Georgia Charter Schools Association
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Director of Education & Training – Georgia Charter Schools Association

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Education

City: Atlanta

Postal code: 30308

State: Georgia

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

$3M – $10M

Website:

www.gacharters.org

Mission statement:

Our mission is to be an effective advocate and service provider for all charter public schools in Georgia by: 

Advancing awareness of charter schools and their mission Increasing awareness that charter schools are public schools 

Communicating charter school needs to state and local officials Supporting legislation to strengthen charter schools in Georgia 

Facilitating opportunities for networking/collaboration among charter schools in Georgia and across the nation 

Developing and implementing programs and services that advance student achievement, accountability and success in all of Georgia’s public charter schools

Position Details:

Job Description:

Overview

The Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve student achievement and foster quality educational options for all students by promoting and supporting high-quality autonomous public charter schools in communities throughout Georgia. GCSA is recognized not only as the leading voice in Georgia for the growth of public charter schools and for quality in the sector but also as the pre-eminent provider of training and other professional learning opportunities for board members, leaders, and educators of public charter schools. 

GCSA has recently developed a new strategic plan to guide its operations for the next three years and the plan includes the following goals:

Quality
Encourage, demand, and support excellent education in all of Georgia’s charter schools by developing and implementing a comprehensive suite of services designed to manage performance and promote quality at every stage of a school’s evolution.

Growth 
Ensure that Georgia’s autonomous schools enroll an increasing proportion of eligible students by encouraging new schools in selected areas of opportunity and need, propel charter school growth in the Atlanta metropolitan area, and systematically build interest in and capacity to start new charters throughout the state.

Advocacy, Communications and Outreach 
Continue to develop, nurture, and expand a diverse, influential and effective constituency for the creation and growth of high-quality autonomous charter schools through several initiatives, including pursuing a legislative agenda.

Organizational Strength 
Enhance the organizational capacity, recognition, and impact of GCSA.

Sustainability 
Continue to build and market a robust set of initiatives and services that meets member needs and ensures GCSA’s long-term sustainability. 

Position

This Director of Education and Training will directly contribute to the attainment of GCSA’s quality, growth, organizational strength, and sustainability goals by leading GCSA’s efforts in implementing and delivering signature training and education programs for Georgia charter schools. The Director of Education and Training will also help promote sustainable business operations in Georgia charter schools and will facilitate higher academic achievement for students in these schools. In addition, the Director will also indirectly contribute to GCSA’s outreach goals given that this person interacts with communities throughout Georgia and, as a consequence, serves as the face of the organization. 

Responsibilities and Duties
The Director of Education and Training’s primary responsibilities and duties will be to:
• Direct, manage, and market GCSA’s CharterUniversity signature training programs, including but not limited to: CharterStart, CharterRenewal, and CharterPolicy. This includes maintaining the CharterUniversity course catalog and pricing information;

• Interface with the State of Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and multiple charter authorizers, including the GaDOE Charter Schools Division, Georgia Charter Schools Commission, district authorizers, and LEA Authorizers to understand and support schools in meeting authorizer expectations;

• Conduct petition reviews, mock interviews, and comprehensive operational assessments in collaboration with the Vice President of School Services to support the growth of the charter sector through authorization and re-authorization;

• Identify issues and provide guidance and feedback to petitioning groups and charter operators on academics and business operations;

• Collaborate with the Director of Certification Programs and the Vice President of School Services to develop and implement effective training programs and services for charter school administrators, boards, staff, and teachers across the state; 

• Use data from the Director of Performance Management to seek out schools needing on-site technical assistance;

• Seek grants and funding pipelines to support GCSA programs or school/individual participation in these programs;

• Provide information about trends and best practices to key stakeholders related to charter schools; and 

• Assume other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned to fulfill the strategic plan and mission of GCSA.

Qualifications:


Qualifications

GCSA is a strong fit for professionals who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and high degree of integrity, and are self-directed, tenacious, culturally competent, and committed to creating opportunities for children, families, and educators through educational reform. 
In addition, the successful candidate will have:
• A bachelor’s degree, at minimum; 
• A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to build relationships with an array of education professionals, diverse community members, politicians, and funders, and to work effectively in a team environment;
• A track record of success developing new schools, either as a founder or leader of a high quality charter school or as a consultant in this area; 

• The ability to understand and stay apprised of local, state and federal rules and regulations governing charter school authorization and charter school funding; 

• The ability to support business development through relationship building and the delivery of high-quality services; 

• Superb organizational planning skills, including the ability to define goals, design projects tailored to achieving goals, and manage project implementation; 

• Superior analytical, writing, and editing skills; 

• Exemplary communication, presentation, and facilitation skills; 

• The ability to have tough conversations with constituents regarding deficiencies or issues that may negatively impact them; 
• Resilience, flexibility, and the ability to deal well with charter school detractors; 
• The facility to be comfortable and resourceful as a one-person “department” within a small, yet growing, nonprofit organization;
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and online training software or the ability to quickly gain such proficiency; 

• A solid understanding of basic finance and budgeting processes; and

• The ability to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends in order to accommodate the schedules of multiple stakeholders. 

The following traits/skills are ideal but not required:

• Experience developing new schools in the state of Georgia, and

• An advanced degree in education, policy, or other related field. 

Benefits:

Not Specified

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:

8/11/2014

How to Apply:

Bellwether Education Partners is pleased to be assisting the GSCA with this search. Applications should consist of a letter of interest and current resume, and should be submitted electronically. Please include the position title in the subject line of your email. Applications or inquiries about the position should be directed to: traci@bellwethereducation.org.

PostedBy: Bellwether Education Partners

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