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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. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for 20,000 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. 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.

Position Summary

GreatPhillySchools is PSP’s publishing and outreach platform created to help parents, families and community organizations in ensuring every child in Philadelphia has access to a high-quality campaign. Launched in 2012, GPS consists of a website, school-directory publications and a variety of outreach initiatives providing information on more than 800 schools and early-childhood learning centers located in the city. The Coordinator supports the GreatPhillySchools team in efforts to ensure the quality of GPS data and resources and to build awareness in communities across the city. The Coordinator will lead outreach efforts to – and build relationships – with schools and early childcare providers, including conducting regular workshops and trainings. S/he will also attend and manage community and public events on behalf of GreatPhillySchools, including playing an integral role in planning and executing the annual High School Fair. S/he will report to the GreatPhillySchools Project Manager. S/he will also support the work of the Outreach Manager, as well as work closely with the entire team. PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serving as point of contact for schools and early childhood providers for data collection, workshops, guide distributions, and GPS events
  • Ensuring timely data collection from schools and early childhood providers
  • Developing partnerships with school based staff and early childhood providers
  • Creating and updating website content articles related to school search and enrollment
  • Executing social media campaigns related to the promotion of GPS
  • Collecting and reporting data on website traffic and user engagement (using Google Analytics and other tools)
  • Ensuring timely distribution of guidebooks to schools, early childhood providers, and community based organizations
  • Assisting in grassroots efforts to promote GPS, including outreach and events throughout the city in an effort to reach parents and caregivers
  • Supporting execution of major event planning, including the annual High School Fair
  • Supporting execution of workshops and trainings for school staff and families, as needed

Other Duties:

  • Data entry and other administrative tasks
  • Other duties as assigned by project manager

Qualifications

  • Commitment to the mission of GreatPhillySchools and the Philadelphia School Partnership
  • Experience and/or knowledge of Philadelphia education landscape (strongly preferred)
  • Strong communication and customer service skills
  • Familiarity with social media tools (e.g., Facebook, Twitter)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Excel; experience with data entry, compilation, and cleaning a plus
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Ability to manage time effectively, juggling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Extremely high attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently, solve for challenges and be flexible
  • Willingness to work as part of a team

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1-3 years of professional experience
  • Fluency in Spanish (written and verbal), strongly 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
  • Ability to work evening and weekend hours on occasion, as needed

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 is a mission-driven, high-impact education nonprofit working to ensure there are enough great schools in Philadelphia to serve every student.  At the organization’s center is the Great Schools Fund, a $100 million philanthropic growth fund formed to accelerate the pace of education reform in Philadelphia by providing the capital to support the creation and expansion of great schools, as well as the transformation of under-performing schools.  We raise philanthropic funds and invest those funds in school operators and people that have the ability to create and maintain great schools across Philadelphia.  In addition to the Fund, PSP invests in and catalyzes projects to ensure the conditions are present to enable great schools to grow and thrive.  Chief among these conditions is the availability of great people—highly qualified and well prepared teachers and leaders—to work in schools of all types.  PSP manages a number of education talent development initiatives with the aim of helping the city’s 400+ K-12 schools recruit, train and retain outstanding teachers and leaders.  We also invest in and support information, tools and efforts to better engage and activate parents to demand great schools in their communities.  PSP understands that advancing the quality of urban schools is a challenge that all city stakeholders must take on together.  That’s why we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue our goals.

Position Summary:

The Development and Communications Associate 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 Associate 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 Associate will report to the Development Manager and also work closely with the public affairs team.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Writing and editing grants and reports
  • Processing gifts and writing/sending acknowledgement letters
  • Maintaining database of donors, prospective donors and gifts
  • Assisting in event planning
  • Creating and updating copy for website, annual report, and other materials
  • Drafting press releases, email blasts, newsletters, and other communications
  • Assisting with additional special projects
  • Any additional duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • 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
  • Good 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.

School Investments

Since 2011, we’ve invested nearly $60 million to give 23,000 more students access to high-quality schools.

Investors

Our goal is to raise $150 million by 2022 to invest in great schools of all types. To date, we’ve raised more than $75 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.