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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 21,000 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 Senior Director-External Affairs will be responsible for leading PSP’s development (fundraising) strategy, external partnerships and collaboration, and communications. 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. The Senior Director will report to the Executive Director of PSP. Together with the Executive and Managing directors, the Senior Director will set fundraising goals and hone the organization’s development strategy, which includes keeping key donors informed about the work and progress of PSP on a regular basis.
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 Senior Director will take a lead role in identifying potential donors and cultivating relationships with them. He/she also will be primarily responsible for communications strategy as it relates to donors, including branding and messaging. In addition to managing development, the Senior Director will have oversight of other aspects of PSP’s external affairs. This includes participation in civic leadership in the city, creating and maintaining strong partnerships with institutions and other funders that are focused on citywide educational improvement, and PSP’s external communications and public relations. The Senior Director will work closely with the communications manager on communications strategy, branding and goal-setting.

The Director of Development will report to the Senior Director, and a Communications and Development Associate will support the Director and Communications Manager. The Senior Director will be a key member of the senior management team of PSP, along with the Executive Director and Managing Director: crafting organizational strategy, and setting and nourishing organizational culture and expectations.

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

Duties and Responsibilities
• Have lead responsibility on securing donor commitments to hit PSP’s aggressive fundraising goals
• Establish and refine donor cultivation and solicitation strategies
• Drive development of effective development tools and resources: presentations, prospectuses and annual reports, and printed and interactive marketing communications
• 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
• Help to establish the organization’s external communications goals and strategy, with a focus on communications channels and strategies for key audiences including but not limited to donors

Qualifications
• Commitment to the mission of the Philadelphia School Partnership
• Thrives working and leading in a goals-driven organization
• Experience managing teams toward measurable outcomes
• Experience raising large gifts for a nonprofit organization, or perhaps selling large contracts or raising equity capital in a for-profit context, including building and maintaining relationships with key donors or partners
• 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; be comfortable representing the organization in meetings and larger venues
• 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

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
• Minimum of 7 years of professional experience, including a major development role
• Experience managing a team(s)
• Experience in education a plus, but not required

Physical Requirements
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required:
• 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 21,000 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

Join a mission-driven education nonprofit—a growth fund for great schools—as a member of the school investment team.  The 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, and monitors academic and other outcomes.  When results lag at a portfolio school or network, the investment team works closely with the school or network to provide support, guidance, and accountability.  This support comes in many forms.  Ultimately, our goals are aligned with the schools and networks goals – for the students to achieve at extraordinarily high levels.

The Manager will manage a portion of the portfolio, work with the team to identify opportunities for investment, and will support school teams as they strive to deliver high quality academic programs through direct service and other methods.

The Manager will report to the Director of School Investments and work very closely with the School Investment Team, and the entire PSP team.

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

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead thorough due diligence processes that include gathering and analyzing data, interviewing staff, assessing financial soundness, and identifying risks.
  • Work closely with other team member to identify risks and to ultimately make investment decisions.
  • Create and present memorandums for board review and approval or denial.
  • Manage relationships with schools in the portfolio including managing the grants, vendors, politics, and assisting in improving outcomes for students in the school.
  • Deeply know the strengths and areas of focus for the portfolio of schools you manage. Visit schools at least 4 times a year (more often for schools that are struggling or who have been identified as tier 1 schools).
  • Conduct four reviews with your portfolio schools: 2 check-ins and 2 in-depth reviews in mid-year and end of year.
  • Use professional networks to cultivate potential investment opportunities aligned to the organization’s mission.
  • Work closely with schools and the investment team to identify gaps in programming and provide guidance and resources to increase success rates for students.
  • Keep abreast of emerging education issues in Philadelphia and nationally.
  • Identify, create, and maintain relationships with resources that could be useful to portfolio schools.
  • Continuously assess current organizational practices on the investment team and improve services.
  • Work with the Philadelphia School Partnership team on research and strategic projects.
  • Actively engage in the strategic planning and thinking of the organization.
  • Write and present various reports including annual plans, school reports, board memorandums, etc.
  • Work closely with a subset of schools, providing direct support to assist them in improving outcomes.
  • Lead Communities of Practice and other initiatives to provide opportunities for our schools to collaborate and grow.
  • Manage the development and execution of citywide convenings and conferences alongside the Investment Team.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and commitment to K-12 education reform, including a willingness to work on behalf of schools of all types – including District, charter, and private – in the face of organized resistance to reform
  • Ability to assess a school’s areas of strength and weakness
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead and motivate others
  • A self-motivated and entrepreneurial approach; confidence in high-pressure tight deadline situations and willingness to work as part of a team
  • Experience leading and executing projects
  • Strong communication skills – comfortable representing the organization in board meetings, other meetings, and larger venues
  • Flexible attitude, ability to work independently and with urgency
  • Strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects

