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 Managing Partner of Innovative Schools will be a member of the NewSchools leadership team, and co-lead the Innovative Schools team with Managing Partner Scott Benson. As the largest investment area at NewSchools, this group supports teams of educators who are planning, launching and redesigning schools with a focus on an expanded definition of student success and personalized learning. The work of the team has grown rapidly, and the leader in this new role will bring expertise and capacity to ensure the schools we invest in have the support they need to reach their ambitious goals for serving students.
In the co-leadership model, the two Managing Partners will be responsible for the overall success of the strategy, while prioritizing distinct activities within the team. Scott will continue to focus primarily on pipeline building, diligence, and the investment process, and the new Managing Partner will focus primarily on providing these ventures with a robust, thoughtfully-curated suite of best-in-class learning experiences and management assistance, thereby optimally positioning the entire Innovative Schools team to make informed investment decisions and ensure that NewSchools’ ventures get the support and connections they need for success.
The new Managing Partner will lead the expansion and execution of NewSchools’ approach to supporting its large portfolio of schools ventures as they go through the planning and launch of schools, from two years before school launch, through the first few of years of operation. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for:
Minimally, the successful candidate must demonstrate: commitment to serving diverse communities and closing the achievement gap, a passion for innovation and excellence in public education, and broad knowledge of education reform history and trends. Beyond these essential characteristics, the new Managing Partner must have the vision, entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, and imagination required to determine how the Innovative Schools team can optimize and customize its support to 40-60 ventures of varying size and maturity. S/he must ensure that the learning and support provided by NewSchools to this growing and complex portfolio is derived from a senior-level strategic approach to designing professional learning experiences. 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:
The Managing Partner of Innovative Schools will report to CEO, Stacey Childress, and work side-by-side with fellow Managing Partner Scott Benson. S/he will manage a team of two professionals.
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.