The Commit Partnership, Managing Director of Partnerships and Innovation

The Commit Partnership - Dallas, Texas - Full time


The Commit Partnership (the “Partnership”) is focused on the powerful idea that every child in North Texas should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector, analyzing robust data to elevate strategic initiatives, improve 3 practices and policies, and ultimately growing community capacity, capabilities and resources to serve students more effectively.

Founded in 2012, the Partnership is the nation’s largest educational collective impact organization: a coalition of over 200 partners (public and private schools, colleges, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits), all working collaboratively to solve our region’s biggest systemic educational challenges.

The Partnership’s goal is double living wage attainment with equitable outcomes by 2040. Our five-year benchmarks include seeing 68,000 more Dallas County students meeting key academic milestones, including 58,000 more students in limited income homes, 17,000 more Black students and 40,000 more Hispanic/Latinx students.

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The Commit Partnership is looking for a Managing Director of Innovation and Partnerships, who will lead a small but impactful team, in close collaboration with the Partnership’s Analytics department, focused on identifying, prototyping, piloting, and iterating on innovative strategies within Dallas County. New, out-of-the-box ideas that have achieved results elsewhere or promising strategies worth testing out locally should be considered. Scaling effective innovative strategies once proven will be a key function of this team.

The Partnership seeks a passionate, strategic leader to help the organization identify, create, and potentially scale innovative and collaborative efforts that can significantly accelerate Partnership progress in improving economic mobility within the Dallas County region. This key position, reporting directly to the President of Commit with dotted line responsibility to the organization’s founder and CEO, will also serve as a fellow Managing Director on the Partnership’s executive team, providing valued input into a shared leadership approach guiding the nation’s largest educational backbone organization.

In addition, the role will also have responsibility for identifying critical components missing within the region’s ecosystem that are worth introducing to enhance achievement of the Partnership’s overall goals. Once they are identified, key strategies and potential ecosystem components worth replicating in Dallas County will be brought to the Partnership’s executive team, board, and investors with recommendations on how these innovations should be implemented, funded and (where appropriate) housed and governed.

Finally, the role will also lead our partnership strategy with select groups of stakeholders that inform and help shape overall Partnership strategies, including neighborhood place-based organizations.


Who you are:

  • Motivated by equity and values diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and approaches: Applies an equity lens to design and analysis, invests time and resources in building a diverse, highly effective team;
  • Results and data-oriented: Consistent habit of using data (quantitative, qualitative, and end-user data) to understand challenges holistically and measures the results of initiatives;
  • Designer: Experience designing, testing, and scaling innovative ideas that lead to results;
  • Insatiably Curious: Uses questions (including the design of strong research questions) to approach challenges. Does not start with ideas or projects but instead questions and problems. Can ‘get smart’ on new topics quickly;
  • Fail forward mindset: Can identify clear lessons from failed attempts that have led to effective solutions and new ideas;
  • Strategic leadership: Systems-level strategist who can also think through how efforts impact schools, classrooms, and students.

What you bring:

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership: Opportunity seeking, listens to learn, persistent, comfortable with ambiguity and risk;
  • Commitment and track record of focusing on racial equity: Creates mechanisms for community (grasstops and grassroots) participation, understands the role systemic racism has played in creating inequities, incorporates racial equity into work and people management relationships, demonstrates self-awareness of how one’s social identities can affect how one approaches others and solutions;
  • Ability to use data to identify insights, priorities, build understanding and mobilize action: Identifies key quantitative and qualitative data sources, conducts thorough analyses, and gleans insights to inform decisions. Establishes progress monitoring processes to evaluate effectiveness of solutions;
  • Strong managerial skills and results that include inclusive leadership practices: Builds and leverages the strengths of a diverse team. Sets a clear vision and goals in collaboration with others. Considers staff success and development a key strategy for achieving results;
  • Ability to build strong, trusting relationships with key stakeholders: Builds authentic, trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders from grasstops to grassroots leaders, colleagues, and staff. Creates structures and agreements to facilitate collaboration. Celebrates the contributions of others;
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and strategies so others understand: Creates and delivers motivating, aligned key messages. Effectively connects the 'why', 'how' and 'what' of the work. Connects effectively with different stakeholder groups.


The Commit Partnership offers a competitive salary range of $130,000-150,000 and a robust benefits package. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Kevin Bryant at or at 510.575.9635.

The Commit Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. 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.The Commit Partnership does not sponsor visas of any kind at this time. 

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The “Partnership” is focused on the powerful idea that every child in North Texas should receive an excellent and equitable K-12 education, preparing them to flourish at the collegiate level and beyond. To reach this vision, the Partnership serves as a community navigator and connector.
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