The Partnership is seeking a highly-motivated, relational and solutions-oriented Associate of School Operations & Strategy to support the work of the School Operations Team. This team is responsible for building and refining school-based operational systems that maximize efficiency while prioritizing equity in service of student success and school culture initiatives. The Associate will work closely with the Director to: build capacity of adults by providing direct service and coaching at schools;  navigate District and partner relationships to remove barriers to student access and success; and advocate at district-level in order to affect changes in policy that result in increased resources for highest- and high-needs schools. 

This School Operations Team serves as a thought-partner with internal and external stakeholders in problem-understanding and problem-solving around topics that include strategic school designs, liberatory design processes, and various other contributions to organizational strategies and internal culture. This is a full-time, year-round position. 

The Partnership is committed to continuously building an anti-racist culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in classrooms and in our home office. The Associate will be someone who is excited to keep these values in mind when executing day-to-day tasks and responsibilities.



The Associate’s key responsibilities include the following areas and may be changed based on the needs of the organization and schools we serve. 

~40% Strategic School Budget Development and Management 

  • Supporting the team responsible for:

    • side-by-side partnering and advising school leaders

    • advocacy and thought-leadership in District spaces and policy

    • reviewing school resource allocations and to identify equity implications

    • creating tools that enhance school operational systems

    • identifying gaps in implementation of strategies and addressing them

    • developing routines to enable systems and monitor progress


~40% School Resource Management, Outreach, and Advocacy

  • Supporting the team responsible for:

    • developing school systems around device distribution and inventory

    • ensuring students have a stable internet connection

    • working with Internet Service Providers to increase access to programs that benefit Partnership schools and families

    • collecting data to inform outreach and implementation strategy

    • researching and codifying best practices from outside and inside our network


~20% Special Projects District Advocacy

  • Support Director with internal, cross-functional and cross-level collaboration to increase understanding of school-based systems

  • Support Director in managing external partnerships interested in funneling additional resources to Partnership schools



Shared Beliefs

  • A belief in the genius of the students we serve and a commitment to supporting traditional public schools as agents of systemic change to further racial and social justice

  • Deep belief in the power of our communities, and respect and love for our families in Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts.

  • Belief in the Partnership’s mission, approach, and core values and a commitment to improving academic achievement for Partnership and LAUSD students

  • A commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment for all team members

  • A growth mindset that sees challenges as opportunities to learn

  • Humility and respect for the hard work of school leaders, teachers, parents, and students, and District staff

  • Reflective and a life-long learner

  • Strong work ethic

  • Highest level of integrity


The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • An interest in budgeting, data, education policy, strategic planning, community organizing, and/or social service experience, particularly in one of the three communities we serve (Boyle Heights, South LA and Watts)

  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment; adaptable when managing multiple shifting priorities; ease at managing competing demands and determining priorities independently

  • Critical thinking and ability to jump into projects regardless of content to understand the systems at play and identifying potential gaps

  • Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure with a high degree of accuracy and limited direction

  • Relationship-building skills to authentically cultivate trust and understanding with key stakeholders

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; able to communicate authentically with the communities and stakeholders we serve 

  • Strong computer and technology skills and interest in and ability to learn new platforms

  • Data analysis skills; ability to summarize data by school and across our network in tables and identify trends

  • Ability to work collaboratively with other experienced professionals including school principals, assistant principals, teachers, Partnership colleagues, and external partners

  • Hold a valid California driver’s license

  • Ability to travel locally in Los Angeles

  • Proficient in Spanish preferred


The Partnership has recently completed a thorough study of market-competitive salaries, and has applied the learning from that study to salary offers for all home office positions. Our goal is to ensure that pay is fair for all staff members, both considering the market and considering pay equity among staff in similar roles in the organization. The Partnership offers a robust benefits package including employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance and a 403(b) retirement program. This is a full time, year-round position.



Please prepare your resume and a cover letter tailored to this position. You will submit your documents using our online application system here.

For technical assistance or questions, please email Melanie Liu melanie.liu@partnershipla.org.


Department: Operations
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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