Vice President of Partner Impact, Washington D.C.

Turnaround for Children - Washington D.C., District of Columbia - Full time

About Turnaround for Children

Turnaround for Children translates the science of learning and development into tools, systems and structures for schools to help all students thrive, particularly children who have been impacted by adversity. Through professional learning and trainings, school partnerships, and consulting services for school and system leaders, Turnaround empowers educators and school leaders to transform their schools into places that promote a supportive environment, positive developmental relationships and integrated academic, skill and mindset development for each and every student.

Informed by 18 years of practical experience in schools and deep knowledge of the science of learning, Turnaround is a part of a whole-child movement that is reimagining how the systems that support children’s learning and development are designed, in order for each child to reach their fullest potential.

In school year 2019-2020, Turnaround will impact more than 70,000 students and 7,000 educators through partnerships with DC Public Schools, KIPP DC, the New York City Department of Education, KIPP Bay Area Public Schools, Tulsa Beyond and others, and will reach thousands more through field leadership initiatives, including conferences, events, publications, videos, podcasts, and more. This exciting footprint is the result of a wave of interest in healthy development as a critical component of a child’s learning experience. Today, Turnaround is experiencing an unprecedented demand from school districts, charter management organizations and other education organizations across the country. Join our team to help us capitalize on this swell of opportunity. Click here to learn more about Turnaround

About the Position

Do you thrive on building relationships with diverse stakeholders (school and district leaders, funders and other partners)? Do you enjoy managing teams of seasoned educators and school leaders and motivating them to meet and exceed their goals? If you are a strategic leader who wants to join a passionate team working to expand educators’ capacity to create the school-wide systems that all students deserve, we want to hear from you!

We are searching for a Vice President of Partner Impact to lead our work in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro area. We are looking for someone who can simultaneously lead our team in delivering current results while also growing the number of clients served for future years. The VP of Partner Impact will know the ins and outs of our content, be able to explain our work to diverse stakeholders, understand the impact of our work and be able to build trust and relationships with schools, district leaders and Turnaround staff alike.

Key Responsibilities - What you’ll do:

  • Optimize Turnaround’s presence in the Greater Washington D.C. Metro area by building and strengthening relationships with new and existing partners including school districts, school networks, other partner organizations and influencers. Work with leaders to understand Turnaround’s work and actively expand opportunities for partnerships that lead to improved outcomes for students.
  • Lead with an equity lens to ensure high-quality program implementation by local team members that align to Turnaround’s theory of change and that models Turnaround’s values of interrupting and transforming educational systems that have not provided equitable opportunities for all children. Serve as an inclusive leader who coaches and guides team members to reach impact, to continuously learn and to work collaboratively. Understand the context of each team member’s work, observe training sessions and provide ongoing feedback.
  • Lead high-quality adult learning sessions for school and district leaders. Deliver compelling and effective training sessions to school leaders and other educators that lead to necessary changes in practice at the school and district levels. Assess partner schools against Turnaround’s recommended practices and coach school leadership teams and district leaders accordingly. Leverage learnings from work with school and district leaders across multiple contexts to build on successes and shape the future of Turnaround’s work.
  • Build awareness and secure funding for Turnaround, in partnership with the Development and Marketing and Communication teams. Cultivate new and existing donors and serve as an ambassador of Turnaround. Build awareness for Turnaround’s work by contributing to press and media relations and other story-telling outlets.
  • Serve as a thought leader in whole child development speaking on behalf of the organization and seek new opportunities to share Turnaround’s work in existing and new markets. Cultivate strong, purposeful relationships and establish trust and credibility with all clients to better leverage influence and support.
  • Serve as an organization leader, elevating insights and knowledge from local geography and partners to inform broader organizational strategy and decision-making. Collaborate effectively with other leaders and staff. Enable effective decision-making and work seamlessly across the entire organization.

You’ll bring these skills and strengths to the role:

