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The Fund seeks dedicated, talented and highly-motivated professionals who share our unyielding commitment to building a critical mass of great public schools in Chicago.

CURRENT OPENINGS:

  1. Director, Operations 
  2. Director, The Chicago Principal Partnership 
  3. Manager, Communications 
  4. Manager, Data Systems & Analytics 
  5. Associate, Data, Policy & Reports 
  6. Coordinator, Communications & Development 
  7. Part-Time Assistant, Operations 

TO APPLY:

Please review the job descriptions and qualifications for each position below. To apply, please email a resume and cover letter that outlines how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position for which you are applying. In your cover letter, please also indicate how you heard about this opportunity and the specific position for which you are applying.

All materials should be sent to careers@thefundchicago.org by the deadline specified for each position. We regret that we will not be able to respond to phone inquiries about this position.

The Chicago Public Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer. The Fund evaluates applicants for employment on the basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law. The Fund employs and values a diverse work environment.

1. DIRECTOR – OPERATIONS 

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director will report to the CEO. The Director will be responsible for The Fund’s financial and operations management as well as strategic planning for the organization.

Responsibilities for the Director include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage all day-to-day operations of The Fund, including finance, human resources, office management and IT. The Director, Operations Team and CEO work closely to build and support a high-functioning team, and to make The Fund a great place to work.
  • Build the professional capacity of 1-2 direct report team members, as well as supporting the professional development planning and execution for all team members.
  • Plan, coordinate and execute the annual budget and strategic planning processes, as well as quarterly team retreats.
  • Manage the preparation and support the communications for the Governance, Operations, Finance, and Audit Committee.
  • In partnership with the Chief Financial Officer and the senior leadership team, maintain an appropriate system of policies, internal controls and procedures; managing administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, 401k plan, benchmark payment processing, payroll, accounts payable and purchasing.
  • Oversee the organization’s insurance policies.

General Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of a 3-person Operations Team, providing leadership in overall operational Fund priorities.
  • Collaborate with team members to support The Fund’s strategy on principal quality.
  • Add value to organizational activities such as strategic planning, document production, recruiting, and other duties as assigned.
  • Cultivate and manage external partner and/or vendor relationships as needed.
  • Represent The Fund at external events and exhibit The Fund’s core values of collaboration, equity, excellence, innovation, integrity, and leadership.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund is seeking a highly-motivated professional with at least seven years of experience. Successful candidates will have:

  • A history of success as both a tactical and strategic leader in a collaborative, fast-paced and high-performing environment.
  • Project planning experience with a strong track record of executing on and achieving results.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, The Fund’s Board, and staff; as well as superior analytical skills.
  • Finance and data management experience.
  • Experience working in public education in Chicago preferred, not required.
  • Strong verbal and written presentation and communication skills, particularly with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to proactively and openly communicate as a member of the senior leadership team to support project stability and professional success.

Compensation

Salary and benefits are highly competitive.

2. DIRECTOR, THE CHICAGO PRINCIPAL PARTNERSHIP 

The Chicago Principal Partnership (The Partnership) was established in 2016 as the nation’s first collaborative effort dedicated to strengthening public schools through a systematic focus on principals. The Partnership arms members with actionable data to attract, support and keep great principals in Chicago’s public schools. The Partnership advocates for principals by ensuring that partners have and use principal feedback and data in their decision-making. Please visit www.chicagoprincipals.org to learn more.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Director will report to the Vice President, Program Investments, and will be responsible for setting the vision and driving the strategy for The Partnership.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An entrepreneurial track record, with experience starting or scaling a new organization or initiative
  • Evidence of a strong work ethic and a detail-oriented approach to project management;
  • Examples of exceptional written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences;
  • A history of reasoned judgment and positive energy, including in high-stress situations;
  • A track record of successful leadership and management (in professional or personal contexts);
  • A commitment to public education, and an interest in education policy; and
  • Prior teaching and/or leadership experience in a Chicago public school.

Responsibilities for the Director include, but are not limited to:

Strategy Development and Execution

  • Lead the development of The Partnership’s vision and strategy using principal quality data to convene citywide partners, including Chicago Public Schools, to drive continuous improvement in principal quality and co-create new solutions that support principal quality, satisfaction and retention.
  • Build relationships with stakeholders across the city and establish ongoing engagement and communication systems to build support for principal quality as a key priority for Chicago, including but not limited to principal preparation programs, professional development providers, Local School Councils and organizations that support them, and grantmakers that support school leadership.
  • Manage a small team to execute on Partnership goals including principal quality data accessibility for partners and development of new solutions generated by Partnership members.

