Head of Development and Communications
Company: SEAL (Sobrato Early Academic Language)
Posted on: June 24, 2022
THE ORGANIZATION 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 ModelSEAL'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.
THE OPPORTUNITY 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.
RESPONSIBILITIESThe three primary areas of responsibility
- FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT
- COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
- EXTERNAL RELATIONS & ADVOCACY
QUALIFICATIONS 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 sector.
- 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 political opposition.
- Skilled in supporting, collaborating with, and engaging
- 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
- 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, Zoom, etc.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITSThe 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.
TO APPLYPlease 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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