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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 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 Manager of Public Affairs will craft and implement communications and public-engagement strategies. The Manager will lead media relations and manage PSP’s websites and social-media presence. He or she will also support the internal and external communications needs of different teams within the organization, including the development (fundraising) and investment (making grants to schools) teams. The Manager will bring a commitment to expanding educational opportunity for urban youth; he or she will have the talents and skills outlined below. This position is for an experienced corporate, publishing or nonprofit communications professional, preferably with experience working in school reform, where policy and advocacy tensions often mean no good deed goes unpunished.

 

The Manager will report to the Executive Director 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

  • Develop communications and media-relations strategies for six-year-old education nonprofit with staff of 20 and annual grants budget of approximately $15 million (key audiences include legislators, policy leaders, school administrators, philanthropists and foundations, business leaders and parents)
  • Serve as primary writer for organization’s external communications: e-newsletter, website, press releases, research reports, annual report, occasional op/eds
  • Analyze and compile data to support communications strategies and tactics
  • Manage communications and web vendors
  • Work with colleagues to develop strategies for more actively engaging urban parents in issues affecting K-12 education
  • Serve as liaison to civic and community institutions representing businesses, parents and other stakeholders in Philadelphia
  • Plan and lead internal communications to ensure knowledge-sharing among staff
  • Manage design and production of printed materials and electronic assets: brochures, annual report, website and e-newsletters
  • Create and manage mail and email lists for various stakeholder groups
  • Plan and manage occasional events, including press announcements, school tours, receptions and more research-oriented affairs
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications

  • Strong writing and strategic thinking skills
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable representing the organization in meetings and larger venues
  • Skilled communications strategist
  • Experienced at interacting with media, especially beat reporters
  • Must be familiar with social media tools in the context of corporate or nonprofit communications
  • Must be creative and resourceful—capable of producing compelling marketing communications with limited budget
  • 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
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in public relations, media relations, journalism
  • Experience in education reform communication preferred
  • Experience with nuts and bolts of marketing communications: producing e-newsletters, managing events, maintaining and updating mailing lists

 

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.

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 school choices for families through equity of access to all; and utilizes multiple measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools. PSP also 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.

Position Summary
The Project Manager, Common Charter Application Initiative will be responsible for managing the design and implementation of a single online application portal for families to use to apply to Philadelphia charter schools. The launch of the online portal is scheduled for Fall 2018. The Project Manager reports to the Managing Director of Strategic Partnerships and also works closely with the Director of GreatPhillySchools and their team.

Primary Responsibilities include:
• Oversee the design and implementation of a single online application portal for families to use to apply to Philadelphia charter schools by Fall 2018.
• Manage the steering committee, working groups, and a wide variety of external stakeholders, including staff at public charter schools and the School District of Philadelphia, as well as vendors and community partners to inform the portal design and implementation.
• Manage external consultants and/or interns.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience in successful project management, in addition to being highly skilled in written and oral communication.

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

Duties and Responsibilities
• Manage External Stakeholders:
o Chair and facilitate a steering committee and working groups of charter operators and staff to build consensus around the application portal, policies and procedures, and public awareness and outreach strategies.
o Facilitate one-on-one, small group and large group information sessions for charter leaders, charter staff, and other city stakeholders and leadership.
o Generate talking points, presentations, data analytics and related materials to communicate about the portal to citywide stakeholders and charter school staff about the portal
• Policy & Technical Design:
o Identify and manage external vendors to support the technical solutions and design for the portal.
o In consultation with the working group, design the policies that would govern implementation of a common portal for charter applications.
o Work with GPS to gather family input on portal design and usage and integration with GPS.
• Launch and Ongoing Support
o Provide technical assistance and support to charter schools through the process of implementing the portal including training materials for charter operators and staff
o Develop and implement plan to support end users (i.e., families) with online application portal
o Work with GPS to design outreach, marketing, and educational materials for families

• Work with PSP leadership to integrate this effort into the long-term vision for unifying enrollment and design the funding and functions for launch and sustainability.
• Participate in strategic discussion and decision-making around the long-term goals for unifying enrollment (e.g. make recommendations for governing of a fully unified system long term).
• Other duties as assigned

Competencies & Qualifications
• Demonstrated project management skills: ability to set and adhere to strict deadlines, manage multiple projects while maintaining a firm grasp of individual project details, ability to hold internal and external stakeholders accountable, comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, excellent planning and organizational skills.
• Experience developing and leading projects that involve multiple stakeholders
• Excellent written, presentation, and communication skills
• Demonstrated managerial experience, specifically with external vendors and/or direct reports
• Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
• A passion to improve educational opportunities for children and families is required;
• Familiarity with the Philadelphia charter school community and education sector is preferred.

Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree strongly preferred
• Minimum of 3 years of professional experience
• Demonstrated project management experience
• Experience in education a plus but not required
• Written fluency in Spanish, preferred

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.

School Investments

Since 2011, we’ve invested nearly $60 million to give 25,000 more students access to high-quality schools.

Investors

Our goal is to raise $140 million by 2022 to invest in great schools of all types. To date, we’ve raised more than $80 million.

By the Numbers

We invest in schools of all types. Our committed funds are currently invested in charter (65%), district (25%) and private (10%) schools.

Performance

Our goal is to ensure 50,000 more students each year are on the path to college by 2022.