Careers

At Great Public Schools Now, our mission to to give all children access to a high-quality education. We are hiring for the following positions:


Director of Strategy and Programs

Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) is an independent nonprofit organization whose vision is to ensure every student gets the education they want, need and deserve. Great Public Schools Now is dedicated to ensuring all Los Angeles students receive a high-quality education by building a broad constituency for quality, equity and access as well as being a catalyst for high-quality public schools.

Job Description

Great Public Schools Now is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented professional to serve as its Director of Strategy and Programs. This is an opportunity to develop and oversee a significant effort to help increase high-quality public schools in Greater Los Angeles. The Director of Strategy and Programs will work in partnership with other organizations, including school districts and leaders of schools to figure out how to grow the number of high-quality seats in the neediest of neighborhoods.  Our goal is to make sure every student has access to high-quality school choice regardless of where they live. The Director of Strategy and Programs will be an entrepreneurial self-starter with deep knowledge of best practices in running/opening quality schools or school systems and a track record of success in developing and successfully executing complex strategies against ambitious deadlines. Day-to-day work will include grant sourcing and pipeline development, active management of grant investment portfolio, grant evaluation and due diligence, as well as work on GPSN strategy, leadership and special projects.

The Director of Strategy and Programs should be in alignment with Great Public Schools Now’s beliefs that:

  • Every child deserves an excellent education, and it is the responsibility of adults to make this happen;
  • High-quality schools and parental choice are critical elements in a city’s public education system; and
  • Collaboration and cooperation by all public-school models is essential to ensuring students have access to a high-quality education.

Responsibilities

The Director of Strategy and Programs will be expected to:

  • Engage Great Public Schools Now’s board of directors, local and national charter school operators, and Los Angeles public school leaders in developing and implementing a multi-year strategy that results in the significant and measurable increase in high-quality seats in Greater Los Angeles 
  • Negotiate, execute, and manage complex, performance-based contracts and grants. Ensure that grantees are on track across the portfolio; make adjustments to the strategy, portfolio, and initiatives as needed; and identify lessons learned across the portfolio over time
  • Provide advisory support to grantees and other partners to maximize the impact of programs and initiatives. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance, and convening meetings of key stakeholders 
  • Serve as the principal champion and public face of Great Public Schools Now’s school quality seats strategy by representing the organization before key stakeholders, including educators, funders, and community leaders
  • Build relationships with local national funders to raise awareness and additional funding for new and existing school initiatives 
  • Assume ultimate responsibility for meeting strategic and budgetary goals and for fiscally-sound annual budgeting, forecasting, expense management, resource allocation, and cash flow in the area of programs and grant making
  • Serve as a liaison for leaders with in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, as well as other leaders of influential learning institutions
  • Seek and evaluate new grant opportunities based on GPSN’s priorities, including analyzing business plans, program and budgets
  • Analyze proposals, design programs and help develop and approve budgets
  • Supervise a team of up to four employees and work with them to prepare grant investment proposals for approval
  • Develop grant metrics in partnership with grantee to evaluate impact
  • Develop and present strategy and grantee investment recommendations to GPSN's leadership team and the GPSN’s board
  • Help drive sector forward by sharing analyses, knowledge, experiences and lessons learned
  • Oversee special projects and initiatives with outside stakeholders
  • Maintain knowledge of current challenges, issues and trends relevant to achieving GPSN's mission
  • Represent GPSN at relevant public events, conferences and meetings

Qualifications

Ideally, the successful candidate will have:

  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of ten years of professional work experience in education required, including school leadership experience, with a demonstrated track record in team/project leadership, grant portfolio management, and strategic planning
  • Exceptional analytical capabilities with the capacity to understand complex organizations and operating environments
  • Deep grasp of key policy issues related to quality growth, data and common enrollment
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of senior executives across a diverse spectrum of grantees and focus areas
  • Energy and perseverance necessary to find opportunities for high-leverage investments and the judgment and organizational savvy required to assess their probability of success
  • Ability to create and bring initiatives to scale
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial and/or fast-paced environment
  • Superb written and presentation skills
  • The professionalism and communication skills to represent GPSN in diverse forums and organizational relationships
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to improving learning opportunities for all students, with a focus on equity and excellence

Personal characteristics desired

  • Hard-working
  • A self-starter. Highly motivated
  • Strategic thinker, able to anticipate needs of the organization and plan ahead
  • Self-confident and comfortable interacting with board members, grantees and community organizations
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle a diverse workload
  • Personal reputation for integrity and ethics

Schedule/Status: Full time, exempt

Location: Los Angeles, California

Reports to: Executive Director, Great Public Schools Now

Additional information

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States.The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities duties and skills required for the job.

