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Manager, Strategy and Administration

Rise Background

Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust, will build a lifelong community of students, teachers, and institutions across sectors who aim to serve others. The program, which will seek young people between the ages of 15 and 17 from around the world, will be designed to encourage a lifetime of service and learning by providing support that could include scholarships, career services, and funding opportunities to help these leaders serve others for decades to come.

The first annual competition for Rise in 2020 will begin to build a global community of students, teachers, and others—including a larger group of finalists worldwide and ultimately at least 100 extraordinary young people each year who show the potential to have a unique impact on their communities with more connection and support. Those young people who advance through the final stages of the competition will be invited to attend a residential fellowship before their final year of high school that will support them as they consider how to serve others, how to become leaders, and how to transition to higher education and careers. Other opportunities will include the potential to apply for scholarship funding for education, mentorship and other assistance tailored to their specific needs and interests, and a variety of career services as part of the Rise network.

To encourage service, Rise will invite its community members to make service commitments together and develop a platform to match network members with common interests. In addition, Rise plans to support non-profits or other social enterprises that Rise network members drive together to serve others.  Finalists and others in the Rise network will have the opportunity to compete for as-needed funding to launch or scale their ventures; funds are intended to be designated for these purposes in a total pooled amount of at least $5 million per year of the program.

The Role

The Manager, Strategy and Administration will lead the development of strategic and operational priorities and for the Rise team, and will also be responsible for the administrative management of the Rise program, including supervising budgeting and accounting, preparing presentations and analyses for the governance board, and developing processes for the evaluation of the Rise program.

Key Responsibilities

Strategy Development for Rise

  • Lead the development of strategy for the Rise program, actively drawing upon internal and external expertise to help set aspirations for the initiative
  • Supervise planning to set the Rise program’s strategic and long-range goals
  • Conduct research and perform analysis for strategic and/or operational planning
  • Develop processes and performance management approaches to help the Rise team accomplish its goals
  • Provide end-to-end project management for strategic initiatives or special projects
  • Manage staff to drive forward strategic priorities
  • Manage the preparation of the Rise program budget

Operational and Administrative Management for Rise

  • Manage the operational and administrative needs for the Rise program
  • Supervise all administrative functions by coordinating with shared service providers, including finance and accounting, legal, real estate, and other support
  • Develop processes to ensure the effective operational and administrative management of the Rise program
  • Coordinate with Rhodes Trust and Schmidt Futures to ensure the effective administration of the Rise program
  • Contract with external providers as needed to deliver the Rise program

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Some of the desired capabilities include:

  • Demonstrated excellence in strategy, financial management, operations, accounting, and analysis
  • Ability to manage a strategy development process, administrative affairs, budgets, and other administrative and operational requirements
  • Experience with tax exempt organizations and their operations and administration
  • Thorough knowledge of strategy, budget management, and other operational procedures
  • Demonstrated teamwork ability and record of impact in high-intensity, team-based environments
  • Values-based, collaborative working style with demonstrated commitment to the highest standards of ethics and confidentiality
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


Manager, Strategy and Administration will:

  • Have at least 7+ years of work experience in consulting, education, business, and/or government
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • Be based in New York and be able to travel within the U.S. and internationally on a regular basis as needed.
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