Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives


New York, NY   |   March 6, 2020

About the Organization – 100Kin10

To solve the world’s most pressing problems, we need all of tomorrow’s problem-solvers to be equipped with STEM knowledge, skills, and inspiration. And tomorrow’s problem-solvers need excellent STEM teachers today to guide them. 100Kin10 unites the nation’s top academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers for classrooms around the country by 2021. To do this, we’re building a new type of networked-impact effort that rethinks how organizations collaborate, learn from one another, and together identify and tackle challenges that none could successfully address on its own. On target to meet our ambitious 100Kin10 goal, we are focusing not only on the 100,000-teacher goal but also on making progress against the underlying reasons for the STEM teacher shortage.

About the Role –  Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives

The Strategic Initiatives (SI) Team leads 100Kin10’s efforts to constantly evolve in pursuit of our goal of ending the STEM teacher shortage. Guided in particular by 100Kin10’s values of Audacity and Experimentation Grounded in Learning, the SI Team combines research, analysis, strategic planning, and data-driven experimentation to explore new ideas and lead discrete projects that shape the future of 100Kin10. 

The Strategic Initiatives Associate Director is a new role at 100Kin10. This position reports to the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Grace Clawater Doramus, and is responsible for leading high-priority projects inside of the SI Team’s portfolio. Specific responsibilities will likely require a broad range of skills including strategy development and implementation, research and analysis, communications, multi-stakeholder coordination, and relationship management. 

The Strategic Initiatives Associate Director is the kind of person who seeks out opportunities to work on ambitious, uncharted goals that, although tough to crack, are fun to pursue and highly-rewarding. Characteristics that lead to success in this role and on the Strategic Initiatives Team include comfort with ambiguity, resourcefulness, curiosity, self-motivation, and reliable follow-through. 

Your Responsibilities will include:


  • Designing strategy-aligned approaches and tactics
  • Developing and executing on strategy-aligned implementation plans, including both performing tasks and overseeing and directing others’ work, with minimal oversight
  • Evaluating approaches and tactics, drawing conclusions, and making improvements as needed 

Research and Communications

  • Conducting research using a range of methods (interviews, desk research, etc.) and across a range of topics 
  • Synthesizing and communicating that research into actionable insights
  • Developing strategy-aligned communications 


  • Managing strategic relationships with strategic individuals and organizations who contribute to or have a stake in 100Kin10’s future
  • Contributing to the identification of new edges for the organization to explore
  • Supporting the Director of Strategic Initiatives on other key SI functions as needed, including developing strategy and communicating internally team-wide objectives

Your Skills & Competencies

This work is analytical, collaborative, and challenging. The Associate Director will be a self-starter who is committed to their learning and growth and possess the following skills and competencies:

  • Strategic Thinking: You’re a strong conceptual thinker, who can easily grasp and navigate a range of abstract concepts, relate them to one another, and translate those concepts into strategies and practical implications.
  • Implementation of Complex Projects: You’re a rockstar project manager, leading and executing a portfolio of interconnected projects with high attention to detail across multiple stakeholders.
  • Research and Data Synthesis: You have a strong ability to independently recognize learning opportunities, design and conduct research, gather data, structure quantitative and qualitative analyses, and draw and apply actionable recommendations.
  • Written and Verbal Communications: Your written and verbal communication skills are excellent, with an ability to independently create original public content and deliver verbal presentations in multiple settings.
  • Self-motivation: You proactively take the initiative, identifying problems and opportunities across your portfolio, developing recommendations, and taking action on those recommendations.
  • Adaptability: You thrive in an ambiguous environment where you have autonomy to drive your work.
  • Learning Mindset: You desire continuous improvement, have an innate sense of curiosity, and are grounded by a foundation of self-awareness that provides space for learning and growth. 
  • Passion for Social Change: You are driven by the desire to contribute to making change in our society, in education and beyond. You’re interested in social change theories and putting those theories into practice. 

Your Experience

8+ years of overall professional experience in a role that includes:

  • Overseeing a successful portfolio of complex projects across many individuals with minimal oversight
  • Proactively identifying and addressing opportunities for growth, expansion, and coherence and potential roadblocks
  • Distilling and drawing connections across complex ideas into strategies, approaches, or clear analyses
  • Communicating persuasively using multiple verbal and written formats (e.g., PowerPoint, memos, emails)
  • Managing and nurturing high-stakes relationships
  • Experience in education preferred
The Application Process

100Kin10 has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. To apply, please create a Basic Profile using this link or click the Express Interest button. The process takes no more than 5 minutes and all you need is your resume.

Individuals who complete the profile by Monday, March 16th will be given priority; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon!

When you apply, we kindly ask you to remove your schools from your resume. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you may leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). Just remember to remove any undergraduate and graduate school name references where possible. This “bias blind” process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates; reviewing applicants on performance assessments instead of resume proxies (e.g., where you went to school). Lastly, we intentionally do not ask for a cover letter, so we kindly request that you not send one in your application.

This evaluation process will follow best practices shown to reduce bias in decision making and may be different from other application processes you have experienced.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please feel free to email Abe Taleb,

Working at 100Kin10

People who thrive at 100Kin10 are team-oriented, open-minded, creative, and flexible and possess a strong desire to learn and grow in a feedback-rich environment. Our culture embraces colleagues with genuine warmth, a curiosity to learn, a drive toward excellence, the ability to laugh at themselves, an eagerness for feedback to spur growth and impact, and an interest in co-workers as colleagues and as human beings.

We believe in community. We believe that diverse perspectives and background create a rich work environment that is essential to our work. We are committed to building an organization with raised consciousness in order to impact how we collaborate with our partners, support our network, and work together as a team. We aim to build each other up, empower each other, and give each other what we need to grow and thrive. We hope you will join us as we continue to build a diverse organization that fosters a work environment where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, valued, and supported.

Strategic Initiatives Team members, in particular, thrive in collaborative work environments; are comfortable with ambiguity; are tight on vision and strategy but loose on tactics; embody curiosity and the desire to learn, and constantly search for opportunities for improvement.

About Koya Leadership Partners

Koya Leadership Partners, a member of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

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