Organization Background

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.

Now in its 25th year, NFTE seeks to refine its program services, increase impact nationally and expand globally. NFTE has reached 500,000 students and is poised to increase that number to one million students in the next five years. At the heart of this effort is the need for a highly skilled Chief of Network Management to lead and effectively manage the regional program offices and domestic partnerships to help NFTE expand its ability to offer world-class entrepreneurship programs, exponentially improving the prospects of low-income students.

For more information about the organization, please visit www.nfte.com.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the President/CEO, the Chief of Network Management will lead and manage the national network of 11 regional program offices and six domestic partnerships. The Chief of Network Management will also serve as a critical member of NFTE’s Executive Committee to execute the following key priorities:

  1. Implement measurable goals for regional program offices and moving NFTE towards a more data-driven, outcomes-oriented environment
  2. Unify NFTE’s program offices by increasing communication and tools necessary to achieve common goals
  3. Broaden NFTE’s reach and impact by building a regional strategy focused on serving low-income communities
  4. Oversee pilot innovations  in select program offices in order  to scale and expand impact
  5. Use outcomes data to better inform and enhance program quality, and NFTE’s efforts to diversify funding streams for both HQ and regional offices
  6. Lead the organization’s work to refine current program and license models

These key objectives represent a shift towards a more effective, streamlined and cohesive network focused on outcomes and achieving impact and pursuing ambitious growth targets.

This is an ideal opportunity for a seasoned manager and strategic thinker to play a critical role in leading a vibrant, collaborative network that is consistently focused on outcomes and delivering the highest quality programs to children in low-income communities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Regional Program Management and Leadership

  • Manage and coach the team of 11 regional Executive Directors to meet clear and measurable goals.
  • Facilitate best practice sharing among Program Offices and between Program Offices and HQ; help to develop and implement the tools, guidelines and materials necessary for program offices to deliver on expectations.
  • Provide support in recruiting, retaining and developing a highly diverse and talented field staff; ensure the continued professional development and growth of Program Office team members.
  • Evaluate, identify and implement data systems and tools necessary to increase efficiencies and capture knowledge in a data-driven, outcomes-oriented environment.
  • Partner with Executive Directors to maximize and expand current regional advisory boards; provide support along with Chief Marketing & Development Officer to diversify board membership and increase unrestricted funding at the National and local level.

Performance Management

  • Serve as a primary resource in refining, administering, and reporting the Regional Offices’ scorecard evaluation, a collection of indicators that tracks ED’s performance against NFTE’s financial benchmarks (i.e. fundraising and overall budget performance), program benchmarks (quality of program delivery, impact of activities, leveraging volunteers, and number of schools, teachers and students being serviced), and Advisory Board management (effective engagement of Board members).
  • Communicate expectations and goals of Executive Directors and conduct timely performance reviews.
  • Use data to make informed decisions, gauge the impact of the National Office to provide effective and efficient assistance to Program Offices, as well as fairly evaluate the performance of each program office against specified goals.

Strategic Planning

  • Partner with and support the President/CEO and senior leadership team in developing, refining and implementing its strategic objectives, ensuring that Program Offices are continuously focused on goals, priorities and outcomes that are aligned with NFTE’s core mission.
  • Act as a thought partner to the senior leadership team to develop strategy for NFTE’s future growth and business model; carefully evaluate opportunities for new program offices and domestic partnerships; support the opening of new program offices and partnerships as necessary.
  • Support the collaboration between NFTE’s Development, Program, Business Services and each regional office to ensure the financial, programmatic and impact performance milestones and goals have been effectively and accurately communicated, understood and measured.
  • Analyze Program Office business processes to determine what systems, tools, and best practices can be standardized across Program Offices for increased efficiency; likewise determine and establish criteria on how expectations of individual offices will differ.

Qualifications:

  • At least ten years of overall professional experience; general management experience in a rapidly evolving, socially-entrepreneurial, or sales-oriented environment a must
  • Successful track record of coaching team members and managing complicated constituencies
  • Advanced degree, preferably in business, education or public policy preferred
  • Experience working in or with US urban school systems preferred
  • Management of a multi-site organization or remote staff required; prior nonprofit, teaching, education or youth development a plus
  • A successful track record in building, managing and coalescing highly entrepreneurial teams; keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable effective change management to occur in a complex organization
  • Knowledge and expertise in performance management; experience formulating and using key performance and organizational goals to mobilize geographically-dispersed staff
  • Excellent coalition building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinion
  • Deep commitment to the professional development of both headquarters and program office-level staff; proven track record of recruiting and retaining a diverse team in a multi-cultural environment
  • Outstanding presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be an outgoing spokesperson, relationship builder and fundraiser
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 60% of time
  • A sense of humor and the personal qualities of integrity, patience and an unyielding passion for NFTE’s mission and the youth that it serves
     

Salary: Salary and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send cover letter and resume to hr@nfte.com with “Chief of Network Management” in the subject line.

NFTE is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.