Responsible for collaborating with K-12 Education colleagues and the broader field to build alignment around a vision for employing and driving market dynamic education solutions to enable more effective development, distribution and product/market fit across various solutions team program strategies. Manage/execute a portfolio to advance this agenda relevant to our current portfolio of priority solution areas, including Curriculum and Instructional Tools, Social Emotional Learning, and High School to Postsecondary Transitions supports.
KEY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Evaluate and support the development of business models for organizations and companies that design and deliver solutions that serve the needs of the field in a scalable and sustainable manner.
Conduct research and market analysis to understand where and why supply and demand are misaligned for the priority solutions identified by the team. Develop and execute strategies that engage key stakeholders to address these disconnections.
Support the team to improve the rigor with which we apply market dynamics to solve related problems across the K-12 program.
Take a user-centered design approach to help understand incentives for and needs of end users, school/district decision makers, practitioners, developers, distributors, funders and policy makers in ways that improve the impact of the priority solutions.
Work with the Deputy Director to deeply engage the education private sector relevant to the ecosystems for the priority solutions identified by the team
Help catalyze external private capital through the use of various Program-Related Investment (PRI) strategies that contribute to the scaling of innovation and the growth and the sustainability of proven solutions.
Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
CORE KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:
Development of portfolio strategy
Grant design/development and management with an investor’s mindset
Knowledge of statistical methods, evaluation design, qualitative research
methods, data collection and management
Policy knowledge relevant to the design, adoption and implementation of instructional materials
Networking skills with key players within the ecosystem
Ability to do pattern and trend recognition, cost analysis, product-market fit analysis
Data and outcome driven
Synthesis and learning / triangulation
Stakeholder management/ecosystem development - researchers, providers/
developers, practitioners, policy makers, TA providers, “buyers” (district/school level)
Knowledge of various school contexts
Assess and advance the evidence base
Understanding of business model development
Develop and leverage distribution models/channels
Organizational capacity building
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree preferred. At least 8 years of relevant experience in one or more of the following areas: development and distribution of K-12 education products or services; venture capital or private equity investing; venture philanthropy or impact investing; management consulting; education entrepreneurship; education program management.
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