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Executive Assistant

Operations

About Bellwether Education Partners


Bellwether Education Partners is a national nonprofit focused on dramatically changing education and life outcomes for underserved children. We do this by helping education organizations accelerate their impact and by working to improve policy and practice.


Bellwether envisions a world in which race, ethnicity, and income no longer predict opportunities for students, and the American education system affords all individuals the ability to determine their own path and lead a productive and fulfilling life.


Our work focuses on five service areas:


  1. Policy analysis and research
  2. Strategy and growth planning
  3. Organizational effectiveness and efficiency
  4. Implementation support
  5. Educational program evaluation

We believe that the only way to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education is to take a holistic approach by changing field-level policies and perceptions while strengthening and supporting individual organizations. Since many of the challenges organizations face are complex, they require multiple perspectives and areas of expertise.


Through our integrated offerings, we provide comprehensive, coherent, and lasting solutions to education’s most long-standing and complicated problems.


Organizational Culture


Bellwether takes our mission of serving educators, students, organizations, and communities seriously. But we try not to take ourselves as individuals quite so seriously. We do challenging work, and we know how to have fun. From jumpsuits and talent shows at retreats, to PowerPoint presentations on werewolves and vampires at team meetings, we embrace our individuality — our quirks, talents, and diversity of viewpoints. We welcome different experiences and perspectives because we know that our team is stronger for having a variety of political, cultural, and educational beliefs represented. 


Bellwether strives to make the work rewarding and sustainable so we can find harmony between demanding jobs and full personal lives. We are proud that our team has poets, hockey players, activists, teachers, karate black belts, church leaders, cyclists, and much more. Our flexible work environment allows many of our team members to work where they like, and when they like (within reason, of course). This allows us to operate in ways that feel most productive to us and do more of what we love doing on our own time.


These qualities are clear in the core values that guide our work and reflect what is truly important to us as an organization:


  • Mission Mindset: We are dedicated to dramatically improving outcomes for low‐income students. Our nonprofit status allows us to focus on this mission, and it guides the people we hire and the clients and projects we support.
  • Tailored Excellence: We work with our clients to develop customized, innovative solutions. We direct our unwavering focus on quality toward successful outcomes for our clients.
  • Synergy: We believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that our teams make each other better.
  • Integrity: We exemplify the highest standards of individual and organizational ethics. We carefully balance client confidentiality with transparency to other clients and the public.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We believe that to achieve our mission, we must be a diverse and inclusive organization broadly reflecting the various communities we serve.
  • Flexibility: We believe in the philosophy of “working smarter, not harder.” We trust our co-workers and teams to do excellent work in the manner they see fit.
  • No Drama: We have no tolerance for drama or the politics of education affecting our work. We respectfully and proactively deal with frustrations, disagreements, and unexpected hurdles.

Further, we value many forms of diversity and believe race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic issues play an especially acute role in the education sector and consequently our work. By actively seeking and hiring talent with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and maintaining an environment where divergent ideas and perspectives are freely expressed, we increase our collective ability to deliver thoughtful, relevant solutions and analyses for our clients and the education sector.


About the Position


The Executive Assistant’s primary responsibilities and duties will be to:


  • Schedule complex meetings or calls involving multiple people - both internal staff and client staff - for up to five Bellwether team members;
  • Arrange extensive domestic travel for these team members;
  • Prepare, reconcile, and submit expense reports for these team members on a monthly basis;
  • Regularly add and update contact information in Salesforce; and
  • Provide other ad hoc assistance to the team members you support, other Core Team members, and to the Operations Director, as needed.

Qualifications


The ideal candidate should have at least 3 years’ administrative experience supporting multiple professionals in a nonprofit, entrepreneurial environment. Additionally, the successful candidate will have the following:


  • Professional administrative experience supporting two or more people, while remaining organized and maintaining a high level of attention to detail;
  • Excellent problem-solving skills;
  • A highly self-motivated work style and the flexibility and willingness to take on additional projects when needed;
  • Ability to work proactively in an ambiguous and dynamic small organization;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Comprehensive computer skills including calendaring, word processing, and using spreadsheet and database software;
  • Well-rounded inter-personal skills with the capacity to work effectively alone and in a team environment;
  • Strong ethics and personal integrity;
  • A professional attitude and client-service orientation; and
  • A track record as an outcome-driven self-starter.

The following is ideal but not required:


  • A passion for and commitment to working in the field of education reform.

Compensation


Bellwether Education Partners provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes a performance bonus based on individual and firm success, health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with an employer matching contribution policy.


Location


Our work is national in scope, and our team is primarily concentrated in two major cities: Washington, D.C. and Chicago. We prefer that this candidate be based in our Washington, D.C. office, but will consider qualified candidates outside the D.C. metro area.


To Apply


Applications should consist of a cover letter and resume. These materials should be directed to Moire Carmody, Operations Director and emailed to: careers@bellwethereducation.org.


The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.


Bellwether Education Partners is committed to providing equal opportunities. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are not discriminated against on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Further, as described above, Bellwether is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages individuals from all backgrounds to apply.