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As a backbone, collective impact organization devoted to educational achievement, StrivePartnership optimizes Greater Cincinnati’s urban education ecosystem to ensure that it cultivates every child from cradle to career. Essential to this objective are two teams: an Operations Team of specialists in technical areas who work with organizations and leaders within the ecosystem to help them achieve transformative, sustainable outcomes on behalf of children; and a Field  Team of professionals who engage with stakeholders across the ecosystem to assess their capacity to drive impact.  

The Director of Operations works with the Executive Director to manage the interaction between the members of these two teams to ensure that StrivePartnership meets the objectives of its interventions, leading to progress on key educational outcomes.  The position serves as a close associate to the Executive Director, closely monitoring specific initiatives to ensure that they are being carried out effectively and on-time, while assessing the performance of team members and facilitating their individual and collective work products.  The Director of Operations oversees the core operational functions of the organization, including budget and grants management, annual goal setting, oversight of consultants and contracts and staff performance evaluations.  The

Director of Operations possesses strong project management and team facilitation skills; has extensive experience as an administrator in a complex environmental setting; uses data analytics as a critical driver of strategic devision making; works collaboratively with StrivePartnership staff members to develop team projects and evoke shared responsibility for them; builds trusting and cooperative relationships with school districts, educational institutions and other partners; and effectively communicates StrivePartnership's priorities, goals and strategies to a variety of stakeholders.


This position that will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the entire StrivePartnership team. Its focus is both Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Specifically, the individual will:

  • Oversee and track progress of StrivePartnership's implementation plans.
  • Lead efforts to define and design strategic interventions that drive stakeholders in the urban education ecosystem to achieve StrivePartnership outcomes.
  • Manage core internal operations functions, including budget, annual goal setting, grant and contracts, managing consultants, and staff performance evaluations
  • Provide general support engaging with local, state and national partners
  • Identify and coordinate professional development opportunities for staff that align with individual staff development plans and overall team needs.


 The successful candidate must bring:

  • Knowledge and skills normally acquired through completion of a Bachelor's or Master's degree in education, business, communications or related fields or through equivalent work experiences.

  • Minimum of seven years experience in a role related to administration, project management or organizational development with at least three-years experience as a senior administrator.

  • Experience engaging with educational policy, education systems and/or community-based education programs.

  • Certification in project management highly desirable.

  • Ability to work with a variety of community stakeholders and partners and connect work occurring at each point along the cradle to career continuum.

  • Excellent writing, organizational and interpersonal skills.

  • Flexible and collaborative leadership style, with the ability to change, adapt and grow.

  • Passion for the mission of advancing educational opportunities and success to all learners in an urban setting.

  • Strong problem solving skills, with a track record of implementing new initiatives with successful outcomes.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft office applications.

  • A thorough understanding of educational trends in common in a racially and economically diverse urban environment that includes large public institutions of education.

  • Ability and willingness to work comfortably and respectfully in racially and ethnically diverse communities.

  • An appreciate of inclusion and racial equity as core values undergirding efforts related to educational achievement.

Additionally, all positions within KnowledgeWorks require these core competencise:

  • Growth Mindset:  An orientation to continuous learning, including the ability to embrace change and share personal learnings and insights with others
  • Powerful Partnership:  The ability to build and foster trusting relationships with others, seek and recognize other's contributions and advocate for self and others
  • Foresight and Innovation:  An aptitude for strategic insight and foresight that informs decisions and results in learning from activities to inform the future.
  • Clear and Candid Communication skills that include clarity, credibility, respect and proactivity.


KnowledgeWorks is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from minorities, veterans and disabled persons.