Director of Partnerships, Northeast & Southeast

Classroom, Inc. - New York, NY


Classroom, Inc. Director of Partnerships, Northeast & Southeast
National education technology nonprofit is seeking a full-time Director of Partnerships, NE & SE to develop strong partnerships with school districts and community-based organizations in the New York City, Northeastern, and Southeastern regions.
What We Do
Classroom, Inc. helps middle school youth in high-poverty communities develop the literacy and life skills that are essential for a successful transition to high school and beyond. We create digital learning games set in diverse professional worlds and empower students to take charge of their learning, imagine new possibilities for themselves, and gain the skills and confidence to achieve newfound ambitions.

Why We Do It
At Classroom, Inc. we are seizing on the opportunity to engage middle school youth in deep and impactful learning experiences. With 27 years of research and impact, we know our approach works. When middle school youth are given the chance to connect the dots between school and their future, immerse themselves in career exploration, and develop critical literacy and leadership skills, they are ready to bring their full potential to any opportunity they wish to pursue.

Students participating in Read to Lead programs increase their time spent reading, and develop core literacy skills; demonstrate growth in the 21st century skills that are critical to thrive in the modern workplace such as collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving; and gain exposure to new career paths and opportunities.

One middle school educator, Kiwonda Riley, explained the impact for her students: “My students were asking questions about how businesses work, and what it takes to be a boss. On top of improving their reading comprehension, Read to Lead taught them the skills they need to be effective leaders. Students are challenged to make important decisions, preparing them for life outside of their classrooms.”

Director of Partnerships, Northeast & Southeast

Who are you? You have a strong belief in Classroom’s mission and are a self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit. You are deeply committed and have experience working in New York City public schools and can leverage that experience to develop partnerships at all levels of the NYC Department of Education and with other supporting agencies such as the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development and other leading youth-serving organizations. You are the kind of person who thinks about how systems can be used to boost productivity—both for yourself and others. Working with a small, encouraging, and talented team, you will conduct outreach, recruit, and manage a portfolio of new partner schools and community-based organizations that will dramatically increase and deepen Classroom’s reach and impact in New York City, Palm Beach, and Birmingham, and other key sites in the Northeast and Southeast.

As a core member of the Programs and Partnerships team, the Director of Partnerships, Northeast & Southeast’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Partner Development and Management

  • Conduct outreach to key target partners and markets with the goal of increasing Read to Lead exposure and our role as leaders in literacy and leadership.
  • Develop deep relationships with organizations and schools that lead to new educator and student acquisition. These new partners will proudly identify themselves as Read to Lead partner lab sites (afterschool, summer, and school day).
  • Manage current partnerships at the leadership, programmatic, and site levels including ensuring partners are adhering to partner agreements and data collection essential to demonstrating impact and reporting to our generous donors.
  • Maintain and document relationships and strong support systems through regular engagement and communication (meetings, phone calls, email, texts, Google Hangout, and Salesforce) with educators, school leaders, and all program staff.

Systems and Process Management

  • Develop new and refine existing processes and tools to improve CI’s partner recruitment and implementation process.
  • Document all partner recruitment, meetings, and communications in the CMS systems and partnership management systems (Salesforce, Google drive).
  • Lead, develop, and host professional development and educator network-wide events at the office to strengthen and grow our Read to Lead partner network.
  • Communicate effectively across teams in the form of written communications and update to document and share Programs and Partnerships’ progress and achievements at the site and partner levels.
  • Work in tandem with the Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure all logistics are up to par with training, webinars, demos, conferences, and national networking opportunities.

Growth and Execution

  • Develop and execute on CI’s expansion plans to identify new strategic growth opportunities in key regions, with a focus on New York City.
  • Conduct outreach to key target partners and markets with the goal of increasing Read to Lead brand exposure and our role in building educator capacity to improve middle school leadership and literacy skills.
  • Identify and assess new philanthropic or revenue models to serve more resource-constrained schools and community-based partners.
  • Identify opportunities for growth and expansion within current partner organizations and sites.
  • Identify new opportunities within new organizations, schools, and/or sites.
  • Present Read to Lead programs and educator support services as needed in person or virtually.
  • Develop and communicate a deep knowledge of Read to Lead programs, impact, and instructional and support models to consult with funded partners (current and new) to ensure the most impactful and successful implementation possible.


  • Experience facilitating professional development and working with adult/young adult learners
  • Ability to analyze partner needs and assess how CI programming will meet these needs
  • Experience working within school and afterschool settings
  • Savvy with technology, especially educational tech tools
  • Experience in a club or classroom setting using strong youth development tenets
  • Experience working with and managing multiple partnerships
  • Excellent communication skills—written, presentation, and verbal
  • Professional and courteous communications
  • Organized and strong attention to detail
  • Desire to grow professionally, and continuously learn and improve
  • Possesses a growth mindset and desire for feedback
  • Entrepreneurial, creative, self-starter
  • Must have experience using Salesforce and Google classroom/suite

Salary & Benefits:

  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Benefits: Classroom, Inc. offers a comprehensive healthcare plan, generous PTO package including 20 days of PTO and 10 paid holidays, and matching 403-b benefits up to 5% of total compensation (after 6 months of full-time employment).

This is a full-time position reporting to the Managing Director, Programs and Partnerships. This role requires both local and national travel (up to 25%). Candidates must reside in the NYC metro area and be able to travel throughout the NYC boroughs. Some national travel will be required for meetings and conferences. At Classroom, Inc. each team member is fully committed to our mission. We are looking for talented team members who match our passion, are ready to lead and help us achieve growth and impact for youth nationwide. If you're interested, send BOTH a cover letter and resume to the Hiring Manager.


Job Type: Full-time