Chief of Staff

Moonshot edVentures - Denver, CO


Moonshot edVentures ( ), a mission-driven and values-based organization, builds a pipeline of diverse leaders to design and launch the schools and learning environments of tomorrow in Metro Denver with a focus on recruiting and training underrepresented educators and leaders who might not otherwise consider founding schools or programs. Moonshot identifies educators who are at least 2 or 3 years away from launching their idea and provides them with high-quality, comprehensive programming focused on leadership development, model design, and pathways to launch. Moonshot also connects Fellows to local and national experts who work in support of Fellows as they explore the launching and/or leading of charter schools, district turnaround schools, microschools, and after school programs. Moonshot is currently training its second cohort of Fellows and has begun to receive national attention as a model for a place-based approach to recruiting and training diverse school leaders with innovative visions of how to redesign learning environments for students.


Moonshot edVentures is entering an exciting period that will include refining and expanding existing programming in Denver while simultaneously exploring, and potentially executing on, expansion to other cities. Moonshot is seeking a Chief of Staff to the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Christine DeLeon. Given the reality that Moonshot edVentures is a small start-up nonprofit, the ideal Chief of Staff will be energized to work hard in partnership and in service of the organization and Christine to ensure that Moonshot edVentures is realizing its vision locally and nationally. This will require that the Chief of Staff is highly strategic, operational, relational, passionate about the mission, and willing to pour themselves into this important work.


Direct Support of the CEO

  • Strategic management of the organization:
  • Work with CEO to define and track against strategic priorities for the organization and for her time
  • Redefine and reorganize priorities as needed
  • Develop clarity on “success,” aligned qualitative and quantitative metrics for success and dashboards to track these metrics
  • Facilitate discipline for self, CEO, and the organization to focus on what matters most
  • Develop clarity on “success,” aligned qualitative and quantitative metrics for success and dashboards to track these metrics
  • Assist CEO to prepare for internal and external meetings and to deliver on commitments to others
  • Manage internal and external communications: draft emails, organization newsletters, reports, pitch decks, speeches, and presentations
Operational Management

  • Build and manage all systems related to human resources, talent acquisition, employee onboarding, performance management, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, legal, and technology
  • Plan for capacity to maximize contributions of employees and contractors including serving as the direct manager of the Programs and Operations Coordinator
Board management

  • Establish the cadence of board meetings and communication
  • Plan and prepare for board meetings in partnership with the CEO
  • Establish clear roles and responsibilities for board members and facilitate work of board members in partnership with the CEO
External Relationships and Fundraising

  • Build and manage all systems related to operational management of fundraising (e.g. donor research, gift processing, acknowledgements, etc.)
  • Systematically track and drive CEO’s contact with funders, stakeholders, and partners
  • Support in development of grant proposals and progress reports
  • Develop personal relationships and rapport with external audiences over time
  • Hold relationships with a portfolio of funders and stakeholders
Project and People Management

  • Oversee projects and initiatives independently
  • Provide capacity on projects and initiatives managed by the CEO
  • Support and guide external contractors to deliver a high quality product
  • Identify opportunities to create or refine systems and processes to streamline operations across the organization
  • Research, perform benchmarking, analyze data, and make recommendations

  • 6 years of professional work experience required
  • People and project management experience required
  • Experience in management consulting, school leadership, and/or leading a function at a high performing nonprofit preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • MBA, JD, or similar degree preferred
Key skills required for success include ability to:
  • Operate as a self starter and take initiative without need for direction
  • Produce a high volume of quality work with little direction or oversight
  • Manage multiple projects at once
  • Operate simultaneously in the big picture and at a granular level
  • Easily identify all potential pitfalls to success outcomes in order to prevent them
  • Make sense of a lot of information to distill priorities and work strategically against those priorities in an ambiguous startup environment
  • Lead strategic planning conversations and track progress against a strategic plan over time using both quantitative and qualitative metrics
  • Build and maintain systems related to sound financial management and strong planning and analysis of fundraising and spending
  • Lead and support employee hiring, onboarding, and performance management
  • Ability to appropriately allocate and adjust resources (people and money) with alignment to strategic priorities
  • Communicate in clear, concise, and compelling ways both verbally and in writing
  • Produce exemplary work product that is both professional and publish ready
  • Build trusting, authentic relationships with diverse individuals both internally and externally
  • High level of self awareness, humility, interpersonal skills, and emotional intelligence
Key mindsets required for success:
  • Uncompromisingly committed to issues connected to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Committed to the disruption of systems of oppression
  • Deep conviction that school can be done better
  • Comfortability with ambiguity and/or ever evolving work environment
  • Willing to work long, hard hours in service of the success of the organization and the CEO
  • Energized to work in service of others to ensure their success
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to ensure success
  • Innate affinity to our Guiding Principles ( )
Compensation & Benefits:
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • 90% Employer-paid health, vision, dental care, life and AD&D
  • Flexible work environment (work from home policy) with generous PTO package
  • Office is closed week of July 4th and Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day
  • Professional development and conference allowance
  • Monthly technology stipend
  • Relocation stipend
Moonshot edVentures is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and seek to hire qualified staff that reflect the rich diversity of the educators we serve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, geography, marital status, genetics and socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make each person who they are.