Nationally recognized nonprofit venture philanthropy seeks a Partner to lead the Diverse Leaders investment area.
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising and innovative education entrepreneurs and leaders and helps them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. We are committed to helping students graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine PK-12 education.
We have a passionate, inclusive, bold, accountable and connected culture where employees at all levels have the opportunity to grow and contribute. Please visit our website at www.newschools.orgto learn more about NewSchools Venture Fund and our core values.
DIVERSE LEADERS INVESTMENT AREA
The Diverse Leaders strategy aims to advance Black and Latino leadership in education. Our goal is for Black and Latino leaders to represent at least 40 percent of the PreK-12 education workforce, mirroring the demographics of U.S. students today. We seek to accomplish this by:
Investing in entrepreneurs with bold new ideas to diversify education leadership. We provide seed funding to new organizations and support new initiatives within existing organizations.
Influencing funders and partners to prioritize diversity, equity and inclusion. We advise funders on their DEI strategy development, engage in funder convenings, and create high-impact publications to advance action on this topic and share lessons from the field.
Supporting the other investment teams to prioritize racial equity in their investing and management assistance practices.
NewSchools seeks a Partner to lead our Diverse Leaders team, and to bring the vision & strategy for this critical investment area to life. You will develop our approaches to investing in a national portfolio of ventures, design high-impact management assistance supports for this groupand createmeaningful thought leadership pieces. You will manage the Diverse Leaders team, supporting the growth and development of three direct reports. In this role, you will report to Frances Messano, Senior Managing Partner, and a member of NewSchools’ leadership team. You will work remotely from anywhere in the U.S., though if you are based in the Bay Area, you will be able to work from our office in Oakland, CA when it is safe to do so.
Your legacy at NewSchools will include:
Accelerating the Diverse Leaders strategy and influencing the field to advance diversity, equity and inclusion. You’ll have the opportunity to:
Determine how we will integrate parent leadership into our broader strategy and utilize continuous improvement approaches to refine our strategy on an ongoing basis based on lessons learned
Identify opportunities for NewSchools to advance DEI as a priority across the education sector, including producing public facing content to communicate what we are learning, creating strategic convenings, developing DEI content for our Summit, and representing NewSchools at conferences and events
Provide relevant updates to the Board on the Learning Solutions strategy, activities and impact
Engage and influence funders to increase their commitment and funding to DEI
Collaborate with external partners to ensure that we are able to deliver on our ambitious annual and long-term goals
Leading a high-performing, diverse team with the support they need to execute the Diverse Leaders strategy. You’ll have the opportunity to:
Develop and implement a vision for an effective, growth-oriented, inclusive team
Set annual goals for the Diverse Leaders team that advance organizational objectives and support direct reports in achieving their aligned individual goals
Ensure the growth, development, and retention of three team members through world-class management and coaching skills
Represent NewSchools and our values to both internal and external audiences
Collaborate with other partners and team leaders across the organization to ensure aligned approaches and equitable experiences for direct reports
Support other NewSchools’ investment teams and staff members in infusing a commitment to DEI across all of their work, and apply the lessons learned from our external work into our internal approaches
Investing at least $8M per year to create a growing portfolio of Diverse Leaders ventures. You’ll have the opportunity to:
Expand our network with partner organizations and aspiring innovators to build our pipeline of aligned applicants
Design our approach to one or two funding opportunities each year to invest in new ventures
Determine how we should provide growth funding to existing ventures with the most promise to expand their impact
Lead a team to conduct due diligence on prospective ventures’ ideas and leadership to make investment decisions and document decisions
Measure the impact of the portfolio and individual ventures to ensure organizations are helping to advance our overall strategy
Supporting a strong portfolio of innovators that have significantly advanced Black and Latino education leadership with your coaching and support. You will:
Improve our vision for supporting leaders in our portfolio, who have a wide range of skills and needs, working to advance diverse leadership in education
Refine existing strategies and approaches, such as needs assessments, communities of practice, technical assistance, and coaching, to provide customized support in effective and efficient ways. Lead the team to execute our management assistance vision
Coach a portfolio of 15-20 ventures on a range of topics, such as fundraising and strategy, as well as sharing resources and making connections. Support team members to serve as effective coaches
Partner with external experts to enhance our management assistance approaches
Create and curate resources and codify best practices to support venture leaders. Surface key trends, themes and patterns across the portfolio to make adjustments to our management assistance approach and to inform our thought leadership efforts
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
Passion for innovation and excellence in public education
Deep understanding of the best practices and challenges related to diversity, equity and inclusion and education leadership
Demonstrated commitment to learning and continuous improvement
Demonstrated track record leading in a fast-paced environment, managing a team to high performance and collaborating with a wide-range of stakeholders to achieve shared goals
Demonstrated success in strategy development and implementation
Ability to manage multiple priorities amid ambiguity and to leverage creative thinking
Ability to design and facilitate highlyimpactful adult learning experiences
Ability to coach and support entrepreneurial educators to find greater success in their work
A high degree of self-awareness and a relationship-orientation that inspires and motivates others
Ability to support the growth and development of direct reports
Deep relationships and networks within Black and Latino communities
Ability to travel up to 25% for in-person team and all-team meetings and retreats, venture visits, convenings and conferences when we are able to travel again
Working style suited to a small organization with limited support staff, where teamwork and resourcefulness are highly valued
Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite with the ability to produce high quality work products in each program
Minimum of 15 years of professional experience with substantial experience working in leadership development, racial equity, management consulting or philanthropy
Senior leadership experience in entrepreneurial, innovative environments
Demonstrated track record of success as a manager of people
Additional Salary Information: 20% Annual Bonus
About NewSchools Venture Fund
NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit based in Oakland, CA that supports and invests in promising, innovative entrepreneurs and teams of educators. We help them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the schools, students and educators they serve. We are committed to helping all students – especially those in underserved communities – graduate high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investing, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine PreK-12 education.