Philadelphia Schools Partnership

Data and Finance Analyst, Philadelphia School Partnership

Posted on April 17, 2017

 

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY
The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) works to give every child in America’s fifth largest city the opportunity to attend a great school. We invest philanthropic funds in high-impact schools so they can serve more low-income students—whether they be in the traditional public, public charter or private sectors. Our aim is to catalyze the creation or transformation of enough schools to ensure better options for 50,000 students, or nearly one in four of all Philadelphia schoolchildren. Since 2011 PSP has invested in more than 50 schools, creating new educational opportunity for 21,000 students. PSP also works to create the conditions that enable great schools to grow and thrive, including a strong pipeline of qualified teachers and principals, resources and initiatives to empower parents and families, and policies that enable entrepreneurial school leadership and create opportunity for high-performing schools to grow. Additionally, PSP invests to catalyze collaboration, facilitating the sharing of best practices among schools and support organizations. Nonpartisan and data-driven, we work with government officials, business leaders, education leaders and practitioners, and community groups to pursue the promise of a great school for every child.

PSP believes that in a city as large as Philadelphia, there is not one best or right kind of school. Two hundred forty thousand children need a wide variety of schools from which to choose. The city has numerous examples of high-performing schools, and they span all three primary sectors: charter schools, district schools and private/Catholic schools. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of quality options in all three sectors. More than 35,000 students sit on waiting lists for the city’s best schools—which include private, charter, district magnet, and district neighborhood schools. Our work centers on leveraging philanthropic capital to attract entrepreneurial leadership and overcome inertia and financial and political barriers so that Philadelphia can have more great schools.

Like all cities, Philadelphia has finite resources for K-12 education. PSP believes the route to effectively educating all of the city’s children lies in fomenting and sustaining an educational ecosystem that steers resources toward effective schools, regardless of sector or type of school, so they can grow; increases equity of access to all school choices for families; and utilizes multiple measures of school performance to hold schools accountable for outcomes, thus ensuring support and—if necessary—intervention for struggling schools.

POSITION SUMMARY
Join our mission-driven education nonprofit—a growth fund for great schools—as a member of the school investment team. The investment team solicits and reviews applications from schools, school leaders and school networks (as well as encourages potential schools, networks and leaders to apply), determines and structures investments, manages relationships with investees, and monitors academic and other outcomes.

The Analyst will have the opportunity to engage in an exciting and challenging array of activities. He/she will: develop a deep knowledge of Philadelphia’s education landscape, conduct data-driven school performance and financial analyses, cultivate relationships with school leaders, stakeholders and peers, and will be an active participate in the strategic thinking and planning work of the team.

The Analyst will be primarily responsible for the outreach, collection, and analysis of data relating to school investments. This information will be used as part of the due diligence process, annual planning and reports, ongoing portfolio management, and for determining investment decisions. As such, the analyst would play a vital role in the decision-making process for PSP grants.

The Analyst will report to will report to the Great Schools Fund Director and work closely with the entire team.

PSP is an equal-opportunity employer with good benefits and an entrepreneurial, results-oriented work culture.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Manage collection and analysis of proficiency data, comparison data for neighborhood schools, school demographic composition data, etc.
• Maintain data warehouse and collection of new data
• Assist in the development of new investments by keeping abreast of education-related happenings in Philadelphia
• Conduct school performance and financial analyses to assess the viability of potential as part of due diligence
• Work with Investment Manager(s) to develop and maintain application and portfolio tracking systems
• Plan and manage school visits, interviews and presentations
• Create and produce school performance and portfolio performance reports for internal and external use
• Assist in the creation of investment proposals for the Philadelphia School Partnership Board of Directors
• Work with Investment Manager(s) and Philadelphia School Partnership Team on research and analytical projects
• Actively engage in the strategic planning and thinking of the organization
• Additional duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS
• Knowledge of and commitment to K-12 education reform, including a willingness to work on behalf of high-quality schools of all types – including District, charter, and private – in the face of organized resistance to reform
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to lead and motivate others
• A self-motivated and entrepreneurial approach; confidence in high-pressure tight deadline situations and willingness to work as part of a team
• Experience leading and executing projects
• Strong communication skills – comfortable representing the organization in meetings, with school leaders
• Ability to understand, manipulate, and analyze data and trends
• Ability to translate data into a narrative
• Ability to present data in an articulate manner
• Flexible attitude, ability to work independently and with urgency
• Strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills
• Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
• Ability to manage competing priorities and projects

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Math, or other relevant field
• Minimum of one year relevant work experience in a role that required analytical thinking
• Experience working in education reform preferred, but not required
• Proficient with Microsoft Applications, specifically Excel (all manner of data cleaning, pivot tables, macros, v-lookups)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:
• Traveling to schools – valid driver’s license and/or access to transportation when necessary
• Functioning in office space – reaching file cabinets, filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, making phone calls
• Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing
• Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at MFConsultantsLLC@gmail.com.

Salary commensurate with experience, along with excellent benefits.
A modest relocation package may also be available for out-of-state candidates.


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