 

 Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred
  • Minimum of three years’ relevant work experience in a role that required analytical writing and thinking
  • Experience teaching and leading in a school
  • Experience working in education reform preferred, 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
  • 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.

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 21,000 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 Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) believes that helping to empower parents to find, choose, and advocate for higher quality schools of all types (district, charter, and private) is a critical part of our strategy to ensure every child in Philadelphia is enrolled in a great school.  We seek to deepen our relationships with partner organizations including school operators, nonprofits, government agencies, and advocacy groups to empower parents and community members to engage in local education reform efforts. Specifically, we are working to better equip families with information to find and choose great schools for their children.  As part of this work, we have created “GreatPhillySchools,” (GPS) a print and web-based resource giving parents access to data on academics, safety, and more.

The Manager, External Partnerships will be responsible for identifying, establishing, and building strong relationships with strategic partners (i.e., community based organizations, government agencies, schools, etc.) to expand GreatPhillySchools’ market reach throughout the city. This position reports to the Director, GreatPhillySchools. He/she will work closely with the entire team including the GPS Manager, Project Manager, Coordinator, and other staff as needed.

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

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with strategic partners that align and support the mission and work of GreatPhillySchools; this will include creation of plans to track partner progress and achievement to milestone goals.
  • Create marketing plan in collaboration with Project Manager to meet annual guide distribution goals.
  • Represent GreatPhillySchools to external parties; build advanced knowledge of GreatPhillySchools’ resources and services, school ratings, and general enrollment information.
  • Lead school selection trainings for organizations.
  • Field inquiries from interested third parties and potential partners.
  • Manage intern(s) and/or part-time outreach team to plan and execute parent and community engagement events including: school selection trainings, school visits, GPS demos, etc.
  • Provide major event support; oversee volunteer recruitment to support major events
  • Additional duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • A self-starter needing minimal management oversight to perform day-to-day responsibilities
  • Demonstrated experience in aligning parties to mutual value creation while staying true to brand and mission. Success background in creating mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations.
  • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial approach; confidence in high-pressure tight deadline situations and willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Strong presentation and communication skills and the ability to articulate complex concepts to cross-functional audiences.
  • Collaborative; values and develops working partnerships across the organization and at all levels.
  • 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 – in the face of organized resistance to reform
  • Ability to develop, set, and achieve ambitious goals within the context of relationship building and partnerships;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead and motivate others

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of three years’ relevant work experience, five years preferred
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal), strongly preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Proficient in Google Drive products (i.e., Google Sheets, Google Docs)
  • Experience working in CRM database (i.e., Salesforce), strongly preferred
  • Management experience, strongly preferred
  • Experience working with stakeholders of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Familiarity with K-12 schools and early childhood education in Philadelphia, strongly preferred
  • Willingness and ability to work nights and weekends; this role requires nontraditional hours during peak periods

 

Physical Requirements

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

  • Traveling to schools and community events – 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 66 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