The Diverse Charter Schools Coalition is a coalition of public charter schools dedicated to promoting racially, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student populations. Our vision is that an ever-growing number of American public schools, including many charter schools, will embody the diversity of our nation’s people – across race, socioeconomic status, language and abilities – while preparing the children in their care to pursue higher education, meaningful and sustainable work in a global economy, and an equal role in a more cohesive and connected participatory democracy.
The Coalition’s membership has grown from 14 founding member schools to 49 member schools and networks serving close to 55,000 students across the country. Our members are the core of who we are and what we do. We work closely with all our members to support and amplify their work as well as encourage them to improve their practices. We also work with other schools, organizations, and policy-makers that seek to leverage charter schools and school integration to improve student academic outcomes, school culture and community outreach, and strengthen their educational models.
The Coalition believes we must embody a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). DEI is essential to who we are. It promotes a culture that encourages innovative ideas and unique perspectives, asks us to challenge each other, and helps us continuously grow in order to do our best work. The Coalition is committed to creating and maintaining a positive, diverse, and inclusive workplace culture. To that end, we strongly encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. The Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.
- Diverse schools provide greater opportunities for students to learn from one another.
- Diversity is a cost-effective method of boosting student achievement.
- Diverse schools promote the celebration and understanding of other cultures and viewpoints.
- Diverse schools invigorate and strengthen urban neighborhoods by bringing community members together.
- Charter schools can and should contribute to solving the historic challenge of integrating our public school system.
- Achieving diversity often requires deliberate efforts through recruitment, admissions policies and school design.
- Diverse charter schools promote equality by ensuring that students from different backgrounds have the same high quality educational opportunities.
The Chief of Staff/Deputy Director (COS) will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) on organizational strategies and enable her to focus on external development and strategic direction. The COS will be responsible for leading internal operations/systems and spearheading key program strategies and initiatives.
VISION, STRATEGY AND PLANNING
- Act as a trusted partner to the Executive Director, being fully accountable for the achievement of the Coalition’s vision and working closely on internal team building, organizational and operational development, fundraising, and strategic planning;
- In partnership with the Executive Director, develop and execute a clear strategy and regularly update plans to make progress towards achieving Coalition mission and growth goals;
- Promote an organizational culture of reflection, equity, inclusion, curiosity, analysis, innovation, and open mutual feedback;
- Lead performance management efforts to evaluate and measure progress against goals, and promote a culture of high expectations and performance and continuous improvement;
- Represent the organization externally as necessary by meeting with others in the field and presenting on relevant topics at education events.
- Oversee day-to-day operations, ensuring alignment with the strategic direction and progress toward goals;
- Manage vendor relationships and other services related to accounting, human resources and technology services;
- Lead efforts to implement systems of internal policies, communication systems, and data/document sharing;
- In partnership with the ED, maintain, supervise and support staff to fulfill the Coalition’s mission and vision.
FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT
- In partnership with the ED, develop the operating budget and align programmatic operations with evolving organizational priorities, goals, and cost guidelines;
- Ensure the financial health of the organization by monitoring internal systems for financial stewardship, tracking, cost control, reporting and forecasting;
- Assist with grant processes, including grant writing and editing, submission and follow-up, award, processing, reporting and renewal;
- Research, identify and solicit new foundation, corporation and government funding sources;
- Prepare and send proposals, agreements, and invoices to partner schools and organizations.
- Identify opportunities to leverage the Coalition’s strengths to take advantage of new opportunities;
- Support the Coalition in the design and implementation of its policy and advocacy strategies to advance its priorities to community leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders;
- Engage in effective project management, including developing content, managing timelines and activities, communicating effectively with project participants, managing day-to-day budget activities and project oversight;
- Serve as a resource to the Board of Directors and relevant committees;
- Develop and maintain broad and deep knowledge of the Coalition’s programs;
- Lead the design and oversight of efforts to collect and analyze a range of data on all portfolio schools, including but not limited to Coalition’s impact and satisfaction, student performance, demographic data, and other priority areas;
- Manage other duties and projects as assigned.
Preferred Competencies and Experience
- Three to five years of leadership experience (either leading and/or being part of a leadership team) in a non-profit setting;
- Experience early growth phase of organizational development with track record of successfully meeting or exceeding organizational targets;
- Prior career experience in K-12 education, ideally in the charter school sector or diverse school context;
- Experience in multi-tasking and ability to work under myriad of deadlines;
- Demonstrated ability of internal and external relationship building;
- Strong appetite for fundraising and a successful track record in non-profit fundraising;
- A proven track record of developing strategies in the face of complexity and ambiguity.
The ideal candidate will possess
- A commitment to racial and economic integration;
- A passion for education and a belief in school choice, in particular charter schools, as a potential means for improving educational opportunity.
- Comfort using technology to connect with others and excels in an autonomous and remote environment
Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a robust benefits package. This is a full-time position.
Minimum Education Required