Tennessee Operations Manager Part-Time

The Education Trust (Ed Trust) seeks a Manager, Operations to join the organization’s Tennessee office and support operations across multiple offices in the southern region. The Manager will join a passionate staff at Ed Trust who are committed to fulfilling a mission of closing opportunity gaps that disproportionately affect students of color and students from low-income families.

The Manager, Operations serves in a coordinating role, managing day-to-day operational support and related activities. Bodies of work include planning and logistical support for internal and external events, serving as the point person with the Finance department for contracts, invoices, and implementing new efficiencies and improvements to team systems and infrastructure. The Manager plays a pivotal role in ensuring efficient and employee-centric processes and systems so that Ed Trust staff can deliver on our mission to advance educational equity.

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

This role is available immediately and is a part-time position offered at 15-19.5 hours a week. The position is based in our Nashville office and is eligible for telework for up to three days a week. Occasional travel may be required to other offices in the southern region. The Manager, Operations reports to the State Director, Tennessee.

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Major Responsibilities

Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop and implement improvements to office systems and infrastructure to increase efficiencies, standardization, and user-friendliness in collaboration with the State Director
  • Coordinate, plan, and implement logistical support for internal and external meetings, events, and other team activities, and track and maintain attendance records
  • Monitor and maintain finance and administrative records, including grant reports, credit card reconciliations, travel and expense reimbursements, accounts payable and receivable, and contract agreements, honoraria and stipends
  • Liaise with external vendors and consultants around invoicing and contracts
  • Coordinate with other internal departments, such as Finance and IT, to process invoices in a timely fashion, coordinate drafting and signature of vendor contracts, track grants and related budgets, and support IT initiatives
  • Solicit and track employee feedback on operational systems and structures, and implement feedback to support continuous improvement

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

Ideal Skills and Characteristics

  • Shared belief in Ed Trust’s mission and a commitment to improving educational equity
  • Dedication in contributing to and maintaining an equitable working environment
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to establish processes, systems, and procedures, ensure adherence, and continuous improvement
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Teamwork skills and an eagerness for collaboration
  • Ability to plan and organize tasks, high attention to detail
  • Willingness to receive and act upon, as well as provide, constructive feedback
  • Sound judgement

Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications and experience:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree
  • At least 4 years of related work experience
  • Interest in education policy, especially around issues of equity

Compensation

The annual salary for this position is anticipated to be $36,000. This part-time role is eligible for sick leave benefits only.

Please provide a cover letter and resume to be considered for this position. You must combine your cover letter and resume into one document and upload that document. Our application system will not allow you to upload more than one file.

The Education Trust is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity in all facets of the organization’s work.

Vaccination for COVID-19: At The Education Trust, the health and safety of our employees is of the utmost importance. As such, all Education Trust employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and new hires should be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of work. Requests for accommodations due to medical or religious reasons will be reviewed by Human Resources.