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Senior Manager of Strategy and New Initiatives

Senior Manager of Strategy and New Initiatives
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Job Description: 


Great Public Schools Now (GPSN) is a nonprofit intermediary organization exclusively focused on improving Los Angeles public education. GPSN envisions a great public school for every student in Los Angeles. Guided by this vision, our mission is to invest in schools, organizations and initiatives that catalyze excellence in public education, convene leaders and uplift public understanding to advocate for great public schools. 

Job Description

Great Public Schools Now is seeking a dynamic and results-oriented professional to serve as its Senior Manager of Strategy and New Initiatives. This position is responsible for assisting with the strategizing, planning, and implementation of new initiatives that GPSN launches in order to improve the education and well-being of Los Angeles’ most underserved students.  The initial focus of the Senior Manager is to work with the Head of Recovery and New Initiatives to launch an Education Recovery Fund by raising funds to distribute to organizations that are helping LA’s most underserved  students make up for learning loss, lack of enrichment, and emotional stress due to the pandemic.  The Senior Manager of Strategy and New Initiatives main responsibilities will also include (1) developing GPSN’s 5-year strategic plan, (2) identifying new initiatives to fund that can help GPSN deliver on its work to help underserved students in LA have access to a quality education, and (3) helping to integrate strategies and key initiatives across departments within GPSN.

The Senior Manager of Strategy and New Initiatives should be in alignment with GPSN’s beliefs that:

  • Every child deserves an excellent public education, and it is the responsibility of adults to make this happen

  • High-quality schools and equitable access to these schools are critical elements in a city’s public education system

  • Collaboration and cooperation by all public-school models is essential to ensuring students have access to a high-quality education



The Senior Manager of Strategy and New Initiatives  is expected to:

Manage the LA Education Recovery Fund (recovery fund)

  • Regularly conduct a landscape analysis to identify potential grantees by engaging and reviewing organizations providing quality education recovery related services to youth and families

  • Build strong relationships with youth service providers

  • Run high quality, transparent RFPs and engage in the decision making process to determine which organizations receive grants through the recovery fund

  • Manage grants given through the recovery fund

  • Facilitate collaboration across recovery fund grantees and leverage data to help ensure grantees are achieving measurable outcomes

  • Support fundraising efforts for the recovery fund by engaging in research, developing external presentations and interacting with prospective recovery fund donors

Identify and Launch New Initiatives for GPSN

  • Manage and execute on the work to develop a broader strategy for GPSN’s new initiatives work, with a particular focus on initiatives that can catalyze larger scale improvements in LAUSD or in nonprofits serving underserved students in LA    

  • Identify potential new initiatives, develop strategies for those initiatives and launch those initiatives (if they are approved and funded) 

  • Manage key work streams related to new initiatives including fundraising, grantmaking, partnership development and related areas

Drive Key Strategic Efforts

  • Lead the process to develop an updated 5-year strategic plan for GPSN 

  • Work with GPSN leadership team to codify key strategies and develop external presentations to communicate those strategies effectively 

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to develop recommendations related to GPSN’s strategy and improving schools in Los Angeles



Ideally, the successful candidate will have:

  • Passion about ensuring all students receive a quality education 

  • A commitment to racial justice and equity

  • At least 6 years of professional experience with 3 years or more in education 

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)

  • Superior analytical skills and experience in utilizing data

  • Strengths in identifying best practices, learning new concepts quickly, and developing new programs 

  • Strong skills in developing external presentations 

  • Extraordinary attention to detail and conscientiousness

  • Experience working in fast paced environments with the ability to work effectively while managing multiple work streams

  • An openness to giving and receiving feedback

  • A track record of taking initiative, developing and implementing solutions independently, working in conditions of uncertainty, and proactively resolving problems 

  • A working knowledge of federal, state, and district education policies and strategies relevant to the work of school improvement and educational justice, including public school assessment and accountability systems

  • Direct experience with grantmaking or a familiarity with the grantmaking process


Personal characteristics desired:

  • High integrity and ethics

  • Hard-working

  • Motivated self-starter

  • Enjoys working closely with others

  • Comfortable taking risks

  • Resilient  

  • Kind

  • Service oriented 

Salary Range: 
$80,000 to $90,000
Job Type: 
Los Angeles County