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  • Program Manager

    The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding candidates for a Program Manager to oversee and execute a multi-district pilot of math tutoring projects that uses outcomes-based contracts between math tutoring providers and participating school districts.

    The Program Manager will be responsible for executing all elements of the project, including managing relationships with districts, collecting relevant data, ensuring a series of tools and communications resources are developed and disseminated, and reporting to funders. The Program Manager will have a keen understanding of K-12 district environments and an entrepreneurial and can-do flair for getting things done. The successful candidate will then work collaboratively with the Program Director to promote and support an organizational culture that pursues improving student outcomes with evidence and passion.

    The Program Manager will oversee all day-to-day operations of the SEF Outcomes Based Contracting (OBC) program, ensuring the project meets all deliverables, is on-time, and within budget. The Program Manager will support participating districts to problem-solve on the ground and glean information across districts, both to share lessons learned and to identify ways to strengthen the program over time. The Program Manager will seek ways to bolster capacity for and understanding of outcomes-based contracting in K-12 schools broadly. They will work collaboratively across the organization with program staff and various other staff at all levels, as well as directly with partner districts and math tutoring providers.

    This position reports to the OBC Program Director.

    Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge of and passionate commitment to improving educational opportunity, particularly for K-12 students experiencing poverty. The right candidate is committed to the belief that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

    For more than 150 years, SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-K through higher education. SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally. Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

    TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Develop project management structure, ensuring visibility to team members to status and progress of project elements
    2. Track progress against outcomes and goals of program, helping to ensure we have time, capacity, and adequate planning time to ensure we are able to achieve program goals on time and within budget
    3. Schedule all virtual and in-person events
    4. Manage communications for OBC, including the web-based hub of resources, updates, and other information about OBC
    5. Represent the OBC program in other networks of education advocates (Chiefs for Change, tutoring networks, research networks, etc.)
    6. Manage reporting to funders; drafting updates in collaboration with OBC program leadership
    7. Coordinate and oversee vendors for this program, including technical assistance providers and communications consultants

     

    QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

    1. Excellent oral and written communication skills, cultivating trusting relationships with district partners and tutoring providers, and maintaining close contact with funders. The Program Manager will help shape a collaborative approach to problem solving between districts and providers. This takes a deft hand; creative approaches; and a respectful, risk-taking posture.
    2. This program will have lots of moving parts. The Program Manager needs to have a vision for how complex projects come together, comfort in managing complex projects, and flexibility when things do not go as planned.
    3. Keen ability to organize and prioritize workload.
    4. Extremely strong skills in Google Docs and/or Word; Google slides and/or PowerPoint; Google sheets and/or Excel.
    5. Ideally, this Program Manager identifies opportunities for expansion (to more districts) and for showcasing the work (i.e., representing the program in conferences, helping people write about it, identifying opportunities for education media to write about it).
    6. Working knowledge of K-12 school systems, including how districts make decisions about programs and the kind of data collected to understand program success. It would be a plus for this Program Manager to have reasonably good knowledge about district purchasing processes.
    7. Depth or willingness to quickly develop depth in outcomes-based contracting and pay-for-success work (primarily in the public sector).
    8. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree is preferred.

    Compensation is $80,000-$95,000 with a competitive benefits package.

    This is a grant-funded position with funding in place for one year. Extending the position will depend on additional fundraising.

    This is an Atlanta-based position. Currently SEF is working remotely with limited office attendance.  If the right candidate is not located in Atlanta, SEF will consider candidates in other locations.

    Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume’; and 3) names and contact information of three references to hr@southerneducation.org, with Program Manager in the subject line of the e-mail.

    Applications will be accepted until Jan. 15, 2023.

  • Director, Strategic Initiatives

    The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA, seeks outstanding candidates to fill our Director, Strategic Initiatives position to oversee multiple strategic initiatives and projects.

