The Director, PK-12 Initiatives supports Commit PK-12 initiatives, Early Matters Dallas, and Best in Class, the joint venture between Commit and Communities Foundation of Texas. This effort is focused on increasing access to high-quality early education classrooms and improving the way we attract, prepare, develop and retain great and diverse educators for our students. Through this work, the Director, PK-12 Initiatives will be instrumental in supporting the portfolio of strategies, partnerships, and investments for the PK-12 work and will be a critical team member in further advancing the overarching PK-12 vision. In addition, with the growing demand for this work, the Director will participate in the expansion of these strategies for other partners and communities across the state.
Collective Impact and Capacity Building
- Develop, manage, and execute department plans by providing strategic thought-partnership, technical assistance, and capacity-building support for districts, institutions of higher education, and other partners seeking to implement innovative, evidence-based strategies focused on increasing access to high-quality Pre-K classrooms and attracting and preparing effective educators.
- Develop relationships to get meaningful time with systems-leaders to share key data, best practices, and lead courageous conversations on systems change.
- Convene and facilitate external meetings with high levels of engagement of systems-leaders that drive towards outcomes for key initiatives and strategies. Relevant strategies could include increasing the number of quality pre-k classrooms, identifying additional sustainable funding streams for partners, and increasing the number of high-quality, early childhood education professionals within the Dallas County ecosystem.
- Support the development of key partner organizations, coalitions and their staff that will implement PK-12 initiatives in their local communities.
- Regularly collect, analyze, and review data in numerous ways (longitudinally, disaggregated by demographics, compared to local/state benchmarks) to highlight best practices and bring to light focus areas of improvement.
- Consistently socialize data internally and externally across numerous mediums and differentiate by stakeholder audience (legislators, funders, district leaders).
- Analyze and synthesize the findings from the portfolio of strategies to determine the impact, challenges, and opportunities for subsequent efforts.
- Align public (state/federal) and private philanthropic resources to support the design and development of innovative strategies and policies internally and externally.
- Build and maintain authentic relationships with elected and/or state agency officials with regular two-way feedback loops on key strategies and initiatives.
- Collaborate with the Commit policy team to identify potential policy implications and areas of support, co-developing strategic plans for legislative sessions based on local proof points.
Strategic Thinking and Policy
- Track and interpret implications of education research and policy at the federal, state, and district levels, as well as innovative and influential organizations.
- Manage a multi-staff team towards achieving individual strategic goals aligned to team and organizational outcomes and develop staff members towards professional development goals and expectations.
- Contribute to and enhance an equitable, inclusive, and strengths-based organizational culture that values continuous improvement and embodies Commit’s core values.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree required, with a Master’s Degree in business, education, policy or other related field preferred
- Five to eight years of experience in education or education-adjacent sectors at a systems-level
- Prior background in Texas public and higher education, national education policy, or non-profit sector
- Understanding and curiosity of the education sector’s early learning and human capital structure both in public and higher education
- Strong content knowledge in early childhood education and teacher pipelines
- Strong interest in the national and statewide dialogue on education policy and ability to think across public and private sectors
- Previous experience with effectively managing multiple staff and managing through layers
Skills & Requirements
- Ability to create strong, trusting relationships with team members and external stakeholders
- Dedicated to seeking equity and track record of aligning to that end
- Exceptional problem-solving skills, including analysis and synthesis of qualitative and quantitative data
- Strong written and verbal communication, presentation, and facilitation skills
- Ability to navigate between independent project work and team collaborative projects
- Talent managing a wide variety of stakeholders at different levels and ability to support interaction between leaders
- Ability to coordinate with individuals from a range of disciplines and backgrounds
- Natural interpersonal dynamic breeding trust and engagement of others
- Insatiable desire to transform student achievement in North Texas and the belief that education can be an equalizer
- Thrives in innovative environments. Can drive progress forward even within areas of gray.
- Open to rolling up your sleeves to get the job done, even if it means working over 40 hours a week on a consistent basis
- Desire to continuously incorporate feedback from the team and work with urgency, humility, and competing priorities; true team player
- Valid state issued drivers’ license
Salary: Salary range for this position is $90,000-$115,000 annually with an option for bonuses.
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of all employees within this class.
Accommodations: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.
Interested candidates should complete the application at the URL linked to this posting. If not redirected to submit application, please go to: https://commitpartnership.org/careers, attach your resume and a one-page cover letter stating why you are interested in the role. Inquiries regarding the position can be sent to [email protected].
The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.
Commit does not sponsor visas of any kind.
About the Commit Partnership
LINK: Executive Leadership Summary
Founded in 2012, The Commit Partnership (“Commit” or “The Partnership”) has become the largest educational community-based collective impact organization in the U.S. as measured by either staff, by budget, or by total students supported (790,000+ ages 0 through 22). Encompassing 200+ partners across Dallas County, including almost every public school district, higher education entity and large foundation in the region, The Partnership also encompasses numerous independent private schools and public charter networks, businesses and educational non-profits. The Partnership’s overriding vision is relatively simple and straightforward: our community, working together, to ensure that all students receive an excellent and equitable education.
Over 100 different local, regional and national investors have supported the backbone to date. They include major foundations, high net worth philanthropists, and corporate partners, all of whom believe that investing in a dedicated backbone organization, armed with powerful data and the power to continually convene and align stakeholders, will lead to meaningful systems change as public and philanthropic funding streams align strategically behind what is needed to grow the number of students with a postsecondary degree or technical certificate.
While The Partnership’s current geographic scope is Dallas County, its early success has led to its recent agreement to support similar burgeoning efforts in Ft. Worth/Tarrant County (350,000 K-12 students) and Houston/Harris County (~900,000 K-12 students). Collectively, these three regions educate 1 in 3 children in Texas and roughly 4% of the nation’s K-12 population. When aligned in the future by common data and goals, these regions could prove a powerful force behind aligned advocacy to alter state public funding streams and key policies benefiting students.
- Students First: We are guided by multiple stakeholders, but ultimately our decisions rest upon one question: What is in the best interest of students?
- Systemic Impact: We maintain patience and persistence while relentlessly insisting upon efficient and highly-effective approaches to sustainably change systems to more effectively serve their communities.
- Equity and Inclusion: We work with others to transform systems in ways that ensure every student has access to the resources they need. We help set the table for an expansive conversation, welcoming and valuing every voice at the table, while actively and explicitly working to create outcomes that narrow opportunity gaps and shift power towards communities and individuals most impacted.
- Humility: We embrace the fact that our success depends on our ability to work cohesively with each other and our community. We learn and grow best together.
- Joy: We bring a constant sense of optimism and fun to this difficult work.
- Integrity: We will act honestly and ethically in all internal and external decisions, in the ways we present data, and in how we communicate with partners; this unwavering commitment allows us to best serve students, families, and the community.