Director of Education Initiatives

  • SchoolHouse Connection
  • 20008
Full time Nonprofit

Job Description

SchoolHouse Connection, a fast-paced, results-oriented national nonprofit organization working to overcome homelessness through education, is seeking a Director of Education Initiatives to lead our K-12 education policy implementation work.
This position is an opportunity to advance practice in K-12 schools and school districts, including public charter schools, to improve educational outcomes for children and youth experiencing homelessness, while building bridges between K-12, early childhood, and higher education systems.
This is a full-time, salaried position with generous benefits. The Director of Education Initiatives will work remotely, as do all of SHC’s employees. However, regular in-person meetings in Washington, DC are required. For that reason, applicants living in, or willing to relocate to, the DC Metro area will be given strong preference. SchoolHouse Connection is committed to developing a diverse and dynamic team and welcomes applications from people of color, individuals with disabilities, and LGBT+ individuals.

About SchoolHouse Connection
SHC is the nation’s leading expert on the early care and education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We provide strategic advocacy and practical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We have ushered to passage many critical policies and programs for children and youth experiencing homelessness, and provide extensive implementation assistance to ensure these policies lead to real outcomes. We are a core partner in the Education Leads Home campaign, which seeks to demonstrably increase access to early childhood education, and improve high school graduation and postsecondary attainment rates, for children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Job Responsibilities
The Director of Education Initiatives reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • Leading SchoolHouse Connection’s K-12 practical assistance work, including strategically selecting priority assistance areas, identifying innovative best practices and creating tools and training to assist state and local educational agencies to robustly implement the McKinney-Vento Act;
  • Implementing projects related to the Education Leads Home (ELH) campaign, including the State Initiatives on Student Homelessness (which surface, replicate, and scale successful state and local efforts, including through a newly formed Community of Practice and in-person convenings);
  • Building and maintaining strategic relationships with state and local educators, early childhood programs, housing and homeless service providers, researchers, and advocacy organizations;
  • Assisting the Executive Director in grant writing and reporting; and
  • Growing into a supervisory role.

We’re seeking candidates who excel in high-level strategy, writing and speaking, are results-oriented, and have strong leadership, project management and organizational skills. You should have:
  • A track record of developing cogent, practical written materials related to K-12 education practice and policy that reflect constant awareness of the larger context;
  • Experience designing and implementing strategic initiatives
  • Clear, concise public speaking and training abilities;
  • A demonstrated ability to handle a heavy workload, and achieve results, even in the face of obstacles, while displaying high standards of excellence and integrity;
  • Experience managing complex multiple projects and the ability to oversee the work of other people; and
  • The ability to work independently and take initiative, while ensuring alignment and thriving as a collegial member of a small but mighty team.
Knowledge of the education subtitle of the McKinney-Vento Act and related policies, and child and youth homelessness, is very strongly preferred. Some travel (approximately five trips per year) is required.
SchoolHouse Connection provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or veteran status. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

Salary and Benefits
Salary: $65,000-$80,000.
Benefits: Work from home; flexible work schedule; generous holiday and vacation leave; fully paid health insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; small, collegial team; many opportunities to use skills, learn, and grow professionally.

How to apply
Please send a cover letter, resume, at least two writing samples, and at least two references, by March 31, 2020, to director@schoolhouseconnection.org.