    This is a newly created role. SEF is currently engaged in new strategic initiatives in education innovation that expand our existing core operations in additional fields for advancing equity and opportunity in education.

    This position will have responsibility for managing SEF’s Outcomes Based Contracting program with a specific focus on high impact tutoring. SEF’s Outcomes Based Contracting project engages with school districts throughout the nation to implement Outcomes Based Contracting (OBC) for math tutoring. OBC requires that a significant portion of contractor payment be contingent upon student growth. OBC’s objectives are to dramatically improve student outcomes and to reshape the relationship between school districts and vendors. OBC directly links expenditure of school district resources to improving student outcomes.

    This position will also have responsibility for managing the analysis and review of SEF opportunities in new strategic initiatives in education innovation, with a focus on equity and opportunity.

    The Director, Strategic Initiatives will work with the SEF leadership team in evaluating proposals and business case development. The Director, Strategic Initiatives is responsible for overall project management, developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), building key external relationships, and the associated support team structures. To be successful, this individual must be a team player and a proactive manager of processes and people with stellar interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.

    This position reports to both the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

    The right candidate will be someone committed to the belief that education is the vehicle by which all students get fair chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

    The candidate should also possess a sound understanding of education issues across the P-20 pipeline.

    For more than 150 years, SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-K through higher education. SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally. Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission. Candidates should be able to effectively communicate and embody the value, belief, purpose, and mission of the organization.

    TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Manages the SEF Outcomes Based Contracting program.
    2. Driving the execution of existing or proposed business initiatives and/or projects by identifying operational needs; developing and communicating plans and priorities; addressing barriers and obstacles that impact execution; identifying needed resources; measuring progress; and developing contingency plans, if needed.
    3. Conducts comprehensive assessments to move key enterprise initiatives from idea to execution.
    4. Provides strategic analysis of proposed initiatives within defined risk parameters.
    5. Leads the analysis, build, and management of newly identified strategic initiatives. Applies effective change management principles for any new initiatives implemented.
    6. Project management including, but not limited to, planning, executing, monitoring, addressing issues, and enforcing accountabilities to meet established deadlines.
    7. Develops project management structure and tool, ensuring team members’ visibility to status and progress of project elements.
    8. Manages reporting to funders, coordinates convenings and virtual events, and oversees vendors.
    9. Manages the reporting and measurement of SEF strategic initiative outcomes. Provides analytics and possesses the ability to translate data into usable content.
    10. Develops and monitors key metrics (KPIs) of performance against goals.
    11. Builds and manages relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
    12. Assists the Finance team with the building and monitoring of the annual budgets and any forecasts.

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred in education or a related field.
    • Knowledge of outcomes-based contracting or pay-for-success models in the public sector.
    • At least five years of relevant work experience in a Director-level role, managing multiple operations or projects preferably in a school, school district, or in higher education.
    • Extremely strong skills in Google Docs and/or Word; Google slides and/or PowerPoint; Google sheets and/or Excel. Familiarity with project management software a plus.
    • Strong collaborative approach and a visionary thinker backed by strategic and analytical framing.
    • Creative problem-solver with proven results in improving processes in business operations.
    • Excellent presentation, written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong work ethic with ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize work in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines.
    • Ability to work well in a diverse team environment.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Ability to travel.

     

    Excellent nonprofit organization employee benefits.

    Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume’; 3) names and contact information of three references to hr@southerneducation.org, with Director, Strategic Initiatives in the subject line of the email.

    Applications will be accepted until December 9, 2022.

    This is an Atlanta-based position. Currently, SEF is working remotely with limited office attendance until further notice.

    Salary: $105,000-$115,000

    The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • Research and Policy Analyst

    The Southern Education Foundation (SEF), located in Atlanta, GA, seeks a full-time Research and Policy Analyst to join its research and policy team in advancing evidence-based education policies and communicating policy solutions in ways that inform federal, state, and local policy development.

