
  • Strategic thinker with strong project management skills (organized; attention to detail)
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and creativity in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of “clients” and partners; strong relationship builder
  • Confidence working under pressure of deadlines
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible
  • Experience developing and leading projects that involve multiple stakeholders
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 6 years of professional experience, preferably in development or fundraising
  • Experience in education a plus, but not required

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

 

Application Instructions

Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at MFConsultantsLLC@gmail.com.

 

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.

A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s sixth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for up to 28,000 students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive, including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership and create opportunity for high-performing schools to grow. Additionally, PSP invests to catalyze collaboration, facilitating the sharing of best practices among schools and support organizations. Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.

 

PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Like all cities, Philadelphia has finite resources for K-12 education. PSP believes the route to effectively educating all of the city’s children lies in fomenting and sustaining an educational ecosystem that steers resources toward effective schools, regardless of sector or type of school, so they can grow; increases equity of access to all school choices for families; and utilizes multiple measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools.

 

Position Summary

The school investment team solicits and reviews applications from schools, school leaders, and school networks (as well as encourages potential schools, networks, and leaders to apply for funding), determines and structures investments, manages relationships with investees, monitors academic and other outcomes and provides direct strategic support to improve outcomes.  The talent investment team solicits, and reviews applications from talent pipeline programs and invests in talent programs and initiatives to increase and improve the teacher and leader pipeline, monitors effectiveness, and holds programs accountable for results.

 

The Finance Analyst will have the opportunity to engage in an exciting and challenging array of activities.  The Analyst will develop a deep knowledge of Philadelphia’s education landscape, gather budgets and conduct financial analyses, due diligence, and ongoing accountability checks to ensure schools and talent programs are financially sound and adhering to their budgets.  The Analyst will work with the school and talent investment teams, as well as cultivate relationships with school leaders, stakeholders and peers. In addition to managing relationships with a portion of the Great Schools Fund applicants and grantees, the Analyst will track and support the management of PSP’s operating budget and budget tracking with the Controller and Business Manager.

 

The Finance Analyst will primarily report to the Director of School Investments for school and talent-related projects and the Executive Director for organization-wide budget oversight and tracking.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

·       Conduct school and program financial analysis, budget analysis, and due diligence

·       Conduct ongoing assessment of school and talent funds spent, budget to actuals, and ensure financial soundness

·       Work with the Controller and the Business Manager, as well as team leaders, to establish the organization’s annual operating budget and report budget vs. actual reporting on a monthly basis to the Executive Director and Finance Committee

·       Work with school leadership teams to assess spending, and provide ad hoc financial guidance when necessary

·       Work with the Development team to track pledge revenue: how much has been pledged, how much has been collected, and over what time period future pledge payments are expected.

·       Work closely with the school and talent investment teams to provide financial guidance

·       Create systems and financial models for ongoing assessment of financial soundness of schools and talent programs, grant applications, and organization-wide projects

·       Create and produce evaluation of school and program’s financial sustainability and budget for internal and external use

Qualifications:
·       Strong analytical writer and thinker

·       Ability to analyze and interpret various budgets, conduct analyses, and produce financial reports

·       Ability to create systems and tools to assess financial soundness and ongoing spending with schools and programs

·       Firm grasp of accounting principles and financial statements

·       Highly proficient in Excel; QuickBooks experience a plus

·       Good communicator, comfortable representing and being a spokesperson for an organization in meetings and larger venues with assorted stakeholders

·       Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team

·       Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible

·       Willingness and desire to participate in flexible or unexpected projects

·       Undergraduate degree preferred, graduate degree a plus

·       At least 3 years of experience working in a finance role (school finance, accounting, financial analytics, other finance-related role) and demonstrated ability to successfully execute job responsibilities

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

 

Application Instructions

Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at MFConsultantsLLC@gmail.com.

 

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.

A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.

 

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for 25,000 students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive, including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership and create opportunity for high-performing schools to grow. Additionally, PSP invests to catalyze collaboration, facilitating the sharing of best practices among schools and support organizations. Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.

 

PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Like all cities, Philadelphia has finite resources for K-12 education. PSP believes the route to effectively educating all of the city’s children lies in fomenting and sustaining an educational ecosystem that steers resources toward effective schools, regardless of sector or type of school, so they can grow; increases equity of access to all school choices for families; and utilizes multiple measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools.

