Portfolio Director
NYC Department of Education - New York, NY

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→ Can you argue in favor of and against every point of view?

→ Are you never satisfied with the first offer?

→ Can you manage multiple work streams in your sleep?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we want you to apply to be a Portfolio Director at The Fund for Public Schools (The Fund) and the NYC Department of Education's Office of Strategic Partnerships (OSP).

Our office, an independent nonprofit, is located at the NYC Department of Education's headquarters and exists to raise private dollars from and create partnerships with the private sector to improve public schools. We secure critical funding for system-wide reforms; facilitate strategic public/private agreements; manage and monitor pilot programs within our schools; and work to build citywide awareness around public school reform. From curriculum to evaluation, from arts to innovation, and from leadership to libraries, The Fund's projects span the whole portfolio of education policy and programs.

Job Summary:

The Fund and the Office of Strategic Partnerships are looking for a seasoned leader who can jump right into managing projects that will support New York City's public school students. The Portfolio Director will be responsible for fundraising for specific projects (valued between approximately $5M-10M), managing grants and related work streams for each project, and serving as the liaison between private donors and the NYC Department of Education (DOE).

Key Relationships:

The position will report to The Fund's Managing Director and will be a member of a team of four Portfolio Directors, which is supported by two Portfolio Associates. The Portfolio Director will also work closely with The Fund's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer. We are a structured, busy but informal office; we welcome folks who are smart and driven, but who can also bring a little silliness to the table.


→ Manage all aspects of fundraising for specific projects and initiatives, including: devising a strategy; helping to forge relationships with potential funders; working with DOE program teams to hone ideas; and developing proposals and creating budgets.

→ Serve as OSP liaison to senior DOE staff responsible for implementing specific programs and initiatives. This requires extensive project management, including helping DOE staff assess progress, create and refine goals and work plans, and manage project finances.

→ Serve as key point-person for funders for designated projects and facilitate their relationship with the DOE. This includes working closely with donors to understand their priorities and match their interests with DOE funding needs.

→ Report to funders on progress of grants received, ensuring accountability and compliance with grant agreements, via narrative and financial reports and/or funder briefings.

→ Work with all members of OSP and The Fund to develop and update Office goals, strategic plan, and fundraising strategies.

→ Work with communications staff to plan and execute strategic outreach, such as funder briefings, donor email updates on various initiatives, joint communications-development events, etc.

→ Maintain appropriate access to confidential data, contact information, and high-level policy briefs.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college with a baccalaureate degree and four years of full-time professional experience, demonstrating progressively greater responsibility, in the areas of education administration/planning, grant funding from governmental and private sources, business or public administration, management, or a related field.
  • A satisfactory combination of post-baccalaureate education and/or experience.
  • At least eighteen (18) months of managerial experience.
→ Preferred
  • Masters Degree in a related field.
  • Extensive experience and a proven record of accomplishment in the following areas:
  • exceptional writing skills and ability to create a variety of documents for multiple audiences;
  • extensive project management, including overseeing complex projects with sizeable budgets, diverse stakeholders, multiple work streams, and tight deadlines; and
  • external and internal relationship management, personnel management, and strategic thinking.
    • Experience in the education, development, and/or philanthropic sectors.
    • Ability to work closely with high-level decision-makers.
    • Entrepreneurial spirit.
    • Strong desire to work in a fast-paced, collaborative office, as well as a sense of humor and diplomacy.

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