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I remember my investment banking analyst days vividly. Long days. Long weeks! But, it wasn’t the long hours that convinced me to look elsewhere. It was the lack of a connection to the work. I simply didn’t personally find the work meaningful. I wasn’t passionate. I never felt “flow” in the workplace working for a cause I didn’t care about. Sure, I learned a lot. And I liked the people I worked with. But for me, investment banking wasn’t how I wanted to spend my life. I wanted to work towards a cause greater than myself. One where I could make a positive impact on the world AND love the day-to-day of what I was doing. I needed a change.
Perhaps that resonates with you. As we move into fall and the days become shorter and colder, going to work in a job you are not passionate about can feel especially depressing. But, there is another option! Now might be the time to consider switching to a mission-driven organization serving a cause you connect deeply with in a function in which you excel. But here’s the challenge – where do you begin?
First, if that’s you and education is the cause you care about, check us out at WorkMonger. It’s free for JobSeekers, and we’ll connect you with mission-driven work in the education sector that uniquely fits your capabilities and who you are as an individual.
Second, if you’ve never worked in the education sector, you might think that working in education is for teachers and former teachers only. Wrong! The education sector is just as diverse, and has most of the same skillset needs, as the private sector. Whether your functional expertise is in finance, communications, talent, strategy, operations, data analysis, or something else, we have jobs for you. And, whether you thrive in small, innovative environments, or you prefer larger, more established and stable organizations, we partner with organizations that truly could use someone with your talent.
To help illustrate the diverse job options, I’ve decided to highlight a few of the functional areas that are currently in high demand in the education sector. To bring these functions to life, I’ve selected successful JobSeekers that our WorkMonger team placed into various education organizations to work in these functions. I have also provided an overview of what their positions entail. My hope is that this will broaden your perspective and demonstrate that yes – there are roles for people just like you in the education sector that ultimately serve kids and make a difference.
Cameron McGriff, Senior Finance Analyst
Overview of Work: Cameron provides direct support to Education First’s client-facing team of consultants and works to ensure that the firm meets its financial goals and obligations. This work includes executing day-to-day financial management processes and supporting project teams to win work and manage profitable projects.
Luis Hinojosa, Chief Financial Officer
Overview of Work: Luis leads the financial strategy, systems, and staff that support the achievement of Cityscape’s mission. As a senior leadership team member, his work includes leading the annual budget process, coordinating all budget and financial transactions, managing capital market relationships, and leading strategic planning initiatives to ensure that Cityscape is organizationally and financially strong, all with the goal of achieving excellent results in providing a high-quality education to Dallas families.
Cindy Frantz, Associate Client Manager
Overview of Work: Cindy provides financial consulting to school clients as an outsourced Chief Financial Officer. This work includes partnering with the school leadership to provide advice on strategic business decisions, helping the school understand charter school finance, facilitating multi-year budget planning, and preparing and presenting monthly financial statements and analyses at school board meetings to drive decision making.
Nicholas Java, Strategy Principal
Overview of Work: Nicholas plays a critical leadership role within the firm, driving client engagements to help senior leaders in the education industry solve their most pressing strategic challenges. As a Principal, Nicholas manages project teams and is responsible for all phases of consulting projects.
Kelle Stewart, Director of Accountability
Promise Community School District, BakerRipley
Overview of Work: Kelle manages Assessments, District and Campus Improvement, and the procurement and oversight of federal and state resources in support of student learning.
Roberto Vargas, Director of Student Information Services
South Carolina Public Charter School District
Overview of Work: Roberto empowers schools to make the most of their Student Information System (SIS) capabilities through systems and approaches that set clear expectations and build school-level decision-making and capacity-building, while simultaneously ensuring the coordination and execution of all data transmittals to the State Department of Education.
Markisha Chong, Data Analyst
New Visions for Public Schools
Overview of Work: Markisha plays a crucial role in designing and implementing New Visions’ data strategy, infusing New Visions’ tools and structures with data-driven analyses, and managing the New Visions’ data tools ecosystem to provide the right data quickly to key stakeholders.
Audrey Boochever, Data & Assessment Analyst
Aspire Public Schools
Overview of Work: Audrey designs actionable dashboards that help schools and regional teams interpret student assessment data and then leads professional development for teachers on how to use the tools to draw insights and improve their instruction.
Vincentia Egonmwan, Charter School Data Specialist
Overview of Work: In her role, Vincentia applies her analytical skills to identify and implement means for schools to more efficiently utilize their SIS to support overall student and organizational performance. This work includes utilizing core functions of the schools’ SIS, ensuring that schools are meeting all compliance requirements related to student data, and sharing insights from data analysis with school administrators regularly.
Hillary Hoffman, Manager of Advocacy
DSST Public Schools
Overview of Work: Hillary works to build and mobilize a diverse grassroots base of students, parents, community members, and DSST staff to be effective advocates and leaders in their communities, Colorado, and nationally.
Ryan Jones, Development Associate
Education Forward DC
Overview of Work: As a member of the Development Team, Ryan supports the execution of an ambitious fundraising program that will enable Education Forward DC to achieve their five-year growth goal. He plays a central role in the areas of development and governance, primarily through systems management and communications support.
Keina Hodge, Business Operations Manager
Rocketship Public Schools
Overview of Work: Keina leads campus-level staff to ensure that the school is safe, compliant, efficient, and financially sound. This work includes managing food service, procurement and purchasing, school safety processes and compliance, facilities-related needs, finance processes, arrival and dismissal operations logistics, IT assets, and leading school operations staff.
Alli Myatt, Chief Operations Officer
Overview of Work: Alli leads the Planning, Talent, and Operations team. She focuses on organizational long-range strategic planning efforts, developing a strong approach to Human Capital strategy, and ensuring Teaching Trust has solid operations that help propel the work forward.
Mar Y Sol Esparza, Content and Research Specialist
Overview of Work: Working closely with KickUp’s Client Success team and in close collaboration with the Product, Marketing and Sales teams, Mar Y Sol develops systems for scaling the way KickUp approaches their work and for leveraging their cross-district learnings to directly contribute to both KickUp’s growth strategy and their position as a thought leader in education.
These roles are just a taste of how you might be able to apply your private-sector skillset at a mission-driven education organization. Why wait any longer to find passion and purpose at work? I invite you to take a few minutes to create your own WorkMonger JobSeeker profile today.