About Education Pioneers
Education Pioneers is a groundbreaking national nonprofit organization that accelerates education reform by attracting and developing top leaders, managers, and reformers with diverse backgrounds and professional skills to ensure a public education system in which all students receive a quality education. Founded in 2003, Education Pioneers is building an extensive network of education change agents who work primarily outside of the classroom. We know that a thriving public education system needs great people at all levels - from the classroom to the district office to state and federal government. By creating a broad, deep bench of top talent to accelerate reforms outside the classroom that will transform the system, Education Pioneers ensures high student achievement and success.
Through our Fellowship programs, Education Pioneers identifies the best and brightest graduate students and early career professionals, and connects them with the most impactful organizations and promising initiatives throughout the education sector. Education Pioneers is also committed to developing a pipeline of diverse future leaders including those whose backgrounds reflect the students and families we ultimately serve through our partners.
Education Pioneers seeks a Director, Chicago & Midwest to mobilize its network of Fellows, Alumni, and Partners to dramatically improve outcomes for the neediest students throughout the area. The Director serves as the primary agent to implement a powerful and transformational experience for the local cohort of Fellows, to support Partner organizations in meeting their talent needs, to lead efforts to expand programs and partnerships in new areas throughout the region, and to provide strategic support and programming for locally based Alumni throughout the year. Successful candidates will be detail oriented, strategic thinkers, possess exceptional relationship-building and organization management skills.
This position will report to the Executive Director, Northern Region, and will have a direct report (Program Manager.) In addition, he/she will collaborate closely with the other members of the regional team. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program Expansion & Management
Lead all aspects of fellowship programming, including program management, implementation, facilitation and evaluation
Collaborate with the National Team and regional Directors in the design of fellowship content
Thought partner with the Executive Director and regional team in developing strategies for growing program impact and broadening presence in the region
Assist in the development and long-term implementation of our expansion strategy across the mid-west
Serve as a skilled coach, mentor and guide for Fellows providing direct and targeted support regarding their fellowship experience, ongoing professional development and long-term career planning
Effectively monitor and evaluate the success of the Chicago & Midwest Region Fellowship Programs
Represent Education Pioneers at events in the broader community to build our brand and presence in the Northern Region Chicago Site
Lead efforts to develop new partnerships with education focused organizations across the Chicago & Midwest Region
Effectively cultivate and manage existing partnerships; identify opportunities to deepen existing partnerships
Provide a high degree of support to all current & prospective clients in support of their human capital needs year round and throughout the fellow placement process
Recruitment & Selection
Recruit and select a diverse group of talented candidates into Education Pioneers' Fellowship programs (Graduate Student Fellowship, Yearlong Fellowship, Analyst Fellowship) in 2013
Represent Education Pioneers at local recruiting events and generate excitement for our program among prospective applicants
Conduct in-depth interviews with applicants to assess their candidacy for our programs
Work closely with the regional team to make final decisions regarding admissions into the Graduate School Fellowship and Analyst Fellowship
Enhance the effectiveness of the Region's alumni by helping them become impactful change agents at high-impact/high-potential education organizations through connecting them to local education leaders, leveraging events and gatherings, providing one-on-one career counseling, and offering other relevant supports
Lead efforts to strengthen the alumni network throughout the Region
Engage locally-based Alumni in aspects of the Fellowship Programs to serve as Partners, speakers/panelists, and mentors to support the fellowship experiences
Experience and Qualifications
At least five years relevant professional experience including program development & management, business development, sales, development/fundraising
A proven track record of building effective relationships/partnerships and expanding programs or services
At least two years experience effectively managing and evaluating people
Highly developed facilitation and networking skills
Strong comfort level interacting with executive level clients/constituents
Strong strategic thinking skills
Comfort operating in an entrepreneurial environment
Strong team orientation and ability to provide and accept feedback, and ability to work in collaboration with diverse groups of people
Knowledge of the current K-12 education reform landscape required, significant education reform experience in the Chicago Metro Area preferred
Graduate degree preferred
Education Pioneers Alumni are encouraged to apply
A strong commitment to Education Pioneers' mission and core values of courage, optimism, collaboration, and action
Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter
Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player
Energized by the opportunity to build the local presence of a well-branded Human Capital organization.
Flexible, resourceful, and persistent change agent
Creative, imaginative, and innovative problem solver
Principled leader with high ethical standards
Education Pioneers believes it is critical for leaders in urban education to reflect the urban communities they serve. We actively recruit people of color to join our team. We support equal opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage people of color to apply for positions in our organization.
Duties and responsibilities may change. All Education Pioneers employees are encouraged to be flexible and responsive to changes in scope of duties.