The Deputy Director – Strategy will support the leadership and training to the RGV FOCUS team and partners on strategy development and execution.
Deputy Director, Strategy, RGV FOCUS
Senior Director, RGV FOCUS
Educate Texas/RGV Focus
Educate Texas Vision
A leading catalyst for progress, Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas, is an innovative alliance of groups that share a common goal: Strengthen the public and higher education system so that every Texas student is prepared for educational and workforce success.
Increase postsecondary readiness, access, and success for all students by building partnerships, leading innovation and scaling practices and policies.
Our vision is for all Rio Grande Valley (RGV) learners to achieve a degree or credential that leads to a meaningful career. We will achieve this by strengthening each step of the educational pathway, better connecting our education system, and aligning community resources to provide the support learners need to succeed throughout high school and postsecondary in order to pursue a meaningful career in the RGV and beyond.
The Deputy Director – Strategy will support the leadership and training to the RGV FOCUS team and partners on strategy development and execution. Working collaboratively with the Senior Director, Deputy Director, and EdTX Managing Director, the primary responsibilities include acting as a strategic partner on the leadership team, coach and develop the team to convene and grow coalitions of stakeholders to create data-informed, equitable strategies for social change. The Deputy Director will work closely with the Senior Director to connect and align partnerships towards shared goals and outcomes.
The Deputy Director – Strategy will report to the Senior Director, RGV FOCUS and will work collaboratively across Educate Texas to support the programmatic & policy goals. This position is based in the Rio Grande Valley with occasional travel when necessary.
Support the training and implementation of the collective impact framework and the team’s ability to execute the essential functions of being a connector, data-informed, a change-maker, and exercise systems thinking
Assist to maintain up-to-date dashboard
Acts as a strategic partner on the leadership team and works closely with the team to ensure they are meeting performance expectations
Assists in meeting the key metrics and performance indicators
Looks for methods to improve quality, efficiency and productivity, reduce costs, increase impact, or improve control measures
Works collaboratively to develop and/or improve systems, processes, controls and procedures that improve the overall efficiency of the organization and insure excellent client service
Provides timely, accurate and complete reports on the progress of the work
Support mentoring as a cornerstone to team development
Demonstrates a willingness to take on new tasks with a general attitude that no task is too small, impossible, or cannot be improved
Work autonomously while ensuring Senior Director expectations are readily met and exceeded
Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization
Represents the organization with partners and funders
Bachelor’s degree, Masters or higher preferred
In-depth understanding and experience, 5+ years, in executing Collective Impact or other similar collaborative cross-sector partnerships
Demonstrated strategic leadership ability
Excellent entrepreneurial mindset - creative thinker with desire to produce innovative and fresh ideas
Experience in data analysis and reporting, including a strong command of data analysis and visualization; knowledge of educational data preferred
Experience in facilitation strategies and conflict resolution
Experience in building blueprints, frameworks, and other resources
Knowledge of education and its infrastructure and regulations in Texas preferred
Experience in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and urban, underserved areas preferred
Ability to clearly communicate technical information to a wide variety of audiences, possess strong written and oral communications skills
Results oriented, skilled at leading and participating in teams, and able to manage multiple and complex objectives and tasks concurrently with tight deadlines
Comfort with ambiguity and ability to thrive in a fluid, entrepreneurial environment; willingness to “roll up one’s sleeves” and extend beyond formal responsibilities based on the needs of the work
Candidates must possess a deep understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by marginalized communities, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, class, disabilities, sexual orientation, immigration status, and/or gender, and experience engaging with and working alongside communities of color
Willingness to challenge the status quo
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
Presence to inspire confidence and passion in external audiences and to build effective relationships with a range of stakeholders
Team player who can work with partners and participants to support Educate Texas’s success
Passion to learn and grow
Ability to synthesize different ideas and points of view
Public speaking and presentation experience; excellent communicator capable of presenting collective impact work effectively to its partners, participants and the public
Ability to thrive in a fluid, unstructured, entrepreneurial environment
Flexibility and the ability to work autonomously as well as take direction as needed
Strong community engagement and facilitation skills
Existing relationships with, or ability to build relationships with, a range of cross- sector stakeholders in the local or regional area, including senior executives
Creative individual who can work effectively with multiple
constituencies and shape solutions that will work for a particular school or community
Valid state issued driver’s license