Urban Education Initiative Director

Job description

Job location: Smith College

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-11-08
Req: R-201900935
Jandon Center for Community EngagementJob Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S): Responsible for all aspects of the Urban Education Programs including managing staff, developing individual and team capacities and liaising with Jandon Center initiatives; financial planning, and budget oversight. Work collaboratively with the UEI Faculty Director and the Director of the Jandon Center to develop, scale, and strategically grow locally and nationally UEI’s portfolio of programs including Urban Educator Pathways programs and Project Coach


Planning and Development: Develop and implement strategic and operational plans for UEI with the UEI Faculty Director with input from the Jandon Center team. Identify and cultivate opportunities for growing the impact of the work both within and outside of Smith College. Personally, through speaking, written presentations, and digital media expand the impact and visibility of the work through partnerships, communications, dissemination of research, and workshops. Conduct ongoing evaluations of programs by acquiring formative and summative data that promotes the improvement of programs.

Operations: Serve as operations and administrative leader of the organization. Ensure that the portfolio of programs is high quality with regard to content, the experience of participants, operational logistics, and risk management. Manage, direct, coach, and evaluate the organization’s full and part-time staff, ensuring that programs are operationalized with fidelity to core principles and best practices. Responsible for ensuring that programs are in compliance with college, local, state, and federal guidelines for educational programs.

Budget Management and Financial Planning: Work with Faculty Director to develop operating, endowed, and grant budgets to support organizational goals. Responsible for ensuring the organization achieves financial targets. Serve as lead advancement officer to identify grant opportunities, potential donors, and opportunities for entrepreneurial initiatives. Oversee the grant cycle process from initial application, implementation of grant-supported work, to outcome tracking and reporting.


Education/Experience: Master’s degree plus 5-7 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Degree in non-profit management, education, business administration preferred. Supervisory experience required. Experience required in leading an organization to grow its impact and scale programs. Experience required with budget development and management, human resources, marketing, database management, and reporting to various constituencies.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and written/oral communication skills. Ability to interact with a broad range of people and stakeholders including college faculty/staff, community leaders, educators, and youth. .Demonstrated work ethic and an understanding that programming involving youth work and community partnerships extends beyond the normal workday, involves occasional weekends, and travel. Having the capacity to multitask is essential, as is the ability to coach, train, and manage staff. Demonstrated capacity to lead development, including pursuing grants and an array of advancement opportunities. Must believe in and be passionate about education being a crucial lever for promoting social and economic equality.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Review of applications will begin

September 30, 2019

Compensation Grade:

Grade F

Position Type:

Fixed Term

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.




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Posted: 9/17/2019
Application Due: 11/20/2019
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