 

Position Summary

The Development and Communications Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day efforts of the Development Team.  The ideal candidate will be able to effectively communicate with donors, schools, team members, Philadelphia School Partnership constituents and others primarily in writing (grant applications, correspondences with constituents, reports to donors) and sometimes orally.  The Development and Communications Coordinator should love writing and be a stickler for details relative to everything from branding and communications to the maintenance of constituent databases.  The Development and Communications Coordinator will report to the Senior Director, External Affairs and work closely with the Communications Team.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write and edit grants and reports
  • Process gifts and write/send acknowledgement letters
  • Manage and maintain database of donors, prospective donors and gifts
  • Coordinate event planning
  • Create and update copy for website, annual report, and other materials
  • Draft press releases, email blasts, newsletters, and other communications
  • Prepare research reports for individual, corporate and foundation constituents
  • Assist with additional special projects
  • Any additional duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership
  • Thrives working in an outcomes-focused, goals-driven organization
  • Ability to create compelling written communications at a fast pace
  • Ability to serve as editor for organization’s communications
  • Ability to pay attention to details while working on complex projects
  • Track record of meeting or exceeding ambitious measurable goals
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility; self-motivated and goal-driven
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and creativity in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Confidence working under pressure of deadlines
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible
  • Experience developing and leading projects that involve multiple stakeholders
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
  • Strong research skills

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, relevant advanced degree a plus
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience including creation of written communications
  • Experience in education communications a plus, but not required
  • Experience in and/or willingness to master PowerPoint, Excel, Word; Salesforce and Wealth Engine are a plus

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing

 

Application Instructions

Email cover letter and resume to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at MFConsultantsLLC@gmail.com

 

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.

A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.

Organization Summary

The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for 25,000 students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive, including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership and create opportunity for high-performing schools to grow. Additionally, PSP invests to catalyze collaboration, facilitating the sharing of best practices among schools and support organizations. Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.

 

PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

 

Like all cities, Philadelphia has finite resources for K-12 education. PSP believes the route to effectively educating all of the city’s children lies in fomenting and sustaining an educational ecosystem that steers resources toward effective schools, regardless of sector or type of school, so they can grow; increases equity of access to all school choices for families; and utilizes multiple measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools.

 

Quality career & technical education programs are a vital need in the current educational ecosystem. These programs provide students with varied pathways through which they can prepare for high-skill, high-wage jobs in high-demand industries.

 

Position Summary

The Leadership Fellow will fill a one- to two-year consulting role at the Philadelphia School Partnership.  The Fellow will be responsible for designing a career & technical/early college school model that can be started, and eventually replicated, in Philadelphia. CTE provides students with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in 21st century careers and to become lifelong learners. The work of the Fellow will include exploring opportunities and barriers, identifying potential partner institutions (especially employers, whose engagement is vital to high-quality CTE), securing the right conditions, and establishing a design and programming in order to launch a CTE school in Philadelphia in 2019 or 2020. The Fellow will determine the optimal system and structure for the new school, which could in the end operate within the local school district, as an independent charter school or as a private school. The Fellow will have the opportunity to lead the school once it is open.

The CTE Fellow will report to the Managing Director of School Investments and will work closely with the PSP School Investment Team.

 

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

 

Phase 1: Planning the School

  • Collaborate with the School Investment Team to cultivate PSP’s CTE Initiative
  • Conduct a feasibility/readiness study and identify challenges to be solved
  • Identify K-12, Industry, and College Partners, conduct outreach, & leverage partnerships
  • Gain a deep understanding of PA education regulations that pertain to secondary and post-secondary education
  • Engage with the PSP Board on CTE Initiatives and participate on the Board CTE Task Force
  • Establish partnerships and launch a Steering Committee and Planning Team
  • Conduct Excellent School Visits to learn from other successful CTE/Early College models
  • Participate in ongoing Leadership Development through attending conferences, working with consultants within the field, etc.
  • Produce a comprehensive written plan that includes the conditions, design, and programming to start a new school
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Phase 2: Securing the School

  • Develop and finalize MOUs with participating K-12, Industry, and College Partners
  • Work with PSP’s development team and other partners to secure funding; including possibly private, federal, and state funding
  • Establish a diverse Board and Governance structures for the school
  • Submit application for new school to the Charter School Office or other authorizing entity and gain approval for new school
  • Research and identify a school facility that will allow the school model to thrive
  • Network and hire for school leadership team
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership
  • Thrives working in an outcomes-focused, goals-driven organization
  • Holds an exceptional educational track record in raising student achievement and wishes to design and open a CTE school in Philadelphia
  • A self-starter who takes initiative
  • Experience planning and leading a secondary school
  • Strategic thinker with strong project management skills (organized; attention to detail)
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and creativity in an entrepreneurial setting
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of constituents and partners; strong relationship builder
  • Confidence working under pressure of deadlines
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and desire to work as part of a team
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and be flexible
  • Experience developing and leading projects that involve multiple stakeholders
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years of high school leadership experience, preferably in a CTE/Early College setting
  • Experience in either the district or charter sector is a plus
  • Experience working with underserved students and communities a plus

 

Physical Requirements

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
  • Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis

 

Application Instructions

Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at MFConsultantsLLC@gmail.com.

 

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.

A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.

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PSP has invested in 64 schools of all types (public district, public charter, and private) across Philadelphia

$65,000,000

Since 2011, PSP has invested over $65 million in schools of all types to improve educational outcomes of children in Philadelphia

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Annually, over 100,000 people learn about and apply to great schools through the free resources provided by GreatPhillySchools

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As a result of PSP’s investments, more than 26,000 students are enrolled in better schools