Program Officer, Blended Literacy Portfolio

Robin Hood Foundation - New York, NY - Full time

Robin Hood Foundation - New York, NY - Full time

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Position Overview

The Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund is seeking a Program Officer to lead our blended literacy portfolio of grant partners and catalyze a shift in teaching and learning across New York City. The Program Officer will source and conduct due diligence on grantees, build an engaged network of school and intermediary partners, collaborate with research partners to evaluate success, amplify learnings to influence the field, set the foundation for replication and scaling effective practices, and use our real-time learning to help guide the continued evolution of our investment strategy. The Program Officer will be one of three founding members of the team, together with the Director and Computational Thinking Program Officer. The team is based at the Robin Hood office in Union Square, New York City. 

Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Think Boldly: Serve as a partner to the Director in guiding and operationalizing the either the blended literacy strategy for the greatest impact.
  • Inhale Knowledge: Proactively and voraciously seek knowledge and data to help shape our path.
  • Identify Innovation: Identify and fund schools and organizations demonstrating and supporting the blended literacy strategy in K-12 education
  • Connect toward Learning: Directly support our schools and partner organizations as they embark on a new way of learning, including the development of network of grantees committed to learning.
  • Drive toward Excellence: Set metrics and practices to measure the short and long-term impact of our work and collaborate with researchers to draw out the deepest learning.
  • Build to Grow: Set the foundation to sustain and scale our most effective interventions
  • Make Ideas Live: Organize our work and execute operations for schools and partners.
  • Collaborate and Engage: Support the Director in engaging our three organizations and unique and strategic board.
  • Amplify our Work: Create materials and communication approaches to document and share our learning to our stakeholders, ex. schools, organizational and funding partners and inspire others to join us.
  • Polish: While small and nimble, we take pride in our work. Help be the eyes and attention to detail we need for the highest quality products.


Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree strongly preferred

Five to 10 years of professional experience, including classroom teaching experience in low-income communities, with a preference for literacy teachers

Demonstrated passion for leveraging technology for learning

Experience convening and facilitating stakeholders for shared buy-in and learning

Knowledge of research and evaluation, and experience liaising with research partners

Strong project management and organization skills

Excellent analytical, research and critical thinking abilities

Exceptional communication skills (verbal, written, presenting)

Positive and can-do energy; a team player, willing to do what it takes to get the work done

Self-starter with the ability to work independently in a fast paced, results-oriented environment

Knowledge of New York City education landscape preferred

Content expertise in one of the strategies, such as knowledge of literacy and blended learning approaches and computing education and computational thinking a plus

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Project Management

Experience Level

Mid Level

Robin Hood Foundation

Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, focused on finding, funding and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for New York’s poorest residents. 

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