Director of Programs and Community Engagement

The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is seeking a Director of Programs and Community Engagement to join a creative and highly motivated team. The ideal candidate is an innovative and creative thinker, takes initiative and is a team player. Candidates should also have an understanding of Newark’s District and Charter public education sectors, and the ability to develop and implement appropriate support strategies.


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Position:  Director Programs and Community Engagement

Job Description

As a direct report to the Executive Director of The Trust, the Director of Programs and Community Engagement will be responsible for scanning the local and national educational environment, understanding Newark’s District and Charter public education sectors, and the development and implementation of appropriate support strategies in conjunction with the Executive Director. The Trust’s current programs include the Funders’ Collaborative in which multiple funders contribute resources to incubate, support, and sustain high quality school options in Newark, NJ; and the Southward Community Schools Initiative, an initiative that transforms schools by focusing on the results that happen when there is intentional participation and collaboration from school and community leaders, educators, community partners, students, families, and residents. The Trust’s signature annual event includes the Newark Public Schools Advisory Board forum, where candidates express their views before an audience of concerned citizens.

The ideal candidate is an innovative and creative thinker, takes initiative and is a team player. Candidates should also be comfortable with shifting priorities and multi-tasking.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Board & Committee Relations

  • Serve as staff liaison to External Affairs Committee and Governance Committee of the Funders’ Collaborative, scheduling and preparing meeting materials.
  • Prepare program and community engagement reports for quarterly board and Governance Committee meetings.
  • Make programmatic and funding recommendations.

 Community Engagement

  • Lead innovative community engagement initiatives and forums on pressing education issues and create strategies for implementation including topic selection, content development and/ or selection of moderators, facilitators and/ or guest speakers.
  • Facilitate community and constituent presentations and conversations, build cross-sector relationships, and orchestrate collaborations.
  • Stay abreast of current education research and issues to help inform the development of forum content, and related informational material and resources for a variety of stakeholders.

Program Budgeting & Reporting

  • Prepare annual programmatic budget and monitor grantee disbursements.
  • Develop and apply outcome measures, assess program impact, analyze data, and assist with grant reports and proposals as needed.

Program Implementation & Management

  • Develop annual RFP for Funders Collaborative in consultation with Governance Committee.
  • Review proposals, communicate funding recommendations, finalize and distribute award letters.
  • Approve and track all grantee expenditures.
  • Conduct site visits to each cohort school and provide detailed reports.
  • Provide technical assistance and act as a critical friend to school leaders in all cohort schools.
  • Coordinate Principal and Funder Roundtables throughout the year to strengthen relationships between school leaders and leverage knowledge base and support of funders.
  • Coordinate internal programmatic efforts.

Skills/Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Sociology, Social Work or related subject; Master in Education or Education Administration preferred; 3-5 years of experience in similar position; Ability to think and act pro-actively to plan and prioritize work; Demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Must be highly organized, technologically sophisticated, self-motivated, and be skilled at analyzing Information. The successful candidate will have the ability to quickly establish professional rapport with various constituents, and must be a team player that works well with others; Understanding of the education landscape in Newark, NJ and national trends in education reform, and an ability and interest in using data to inform educational practice is also required.

Sense of humor a must!


To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to with the subject Director of Programs and Community Engagement.

Deadline: February 28, 2017 


Note: A writing sample as well as three references (two professional, one personal) will be required if and when appropriate. 

Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range associated with non-profits across the region.


Newark Trust for Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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