Jobs: Nonprofit Jobs

Education/Policy Director, Trust for Learning (part-time)

Jan / 11 / 2017

Time: 15 hours/week

Organization Description

Trust for Learning, a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England, is a collaborative grant making foundation that operates in the field of developmental early childhood education.  The Trust supports and advocates for ideal learning: child-centric, emotionally and intellectually engaging, relationship-based, structured and accountable for developing skills for life success.  We do that by engaging providers of high-quality early childhood education models and programs.  Through a series of annual convenings and capacity building efforts, the Trust accelerates the supply of ideal learning programs while helping practitioners build public demand through advocacy and marketing.  We want to bring the best this country has to offer to young children across the socioeconomic spectrum, in order to give them the best start on life.

Trust for Learning also plays a key role with other national early childhood organizations, foundations and collaboratives through its field alignment and mapping work. As a collective action fund, we partner with other foundations to carry out our common purpose—to increase access to quality early childhood interventions to more children in the public sector. 


Job Summary

Trust for Learning is seeking an Education/Policy Director to support the execution of the Trust’s programmatic and strategic efforts, particularly as they relate to advancing ideal learning principles and practices, as well as implementation of exemplar, place-based ideal learning communities.

Essential Job Functions

The Education/Policy Director will help with substantive programmatic strategic planning, development, and execution including:

  • Provide strategic vision and implementation of new policy initiatives/opportunities and public engagement opportunities, related to the Trust’s focus on ideal learning in early childhood education;
  • Provide direct support to grantees and collaboratives and provide technical assistance and engage in community based/local and system-wide ECE development;
  • Communicate with and promote the Trust’s strategic vision, priorities, guidelines, ongoing work and proposal review process to nonprofit agencies, public and private funders, vendors, and the general public about;
  • Assist the Executive Director with research and analysis related to funder partnership opportunities by doing preliminary research on related foundations, philanthropies and individuals, including providing consolidated reports on those opportunities and tracking the relationship building progress;
  • Monitor and evaluate grantee/collaboratives performance by reviewing and summarizing grantee reports; Maintain positive relationships with grantees, following up with grantees as needed to obtain necessary information; Work with grantees to ensure continued momentum for collaborative team work, compliance with grant agreements and successful project implementation;
  • Conduct regular literature and media review for related innovations;
  • Organize cross sectoral convenings and assist in agenda planning;
  • Conduct due diligence tasks for potential grants, monitoring grantee requirements;
  • Assist in preparing meeting materials and presentations for Committee and Board meetings;
  • Complete other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate is entrepreneurial, confident, intuitive, and an agile problem-solver with the ability to handle several programmatic tasks simultaneously. The candidate is visionary and bold but also measured, thoughtful and attentive and able to work independently as well as in closer concert with colleagues. Sense of humor is essential and a willingness to adapt to changing circumstances and environments a must.

  • The successful candidate also is well educated in the field of early childhood education, education reform and policy. This position offers exceptional access to the national fields of early childhood education, education reform and the philanthropic sector.
  • BA/BS degree required. An academic degree in a related field and an interest in (early) education, education reform policy, philanthropy and community development issues is highly preferred;
  • A minimum of eight years of work experience is required, preferably a leadership role within an education and or policy institution/system and including research, fundraising and/or senior program management capacity;
  • Previous work experience within a nonprofit or grantmaking foundation is a plus;
  • Proficiency in Mac and Microsoft platforms, including Excel, Pages, Word. Powerpoint and Keynote;
  • Proficiency in online research, data collection, and report writing;
  • Excellent analytical and communications skills, namely writing and oral presentation skills;         
  • A strong team player with a diplomatic, warm and professional manner, and a sense of humor;
  • Commitment to applying professional and personal skills broadly within the Trust for Learning in support of its mission and interest to engage in more cross-programmatic initiatives.

This position is part-time (15 hours/week).  Trust for Learning is based in Southwest Connecticut region and intermittent office hours will be required, though most work may be done remotely.

The Trust offers competitive salaries, benefits are available for staff working 18.75 hours per week. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

The Trust hopes to identify a successful candidate by mid-January, with an immediate start date of no later than February 1, 2017.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications.

Click here to apply online.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA  02111; or send by fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE and The Trust for Learning will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.