Director, Chicago & Midwest
Education Pioneers - Chicago, IL

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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.

Position Overview

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.

Primary Responsibilities

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

Partnership Development

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

Alumni Support

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

Personal Characteristics

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.

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