Director of Leadership Development

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $90,000
Maximum: $110,000




United States


The Director of Leadership Development will design, lead, and/or support a variety of NACSA’s adult learning opportunities. These engagements are generally geared toward day-to-day authorizing staff and span a wide range from standalone publications or webinars, to easy to access resources and toolkits, to intensive virtual cohorts and in-person leadership development programs.


At the National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), we believe that all children should have access to public schools that prepare them for success in life. We achieve this vision by strengthening charter school authorizing—the work of approving, monitoring, and holding charter schools accountable. Quality authorizing is essential to ensuring that charter schools can play a vital role in providing better educational opportunities to children across the country. We work to improve authorizing by building an evidence base to inform best practices among hundreds of authorizers nationwide, shape state charter policies, and develop the growing authorizing profession.


Lead the execution of NACSA’s Leaders Program and state-specific expansions of the model.

• Recruit and select participants on a bi-annual basis

• Utilize existing best practices and research from peer institutions to lead the creation and refinement of curricula that addresses the dual goals of increasing authorizing knowledge and building leadership and management skills

• Project manage all program elements including scope, sequence, presentation, facilitation, and logistics

Implement a strategy to effectively build an engaged Leaders Program alumni base.

• Develop meaningful engagements to better leverage alumni group in advancing NACSA’s strategic plan

• Create activities that further support the alumni group in their work and encourage retention in the sector

Design, execute, and/or support learning activities and resources to appeal to a variety of authorizing


• Conceptualize, create, and deliver virtual and in-person learning opportunities that appeal to a range of learning modalities (including but not limited to webinars, trainings, and workshops)

• Draw on your authorizing expertise to create easy to use authorizing tools and resources that can be easily adapted and used by authorizers across the country

Manage client-driven engagements and serve as an authorizing field expert in a variety of projects with school districts, state education agencies, and other institutions that authorize charter schools.

• Use and further cultivate your authorizing expertise to support the implementation of high-quality authorizing practices

• Create customized solutions that address specific client challenges and advance NACSA’s goals

• Represent NACSA in client settings and present to a variety of stakeholders

• Use learnings from the field to inform and develop NACSA’s knowledge base of current and emerging authorizing trends

The Director of Leadership Development will join the Authorizer Engagement & Advancement division, currently comprised of a Vice President, four Directors, an Associate Director, and a Manager of Instructional Design. S/he will report to the Director of Learning & Knowledge Management.


You have authorizing experience and believe authorizers are ultimately responsible for the overall performance of their portfolios of schools.

• You have experience implementing quality authorizing practices in challenging bureaucratic situations

• You want to build upon your expertise and share it with other authorizers across the country

• You are excited about the opportunity to learn from others in the field

Others describe you as a “people person.”

• You believe that talent matters, and get excited about other people’s professional development

• You are comfortable in front of big groups, and have considerable experience crafting and facilitating effective, learner-centric presentations for a variety of audiences

• High emotional intelligence? You’ve got it!

You are a project manager.

• You like thinking a project through from beginning to end, and plotting out all the necessary steps

• You enjoy developing budgets and project plans

• You never miss a deadline

You embody professional maturity.

• You hold yourself personally responsible for results and are persistent as you follow up and follow through

• You crave feedback, and use it to become a stronger contributor

• You respond to challenges in a positive and proactive way

• You value multiple perspectives and experiences

• You are an authentic collaborator—you listen to others and take their opinions into consideration


• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

• At least two years of charter school authorizing experience

• Experience designing or participating in leadership development programs


Honesty. You are candid and direct while be respectful, professional, and mindful of differences in delivery and reception. You recognize the importance of feedback, both positive and constructive. You say what you do and do what you say. You are as honest with yourself as you are with others.

Impact. You achieve amazing impact. You produce work of high quality that is relevant to the user. You are clear in your directions and expectations for those you are working with.

Ownership. You practice personal responsibility. You take responsibility for your actions and are quick to own your mistakes. You honor commitments, communicate proactively and hold others accountable. You ask for what you need. You are outcomes-oriented and you value different work styles and approaches.

Collaborative. You look for strengths in others to contribute to work and bring others in as necessary. You put the good of the project ahead of your ego by proactively seeking and incorporating feedback. You fully participate and contribute to projects others are leading. You share information openly and proactively.

Open-Minded. You seek out and actively listen to different perspectives. You are open to receiving and giving feedback (both positive and constructive, but more positive) and acting on it. Everyone is on a different journey and you give them space to be themselves. (It’s okay to be weird, but also know that words and actions have an impact, even if unintentional.) You understand that creativity and new ideas are instrumental in achieving growth, and you are willing to challenge the status quo and do things differently.

Problem Solving. You are an innovator and creator that adapts when necessary. You believe that varied perspectives lead us to the best solution. You clearly define and acknowledge problems and you don’t lose sight of our end goal. You don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good and you are not afraid to make mistakes.


The Director will earn a salary between $90,000 and $110,000 commensurate with experience.


Flexible. NACSA’s headquarters are located in Chicago.


NACSA provides an excellent benefits program with generous medical, dental, and disability coverage as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

  • NACSA encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization and we seek to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.
  • The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to
  • NACSA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law.