As the Manager, Higher Education for Empower Schools, you will partner closely with organizational leadership to support work in the post-K-12 education sphere. You will play a key role in project management and the development and execution of philanthropy, communications, and advocacy strategies to advance a high-priority higher education agenda. Through this position, you will positively impact students who traditionally have been underserved or discounted within higher education.
This position is based in Boston, MA and may require very occasional travel.
Who We Are
Empower Schools’ primary focus is to partner with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We develop solutions that combine the autonomies and energetic innovation of charters with the critical commitment to universal service and local voice that have been hallmarks of districts. Empower works with policymakers, district and community leaders, and educators to fundamentally re-engineer traditional school systems into diverse education ecosystems centered on empowered and accountable schools.
Additionally, Empower Schools houses non-profit policy work in higher education primarily associated with its co-founder and CEO Chris Gabrieli and led by Erika Giampietro, Senior Advisor for Higher Education. The Manager, Higher Education will play a critical role in this growing subspace of Empower’s work.
You are a fast learner with a thirst for knowledge and are excited by developing creative solutions to challenges encountered in education and opportunity, especially for underserved populations. You are eager to apply your analytical and creative problem-solving skills to address challenges facing higher education. Your strong project management skills allow you to develop and implement complex projects involving multiple stakeholders and tight deadlines to high standards and your strong communication and writing skills enable you to effectively share relevant and compelling messaging with philanthropic partners and other stakeholders.
You enjoy working individually and as part of a team and are able to build strong relationships with others.You thrive in a rapidly-evolving environment and recognize that resourcefulness and effective communication skills are key to success. You are able to take ideas and solutions from brainstorms to fruition, while engaging and incorporating the perspectives of others. You make time to reflect on your work in order to continually improve your effectiveness, you know how to self-advocate in order to get the support that you need, and you can keep it all in perspective with a strong sense of humor.
How You’ll Help
Your work will vary based on your interests and organizational needs. Responsibilities may include:
Project manage multiple initiatives
Plan and design approaches to support various higher education workstreams
Manage multiple projects relevant to higher education agenda, including those related to fundraising, advocacy, increased impact, and inclusivity
Manage a policy and advocacy agenda
Lead advocacy efforts across several key initiatives
Develop and implement outreach efforts to foster networks of allies across the state
Support efforts to understand and advance relevant higher education policies and initiatives (e.g., those related to the growth of Early College High Schools and efforts to increase on-campus safety for vulnerable populations)
Create and advance communication and fundraising strategies
Develop and implement communications efforts for higher education initiatives, including the production of communications for multiple channels
Represent higher education agenda in meetings and in conversations with key stakeholders
Develop and execute a higher education fundraising strategy that includes individual giving campaigns, private philanthropy, and corporate giving
Identify and secure sustainable long-term funding sources, including the writing and management of relevant grants
Salary and Benefits
The base salary for managers is $65,000 per year. Empower Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
Interested and qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please note Manager, Higher Education in the subject line of your email. Please save your attachments using the following convention: LastName_FirstName_CoverLetter and LastName_FirstName_Resume.
We support equal opportunity and value building the diversity of our team as we grow. We seek individuals of all races, ethnicities, abilities, and creeds to support our organization’s work and encourage individuals from historically under-represented backgrounds to apply.
At least 2 - 4 years of work experience
Advocacy/organizing, policy, and development experience strongly preferred
Higher education expertise valued, but not required
Demonstrated interest in education, policy, and innovation and alignment on goals and values
Ability to manage complex projects involving multiple components
Ability to build successful relationships with partners, external organizations, policy makers, and education leaders
Possession of a flexible, resourceful, and creative mindset and deep motivation to drive toward high-quality outcomes with a consistently positive attitude
Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to translate ideas into clear, compelling documents (e.g., in PowerPoint and Word formats)
Dedication to continuous improvement (both personal and organizational) and interest in incorporating feedback from others
BA/BS or advanced degree preferred
Additional Salary Information: The base salary for managers is $65,000 per year. Empower Schools offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, life and disability insurance, and flexible spending accounts.
About Empower Schools
Empower Schools partners with communities to help them get the schools they want with the results students need. We develop solutions that combine the autonomies and energetic innovation of charters with the critical commitment to universal service and local voice that have been hallmarks of districts. Empower works with policymakers, district and community leaders, and educators to fundamentally re-engineer traditional school systems into diverse education ecosystems centered on empowered and accountable schools.