The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is seeking a highly motivated Program Officer to be a key member of the Trust’s P-12 Education team. The ideal candidate is a team player with experience in research, grants/program management, community engagement and relationship management. Candidates should also be highly organized and detail-oriented, with knowledge of, or a strong interest in Newark's public education sector.


Program Officer P-12 Education Job Description


Type of Position: Full-time

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: Director of P-12 Education

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Location:  Newark, NJ

About Newark Trust for Education

The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent non-profit dedicated to coordinating and focusing ideas, people, and resources; and holding all of us responsible for providing a quality public education for all children in Newark. The Trust was launched in January 2011 to help facilitate a shared vision for high-quality public education and to support information-sharing and collective action strategies aimed at improving education outcomes for children in Newark. This is achieved by brokering and strengthening relationships that harness the energy, expertise, and passion of people and organizations so that all children have access to a high-quality public education.

Job Description

As a direct report to the Director of P-12 Education, the Program Officer is responsible for managing a portfolio of schools funded by the Trust, with a focus on technical assistance, relationship management and community engagement. This includes promoting effective practices among schools and program providers while actively contributing to the overall growth and strategic development of the Trust.

Duties include but are not limited to:

Technical Assistance

  • Provide guidance to grantees and partners on formulating logic models, defining target outcomes, and assessing progress toward stated goals and objectives;

  • Analyze school based process and outcome data to inform funding decisions and to evaluate the effectiveness of grant programs;

  • Identify the appropriate metrics and assure inclusion at the inception of all grant-funded projects;

  • Assist Director with managing school and program provider relationships and provide on-going site-based assistance to assess and address partnership challenges, monitor program implementation, and identify effective strategies;

  • Provide on-site coaching to project teams facilitate network meetings for participating sites;

  • Attend relevant education programs and events related to process improvement, project management and/or other topics relevant to grantee support;

  • Actively participate in program development, monitoring of implementation, and course correction for grant initiatives.

Grants Management

  • Identify key milestones/ deadlines for each grant pool/ project and communicate with relevant parties to ensure adherence to timelines;

  • Research, evaluate, and make recommendations to streamline workflow;

  • Ensure grantee/ partner compliance with approved proposals and reporting guidelines, tracking progress over time;

  • Perform related work as required.

Program Support

  • Provide data analysis to inform and support decision making and planning efforts, including attendance at mandatory grant-related events.

  • Carry out research as requested.

Community Engagement

  • Support the Director of Formal Learning in the development and evaluation of community engagement sessions and forums related to grant programs.

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 5 years of related work experience. Graduate degree, or course work and/or professional experience comparable to a graduate degree, is preferred.
  • Excellent research, written and oral communication skills; ability to gather, synthesize and summarize information and dat; Experience with data collections and tracking a plus.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in collective impact and/ or P-12 education;
  • Interest in working with underserved communities and reducing disparities in academic, socio-economic and health outcomes for students.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Google Suite, and experience with database management.

Sense of humor and a roll up your sleeves, get it done attitude a must!

Application Instructions

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject: Program Officer P-12 Education.

Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019. 

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.