Greater LA Education Foundation,

Partnerships Specialist

15 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

The Greater Los Angeles Education Foundation’s mission is to advance a deeper collaboration between schools and communities to disrupt inequity and meet the needs of today’s diverse learners across Los Angeles County. Serving as the primary philanthropic partner of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, GLA engages diverse problem solvers to address the region’s educational equity challenges and to create the opportunity for all students to reach their full potential, with a focus on the most marginalized students and families. GLA’s vision is that all students in LA County have educational experiences that address their full needs and allow them to thrive in college, career, and life.

GLA is a small and dynamic organization that offers a flexible work environment, with in-person meetings and the opportunity to work remotely, and a competitive compensation package.

About this job

GLA seeks a full-time Partnerships Specialist to provide critical support to Los Angeles County school districts. As a member of the GLA team, the Specialist will work in collaboration with key GLA and LACOE staff to provide centralized coordination support and essential leadership in building and managing relationships between school districts and external organizations that can provide expanded learning opportunities for students and that align with federal funding guidelines and approved district spending plans.

The Specialist will lead the strategic planning and mapping of LA County school districts and community assets and needs to encourage and facilitate partnerships between districts and local nonprofit and community-based organizations and support the coordination of services/expanded learning opportunities, especially those with a focus on social-emotional learning, student wellbeing, and specialized student populations. Additionally, the Specialist will support efficient and effective communication efforts with districts.

Roles & responsibilities

• Identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with leadership from across LEAs to determine needs, opportunities for support, and alignment with regional partners and service providers.

• Complete a landscape analysis of community-based services/supplemental programming and existing partnerships across the county and consolidate information into a database.

• Work in alignment with LACOE’s Expanded Learning Technical Assistance Unit (ELTAU) to develop comprehensive strategies to increase partnerships between school districts and nonprofit organizations that offer enriched and expanded learning opportunities.

• Develop a communication and action plan to expand the breadth and depth of expanded learning opportunities for LA County students.

• Develop and implement a central repository for real-time tracking and cross-team knowledge sharing of programs and partnerships.

• Assist and coach districts with developing and sustaining partnerships, including prospecting and introduction support, and creating and sharing tools and resources.

• Develop resources, including an online hub, to assist districts with identifying potential partners and program opportunities (I.e., field trips, speakers, etc.)

• Coordinate with LA County agencies and other local municipalities to leverage additional support for supplemental programming

• Maintain ongoing and regular contact with district and nonprofit partners.

• technical assistance to districts participating in the Summer Learning Professional Learning Community.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job function assigned satisfactorily. The requirements listed represent the knowledge, skill, and/or ability. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

• Experience: At least four years of experience working in the education, non-profit, philanthropic sector, or related field.

• Education: Bachelor’s degree required; Advanced degree preferred.

• Knowledge and Abilities: Ability to create and strengthen partnerships with various stakeholder groups. Demonstrated ability in grassroots community outreach, organizing, fundraising, and leadership training. Experience working with diverse communities, sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of different student populations, including students most impacted by the pandemic, English Learners (EL) students and parents, etc.

• Communication Skills: Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills are required. Ability to prepare and give presentations and comfortably interact with diverse audiences, including educators, district leaders, board members, civic leaders, and nonprofit and community partners.

• Leadership Skills: Ability to make well-reasoned decisions in the best interests of the organization and the ability to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Experience with organizational development and learning organizations.

• Technology Skills: Internet competency and strong computer proficiency, including mastery of the Microsoft Office software suite and a familiarity with database software, are required. Working knowledge of CRM systems and/or willingness and ability to learn appropriate databases, spreadsheets, and other computer programs. Experience and facility with design software (i.e., Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) is a plus.

• Project Management Skills: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to lead and manage projects, prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands, with consistent attention to timelines.

• Project Budget Management Skills: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to lead and manage project budgets, prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands, with consistent attention to timelines. Experience managing private grants, government grants, and/or public-private partnerships preferred. Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative financial analysis.

• Judgment and Discretion: Ability to interact professionally with senior-level executives, boards of directors, and board committees. Ability to use discretion and function independently. Must be able to recognize and appropriately convey the sensitive nature of any situation and possess the ability to keep all matters properly confidential.

• Teamwork & General Skills: Ability to work well independently and as a team member. Ability to take the initiative and follow tasks through to completion. At all times, demonstrates cooperative behavior with supervisors and coworkers.

To apply

Interested, qualified persons are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to

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