Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations

Leadership for Educational Equity

Flexible (Preference for LEE hub – New York, DC, Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, or Los Angeles)   |   November 25, 2019

About Leadership for Educational Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring and supporting a network of civic leaders to eradicate the injustice of educational inequity.

Through one-on-one coaching, fellowships, workshops, and resources, LEE works to develop and inspire its members individually and collectively, across all disciplines – as policy makers, advocates, elected leaders and community organizers. LEE believes that when a diverse group of leaders, grounded in their classroom experience, are in leadership roles, they will serve as a transformative force for and with students, communities and the broader movement for educational equity.

LEE is a diverse team of passionate and talented individuals committed to making a difference. We are a high-growth, results-oriented organization that operates in an entrepreneurial environment deeply invested in continuous improvement. LEE is honored to have been selected as a LATINA Style 50 Award recipient and a When Work Works award recipient. We are also an Employer of National Service.

For more information on Leadership for Educational Equity, visit the LEE website.

The Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations Opportunity

LEE seeks a strategic, entrepreneurial, and innovative Senior Vice President to lead the Partnerships and Infrastructure team. This Senior Vice President (SVP) reports directly to the Executive Director and will be responsible for overseeing LEE’s people, growth and sustainability, and will manage a team that will drive the vision, direction and strategy of the organization.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy and Operational Stewardship

  • Set direction, vision, and strategy for the Strategy team to ensure LEE is the most effective and efficient civic leadership development organization focused on education
  • Manage the Senior Director, Strategy to:
    • Provide analytics and insights to inform the organization’s long-range strategic direction to maximize LEE’s impact developing transformational leaders committed to achieving educational equity;
    • Strengthen internal operations and performance management to ensure LEE is the most efficient and impactful leadership development organization;
    • Partner with teams across the enterprise to develop data-informed strategic decisions;
    • Drive solutions on key programmatic and operational questions.

Talent, Learning and Culture

  • Set direction, vision and strategy for the Talent, Learning and Culture (TLC) team;
  • Manage the VP, TLC to drive and sustain the impact of LEE as an employer of choice through acquiring, engaging, and developing high quality, high potential, diverse talent and work with leadership and staff to develop an inclusive, strong culture. This team is responsible for:
    • Diverse talent recruitment, selection, and onboarding;
    • Management of employment policy and ensuring equitable practices;
    • Management of payroll, compensation, and benefits provision;
    • Staff performance management and professional development;
    • Building an organization-wide inclusive culture based on our core values and mission.


  • Set direction, vision and strategy for the Finance team;
  • Manage the Senior Director, Finance to create and implement highly effective and sustainable financial policies and procedures, and ensure the financial strength of the organization;
  • Manage Senior Director, Finance and team toward strong budgeting, forecasting and monthly accounting, reporting, payable, receivables and compliance;
  • Manage the preparation of all financial reporting;
  • Understand and articulate the differences between our three entity umbrella organizations; 501C3, 501C4 and 527’s;
  • Understand the transactional management and interdependencies between the three entity umbrella organizations, 501C3, 501C4 and 527’s.

Partnerships and Expansion

  • Develop and execute on the vision and strategy of our partnership work with multiple organizations so that LEE builds a membership of diverse, values-based leaders, who understand the problem of educational equity, and are creating and influencing policy change on behalf of kids;
  • Manage the Senior Director, Partnerships and Infrastructure to design and execute on the strategy to bring a portfolio of new partners into LEE’s civic leadership development platform so that LEE is stronger in the following ways:
    • Acquire, manage and cultivate strategic relationships with a portfolio of new partners that supports LEE’s vision;
    • Build relationships and a network/community of partners that have deep trust with LEE and each other in order to support a nation-wide movement of civic change and impact for kids;
    • Prepare the organization for the change related to expansion (programmatic, brand, technology);
    • Set up and execute the pilots to deliver impact. Manage the goals for each partner and for the pilot/learnings;
    • In partnership with Senior Director and cross-functional project teams, drive measurable results against performance metrics and consistently optimize, adapt and navigate ambiguity to meet objectives;
    • Share lessons learned from pilots broadly and bring learnings to current and future work with current and future partners.
Candidate Profile

The Senior Vice President, Strategy and Operations will be a values-oriented executive who approaches their work through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens and will collaborate across the organization for the success of their team and LEE. The SVP will work closely with all LEE teams to maximize the scale of the work. As a high visibility external and internal leader at LEE, the SVP will have a deep personal and professional connection with LEE’s core values.

The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • Deep passion for educational equity and belief in LEE’s mission and theory of change;
  • Bachelor’s Degree;
  • Minimum 15 years of relevant professional work experience with 10 years of management experience;
  • Knowledge and experience in finance, HR, and organizational strategy;
  • Proven track record of managing senior level leaders with an ability to get involved in multiple functional areas;
  • Ability to set and achieve ambitious goals toward impact;
  • Record of results in managing strong execution within and across teams;
  • Excellent managerial, interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships;
  • Proven ability to operate and thrive in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment;
  • Demonstrated success bringing organizations to scale using a data-driven, technology-enabled approach;
  • Demonstrated success in people leadership in a matrixed organization with different product groupings;
  • Comfortable leading a team through rapidly changing circumstances, priorities and goals;
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate within a geographically dispersed team;
  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working for a 501(c)4 non-profit, ideally in education;
  • Experience working for a 501(c)3;
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., MBA).
Compensation & Benefits

The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. LEE offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes health, dental and vision coverage for spouses, families and domestic partners; life insurance; a retirement package with employer match; family and parent benefits; generous paid time off and an organization-wide winter break between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


Leadership for Educational Equity has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

Leadership for Educational Equity is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

An affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

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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