Special Projects Coordinator Job Description

Reports to:     Executive Director

Salary:              Competitive and commensurate with experience

Location:         New Haven, CT with some in-state travel



The Connecticut RISE Network (RISE) is a Connecticut-based non-profit organization with a mission to empower educators to achieve breakthrough results, helping all students realize and achieve their full potential. Leveraging its innovative partnership model, RISE facilitates networks for school improvement by bringing together exceptional educators working in different contexts to advance shared goals. By empowering school communities to improve, we invest in a cycle of lasting and scalable impact.

RISE districts and schools commit to sharing resources and expertise, pursuing innovative solutions, strengthening school and district systems, and empowering educators and leaders through continuous improvement. Currently, RISE represents a multi-year partnership between nine school districts across Connecticut, serving 14,000 students across ten high schools to support educators striving to ensure every RISE high school student graduates college and career ready. 


Position Summary and Essential Job Functions:


The Special Projects Coordinator will play an integral role providing executive-level support and coordination in furtherance of RISE’s growth, organizational effectiveness, and impact over time. RISE is seeking a talented and highly motivated individual to support the Executive Director and the organization’s leadership team. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, and is passionate about developing systems and structures to support a growing and results-driven organization.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  1. Internal Communications and Collaboration

  • Support significant annual and special projects by leading communications, partner coordination, budget management, and project management around substantial cross-functional initiatives. 

  • Support efficient and effective organizational meetings and collaboration through the development of agendas, minutes, and other proactive measures to support workflow.

  • Support information flow in a timely and accurate manner, including by drafting internal updates to RISE staff.

  • Anticipate upcoming events and cyclical responsibilities, monitor the organization-wide calendar, and plan proactively for organizational needs aligned to those events. 

  • Arrange organizational events working in collaboration with the Operations Team.  

  • Support cross-functional collaboration within the organization.  

  1. External Relations

  • Support the Executive Director in coordinating communications and maintaining key relationships with external partners, donors, and vendors.

  • Assist in preparing materials and coordinating schedules for quarterly Board of Directors meetings.

  • Work in collaboration with external and philanthropic partners around annual events with school partners (e.g., Teacher Appreciation Day). 

  1. Executive Support

  • Conduct short-term research projects, as assigned; read, analyze, and synthesize information from multiple sources and over periods of time. 

  • Schedule meetings with internal and external stakeholders and provide calendar management support for the Executive Director; help prepare for meetings.

  • Perform general administrative support for the Executive Director, including assistance with expense tracking and reimbursement. 

  • Coordinate and arrange out-of-state travel for the Executive Director.

  • Maintain organized electronic filing and tracking systems. 

  • Uphold a strict level of confidentiality. 

  • Exude professionalism and convey a strong customer service mentality in all internal and external interactions and communications.

  • Demonstrate initiative and a willingness to dive in as new projects and opportunities materialize.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Experience in nonprofit management and/or executive-level coordination.

  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills (e.g., emails, memos, slide decks).

  • Ability to ramp up on new content and work in an independent and self-motivated manner.

  • Desire to work in a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and results-driven environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft and Google apps.

  • Strong sense of accountability and responsibility for results.

  • Outstanding collaboration and teamwork.

  • Sense of humor, positive attitude, and willingness to work in a collaborative environment.

  • Commitment to systems-driven solutions for scalable and sustained impact.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and to meet competing demands.

  • Strong belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels.

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish preferred.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

  • Minimum of three years of relevant professional experience.

RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.