Compensation

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Great Public Schools Now offers comprehensive benefits including a variety of health plans and a 401(k) plan.

To apply

Candidates may send cover letter and resume to iacosta@greatpublicschoolsnow.org by October 31. We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

Equal opportunity employer

Great Public Schools Now does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other status protected by applicable law with regard to employment opportunities.

Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement

Job Description

Great Public Schools Now is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented professional to serve as the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement. Day-to-day work will include executing on a strategy to build a city-wide education coalition of diverse members, lead coalition interests across Greater Los Angeles in areas of equity, high-quality school policy, common enrollment, strengthening relationships with elected and appointed officials, advocacy support around the coalition’s agenda, and managing a team. The Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement will forge relationships with key stakeholders and develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities around coalition building in a changing political environment. 

The Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement should be in alignment with Great Public Schools Now’s beliefs that:

  • Every child deserves an excellent education, and it is the responsibility of adults to make this happen;
  • High-quality schools and parental choice are critical elements in a city’s public education system; and
  • Collaboration and cooperation by all public-school models is essential to ensuring students have access to a high-quality education.

Responsibilities

The Director of Policy, Advocacy and Community Engagement, in addition to the day-to-day support will be expected to:

  • Foster the development of an engaged city-wide community coalition where local leaders and families are essential drivers of key policy priorities by participating in the decision-making process about local advocacy strategy and inform and engage their communities in collective actions to support positive policy development
  • Build bridges between elected and appointed officials, community leaders, and district leaders to provide accurate information about schools, facilitate opportunities to visit high-quality schools in an effort to challenge misconceptions about quality and expand the role of the community in all schools
  • Develop and implement a multi-year strategy that results in city-wide coalition demanding quality schools
  • Manage and lead policy matters pertaining to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, the Los Angeles County Office of Education Board and several other key school districts
  • Cultivate relationships with elected and appointed officials at the county and district level and build and manage relationships with leaders in support of the local advocacy agenda through the city-wide coalition
  • Foster the development of a more unified education reform community in Greater Los Angeles, armed with timely updates and analysis of issues of local and statewide importance, that can collectively identify key issues, priorities, strategies and when necessary, mobilize support or defend policies when necessary
  • Support and actively engage in the development, promotion, and adoption of the coalition's strategic priorities to ensure they are aligned with GPSN’s broader priorities of equity and quality and are reflective of the community’s needs
  • Serve as the principal champion and public face of GPSN’s community engagement strategy
  • Engage in non-partisan electoral work including strategic planning and implementation
  • Partner with internal GPSN team members to align resources and maximize advocacy work and outcomes
  • Establish and secure a positive local policy environment to ensure that all students have equitable access to resources and high-quality schools
  • Help drive sector forward by sharing analyses, knowledge, experiences and lessons learned
  • Oversee special projects and initiatives with outside stakeholders
  • Maintain knowledge of current challenges, issues and trends relevant to achieving GPSN's mission
  • Represent GPSN at relevant public events, conferences and meetings
  • Facilitate policy changes to the uses of publicly owned facilities

Qualifications

Ideally, the successful candidate will have:

  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of ten years of professional work experience in an education-related context required, with a demonstrated track record in team/project leadership, coalition building, and strategic planning
  • Track record of advancing a community agenda through organizing and advocacy
  • Deep grasp of key policy issues related to school growth, data and common enrollment
  • Ability to work effectively with a range of senior executives across a diverse spectrum of coalition members and focus areas
  • Passion for public education and social justice through an education lens and willingness to challenge the status quo
  • Deep appreciation for community and a commitment to bring diverse people together
  • Ability to create and bring initiatives to scale
  • Experience working in an entrepreneurial and/or fast-paced environment
  • Superb written and presentation skills
  • The professionalism and communication skills to represent GPSN in diverse forums and organizational relationships
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to improving learning opportunities for all students, with a focus on equity and excellence
  • Fluency in Spanish, preferred

