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ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey.
Join us at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an innovative organization made up of talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions in service of our scholars and families. Now is the time to join us and make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.
Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the Credentials Specialist plays a crucial role in achieving Alliance’s mission and goals through excellent customer service and providing solutions to ensure compliance of educators’ credentials at all Alliance schools. He or she will work closely with the School Staffing and Human Resources Operations teams, directly interface with many of our current and prospective educators, and partner with teacher preparation programs and our local county office of education to determine educator eligibility for hiring. This role is an opportunity to have a profound impact on teacher quality and student achievement at Alliance.
Research and Implement Policy: Identify, review, maintain, and evaluate proper credentialing/NCLB/ESSA qualifications required of new and current educators.
- Attend credentialing/NCLB/ESSA workshops at state and county levels to maintain knowledge of credentialing/NCLB/ESSA requirements.
- Read and apply policies, laws, and regulations related to the credential process, NCLB/ESSA requirements, recruitment, and personnel matters.
- Serve as liaison to credential agencies, the CCTC, CDE, and Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).
Provide Training and Guidance: Advise and inform prospective and current educators of requirements for state and federal educational credentials and permits.
- Correspond with prospective and current educators about requirements and educational courses for certification/NCLB/ESSA, upcoming examination dates, and updates from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) or the California Department of Education (CDE).
- Provide workshops and orientation sessions for newly hired educators on policies and procedural changes affecting credentials, certificates, permits, and NCLB/ESSA changes.
- Communicate and collaborate with School Staffing team on credentialing processes, program recruitments, and notification of credential program eligibility.
Provide Direct Credential Support: Ensure Alliance educators meet proper credentialing/NCLB/ESSA requirements.
- Assist with new hire orientations and onboarding as necessary.
- Screen all qualified candidates to determine eligibility for certificated positions.
- Assist in processing new hires: review credentials, transcript evaluation and experience verification for salary placement and issuance of offer letters.
- As needed, review, process, and forward recommendations to the CCTC for issuance of credentials, certificates, and permits for current educators.
- Maintain personnel records with required credentials/NCLB/ESSA qualifications and CLAD/BCLAD certifications held, obtained, or maintained in accordance with CTC rules.
- Assist HR Operations team with charter authorizer oversight visits; prepare reports and credential audits for all Alliance schools.
- Perform other related projects and duties as assigned.
THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:
- Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
- In-depth knowledge and experience with California credentialing requirements and laws
- Sharp analytical skills, ability to digest information quickly and identify problems, and generate solutions
- Ability to work effectively with a customer service orientation in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and colleagues
- Excellent communication skills with a demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively
- Demonstrated attention to detail, organization, time management, and follow-through
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office and Google-based applications
- Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
- Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
- Two (2) years of experience working on teacher credentialing in a public school/charter district or at a university
- Experience as a teacher or with K-12 education preferred but not required
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision. Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at www.laalliance.org/careers. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics