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. We are no longer accepting applications for Partnership Directors and Partnership Associates as we are in the process of reviewing those we have received to date.
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.
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:
- New regions where EOS does not yet have a presence
- Going deeper within existing regions by leveraging EOS’s successes into new partnerships
- 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 (and sometimes more during crucial months), 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 submit your resume and cover letter to: Jobs@EOSchools.org
Equal Opportunity Schools
130 Nickerson Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98109