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Partnership Development Manager
Company: Education Design Lab
Location: Washington, DC
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 07/21/2021
Expire Date: 09/21/2021
Job Categories: Development and Fund Raising
Job Description
Partnership Development Manager
The Education Design Lab is seeking nominations and applications for a Partnership
Development Manager to prospect, manage and develop partnerships with higher
education institutions, funders, and other post-secondary organizations. The new
Manager will contribute to a range of operational and partnership development activities
at the Lab, including partner engagement and development, fundraising, budgeting,
proposal writing, pitch development, and contract and client management.
Reporting to the Chief Growth Officer, the new Partnership Development Manager will
maintain current development partnerships while responding to new RFPs, and drafting
proposals for new EDL programming. This work will include collaboration with the
Education Design teams as well as collaboration with the senior leadership to create and
share consistent, compelling narratives to potential funders.

The ideal candidate will be committed to the EDL’s mission to provide New Majority
Learners equitable access to higher education success. They will be an entrepreneurial
leader and strong project manager who can take detailed notes, coordinate multiple
calendars and manage numerous projects with different deadlines. They will also be a
talented writer and interpersonal communicator with 3-5 years of experience in nonprofit
organizations with a focus on public-private partnerships, place-based strategies,
education, future of work, edtech, and a growing mastery of CRMs (Salesforce preferred).
They will also have experience partnering with development directors and senior leaders
on drafting and finalizing elegant, compelling proposals and have the ability to collaborate
with program teams (Education Designers) to ensure alignment between program and
development strategies.

Success in this role requires someone who thrives in a startup environment and enjoys
collaborating across teams, brainstorming innovative solutions and managing multiple
projects at once. The ideal candidate will be flexible, proactive, a self-starter, a fast
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learner, maintain a sense of humor, and is enthusiastic about joining a diverse team of
designers and innovators.
Given EDL’s mission and programming, applicants with lived experience as first generation
college students, community college students, those who attended minority serving
institutions (HBCUs, HSIs, AANAPISIs etc.), those who have experience as nontraditional
students, and other underserved populations, are particularly encouraged to
apply for this role. The Lab does not require college degrees in its hiring.
About the Education Design Lab
The Education Design Lab (Lab) is a national nonprofit that designs, tests, and implements
unique education models and credentials that address the rapidly changing economy and
emerging technology opportunities. The Lab demonstrates where technology, rigor, and
design can improve opportunities for historically underinvested learners to achieve
equitable futures.

The Lab works across disciplines and alongside schools, employers, entrepreneurs,
government, foundations, nonprofits, and innovators. The organization has significant
experience managing national and local learning cohorts, working with organizations such
as The Lumina Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Gates Foundation,
the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Walmart, American Council on Education, and
the ECMC Foundation. To learn more, visit www.eddesignlab.org, and follow on Twitter
@eddesignlab.

Responsibilities of the Manager of Partnership Development
Reporting to the Chief Growth Officer, the new Partnership Development Manager will
take on the following responsibilities:

Draft proposals and other narratives for new and existing funding partnerships
- Collaborate with the Chief Growth Officer on initial drafts in response to RFPs
- Apply insight from the Education Designers to draft budgets and implementation
plans to include in RFPs
- Collaborate with the Chief Growth Officer on the final approval and submission
processes for each proposal
- Lead any communication with program officers and potential funders to clarify RFP
guidelines and troubleshoot any challenges associate with the RFP process

Design and manage long term development goals
- Build a development pipeline that reflects the status of each partnership
conversation
- Align the pipeline with the team calendar to ensure ongoing engagements and
partnerships
- Scope interesting and new partnerships to build a development portfolio

Collaborate with Education Design Teams
- Translate the goals and strategies of the Design Teams into compelling narratives
for funding proposals
- Prepare and deliver regular updates to Education Designers on the strategy and
progress of the development pipeline
- Ensure consistent communication between the development team and the design
team so that each team is aligned on organizational goals

Lead Project Management for the Development Team
- Maintain regular meetings with the Chief Growth Officer and other senior leaders
to ensure transparency and budget alignment
- Prepare reports on the progress of the development portfolio including pipeline
management and deadlines
- Use Salesforce (or other CRM) to keep meticulous records of all funding
relationships, successes, and goals
- Consult senior leadership on how to align development strategy with external
programs, staffing, and organizational culture
Qualifications & Requirements
Qualifications and Experience
The ideal candidate will have the majority of the following characteristics and
experiences:
- Expertise across 2 or more focus areas: public-private partnerships, place-based
strategies, education, future of work, edtech, change management, design, and
innovation.
- Experience and interest in breaking down racial and economic barriers to
education.
- 3-5 years of multi-sector experience at regional and/or national levels, such as
nonprofit, philanthropy, private industry, government, and education. We are
especially interested in candidates with direct experience managing cross-sector
initiatives focused on social impact.
- Strategic thinking and familiarity with social impact metrics that can be
communicated clearly to partners and translated into action.
- Strong communication skills, with excellent writing, synthesis, and senior-level
facilitation/speaking skills.
- “Connector” ability to leverage robust networks and relationships in related areas.
The ability to build trust and effective relationships with partners at all levels, and
engage diverse stakeholders to coalesce around shared goals and objectives.
- An entrepreneurial approach, with a passion for tackling complex problems and a
high level of comfort with uncertainty and experimentation.
- An openness to different perspectives and a commitment to diversity, equity, and
inclusion.
- A desire and ability to track the results of our work.

Application Instructions
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@eddesignlab.org as soon as
possible.
EDL has partnered with Monday Morning Consultants to support this search. Please feel
free to reach out to Jamie Joanou, jjoanou@gmail.com and Erica Nicole Griffin,
ericanicole@mondaymorningconsultants.com with questions.
Contact Information
Company Name: Education Design Lab
Contact Email: careers@eddesignlab.org
Company Description:
About the Education Design Lab The Education Design Lab (Lab) is a national nonprofit that designs, tests, and implements unique education models and credentials that address the rapidly changing economy and emerging technology opportunities. The Lab demonstrates where technology, rigor, and design can improve opportunities for historically underinvested learners to achieve equitable futures. The Lab works across disciplines and alongside schools, employers, entrepreneurs, government, foundations, nonprofits, and innovators. The organization has significant experience managing national and local learning cohorts, working with organizations such as The Lumina Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Walmart, American Council on Education, and the ECMC Foundation. To learn more, visit www.eddesignlab.org, and follow on Twitter @eddesignlab. Equal Opportunity Employer The Education Design Lab is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.
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