The Stupski Foundation is spending down all its assets by 2029 to make the greatest possible change in San Francisco and Alameda Counties today. To address some of the Bay Area’s biggest challenges and ensure that people in every neighborhood, of every background, at every age, can live with dignity and seize opportunities in our region, the Foundation’s issue areas include Post-secondary Success, Food Security, Serious Illness Care, and Healthy Brain Development. The Foundation follows an agile evidence-based approach. Between 2016 and 2017, it focused on what were the largest problems to address in each issue area. In 2018, its focus is on how best to solve for those challenges. 2019 onwards, the Foundation will determine what the most effective strategies are and which organizations carry out the strategies most successfully.
While working expeditiously to create impact, the Foundation’s team maintains a collaborative and humorous culture of empowerment and continuous learning. The Foundation seeks candidates who can contribute to that culture and demonstrate commitment to a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for employees, partners and grantees.
The Director of Post-secondary Success will be responsible for implementing a strategy to affect as many of the 6,000 students that currently graduate high school but do not make it to or through a post-secondary institution as possible in the target counties in a manner that is sustained beyond the life of the Foundation. The Director will have the freedom to be innovative and take risks to get to what works. The Director will partner with institutions within the target counties, make grants, and direct a small team of strategy ‘product’ managers and consultants to achieve success.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES Design a high impact and sustainable approach to achieving post-secondary success for a majority of the target youth which will require the Director to:
● Draw out implications from data sets, research, stakeholder feedback, and grantee reports to make grant recommendations
● Refine initial strategies with target geographies or demographics within the community
● Co-design grant making with grantees to ensure their programs are having the intended effect as quickly as possible
● Interact and forge relationships with Foundation staff, the Board of Directors and external stakeholders including the diverse communities served
● Develop complementary advocacy and communications strategies that help address long-term structural changes associated with target postsecondary challenges
● Build relationships with key stakeholders and funders to create coalitions that can sustain impact beyond the Foundation’s existence
● Work with the Measurement and Evaluation team to capture grantee results and draw out implications for foundation strategy
● Work with managers and consultants to hone and fine-tune strategies in a lean manner
QUALIFICATIONS OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
● Minimum of 10 years work experience, at least 5 of those in management/building great teams
● Prior management of a product, organization, agency or another type of P&L responsibilities
● Relevant experience such as being a grantee; working in management consulting; working as a product manager; working with post-secondary institutions; working with the K-12 system; or working in the impact space
● Has a Bachelor’s degree; An advanced degree or extensive work experience in excess of the minimum requirements is a plus
● Track record of strong communications with internal and external stakeholders whether in communities or board rooms
● Has relationships within the local post-secondary education and youth development ecosystems
● Comfortable creating, testing, and revising strategy in an agile environment
● Confident when facing intractable problems and has the persistence to solve them
● Has a track record of juggling multiple priorities, effectively delegating, and delivering results in a timely manner with clear team communication
● Has the ability to quickly absorb and analyze large amounts of information, including research papers and statistics, and identify and share implications
● An understanding of or willingness to learn how predictive analytics, ‘big data’, and precinct data can be utilized in postsecondary success.
● Content knowledge of CTE, secondary navigation, or student basic needs is a plus
The salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications and experience, including a comprehensive benefits package.
How To Apply
To apply, email a cover letter, resume and list of three references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to your references) to email@example.com on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2018. Use the subject line: Director of Post-secondary Success. Submit Microsoft Word or PDF files only (PDF files are preferred). Resume review begins immediately. Questions? Contact Constance Walker, Walker and Associates Consulting, at (510) 834-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stupski Foundation does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, size, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law and is an employment-at-will company.