Director of Special Projects (Part-Time)

Job Type

Part Time


Details: Excel provides a competitive compensation package that includes benefits and is commensurate with experience.




East Boston
United States


Organization: Excel Academy Charter Schools

Job Title: Director of Special Projects [Part-Time]

Campus/Location:  Excel Academy High School

Organizational Overview

Excel Academy Charter Schools is a network of tuition-free, public charter schools serving the Massachusetts communities of East Boston and Chelsea. It was founded to address the severe academic underperformance and low college matriculation rates of the student populations in these neighborhoods. Our founders envisioned a free, public school alternative where all students would be held to the highest academic and behavioral expectations, and college would become a reality. As a true public school, Excel is defined not by whom we exclude but by whom we include in our community. We are proud of the fact that we serve many students with special needs.

The network’s first school opened in fall 2003 in East Boston and now serves 224 students, grades 5 through 8. Excel Academy Chelsea, the 2nd school in our network, opened in fall 2011. Our third school, Excel Academy Orient Heights, opened in August of 2012. And our first high school, Excel Academy Charter High School, opened in fall 2015. Excel now educates 1100+ students in grades 5-11. At full scale in 2019, Excel will enroll a total of 1,350 students in grades 5-12.

Duties and Responsibilties

The Director of Special Projects (DSP) is a part-time role on the Network Team that will play a critical role in supporting Excel’s leadership team. The DSP will lead network wide projects related to key, organizational initiatives and ensure that the CEO’s time is being spent on the highest priority organizational issues. This position provides a unique opportunity for an individual with superior critical thinking, communication, and relationship-building skills to play a central role in supporting the advancement of the organization’s priorities. The Director of Special Projects directly reports to and serves as a critical thought partner to the CEO.

While the scope of the work will be determined by the CEO based on organizational needs and the DSP’s skills and experiences, it is anticipated that the responsibilities may include the following:

Special Projects

  • Project manage initiatives and priorities as they arise

Network Logistics and Communication

  • Plan and manage agendas for network team meetings, retreats, and other events;
  • Manage ongoing efficiency and effectiveness efforts for network team within and outside of team meetings; and
  • Support CEO workflow management – providing capacity for the organization by taking ownership of key cross-functional tasks, projects, or initiatives.


  • At least four years of professional experience including at least two years of teaching experience as well as substantial project management experience;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Contagious passion and personal commitment to closing the achievement gap and the mission of Excel Schools;
  • Strong strategic thinking skills with clear and nuanced understanding of the impact that different approaches have on organizational culture and performance;
  • Systematic and structured approach to project management with a demonstrated ability to carry out multiple high-priority projects in parallel;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple relationships, weighing varying interests in making decisions and troubleshooting to move initiatives forward;
  • Evidence of well-developed emotional intelligence and ability to read others;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; and
  • Experience working in entrepreneurial environment strongly preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please visit to learn more about working at Excel, and/or visit to view a current list of career opportunities and submit an application. Applications will be reviewed as they are received; candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Excel Academy Charter Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, ancestry, athletic performance, special need, proficiency in the English language or a foreign language or prior academic achievement.