The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city
the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so
they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter
or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure
better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since
2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for 21,000
students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive,
including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower
parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership and create
opportunity for high-performing schools to grow. Additionally, PSP invests to catalyze
collaboration, facilitating the sharing of best practices among schools and support organizations.
Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders
and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.
PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two
hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has
numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter
schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality
options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best
schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our
work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome
inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.
Like all cities, Philadelphia has finite resources for K-12 education. PSP believes the route to
effectively educating all of the city’s children lies in fomenting and sustaining an educational
ecosystem that steers resources toward effective schools, regardless of sector or type of school, so
they can grow; increases equity of access to all school choices for families; and utilizes multiple
measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support
and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools.
Join a mission-driven education nonprofit—a growth fund for great schools—as a member of the
school investment team. The investment team solicits and reviews applications from schools,
school leaders, and school networks (as well as encourages potential schools, networks, and leaders
to apply for funding), determines and structures investments, manages relationships with investees,
and monitors academic and other outcomes. When results lag at a portfolio school or network, the
investment team works closely with the school or network to provide support, guidance, and
accountability. This support comes in many forms. Ultimately, our goals are aligned with the
schools and networks goals – for the students to achieve at extraordinarily high levels.
The Manager will manage a portion of the portfolio, work with the team to identify opportunities
for investment, and will support school teams as they strive to deliver high quality academic
programs through direct service and other methods.
The Manager will report to the Director of School Investments and work very closely with the
School Investment Team, and the entire PSP team.
PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Lead thorough due diligence processes that include gathering and analyzing data,
interviewing staff, assessing financial soundness, and identifying risks.
Work closely with other team member to identify risks and to ultimately make investment
Create and present memorandums for board review and approval or denial.
Manage relationships with schools in the portfolio including managing the grants, vendors,
politics, and assisting in improving outcomes for students in the school.
Deeply know the strengths and areas of focus for the portfolio of schools you manage. Visit
schools at least 4 times a year (more often for schools that are struggling or who have been
identified as tier 1 schools).
Conduct four reviews with your portfolio schools: 2 check-ins and 2 in-depth reviews in
mid-year and end of year.
Use professional networks to cultivate potential investment opportunities aligned to the
Work closely with schools and the investment team to identify gaps in programming and
provide guidance and resources to increase success rates for students.
Keep abreast of emerging education issues in Philadelphia and nationally.
Identify, create, and maintain relationships with resources that could be useful to portfolio
Continuously assess current organizational practices on the investment team and improve
Work with the Philadelphia School Partnership team on research and strategic projects.
Actively engage in the strategic planning and thinking of the organization.
Write and present various reports including annual plans, school reports, board
Work closely with a subset of schools, providing direct support to assist them in improving
Lead Communities of Practice and other initiatives to provide opportunities for our schools
to collaborate and grow.
Manage the development and execution of citywide convenings and conferences alongside
the Investment Team.
Additional duties as assigned.
Knowledge of and commitment to K-12 education reform, including a willingness to work
on behalf of schools of all types – including District, charter, and private – in the face of
organized resistance to reform
Ability to assess a school’s areas of strength and weakness
Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead and motivate others
A self-motivated and entrepreneurial approach; confidence in high-pressure tight deadline
situations and willingness to work as part of a team
Experience leading and executing projects
Strong communication skills – comfortable representing the organization in board meetings,
other meetings, and larger venues
Flexible attitude, ability to work independently and with urgency
Strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills
Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree preferred
Minimum of three years’ relevant work experience in a role that required analytical writing
Experience teaching and leading in a school
Experience working in education reform preferred, but not required
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such
Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing,
mailing, making phone calls
Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a
keyboard/mouse and typing
Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis
Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at
Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.
A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.