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Director of Strategic Partnerships

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VELA Education Fund
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Arlington, VA
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Published 18 days ago

WHO WE ARE

VELA Education Fund is an independent, national nonprofit 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. Does this mission speak to you? We are looking to grow our team!


WHAT WE NEED

We are seeking a Director of Strategic Partnerships to strengthen and optimize our impact by creatively collaborating across a wide range of stakeholders. VELA is supporting amazing parent- and student-driven innovations happening all around the country, and these ideas have enormous potential to inform other entrepreneurs and the field. As one of the organization’s key external ambassadors, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will play a lead role in our endeavor to advance the field of nontraditional education and accelerate its adoption.

The Director of Strategic Partnerships will be a scout, a concierge, and an ambassador on behalf of the organization. You will develop a coordinated and intentional strategy to effectively engage prospective partners, donors, grantees, and our broader community while identifying opportunities to advance our collective work. You will be the first point of contact to potential partners, effectively telling our story and actively surfacing opportunities. Our ideal leader is a critical and creative thinker who naturally cultivates relationships.

In this role, you will collaborate closely with the communications team to align stakeholder engagement with ongoing storytelling, media, and marketing efforts. You’ll also work closely with our anchor funders’ (Stand Together and the Walton Family Foundation) development teams to source opportunities and interface with potential donors.

A successful Director of Strategic Partnerships is a strong ambassador for our organization and a natural connector. You will have deep personal alignment to VELA’s vision and values and the ability to artfully tell our story. We’re looking for a colleague who projects optimism and a deep belief in people and their innate capabilities. Are you the strategic, creative, and imaginative thinker who can unearth collaboration opportunities across a wide range of stakeholders that we’ve been looking for?


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

- Develop a strategic partnerships plan that strengthens and optimizes VELA’s impact.

- Build, sustain, and nurture relationships across a broad range of stakeholders including community members, funders, thought leaders, and policymakers in and outside of K-12 education.

- Identify and facilitate connections between stakeholders and the appropriate team members in service of VELA’s initiatives.

- Closely collaborate with VELA’s Board, founding team, and anchor funders to identify and pursue partnership opportunities.

- Manage VELA’s donor relations and initiatives; liaise with existing donors and anchor funders’ development teams to field potential donor inquiries.

- Represent VELA in external convenings of donors and thought partners.

- Field a range of external VELA inquiries and thoughtfully elevate to the best next step.

- Collaborate with the communications team to ensure regular updates to stakeholders on VELA’s learnings, opportunities, and resources.

- Develop and execute systems for relationship management, including tracking and reporting.

The role reports to VELA’s Chief of Operations.


VALUES AND SKILLS YOU BRING TO OUR TEAM

- Proven track record of cultivating and managing strategic partnerships from the ground up.

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

- Ability to clearly articulate the core identity of the organization to various audiences.

- Experience with identifying and cultivating potential donors.

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

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

- 5-7 years’ experience working closely with leadership to translate strategic vision into action.

- Ability to synthesize complex information and act decisively on behalf of the organization.

- Experience developing and implementing systems for data tracking and relationship management.

- Exceptional organizational, planning, and writing skills.

- Strong understanding of the various PK-12 ecosystems across the nation.

- Deep commitment to VELA’s vision and purpose.

WHO WE ARE

VELA Education Fund is an independent, national nonprofit 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
  • Professional Level
    Executive

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 Director of Strategic Partnerships in your application.

Interested candidates should complete an application at https://velaedfund.org/jobs/. Please reference Director of Strategic Partnerships in your application.

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