Green Dot,

Strategic Initiatives Manager

1 month ago
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Los Angeles
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About this organization

Green Dot Public Schools California is a non-profit network of public charter schools helping to transform the public education system so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Our schools are founded on an unwavering belief in the potential of all students, and there are four key elements to our school model that help us unlock the inherent potential in every student we serve: quality teaching and instruction, a college-going culture, a focus on fostering leadership and life skills, and a focus on eliminating barriers to learning. We have 18 schools and over 10,000 students across Los Angeles. Our schools are located in some of the most underserved communities that have been denied access to high-quality educational opportunities, and we seek to prove that it is possible to close the access and opportunity gap that exists between low-income students and their more affluent peers.

What differentiates Green Dot California is our intense focus on truly serving ALL students, our collaboration with reform-minded unions, our work focused on large-scale turnarounds of schools formerly run by the districts, and our ability to take on the toughest challenges with the same public funding received by traditional district schools but accomplishing very different results. Green Dot California’s results are undeniable. Nine of our high schools have been ranked among the top schools in the country. We have three California Distinguished schools and 3 California Gold Ribbon schools, and several of our schools have been recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards, which honor schools having the greatest impact on student achievement. Additionally, Green Dot’s first turnaround, Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association in 2019.

About this job

The Strategic Initiatives Manager has a critical role in supporting Green Dot’s mission to prepare students for college, leadership, and life. The Strategic Initiatives Manager will be responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring the strategic plan of the organization as well as implementing high-impact initiatives on behalf of the organization. This role is critical to our ability to provide high-quality educational options in California and will play a key part in defining our long-term vision and objectives. This position is part of the External Affairs Team, coaches the Strategic Planning Specialist, and reports to the Chief of Staff. This is a role serving as part of Green Dot California’s central office team, primarily based in Los Angeles.

Roles & responsibilities

Develop and Execute Reimagine, Green Dot California’s Strategic Plan:

> In collaboration with the Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Specialist, lead the development and execution of the organization's strategic plan; collaborate with leadership to identify key priorities, initiatives, and objectives for the organization

> Data Analysis: Utilize data and research to provide insights and recommendations to inform strategic decision-making. Identify trends, opportunities, and areas for improvement

> Performance Metrics: Establish and track key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure progress toward strategic goals. Analyze and report on the impact of strategies and initiatives

> Stakeholder Engagement: Facilitate and engage with internal and external stakeholders, including school leaders, teachers, parents, and community partners, to gather input and ensure alignment with the strategic plan

> Financial Planning: Work in collaboration with finance and budgeting teams to align the strategic plan with budget priorities and resource allocation

> Risk Management: Identify potential risks and challenges related to the strategic plan and develop mitigation strategies to address them

> Project Management: Oversee the execution of key strategic initiatives and projects, ensuring they are completed on time and within budget

> Communication and Reporting: Communicate the strategic plan progress and results to the organization's leadership, board of directors, and other stakeholders through regular reporting and presentations

> Continuous Improvement: Continuously review and refine the strategic plan to adapt to changing educational landscapes, funding priorities, and community needs

> Coach and Develop the Strategic Planning Specialist

Develop and Execute High-Impact Initiatives to Increase Green Dot California’s Impact:

> Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define project objectives, scope, and deliverables

> Develop and maintain project plans, timelines, and budgets

> Conduct in-depth research and analysis to gather insights, identify trends, and provide data-driven recommendations to support project decision-making

> Proactively identify project risks and issues and develop strategies to mitigate them. Solve problems creatively and adapt to changing project requirements

> Maintain accurate project documentation, including project plans, reports, and post-project evaluations. Develop resources to hand-off processes to departments as appropriate

Execute with Home Office Culture and Organization-Wide Events

> Maintain annual calendar of events for Green Dot California Home Office

> Organize bi-annual retreats for the Green Dot California Home Office

> In collaboration with the People Team, develop professional development and culture-building activities for the Home Office including a manager professional development series

> In collaboration with the Strategic Planning Specialist, execute All Green Dot Day, a back-to-school event for all Green Dot California employees

Support the integration of additional services into Green Dot California’s service model

> Collaborate with the People Team and external consultants on welcoming 60+ new employees to Green Dot California

> Establish and execute knowledge management systems to organize and codify the organization’s documents, including significant updates to Green Dot’s intranet

> Develop a system to progress monitor key indicators related to the expansion of services within Green Dot California

Develop and execute a strategic planning process for departments across the organization.

> Support departments in developing strategic plans and monitoring key performance indicators.

> Together with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Technology, execute quarterly Data Days

> Other duties as assigned


As an ideal candidate, you

> have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field; an advanced degree is a plus

> have a minimum of 3 years of experience in strategic planning, project management, or a related role (management experience is strongly preferred_

> have experience in a school, district/CMO or non-profit setting (preferred but not required)

> possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to analyze data and trends to inform decision-making

> have exceptional project management and organizational skills

> have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders

> have an understanding of educational systems and charter school operations (preferred).

> are proficient in data analysis tools, project management software, and presentation tools

> are able to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment

> have a passion for and commitment to improving education in the communities Green Dot serves

> are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve

> will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer

The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.

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