Director of Special Projects

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Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400 students in grades 5 to 12. At Excel Academy Charter Schools, we believe that when a student has the support and tools to pursue a productive post-secondary pathway aligned to their personal identity and values, it can fundamentally change their life trajectory. 

We present our students with educational experiences that allow them to grow and discover their best selves so that when they leave our halls, they can successfully navigate all of the post-secondary options available to them. You can read more about the impact of the Excel Academy model here.

At Excel Academy we learn from our students, families, and staff and make improvements. We have increasingly adapted to provide a holistic education that values our community as collaborators in the learning process, social-emotional support, equity for diverse learners, and fosters identity development. We prioritize an approach that is both rigorous and inclusive. Our team of passionate, intelligent, driven, and loving staff are at the core of the work we do. 

Growth Happens Here.

About the Role 

The Director of Special Projects (DSP) is a role on the Network Team that will drive and execute projects to support the organization's goals. The DSP will lead network wide projects related to key, organizational initiatives. 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 the Managing Director of Operations.

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

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead projects on behalf of the Network Team, developing project plans, communication and task-management structures, and ensuring the Network Team projects are organized and paced for successful completion.
  • The projects are geared toward Operations infrastructure building, supporting the expansion of our Network and supporting longevity of the organization by improving systems and resources
  • Serve as a key leader and team member on initiatives with network-wide impact.


  • A commitment to and belief in all students and the mission of Excel Academy Charter Schools, including Excel’s values and educational model;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Preference will be given to applicants who also:

  • Have a track record that reflects the importance of rigorous classroom instruction and culture;
  • Have a track record that reflects the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Have led an organization through periods of significant growth/change (i.e. starting a new school);
  • Have experience in a public or charter school setting and have experience working with schools that serve grades K-12;
  • Have experience leading schools that serve family populations that are similar to those at Excel Academy;
  • Speak Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic fluently.

Excel Academy Charter Schools is committed to its work as an anti-racist organization. One critical element of that commitment is building and empowering a diverse staff that reflects the community that we serve.. We strongly encourage applications from candidates whose experiences share important points of intersection with those of our students. Staff who demonstrate fluency in Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic (languages spoken widely by our diverse community of families) will receive additional compensation, as will staff who are alumni of our schools.

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.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Organization Overview

Excel Academy was founded in 2003 with the mission to provide a high-quality education to students in East Boston and Chelsea. Over the years, we have grown from one middle school to a network of four schools with 1,400…

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58 Moore St., Boston, MA 02128, United States

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