WHO WE ARE

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity. 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

In our education work, we strive to be agile and to take a multi-faceted approach to addressing the challenges educators and low-income students of color face. Keeping our focus on educator quality at the center, we fund mainly in the areas of: teacher preparation, professional learning for teachers and school leaders, curricula and other instructional resources, place-based partnerships and efforts to increase the diversity of the educator workforce as well as leadership of non-profits. We support districts, charter schools, state leadership and the non-profits that work with them. Some of our grantees run programs while others work to influence relevant policy and public awareness. In addition to making grants, we invest in grantee learning via collaborative communities of practice. We recognize that systemic racism is a major contributor to disparate outcomes in education and so we bring a lens of racial equity to all of our work. We also strive to eliminate policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes for students of color. Our belief is that this holistic approach is best suited for the complexity of factors that affect the quality of education. 

THE OPPORTUNITY

We are seeking a Portfolio Manager to support our Place-Based Partnerships Portfolio. The goal of this portfolio is to identify and support school systems, both districts and charters, as well as states to improve student learning by providing teachers with high quality instructional materials and on-going curriculum-connected professional learning. Our ideal candidate will bring experience with coaching, cycles of inquiry – teacher-led professional development that centers on student work and aims to ensure that students successfully engage with grade-level content.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Place-Based Partnerships to structure grants and related supports to best assist grantees in designing and implementing quality professional learning based on curricular materials, review progress towards goals, and recommend modifications so that we continuously improve. More specifically, this means you will:
    • Support the Director to develop and document portfolio strategies;
    • Help plan and attend site visits and convenings related to grantee work and/or key strategic questions in portfolio;
    • Communicate clearly and persuasively in writing and conversations with teammates, Foundation leadership, and leaders of current and potential grantees;
    • Prepare reports for the Director based on grantee board meeting documents, reports, check-ins, and other key materials; and
    • 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;
  • 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, applying your knowledge of instruction and professional learning; 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 Director is 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;
    • Develop 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;
    • Contribute to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
    • Build and improve on systems and infrastructure required to be a high performing organization.

 QUALIFICATIONS

The following qualifications are representative of the high level of demonstrated skills, maturity, judgement and ability to work with a wide range of constituencies required in this role:

  • Passionate commitment to creating a public education system in which all students - especially low-income students of color - graduate from high school prepared for college and careers of their choosing.
  • You have worked for six or more years in a school system or education-focused organization, with a minimum of 3 years spent in a classroom as a teacher. We especially value experience teaching and designing or leading professional learning in a school or school system that has implemented the Common Core or similar high standards.
  • You understand high quality instruction and the role professional learning can play to strengthen teacher practice.
  • 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.
  • Excellent judgement, a professional demeanor, and an ability to exercise discretion and tact in difficult or confidential situations.
  • Knowledge of effective philanthropy, based on experience working with funders and/or philanthropic organizations (as a provider or recipient of funding), a plus.

 PERSONAL QUALITIES

Our Foundation recognizes the power and privilege of being a grantmaker. We also know that we are successful only when our grantees are successful. As such, we seek colleagues who:

  • Demonstrate our core values of: equity, impact, optimism, humility and collaboration.
  • Treat grantees, grant applicants, philanthropic partners and all others with dignity, courtesy, respect and a sense of partnership.
  • Work well with diverse groups, as demonstrated by good listening and communication skills, a balanced and reasoned approach to problems, an ability to inspire trust and confidence, a flexibility in attitude and an openness to differing points of view.
  • Have a strong work ethic and capacity to complete assignments in a timely, organized and efficient manner.
  • Work independently, accept constructive criticism well and handle pressure of multiple tasks and a high workload with resiliency and a sense of humor.
  • Have a high degree of flexibility as we are constantly learning about what it will take to improve education for low-income students of color.

 The position reports to the Director of Place-Based Partnerships, is based in either Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA, and requires approximately 25% travel aligned to school year peaks in the fall and spring.

 COMPENSATION

Competitive salary based on experience and on Schusterman’s commitment to internal equity. A strong benefits package is also included. Schusterman does not cover relocation expenses for this position.

 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 identify, 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.

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