Overdeck Family Foundation – Exceptional Educators, Program Officer

New York, New York, United States

Ref#: POS-3993

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The Overdeck Family Foundation (the “Foundation”) has been making grants since 2010 in efforts to move the needle on improving PK-12 math and science education. The Foundation aims to fund programs and projects that have proven, quantifiable, and compelling results. Visit www.overdeck.org for more information.

The Foundation is hiring a Program Officer for the “Exceptional Educators” issue area, whose mission is to empower K-12 teachers to become exceptional educators by supporting systems, organizations, and research that ensure all students are excited to learn at the highest levels.  The role will focus on leading the “Exceptional Educators” issue area, determining strategy and investments in collaboration with other team members, and analyzing data and research to make cost-effective, impact-driven decisions. The Program Officer must possess a deep understanding of the evidence-base for effective human capital models as well as deep knowledge related to effective teacher development interventions, related policies and best programmatic practices. The Foundation is particularly interested in candidates with a strong background in leading human capital initiatives at the system level.


Planning & Strategy

  • Maintain a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy interventions, and innovations in the “Exceptional Educators” issue area to enhance the effectiveness of program strategy
  • Design and improve strategy with clear and measurable goals, and manage team members towards outcomes and concrete, testable assertions that improve and hasten organizational learning cycles
  • Develop briefing papers and program-related reports that contribute to the Foundation’s learning and understanding of gap areas, new approaches, and best practices in the “Exceptional Educators” issue area
  • Manage the "Exceptional Educators' portfolio of recipient organizations;  continue to develop, evaluate and refine program in collaboration with the team based on benefit / cost and impact analysis
  • Collect and analyze data from grantees and research to determine the highest-impact investing areas and make aligned strategic decisions
  • Reflect quarterly on efficacy of strategy, communicate to the board, and adjust strategy and investments as needed


  • Define portfolio goals / objectives, establish metrics, monitor and evaluate progress, including benefit-cost analyses, and manage projects to outcomes
  • Build investment portfolio that maximizes benefit cost with high scale / reach
  • Engage with Foundation grantees and prospective grantees throughout entire grantmaking process, including cultivating pipeline opportunities and developing new proposals and initiatives
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with current and prospective grantees and relevant funders
  • Provide ongoing support to our grantees and/or recommend helpful resources
  • Submit grantee presentations for Board review


  • Collaborate and influence the sector as a thought leader with other K-12 OFF funders to ensure grant-making alignment and increase the impact and success of grantees
  • Organize and coordinate meetings for grantees and key field experts to improve teacher and leader preparation towards achieving portfolio goals
  • Represent the Foundation externally at appropriate meetings, funder groups, conferences, public presentations and site visits


The Program Officer will have a good understanding of working in family philanthropy, and grantmaking. He / she will also have strong analytic skills and the ability to build knowledge through research, with experience and a passion for education.  Additionally, a strong candidate will have an understanding of work in the nonprofit sector and in school systems, and a strong desire to work with and support the Foundation’s grantees.

  • Relevant Work Experience: Minimum 7 years desired, with relevant expertise
  • Education: An excellent academic record with a Master’s degree in relevant field of education, policy, business, law and / or statistics or a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field of education, policy, business, law / or statistics plus 5 to 7 years of relevant work experience
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and demonstrated success working effectively on strategic partnerships with organizations, foundations, and policy leaders
  • Deep knowledge of K-12 education space and policy trends
  • Proven ability to define program objectives, establish metrics, monitor / evaluate progress, and manage others and projects towards stated outcomes
  • Flexible, strategic thinking and problem solving skills with a strong desire to help the Foundation improve the impact of its grantmaking through quantitative and qualitative means
  • Experience leading research and strong strategic / analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal presentation skills in a variety of formats (word, PPT)
  • Excellent organizational skills and judgment; ability to prioritize work, manage time and multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Familiarity with a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and a willingness to share in both "big picture" thinking and day-to-day tasks
  • Up to 20% travel given focus on national strategy