The Kern Family Foundation invests in the rising generation of Americans, equipping them to become global leaders and innovators. The Foundation quietly but powerfully executes its mission by promoting the value of work, developing the formation of good character, increasing educational achievement – particularly in areas of science, technology, engineering and math – and instilling an entrepreneurial mindset, especially in undergraduate engineering students.
K12 EDUCATION AND CHARACTER PROGRAM
The Kern Family Foundation operates on the belief that the United States’ flourishing depends on the ability of its communities to form citizens of good character, while also instilling the mindset and skillset that lead to lives of meaning and satisfaction. The K12 Education and Character program focuses on identifying and supporting ways in which thought leaders, practitioners, and institutions can shape the performance, intellectual, civic, and moral character of the rising generation.
The program director and team leader (PDTL) plays several important roles and possesses some key characteristics. S/he first serves as an ambassador of the Kern family, representing the ethos of the Kern family both within and outside the Foundation. S/he is a steward of the Kern family’s generosity and legacy. The PDTL plays the role of servant leader, working closely with the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) and, at times, the benefactors to discern donor intent and conceptualize, design, and advance strategies and partnerships that help achieve the Kern family’s mission and vision. The PDTL also serves as translator and communicator, clearly communicating the Foundation’s mission and inspiring people and organizations to be a part of that mission. S/he is a relationship builder, recognizing that the best results come not from transactional relationships but from partnership. The PDTL is an evaluator, assessing the alignment of potential partner organizations and, once an investment has been made, evaluating a project’s progress and success.
The PDTL is first and foremost a person of strong character, who demonstrates a high level of integrity and accountability. S/he has an entrepreneurial mindset and can recognize new ways to build upon the Foundation’s past work. Together with the SLT, the PDTL will help nurture and develop the program team, providing direction, management, and an environment that helps team members reach their potential. S/he has the humility to place the family’s mission and vision first. The PDTL is organized and data-driven, striving to define impact with objective measurements. The PDTL is team-oriented and network-minded, recognizing that the greatest achievements are often due to the work and input of more than one person or organization. Finally, the PDTL is passionate about the Foundation’s animating ideas and the opportunities to make significant, systemic change, particularly with regard to education reform.
The PDTL reports to the Senior Leadership Team.
- Maintaining broad, up-to-date knowledge and understanding of trends and issues in education reform and character development
- Identifying and developing program areas within the focus of the Foundation’s strategic plan, tailoring them to fill gaps in services offered
- Building and leading a team of individuals to effectively carry out the Foundation’s mission, implement the Program strategy, and managing daily Program operations
- Reviewing requests, conducting site visits, and providing technical assistance to support applicants and grantees and more effectively develop grant partners
- Monitoring grants to establish that they continue to support the Foundation’s priorities and are within budget and providing feedback to grantees to encourage maximum achievement of project goals
- Providing management and the Board with timely status reports on projects
- Establishing policies and procedures to maximize the efficient management of programs
- Determining an evaluation process, and proposing funding recommendations to be presented to the president
- Developing annually, and in consultation with Foundation leadership, a grants and expenses budget for the Program, and presenting to the Board for approval
- Overseeing the addition of new Program personnel
- Developing Foundation activities to foster the development of collaborative networks of grantees and other allied organizations
- Representing the Foundation at gatherings of potential or actual grantees for the purpose of communicating good will or serving as an informed representative of the philanthropic community
QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS, AND CHARACTERISTICS
- Experience or working knowledge of K-12 and higher education
- Intellectual capacity and rigor to synthesize information and ideas and recognize opportunity contained in them, paired with a track record of acting to seize opportunity
- Outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, including the energy and charisma to articulate a compelling vision and galvanize stakeholders
- Ability to balance day-to-day operations with strategic planning
- Ability to identify the overlapping aspects of an organization’s diverse work to identify points of synergy and reinforcement
- Gravitas and credibility to leverage his/her own networks to serve Foundation goals.
- High level of integrity, trust and accountability
- Flexibility to respond to changing situations, shifting priorities and new opportunities
- Strong judgment in navigating relationships and complex decisions
- Collaborative style that fosters synergistic, cross functional cooperation and collegiality
- Ability to learn quickly, be flexible, and take an optimistic approach to work
- Ability to travel approximately 25% of the time
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
- A minimum of ten years of employment experience preferred
- Experience developing and applying tools and methods to evaluate program success, non-profit or business start-up and expansion experience preferred
- Financial acumen, including ability to review audited financial statements, pro-forma projections, and compile a complete financial review of an organization
- Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; graduate degree preferred
We offer a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, retirement contribution, and vacation. We will consider all applicants without regard to gender, race, age, sex, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF with your name in the file:
- Cover letter explaining your salary requirements and why you are interested in the position/The Kern Family Foundation’s mission
Please include “Program Director and Team Leader, K-12, Kern – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Dixon, executive director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.