Paid Encore Fellow: Director of Operations for School On Wheels


Cause Areas


Wed Aug 01, 2018 - Thu Aug 01, 2019


3150 N San Fernando RdLos Angeles, CA 90065

About Encore Fellowship Opportunity with School on Wheels

You are a seasoned professional with a minimum of 25+ years of experience, who is retired or in
transition. You want to continue to work and want to do something with meaning. You are ready for a
second act for the greater good.

Encore Fellowships are structured programs that place highly-skilled, experienced professionals
into social-purpose organizations, where they help nonprofits build capacity, and ultimately, have
a greater impact on their communities. Fellows commit to 1,000 hours of work over 6 to 12 months.
They are paid a stipend of $20,000 and are integrated into the nonprofit’s leadership team.

About School on Wheels (SOW)
The mission of School on Wheels ( is to enhance educational opportunities
for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Their goal is to shrink the gaps in
their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Their program serves
as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear, bringing
the message to their students that they are cared about and important.

SOW’s tutoring program forms the center of their work. In 2017, volunteers came from all
backgrounds and professions to provide more than 100,000 hours of focused educational support to
3,370 homeless children. SOW works with over 200 homeless shelters in six counties and has over 50
partnerships with community, nonprofit and corporate organizations.

Other SOW core programs support those students and thousands more that they can’t directly tutor.
They help parents with paperwork, furnish uniforms to students, and provide bus tokens so that kids
can get to school and parents can be there on their first days. They distribute backpacks filled
with school supplies so that children can do their work and award scholarships to be used for any
level of college, trade school, arts/music programs, educational summer programs, apprenticeships
or enrichment classes. Most recently they launched a Digital Learning Initiative to help bridge the
technological divide for their students.

Director of Operations: Encore Fellow: Primary Role and Responsibilities

For the past 25 years, School on Wheels has focused on building high-quality, results-oriented programming with unprecendented results. They have reached a stage of organizational development that requires them to invest resources into the operations, human resources and fund development functions of their growing organization. In creating systems and protocol for various operational functions, the Director of Operations will build the organization's capacity to efficiently and effectively achieve its mission without changing their basic values or culture,which is highly team oriented, supportive and uniquely focused on students and volunteers. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position is responsible for managing the operational, financial and human resources of SOW.

Provide input to Executive Director in development of SOW's strategic plans, policies and budgets.
Create operational policies and procedures and supervise three full time staff members, plus consultants and interns
Develop and maintain internal controls and policies and oversee all general operations/administration activities to ensure efficiency and economy
Streamline budgeting and financial reporting, overseeing bookkeeper's role in managing payroll, accounts payable and receivable
Translate strategy and tactical business plans into HR operations plans
Develop HR resource planning model to identify competency, knowledge and talent gaps and develop specific programs to fill the identified gaps
Develop staffing strategies and implementation plans and programs to identify talent within and outside the organization for positions of responsibility

Encore Fellow : Key Skills Requirements

Substantial experience in evaluating, developing and implementing organizational policies, systems and structures
Successful track record in human resources, staff development, leadership coaching and mentoring
Significant background in financial planning, analysis and budgeting
Accustomed to prioritizing, executing, and achieving results in lean environments; always ready to engage and lend a hand where needed
Strong program or project management experience
Ability to inspire teams and work effectively with people of all levels in organization


  • Human Resources Training & Development
  • Capacity Planning
  • Human Resources Strategy
  • Budgeting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • half time for one year
  • 25+ years of corporate, business or government experience

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