Director of Certification
Overview: Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA) is a statewide, nonprofit organization committed to expanding the charter school movement in Georgia and increasing the quality of new and existing charter schools.
Position: This full-time, staff position will lead GCSAs efforts in implementing professional learning through the dissemination of best practices to ensure quality education through choice. Successful fulfillment of this role will result in increasing the skills, competencies, and dispositions of Georgia’s charter school leaders and teachers in an effort to positively impact the charter movement. GCSA is looking for those who possess sound educational leadership abilities to join a team dedicated to educational advancement in an effort to prepare high quality leader and teachers in our charter community.
- Collaboration. Work collaboratively with GCSA’s CEO and Vice President, School Services as needed, as well as GCSAs School Services and Advocacy Teams. Work collaboratively to identify key needs and opportunities, establish partnerships within the P-12 arena, and provide rigorous and relevant training to leaders, teachers, school support staff, and others in the charter school community to support high quality leaders and teachers.
- Leadership. Lead team of support staff to be self-directed to provide leader and teacher training and work toward continuous program improvement based on data-driven feedback. Coordinate varied programs including GCSAs non-traditional leader and teacher preparation and certification programs, an Aspiring Teacher Institute for those seeking to enter P-12 education, Essentials of Teaching Trainings to disseminate best practices to new and novice teachers, the Gifted Endorsement for add-on certification, and the state-approved Exceptional Children Course.
- Market and Recruit. Coordinate the marketing and recruitment of training programs to recruit and increase participation in the programs as depicted in the GCSA strategic plan. Maintain current and relevant social media domains for recruitment and awareness.
- Interface with Support Entities. Interface with external educational agencies that support leader and teacher development to further develop partnerships and be knowledgeable about state and national policy.
- External Partnerships. Maintain external partnerships with the charter school community to focus on P-12 and P-20 educational advancement of leaders and teacher preparation through professional learning.
- Data Management. Manage varied data system to report information to key stakeholders, including the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Title II, Part A, edTPA, and grant funders.
- Professional Learning for Advancement. Stay abreast of local, state, and national teacher readiness, assessments and evaluation measures, as well as professional growth trends. Attend trainings, workshops, and conferences as needed to stay abreast of leader and teacher preparation and certification best practices.
- Grants. Seek grants and other funding opportunities to support the sustainability of the training programs.
- Performance Review. Meet for a 60-day review to assess performance compared to job duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description and address remediation or corrective action as needed.
- Scheduled Meetings. Attend monthly GCSA School Services Meetings (third Wednesday of the month), GCSA Strategic Planning Meetings (third Wednesday of the month), and GaTAPP Program Provider Meetings (third Thursday of the month), as well as quarterly GCSA School Services Committee Meetings, GCSA Board Meetings, and Advisory Council Meetings. In addition, meet bi-weekly with GCSA GaTAPP Program Specialist(s) to ensure continuous program improvement.
- DropBox. Utilize DropBox to keep shared files for all work. And keep all files up-to-date.
- Communication: Communicate via a multitude of modes in a timely and informative manner; utilize GMAIL calendars and keep up to-date with all pertinent and ongoing work.
- Technology. Be proficient or willing to learn a multitude of technological platforms.
- Additional Work. Assist, as needed, with other Association goals as they arise to support the initiatives as outlined in the GCSA Strategic Plan.
- Hold a higher-level degree (Ed.S. or Ed.D. required) in Education or related field.
- Hold current Georgia teacher and leader certification.
- Experience with developing, implementing, and assessing professional learning training for P-12 teachers.
- Have experience with leader and teacher preparation and certification. Non-traditional/alternative teacher preparation and certification preferred.
- Knowledge of leader and teacher evaluation measures (TKES/LKES/edTPA).
- A commitment to developing high quality charter schools.
- Organizational planning skills, including the ability to define goals, design projects tailored to achieving goals, and oversee project implementation.
- Superior writing and editing, communication and presentation, public speaking, and analytical, interpersonal and facilitation skills.
- Creative problem solver, ability to multi-task without compromising detail or quality, self-directed and motivated, and comfortable and resourceful being a small “department” within a growing, nonprofit organization.
- Self-directed and motivated, with an entrepreneurial spirit.
- Superb interpersonal and organizational skills.
- Proficient in varied technological platforms.
- Willingness and ability to travel (primarily in state).
- Willingness to work Saturdays.
Compensation: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Welfare benefits such as health, dental, and retirement provided. No relocation expenses paid.
Screening of applicants begins July 1, 2015, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2015. A complete applicant packet consists of a cover letter addressing the qualifications noted above; a curriculum vitae/resume; salary range expectations; and the names, emails, and telephone numbers of at least thee professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete packets submitted electronically via email will be considered. Applications should be sent to: Elisa Falco, Georgia Charter Schools Association, Vice President of School Services, firstname.lastname@example.org (NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE).