Deputy Director of Charter Schools - Charter Schools Office
Job no: 492649
Work type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Charter Schools
Required Qualifications and Education:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 7+ years of experience in the charter sector with progressively increasing responsibilities.
- Professional knowledge of charter schools’ legal and regulatory framework and key laws affecting charter board governance.
- Direct experience working with boards of directors (preferably schools).
- Direct experience working with charter school operators or school vendors.
- Direct experience working with other organizations involved improving public education, including other authorizers, state associations, nonprofits, and foundations.
- Senior -level experience managing diverse teams of people, including contractors and vendors.
- Experience leading public relations, marketing, and advocacy campaigns related to the advancement of charter schools.
- Superior interpersonal skills and demonstrated track record of building relationships across diverse stakeholder groups.
- Strong communication and presentation skills (written and oral).
- Demonstrated high degree of initiative in resolving problems, developing and implementing solutions in an independent manner, and extraordinary attention to detail.
- Excellent project management skills and ability to organize and prioritize work to meet concurrent deadlines and to measure and manage progress.
- Strong management and coaching skills and demonstrated effectiveness building teams and coalitions.
- Advanced computer skills.
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
- Master’s degree.
- Experience in the charter community at a national level, especially direct work with authorizers, operators, and associations in other states.
- Previous authorizing experience.
- Familiarity and existing relationships with other authorizers, state and regional associations, nonprofits, and foundations in the charter sector required. National familiarity and existing relationships.
Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
- Assist the Associate Vice President of Charter Schools setting and executing on the vision, goals, and strategy for the charter schools office, an in the management of the office.
- Lead the charter schools office’s external affairs initiatives, including overseeing its website and social media presence, to enhance GVUS’s brand in the charter sector.
- Develop and manage strategic relationships between the charter schools office and state or national associations, nonprofits, foundations, policymakers, and others to position GVSU as the model university authorizer.
- Manage the charter schools office’s participation in any coalitions of state or national associations, nonprofits, or foundations.
- Serve as a liaison between the charter schools office and other authorizing bodies in the Associate Vice President’s stead.
- Launch and manage new initiatives that prioritize innovation in authorizing practices and university support of charter schools.
- Provide leadership, direction, and guidance to the charter schools office’s urban education initiatives, especially its work in Detroit (Between 10% and 20% of this position’s time is expected to be spent in the Detroit Center).
- Provide guidance and support to any research initiatives, especially as they relate to charter school policy.
- Supervise and support the professional learning of five school consultants and the technology communications specialist.
- Develop and oversee the charter schools office’s board development activities to increase the governing capacity of charter school board members and their assigned school consultants.
- Coordinate development, training, and other support opportunities for board members, school leaders and other school personnel.
- Serve as a resource on charter school law, policy, and best practices to support good governance and effective oversight of schools.
- Provide strategic leadership and counsel to assist school consultants in their support of members of assigned schools’ boards of directors on complex and important initiatives, announcements, and events.
- Assist charter school boards in developing strategic partnerships with other educational organizations, such as through matriculation agreements, to further their missions.
- Build and manage the GVSU brand into a source of strength for charter school boards consistent with GVSU’s vision of connecting the community.
- Work in collaboration with other GVSU staff to advance cross-team priorities and functions in support of the organization’s mission.
- Support the development and strategic planning for authorization in conjunction with the University’s goals, including an overall strategy for promoting innovation in new and existing schools in the portfolio.
- Support the new school development process, which recruits, vets, recommends, and supports applicant groups for new schools, their operators and partner organizations.
- Facilitate collaboration among schools, service providers, and community groups.
- Represent GVSU in presentations to and conversations with potential charter applicants, legislators and policymakers, parents, funders, the media and partner organizations in Michigan and throughout the nation.
- Other strategic partnerships as directed by the Associate Vice President.
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Department/Division: Charter Schools Office / Legal, Compliance and Risk Management
Application Deadline Date: September 22, 2017
How To Apply: Apply online at http://jobs.gvsu.edu. Include cover letter, resume, and three references. Applicants with diverse background are encouraged to apply. Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
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