$80,000 – $90,000
October 20, 2023
Washington, DC or Southern United States
The NEA Foundation is a national nonprofit and philanthropic organization that achieves its mission by investing in educators’ leadership, shared learning and collaboration; supporting partnerships that advance the best in teaching and learning; and sharing improvements in education policy and practice resulting from educators’ and organizational partners’ thought leadership.
The Foundation believes that the most innovative and effective policies and strategies emanate from educators engaged in authentic partnership with policymakers, students, parents, and others committed to educational justice, equity, excellence, and opportunity. They envision schools as places that foster both educators’ and students’ love of learning, enabling both to excel. They also envision education as every child’s civil right.
The NEA Foundation recognizes that the realization of this vision will require rigorous teaching and learning at every educational level; equitable and just educational resources and practices; an appreciation of students’ and educators’ full identity, physical, social, and emotional well-being; the eradication of racism, prejudice, and negative biases or mindsets; and both the public and policymakers’ openness to innovation and change.
Community Schools Initiative
This initiative was created to address the need for Community Schools in the South and the widening opportunity gap between many Black, Latinx, and low-income students and their higher-income ad white classmates in the region. In August 2020, the Foundation made its first grants to support the planning and development of Community Schools in Little Rock, Arkansas; Jackson, Mississippi; and East Baton Roug Parish, Louisiana. The grants allow partners the time and support needed to create a shared vision and roadmap, develop partnerships, identify needs and interests of communities and stakeholders, and design a Community School(s) work plan and implementation budget.
Along with grantmaking, the Foundation engages an extensive network to support local organizations and to provide grantees with customized coaching, technical support, and opportunities to exchange ideas with Community Schools participants and experts throughout the nation.
The NEA Foundation seeks collaborative, innovative, equity-centered, outcomes-oriented, deeply knowledgeable, and strategic individuals to join the Foundation’s Programs and Strategic Initiatives group. As a key member of this group, the new Program Officer will engage in grantmaking, further the Foundation’s Community Schools Initiative and related programs, while cultivating strategic partnerships and investments to advance the Foundation’s mission: to promote the best in public education. They will also be deeply engaged in national conversations regarding educational justice and equity and will prioritize the sharing of best practices related to impact, sustainability, and scalability with the field writ large.
As part of the Programs and Strategic Initiatives Group within the Foundation, the right candidate for this position will bring experience in the Community School ecosystem as a coordinator, school support, coach, policy and advocacy advisor, and/or organizer. This Program Officer will have an exceptional capacity for thought partnership in further development of the Foundation’s existing and emerging strategies to advance educational justice and equity, excellence, and opportunity. This individual will bring an understanding of education systems, best practices, and the roles of both educators and educationalpartnerships in advancing the best in Community Schools and public education. In this role, the Program Officer will be expected to engage comfortably in and contribute to the national conversation about Community Schools, educational justice and equity, specifically about the roles of educators and educational partnerships.
The Program Officer will also have opportunities to help design the Foundation’s internal systems in the furtherance of this work. Exceptional oral and written communication skills, humility, project management, and the capacity to effectively engage colleagues and other education stakeholders in widely varied contexts are critical considerations in the selection of the Foundation’s Program Officer.
Design and Administration of Strategic Initiatives
Programs and Strategic Initiatives Teamwork
The Program Officer will be a strategic, dynamic, outcomes-driven thinker, and relationship-oriented individual with the ability to project manage and collaboratively engage with staff across the organization and external partners throughout the organization’s network. They should bring a personal commitment to, and experience with, Community Schools practice and policy, and an appreciation for the challenges that practitioners face in the field with an eye towards equity. They will be skilled at relationship building and collaborative problem solving to reach solutions that benefit programs and initiatives, the goals of the Programs and Strategic Initiatives group, as well as grantees and educators across the country. The Program Officer will have a track record in evaluating programs and strategies while providing the necessary support to leadership and other internal colleagues. They will have a demonstrated commitment to advancing social justice and racial equity.
The successful candidate will be energized by helping communities and educators to advance the best in public education, and could have a background in a variety of settings––philanthropy, school or system leadership, nonprofit organizations, community and state organizing, government–and may bring professional experience across different parts of the education sector. A successful candidate may also bring prior classroom or system-level leadership experiences.
The Program Officer should bring a growth mindset, be comfortable operating within a relatively flat organizational structure, and be able to work both autonomously and cooperatively with team members. The Program Officer must be teaching-oriented, facilitating others’ and the organization’s development, and provide guidance to, and supervision of, program associates and fellows.
With the understanding that no one person will offer every desired skill and characteristic outlined below, compelling candidates will offer much of the following:
Salary & Benefits
The salary range for this role is $80,000 – $90,000 based on years of experience and ensuring pay equity within the organization. The NEA Foundation offers a generous benefits package including comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, life and disability insurance, and retirement plan.
Washington, DC or Southern United States (remote)
The NEA Foundation’s EEO Statement
The NEA Foundation is committed to equal employment opportunity in all employment-related matters, including hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfers and other personnel actions, without regard to race, citizenship, religion, color, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation and political affiliation or any other characteristic protected by federal or District of Columbia law. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to prevent management from implementing any legally permissible affirmative action programs. In addition, the Foundation complies with the District of Columbia’s Human Rights Law.
To Be Considered
Please submit your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position and fit for the role. Letters may be addressed to Martens Roc.
Applicants applying by October 30th will be given priority consideration, with the position open until filled.
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