About the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and its affiliated Foundation promote educational excellence for every child in America via quality research, analysis, and commentary, as well as advocacy and exemplary charter school authorizing in Ohio.
In order to improve student outcomes, boost upward mobility, and dramatically increase the number of young Americans prepared for college, career, and citizenship, we advance:
- Ambitious standards in all academic subjects, strong assessments of student learning, aligned and well-implemented curricula, and common-sense accountability for schools and children across the achievement spectrum; and
- High-quality charter schools and other proven models of educational choice, particularly for the children and families that need them most.
We promote educational improvement by:
- Producing relevant, rigorous research, analysis, and commentary for education practitioners and for policymakers at the national, state, and local levels;
- Incubating new ideas, innovations, organizations, and visionary leaders to advance educational excellence;
- Advancing sound policies in Ohio related to standards, assessments, results-driven accountability, equitable funding, school choice, and other important education reforms; and
- Serving as a model charter school authorizer and sharing our lessons throughout and beyond Ohio.
The Fordham Institute is committed to providing equal opportunities and being an inclusive workplace that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of the students and families we aim to serve.
About the Role
The Fordham Institute seeks an energetic, detail-oriented individual to join the team as a Staff and Events Associate. This person will be responsible for providing administrative support and overseeing Fordham’s internal and external events. This is an ideal role for someone who is eager, curious, flexible with changing circumstances and duties, and able to keep pace in a demanding work environment.
This is a full-time role reporting to Fordham’s Chief of Staff and based out of Fordham’s Washington, DC office. The Associate will have the ability to work remotely part-time.
Specific responsibilities include:
Office Management and Executive Support (50%):
- Manage the overall office calendar and coordinate regular staff meetings.
- Coordinate travel arrangements, schedule meetings, and provide administrative support to Fordham’s president emeritus and other staff, as needed.
- Provide research and project assistance to Fordham’s president, president emeritus, and other staff as needed.
- Provide general office support—including mail-handling, monitoring phone lines and Fordham’s general email inbox, copying, office supply ordering, and other tasks as needed.
- Identify opportunities for process and office management improvements, and design and implement new systems.
- Assist with board meeting planning and preparation three times annually, including overseeing creation of board memos and board briefing books, and handling board meeting logistics and travel.
- Assist Development Associate with impact tracking.
- Assist with podcast scheduling and recording.
- Project manage other special projects, as needed.
Event Planning (50%):
- Schedule, plan, and facilitate numerous on-site, off-site, and virtual meetings and convenings annually, including coordinating event logistics and travel, preparing and disseminating meeting materials, and staffing events.
- Coordinate staff retreats once every 18 months or as needed.
- Plan and execute all-staff events, happy hours, and office parties.
- A minimum of 3-5 years of experience working in an administrative capacity and/ or in event planning.
- A fierce attention to detail, the ability to prioritize and balance multiple projects effectively, and excellent project management skills.
- A deep commitment to excellence, superb interpersonal skills, and a good sense of humor.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- The ability to take initiative and proactively anticipate needs and challenges.
- A strong interest in education policy and reform.
- Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Workspace, and Zoom.
The Fordham Institute provides competitive compensation and an attractive benefits package that includes health care coverage, and a 401(k) plan with a 12 percent employer contribution policy, and performance based bonuses.
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials as a single PDF:
- Cover Letter detailing your interest in the position and the mission of the Fordham Institute
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link: talentmarket.org/apply-for-your-dream-job/.
There is no application deadline for this position. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. This job will remain posted on our site until it is filled.
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Questions can be directed to Stephanie Keaveney, Network Engagement Manager of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].