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Manager of Programs

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VELA Education Fund
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Arlington, VA
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Published 23 days ago

WHO WE ARE

VELA Education Fund is an independent, national nonprofit fund that invests in nontraditional education models and the communities they serve. VELA supports everyday entrepreneurs who are reimagining education with custom solutions that meet the needs of students and families. VELA is connecting a growing national community of nontraditional educators and providing them with a platform to elevate their work and learning.

At VELA, we believe that learning happens anywhere and everywhere, both inside and outside of traditional classrooms. We envision a world where every family and young person has agency over their education and access to rich, meaningful learning opportunities that create pathways to a life of purpose.

In its first Fund launched in 2020, VELA awarded over 400 microgrants to programs supporting nearly 300,000 people in 43 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. VELA is committed to investing an additional $15M over the next 18 months to support everyday entrepreneurs to unlock their creative potential, shine a light on compelling innovations, and expose as many people as possible to nontraditional education. By early 2022, we aim to engage 1 million learners and families in nontraditional learning experiences and reach over 5 million Americans with accessible examples that demonstrate what learning anywhere and everywhere looks like.


WHAT WE NEED

We are seeking a Manager of Programs to lead the development and implementation of our pioneering programs to identify, invest in, and support everyday entrepreneurs. The Manager of Programs will play a pivotal role in developing and implementing a plan that identifies and supports nontraditional learning models. Responsibilities also include grant-making initiatives, participatory action research in partnership with our grantees, and grantee convening and collaboration opportunities. As an early member of our growing startup team, you will be a critical thought partner in shaping and executing our vision.

A successful Manager of Programs will be a problem solver, exhibiting deep curiosity and the creativity to design new approaches for sourcing and supporting nontraditional education models. Your work will be built on a foundation of trusting people and communities with investments. The Manager of Programs will consistently and reliably take the initiative to tackle all manner of projects and produce quality work. Your ability to be nimble, adaptable, and maintain a positive, asset-based outlook will enable you to thrive in the ambiguity of a fluid environment. Are you the trusted implementer who moves critical bodies of work forward across all aspects of our operations that we’ve been looking for?


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

- Design and implement pioneering grant programs that embrace risk and are grounded in the trust of people and communities with investments.

- Identify and foster opportunities to expand VELA’s grantmaking reach through direct investments and sub-granting partners.

- Lead development and execution of grantee convenings and community events.

- Manage all steps of implementation for VELA grant programs, including process design and management, application development, process logistics, applicant communications.

- Work alongside VELA’s research and evaluation partner to manage the implementation of learning activities.

- Refine and streamline existing program processes, identify opportunities for improvement, and manage the implementation of changes.

The role reports to VELA’s Chief of Operations.


VALUES AND SKILLS YOU BRING TO OUR TEAM

- Ability to problem-solve, work autonomously, and multi-task in an agile environment.

- 3-5 years’ experience launching, managing, and refining programs from idea to execution.

- Ability to manage competing deadlines and deliver high-quality work on schedule.

- Ability to communicate information clearly and concisely to various audiences through diverse formats.

- Experience working closely with leadership to translate strategic vision into action.

- Experience producing and/or managing events.

- Exceptional project management skills, including the ability to manage multiple work streams and communicate updates effectively.

- Exceptional organizational, planning, and writing skills.

- Deep commitment to the vision and purpose of the Fund.

WHO WE ARE

VELA Education Fund is an independent, national nonprofit fund that invests in nontraditional education models and the communities they serve. VELA supports everyday entrepreneurs who are reimagining education with custom…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 31, 2021

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1320 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
Suite 500

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete an application at https://velaedfund.org/jobs/. Please reference Manager of Programs in your application.

Follow us on social @velaedfund and https://www.facebook.com/groups/velaedfund.

Note: VELA is unable to consider candidates from Colorado.

Interested candidates should complete an application at https://velaedfund.org/jobs/. Please reference Manager of Programs in your application.

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