Director, Education Partnerships
MissionRAFT’s (Resource Area for Teaching) mission is to inspire joy through hands on learning. We are doing this today in the Bay Area with more than 5,000 educators, who teach both inside and outside the classroom. RAFT’s products (Activity Kits & Idea Sheets), services (professional development for teachers and events for volunteers) and low-cost recycled teaching supplies, enrich and improve the education of over 600,000 young people each year.We are a non-profit with 25 years of impact, which is largely attributed to the meaningful partnerships we have fostered with Bay Area educators, nonprofits and high-profile organizations who understand the impact of hands on learning. In addition to serving the needs of educators and students, a key tenant of RAFT’s values is to be stewards of the environment. We provide members with an abundance of affordable materials and supplies while diverting roughly 400 cubic feet of materials from landfills donated from corporate partners each and every day! For more information about RAFT, please visit us at: www.raft.net.Position SummaryThe Director of Partnerships is responsible for developing and managing RAFT’s fee for service and funder-driven partnerships with Districts, schools and other nonprofit organizations. The Director is a key driver of revenue generating contracts and works closely with education partners, responding to their needs, analyzing data, and implementing systems that enable their long-term success. In collaboration with RAFT’s Education Team, the Director of Partnerships oversees all aspects of partnership engagement from identifying prospects to designing and scheduling professional development. In addition, they work closely with RAFT’s Development Team to align funders with partners’ goals and objectives.The ideal candidate is familiar with the San Jose region K-12 education ecosystem, intimately understands the challenges facing teachers and administrators and can build trust within the education community. They have a track record of managing projects in collaboration with varied stakeholders in the K-12 system. They are strong communicators, enjoy speaking in front of large groups and have an unwavering commitment/passion for high quality education for all students. Essential Duties and Responsibilities● Develop initiatives to engage and manage relationships with districts, schools and other nonprofit organizations within Santa Clara and San Mateo counties● Serve as the point of contact for education partners through the entire cycle from prospect to contract development, delivery of services and contract completion● Build systems to accelerate RAFT’s impact and build the infrastructure to support increased scale/reach● As per above, support the creation and implementation of a data system to track progress against contractual goals, to inform decision-making and to engage in continuous improvement● Help to develop the Education Team’s key goals and to translate long-term goals into short-term initiatives● In collaboration with RAFT’s Development Team, identify funders for strategically important partnerships● Support the development and facilitation of in-house and off-site professional development● Collaborate with the Education Team to develop RAFT’s professional development programming and offerings● Provide regular updates on Partnership activities.Qualifications & Skills● Classroom teaching and school administration experience in the San jose/South Bay Region● Familiarity with hands-on teaching, project –based learning and other constructivist teaching and learning pedagogies● Familiarity with regional K-12 ecosystems, its challenges and opportunities● Excellent communication, interpersonal and problem-solving skills● Familiarity with RAFT kits and materials in the classroom is a plus● Passion for RAFT’s missionThe statements above describe the general nature of work performed by employees assigned to this position and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned Physical DemandsThe physical demands described here represent those that employees must meet. Must be able to lift 20+ pounds to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the job duties, employees are regularly required to talk, listen, and use hands and fingers to handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, and stand for extended periods of time. Education and/or Experience Required: B.A. B.S. or equivalent.Computer Skills:To perform this job successfully, individuals should have experience using Microsoft software programs, e-mail, Internet applications, and office equipmentWork Environment:The work environment characteristics described here represent those employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.RAFT is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.Prior to applying, all applicants are encouraged to review the RAFT website (www.raft.net) to become familiar with our organization.