Managing Director, Education

The Robin Hood Foundation - New York, NY

The Managing Director, Education provides overall strategic direction and accountability for Robin Hood’s grant making activities focused on K-12 education in New York City. Currently, this portfolio is about $30 million annually. We support programs that provide a range of services: individual schools, support services, mental health programs, college access to technology, human capital interventions, and large-scale public/private partnerships like Computer Science for All (CS4All). While known for our partnerships with charter schools, we fund charter, district, parochial, and independent schools.

Robin Hood is not an education funder, per se. It is a poverty-fighting organization. What underlines the grant-making in education is a common set of metrics that emphasizes outcomes for those least likely to be successful. The Managing Director promotes efficiency, growth, and clear thinking on program development for community partners by reviewing and advising on program design, understanding fiscal information and evaluation data, and helping implement partnerships with other community-based groups and philanthropic donors. The Managing Director provides counsel, support, guidance, oversight, mentoring, and general direction to program staff.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Direct grantmaking activities within subject matter areas of the portfolio.
Identify, research, and pursue new models for poverty-fighting strategies and develop innovative program ideas into grants.
Direct or conduct due diligence including investigation of fiscals and development of metrics rationale; communicate to proposal candidates the expectations, policies, and application practices of Robin Hood.
Direct critical review of docket on quarterly basis, formulating assessment of program delivery and organizational technical assistance.
Communicate with board of directors through written overviews, grant recommendation reports, and oral presentations at meetings; provide information on general direction and trends of individual community partners and the non-profit sector in general. Prepare in-depth analysis of grants.
Manage relationships with Robin Hood partners: monitor performance of existing community partners through analysis of outcome data, partner reports, and site visits; develop recommendations for renewal program funding based on analysis of performance, social return on Robin Hood’s investment, and continued alignment with Robin Hood’s mission and approach to grant making.
Lead and manage a team of program officers overseeing research, site visits, and proposal development. Edit grant recommendations.
Work in partnership with other managing directors to help lead the program team and the organization as a whole.
Liaise with Development team and other non-grant-making functions at Robin Hood to inform their work with donors, volunteers, and other interested parties.
Develop contracts and negotiate annual objectives and goals for partners.
Perform administrative duties as necessary so that internal data systems are accurately updated.

The Managing Director, Education will report to the Chief Program Officer.

Extensive experience with education in New York City. Knowledge of players and issues, direct service experience, and a view of education as a poverty-fighting tool
Extensive management experience and insight about non-profit performance and operations:
Strong research, analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills
Broad knowledge about urban social services models and delivery
Broad, seasoned perspective on philanthropic field and its constituencies; knowledge of grant making preferred
Broad knowledge of social problems, programs and policies, government programs, funding streams, and cost structuring
10-15 years of relevant, full-time working experience; senior operational responsibility in a non-profit preferred
Master’s or professional degree required along with minimum of 10 years post-graduate professional experience
Commitment to poverty issues and to Robin Hood’s model of engaged grant making
Ability to be both a long-term strategic visionary and to understand current on-the-ground realities
Familiarity with the management challenges of social service non-profits and a basic understanding of statistics and not-for-profit accounting
Experience managing a team of seasoned, professional staff
A good blend of entrepreneurial spirit and the capacity to work within a team
Embraces ambiguity and has a willingness to “roll up their sleeves”
High degree of self-awareness, humility, and diplomacy
Sense of humor and skillful listener

Robin Hood Values
Our core values ground the work that we do in all areas of our organization. If these principles appeal to you, we invite you to apply.
Robin Hood puts people first. Always.
Robin Hood is unafraid to take action and create solutions.
Robin Hood is data driven and heart led.
Robin Hood works the coat check.

Salary and Benefits
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Robin Hood has excellent benefits and encourages strong work-life balance.

Robin Hood is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

TO APPLY: Please submit an online application.