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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Boston Schools Fund offers competitive compensation and benefits commensurate with experience.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in the subject line “BSF Director, Investments Applicant.”