Portfolio Director, Network Team

Transcend - Remote - Full time

Portfolio Director, Network Team

Start Date: Immediate

Role Type: Full time

Title: Portfolio Director

Reports to: Josh Edelman, Chief Network Officer

Location/Travel: Flexible; willingness to travel approximately once a month, ~15% Travel.

Who We Are

Transcend’s mission is to support communities to create and spread extraordinary, equitable learning environments. Founded in 2015, Transcend has partnered with over 390 schools/partners, which collectively serve thousands of students in over 30 states across the country. As a research and development (R&D) hub for the education field, Transcend provides schools and systems with research-backed, community-driven models and capacity so they can make significant leaps to reimagine the future of education. Transcend is a nonprofit that operates with a fully remote, nationwide team; currently with 105 teammates and growing. For more information, visit our website; follow us onLinkedIn orTwitter, check out this podcast featuring our two co-founders on Class Disrupted, or read this recent article that illuminates the need for this work.

Who You Are

You're a strategic thinker and doer with a results-driven mindset, exceptional project management skills, and strong organizational and communication abilities. You excel at moving projects forward with clarity, vision, and precision. You enjoy enhancing team performance by designing and optimizing systems and processes. Creating effective project plans, facilitating meetings, and synthesizing information from diverse sources come naturally to you. Your adaptability and collaborative skills make you effective across various personalities and functions.

In This Role, You Will Get To:

  • Offer structure and leadership for internal team, cross-Transcend and external work
    • Provide guidance, structure and planning support for internal, cross-functional meeting collaboration and processes to ensure cohesion of Network efforts with other Transcend programmatic efforts
    • Create and manage cohesive systems to organize diverse work streams across the portfolio, with support and oversight from the Chief Network Officer
    • Spearhead smooth logistics for internal and external meetings, including facilitating team meetings, preparing agendas/slide decks, taking meeting notes, and sending follow ups
  • Support team strategy development and implementation
    • Support internal Network efforts to ensure coherent, strategic action prioritizing the utilization of internal docs such as logic models, FY24 priorities and goals as drivers
    • Coordinate and gather diverse forms of data to help answer learning agenda questions and support regular conversations about the overall progress towards reaching expected outcomes. This includes talking to teammates inside and outside of the Network team at Transcend, joining meetings, reviewing notes and recordings from meetings you don’t attend, and synthesizing and sharing key insights.
    • Partner with other teams at Transcend, such as the data, strategy and finance teams, to manage systems for tracking data and resource allocation and bolster the development of Network data and learning-related efforts
  • Directly engage in projects
    • In partnership with the Chief Network Officer, Network teammates and Operations colleagues, support the vision and execution of quarterly in-person Network retreats and virtual team step-backs
    • Provide cross-functional strategic thought partnership and project management support for complex, Network-led work (e.g. coordination of cross-network support work to bolster School Design Services portfolio work, leading the planning for a Transcend Conference, organizing our org-wide approach to key external convenings etc.)
    • Support with special projects beyond Network (e.g. supporting the planning for/facilitation of Program Coordination Group meetings) and collaborate purposefully with other Program teams (e.g. Capacity, Products etc.) as needed

These examples are illustrative and non-exhaustive, as Network is both highly dynamic and rapidly expanding. To see this role in action, check out a few sample projects here.

To all of this, you bring:

  • Passion for Transcend's mission
  • Eagerness to embrace and live intoTranscend’s core values
  • Excitement to be part of the creation of a new role on the team
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to thrive in a dynamic and evolving environment, adapting quickly and making informed decisions with limited initial guidance
  • Exceptionally clear, persuasive, and efficient writing skills in prose, slides, and other creative methods
  • Detail-orientation, and skills to build or optimize easy-to-use systems to manage all details and support effective decision making with impeccable follow-through. Proficient with data, spreadsheets, and basic analytics
  • Strong research, detection, and synthesis skills to scan the landscape, quickly synthesize research, interviews, and other data to identify and elevate potential partners. Ability to present information in a distilled and easily accessible way. Over time, develop pattern recognition to pursue some opportunities with gusto and pause on others. Able to connect disparate ideas and find the opportunity.
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm to build positive, trusting relationships and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and doing whatever it takes to get the job done in an environment of ambiguity, resource constraints, and rapid shifts that befits an evolving organization
  • Outstanding project management and organizational skills that allow you to gather and organize multiple work streams and logistics efficiently
  • Strong personal organization systems for the remote work environment

Perks and Benefits

Transcend is committed to providing our colleagues with a competitive benefits package. Transcend offers medical, dental, and vision coverage options, org-wide holidays, paid time off, paid parental leave, professional development opportunities, and fully remote work. We're also proud of our values-grounded, equity-focused, and fun(!) work environment, incredible colleagues, and a dedication to both our work and each other. We are open to a range of experience profiles for this role. Early in our process, we will ensure that the salary band for the role based on your experience level and location is aligned with your expectations.

Join Us!

Transcend is an equal opportunity employer. We are building a diverse team that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Who We Are:Transcend’s mission is to support communities to create and spread extraordinary, equitable learning environments. Founded in 2015, Transcend has partnered with over 390 schools/partners, which collectively serve thousands of students in over 30 states across the country.
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