NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that supports and invests in promising and innovative entrepreneurs and teams of educators. We help them accomplish their missions to achieve outstanding results for the students, educators and schools they serve. We are committed to helping students finish high school prepared and inspired to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. Through our investments, management assistance, network building, and thought leadership, NewSchools helps to reimagine K-12 education.
The Director of Research & Learning will lead a portfolio of research projects designed to better understand an expanded definition of student success and personalized learning. The projects will help NewSchools strengthen its progress and impact across its three investment areas. The Director will also partner with investment teams to share what we are learning quickly, in order to deepen the knowledge of current ventures, continually reflect on our investment strategy, and accelerate learning across the field.
The new Director will be responsible for proactively designing and managing research projects across NewSchools’ investment areas, and translating findings into easily digestible and actionable insights and guidance for our ventures, funders, and the broader external field. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for:
Minimally, the successful candidate must demonstrate: commitment to reimagining learning for all students, especially those in underserved communities, a passion for innovation and excellence in Pk-12 public education, and broad knowledge of education reform history and trends. Beyond these essential characteristics, the new Director must have – and be able to balance – two equally important sets of qualifications; first: vision, imagination, intellectual curiosity, and a level of research expertise that will be required to credibly lead this work; second: the agility (and accompanying adaptive mindset) required to shift from project management and results, to translating and sharing, in order to foster deeper understanding and insights in the field. Therefore, ideal candidates for this position should possess the following experience:
The successful candidate will also possess the following skills:
Finally, candidates will possess these personal characteristics:
REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS: The Director of Research & Learning will report to CEO, Stacey Childress.
LOCATION: Oakland, CA
COMPENSATION: Competitive and commensurate with experience; relocation reimbursement is available.
TO APPLY: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For optimal consideration, applications should be submitted electronically prior to May 1, 2017, and include a letter of interest as well as a resume. Nominations, applications, or inquiries about the position and/or the search process should be directed to the Bellwether Education Partners executive search team managing the search: Monisha Lozier, Founder/Partner and Leslie Nair, Principal via firstname.lastname@example.org.
NewSchools Venture Fund is an equal opportunity employer. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.