Partnerships and Communication

  • Develop strategies to identify and attract new members to The Partnership and establish systems for data sharin with all members.
  • Support The Fund leadership in engaging and communicating progress toward goals to Fund board members and Partnership advisors.
  • Maintain a strong digital presence for The Partnership through website, digital tools for members and regular electronic communication about principal quality.

General Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of a 7-person cross-functional Program Team, providing leadership in overall operational and programmatic execution of key Fund priorities
  • Collaborate with team members to support The Fund’s strategy on principal quality
  • Add value to organizational activities such as strategic planning, document production, recruiting, and other duties as assigned
  • Cultivate and manage external partner and/or vendor relationships as needed
  • Represent The Fund at external events and exhibit The Fund’s core values of collaboration, equity, excellence, innovation, integrity, and leadership

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund is seeking a highly-motivated, entrepreneurial professional with at least ten (10) years of experience. Successful candidates will have:

  • Prior experience with nonprofit management and/or fundraising strongly preferred
  • Prior experience working in education research and/or policy strongly preferred
  • Project planning experience with a strong track record of executing on and achieving results
  • Experience working in public education in Chicago preferred, not required
  • Strong verbal and written presentation and communication skills, particularly with diverse audiences
  • Strong written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences, especially the ability to use data help drive key messaging
  • Ability to develop and cultivate relationships and networks in order to achieve results
  • Ability to manage self and workload effectively, be flexible and adaptive, and follow through on execution
  • Ability to think through, manage and communicate many details, often on tight timelines
  • Expert in Microsoft Office – PowerPoint
  • Ability to proactively and openly communicate as a member of the senior leadership team to support project stability and professional success

3. MANAGER – COMMUNICATIONS

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Communications Manager will report to Heather Y. Anichini, President and CEO, and will be responsible for working across the organization to harness the power of communications to advance The Fund’s goals and strategic objectives.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences
  • A passion for improving public education by harnessing the power of stories and words to inspire collective action
  • An entrepreneurial attitude, a strong work ethic and a detail-oriented approach
  • Comfort in new or unprecedented contexts
  • Reasoned judgment and positive energy, including in high-stress situations
  • A track record of leadership (in professional or personal contexts)
  • The ability to design, manage and execute multiple projects simultaneously while strategically balancing new and shifting demands
  • Experience with digital/web and social media and the ability to cultivate and sustain relationships with members of the media

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Overall Communications

  • Establish and lead a communications vision and strategy that builds on The Fund’s work in Fund 4, motivates key audiences to action, and positions The Fund to achieve its Fund 5 goals.
  • Manage and lead the Communications and Development Board of Directors Working Committee, keeping members of the Committee engaged in The Fund’s communications and development strategies and goals. This includes working closely with the Chair of the Committee and preparing high-quality materials that facilitate robust discussions in action-oriented quarterly meetings.
  • Attend and actively engage in quarterly Board of Directors meetings, including taking minutes.
  • Regularly meet with the Vice President of Program Investments and Director of Program Investments to identify critical objectives across teams, and to recommend and implement communications tactics to reach those objectives.
  • Lead weekly meetings with the Development and Strategy Manager and the Chief of Staff to ensure communications work advances fundraising goals, and providing weekly updates to the President and CEO on progress against those goals.
  • Manage the entire team to produce Quarterly Progress Reports to the Board of Directors that effectively capture The Fund’s strategic work and progress toward established deliverables.
  • Act as the lead copy editor for the organization, reviewing all public-facing and sensitive materials to ensure quality in messaging and style and error-free final products.
  • Secure speaking engagements for the CEO at local and national conferences and events, leveraging existing relationships and cultivating new ones to ensure The Fund is positioned as a leader in the education and principal quality space.
  • Create marketing and communications materials in support of meetings, events, initiatives and programs, and manage relationships with key vendors, such as photographers and videographers.

Principal Appreciation Campaign

  • Design, manage and execute a citywide Principal Appreciation Campaign that builds on the success of the 2017 campaign, solidifies brand recognition with key influencers, raises public awareness around and in support of principal quality, and cultivates new investors.
  • Identify, cultivate and inspire partners in the civic, corporate, nonprofit and philanthropic communities to publicly support the campaign. This will include designing and piloting sponsorship packages around the campaign, and clear asks following the campaign to convert participation to investments.
  • Establish and manage an internal team and external partners to quarterly benchmarks to ensure The Fund is on-track to reach its campaign goals.
  • Provide direction to Summer Fellows to generate content and secure collateral for the campaign, such as social media toolkits, CTA bus and rail ads, and more.

