Working with Equal Opportunity Schools
The Equal Opportunity Schools® organization (EOS) is a growth-stage, education-reform not-for-profit that changes lives and narrows the achievement gap by collaborating with superintendents and principals to address an inequity in our schools: under-enrollment in the best academic programs – especially of students who are Latino, African-American, or low-income. EOS identifies these “missing students” – who we have shown can succeed at the highest academic levels within their schools – and works to transition them into the best, college-bound classes. Because our mission is to find all two-thirds of a million “missing students” within the decade, EOS seeks to hire candidates who have the skills to succeed on a rapidly growing, continuously improving, high-impact, mission-driven team.
EOS has just launched major national collaborations with the US Department of Ed, College Board, International Baccalaureate Organization, and education funders to find 100K missing students in three years. This work, called “Lead Higher”, was announced through the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
Equal Opportunity Schools is accepting applications for a Director of Strategic Initiatives, a software developer, and a Tableau Data Integration & Reporting Specialist.
EOS is also commencing a search for a President with Azzani Search Consultants.
The President reports directly to the CEO and will have a close working relationship with the Board of Directors to ensure that EOS can continue to achieve its aggressive impact goals.
She/He is responsible for the day-‐to-‐day management of EOS’s budget of $6 million, leadership team of 5 and total staff of 33. The new leader is expected to provide strong leadership and direction to the organization as a whole consisting of the infrastructure and operations of the key functions of sales, program and product development, technology and finance.
The President will be responsible for organizational performance and will work closely with the CEO and the Board on the strategic direction of EOS. The CEO will focus on cross-‐organizational and sector partnerships, fundraising, the continued development of EOS’s profile and narrative for educational improvement, and will work closely with the President on expanding into new regions and new product/service lines.
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The Director of Strategic Initiatives will join the “Strategic Initiatives” team in fulfilling the critical function of significantly growing the number of EOS school contracts. To date, EOS has partnered with nearly 250 schools in 15 states around the country. While EOS provides light, ongoing support services to its school partners, the EOS model focuses primarily on a single year of hands-on support and program implementation. Consequently, the Strategic Initiatives team is charged with recruiting enough districts to replace the existing set of EOS partners every year, in addition to adding even more contracts to meet its new national goals related to the “Lead Higher” initiative described above.
The Director of SI will report to the Senior Director SI and will work closely with the Manager of SI, all of whom are based in Seattle (no remotely based work). Together, with the support of EOS’s CEO, Superintendent in Residence, and Communications Manager, this team will develop new school partnerships through three primary channels:
1) New regions where EOS does not yet have a presence
2) Going deeper within existing regions by leveraging EOS’s successes into new partnerships
3) Working nationally through EOS’s MBK announcements (referenced above) to recruit large urban school districts such as those in the Council of Great City Schools
In order to gain deeper experience and credibility with prospective clients, the DoSI will also help an EOS Partnership Director implement the EOS program model in 1-2 schools in the 15-16 school year. The DoSI will be expected travel up to 50% during the school year, though not during the summer.
The Director of Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for the following:
- Work with the Senior Director to develop, implement, and closely monitor EOS’s annual growth strategy. Development of the growth strategy includes evaluating EOS’s historical new-partnership conversion rates, leveraging and promoting EOS programmatic outcomes data in existing regions, identifying and cultivating school and district-level evangelists in the EOS network, formulating content and agendas for joint programmatic & prospective-partner convenings, developing and implementing engagement strategies for large urban districts, articulating and executing a communications strategy that leverages EOS’s new national momentum through MBK, etc.
- In collaboration with the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, conducting in-person recruiting events with gatherings of prospective district Superintendent partners.
- Manage the timely and precise execution of follow-ups with attendees, including data collection, hosting of webinars, individualized conversations & relationship cultivation, etc.
- Working with the Senior Director of SI, the CEO, and the Superintendent in Residence to cultivate key regional and state relationships in order to facilitate high-leverage strategies for recruiting prospective district partners.
- Working in collaboration with the Strategic Initiatives team and the communications manager to develop key external-facing collateral including print, digital, and video content.
- Work with the Strategic Initiatives team to enhance EOS’s “continuing services” growth strategy.
- Work with the Strategic Initiatives team to continuously improve upon its systems and structures in order to create a well-oiled “perpetual growth machine” that will enable EOS to sustain and grow its impact on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of missing students for years to come.
The DoSI will have at least 8 years of experience (preferably more) and a track record of results that demonstrate his/her capacity to impact change by influencing others. EOS is seeking candidates who are deeply passionate about solving racial and economic inequities in our education system. The DoSI will have experience building constellations of relationships with external stakeholders through prior work in growth/expansion for a non-profit or social justice organization, community or external relations, community organizing or social advocacy work.
The DoSI will have a mindset that enables him/her to…
Mobilize others around a shared vision. Even without the time to form deep, in-person relationships, you know how to first hear and understand others’ interests, motivations, and the passions that animate them. From there you make the connection to EOS’s work and are able to mobilize them to action. You thrive on making connections with others by eliciting their and your shared passion for making the world a more equitable place.
Relentlessly pursue your objectives without an ego. You know that meeting your objectives requires many seemingly competing traits – thoughtfulness and high-productivity/efficiency, confidence and humility, active listening with a clear goal in mind. To do all of these things at once requires remarkable tenacity on behalf of the EOS team and the students it serves, rather than oneself.
Chart a clear path forward through a fog of ambiguity. You are a self-starter who will create, iterate, and constantly reprioritize your work to lead your team into open waters. In other words, you are a strategic thinker that knows how to evaluate your resources and align, and realign, them toward a common objective.
The DoSI will have/be….
