Careers

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 Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, a Director of Strategic Initiatives, Partnership Directors and Partnership Associates.

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.

To receive a complete job description for the President please email:
Azzani Search Consultants-­‐ tazzani@azzanisearch.com

The Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives will lead a “Strategic Initiatives” team of six, including significant collaboration with the CEO, in achieving EOS’s growth goals. In addition, the Senior Director will serve as a member of the EOS Leadership Team (CEO, COO, and 3 Department Heads) with significant involvement and input in organizational decisions and the strategic direction of EOS.

To date, EOS has partnered with nearly 350 schools in 21 states around the country. While EOS provides ongoing support services to its school partners, the EOS model relies heavily on the first year of intensive, hands-on 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 Senior Director will report the President and Chief Operating Officer, though can expect to work very closely with the CEO on all expansion efforts. Within the Strategic Initiatives team, the Senior Director will manage a team of five, including the Director of SI, the Manager of SI, the EOS Superintendent in Residence, and two Partnership Directors. Only the Manager and Director of SI will report directly to the Senior Director. The other roles will be guided and managed by the Senior Director with respect to Strategic Initiatives work, but maintain duties in other departments as well. The Senior Director will be expected to work from the EOS Seattle headquarters full time.

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:

  • Leveraging the influence and leadership of Governor’s offices and state departments of education
  • Directly recruiting districts in new regions where EOS does not yet have a presence
  • Going deeper within existing regions by leveraging EOS’s successes and relationships there
  • Working nationally through the Lead Higher Initiative (referenced above) to recruit large urban school districts such as those in the Council of Great City Schools,
  • Launching a nascent a partnership with International Baccalaureate to serve 50 IB schools beginning fall 2016

In order to gain deeper experience and credibility with prospective clients, the Senior Director will also help an EOS Partnership Director implement the EOS program model in 1-2 schools in the 15-16 school year. The Senior Director will be expected travel up to 50% during the school year (and sometimes more during crucial months), though not during the summer.

Responsibilities

The Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for the following:

  • Lead the Strategic Initiatives team in developing, implementing, and closely monitoring EOS’s near- and long-term growth strategy. Development of the growth plan includes evaluating the range of channels EOS has leveraged historically, understanding its numerous external relationships, and matching EOS’s and the Strategic Initiatives team’s skills and capacity to a clearly articulated and highest-impact set of strategies for achieving our goal.
    • Other elements of developing the growth plan include, 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.
  • Leading 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 CEO, Superintendent in Residence, and Strategic Initiatives team to cultivate key regional and state relationships in order to facilitate high-leverage strategies for recruiting prospective district partners.
  • Leading the Strategic Initiatives team and the Communications Manager to develop key external-facing collateral including print, digital, and video content.
  • Work with Partnership and Program Department Heads to develop EOS’s “continuing services” growth strategy.
  • Lead 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.

Qualifications

The Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives will have at least 10 years of experience (preferably more) leading internal teams and developing external relationships. The Senior Director will have a track record of outstanding results and increasing levels of responsibility that demonstrate his/her capacity to effect change by influencing others. EOS is seeking candidates who are deeply passionate about solving racial and economic inequities in our education system. The Senior Director 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, or in relevant private sector experience.

The Senior Director will have a mindset that enables him/her to…

Think and act strategically toward ambitious goals. Strategic Initiatives is a small team and the produces enormous outcomes. Doing so requires you to continuously search for the highest-leverage opportunities and pull a range of internally dedicated and partially-dedicated, and externally supported resources toward a singular growth goal. The ground shifts, relationships change, and capacity is stretched. But the goal doesn’t change. Your dynamic and strategic leadership keeps us moving in the best, right direction.

Mobilize others outside EOS around a shared vision. Even without the time to form deep, in-person relationships externally, you know how to first hear and understand others’ interests, motivations, and elicit their own passions that animate their work. 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 linking their passion for making the world a more equitable place to the EOS mission.

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.

Lead a team of fiercely dedicated EOS’ers. The Strategic Initiatives team is made of a group of smart, incredibly hard working, and humble people dedicated to the students we serve. Your leadership style will empower this team to realize their maximum potential and provide them with ongoing opportunities for feedback, and growth. Your calm presence in the face of obstacles and under high-pressure situations inspires their confidence and rallies them toward the goal.

The Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives will have/be….

