You believe in the power of education to transform lives and help all students find and apply their unique skills and passions. You also believe that there are many ways to overcome the obstacles seen today in K-12 education in the United States. In the words of Frederick Douglass, you will “unite with anybody to do right and with no one to do wrong.” Your open-minded approach to identifying fruitful partnerships and building mutually-beneficial relationships is a hallmark of your career.
We need people like you to join us on our mission to break down the barriers to accessing a quality education by empowering individuals to discover their aptitudes, grow their skillset, and live a fulfilling life. In this program officer job, you will drive relationships and help identify opportunities for one of the most rapidly growing portfolios of policy relationships at the Charles Koch Institute. You will apply your knowledge of, and passion for, K-12 education policy by building meaningful relationships and directing grant funds to support research, sponsorships, and other partnership opportunities.
This program officer job is an opportunity to be at the forefront of a sea change in access to quality education in this country and add renewed meaning to your life’s work.
Your Responsibilities Include
- Act as a key liaison and manager of relationships with K-12 education policy partners, both new and ongoing, with an emphasis on identification of new opportunities
- Guide proposals from education policy organizations through the approval process, as well as provide guidance to and work with partners to achieve optimal impact
- Liaise with partner organizations to understand where other gaps in funding may exist and work to determine how CKI can be a meaningful partner
- Act as an internal resource to develop strategy and drive collaboration between teams on the support, progress, and outputs of the portfolio
- Travel as needed to manage partnerships
Knowledge and Skills You Bring to the Organization
- 7+ years of overall professional experience, 5+ years of related experience in relationship management, fundraising, K-12 education leadership, or other related field
- Deep understanding of and passion for free societies and individual liberty
- A demonstrated interest and passion for a multitude of K-12 policy solutions
- Ability to build effective relationships and networks both internally and externally to achieve results
- Capability to exercise good judgment through critical thinking
- Demonstrated ability to drive multiple concurrent projects to completion
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and professionalism
Standout Candidates May Also Bring
- Knowledge and experience in K-12 education policy
- Supervisory experience
You’re unique. And we love that about you. We’ve learned that diversity in experiences, perspectives, knowledge and ideas fuels creativity, broadens knowledge, and helps drive success. That’s why we’re proud to be an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat all employees with honesty, dignity and sensitivity. We welcome all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression or identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or any other legally protected class.
The Charles Koch Institute and Charles Koch Foundation are working to advance a free society that best achieves long-term peace, civility, and well-being. We do this by supporting universities, non-profits, and professional training programs to find the ideas and talent that will stimulate a movement and change the world.
Because here, your life’s work matters.
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:
- A cover letter detailing your interest in this role and the Institute’s mission
- A writing sample of your choice
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