Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Education Fund

Posted by on January 14, 2013

Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Education Fund
Posted on: December 15, 2012

The Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed Fund) is a 28-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in Philadelphia and the region so that youth are prepared to succeed in college and careers (see The organization advances educational practice by:
Developing, growing, and supporting teachers and leaders; Supporting schools and students directly to ensure that young people complete their secondary education and realize post-secondary success; and, Advancing critical dialogue and education agenda across the city, convening key constituents to promote pivotal work on behalf of children and youth.
As the Ed Fund moves at pace into the new educational era in Philadelphia, we remain true to our roots as an organization that incubates promising practices and systems, demonstrates via implementation and evaluation, and disseminates (best practices, evaluation learnings, technical assistance) to the field.

Position Summary
The Ed Fund seeks a Senior Vice President to lead program operations, reporting directly to the CEO. The Senior Vice President (SVP) will supervise the leaders that oversee the Ed Fund’s programmatic divisions. The SVP will have ultimate responsibility for enhancing and maintaining the operational systems that support the programmatic work of the organization. In collaboration with initiative leaders, the SVP will develop and implement strategic and tactical adjustments to initiatives to ensure high quality outcomes. In addition, the SVP will support the CEO in managing the leadership team and the organization.

– Manages senior leadership staff that direct programmatic divisions (including bodies of work in teaching and learning, post-secondary opportunity, and educational innovations), as well as the Research Director.
– Creates and supports a productive, ambitious, respectful and collegial work environment. Works with the CEO and senior leadership staff to ensure a quality agency culture.
– Provides mentorship, direction, and professional development for programmatic staff.
– Supports the CEO in assessing the appropriateness and efficiency of the organizational structure to deliver on its work and mission.

– Responsible for program operations. Ensures strong operational planning and implementation for all programs and initiatives.

Champions for Quality Public Education
– Ensures ambitious, clear, measurable goals and objectives for all programs.
– Supports synergy, collaboration, and cohesion among initiatives and across the organization.
– Develops and ensures implementation of strategic and tactical adjustments to programmatic initiatives (in collaboration with CEO and program leaders as appropriate).
– Serves as a key strategic advisor to the CEO.

– Ensures division leaders operate within budget and use resources strategically.
– Supports development of annual divisional budgets.
– Collaborates with Development, Communications, and Finance functions as appropriate to support fundraising and product development.


  • Passionate commitment to excellent public education in Philadelphia.
  • Successful tenure in senior leadership role in an education or non-profit organization.
  • Excellent operational ability. Skilled at advancing initiatives from idea to successful, sustainable implementation. Proven ability to deliver programmatic outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage individuals and high-performing teams, including developing work plans and overseeing organizational performance management processes.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with government agencies and philanthropic organizations to meet organization mission and performance objectives.
  • Strong strategic thinker.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and agility. Entrepreneurial.
  • Excellent coalition building skills, with the ability to work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • History of connecting programs to funding and creatively generating new resources.
  • Strong understanding of non-profit organizational structure and function.
  • Experience and skill managing budgets.
  • Understanding of urban education practice and issues; awareness of advocacy and policy issues impacting education preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred. Seven years management experience.

This position reports to the CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund.

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