Education and Technology Fund Project Director

Posted June 06

NYC

full-time

Robin Hood Foundation

Robin Hood is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families.

The Robin Hood Education and Technology Fund is seeking a driven and self-directed Project Director who will be responsible for the Fund’s programmatic and operational success. The Director will oversee the management and evaluation of the Fund’s grants and communications, as well as manage and develop the project team.

About the Education and Technology Fund

The Education and Technology Fund (the Fund) is a joint project of the Overdeck Family Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, and the Siegel Family Endowment. Its mission is to unlock the potential of technology to advance achievement for low-income students. With at least $25 million to be granted, the Fund will focus on two investment strategies: (1) building the research base around computing education and computational thinking that is integrated into the K–5 curriculum to support and influence the New York City CS4All and national CS for All efforts; and (2) to establish a cluster of New York City school proof points that boost low-income students’ English Language Arts achievement through a blended-learning, content rich approach.

The Fund’s Advisory Board engages with Robin Hood leadership and staff to guide the Fund’s overall goals and investments. The Fund’s Advisory Board members—and the organizations they represent—have deep expertise and experience in the field. The Advisory Board is comprised of:

  • John Overdeck, co-founder and co-chairman, Two Sigma and co-chair of Advisory Board
  • David Siegel, co-founder and co-chairman, Two Sigma and co-chair of Advisory Board
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, founder and president, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation
  • Dan Huttenlocher, dean and vice provost, Cornell Tech

The Fund will leverage the unique resources of its associated organizations and advisors to distinguish itself from other funders in the space, namely through their:

  • Relationships with New York City schools and not-for-profits that might serve as demonstration sites for experimentation;
  • Focus on low-income students;
  • Breadth of perspectives and expertise;
  • Demonstrated capacity for implementing solutions and measuring outcomes.

About the Position

In line with the priorities and direct guidance of the Overdeck Family Foundation, Robin Hood, and the Siegel Family Endowment, the Project Director will oversee the implementation of the vision and strategy outlined above that Michael Horn, who will continue to work with the Fund as a strategic advisor, developed. In this new role, the Project Director will build and manage a team and be the key lead on partnerships, execution, and management of the Fund.

Specifically, the Project Director will make recommendations to the Advisory Board on grants and develop the Advisory Board meeting agendas. Additional responsibilities include portfolio management and oversight and development of a robust and strong pipeline of investment opportunities. The Project Director will be influential in sharing nationally the promising programs and learnings distilled from grantees to inform the field of practice.

1) Program Implementation and Evaluation

  • Managing project deliverables and grants aligned to strategy
  • Defining workflow, appropriate staffing plan, and operational budget allocation required to execute successfully
  • Setting project deadlines, timelines, and working across multiple stakeholder groups to solicit input, support and approval
  • Hiring and managing staff against staffing plans and goals

2) Communication

Crafting and communicating a compelling story of the Fund’s investments, research, and accomplishments to a national audience

3) Stakeholder Management

  • Managing the Advisory Board: communicating effectively with Advisory Board and staff; planning and facilitating meetings to engage the Advisory Board and solicit feedback; escalating project risks/concerns appropriately
  • Working laterally with staff across multiple organizations to solicit input and support
  • Building strategic partnerships with key enablers for work

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 10 years of professional experience required
  • Experience leading execution of complex projects
  • Deep knowledge of and experience in education and schools
  • Extensive experience in computational thinking and computing education or blended, personalized learning
  • Knowledge of education landscape in NYC and experience working with the NYC DOE
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to navigate complex communication protocols across multiple high-level stakeholders
  • Outcomes oriented project leadership with ability to keep track of multiple work streams
  • Experience creating high quality work products for external audience
  • Demonstrated success working with education organizations, foundations and other nonprofit enterprises and policy leaders

How to Apply

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