Portfolio Manager, Instructional Materials and Place-Based Partnerships

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation | Flexible, California or Washington, DC

Background

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and reduce inequality. Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. We invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities. www.schusterman.org

The National Education team was formed in December 2013, with the goal of being an effective and agile grant maker. Together we strive to act on these key beliefs:

  • We believe that teachers and school leaders are the most critical factors in ensuring that every student, especially those in low-income communities, graduates from high school with the literacy, math, critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for success in college and career.
  • We believe that we can have the greatest impact on the greatest number of students by:
    • Investing in teacher preparation, professional learning for teachers and school leaders, curricula aligned to rigorous standards, and research to build actionable knowledge;
    • Increasing the number and reach of leaders and teachers of color; and
    • Supporting advocacy efforts aimed at the above priorities.
  • We strive to effectively support our grantees while learning with and from them.
  • We believe in building collaborative communities of practice to allow key leaders to work together on common challenges.

Job Summary

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is seeking a collaborative, organized problem-solver who is passionate about improving education for all children, especially low-income students of color.

 You will play a vital role on our National Education team by supporting the Director of our Place-Based Partnerships Portfolio and the Senior Director leading our Instructional Materials Portfolio.

 The Place-Based Partnership Portfolio is a recently launched portfolio that supports a number of states, districts and charter networks seeking to strengthen the quality of professional learning and instructional materials.  As with our other portfolios, our place-based work is based on the belief that high quality, curriculum-connected professional learning for teachers aimed at helping students engage with and succeed at grade-level content can help students reach their greatest potential. 

 The Instructional Materials Portfolio is a mature portfolio that aims to ensure that teachers across the nation can access and effectively use excellent curricula that all students need and deserve. We take a multi-strand approach to reaching this goal: increase supply and distribution of quality materials; build demand for these materials; create conditions so that teachers can participate in curriculum-connected professional learning; and consistently build and learn from research.

 In this role, you will work collaboratively with the Senior Director of Instructional Materials and the Director of Place-Based Partnerships to identify, evaluate, and support outstanding organizations and systems that can advance the portfolios, to produce data-driven recommendations for investing, to manage effective grantee relationships, to support grantee convenings and learning opportunities, and to assess grantee and portfolio effectiveness. You will have the opportunity to lead, learn, and make critical connections across portfolios, grantees, and other funders.

 This position will be based in Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA, and requires 20 percent travel.

Responsibilities

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Work closely with our Directors in setting portfolio strategy and supporting grantees to make progress toward their ambitious goals for impact and scale;

  • Stay up to date on relevant research and activities in the field and synthesize and connect this information to inform portfolio strategy and grants management;
  • Prepare reports for Directors based on grantee board meeting documents, reports, check-ins, and other key materials;
  • Help plan and attend site visits and convenings related to grantee work and/or key strategic questions in portfolio;
  • Support Directors to develop and document portfolio strategies;
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and conversations with teammates, Foundation leadership, and leaders of current and potential grantees.

Play a leading role in our due diligence and ongoing grant management efforts by identifying key questions, challenges and opportunities for current and potential grantees, using critical thinking and rigorous analysis of programmatic impact and organizational effectiveness; and

  • Build trusted, collaborative relationships with peers at grantee organizations and other funders;
  • Manage multiple projects and deadlines with strong project plans, good tracking systems and a steady focus on execution and quality;
  • Ensure the Senior Director and Director are well-prepared for external meetings by identifying key questions and priorities, rooted in a deep understanding of field-wide and grantee-specific opportunities and challenges;
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative analyses including business plan analysis, market analysis, interviewing experts, benchmarking and financial modeling
  • Write investment recommendations;
  • Developing grant terms, milestones and a strategy for ongoing engagement and support for each grantee;
  • Maintain grants and knowledge management systems to ensure grant requirements are fulfilled and key information is shared and stored for relevant audiences;
  • Provide administrative support as needed, including coordination of logistics for calls, meetings, site visits, and convenings with appropriate individuals from grantee organization teams.

Be a great team member.

  • Work collaboratively across the Foundation’s Education portfolios to make connections and share learnings about what it takes to support great teachers;
  • Build and improve on systems and infrastructure required to be a high performing organization; and
  • Contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Qualifications

  • You have worked for five or more years in a school system, education-focused organization and/or consulting firm. We especially value a combination of consulting experience and experience designing or leading professional learning in a school or school system that has implemented the Common Core or similar high standards.
  • You thrive on data. You can analyze and synthesize complex qualitative and quantitative data into critical takeaways, questions and recommendations.
  • You approach the critical work of improving schools with humility and a deep respect for the extraordinary work done in the field by those we support.
  • You are a learner who is excited to dive into new areas and quickly build your expertise.
  • You have a passion for improving education for students from low-income backgrounds and a desire for educators – with the right supports – to change lives.
  • You enjoy cultivating relationships with teammates, grantees, practitioners, funders and stakeholders for students we aim to serve, and thrive as a continuous learner.

Compensation

We offer a competitive salary and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, as well as incentives for healthy living, a generous 401(k) match and other benefits. Schusterman encourages ongoing professional development and supports activities aligned with one’s individual career growth plan. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position.

Requirements/Other

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Schusterman promotes diversity and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religious creed, disability, genetic information, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and one-page cover letter via e-mail with the title, “Portfolio Manager, IM PBP”, to (jobs@schusterman.org). Please know that we review these materials carefully and are looking for the following:

A high quality cover letter that, in one-page, clearly and compellingly articulates:

  1. Your understanding of our organization’s education work and why you are interested in joining our team,
  2. Your understanding of the role you are applying for and why you are interested in applying for it, and
  3. How your experiences, skills, knowledge, and values best qualify you for the role.

A high quality resume that clearly and compelling articulates the key experiences, skills, and knowledge you will bring to the role, as well as the impact you’ve had in previous roles.

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