DonorsChoose is looking for a Portfolio Manager, Equity & Impact to play a critical role in growing our team’s ability to win partnerships aligned with our Equity Focus. You’ll do this by supporting the sales teams (partnership management and business development) with how they intentionally incorporate an equity-forward lens in all aspects of the pitch process. As part of the new Equity & Impact team, you’ll join efforts with a Program Manager and the Vice President of Equity & Impact toward a goal of making DonorsChoose “best in class” in the education equity space, particularly in racial equity. You’ll also build the strategy for and manage a few portfolios, including a portfolio of philanthropists of color (who are looking to make an impact in public school classrooms) and peer equity advisors & organizations with whom we collaborate to further our impact.
If the idea of layering an equity lens across external relationship management (and collaborating with colleagues to do the same) piques your interest, consider applying for this role!
About the Equity & Impact team
At DonorsChoose, we believe that neither a student’s race, nor their zip code, should dictate whether they have the resources they need to learn. School districts that serve students of color get $23B less in state and local funding than school districts with the same number of white students. Teachers who work with more students from low income households, and with more students of color, spend more of their own money on classroom materials. Also, when students, especially students of color, see themselves reflected in their teachers and learning environments, they do better academically.
While DonorsChoose was created more than 20 years ago to address inequity in access to education, we’re newly committed to combating racial inequity in education. The Equity & Impact team at DonorsChoose is the team charged with leading organizational efforts to incorporate a race equity-forward lens in how we impact our students and teachers nationwide. We take a nuanced approach to these efforts, layering an equity lens across our strategy for every external org stakeholder (donors, teachers, partners, vendors, etc.) in order to achieve the promises set out in our Theory of Change.
About the role
The Portfolio Manager, Equity & Impact will join a growing team, reporting to the Vice President of Equity & Impact. In this role, you will have the opportunity to lead work that positively impacts hundreds of thousands of students and teachers across the country.
Enable race-forward campaigns:
- Play a sales enablement function by managing equity-forward campaigns: supporting our partnership management and business development teams with equity-centered resources, strategies, templates, consultations, processes, data, and big ideas for how our corporate and foundation partners can engage most authentically with our race-equity-forward work.
- Create, manage, and/or collaborate on select impact campaigns, including initiatives supported by philanthropists of color as well as other equity-centered campaigns (like Black History Month, Juneteenth, Pride Month, etc.)
- Be the primary external relationship manager for philanthropists of color and peer equity organizations on the Equity & Impact team.
- Build a strategy for how we more deeply engage with philanthropists of color who look to support social impact campaigns through our platform. (Check out our #ISeeMe initiative!)
- Connect the dots between the Equity & Impact team and other revenue-generating teams on our externally-facing race equity work.
All with an eye toward increasing our organization’s impact each year.
Who you are
- You have 3-6 years of work experience in a sales enablement, relationship-building, or an externally facing DEI role.
- You are all in on our organization’s equity focus, and you’re deeply passionate about combating inequity (including socioeconomic equity, racial equity, and beyond) in US public school education.
- You have an authentic connection to our mission. You’re energized by conversations and scholarship centering race and equity, and you have a demonstrated commitment to advancing education equity.
- You’re collegial, collaborative, and love to interface directly with social justice-minded organizations and individuals.
- You are curious, a self-starter and self-motivated with identifying creative solutions and ideas and rallying stakeholders around the process for finding a way forward.
- You’re a relationship builder. The idea of jumping on a call to get to know a stakeholder and their equity work is thrilling to you.
- Nice to have, but not required: You have experience with grantseeking or grantmaking, sales, sales enablement, or within the DEI sector whether it’s through education policy, DEI consulting, or the like.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation for this role is competitive with equivalent roles at other nonprofits of our size. In addition, we offer full-time staff 25 paid vacation days per year and 11 paid holidays, a rich employer-paid individual and family health plan, a matching 401(k) plan (up to 5% of base salary), annual professional development stipend, and casual and flexible work environment. To learn more about what it is like to work for DonorsChoose, visit our careers page.
Hybrid Workplace and Other Details
In this role, you’ll have the option to work a flexible hybrid schedule in our NYC office, or to work fully remotely from CA, FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OR, TX, or WI.
DonorsChoose is a fully vaccinated workplace and all new employees, regardless of their work location, will be asked to share proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 within two weeks of their hire date or request an exemption from this policy due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief or practice.
Please submit your resume online and answer the application questions. A cover letter is optional and may be addressed to Kristina (“Steen”) Joye Lyles, Vice President of Equity & Impact.
A Final Note
The DonorsChoose team works toward a nation where students in every community have the resources needed for an excellent education. To do this, we hire and support a diverse team of the best and the brightest talent available.
We are an organization increasingly representative of the varied races and ethnicities, genders and sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, and abilities that comprise our nation. DonorsChoose focuses on attracting, retaining, and advancing diverse talent because it makes us more effective, high-performing, creative, and resilient.
If you are passionate about our mission, highly skilled in your field, and looking for a place where you can bring all of yourself to work, we want you.