Fueled by a sense of urgency around improving outcomes for low-income and minority children, Bellwether Education Partners, founded in 2010, is national nonprofit dedicated to helping education organizations – in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors – become more effective and achieve dramatic results, especially for high-need students.
An entrepreneurial, rapidly growing organization comprising a team of accomplished individuals with demonstrated experience and expertise in performance-driven education reform, Bellwether is mission driven and committed to a set of core values that guide our work. Leveraging our distinct organizational culture, as well as the combined skills and experience of our team, we are an “action tank” - at once a generator of innovative and purposeful reform ideas, as well as a provider of direct services and momentum-building activity to the field.
Bellwether’s programs and services are aimed at improving education at a crucial point in our country’s history when our goal of a more equitable democratic society, as well as our changing economy, demand dramatically better outcomes from our public education system. There is a growing community of performance-driven education reform leaders, entrepreneurs, organizations, foundations and public institutions that are spearheading fresh, creative approaches to better serve all students, especially those in low-income communities. These organizations and their supporters are demonstrating the promise of innovative solutions for closing the persistent achievement gap in public education.
As these organizations gain recognition and grow beyond the start-up stage, they need help to develop more sophisticated business strategies, more mature internal management systems, high-level thought partnership, and more diverse and deeper leadership capacity. Through a combination of grant-funded programs, and specialized, practical, and actionable services, Bellwether seeks to address these needs by focusing on three primary areas:
We do not cover the waterfront like some large consulting firms; instead, by remaining strictly focused in our areas of expertise and the needs of underserved students in America, we provide unparalleled leadership, support, wisdom, and experience to help build the field of education change agents, and help the organizations they lead to have the greatest impact possible.
Our work is national in scope, and our team is primarily concentrated in four major cities: Boston, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco. While we maintain offices in these cities, our flexible working style enables our professionals to work where they have built their lives, thereby enabling Bellwether to hire the best person for each role, regardless of geography.
For more information on our organization, please visit: www.bellwethereducation.org.
The Chief of Staff is a senior level position that provides direct support to the Managing Partner and the partner team in ensuring that Bellwether achieves its strategic objectives at the organizational level. Today there are five partners, and our growth plans envision a partner team of eight or nine within the next several years. The Chief of Staff will work closely with the partner team to lead the annual planning process, create annual budgets, ensure the Bellwether board is engaged appropriately and functioning well, develop the content and structure for team retreats, support and develop communication systems, coordinate meetings, and lead strategic initiatives and special projects determined by the partners as critical to Bellwether’s long-term success.
The Chief of Staff is accountable to the Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Mary Wells, who, in turn, will guide his/her work and invest in his/her professional development.
The Chief of Staff’s primary responsibilities and duties will be to:
Bellwether is a good fit for professionals who possess strong personal drive and motivation, demonstrate exemplary professional behavior and values, and who are resourceful, responsible, tenacious, independent, and self-confident.
The ideal candidate will have formal experience from a management consulting or client services organization. In addition, the successful candidate will have:
The following training/skill set is ideal but not required:
Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package including a performance-based bonus based on individual and firm success, full health care coverage, and access to 401(k) accounts with a matching contribution policy.
Flexible from a home office anywhere in the United States, or from the Bellwether office in Chicago, Washington, DC, or San Francisco.
Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. We serve diverse organizations, and are committed to non-discrimination. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are treated equally without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, expression, gender identity or veteran’s status.
The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a letter of interest and a current resume and should be submitted electronically. Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to:
Leslie Nair, Associate Partner
Bellwether Education Partners