Director, Investment (School Support)


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

03/29/2018

Start Date:

07/01/2018

Application Deadline:

04/30/2018

Address

Boston
Massachusetts
United States

Description

Position Overview: Boston Schools Fund (BSF), a not-for-profit organization, is seeking a Director, Investment to conduct investment diligence and support a diverse portfolio of high-quality schools.


Organization: BSF is focused on ensuring that every child in Boston has access to a seat in a high-quality district, charter, or Catholic school. The organization makes grants to expand high-quality schools and improve high-potential schools; collaborates with families to ensure equitable access to these schools; and manages strategic projects to improve Boston’s education ecosystem. BSF began in 2015 with a founding mission to help high-quality schools grow and serve 7,000 more students. As of Spring 2018, we have developed partnerships with 27 schools that will ultimately add over 5,000 seats.


The Position: Reporting to the Chief Investment Officer (CIO), the Director, Investment will be a vital member of BSF’s team, conducting investment diligence and managing relationships with grantees.

 

Competitive candidates will have substantial experience supporting schools and a background in strategic management (through experience-- i.e. consulting, finance, etc.-- or graduate degree-- MBA, MPA, JD, etc.). The strongest candidates will have experience coaching teachers or supporting principals to improve instructional quality.

 

Specific responsibilities anticipated for this role include, but are not limited to:

 

Diligence:

  • Lead due diligence on prospective grantees, including vetting business plans against our grant-making criteria and synthesize findings through rigorous written analysis to inform board recommendation
  • Design and conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis, including analysis and forecasting of school academic and financial performance
  • Assist CIO and CEO with continuously developing and expanding a network of contacts that will become sources of investment opportunity for BSF

Portfolio Support:

  • Provide targeted management assistance to grantees on key organizational priorities (i.e. financial modeling and benchmarking, organizational design recommendations, connections to potential support partners, etc.)
  • Lead internal and external meetings with grantees and other key stakeholders
  • Work collaboratively with grantees to monitor progress, overcome obstacles, and lead project to successful outcomes

Special Projects:

  • Develop polished materials that synthesize analyses for a variety of internal and external stakeholders, such as reporting to donors
  • Develop and refine internal grant-making project management and systems management


Skills and Qualifications

Must Have

  • Track record of building collaborative relationships with senior K-12 leaders; excellent interpersonal skills; upbeat, positive, and professional attitude  
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and present professional materials (e.g. spreadsheets, written memoranda, presentations) with a meticulous attention to detail
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and access for public school students
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and deliver high-quality work on time and on budget, with excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Willingness to pitch in on anything that needs to be done for a small, growing team
  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience

Nice to Have

  • Experience coaching teachers or supporting principals to improve instructional quality in their buildings
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct financial modeling and academic performance data analysis in Microsoft Excel
  • Finance, consulting, Boston, and/or entrepreneurial experience
  • Graduate degree in business, law, education and/or public policy

Benefits

Boston Schools Fund offers competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with experience. 

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

http://bostonschoolsfund.org/opportunities

Please send a resume to opportunities@bostonschoolsfund.org. Please indicate in the subject line “BSF Director, Investments Applicant.” 


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