  • Strong management experience: You have experience being an inclusive and strong manager (of your own team, colleagues and partners) and you work collaboratively with others. You are reflective and self-aware, are a learner in all you do, thrive on coaching and growing your team and effectively motivate others to achieve meaningful impact.
  • Relationship building and influencing: You are strong at building relationships and understanding what motivates others. You have a track record of building and maintaining meaningful, trusted relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders, motivating them to connect with Turnaround’s mission and impact.
  • Expertise in adult learning and training: You have atrack record of success leading adults towards significant change initiatives using positional and personal influence in urban education settings.
  • Storytelling and effective communication: You are an effective communicator, especially in how you deliver trainings, and tell the story of Turnaround’s work and impact to garner more support for Turnaround across the country.
  • Flexible and adaptable player: You chart the course for what to prioritize, easily adapt to changing circumstances, are open to feedback and are driven to overcome obstacles so that you can reach your goals. Rather than seeing challenges as obstacles, you see them as opportunities for learning and growth.
  • Effective execution: You can juggle multiple work streams, manage aggressive deadlines and execute effectively with implementing effective systems.
  • Humble and optimistic: You value diversity of thought, experience and perspective and have a tremendous amount of self-awareness about your strengths and areas for growth. You bring an extreme optimism to your work and you pride yourself on providing excellent service to all stakeholders.
  • Mission alignment: You demonstrate an authentic commitment to and belief in Turnaround’s mission, vision and values and in particular, hold Turnaround’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusivity front and center in all of your work.

A typical day might include:

  • Observing a team member as they lead a professional learning series with a local school partner and following up with detailed feedback about glows and grows from their presentation
  • Conducting your own professional learning series
  • Meeting with a prospective funder, leading them on a site visit to understand our local work and pitching a new funding request to them
  • Connecting with a district partner about how the work is progressing
  • Meeting with Turnaround’s team and local district superintendents to understand how the work is playing out in our partner schools as we plan for another year of support
  • Meeting with a direct report about their goals and how they are progressing against them
  • Briefing the CEO on the latest at a given school and meeting with the CEO and other local stakeholders.
  • Meeting with peer leaders across the organization, for example, with Development on the fundraising strategy or with Applied Science on our theory of change and what data we are collecting and how.
  • Preparing materials for a Board of Directors meeting
  • Pitching a staffing model to the Leadership Team for how to best allocate staff resources according to our strategic plan

About you:

You’ll be successful in this role if…

  • You have a track record as an innovative and experienced school or district leader who has mentored, supported and led a diverse team of adults toward significant change initiatives, preferably within public schools in an urban education setting.
  • You bring experience working directly in an urban school district, preferably DCPS.
  • You have a strong sense of the needs of DCPS.
  • You are an experienced change facilitator in the context in which Turnaround operates (low-performing urban district schools) and you have demonstrated your ability to successfully navigate and overcome barriers.
  • You are a skilled facilitator who has designed and delivered effective adult learning activities.
  • You have successfully managed teams with inclusionary practices and with a focus on reaching impact. You are known for your motivational skills and ability to coach and support your team.
  • You have a demonstrated track record of effective communication and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders including school and district leaders, funders, other systems partners, and staff.
  • You love public speaking and sharing stories to garner support from stakeholders.
  • You’re an organized multi-tasker, who can strategically prioritize and analyze situations, arrive at root causes and effectively navigate roadblocks and develop workable solutions in a climate of uncertainty.
  • You are fluent in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and are skilled at creating PowerPoint presentations and tools and templates in Word to support training activities.

We’d be even more excited if you have…

You balance confidence with humility

You have planned and managed complex, long-term projects

You’re data-driven and results-oriented; steadfastly focused on the goal at hand

You have a sense of humor and unwavering positive demeanor, naturally able to meet colleagues/partners where they are and be an inspiration with their optimism

You have a relevant Bachelor’s degree and advanced degree

Other things to know

Status and location: This is a full-time, exempt role based in Washington D.C. which requires travel to partner schools across DCPS. Ability to travel up to 20% of the time including 1-2 times per month to the New York headquarters and occasional other locations for speaking engagements, etc.

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

Benefits: Turnaround has a comprehensive benefits package, including; Medical (Turnaround covers a large portion of the premium), Dental (premium cost shared by employee and Turnaround), Vision (Fully paid by employee), Life, AD&D and STD Insurance (Fully paid by Turnaround), Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical, Dependent Care, and Commuter Benefits), 403(b) Plan with 1% matching, Voluntary Benefits (Critical Illness/Cancer Care, Accident, and Hospital), Veterinary Pet Insurance, generous PTO, Summer Fridays, 8 weeks paid maternity/paternity leave, professional development support, ongoing staff engagement opportunities, wellness events and a culture rooted in our values!

Values: Turnaround has four organizational core values: (1) We inquire, we learn, we innovate, we share; (2) We interact with understanding and act with integrity; (3) We seek diverse perspectives and confront uncomfortable truths; and (4) Together, we can change the odds.

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter outlining the ways in which their skills and experience align with our specific needs. Candidates of color and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

Are you ready to join the team at Turnaround for Children? Apply for this role on our website today!

Turnaround for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, military and veteran status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot be used as a basis for an employment decision.

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