School Partnerships Manager

Position Title: School Partnerships Manager 
Reports to: Vice President of Education 
Department: Education 
Location: Hybrid remote + onsite at the Club’s headquarters in San Francisco; may include occasional evenings and weekends 
Position Status: Full-time exempt 

Position Overview  

The Commonwealth Club seeks a dynamic, passionate educator to serve as school partnerships manager for our civics education initiative, Creating Citizens. This is a great fit for someone who holds a firm belief in the power of civil dialogue to bolster the strength of our democracy by uplifting and inspiring the next generation of civic leaders. The school partnerships manager is responsible for creating and implementing a well-coordinated strategic initiative to provide programs and resources for students and educators in grades 6 through 12. They will lead a three-year production cycle to develop and ensure adoption of a set of classroom curriculum guides, initiate a new series of student field trips, and maintain current programming and audience development initiatives. The manager will build an extensive network of partnerships with schools, districts, and their personnel and advocates, with a specific focus on those that operate in underserved communities. As part of a small and collaborative team, this position will act to advance the mission and goals of the Education department by working collegially and respectfully with peers throughout the Club, interns, volunteers, and external stakeholders. 

Education at The Commonwealth Club 

Building on foundational values of free speech, respectful discourse, and a spirit of collaborative progress for the common good, the vision of Creating Citizens is that all students will have the motivation and support they need to participate effectively in the democratic process. Programs and activities give young people and educators direct access to civic leaders, thinkers, and decision makers, and make use of the Club’s nationally recognized platform to amplify diverse voices and offer a safe space for youth to cultivate the skills and characteristics necessary for informed citizenship. 

About The Commonwealth Club 

The Commonwealth Club of California is the largest public issues forum in the United States and is a nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization. It is the leader in its field both nationally and internationally, with a fast-paced, lively and stimulating environment and a range of fascinating and informative people and ideas. The Club hosts daily in-person, online and hybrid programs that include lectures, panel discussions, roundtables and special events on issues of public concern and interest, for both engagement and enrichment. Every year, the Club produces several hundred programs with extensive content that is distributed through online video streams, podcasts, a digital magazine and a weekly national radio broadcast that airs on more than 230 public and commercial stations and other platforms.  

Responsibilities  

Program Leadership 

  • • Lead teams of educators and consultants to produce, disseminate and evaluate standards-aligned classroom discussion guides, utilizing Commonwealth Club assets as content 
  • • Plan and lead ongoing series of hybrid onsite + virtual school field trips; oversee all facets of program development and implementation 
  • • Oversee existing Literacy for Civic Learning and Ideas Inspire initiatives; lead relationships with partners to expand reach and refine impact  
  • • Collaborate with colleagues throughout the Club to ensure smooth planning, implementation and follow-up 

Partnership Cultivation and Stewardship 

  • • Build and maintain a growing network of partnerships with schools, districts, county offices of education, and individual educators and administrators 
  • • Actively participate in networks and coalitions in which the Club is a member 
  • • Communicate with all stakeholders with confidence, respect and tact 

Marketing and Communications 

  • • Identify and cultivate distribution channels to encourage adoption of Commonwealth Club materials and expand reach  
  • • Utilize multiple means, including social media outlets, to drive awareness, connection, and engagement according to the needs and habits of target audiences 
  • • Contribute to monthly Education newsletter and other targeted communications 
  • • Represent the Club at local and regional events as needed 

Additional Expectations 

  • • Actively contribute to development and execution of department strategy  
  • • Stay informed about issues, research and practices in civics education  
  • • Use multiple software platforms to perform functions such as project and budget management, meetings and internal communications 
  • • Maintain accurate records and data, including diversity and inclusion statistics; provide regular reports and make recommendations for improvements  
  • • Purchase, coordinate and maintain inventory of materials and supplies; process invoices and purchase orders; ensure that purchases remain within budget 
  • • Complete all assignments accurately, thoroughly and on deadline 
  • • Supervise student interns 
  • • Other duties as assigned 

Necessary Qualifications and Skills 

  • • Familiarity with California state content standards and other recognized frameworks for civics, history-social science and related disciplines 
  • • Must be able to communicate effectively with educators and administrators and understand their priorities and needs 
  • • Demonstrated experience with curriculum and instructional design; able to develop student-focused learning experiences that complement formal school curricula 
  • • Understanding of the social media habits of students and educators; ability to use these to leverage engagement and connection 
  • • Established relationships within Bay Area public, private and charter schools; knowledge of K-12 education systems, practices and policies 
  • • Demonstrated experience with event planning and delivery, preferably in education or youth settings 
  • • Excellent project management skills 
  • • Outstanding written and oral communications; strong presence when teaching or leading a group 
  • • Familiarity with Google Suite and Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Word and Outlook 
  • • Experience with databases and email clients; familiarity with Patron Manager and Emma a plus 

Characteristics 

  • • Creative and enthusiastic educator; passionate about teaching and learning; driven to fulfill the Club’s civic education mission; committed to educational equity for all students 
  • • Able to successfully execute a project from vision to completion 
  • • Comfortable engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, from young teens to high-profile community leaders 
  • • Organized, detail-oriented; able to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively  
  • • Responsive and reliable, with strong follow-through and personal accountability for performance 
  • • Independent and proactive; able to marshal skills and resources to solve problems successfully 
  • • Flexible and energetic; able to thrive in a complex and dynamic environment 
  • • Collaborative and communicative 
  • • Ability to quickly learn new software and supportive technologies 

Desired Credentials

  • • Bachelor’s degree in education, political science, history-social science or related fields 
  • • Teaching credential and/or minimum 3 years’ professional experience in formal or informal education settings such as K–12 schools, after-school programs or youth service nonprofits 
  • • Specific experience with civics education a plus 

Compensation 

$63–$75,000, depending on experience. This is a full-time exempt position with benefits, including paid employee health, vision, dental, life, and AD&D, a generous holiday and time-off policy, and a team full of interesting and warm people to work with.  

The Commonwealth Club requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have proof of medical exemption. Candidates will be required to provide proof of vaccination status or exemption upon hire.  

How to Apply  

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume or CV to edujobs@commonwealthclub.org. Resume review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

The Commonwealth Club is committed to the principles of equal opportunity employment and encourages applicants of all backgrounds, cultures, genders, experiences, and abilities to apply. A diverse workplace is essential to the work of the Club, and people of any gender or gender identification, BIPOC-identified candidates, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.