Community Engagement and Outreach
Role Type:Full Time
Location: Flexible Geography, Remote/Virtual Team
Who We Are:
Transcend is education’s “R&D Engine,” enabling communities to imagine, create, and spread learning environments that truly prepare all students for what the future demands. We do this by playing two vital roles:
We expand the supply of innovative, high-quality, and replicable school models to give communities everywhere a broader and more diverse range of options to adopt
We grow demand and readiness for innovation in communities across the country, so they are eager to adopt these models and innovate in effective ways.
The Partner, School Partnership Development position will play a critical, on-the-ground role to advance Transcend’s mission every day by seeking out and cultivating new school design partnerships for Transcend. This role will continuously maintain a thriving network of potential partners, help determine the best partners for Transcend’s unique R&D work, and bring those partners to Transcend to see if there is a match between their needs and our work.
Who You Are:
You delight in connecting people to make positive change happen. As your cell phone (and frequent flyer miles!) can attest, you love building and engaging with a broad and diverse network of education leaders and innovative minds. You listen keenly to others and communicate in ways that in equal parts inspire and inform. It feels fantastic to utilize your network to match-make between schools and organizations like Transcend that can help them. You are eager to find schools that are interested in transforming outcomes and experiences for all learners -- and connect them in ways that accelerate their efforts.
Source and sustain a network of potential Transcend school and system partners
Serve as the ambassador of Transcend at conferences and industry events to grow excitement and knowledge of Transcend’s services with prospective school partners
Establish and manage deep and trusting relationships with senior school, system, and funder leaders to understand their needs and communicate how Transcend may be valuable to them
Partner with the portfolio strategy lead to understand portfolio strategy and how to collaborate to achieve revenue and mission-driven goals
Develop polished proposals for potential school and system partners
Partner with project leads to engage in due diligence during pilot projects
Build and codify best practices that allow us to improve and scale our services
Strong verbal and written communicator for a senior education audience
Pro at building, managing, and sustaining relationships with a diverse group of senior leaders and contributors in the education space
Have a broad network of senior educator leaders across governance and geographies
Ability to develop compelling proposals or responses to grants and requests for proposals in a polished, timely fashion
Strong critical thinker and problem-solver: Excels at asking questions and determining root causes of challenges and opportunities
Ability to flourish with limited guidance, be proactive, and successfully navigate uncertainty
Motivated and excited by working with schools - districts, charters, and independent - to identify their challenges and seek solutions to them
Deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and access of quality learning experiences for all kids
Willingness to travel up to 50% when needed
Knowledge of education sector (preferably the innovation landscape) with 10+ years of experience leading complex projects and/or teams in a school or district/CMO environment preferred
Transcend is an equal opportunity employer. We are building a diverse team that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Transcend is a national nonprofit that leads innovation in school design in close partnership with visionary school operators around the country. We focus on innovation in every aspect of the holistic design of schools -- from the aims of school, to students’ experience, to the use of time, to the roles of educators and families and surrounding communities, to physical space, and much more -- to prepare all students for far greater success in the 21st century.
We do this through:
developing and spreading new school model designs, in close partnership with visionary school operators (in district, charter, and independent schools)
building a diverse, cross-disciplinary force of talent for the sector, who can perform the deep R&D needed for school innovation
building and sharing actionable knowledge for the sector on how to do school model innovation and change management