- Bachelor’s degree, strong preference for a masters or more
- Minimum of 8 years working in a non-profit or public sector organization dedicated to improving social justice or educational outcomes for students
- Direct experience with partnership development, coalition building, and project management with multiple stakeholders
- Highly organized and capable of managing many workstreams at once and able to move seamlessly between the high-level/strategic and intimate details of implementation
- An exceptional verbal communicator of ideas related to social inequity and education reform
- An equally exceptional written communicator
- An ability to lead group discussions with confidence and nimbleness, to be a credible messenger of the EOS mission and model
- A relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
- Commitment to working collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, program participants and other supporters
- Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
The Software Developer will join a small team to bring custom EOS products and our database to enterprise quality. We are a hands-on team who engage in all aspects of the product development lifecycle. You will:
- Develop features and tools delighting our public school partners and internal users with ease of use and relevancy;
- Develop software tools enabling schools to find America’s “missing students”. This involves the collection, processing, interpretation, and presentation of a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative information;
- Implement Agile project management best practices to mature the quality of our product development cycles;
- Leverage your understanding of our mission and your technical skill to improve and extend our partners’ ability to access, understand, and use their data to create opportunity for “missing students”;
- Operate at all levels of development – from leadership and mentoring to low-level implementation;
- Seamlessly support the needs of research, external partners, internal consultants, and leadership.
Equity advocate: You are looking to bring your personal passion, professional leadership and coding expertise to our product development team. You understand the challenges underrepresented students face in our public schools. You are passionate about equity and have experience as a software developer. You believe a rigorous high school education leads to college success. You believe Latino, African American, Native American and low income students can succeed in rigorous coursework.
Attitude: You have an entrepreneurial spirit with an eye to accuracy and usability. You like to bring strategic leadership to the development and design of the product roadmap, backlog, and acceptance criteria. In addition to the strategic and project management skills you also love to test and troubleshoot to ensure a good customer experience. You are a team player who welcomes the opportunity mentor junior developers. You thrive on collaborating with others to turn ideas into requirements and architecting the appropriate solutions.
Technical Skills: You are an experienced developer with seven or more years building web applications. You are a strong Ruby programmer with significant Ruby on Rails application development experience. You have experience with Agile development methodologies, and rapid design and development cycles. You are able to move at “start-up” pace without sacrificing the quality and maintainability of your products. You have deep experience with data modeling and database development, optimization and execution, and possess strong SQL skills (PostgreSQL desired). Experience with Tableau Desktop and/or Server is a big plus.
Career Fit: You are either an experienced technical leader wishing to bring your powers to the non-profit space or you are a strong technical developer looking to grow your leadership skills through the growth stages of a nationally recognized data-driven non-profit.
The Tableau Data Integration & Reporting Specialist will join a small team to support our technology infrastructure and adoption needs. You will bridge our Data Science and Product Development team by leveraging your understanding of our mission and your technical skill to improve and extend our ability to access, understand, and use data to create opportunity for “missing students”. As a specialist, you will:
- Design, administer, and maintain a secure, reliable data infrastructure through Tableau Server that is optimized for multi-year school and student level data;
- Define practices/guidelines for report implementation and publication in conjunction with Data Science and Product team;
- Incorporate best practices to optimize and ensure reliable data access, data accuracy, and data security;
- Optimize existing queries and database views to extract and transform data for use in analytics in a repeatable, extensible, and maintainable manner;
- Design, build, and maintain data sets and dashboards to seamlessly support various business needs;
- Explore, recommend, and/or implement solutions that enable us to collect, transform, and analyze data more effectively;
- Collaborate with our product team to understand and prototype options for displaying Tableau reports/dashboards within a custom EOS web-application.
Equity advocate: You are looking to bring your personal passion, ingenuity, and integrity in the use of data to inspire change on behalf of underrepresented high-school students. You understand the challenges underrepresented students face in our public schools. You are passionate about equity and have experience as an IT professional, database admin, analyst, or software developer. You believe a rigorous high school education leads to college success. You believe Latino, African American, Native American and low-income students can succeed in rigorous coursework.
Attitude: You have an entrepreneurial spirit with an eye to accuracy and usability. In addition to project management skills you also love to build, test and troubleshoot to ensure a good customer experience. You are a team player who welcomes the opportunity to support your teammates’ (both technical and non- technical) success. You are passionate about data and are excited to be a part of the full data cycle at EOS.
Technical Skills: You are an early to mid-career technical professional with a love of data. You are proficient with Tableau Desktop and/or Server with an aptitude and desire to become an expert. You are able to move at “start-up” pace without sacrificing the quality and maintainability of your solutions. You have a minimum of three years’ experience with data modeling and database development, optimization and execution, and possess strong SQL skills across multiple platforms (PostgreSQL desired). You are a strong project manager and a detail oriented do-er. Experience with Agile project management methodologies and rapid design and development cycles is a plus. System administration experience is a big plus.
Career Fit: You are either a multi-interested IT professional looking to deepen your project management and implementation skillset with socially focused non-profit or you are a strong technical developer looking to grow your leadership skills through the growth stages of a nationally recognized data-driven non-profit.
Interested applicants should submit excellent references, along with a CV and a cover letter describing the importance of the issue of missing students to the applicant to Jobs@EOSchools.org.
Equal Opportunity Schools places immense value on the efforts of volunteers to support its mission. Equal Opportunity Schools was founded through thousands of hours of volunteerism by more than a dozen individuals, and volunteerism remains an important part of what we do. We offer a wide variety of projects matched to volunteers’ interest. If you are passionate about ensuring that students of all backgrounds get great opportunities for learning in their schools, please contact us: Jobs@EOSchools.org
Equal Opportunity Schools
130 Nickerson Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98109