  • Bachelor’s degree, strong preference for a masters or more
  • Minimum of 10+ years working in a non-profit or public sector organization dedicated to improving social justice or educational outcomes for students, or similar/relevant experience in the private sector
  • Experience managing teams of direct reports toward ambitious, measurable goals, as well as leveraging the time, experience and skills of cross-departmental colleagues and external supporters
  • Significant client-facing experience with the ability to speak and communicate fluidly and professionally with senior most management executives or education leaders
  • 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 with the ability to connect the tangible/concrete ideas of a program model, to the inspirational “why” of our work and outcomes
  • An equally exceptional written communicator with the ability to draft high-standards correspondence quickly and on short-notice
  • 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 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.

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

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 Partnership Directors at Equal Opportunity Schools are a team of experienced, high-performing, equity-minded leaders. Partnership Directors answer complex educational equity questions, offer advice and guidance, train clients on the use of our tools, diplomatically facilitate discussions that can be uncomfortable, and flexibly enforce fidelity to implementation of the EOS model.

As a Partnership Director, a typical day might include the following:

  • Talking a Site or District Administrative team through key findings from the Equity Pathways report.
  • Training school counselors on recruiting students from their targeted Student List into rigorous courses.
  • Writing reflection notes on a recent client meeting to track client progress.
  • Brainstorming with fellow Partnership Directors to create an agenda for a challenging school visit.

This job might be for you if:

You enjoy solving problems. You recognize the type of mindset-changing work we do can be difficult and challenging.
You are a master tailor who can best fit our solutions to a whole range of “same problem, different context” situations.

You like helping people. While you could just do the work for your clients, you are particularly excited when you can help them to “get it” and activate their own capacity to do the work.

You think on your feet. You are intuitive about your clients’ needs and are able to exercise good judgement to ensure your clients’ needs are met as efficiently as possible in situations where change is the only constant.

You communicate clearly. You write well, are well-spoken and can eloquently inspire a wide a variety of audiences with simple explanations of complex concepts.

You are motivated and driven. You fully embrace your ownership stake in making us better at what we do and recognize the incredible learning opportunity this role provides.

We offer:

  • Incredible Job-Alike Teammates. There are 12 diverse, fun, and exceptional Partnership Directors on a staff of over 30.
  • An Answer. Or two. We have a proven model and tools of engagement we will train you to deploy.
  • Mission-driven Passion. We believe in students, their teachers and their schools. We care deeply.

To join our team, you need to be a credible problem solver with a track record of leading others to measurable outcomes. You must enjoy travel and you should be equally comfortable working as part of a multi-layered team as you are working alone out in the field with a client.

The Partnership Associates at Equal Opportunity Schools are part of a team of experienced, high-performing, equity-minded leaders. Partnership Associates pave the way for Partnership Directors to be of impeccable service to clients by answering client questions, offering advice and guidance, training clients on the use of our tools, coordinating the day to day logistics of portfolio management for multiple Partnership Directors and troubleshooting EOS model implementation.                                                                                                   

As a Partnership Associate, a typical day might include the following:

  • Calling a Site or District Administrative team leader to walk through use of the EOS portal for the first or fifteenth time.
  • Setting up and organizing Box.com folders and filing systems for clients in your Partnership Directors’ portfolios.
  • Coordinating a multi-school/multi-district site visit itinerary.
  • Collaborating with internal EOS portal developers to thoughtfully roll out a new feature to your clients.
  • Brainstorming with EOS colleagues on updates to the tools we use out in the field.

This job might be for you if:

You communicate clearly. You write well, are well-spoken and can eloquently inspire a wide a variety of audiences with simple explanations of complex concepts. You are excellent at keeping multiple people informed and anticipating communication gaps.

You enjoy solving problems. You recognize being of service to a diverse team of individuals with competing needs can be difficult and challenging. You enjoy streamlining creative solutions to best fit a whole range of “same problem, different context” situations.

You like helping people. You can play on multiple teams at once. You have no problem rolling up your sleeves and getting work done, but you also enjoy being creatively strategic about process improvements that make is feasible for you to get a lot of work done.

You think on your feet. You are not stressed by large volumes of unexpected work. You get better by the day at anticipating needs and are excellent at exercising good judgment and healthy boundaries to ensure each of your Partnership Directors get their needs met.

You are motivated and driven. You are looking to make a tangible difference in a high profile organization on a team of incredibly talented individuals. You own your part in making us better and recognize the incredible learning opportunity this role provides.

We offer:

  • Incredible Job-Alike Teammates. There are others on our diverse, fun, team of folks who also do this job.
  • An Answer. Or two. We have a proven model and tools of engagement we will train you to deploy.
  • Mission-driven Passion. We believe in students, their teachers and their schools. We care deeply.

To join our team, you need to be a credible problem solver with a track record of leading others to measurable outcomes. You must enjoy people and you should be equally comfortable working as part of a multi-layered team as you are working alone on a delegated project.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities
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
inquiry@eoschools.org
206-547-1167