FLSA Classification: Exempt
Reports to President
About the Organization
The Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) is an independent think-and-do tank that believes in the potential of all students. We work tirelessly to close the opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color. We convene educators, school system leaders and the community to pilot and scale evidence-based solutions that advance school quality in Duval County.
JPEF has a highly engaged and diverse board, significant fiscal resources and talented staff to drive the work of the organization. The fast-paced and entrepreneurial organization has more than a decade-long track record of helping public schools significantly improve outcomes for kids through innovative, community-focused, and data-driven solutions.
The Vice President is a member of JPEF’s senior leadership team, responsible for driving effective implementation of the organization’s strategy and helping to guide its operational effectiveness.
Drawing upon JPEF’s reputation as the trusted voice on public education issues in Jacksonville, the Vice President will lead a talented and passionate program strategy team to measurably improve school quality and student outcomes in Duval County. There are three prongs to JPEF’s strategy to close the opportunity gap:
– Research and advocacy to independently analyze student data and promote innovative and effective policies and practices;
– Convening partners and key stakeholders to drive coordinated, data-informed action, and
– Strategic initiatives to directly support traditional and public charter school educators to pilot and adopt innovative and evidence-based practices.
JPEF’s current priorities advanced across its strategies include (1) recruiting, supporting, and retaining quality, diverse educators, (2) improving student literacy proficiency by the end of 3rd grade, and (3) providing wholistic supports to help students succeed in and beyond their K-12 education.
The Vice President will fortify partnerships with the Duval County Public Schools Superintendent’s cabinet and senior leaders at charter partner organizations, as well as with other key education stakeholders, partners and influencers, spanning parent and community advocates, educators, nonprofit, government and business partners. The Vice President will play a leading role in aligning diverse education stakeholders and communities around mutual priorities and building the case for how a focus on these priorities for education equity create lasting change in communities and better outcomes for students.
Entrusted to effectively manage and support JPEF’s talented program team to deliver against aligned, rigorous and achievable goals, the Vice President will positively influence organizational culture and be a critical advisor and partner for the President in ensuring the organization’s operational effectiveness. S/he will help strengthen and operationalize systems that allow JPEF to maximize its resources and opportunity to positively impact public education in Jacksonville; and ensure knowledge and learning from JPEF’s efforts loop back into the work and process. As needed, the Vice President will serve as a surrogate for the President and represent the organization in civic and professional associations, media and in other relevant activities.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Leadership & Operations • Serve as a member of JPEF’s senior leadership team and support the organization’s continued strategic growth, partnering with the President around annual and long-term planning. Develop new, innovative and effective approaches to meet goals. • Lead a team of professional staff in the strategic and tactical execution of JPEF’s strategies across a wide array of functions, including data and research, engagement and partnerships, strategic initiatives, and advocacy. Partner effectively with cross-functional leaders including marketing and communications, fund development and finance and administration, and support programmatic colleagues to do the same. • Effectively manage organizational resources including developing and monitoring program strategy budgets, overseeing awarded grants and contracts, and allocating personnel. • Plan and lead staff in a significant portion of JPEF’s professional learning activities, seeking to grow employee knowledge of key education issues. Support and mentor staﬀ to understand JPEF’s core values, working norms and expectations. • Make recommendations for staﬀ hires and contractors. • Support fund development eﬀorts to generate revenue, providing information to the JPEF development team for grant proposals and donor pitches, assisting with presentations to funders, and reporting on awarded funds. • Support the President by effectively engaging and participating in meetings of the Board of Directors, leading discussions related to investments, activities and outcomes, as appropriate. • Serve as a strategic thought partner with the President in a variety of high-level organizational decisions. Complete other tasks, large and small, to support the effectiveness of the organization. Strategy Development & Implementation • In collaboration with JPEF leadership and staff, design program strategies and methodology to help improve school quality with an equity lens. As overall strategy is adopted by President and Board of Directors, oversee effective implementation, and monitor the plan and activities. • Deﬁne and document the overall purpose, goals and criteria for partnerships and programs, for both internal understanding and external alignment with partners. • Coach and support staff to develop and refine work portfolios, enlist