Fund for Public Schools

Chief Executive Officer, New York, NY



To support New York City's public schools by securing unprecedented investment from foundations, businesses, and individuals for the city's 1,800 public schools and 1.1 million students.


Do you hold public education as a value, and are you committed to impacting the lives of millions of children?

Are you inspired to aggressively build relationships and support for New York City Schools by identifying, cultivating, and closing deals with investors to accelerate student achievement?

Are you a results-oriented team player able to work with the Chancellor and The Fund's Board to promote an agenda of Equity and Excellence?

For over 35 years, the Fund for Public Schools has consistently and rigorously dedicated itself to supporting New York City's public schools, raising more than $450 million. The Fund inspires philanthropic seed funding to test and accelerate promising ideas, track impact of these innovations, and scale solutions across the system. In support of the largest school district in the country, The Fund provides funding for some of the most innovative programs in K-12 education in the nation.

The Fund seeks a committed, focused, tenacious leader who believes in the power of public education. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be a savvy and strategic leader with boundless energy and a keen sense of team spirit. She or he will represent the Chancellor and the Fund's Board, navigating the moving parts of government and securing the necessary collaboration to facilitate effective partnerships between the philanthropic community and the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The CEO will be nimble and operate with a sense of urgency to address the emerging needs across the New York City public school system. All of the efforts of the next leader will be driven by a sense of commitment, respect, humility, equity, action, and effective follow-through.


The Fund for Public Schools is a direct partner to the DOE and the private foundations, corporations, and individuals who seek to help improve education in the nation's largest school district. The Fund, an independent nonprofit, is a key player in developing strategies, securing philanthropic support, and overseeing the administration of privately funded priority initiatives at the DOE. These initiatives range from computer science and early childhood education to educational technology, arts education, and career readiness. The Fund liaises between DOE leadership and private donors to develop partnerships with the goal of piloting and accelerating promising outcomes-driven initiatives for improving student achievement.

The Fund is based in the Tweed Courthouse in New York City, with a staff of 15 three reporting directly to the CEO. The Fund's annual program budget is currently in the range of $15 to $20 million.


The CEO will be an experienced, team-oriented, and self-motivated leader who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Fund for Public Schools staff, programs, initiatives, expansion, and mission execution. The CEO will work to build sustainable donor relationships and achieve organizational goals. She or he will develop deep knowledge of the DOE, as well as The Fund's core programs, operations, finances, and business plans. The CEO will leverage their existing knowledge and experience in building and maintaining philanthropic partnerships with corporations, foundations, and individual donors to benefit the DOE. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO will advise and guide the DOE on private philanthropic opportunities and strategic fundraising plans.

Leadership and Strategy

  • Set and carry out organizational direction and strategy to effectively fulfill its mission.
  • Develop and implement the strategic business planning process for organizational stability and growth, in alignment with DOE priorities; provide overall supervision of the business plans and trajectory of The Fund and accountability to The Fund's Board.
  • Develop and grow a strong Board of Directors; serve as ex-officio on committees; seek and build Board involvement with strategic direction.
  • Serve as an ambassador of the organization to DOE students and schools, the private funding community, corporate partners, city agencies, and other key constituents.
  • Develop a donor engagement program to deepen, advance, and expand private partnerships (e.g., convenings, roundtables, and briefings).
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; identify timelines and resources required to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, and other constituents.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain The Fund's senior management team.

Fundraising and Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain high-value partnerships, establishing, maintaining, and growing relationships with local and national funders.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive stewardship plan aimed at cultivating deeper ties with existing and prospective partners.
  • Serve as a local and national presence that publishes and communicates organization results to an external audience, with an emphasis on the successes of the DOE; represent the organization at various networking and cultivation events to bring new partners into the funnel and identify partnership opportunities.
  • Sign and execute contracts and other instruments including but not limited to grant agreements, contracts, checks, and other orders for payment.

Qualification Requirements

  • Advanced degree, with at least 10 years of senior management experience.
  • Experience in the K-12 education sector; familiarity with New York City public schools preferred.
  • Proven experience in fundraising for multimillion-dollar initiatives.
  • Skills in initiating, cultivating, and leveraging relationships with a diverse range of contacts and high-level partners.
  • Articulate and persuasive, with well-honed relationship-building skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to develop and direct the delivery of successful presentations and the creation of concise, compelling proposals.
  • Past success working with a board of directors and cultivating existing board relationships.
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performing teams.
  • Drive and sophistication, excited by the opportunity to help shape the future of partnerships.
  • A team-orientation and strong work ethic, essential for a demanding environment that continually strives for excellence.
  • Highly collaborative leader able to work with a range of work styles to successfully drive results.

For more information about the Fund for Public Schools and its programs, please visit https://www.fundforpublicschools.org/.

The Fund for Public Schools seeks a diverse pool of candidates. Salary will be negotiable, commensurate with experience.

Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at TheFund@PhillipsOppenheim.com.