Press and Media

  • Manage an external public affairs firm to execute an overall communications and media engagement strategy that positions The Fund as a leader in the education space and as an expert in principal quality work. This includes collaborating on crisis communications, as needed.
  • Proactively conduct outreach to reporters, bloggers, journalists, columnists and other influencers to secure earned media placements that highlight The Fund, The Fund’s work, Chicago’s principals, and the importance of principal quality in an overall school improvement strategy. This includes drafting press releases and working with partners to cross-promote efforts wherever possible.
  • Prepare the CEO and other senior team members for interviews. This includes conducting background interviews with reporters, drafting talking points, and coaching team members on how to effectively deliver key messages.

Digital and Social Media

  • Draft monthly email blasts to key stakeholder groups, working with the CEO and other members of the team to strategically position The Fund’s work. This work includes maintaining a robust master communications list, leveraging and improving the use of online email platforms (ie MyEmma), and maintaining and incrementally increasing industry-high open and click rates.
  • Oversee and maintain The Fund’s website to ensure information, language, images and pages are current, comprehensive and user-friendly. This includes working across the team to update existing pages and add new pages.
  • Maintain The Fund’s blog, using it to tell the positive stories of strong principal leadership, to provide insight into Fund programs and policy work, and to engage new and existing partners in The Fund’s work.
  • Draft and publish daily Facebook posts that engage followers in The Fund’s work, in the important role of principals, and in public education. This includes responding to comments, messages and posts from users, creatively using ads to increase followers from key audience groups, and working with partners to identify opportunities for cross-promotion.
  • Build on The Fund’s successful launch on Twitter, differentiating the tone and style of messaging from Facebook in recognition of the difference in audiences. This includes seeking out and engaging with local and national influencers, members of the media, principals, and other key stakeholders.
  • Track, analyze and report out on key web, email and social media data, and leveraging that data to inform shifts in strategy and expand market penetration among key audiences.
  • Engage the broader team in supporting overall social media efforts.

General Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the Communications and Public Affairs Team, providing leadership in overall communications execution of key Fund priorities.
  • Collaborate with team members to support The Fund’s programmatic and data management strategies on principal quality through ongoing data collection, analysis and reporting activities.
  • Add value to organizational activities such as strategic planning, document production, recruiting, and other duties as assigned.
  • Represent The Fund at external events and exhibit The Fund’s core values of collaboration, equity, excellence, innovation, integrity, and leadership.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund is seeking a highly motivated professional. Successful candidates will have:

Prior experience:

  • Communications and/or marketing role(s) with a strong track record of setting, implementing and achieving ambitious results
  • Writing and editing across mediums (ie reports, letters, blog, web, social media)
  • Management of individuals, teams and/or Board of Directors
  • Experience working in a nonprofit or in public education in Chicago preferred, not required
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience)

Skills and abilities:

  • Strong verbal and written presentation and communication skills, particularly with diverse audiences (current and potential donors, including those in a corporate setting, as well as policymakers, civic and nonprofit leaders, educators and community members)
  • High comfort with managing and leveraging digital (web, blog) and social media (Facebook, Twitter) to advance overarching goals; familiarity with WordPress highly desired
  • Intrinsic motivation to manage self, manage workload effectively, be flexible and adaptive, and follow through on execution
  • Ability to think through and manage many details, often on tight timelines
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office – particularly PowerPoint, Word and Excel

Compensation

Salary and benefits are highly competitive.

4. MANAGER – DATA SYSTEMS & ANALYTICS

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Manager, Data Systems and Analytics will report to the Director, The Chicago Principal Partnership. This position will be responsible for supporting The Fund’s access to and use of data in achieving and sustaining the mission of the organization, which is to make Chicago among the first cities in the nation to offer great public schools to all students. In order to achieve this mission, The Fund is currently focused on increasing the number of high-performing principals in Chicago.

The Manager’s primary role will be to support the ongoing development and use of data resources that inform principal quality efforts for the city. The Fund has developed a principal quality data warehouse to establish a single source of information and provide real-time, accurate and actionable information to various stakeholder groups. This data warehouse involves combining data from various enterprise systems at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) with other available data and information on Chicago’s 600-plus school leaders as well as other educators.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • An entrepreneurial attitude, a strong work ethic and a detail-oriented approach.
  • Experience with enterprise-level data systems, including both technical experience and project-management experience.
  • Strong data and analytic skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences, especially the ability to translate technical concepts to a non-technical audience in the context of a large-scale project.
  • A commitment to and interest in public education.

Responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following elements of the Principal Quality Database Project:

  • Manage a project plan that successfully results in the development, enhancement and maintenance of The Fund’s Principal Quality Database.
  • Work directly with our database consultant on project management and implementation.
  • Lead stakeholder engagement with users of the database, identifying additional needs and potential solutions, and support the adoption of the tool into everyday operational use.
  • Create and lead trainings for individuals with varying levels of technical experience.
  • Develop processes for collecting data from stakeholders and outlining a methodology and process for keeping data accurate and current.
  • Manage the process of executing data sharing agreements with applicable stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement plans to enhance the scope and usability of this database, including working with Charter school networks and other program providers.
  • Support The Fund team in using this data warehouse, along with other available resources, to generate reports and analyses that will inform the work of The Fund and The Chicago Principal Partnership, a citywide effort focused on principal quality in all Chicago’s public schools.

General Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a member of a three-person cross-functional Partnership team, providing leadership in overall operational and programmatic execution of key Fund priorities.
  • Support The Fund’s use of data and analytics to achieve organizational goals and ultimately drive citywide improvement in educational outcomes.
  • Work with key partners in data, analytics and IT at CPS and other organizations.
  • Exhibit The Fund’s core values of collaboration, equity, excellence, innovation, integrity, and leadership.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund is seeking a highly motivated, entrepreneurial professional. Successful candidates will have:

  • 3+ years of Business Intelligence, Business Analyst and/or Data Analyst experience.
  • 2 + years project management experience, including the management of a large-scale, technical project.
  • Experience with the development and launch of a database or data tool, including project management and stakeholder/user engagement.
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience).

Preferred Experience:

  • 3+ years of experience with ETL development.
  • Experience with SQL coding and relational databases.
  • Experience with PeopleSoft.
  • Familiarity within public education in Chicago.
  • Strong data analysis and data visualization skills.
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience.
  • Experience with a reporting tool (Tableau, IBM Cognos).
  • Experience working with statistical software a plus (R, Stata, etc.).

Compensation

Salary and benefits are highly competitive for the nonprofit sector.

5. ASSOCIATE – DATA, POLICY & REPORTS

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Associate will report to the Director – Data, Policy & Reports (DPR) and will be responsible for working with the DPR Team to manage against a strategic plan to support and sustain efforts to ensure high quality school leaders in all of Chicago’s public schools.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An entrepreneurial attitude, a strong work ethic and a detail-oriented approach;
  • Strong quantitative skills, including experience with data analysis, interpretation, and presentation;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences;
  • Reasoned judgment and positive energy, including in high-stress situations;
  • A track record of leadership (in professional or personal contexts); and
  • A commitment to public education, and an interest in education policy

Responsibilities for the Associate include, but are not limited to:

Research and Reporting

  • Create reports, presentations and materials to share The Fund’s perspective on sustainable approaches for principal quality in Chicago, both internally and externally.
  • Conduct analyses to identify trends, issues and themes that inform The Fund’s strategic priorities; support the interpretation and communication of research findings to a wide range of Fund stakeholders.
  • Support other Fund publications by providing copy editing, fact checking and data quality reviews as needed.

Data Analysis and Management

  • Support the development of tools that will be used to collect data from a variety of stakeholders across The Fund’s work.
  • Execute on ongoing data collection strategies and support The Fund’s analytic work, including updating and maintaining databases, cleaning and processing data, and performing analyses using a variety of techniques.

Policy Expertise and Strategy

  • Conduct research and analysis regarding barriers to innovation that impact principal quality.
  • Support senior leadership, as needed, in developing recommendations that influence programming and investment strategies.

General Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of a 4-person cross-functional DPR Team, providing leadership in overall operational and programmatic execution of key Fund priorities.
  • Collaborate with team members to support The Fund’s data management strategy on principal quality through ongoing data collection, analysis and reporting activities.
  • Add value to organizational activities such as strategic planning, document production, recruiting, and other duties as assigned.
  • Cultivate and manage external partner and/or grantee relationships as needed.
  • Represent The Fund at external events and exhibit The Fund’s core values of collaboration, equity, excellence, innovation, integrity, and leadership.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund is seeking a highly-motivated, entrepreneurial professional with at least three (3) years of experience. Successful candidates will have:

Prior Experience:

  • Prior experience with data management and analytics strongly preferred
  • Prior experience working in education research and/or policy strongly preferred
  • Project planning experience with a strong track record of executing on and achieving results
  • Experience working in public education in Chicago preferred, not required

Skills and abilities:

  • Expert in Microsoft Office – particularly Excel and PowerPoint
  • Strong verbal and written presentation and communication skills, particularly with diverse audiences
  • Strong written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences, especially the ability to use data help drive key messaging
  • Ability to develop and cultivate relationships and networks in order to achieve results
  • Ability to manage self and workload effectively, be flexible and adaptive, and follow through on execution
  • Ability to think through, manage and communicate many details, often on tight timelines
  • Ability to proactively and openly communicate with senior management to support project stability and professional success

Compensation

Salary and benefits are highly competitive.

6. COORDINATOR, COMMUNICATIONS & DEVELOPMENT

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Coordinator will report to the Manager, Communications and Development.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong work ethic and detail-oriented approach.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills across a diverse set of audiences.
  • Comfort in new or unprecedented contexts.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Reasoned judgment and positive energy.
  • The ability to execute tasks and responsibilities in a time-sensitive, high-stakes environment.
  • Database management experience, preferably with Raiser’s Edge.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ideally, experience and/or interest in working in the nonprofit or education sector.

Responsibilities for the Coordinator include, but are not limited to:

Grants and Fundraising Campaigns

  • Assist with the planning, logistical support and execution of special events.
  • Support the preparation and follow-up associated with fundraising meetings
  • Create profiles for prospects (individuals and corporations) for CEO’s use.
  • Maintain development database records in Raiser’s Edge and prepare monthly and ad-hoc reports as needed.

Ongoing Communications Efforts

  • Assist the Chief of Staff with contact management, including organization of the CEO’s contacts.
  • Prepare various mailings and communication materials.
  • Support digital media efforts, including The Fund’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and website.
  • Coordinate and identify content for monthly updates to Board, Leadership Council, educators and funders/partners.
  • Track and research conferences for staff, including identifying speaking engagements for the CEO.
  • Oversee photo shoots at schools and events, coordinating with The Fund’s go-to photographer and working with the operations team to process invoices.
  • Work with the team to identify and write compelling stories of principals and schools for The Fund’s blog.

Reports and Case Studies

  • Provide key support for The Fund’s Principal Appreciation Week Campaign.
  • Support the Quarterly Progress Report development by preparing content related to development efforts.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund is seeking a highly motivated professional. Successful candidates will have:

  • Project planning experience with a strong track record of executing on and achieving results.
  • Writing and research experience.
  • Strong verbal and written presentation and communication skills, particularly with diverse audiences.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office – particularly PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
  • Ability to manage self, manage workload effectively, be flexible and adaptive, and follow through on execution.
  • Ability to think through and manage many details, often on tight timelines.

7. PART-TIME ASSISTANT, OPERATIONS

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITLIES

The Part-Time Operations Assistant will report to the Director, Operations.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An entrepreneurial attitude, a strong work ethic and a detail-oriented approach.
  • A track record of strong project management and follow through.
  • Reasoned judgment and positive energy, including in high-stress situations.
  • A commitment to public education, and an interest in education policy.

Responsibilities for the Part-Time Operations Assistant include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage paper and electronic accounts payable files, consistent with The Fund’s Document Management Policy.
  • Manage mailings, including weekly accounts payable, regular fundraising correspondence, and annual communication with key stakeholders.
  • Manage logistics for specific Fund events, including food orders, set-up and break-down, materials production and organizing parking for guests.
  • Provide support for the Operations Manager on a variety of tasks assigned, including material drop offs, bank deposits, research on competitive vendors, and support for the hiring process.
  • Monitor email communications for specific public email accounts maintained by the organization.

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

The Fund seeks a detail-oriented part-time assistant with prior experience working in a professional office setting. The successful candidate will be a “doer” who is willing to “wear many hats.” Successful candidates will have:

  • Experience providing administrative support in a fast-paced organization.
  • Experience with data entry.
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Working familiarity with copiers, telephone and internet.
  • Strong organizational skills, as well as experience successfully balancing multiple priorities with limited oversight.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A positive attitude and solutions-orientation.
  • Flexibility and ability to juggle multiple priorities and changing directions.

 

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