Career Opportunity: Program Assistant or Coordinator

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Education

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Founded by entrepreneur Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, both graduates of Detroit Public Schools, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a philanthropy that seeks to ensure that every student in an urban public school has the opportunity to succeed. Bringing together top education experts and practitioners, the foundation funds system-wide programs and policies that strengthen public schools by creating environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.

The Broad Foundation believes that K-12 education policies and practices generally have not kept pace with modern teacher and student needs. For example, too often resources do not make it to the classroom, teachers do not receive the support they need, poor and minority students receive unequal learning opportunities, and many talented professionals are discouraged from entering the education sector.

The Broad Foundation also believes that students of all backgrounds deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential in school and in life, that teachers deserve the support and working conditions they need to meet individual student needs, grow professionally and feel gratified by and honored for their good work, and that parents of all income levels deserve access to great public schools and the assurance that their child's teacher has the tools and support she needs to deliver a personalized, world-class education.

The Broad Foundation supports bold, innovative changes that will:

  1. Empower teachers with the time, flexibility, creativity and support to meet individual student needs while reasonably holding leaders, teachers and parents accountable for student growth,
  2. Ensure adequate funding, resources and materials reach the classroom,
  3. Meet world-class standards for teaching, learning and operations,
  4. Attract and retain the best and the brightest Americans—who often turn to other professions—into our public school classrooms and school systems,
  5. Create quality public school options so that urban parents can send their children to high-quality, public schools, and
  6. Develop and share new research, data and perspectives with policymakers, practitioners and parents to help create environments that allow good teachers to do great work and enable students of all backgrounds to learn and thrive.

To create school system conditions like these, The Broad Foundation focuses its investments in the following areas:

Groundbreaking innovation in teaching and learning. Technology is a tremendous untapped resource to dramatically increase student learning. The Broad Foundation supports schools, policies and nonprofit entrepreneurs who are advancing technologies that enable public school teachers to adapt instruction to meet the personal needs of every student. Modern "blended learning" or "personalized learning" environments are designed to empower teachers with technology that individualizes the pace and style of instruction so all students can make dramatic gains. Smart new learning models like these amplify the effects of great teachers and engage students and parents as active partners in the learning experience.

Transformative federal and state policy. The Broad Foundation supports federal and state policies that remove the barriers to dramatic improvement in student learning and create the human capital, school choice, resource and governance conditions under which districts, schools, teachers and students can succeed. The Broad Foundation helps state education agencies become dynamic, performance-oriented organizations that can adopt and implement bold reforms tied to teacher and student needs. The Broad Foundation also invests in portfolio district models, such as the Recovery School District in Louisiana and the Education Achievement Authority in Detroit, to dramatically improve the opportunities and choices for our nation's most disadvantaged students.

Redesigned, high-performing institutions. Redesigned school districts, high-quality public charter schools, The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, The Broad Prize finalist districts and alternative teaching pathways like Teach For America have one thing in common: they have all adopted or created new learning models that produce gains for students of all backgrounds, at scale. The Broad Foundation continues to support these best-in-class institutions and share their tools and practices that make it faster and easier for new leaders to grow high-performing organizations.

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The administrative associate will provide program, grants coordination, special events, and office operations support to the foundation team. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Program Support: Assist the managing director of programs and senior director with scheduling and travel arrangements. Serve as internal administrative contact for program investment team on tasks such as expense report preparation and meeting logistics. Also research and write briefing memos on a variety of topics for staff and founder.

Grants Coordination: Provide support for grant administration processes, including the preparation of grant agreements, correspondence and reports, and grant database maintenance.

Special Events Coordination: Provide support for the communications team in the planning and execution of annual Broad Prize events, including event logistics, list management, and coordination with affiliate organizations.

Office Operations Support: Responsible for short-term office projects; maintain organization-wide knowledge management system and contacts database; provide occasional back-up phone coverage and other duties as necessary to ensure organizational efficiency.


  • A bachelor’s degree (at a minimum) from an accredited college or university.
  • At least four years of professional work experience in a fast-paced office environment.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and the demonstrated ability to produce high-quality work products.
  • Effective project and time management skills and a proven ability to execute on a number of diverse projects simultaneously and under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Expert competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Knowledge of MicroEdge GIFTS and ACT! database systems is a plus.
  • Able to work effectively under pressure, prioritize, meet deadlines and take direction as well as to self-direct.
  • Ability to lift and carry files, boxes and/or office supplies up to 20 lbs and to use a cart to transport heavier items.

Desired Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced office environment.
  • A high degree of professionalism and the ability to handle sensitive information with discretion.
  • Must have a good sense of humor, positive attitude and high degree of flexibility, resourcefulness, energy and creativity.
  • Ability to be self-reflective and to accept and incorporate constructive feedback.
  • Strategic thinker, able to anticipate outcomes and plan ahead.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to handle a heavy, diverse workload.
  • A personal reputation for integrity and ethics.
  • A highly motivated self-starter.
  • Experience or deep interest in K-12 public education is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include a variety of health plans and a comprehensive 401(k) retirement savings plan.

To Apply

Interested candidates may upload resume and letter of interest at will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration. No phone calls please.

Employment is contingent on a satisfactory background and reference check, which will include a full credit and criminal report as well as verifications of employment and educational records. You must be legally entitled to work in the United States for any employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or other characteristic covered by law with regard to employment opportunities.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the job.