The Organization

The Barr Foundation’s mission is to invest in human, natural, and creative potential, serving as thoughtful stewards and catalysts. As stewards, Barr nurtures and enhances vital community assets. As catalysts, the Foundation cultivates and advances the breakthrough ideas that will shape our collective future. Barr focuses on achieving impact as a constructive partner, willing to exercise leadership. Based in Boston, Barr focuses regionally, and selectively engages nationally, working in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, the public sector, and civic and business leaders to elevate the arts and creative expression, advance solutions for climate change, and connect all students to success in high school and beyond. Founded in 1997, Barr has grown to become one of the largest private foundations in New England with assets of more than $3 billion and a 2022 grantmaking budget of $140 million.

A set of core values, defined by Barr’s founding trustees, expresses our beliefs about what constitutes effective philanthropy and guides how the Barr Foundation carries out its philanthropic mission. Barr is committed to strive for impact, act with humility, invest in leaders, take the long view, center racial equity, embrace risk, and demonstrate curiosity. These core values shape our workplace culture, where we engage in learning opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion; seek to analyze and adapt our policies, practices, and grantmaking to better reflect our values; and strive to be a place where everyone is valued and included.

For more information on the Barr Foundation, please visit and @BarrFdn on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Director of the Education Program, the Senior Program Officer will lead the Invest in Educators strategic lever. The goal of the Invest in Educators strategic lever is to increase teacher and leader capacity to support and sustain high-quality student-centered high schools across New England that put success within reach of all students. We seek to support the development of diverse, skilled, and effective pipelines of teachers and leaders who deliver high-quality, rigorous, engaging instruction and are interested and excited to bring new educational models to life for all of their students. To do this, we support:

·      Research and dissemination on how to build a diverse cadre of high-quality teachers and leaders who can support all students to be successful

·      Programs that prepare and support the development and strength of educators’ skills and competencies to implement new equitable school models that focus on rigorous and relevant student-centered learning

·      Opportunities for teachers and leaders to explore, express, and develop interest in ‘doing school differently’

·      Systemic, strategic approaches to recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse and high-quality teachers and leaders

How To Apply

Please visit ADP Career Center to apply for this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with applications encouraged by April 29, 2022. All inquiries may be directed in confidence to Denise Gillespie, VP, HR Operations and Shared Services, via email at:

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