Located in Wilmington, Delaware, the Rodel Foundation of Delaware is a fast‐paced working
philanthropy engaged in transforming the public education system with a dedicated team of talented
and passionate people. The Foundation’s mission is to help Delaware create one of the finest public
education systemsin the nation.
Thisjob description is notintended to be an all‐inclusive list of duties and standards ofthe position.
Incumbentsshould expectto follow any otherinstructions, and performany otherrelated duties, as
assigned by theirmanager.
Job Title: ProgramOfficer
Reports To: Vice President, Policy and Practice
The Rodel Foundation ofDelaware was created in 1999 with a singularmission to ensure all Delaware
students have accessto world‐classschools.Delaware is widely and justifiably considered a national
leaderfor education policy initiatives.Oursmallsize and aligned state and local leadership has allowed
itto be on the cutting edge ofinnovative reform, and was criticalto its being awarded the first Race to
the Top grant of $119million dollars,followed quickly by another $50million dollarinvestmentin Early
The Rodel Foundation ofDelaware has been instrumental in thissuccess. Working with educators,
policymakers, community leaders, and parents, we believeDelaware can create a systemof public
schools by 2020 thatis among the bestin the world.Ourtalented and passionate teamprovides policy
analysis,strategic support, and catalytic investmentsin pursuit ofthis goal.
The ProgramOfficerisresponsible for providing leadership,strategic input, andmanagement of Rodel
and outside partner projects on varioustopics, with a focus on human capital and personalization. The
role requiresstrong criticalthinking, analytic,management, and leadership skills, a roll‐up‐yoursleeves
mentality, good judgment, and the ability tomanage complex local and national partnerships.
EssentialDuties and Responsibilities:
Provide leadership in policy,research, evaluation, andmanagementsupportfor Rodel
Foundation programs, partner and statewide entity initiatives
Work collaboratively with teamof programofficers, associates, and internsin orderto conduct
research, develop policy agenda, and produce policy briefsfor broad range of audiences
Manage key Rodel initiatives, with particularfocus on issues ofteacher quality,school choice,
and college readiness Support development of policy agenda and organizationalstrategy
Work with Vice President, Policy and Practice andGovernment Affairs Managerto assess
political landscape, develop organizational agenda, and draft proposalsfor new legislation and
Provide programmanagementsupport, including research, engagement of national experts,
meeting preparation, and writing,to statewide policy efforts and Rodel Foundation initiatives
Conductlong‐termprogramstrategy formulation and develop presentationmaterialsfor
multiple stakeholder audiences
To performthisjob effectively, a Bachelor’sDegree isrequired, and a Master’sDegree strongly
preferred. In addition, knowledge in state and national education systems, policies, and practices
strongly preferred. Familiarity withDelaware and/or experience with teaching is preferred, but not
The ideal candidate will excel in:
Research and analysis
Written and verbal communication/presentation skills
Programand projectmanagement experience
The ability to work independently and with others
The ability tomanagemultiple priorities and deadlines
To performthisjob successfully, an individualmust be proficientin the fullsuite of MicrosoftOffice,
especially Excel and PowerPoint, and have experience in data analysis.
The Foundation offers competitive salary and benefits, and is an equal opportunity employer. For
furtherinformation on the Foundation please visit us at www.rodelfoundationde.org