Personal characteristics desired

  • Hard-working
  • A self-starter. Highly motivated
  • Strategic thinker, able to anticipate needs of the organization and plan ahead
  • Self-confident and comfortable interacting with Board members, grantees and community organizations
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle a diverse workload
  • Personal reputation for integrity and ethics

Schedule/Status: Full time, exempt

Location: Los Angeles, California

Reports to: Executive Director, Great Public Schools Now

Additional information

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities duties and skills required for the job.

Compensation

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Great Public Schools Now offers comprehensive benefits including a variety of health plans and a 401(k) plan.

To apply

Candidates may send cover letter and resume to iacosta@greatpublicschoolsnow.org by October 31. We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

Equal opportunity employer

Great Public Schools Now does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other status protected by applicable law with regard to employment opportunities.

Data Associate

Job Description

Great Public Schools Now is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented professional to serve as its Data Associate. Day-to-day work will include accelerating GPSN’s understanding of our impact by mining existing data to identify information and trends relevant to our work within Los Angeles. As a Data Associate, you will be responsible for understanding and collecting the relevant metrics for quantifying impact of our grantees, and you will exercise excellent communication skills for documenting and reporting out these findings. In addition, using creative problem solving and innate organizational skills the ideal candidate may grow this role by adding value beyond the aforementioned functions. For example, these additional functions could consist of driving special projects within the team, working directly with our Board, participation in strategic decision making and more.

The Data Associate should be in alignment with Great Public Schools Now’s beliefs that:

  • Every child deserves an excellent education, and it is the responsibility of adults to make this happen;
  • High-quality schools and parental choice are critical elements in a city’s public education system; and
  • Collaboration and cooperation by all public-school models is essential to ensuring students have access to a high-quality education.

Responsibilities

The Data Associate, in addition to the day-to-day support will be expected to:

  • Identifying and mining open data sources for relevant trends and patterns and extrapolating their meaning in the broader context of the education ecosystem
  • Conducting analysis on the data including statistical analysis and diagnostic analysis
  • Reporting findings to internal and external stakeholders
  • Drafting reports to share the findings externally
  • Designing and implementing the quantitative and qualitative data collection through a variety of mechanisms including, but not limited to surveys and interviews
  • Creating and implementing a tracking system for data
  • Documenting the research process, presenting findings, and writing research reports
  • Supporting with the design and implementation of research studies aligned to the broader organizational needs
  • Continually staying aware of K-12 education trends and identifying opportunities for GPSN to broaden impact
  • Contributing to the design and development of scalable and efficient processes for this role and the need for a city-wide K-12 education research center

Qualifications

Ideally, the successful candidate will have:

  • BA/BS degree from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
  • 5+ years as in a research role
  • Experience working within the nonprofit/philanthropy/education industry is preferred
  • Team-player who operates in a fast-paced team-oriented setting
  • Positive attitude and proactive willingness to add value
  • Curiosity about philanthropy and K-12 education
  • Ability to be discreet and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to shifting priorities while reaching goals
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Independently execute tasks with discretion and autonomy

Personal characteristics desired:

  • Hard-working
  • A self-starter. Highly motivated.
  • Strategic thinker, able to anticipate needs of the organization and plan ahead.
  • Self-confident and comfortable interacting with board members, grantees and community organizations.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle a diverse workload.
  • Personal reputation for integrity and ethics.

Schedule/Status: Full time, exempt

Location: Los Angeles, California

Reports to: Director of Programs and Strategy, Great Public Schools Now

Additional information

Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background and reference check. You must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities duties and skills required for the job.

Compensation

Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Great Public Schools Now offers comprehensive benefits including a variety of health plans and a 401(k) plan.

To Apply

Candidates may send cover letter and resume to iacosta@greatpublicschoolsnow.org by October 31. We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration. No phone inquiries please.

Equal Opportunity employer

Great Public Schools Now does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or any other status protected by applicable law with regard to employment opportunities.

Posted: Oct. 1, 2019