Education Funders Affinity Group Coordinator
This is a part-time contractual position with Maryland Philanthropy Network, a statewide nonprofit association of private and community foundations, corporations, donor advised funds, giving circles, public charities, and grantmaking intermediaries. The Network’s mission is to maximize the impact of giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed, and effective philanthropists.
Maryland Philanthropy Network seeks to engage and elevate philanthropy in Maryland as an integral force in tackling the region’s most pressing problems. We do this through collaboration and partnership between Network members, government, business, and nonprofit decision-makers. Maryland Philanthropy Network acts as a catalyst for those partnerships by supporting leadership in the philanthropic community; cultivating a new generation of trustees, donors, and professional staff; engaging a diverse network of partners with philanthropy; and encouraging accessible, efficient, and ethical philanthropic grantmaking practice. As a membership association, our priority is to support the philanthropic aspirations of all our members through peer networking, high quality training and education, exposure to new funding opportunities, and technical assistance.
The Education Funders Affinity Group of Maryland Philanthropy Network is seeking a consultant who will serve as content and capacity support to the affinity group. The position is a grant-funded, part-time (about 7-12 hours per week) position.
The Education Funders Affinity Group was created to help funders who are interested in supporting education improve their grantmaking by learning more about initiatives, educational research, and best practices. The Education Funders Affinity Group:
- Supports and broadens a network of Maryland funders working to improve educational outcomes;
- Provides learning opportunities for Maryland Philanthropy Network members to investigate promising programs in the areas of education reform and issues identified as high priority by its members. Past and current interest areas include early childhood education, college and career readiness, collaborative impact efforts, and teacher/principal recruitment and retention;
- Provides a forum for members to share lessons from ongoing education reform in Baltimore City, other urban school systems, and from members’ own grantmaking activities; and
- Keeps members abreast of national educational funding initiatives.
Reports to: Director of Learning and Engagement/Acting President
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Coordinator will:
- Collaborate with the Affinity Group Chair and Steering Committee members to identify key educational issues, effective programs, and research findings to serve as topics for Affinity Group programs;
- Plan and facilitate monthly educational programs for the Education Funders’ Affinity Group - summarize proceedings and circulate notes and related resources to members;
- Collaborate with Maryland Philanthropy Network staff for grant and board reporting;
- Conduct biennial Profile of Education Giving and produce related reports; and
- Identify promising programs and national funding initiatives to bring to the attention of local funders.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Values racial equity as an organizational operating principle and is committed to continued learning on issues related to race, equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Knowledge of education issues, research and best practices, especially in the areas of urban education reform
- Knowledge/experience working with urban school systems
- Strong project management skills
- Experience with event/meeting planning and facilitation
- Results-oriented with excellent follow through
- Ability to work cooperatively, foster team spirit, and maintain a sense of humor
- Comfortable developing close working relationships with a diverse group of people
- Excellent communication and writing ability; strong organizational and research skills
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Masters’ degree in area of education, public policy or other social science research field preferred or equivalent work experience
- Knowledge/experience working with organized philanthropy or in a membership organization preferred
- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree
- Minimum 2 years of experience in an office setting
- Computer literate in a PC environment
- $65 per hour, 7-12 hours/week
Qualified candidates are invited to apply by sending resume and cover letter electronically to:
Maryland Philanthropy Network
Please state “MPN Education Funders Affinity Group Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Electronic submission is required. No phone calls, please. Maryland Philanthropy Network is an equal opportunity employer and seeks a diverse pool of candidates in this search.