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Director of Education

North Charleston, SC

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
5 - 10 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
$81,000 to $90,000 per year

Published on 29 Feb 2020

Expires on 29 Feb 2020

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Director of Education

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Director of Education

Reports To (Title):
Vice President of Community Impact

Job Type:

Community Impact

FLSA Classification:

Date Last Reviewed:


The Director of Education is a content expert in Education, specifically early learning, and applies the collective impact discipline with a lens of equity to the work of the Education Impact Area. As a leader on the Community Impact team, the Director works to guide vision and strategy; support divisional, organizational and community goal-aligned activities and partnerships; establish shared measurement practices; and build public will to advance policy and mobilize funding to support positive, systemic, community-level change.

The Director of Education reports directly to the Vice President of Community Impact (VPCI) and leads the work of the TUW Education Impact Area, to include:

  • Leading the Kindergarten Readiness Network, guided by Trident United Way in partnership with the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative (TCCC). This involves co-management and coordination of a Guiding Team and regular Network convenings.
    • Serving as a member of the TCCC strategy team to implement the StriveTogether theory of action for the birth to age 8 continuum. 
  • Supervising Education staff and project managers
  • Overseeing a portfolio of TUW Community Investments in Education
  • Serving as the Education Budget and Grants Manager
  • Managing quarterly reports and key performance indicators

The DoE will also identify, recommend and support adoption of key innovations (breakthrough products, processes, technologies, etc.); integration of initiatives with the two other TUW impact areas in Health and Financial Stability;  and identify potential funding sources or leveraged resources aligned with TUW goals to support Birth-8 initiatives.  

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.


Essential Function 1:
Leadership and management of the Kindergarten Readiness Network (KRN) and TUW Education Impact Area projects and activities

  • In partnership with Tri-County Cradle to Career, convene and actively engage the KRN Guiding Team and whole-network in developing a civic infrastructure for the purpose of improving outcomes for young children and families in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.
  • Maintain and refine a system of shared accountability for achieving co-created collective impact community goals and initiatives based on the StriveTogether models
  • Ensure involvement, engagement, ownership and transparency among diverse stakeholders (e.g. agencies, organizations, governmental bodies, businesses, community volunteers, practitioners, institutions of higher education.
  • Coordinate regular meetings, activities and efforts with TCCC staff, as well as individual Network partners.
  • Maintain continuous communication between meetings.
  • Oversee project management and/or supervision of a staff position and Project Manager(s) for current and new Education Initiatives. Current projects include: Reading by Third, Literacy United, Tri-County Connects; StriveTogether Leadership Program, and the Early Learning Provider Community of Practice.
      • Develop workflow, project plans, proof of concept, operating procedures, management reports and instructional/training materials required for service delivery and the evaluation and adoption of new processes and continuous quality improvement.
  • Conduct and/or coordinate administrative tasks, such as reporting, invoicing and conducting interim planning and progress meetings.

Essential Function 2:
Oversight and relationship management for a portfolio of TUW Community Investments for Education

  • During Three-Year Investment Funding Cycle (2019-2022)

Serves as the secondary Relationship Manager for Education Program Investments, in partnership with the Community Impact Investments Manager. In both roles, the Director oversees strategy and processes, including but not limited to completing quarterly administrative reporting, providing technical assistance (both compliance and programmatic), monitoring and coordination of evaluation activities in partnership with the TUW Evaluation and Public Policy department.

  • During Three-Year Investment Application Process (once every 3 years as of 9/19)

Develops and informs the three-year, focus priorities, reporting and monitoring processes, specific to impact area of focus (Education, Financial Stability, Health, Basic Needs), for the portfolio of Education community investments, which may include Program, Accelerator and Catalytic funding. Provides technical assistance to applicants. Reviews and informs rubric scoring of submitted applications. Informs application processes and procedures as part of continuous quality improvement.

Essential Function 3:
Budget and Grants Manager for Education Impact Area

  • Manages annual expenses and revenue of the Education Impact Area budget, which includes TUW budgeted dollars, grants, TCCC partnership funds, to remain within budget. Also identifies and secures grants and other financial resources that support operational costs and results-driven projects/initiatives. Manages all aspects of Education grants administration, including reporting, budgets (in conjunction with Finance) and successful deliverables and outcomes.

Essential Job Function 4:
Quarterly Reporting and Key Performance Indicators

  • Working with the Evaluation & Public Policy department, maintain quarterly Education key performance indicators and progress reporting, in addition to identifying Education-related data and statistics to aid in data-driven decision-making for internal and external investments, partnerships and initiatives.


III.     Community Engagement and Partnership

  • Participate on the boards and committees of community, state and national organizations with aligned missions and initiatives. Establish positive working relationships with grantees, community partners and other community organizations, effectively representing TUW in all communications.
  • Identify other programs and initiatives in the community that will increase progress toward the achievement of TUW and community intermediate and long-term goals.
  • Provide progress reports to the TUW Social Innovation Board.
  • Work with the TUW Communications & Volunteer Engagement and Resource Development Department to create effective strategies to promote the Education strategies in the community and with donors.

IV.    Additional Responsibilities

  • Actively participate in all TUW events and activities, demonstrating the ability to be a good colleague and team builder.
  • Embrace all aspects of diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure that the department is culturally sensitive and accepting of individual differences.
  • Perform other essential functions as directed by the Vice President of Community Impact.



Master’s degree in a human services, education, or community development related field.


  • Combined 7 plus years of proven success in working human services, - public administration or business domain; or 3 or more years of experience as an Executive Director of a moderate size nonprofit organization; or 5 or more years of experience as a high-level nonprofit Program Director, preferably in more than one organization.
  • Preferred experience in early education with low- to moderate-income families and/or convening large-scale, collaborative networks.
  • Two (2) or more years program evaluation experience, measuring outcomes and using data to improve program performance.
  • Project management experience, preferably using project management software.
  • Strategic planning experience.


  • Strong project management skills and ability to balance complex, multi-faceted initiatives with competing priorities
  • Highly entrepreneurial and action-oriented personality
  • Commitment to the Collective Impact discipline and continuous quality improvement methodologies
  • Commitment to using data to drive collective decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and effective oral and written communication that supports the involvement, engagement, ownership and transparency among diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to anticipate and recognize hurdles/obstacles and to broker collaborative problem-solving and issue resolution
  • Facilitative leadership style and the ability to provide continuous, strategic communication to multiple audiences
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changes within both the organization and community
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced performance management culture
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and broker agreements with a variety of stakeholders
  • Attention to detail
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Thrives in a cross functional and cross-divisional work environment
  • Ability to use technology for network facilitation and project management


  • This job requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
  • Worker must frequently use typical office equipment (telephone, copier, printer, fax, etc.).
  • Worker sits most of the time.
  • Worker communicates with constituents, clients, and/or partners by phone and in person.
  • Routinely required to move about the office and occasionally travel by car to office meetings/locations


Primarily works in a climate-controlled office-based setting.

Requirements, skills, and abilities described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. In no instance, however, should the duties, responsibilities, and requirements be interpreted as all-inclusive. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.