Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy

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Schott Foundation for Public Education
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The Schott Foundation for Public Education is a national public fund serving as a bridge between philanthropic partners and advocates to build movements to provide all students an opportunity to learn.

Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy


Programs and Advocacy



Position Overview

The Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy (SVPPA) will lead all programmatic efforts of the Foundation, working closely with grantees and external stakeholders to cultivate and support effective campaigns focused on building systems to provide all students an opportunity to learn. The SVPPA will be a critical leader, visionary, and partner to the CEO and the board in the achievement of Schott’s vision of a best-in-class social justice philanthropy that is integrated and intersectional in its approaches and fully aligned in its culture, operations, and systems. S/he/they will work to position Schott internally and externally as a leading force for change in alignment with grantees and other philanthropic partners to effectively respond to national challenges with urgency and impact.

The Senior Vice President is a member of the Foundation’s Leadership Team and oversees a team of directors, managers, associates, and consultants. The Senior Vice President works closely with the communications, development, and operations and finance teams.

Reports to:

President and CEO


Program Management and Policy Leadership (45%)

  • Manage day-to-day partnerships related to the Foundation’s stakeholders, which may include grassroots organizations, other foundations, policymakers, labor unions, educational institutions, and others, to resource systemic campaigns and strategic institutions in targeted localities and states across the country.
  • Serve as social justice policy thought leader and ensure the development of racial equity and racial justice in education policy materials, initiatives, briefings, convenings in service and support of grantee partners and movement leaders.
  • Manage network building, policy, and communications technical supports to grantee partners.
  • Partner with Schott Leadership Team to implement and refine organizational planning that supports the growth and development of a highly integrated organization that uses all its resources for impact.
  • Promote a culture of collaboration, rigor, innovation, respect, and accountability with diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center. Hire, manage, guide, and inspire a program team that works within and across program priorities.

Grantmaking and Grantee Support (15%)

  • Support the growth and maintenance of major philanthropic and advocacy partnerships by building grantee capacity for effective campaign and movement building across the National Opportunity to Learn Network. Provide strategic guidance to partners, including power-mapping, strategies for decision-maker targeting, effective coalition building, community organizing, messaging and persuasion tactics, and public engagement in support of equity in public education.
  • Oversee the administration of grants awarded by the Schott Foundation to nonprofit partners, leveraging Schott resources to have a measurable impact, particularly related to increasing the power and impact of grassroots organizations and partners.

Development (15%)

  • Work with the CEO and SVP of Advancement to strategically identify and cultivate new donors.
  • Ensure coordination among donor outreach between various programs.
  • Provide presentations to current and prospective donors as needed.
  • Serve as an effective public spokesperson for Schott and raise the visibility of the organization’s work by presenting and writing in diverse forums.
  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with funder colleagues, grantees, and other key partners to seek opportunity to leverage Schott’s investments.

Grants Management and Evaluation (10%)

  • Lead a highly efficient and responsive grantmaking process using enhanced grants administration systems, tools, and processes to strengthen the quality and impact of the Foundation’s work, while bringing new efficiency to the work of staff and board and aligning impact with the Foundation’s strategic plan.
  • Ensure a unified vision for program work and a complementary culture of evaluation and learning.
  • Build innovative strategies and frameworks for evaluation of impact. Support and implement decisions about the appropriate type and depth of evaluation and learning at the Foundation, including assessing the capacity needs of the Foundation to achieve these aims in alignment with Schott’s culture and values.
  • Develop Board and staff learning agendas and facilitate engagement that advances organizational learning.

Program Communications and External Relations (15%)

  • Represent the Foundation to external constituencies and participate in high-level program and discussions with partner organizations. Support the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations that leverage and extend Schott’s impact.
  • Work closely with the CEO and communications team to elevate the work of grantees and disseminate stories and lessons learned on the impact of program and grantmaking initiatives.
  • Build on the Foundation’s identity as a thought leader in areas of programmatic focus as well as an innovator in social justice philanthropy.
  • Participate in coalitions and develop relationships with allies and other organizations to further advocacy goals and serve as an effective advocate and responsible spokesperson for the Foundation.



  • Significant work experience (8-10+ years) and credibility as a leader and expert working with social justice policy, movement building and philanthropy.
  • Deep passion for and commitment to the Foundation’s mission and a track record of driving impact on cross-cutting social justice issues and movement building. A natural disruptor and innovator with the ability to inspire, motivate, generate new ideas, and actualize change programmatically and operationally.
  • Experience working in coalition(s), including developing shared plans, coordinating external and internal communications, and understanding internal political dynamics among partner groups.
  • Experience with both grassroots organizing and grasstops engagement and deployment to mobilize activist networks at the state and/or national levels.
  • Experience providing oversight for both 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) campaigns and strategies.
  • Demonstrated success in the area of campaign management, organizing, and/or partnership development. Other social justice-related lobbying, targeted constituent outreach, voter persuasion and turnout, and messaging research experience is a plus.
  • Outstanding organizational, programmatic, and financial management experience, including the ability to move work from concept to implementation and completion.
  • Excellent analytic, writing, and strategic planning skills, and a demonstrated ability to manage multiple, often-conflicting deadlines and ensure timely delivery of high-quality work.
  • Creativity, flexibility, sound judgment, and ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to interact professionally with diverse staff, clients, and consultants across varied geographies. A team player who can add value to the Schott team beyond his/her area of expertise.
  • Experience developing thoughtful, effective relationships and dialogue with senior leadership and board members.
  • Experience managing organizational transition and development as well as program innovation and learning.
  • A deep network in philanthropy and education is a plus, and a firm understanding of key public policy, research, and movement building efforts in the sector is required; accurate and current knowledge of trends, movements, and developing policy to inform emerging changemaking opportunities.
  • Models a commitment to creating and reinforcing a transparent, accountable, and mutually respectful work environment.
  • Willingness to travel frequently.
  • A strong sense of passion, purpose, and sense of humor.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree, law degree, or higher preferred.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexualorientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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Please email your resume and a substantive cover letter to Be sure to include “SVP of Programs and Advocacy” in the subject line.
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