and support partners around aligned strategies and priorities. o Directly manage and support the Director of Data and Research, guiding their efforts to work effectively with key JPEF leaders, staff and partners to generate rigorous knowledge about priorities for school quality and education equity; and to strategically document and share that knowledge. o Directly manage and support the Director of Strategic Initiatives to build and support networks of teachers and principals to improve quality in their schools and other targeted schools defined by JPEF priorities and goals. o Directly manage and support with the Director of Engagement and Partnerships to enlist and engage partners to drive community impact on mutually agreed upon education priorities and strategies (e.g., building and supporting a more diverse teaching workforce, and closing the opportunity gap by focusing on literacy). o Manage and/or support as appropriate other Managers and Associates charged with ensuring the effective implementation of JPEF’s program strategy, including to ensure goals are met, participants and supporters have a high-quality experience, and advocates are equipped and supported to act to advance educational equity. o Guide and support staff on the JPEF Advocacy Team to track policy developments, and to develop recommendations to amplify JPEF’s research and equip partners/stakeholders and amplify their voices, where appropriate, to champion effective policies and practices. Help guide the effective implementation of approved advocacy efforts. • Evaluate programmatic efforts and ensure there is a learning orientation in the work, team and partnerships; monitor key ﬁndings across all stages of strategy development and implementation; make appropriate adjustments based on ﬁndings. Partnerships • Identify partners from a variety of sectors and engage them to create and support a broader learning and change agenda for improved public education in Duval County with attention to JPEF’s assets and research. • Regularly monitor how philanthropic trends and practices as well as national, federal, state and local policies and emerging issues create incentives or barriers for orienting around equity-driven school quality. • In collaboration with partners and staff, write, share, present and widely promote knowledge gleaned from JPEF and partner efforts to advance educational equity, including relevant data and information.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities • Clear ability to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission and values of the Fund to external and internal stakeholders. • Expertise and/or experience in strategic business operations, including generating revenue, effectively managing budgets, and improving organizational systems and processes. • Provides tangible examples of reporting and program measurement and evaluation. • Demonstrates integrity, strives for excellence in her/his work, and has experience of leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact. • Relational nature and strong written and verbal communication skills. • Ability to maintain and respect the sensitive, private, and confidential nature of information related to grants, donors, advisors, and the organization. • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize deliverables and handle unanticipated demands and requests. • Excellent interpersonal skills, adaptability and a collaborative style with ability to engage colleagues at all levels. • Confidence to work internally and externally with various leaders, partners, staff and consultants to support the organization’s efforts. • Experience and comfort working with Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Office applications, Teams), online communications tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and various web-based applications. • Exhibiting independent judgment in the development, implementation, and evaluation of plans, procedures, and policies. • A track record of leadership (in professional or personal contexts). Additional Qualifications • Clear commitment to the importance of providing a high-quality public education for all students in Jacksonville, particularly historically underserved student populations. • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline- and goal-driven environment. • Excitement and openness to continued learning and development. • Knowledge of Jacksonville is preferred, but not required. Commitment to Diversity The Jacksonville Public Education Fund encourages individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we want to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.
Education and Experience
• Solid educational background including an undergraduate degree and an advanced degree or relevant coursework in fields relevant to the Fund’s mission, such as law, finance, business administration, education, public policy or non-profit management. • Minimum of five years of supervisory experience in non-profit, district or school leadership roles desired. Proven ability to coach and develop talent. • Recent significant professional experience in public education, leading diverse work teams, developing and effectively implementing program strategy, managing change, engaging community partners, and partnering with a President and Board of Directors.
The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, vision and life insurance is included, along with significant leave time and a matched 401(k) retirement plan.
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume (or CV) in PDF format to email@example.com with the subject line “Vice President.” Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.