Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Academic Programs Associate

Employment type
Full Time
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles

POSITION: Academic Programs Associate

LOCATION: 1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1850, Los Angeles, CA 90017

REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Leadership Development


The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is a non-profit organization created in 2007 to transform historically under-served schools and serve as a scalable transformation model for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the State of California, and the nation. The Partnership dramatically accelerates achievement for students in the district’s highest-need schools by operating a network of 19 schools (15,000-student enrollment) in Boyle Heights, South LA, and Watts. The Partnership is one of the largest public school turnaround initiatives in the nation. Since the network was founded, Partnership schools have more than doubled their four-year graduation rate from 36% to 81% and have made gains every year on math and literacy assessments. The Partnership has also been a critical partner to LAUSD as an advocate for better policies and programs for high-need schools across the district. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit our website at


The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is seeking an Academic Programs Associate, who will serve as an administrative support for the Partnership’s 20-person Academics Team. This team spends the majority of its time with teachers and school leaders and is set up for success with the support of a highly organized and proactive Associate. The Associate’s core duties and responsibilities will focus on providing logistics and scheduling support for team events including large and small group professional development, developing plans for and executing key projects, communicating with school staff, managing purchasing and vendor relationships, and tracking team budgets. This individual will serve as a key member of the Partnership staff and have a significant impact on the team’s capacity to meet its ambitious goals.


The Academic Programs Associate’s key responsibilities include the following and may be adjusted based on Academic Team needs:

  • Support Academics Team members by providing logistics support and any supporting materials for all scheduled meetings and professional development events
  • Work collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders, including Partnership home office staff, school staff, LAUSD and other partners
  • Support the scheduling of individual and team meetings as needed
  • Prepare Academics Team meeting materials as requested
  • Interact with school site staff at the Partnership’s 19 schools, handling requests and questions and re-directing questions as needed
  • Collect and format content for a bi-monthly School Leader Briefing email containing must-have information for all Partnership school leaders
  • Track expenditures for key Academic Team budgets; request payments on invoices and manage purchasing of supplies and materials
  • Administer and upkeep the Partnership home office’s knowledge management systems to ensure codification and archiving of our work
  • Provide overall administrative support to home office and school site staff as requested, including by greeting home office visitors and directing them to appropriate personnel and by supporting meeting preparation as needed
  • Assisting in the development and execution of key project plans to ensure a high bar of excellence in all Academics Team events
  • Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate will have:


  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university
  • 1-3 years of work experience (education organization or other professional setting preferred)
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment
  • Exposure to public schools, school systems, or education support organizations preferred


  • Outstanding organizational skills, can manage many moving pieces at once
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Collaborative; works well with a diverse, talented team of educators and colleagues
  • Ability to take direction and perform at a consistently high level
  • Ability to manage competing demands and determine top priorities independently
  • Ability to work under pressure and perform tasks with limited direction
  • Great attention to detail; can provide high quality, error-free work at all times
  • Proactive; takes initiative to move work forward
  • Strong computer and technology skills; proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, as well as the suite of Google apps including Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides
  • Interest and willingness to learn new skills and grow professionally

Core Beliefs

  • Strong belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values
  • Enthusiasm to help build a strong, effective Partnership team
  • Clear focus on providing excellent customer service
  • Humility and respect for coworkers, principals, teachers, students, and parents
  • Reflective about one’s own work and welcomes feedback in order to continuously improve performance
  • Life-long learner


This is a year-round, full-time position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including health and dental insurance, and a 403(b) retirement program.

To apply

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Application deadline: Open until filled.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so applying early is best!