Director of Strategy and Analysis

Silicon Schools Fund - Oakland, California - Full time

Organization 

The Silicon Schools Fund is one of the country’s most dynamic foundations on the cutting-edge of education. As a venture philanthropy fund, Silicon Schools provides seed funding and strategic support for high-performing and diverse education entrepreneurs who are creating new schools. We are passionate about creating more great schools for students, especially students who would otherwise not have good options for their education. Our mission is to increase the number of high-quality schools in the Bay Area while discovering the best new ways to run classrooms and run schools to better meet the needs of each individual student. Founded in 2012, Silicon Schools has raised over $70M to pursue this mission. We have supported over 50 schools, and we are on pace to provide a high-quality education to over 30,000 students by 2021. Across all the schools we support, students bring tenacity and excitement to their education and have reached impressive levels, performing at the 73rd percentile of the state and far out-performing the state average and all comparison groups. We also care deeply about issues of equity and inclusion, both what students experience in their schools and amongst the leaders founding new education organizations. For more information about our work, the great schools that have been launched, and our beliefs about the potential of each student please visit our website at www.siliconschools.com. 

Opportunity 

The Silicon Schools Fund is now adding a key team member to accelerate the organization’s impact by increasing our analytic and operational excellence. Our organization is strong and stable, with solid finances and a deep network across the Bay Area and country, while still being young and nimble enough for team members to be entrepreneurial and develop new programs and approaches. For the right candidate, this is a great opportunity to work with more than fifty of the most interesting schools and leaders in the Bay Area while also seeking out and developing the next wave of school founders. The Director will be able to apply expertise in finance, operations, consulting, school management, and strategy to increase our efficiency as an organization and support the schools with which we work. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to develop professionally, make a meaningful contribution through helping launch great schools, learn deeply about the work of personalizing learning, receive mentorship, and rapidly develop a deep understanding of K-12 education in the country. The Director will work closely with the senior partner and CEO at Silicon Schools Fund and should have a fierce desire to roll up his or her sleeves and to work both strategically and on the ground to have the deepest possible impact.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Support $5M - $10M in annual grantmaking to schools and new entrepreneurial organizations. Manage the due diligence process and engage in developing our future pipeline of investments.
  • Deliver exceptional data analysis on our portfolio of schools’ academic results and financial health, driving toward insights regarding the portfolio’s performance.
  • Conduct key analyses to support internal financial operations and the fund’s overall efficiency and operations.
  • Support strategic communications with the board and key funders.
  • A successful first year in this role for the new Director will look like:

  • Providing insight and analysis of the academic performance of all the schools we support to help us identify the strongest bright spots and uncover lessons to be learned.
  • Improving all our internal processes including grant management, finances, and operations to make our team even more successful in our work.
  • Establishing trusted relationships with schools in the portfolio to provide valuable input and guidance.
  • Learning all the systems and methods we use as an organization to identify future founders, conduct thoughtful diligence, and provide support during the process of launching and running a high performing new school 
  • Qualifications

  • Strong quantitative analysis, experience working with data and financials, and track record of excellent performance in previous roles.
  • Strong strategic thinking, communication, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Exceptionally efficient, committed to excellence, and great attention to detail.
  • Candidates with several years of experience in management consulting, data & analysis, strategic planning, or nonprofit/education operations preferred.
  • Passion about the education sector is a must and experience working directly with schools or supporting innovation is preferred.
  • Personal Qualities

  • Excited to work in an entrepreneurial, self-directed environment, creating own opportunities and work streams. Focused relentlessly on getting great results.
  • Flexible and nimble, willing and able to bring structure to tough and ambiguous strategic questions and then executing against the plan.
  • A great team member, with a deep belief in putting the team before individual.
  • Trustworthy with strong integrity and an optimistic, can-do attitude.
  • Location: Oakland, CA with some travel within the San Francisco, Bay Area

    Why Silicon Schools Fund

  • A team that is passionate about our mission with the autonomy to innovate.
  • An incredible network of schools that are national proof points for innovation, and are run by incredible educators who are our closest partners in the work.
  • Access to the best leaders, thinkers, and funders working in education in the country to help team members grow personally in knowledge and expertise.
  • Highly competitive salary and generous benefits package designed to attract and retain the very best talent.
  • Excellent balance of strategy work to influence the sector and on the ground experience supporting schools.
  • To Apply

    If this sounds like a potentially perfect fit for your expertise and interests, please email Caitrin Wright (Caitrin@siliconschools.com) with a brief but personalized cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile and let us know why you are potentially a great fit for this role and team.

    The Silicon Schools Fund is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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    Silicon Schools Fund

    Silicon Schools Funds the creation of new schools in the Bay Area that foster innovation and personalization to discover the next generation of schools in America.

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