As a Manager at Empower Schools, you will work closely with your teammates to build state-level movements to empower public schools to better serve students and their families through the creation of high-autonomy, high-accountability Empowerment Zones. You will play a key role in the cultivation of partnerships, the execution of Zone design projects, and the growth of our impact in target high-need states such as Massachusetts and Colorado, positively impacting students who traditionally have been underserved in these states and beyond.
This position is based in Boston, MA. Travel, up to 30% of your time, may be needed to further our work on-the-ground in districts and states across the country.
Who We Are
Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We develop solutions that combine the autonomies and energetic innovation of charters with the critical commitment to universal service and local voice that have been hallmarks of districts. Empower works with policymakers, district and community leaders, and educators to fundamentally re-engineer traditional school systems into diverse education ecosystems centered on empowered and accountable schools. Empower has partnered with communities to design and launch Transformation Waco (Waco, TX), the Leadership Academy Network (Fort Worth, TX), the Rural Schools Innovation Zone (Premont, Freer, and Brooks County, TX), the Lubbock Partnership Network (Lubbock, TX), the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (Springfield, MA), the Luminary Learning Network Innovation Zone (Denver, CO), the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone (Denver, CO),the Beacon Network Innovation Zone (Denver, CO), the South Bend Empowerment Zone (South Bend, IN) and the Consortium Partnership Network, (St. Louis, MO). Visit us at www.empowerschools.org.
Who You Are
You are a fast learner with a thirst for knowledge and are excited by developing creative solutions to challenges encountered at the school and system levels. You are familiar with the challenges facing K-12 urban education and are eager to apply your analytical and creative problem-solving skills to address them. Your strong project management skills allow you to develop and implement complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and tight deadlines to high standards. You enjoy working individually and as part of a team and are able to build strong relationships with others.You thrive in a rapidly-evolving environment and recognize that resourcefulness and effective communication skills are key to success. You are able to take ideas and solutions from brainstorms to fruition, while engaging and incorporating the perspectives of others. You make time to reflect on your work in order to continually improve your effectiveness, you know how to self-advocate in order to get the support that you need, and you can keep it all in perspective with a strong sense of humor.
In short, you are a strong generalist with a broad skill-set, who can contribute to a wide range of projects.
How You’ll Help
Your work will vary based on your interests and organizational needs. Responsibilities may include:
Design and execute state and district partnerships in collaboration with many stakeholders
Support diverse stakeholders (e.g., district partners, school-based staff, community members, state policy champions, etc.) throughout the development and implementation of Zone partnerships including:
Provide responsive support to principals and zone leaders
Serve as an expert resource for district staff
Plan and participate in site visits for school teams
Develop project proposals and partnership documents
Support cultivation of potential philanthropic givers for local partnerships
Create compelling custom written deliverables to advance Zone projects
Develop community-focused presentations and communication materials for school and community stakeholders
Author application documents for district or state authorization, concept papers, strategic plans, and related documents
Project manage specific Zone workstreams, including successful management of staff, consultants, and partners as required for successful execution
Design and implement programmatic strategy in new Zones, including support of Zone leadership teams and recruitment of Zone staff, cultivation of school improvement partners, and communication of progress
Conduct research to inform Empower’s approach in potential target districts and states
Research, analyze, and connect with knowledgeable local contacts to examine the state education landscape in target states and make research-based recommendations about high-potential partner districts, possible partnership approaches, and potential local champions and non-profit partners who seem aligned with Empower’s approach
Research state policy and past school improvement initiatives to understand local context and potential policy pathways in target states
Develop policy briefings and reports
Design and manage external communications
Collaborate with the team to design a communications strategy that will broaden our reach and deepen our impact
Support the creation and dissemination of case studies, reports, and video and web content featuring our work and its impact
Provide support to Empower Schools on other initiatives, as needed
At least 3-5 years of work experience
Educational expertise strongly preferred
Consulting and strategic planning work preferred
Demonstrated interest in education reform and strong alignment with the goals of Empower Schools
Ability to manage complex projects involving multiple components
Ability to build successful relationships with partners, external organizations, policy makers, and education leaders
Possession of a flexible, resourceful, and creative mindset and deep motivation to drive toward high-quality outcomes with a consistently positive attitude
Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to translate ideas into clear, compelling documents (e.g., in PowerPoint and Word formats)
Dedication to continuous improvement (both personal and organizational) and interest in incorporating feedback from others
BA/BS or advanced degree preferred
Salary and Benefits
The salary for managers starts at $65,000 per year, with opportunities for meaningful advancement for successful team members every 2-3 years. Empower Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
Interested and qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]
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We support equal opportunity and value building the diversity of our team as we grow. We seek individuals of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and creeds to support our organization’s work and encourage individuals from historically under-represented backgrounds to apply.