Head of Development and Communications
Company: SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language)
Posted on: May 6, 2022
In 2007, focused on improving outcomes for English Learners in San
Jose and Redwood City, the Sobrato family began a philanthropic
initiative with Dr. Laurie Olsen to design and pilot a new,
comprehensive approach to learning in preschool and early
elementary grades. The result of this pilot was the creation of the
SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language) model and it was
subsequently implemented as a program across 100+ public school
sites in the Bay Area, central California, and the greater Los
Angeles region between 2008 and 2019.
Two separate and independent external evaluations of the model
found promising evidence of SEAL's effectiveness in increasing
research-based instructional practices and contributing to stronger
student engagement and positive outcomes for SEAL English Learners
on measures of English proficiency and academic achievement. In
2019, fueled by these promising data, SEAL became an independent
organization, operationally separate from the Sobrato family's
philanthropic enterprise, with the aim of scaling our impact and
engaging new partners in projects and activities that connect
educators, families, researchers, advocates, and policy leaders to
elevate this important student group and to promote multilingualism
for all students in California.
The Core Model
SEAL's powerful approach to education is rooted at the intersection
of research and educational equity. Our bedrock values are:
commitment to developing the intellectual and linguistic genius of
young children; honoring the value and role of families' cultures
and languages in students' lives, and helping teachers cultivate
the skills and mindset they need to become powerfully effective
educators. Our high-leverage, developmentally appropriate
pedagogical practices are aligned across the preschool through
elementary grades, and address the language demands of increasingly
rigorous, grade level standards in multiple disciplines including
English, social studies, sciences, and the arts.
To learn more about SEAL, please visit SEAL.org .
In the context of a new strategic plan and program expansion, SEAL
is adding the position of Head of Development & Communications
(Head) to our leadership team. The Head will be responsible for
growing SEAL's external presence, among funders whether private or
public as well as across other key stakeholder groups including
educators, school system leaders, and policymakers.
The role will lead SEAL's fundraising and communications efforts.
This includes overseeing planning and implementation of a
long-range fundraising plan and ensuring the quality, relevance and
consistency of SEAL's branding and messaging to a variety of
stakeholder audiences. The role will also provide high level
support to the board and CEO by serving as a thought partner on
strategy, communications, and effective relationship building with
leaders in the policy and advocacy space. This individual reports
directly to SEAL's CEO.
This is an ideal opportunity for someone with a clear understanding
of California's P-12 education and English Learner policy landscape
who is committed to social justice and eliminating structural
inequities to make a positive and measurable difference in the
lives of millions of our state's students. This role provides a
rare chance to magnify the incredible assets of California's
culturally and linguistically diverse children and communities
across the state and to leverage strategic partnerships towards
improving education policy and practice so it better meets the
needs of all Dual Language/English Learners and their families.
The three primary areas of responsibility are:
FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ADVOCACY
In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Head of
Development & Communications candidate will be:
An accomplished leader with seven (7) or more years of demonstrated
success in nonprofit/social service management and experience in
community organizing, policy advocacy and/or in the P-12 education
Deeply committed to SEAL's mission of improving DLL/EL student
outcomes and opportunities, and eliminating the inequities and
reimagining/redesigning school systems in California so all DLL/ELs
can learn, thrive, and lead.
Experienced in raising funds for their organization (at a similar
level to SEAL's budget needs) including a track record of building
successful partnerships and/or major fundraising.
A builder of authentic relationships with community partners,
policymakers, funders and other supporters, able to engage with a
variety of individuals and can consistently articulate the
organization's goals and priorities in a clear and compelling
Skilled in strategic planning, project management, and
organization; able to focus on and communicate organizational
priorities while not losing sight of the details and can align
vision with defined values.
Steadfast and resilient in the face of personal, professional, and
Skilled in supporting, collaborating with, and engaging governing
Knowledgeable about P-12 education policy and diverse communities'
struggle for equity of opportunity and access.
A culturally competent and a self-reflective leader who understands
the effects of race, class, ethnicity, language, income, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, and other issues of
difference in society and is able to lead direct, honest
conversations about them with stakeholders at all levels.
Effective and inspiring in their management style; willing to
devote time to coach and develop team members while holding them
accountable to measurable results.
Education credentials that support preparedness for this role and
bilingual skills are desired.
Hold a valid driver's license and/or regular access to a vehicle;
willingness to travel regionally.
A resident of California or willing to relocate.
Proficient with Microsoft Office, Salesforce, Adobe, Google Suite,
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
The salary range for this position is $175,000-200,000 and the
anticipated start date is July 5, 2022 or before.
Our highly competitive benefits package includes: 100% coverage for
employee medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D, long and
short-term disability benefits. 50% coverage for dependent(s) for
medical, dental and vision benefits. Up to 6% 401k matching.
Medical/Dependent Care FSA.
Please submit a resume online at
https://apply.workable.com/j/22463EB7D2. For additional questions
about this position or to speak with someone about your interest,
please contact Brett Kunsch at email@example.com.
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