Director, Education

JFF - Remote - Full time

About JFF:

Jobs for the Future (JFF) drives transformation of the American workforce and education systems to achieve equitable economic advancement for all.

About the position:

The Director will be a contributing member of a dynamic team working to change systems and reimagine how young people access the knowledge, skills, and educational credentials needed to launch careers and realize their best possible futures. The Director will work in collaboration with JFF staff and external partners to lead projects that support state, regional, and local leaders—representing fields such as K-12 and postsecondary education, workforce development, state and local government, business and industry, intermediaries, and community-based organizations—to design and scale equitable college and career pathways systems that lead to economic advancement. Our pathways work supports cross-sector leaders and intermediaries seeking to scale dual enrollment and early college models, work-based learning, career and technical education (CTE), and career navigation systems. Examples of some of the work our team engages in can be found through exploring the impact stories for Pathways to Prosperity, Building Equitable Pathways, and MA Early College.

The Director will serve as a subject matter expert and technical assistance provider and sit within the Field Implementation Team (FIT), a new team within Solutions Design & Delivery (SD&D) at JFF comprised of subject matter/domain experts, or developing experts, and generalists across a range of experience levels. The FIT team will be the largest at JFF, with more than 150 team members who contribute to the design and execution of JFF’s funded work across the Solutions Group, JFFLabs, the Policy & Advocacy team, and other teams. In addition to designing and delivering technical assistance, coaching, asset mapping, drafting reports and publications, recruiting and managing subgrantees and partner sites, facilitating communities of practice, designing convenings or events, and delivering key lines of service, FIT members will contribute to the development of frameworks, manage relationships with clients and funders (on their projects), and play important roles in proposal development and capture management aligned with the priorities and strategies of JFF under the direction of leaders across JFF.

The Director works collaboratively with others across JFF to:

  1. Design systems of equitable college and career pathways that improve the transitions between, and the alignment and integration of, high school, college, and work
  2. Ensure that education and workforce development systems and programs are easily navigable and have multiple on- and off-ramps that provide easy access to education and training
  3. Break down structural and policy barriers that impede access to high-quality, career-focused learning that leads to experiences and credentials with value in the labor market


Strategy Development, Technical Assistance, and Relationship Management (75%)

  • Provide technical assistance and strategic advising to leaders in state and local government, K-12 and postsecondary education, business and industry, intermediaries, and workforce and economic development on JFF services and key strategies (e.g., on college and career pathways, career and technical education (CTE), dual enrollment, work-based learning, policy and advocacy, and career navigation)
  • Develop and lead complex projects from concept through implementation, ensuring on-time completion of deliverables (including managing timelines, budgets, work plans, program staff, and partners)
  • Work with potential funders and manage relationships with existing funders, collaborating with JFF colleagues to build out, refine, and advance JFF’s work in new places and content areas
  • Understand and respond to the challenges that leaders and systems face; armed with that knowledge, conceptualize and develop tools, resources, and strategies to effectively solve problems and eliminate barriers to progress
  • Represent JFF with external constituents, including K-12 and community college leadership, state system leaders, partner organizations, and other stakeholders
  • Facilitate and lead small and large group meetings, trainings, and presentations for diverse stakeholders

Internal Team and Thought Leadership (25%)

  • Manage and support project team members on a project-by-project basis, modeling inclusive leadership and fostering an organizational culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion while regularly applying JFF's core valuesto your work
  • Manage, coordinate, and oversee cross-functional teams and initiatives to meet operating goals
  • Participate in strategic planning, budgeting, and staffing decisions for projects
  • Research, write, and publish high-quality blogs, briefs, and analytic papers on key topics of interest to the field, influencing policy and practice
  • Contribute to the writing, review, and editing of proposals and external reports in partnership w/ the centers/practice leaders


  • You have at least 8 years of progressive leadership experience, with expertise in and/or deep understanding of CTE policy and program design, dual enrollment, industry/employer engagement, college and career readiness, and pathways policies, including the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Perkins V, and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA); knowledge of state longitudinal data systems and/or K-12 accountability systems is a plus.
  • You have demonstrated success advising senior executives and decision makers and get energy from building coalitions and consensus to bridge competing priorities and drive progress. You are equally happy being out front presenting to 200 people and setting up someone else to do so successfully.
  • You’re flexible and comfortable with navigating ambiguity, leading without formal authority, and adapting your priorities when a new strategic opportunity presents itself.
  • You possess strong strategic and critical thinking skills with an interest in systems-level design, integration, and implementation; You love working at a strategic level, but are also happy to roll up your sleeves in addressing tactical and operational matters when needed, especially during periods of growth.
  • You are skilled at navigating the intricacies of supporting and managing cross-sector stakeholder groups and partnerships at the local, regional, and state levels.
  • You have a track record of success with full-cycle project planning and implementation of multiple projects with competing priorities in matrixed and fast-paced environments, while working both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • You have managed project teams and are committed to providing direct, actionable feedback to support the team’s success.
  • You have experience in the successful development of service lines, technical assistance approaches, and/or products (such as tools and resources) that meet a variety of partners’ needs.
  • You are a synthesizer of complex information and can communicate it crisply and directly to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • You possess excellent research and writing skills, including experience generating reports, proposals, tools, and resources.
  • You demonstrate a growth mindset and desire to continuously improve in your work.
  • You are able and willing to travel (up to 30%) to partner sites and external events.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at JFF:

JFF is committed to sustaining a diverse community with a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and encouraging to all. JFF fosters a culture of inclusion that celebrates and cultivates diversity along multiple dimensions, including race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, culture, and experience. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, JFF strongly encourages people impacted by the criminal legal system to apply.

To apply:

As part of your application, please include your resume and a thoughtful cover letter, addressed to Charlotte Cahill, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position.  We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed and candidates will receive updates on their candidacy on a rolling basis as well.

Positions at JFF are not eligible for employer-visa sponsorship or open to F-1 student visa holders.

All JFF employees are required to be fully up to date on their vaccinations against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption has been requested and a reasonable accommodation approved.

JFF offers a competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience and skills. 

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