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Deputy Director of Charter Schools - Charter Schools Office

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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

Campus:  Pew

Application Deadline Date:   September 22, 2017

How To Apply:   Apply online at 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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