Public Affairs Manager

05 Jun, 2021


Public Affairs Manager

New Schools Venture Fund
Oakland, CA


Nationally recognized nonprofit venture philanthropy seeks a full-time Public Affairs Manager to join the founding team of a fiscally sponsored inclusive research & development (R&D) program. The fund is in early development and focused on championing an inclusive approach to bring together the best minds from multiple sectors to tackle the toughest challenges in education at scale.

NewSchools Venture Fund is a national nonprofit that looks for the people with the ideas that are going to change education and open doors for all children. The call has never been more urgent to innovate — to bring new approaches and new organizations that will give every child a great chance in life. Each and every child has a fundamental right to a  great education — one that leaves them ready to create a fulfilling life, make positive change, and help build an equitable future for everyone. Yet, too many children — especially in Black, Latino and low-income neighborhoods — don’t have access to the learning opportunities they need.


The Public Affairs Manager (PAM) will co-design the fund’s long-term external alliance building strategy for partnerships with R&D organizations, community-based nonprofit organizations, think tanks, education advocacy organizations, education  innovation organizations, and similar entities. The PAM will lead meaningful outreach and engagement opportunities that build public awareness of inclusively led research and development as a powerful means of helping Black and Latino students, and those students experiencing poverty reach their full academic and non-academic potential. The PAM reports to the Chief Public Affairs Officer (CPAO). You will have the ability to work remotely from anywhere in the U.S., though if you are based in the Bay Area, you will be able to work from our office in Oakland, CA when it is safe to do so.

As we build this program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Co-design a strategic plan with the Chief Public Affairs Officer for public engagement activities to elevate awareness of the fund and its programs
    • Co-lead engagement in regional and national coalitions that bring together educators, researchers, advocacy leaders, and public officials in support of greater investment in efforts to re-imagine approaches to address inequities in K-12 education systems.
    • Manage the event strategy to recommend and support program leader participation in events including speaking engagements, and other story-telling communication opportunities that advance the fund’s goals.
    • Lead development of outreach campaigns that leverage insights from audience research to drive support for inclusive R&D in education.
  • Support the development of external partnerships in collaboration with the CPAO
    • Partner with the CPAO and program colleagues to identify and manage partnerships that advance the fund’s goals and positively contribute to the broader fields of culturally affirming assessment, equitable math instruction, early literacy and education-oriented R&D.
    • Serve as the fund’s point person for incoming partnership requests from external organizations seeking to collaborate with the fund to help evaluate opportunities that fit within the public affairs strategy.
    • Provide support on communications initiatives that build external awareness of the fund during and beyond its launch and the launch of any programs.
  • Research federal and a prioritized set of state education landscapes to keep team informed on opportunities to grow support for inclusive research and development
    • Stay up to date on current federal and state based education landscapes and ensure systems and processes for sharing information and insights with the CPAO and Enterprise team.
    • Support Chief Public Affairs Officer in developing strategy to build awareness of inclusive R&D in education among key audiences on Capitol Hill and in targeted state legislatures.
    • Identify opportunities to strengthen message development through learning about R&D success stories in other sectors.
  • Provide overall support for the team to ensure operational excellence and continuous improvement
    • Provide ongoing project management, relationship management, and analysis for reporting to board of directors.
    • Support our strategy for social media engagement for our broader program community.
    • Engage in ongoing reflection and continuous improvement strategies to ensure we are continuing to build strong practices in our public affairs approach inside the early stage fund.
    • Other duties as assigned.


  • Passion to contribute to missions that strive to center the voices of educators in the discovery and development of new ways to nurture the brilliance present within every student.
  • Demonstrated capacity to bring a lens of racial equity toward the identification and management of relationships with external organizations and participation within issue-based coalitions.
  • Demonstrated track record of excellence leading and managing projects involving a wide range of stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
  • Ability and desire to work independently in a fast-paced, dynamic, start up, and often virtual environment, owning high priority tasks and multiple projects at once with minimal support.
  • Savvy to understand various interests among a diverse set of partners and represent organizational priorities confidently and respectfully.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively in response to unstructured problems.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders across diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and organization types.
  • Skilled written and verbal communicator who is able to break down complex concepts into language accessible to the general publicAbility to travel ~30% for school visits, convenings, and conferences. This may change when travel restrictions ease.



  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity and building inclusive organizational cultures.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in PreK-12 education, with at least 3 years in a partnerships, advocacy or public affairs  role; Experience creating and implementing campaigns that build public awareness and generate action in support of education or broader social change initiatives.
  • Experiencing making compelling presentations to prospective and current partners to introduce new ideas and spur collaboration.
  • Experience in project management and/or strategy development for complex projects involving multiple partners.
  • Experience collaborating with educators, policy influencers, nonprofit leaders preferred.
  • Familiarity with human-centered design principles preferred.

We offer a competitive compensation package including base salary and comprehensive benefits.

The salary range for this position is 100,000 to 140,000 annually. Final salary will be determined based on experience and qualifications.


Applications will be accepted until July 2nd at 12:00pm. Priority will be given to applications submitted by June 18th.

NewSchools Venture Fund has a strong commitment to diversity. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Learn more here

Job posted: 2021-06-05