Special Assistant to the CEO

Digital Pioneers Academy - Washington, DC - Full time

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We seek an energetic, ambitious, and well-organized individual to provide a range of support functions for the Founder and CEO. The Special Assistant will work closely with the CEO on all aspects of her role at DPA, with a particular emphasis on start up functions for the planning and launch years. The role is part management, part administrative assistance, and part research and writing. In addition to reporting to the CEO, the Special Assistant will work closely with the Board of Directors and a team of consultants. 

This position is a unique opportunity to get in at the ground floor at an innovative educational institution. We are looking for a dynamic individual with a passion for improving educational outcomes, and a desire to be at the center of running a fast-paced, ambitious organization. The ideal candidate will be interested in pursuing a long term career in education, and motivated to use this position to pursue senior leadership roles as DPA grows.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Provide startup administrative and writing support during DPA’s planning and launch years 
  • Function as a point of contact and liaison with executive team, staff, and partners/constituents 
  • Serve as a collaborative partner to the CEO, working as a sounding board, on a variety of topics and in a variety of situations 
  • Assist CEO with board and community meeting preparation; prepare monthly updates 
  • Manage communication with key internal and external parties, demonstrating an awareness of time-sensitive issues and prioritize accordingly
  • Provide general administrative support including preparing expense reports, drafting correspondence, and answering and screening incoming calls and emails 
  • Other related duties as assigned 

Key Attributes:

  • Highly motivated team player with demonstrated commitment to excellent education and demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team environment
  • Thorough understanding of US education landscape and knowledge of key educational reform institutions
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to prioritize and effectively handle multiple priorities with tight deadlines
  • Highly resourceful, flexible, proactive, and efficient
  • Self starter looking to gain long term experience in the education sector
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, work independently and work well under pressure
  • Must possess superior written and oral communications skills
  • Adept at using a number of platforms, including but not limited to G-Suite, Mailchimp,and Squarespace 

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Minimum 1-2 years experience in education
  • Minimum 1-2 years experience working in operations and/or administrative support. 

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Experience Level

Mid Level

Digital Pioneers Academy

The mission of Digital Pioneers Academy (DPA) is to develop the next generation of innovators. We prepare students to meet or exceed the highest academic standards, while cultivating the strength of character necessary to both graduate from four-year colleges and thrive in 21st century careers. DPA will ultimately be a college preparatory middle and high school (6th-12th grade) for students from Ward 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. Beginning with sixth grade and adding one grade per year, DPA will provide a unique, personalized educational experience that integrates best practices from schools across the country, preparing students to be innovators and active citizens in our technology-driven world. DPA’s learning model will leverage a curriculum built around traditional subjects with the critical inclusion of Computer Science as a core content area. Through core classes and personalized, project-based work, students will develop computational thinking skills, a set of capabilities that can be flexibly applied to succeed in four-year college and in a variety of fields. In addition to rigorous academics and project-based learning, our innovative approach focuses on character building, diverse out-of-school experiences (“expeditions”), and developing the social and emotional capacities of our students.

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