    The Research and Policy Analyst will play a lead role in conducting and reviewing research and analyzing data to highlight trends and current inequities in education, elevate promising solutions, and create compelling narratives to advise policymakers, practitioners, and stakeholders on issues of policy and practice. The analyst will report to the Director of Research and Policy, and will work collaboratively with the Director to promote and support an organizational culture that values research and learning in a way that is both actionable and useful for improving overall educational effectiveness and driving impact across the early childhood, K-12, and postsecondary policy and advocacy landscape. Candidates interested in this position should have working knowledge of the P-20 continuum, and genuine interest in improving educational opportunity and working to ensure that education is the vehicle through which all students get fair and equitable chances to develop their talents and contribute to the common good.

    For nearly 155 years, SEF has made outsized contributions to improving education at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through higher education. SEF works to improve equity, excellence, and opportunity in education nationally. Research, policy analysis, advocacy, and programs are the primary means through which SEF pursues its mission.

    Candidates should be able to organize and prioritize a workload to effectively complete multiple assignments and meet a range of deadlines; have exceptional written, oral, and electronic communication skills; have the ability to interact with diverse external audiences at multiple levels within the education system; effectively communicate and embody the value, belief, purpose, and equity-focused mission of the organization; have experience working both independently and in cooperation with other staff members while displaying a positive, cooperative attitude; and exhibit sensitivity to and respect for differences in personal, professional, and business relationships on behalf of SEF.

    SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Collect, identify, organize and analyze qualitative and quantitative data in support of SEF’s policy and advocacy goals
    • Support the development of policy recommendations and the analysis of policy, including the development of policy documents
    • Support and/or manage the creation of periodic research reports and syntheses
    • Distill complex policy and research findings into effective, understandable products (i.e., data tools, blogs, fact sheets, social media communications) for lay audiences
    • Collaborate with the Director of Research and Policy to assist in developing a work plan for research and policy initiatives that advance SEF’s mission to improve outcomes for all students in the South
    • Respond to federal and state legislative requests with current research and evidence-based recommendations
    • Under the direction of the Director Research and Policy, engage a range of researchers, institutions, and other key partners and stakeholders to build and maintain networks that support SEF priorities
    • Other duties as assigned

     

    QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Possession of a master’s degree or higher in education, education policy, or related field, or a bachelor’s degree with relevant work experience;
    • Familiarity and experience with quantitative and qualitative research and experience conducting evaluation and/or policy analysis;
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to distill and explain complex information, data, and technical details to a variety of audiences and partners;
    • Preferred experience in statistical analysis and research packages and tools such as STATA, SPSS, NVivo, and R; expertise in Microsoft Office required;
    • Deep commitment to educational equity and high achievement for all students, particularly for students of color and students from low-income families;
    • Ability to identify equity and opportunity gaps in datasets and build clear arguments rooted in principles of equity;
    • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, including strong social listening (in person and virtually) to understand sentiment, needs, and questions of staff, partners and stakeholders, and the ability to diplomatically communicate complex messages to a range of audiences;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and/or local policies and processes;
    • Demonstrated ability to work across multiple priorities and to connect multiple topics and issues in service of improving equity outcomes;
    • Demonstrated capacity for translating ideas into action;
    • Strong project management skills and strategic thinking; ability to facilitate the work of multiple teams and prioritize competing demands in a changing, highly collaborative environment;
    • Sense of humor, exhibiting grace under pressure;
    • Comfort with ambiguity;
    • Ability to travel

    If you’re a good fit for our team, we’d love to hear from you. Interested candidates should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) a current resume’; 3) a writing sample; and 4) names and contact information of three references to (hr@southerneducation.org) with Research and Policy Analyst as the subject line of the e-mail.

    This is an Atlanta-based position. SEF currently is working a hybrid schedule between home and the office.

    Salary: $60,000 – $70,000. Excellent nonprofit employee benefits.

    Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    The Southern Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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