About the Organization - 100Kin10
To solve the world's most pressing problems, we need all of tomorrows problem-solvers to be equipped with STEM knowledge, skills, & inspiration. And tomorrows problem-solvers need excellent STEM teachers today to guide them. 100Kin10 unites the nations top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, & government agencies to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers for classrooms around the country by 2021. To do this, were building a new type of networked-impact effort that rethinks how organizations collaborate, learn from one another, & together identify & tackle challenges that none could successfully address on its own. On target to meet our ambitious 100Kin10 goal, we are focusing not only on the 100,000-teacher goal but also on making progress against the underlying reasons for the STEM teacher shortage.
About the Role - Chief of Staff to the Executive Director
The Chief of Staff will be a strategic & trusted partner to the Executive Director, Talia Milgrom-Elcott, creating leverage for the ED & the organization as a whole.
You will serve as a critical thought partner & advisor to our team & will be centrally positioned to learn about & influence all aspects of an innovative non-profit. You will explore new areas of opportunity for 100Kin10, build relationships with external partners, support strategy & management work, & source & analyze data to inform our growth.
The Chief of Staff will work across the organization on new & ongoing projects, both in conjunction with the ED, & often, independently, allowing you to play a vital role in ensuring that 100Kin10 achieves its mission & ambitious goals. This role reports directly to the ED & manages the EDs Executive Assistant.
Your Responsibilities will include:
Engaging Key External Stakeholders (including Strategic Advisory & Funders)
- Manage engagement with our Strategic Advisors; project-managing meetings; preparing materials; capturing, synthesizing, & distributing notes; & ensuring regular & thoughtful interactions.
- Manage engagement with our funders; tracking & overseeing the preparation of proposals, reports, & other materials; ensuring regular & thoughtful interactions; participating in funder updates.
Managing External Communications Consultants & Projects
- Manage 100Kin10's external communications & PR consultants; work with the ED & external consultants to shape 100Kin10's public's profile (including overseeing any 100Kin10 website projects); manage the strategic development of 100Kin10's public-facing collateral (e.g., annual report).
Directly Supporting the ED
- Strategically manage ED's time; hiring & overseeing executive assistant; looking at the long-term meeting & conference calendar; evaluating opportunities & determining fit with priorities.
- Meeting preparation & follow up; reviewing upcoming meetings for the week to ensure ED has all of the information needed to be as productive as possible.
- Review internal & external communications; drafting written materials, reports, decks, speeches, or presentations.
- Monitor information flow; working with all team members to create a smooth flow of information across the team; maximizing ED's involvement in a project or decision-making process at the right moment.
Other Duties & Administrative Responsibilities
- Act as a thought partner & sounding board.
- Attend meetings & calls on behalf of the ED on occasion.
- Write first drafts of proposals, emails, letters, or other material.
Your Skills & Competencies
At 100Kin10, we believe we can solve problems that seem intractable when we work as a community, embrace experimentation grounded in learning, & act with open hearts & audacity. In this role, here is how those four values manifest:
- Ability to get things done: You are solutions-oriented, a problem-solver looking for the best solution to whatever challenge you're confronted with. You don't wait for instruction. Instead, you proactively look for ways to offer support & be of use. You are a master organizer & planner & consistently look ahead & anticipate needs before they arise.
- Strategic mindset: You are analytical & structured in your thinking. You love to build & maintain well-oiled systems & processes. You are a quick study, synthesizing diverse sources of information & able to discern from them a recommended course of action. You are aware of all mission-critical projects & able to connect the dots across the organization.
- Emotional intelligence: You are self-aware & perceptive. You nurture relationships & can work & communicate well with all kinds of people. You are optimistic, empathetic, flexible, curious & well-respected by all who work with you, irrespective of title.
- Loyal & selfless: You are straightforward, honest, & loyal. You are confident enough to be candid & direct & focused enough on efficacy to be comfortable working behind the scenes.
- Passionate about 100Kin10's mission & approach: You believe that education is critical for social mobility & that our country & planet need all children to have STEM skills & knowledge so that they can contribute to solving the most pressing problems we face. You believe that change is possible, but that it won't happen if we don't work together in networked, practical ways.
What You'll Need
- 5+ years of professional experience (we are background agnostic & are excited by candidates with unique & different work histories).
- Problem-solving & project management skills, including the ability to work & deliver projects independently, proactively, & under pressure.
- Impeccable organization; you are highly detail-oriented, & someone who gets a real sense of satisfaction from producing polished work & managing smooth & orderly processes.
- You can practice discretion & have the ability to maintain confidentiality as needed.
- A commitment to inclusion. You're always asking: "whose voice is not at the table?" You have experience working with diverse teams & successfully navigating cross-cultural communication in either local or global contexts, & you deeply value creating a workplace that is supportive of difference.
The Application Process
Please complete the following simple form. Individuals who submit by Tuesday, August 27th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!
When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume, & you may leave your degree (e.g. "B.A. Economics"). Just remember to remove any undergraduate & graduate school name references where possible. This "bias blind" process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school). Lastly, we intentionally do not ask for a cover letter, so we kindly request that you not send one in your application.
This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making & may be different from other application processes you have experienced.
The overall evaluation process will look to follow this anticipated timeline:
- Late August: Selected candidates asked to complete short-answer questions.
- Early September: Phone interview with 100Kin10 staff.
- Early September: Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a timed, blinded, trial assignment.
- Late September: Finalists will come for an in-person, multi-team-member group interview in our New York City office. Candidate references will also be checked at this step.
- Early October: Offers extended.
More details about the EEOC questions in the application, including definitions of veteran & disability status, can be found here.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working at 100Kin10
People who thrive at 100Kin10 are team-oriented, open-minded, creative, & flexible & possess a strong desire to learn & grow in a feedback-rich environment. Our culture embraces colleagues with genuine warmth, a curiosity to learn, a drive toward excellence, the ability to laugh at themselves, an eagerness for feedback to spur growth & impact, & an interest in co-workers as colleagues & as human beings.
We believe in community. We believe that diverse perspectives & background create a rich work environment that is essential to our work. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we collaborate with our partners, support our network, & work together as a team. We aim to build each other up, empower each other, & give each other what we need to grow & thrive. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, valued, & supported.