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 Research Analysts, a Director of Strategic Initiatives, and a Manager of Communications.
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 Research Analyst helps the EOS team develop and communicate the stories of America’s “missing students”. This involves the design, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data collection tools. The Research Analyst uses these findings in both exploratory and explanatory ways: 1) to evaluate and refine our existing tools to maximize impact for schools and student learning; and 2) to inform narratives for Partnership Directors, clients, and EOS leadership that inspire data-driven decision-making. As we are a young organization, the Research Analyst will have exposure to strategic and leadership conversations, opportunities to shape EOS’s approach, and unmatched opportunities for mentorship and growth with our high-caliber team.
The Research Analyst will be responsible for:
- Contribute a research-based, equity lens to the design and implementation of key data products (surveys, dashboards, analyses and reports), interventions, and best-practice documents
- Provide analytics support to the Director of Data Science through data analytics, external research, as well as on the ground partnership experience
- Provide research and analytics support for EOS work in recognizing and activating students’ academic mindsets as a means to create equitable access and success in the nation’s most rigorous high school classes
- Develop use-inspired evaluations and analysis that not only seeks to inform but also inspires action that is beneficial for Partnership and organizational goals
- Develop useful data visualizations that resonate for different kinds of audiences: e.g., Partnership Directors (internal), organizational leadership, external clients, funders, and strategic partners
- Assist in translating analyses and visualizations into usable, compelling stories
- Develop an understanding of the educational inequities that underlie and drive our work
- Prepare reports and analyze existing portfolio for trends and performance
- Develop effective data and reporting solutions for various goals and stakeholder needs
- Some out of state travel required
- Master’s degree in education, developmental psychology, the learning sciences, or combination of master’s degree in social sciences and a minimum of 3 years of specific research / analyst experience in education, developmental psychology or the learning sciences
- PhD / post-doctorate level work in related field, preferred
- At least 3 years of experience in secondary education or youth development, preferred
- At least 3 years of research and/or practical experience with issues of educational equity, cultural models of teaching and learning, or social-psychological interventions in education, preferred
- Flexibility with mixed-methods approaches to research design and analysis
- Experience in interpreting broad information and turning it into action-inducing narrative
- Comfortable working in a small but growing education non-profit environment
- Previous successful experience in grant writing, formal presentations, and publications
- Proficiency with quantitative analysis tools (e.g., SPSS, R)
- Proficiency with Tableau Desktop, preferred
Passion, ingenuity, and integrity in the use of data to inspire change on behalf of underserved high-school students, required.
Equal Opportunity Schools’ Manager of Communications will join a program team of high-caliber individuals. The Manager of Communications will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate EOS’s mission. The Manager of Communications is viewed as the primary source, disseminator, and conduit of information.
The Manager of Communications will be responsible for delivering the following services:
• Develop, implement and evaluate the communications plan across diverse audiences in collaboration with the EOS team
• Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Decide who, where and when to disseminate.
• Put communications vehicles in place to create momentum and awareness as well as to test the effectiveness of communications activities
• Manage the development, distribution and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to newsletters, brochures, and EOS website
• Coordinate and organize communications that engage superintendents, principals and interested parties in ongoing discussions and a community of collaboration
• Manage media contacts
EOS is seeking an accomplished Manager of Communications who has at least 10 years of communications experience, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a complex nonprofit entity (for-profit absolutely considered), and covering areas such as website content, newsletters, and client and donor communications. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best distribution channels is critical.
• Highly collaborative style; experience developing and implementing communications strategies
• Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills
• A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
• Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to “manage by influence”
• High energy, maturity and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
• Commitment to work 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 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
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
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