Over the past decade, New Orleans has witnessed unprecedented growth in student performance, including dramatic increases in ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. While we have moved beyond a state of crisis, New Orleans still has a long list of systemic challenges, gaps, and inequities. NSNO estimates that approximately 16,000 students in New Orleans are in unstable or low-performing schools. We must do better. New Schools for New Orleans’ (NSNO) mission — delivering on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans — drives everything we do. To achieve this mission, NSNO invests in proven, promising, and new charter organizations to open new schools, turnaround low-performing schools, or expand existing high-quality schools. NSNO uses data around academic performance and growth, systemwide capacity needs, equity practices, and other quality indicators to ensure that NSNO’s investments will have maximum, long-term effect in improving the life outcomes of New Orleans’ students.
Role and Responsibilities
The Portfolio Director will support the Chief of Policy and Planning in developing and implementing a multi-year portfolio investment strategy. This role is an excellent fit for someone who has a strong analytics background and a familiarity with the New Orleans educational context. Start date for the role is flexible, beginning now through August.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Strategic vision Modeling and Exploratory Strategic Analyses: develop and continually update and refine an overall city-wide achievement model that outlines how New Orleans can improve the portfolio of schools; help identify potential medium- and long-term organizational priorities and conduct rigorous qualitative and quantitative analyses to synthesize scope of challenge and levers for change
- Lead portfolio investment process: develop investment criteria and investment milestones to ensure NSNO’s investments have the greatest potential for impact and success; develop and implement an investment application process; manage ongoing aspects of investments to ensure they are successful, including working with the Finance Team to develop grant agreements and payment schedules, monitoring grant requirements and milestones, and conducting regular check-ins with grantees to assess efficacy and potential challenges
- Development support: collect and analyze data to provide information and insights to the Development Team to shape exceptional applications to funders as well as report on milestones for existing grants
- Communications and board relations support: mine existing sources of available data for key insights on school and system performance; provide timely, compelling data analyses in support of NSNO communications materials to school leaders, NSNO’s Leadership Team, Board, funders, and supporters
- Stakeholder engagement: develop materials and lead data-driven conversations with NSNO partners, including Orleans Parish School Board administration, other national non-profits performing work similar to NSNO, and local non-profit ecosystem partners; represent NSNO on partners’ working groups and advisory committees; provide feedback to NSNO partners on portfolio or accountability-related materials and reports
- Research: research best practices in areas related to portfolio transitions, including parent engagement, school facility financing and acquisition, and effective governing practices
- Advanced analytical skills that can support complicated modeling and measurement
- Master’s or other advanced degree related to skills above, or 2-3 years of related prior work experience
- Ability to embrace an uncertain future, both in terms of day-to-day nature of the role, as well as the ever changing New Orleans education landscape with a professional demeanor and utmost discretion
- Significant work or volunteer experience demonstrating a commitment to public education, students and families
- A demonstrated track record of success and achievement involving complex projects and/or overcoming significant challenges
- A commitment to NSNO’s values and diversity, equity, and inclusion
How to apply
Please send a tailored cover letter and a resume to HR@nsno.org. Mailed applications will not be accepted.
The Chief of Policy and Planning is also seeking excellent candidates for a Policy Associate. NSNO is open to a hybrid Portfolio/Policy Director Position for applicants who are interested in and have skills in both data and policy analysis.
New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.