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The Colorado League of Charter Schools is a great place to work. Employees are passionate about working to meet the League's vision of ensuring that all children have access to a high-quality public school option. 

 

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Director of Research & Evaluation

Executive Assistant to the President

 


Director of Research & Evaluation
Reports to: President

 
Essential Job Duties: The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 17 staff members, a statewide membership of 238 schools with 115,000 students, a distinguished 20-year history, a prominent 13 member board of directors, and a strong fiscal position. The League’s mission is to improve student achievement by supporting Colorado’s public charter schools, positively reshaping the public school landscape, and advancing opportunities for innovation and expanded high-quality public school choice. The League’s vision is for all Colorado students to have access to high-quality, publicly-funded school options. The League’s expectation is that all employees of the organization will champion its mission and vision with passion and dedication.

 
Position Summary: The League is seeking a Director of Research & Evaluation to relentlessly advance the quality of public education in Colorado, including conducting analyses, producing reports and studies, attracting media coverage, and speaking before a variety of audiences. The Director will pursue an agenda that draws attention to opportunities, needs and gaps in school performance, student achievement, charter authorization, education policy, and equity of all kinds, from funding and facilities to admissions and postsecondary matriculation. The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified. The Director will be paid competitively including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, and attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits. Experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. 

 

Compensation/Benefits

  • This position is vital to the League’s overall value proposition and prospects for continuing to impact the development of the charter sector and public education as a whole. As such, it will be paid competitively including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, generous paid time off, and attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits. 
  • The position will be provided with significant scheduling flexibility outside the hours of 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily, which are important shared hours for teaming, collaboration and coordination across the League team. This position is classified as exempt.
  • Ideal position for a professional who is motivated to advance an ambitious annual agenda, explicit annual performance goals, and weekly or monthly work plans without close managerial attention to office seat time or hourly schedule.  

Responsibilities

  • Capacity to serve as external spokesperson who can represent the League’s mission and vision, leadership priorities, values, strategic choices and points of view to internal and external stakeholders. Comfortable regularly preparing and delivering presentations to diverse audiences, including policymakers, administrators, parents, authorizers and other key stakeholder groups.
  • Capable of developing and executing an ambitious annual research and evaluation agenda, including a schedule of multi-year milestones, explicit annual performance goals and weekly/monthly work plans.
  • Responsible for designing and executing against a program budget with incentives to increase revenues and minimize expenses.
  • Collect, warehouse and maintain all data and information with exacting attention to confidentiality, privacy, applicable laws, organization and assumed third party authentication of results.  
  • Interest and capacity to engage in both qualitative and quantitative analysis of school quality, student learning, institutional behavior, customer satisfaction and program performance.
  • Willing to complete essential duties across all phases of research and evaluation without a significant dedicated support team.
  • Uphold effective organizational norms & operations, including financial practice, staff culture, team routines, healthy communication, transparency and accountability for performance.
  • Flexible and effective in working within and across partnerships with distinguished colleagues at other state and national organizations, including but not limited to higher education, research and evaluation, education advocacy.
  • Collaborate closely with in-house colleagues and external partners in the creation of discriminating, fair quality standards for member schools, developing groups, and authorizers.
  • Oversee evaluation of state- and district-wide charter school performance through the quantitative analysis of state and local assessment data.
  • Work with communication professionals on preparation of press releases and other media coverage for targeted use at the local, state and national levels.
  • Use compelling data to help communicate and reinforce the League’s vision for school choice and high-quality public school options.
  • Upon request, willing to deliver workshops as well as manage and provide assistance to member schools seeking data analysis and document preparation for internal and external accountability.
  • Other priorities & tasks as requested. 

Qualifications

  • Passionate about ensuring that all families and students have access to high quality educational options.
  • Capable of serving as a credible authority with state authorities and vendors related to formative and summative assessments, information systems, data warehouses and other school performance tools and systems.
  • Self-starter who works independently, learns quickly & easily, and takes pride in doing excellent work at all phases of research and dissemination, from study design and data gathering to analysis integrity, report production and communication of clear, valid messages.
  • Comfortable strongly articulating and advocating for ideological, strategic and tactical positions while still okay relegating final decision-making to individual or team authority when necessary.
  • Comfortable working in close collaboration, coordination and ongoing communication with other members of the management team.  
  • Minimum master’s degree in business administration or education with a quantitative emphasis in statistics, assessment, economics or a comparable specialization.  
  • PhD with a directly applicable emphasis preferred although not required if distinguished experience and an established reputation.
  • 5-10 years of applicable experience preferred in educational research, testing, assessment or evaluation.
  • Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where change is embraced.
  • Strong work ethic with a commitment to maximizing organizational excellence.
  • Excellent analytics, synthesis, reasoning, writing and speaking skills. Polite but no-nonsense communication style.
  • Experience analyzing large and complex datasets and ability to easily synthesize and communicate key findings.
  • Extremely strong analytical and problem-solving skills including negotiating and consensus building abilities.
  • Able to break down complex research methodologies, arcane accountability programs, and sophisticated statistical findings into simple, clear concepts and terminology for uninformed target audiences.  
  • Comfortable & proficient with all Windows programs in a computing environment where files, contacts, data and institutional knowledge are kept electronically.
  • Previous personnel supervision experience preferred.
  • Diligent, well-organized, timely.
  • Take pride in following through on projects and requests to completion.
  • At least 5 past employer & coworker references available upon request

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter that explains why you are so interested to join the Colorado League in this position and a complete resume that clearly lists all organizations and positions held to date. As appropriate, also include an annotated bibliography with all works that you have published to date, including those where you served as the lead and supporting author/researcher.  
The League is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to Lisa Jarvi Nolan – ljnolan@coloradoleague.org

 


 
Executive Assistant to the President

Reports to: President
Classification: Exempt

Organization: The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 18 staff members, a statewide membership of nearly 238 schools with 115,000 students, a distinguished 20-year history, a prominent 13 member board of directors, and a strong fiscal position. The League’s mission is to improve student achievement by supporting Colorado’s public charter schools, positively reshaping the public school landscape, and advancing opportunities for innovation and expanded high-quality public school choice. The League’s vision is for all Colorado students to have access to high-quality, publicly-funded school options. The League’s expectation is that all employees of the organization will champion its mission and vision with passion and dedication. 

Position Summary: The League is seeking an Executive Assistant to the President, Benjamin J. Lindquist, who began his tenure on June 1, 2017. This position will serve as a central hub for communications, workflow, coordination and customer service. The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified. The Executive Assistant will be paid competitively including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus at the President’s discretion, and attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits. Although not required, candidates are encouraged to apply with experience reporting directly to an executive position.

Responsibilities 

  • Keep regular daily office hours with a high level of timeliness, professionalism & productivity. 
  • Uphold effective organizational norms & operations, including financial practice, staff culture, team routines, healthy communication, transparency and accountability for performance. 
  • Support the President and management team in leading the organization, including distributing workload/projects and managing internal and external relations. 
  • Work closely with President to set organizational priorities, distribute projects and tasks, monitor progress, make workflow adjustments, and follow through on deliverables to completion. 
  • Liaison with board of directors, including coordinating regular board meetings and working committees. Assist with governance, keep meeting schedule, take and distribute minutes and make logistical arrangements. 
  • Assist with employee sourcing, job posting, selection, hiring, onboarding & direction. 
  • Ensure quality, diligent customer service by answering main telephone line & distributing incoming calls among team members, welcoming visitors & handling email inquiries.  
  • Makes travel and scheduling arrangements for management team, including calendar, travel, lodging, reservations, etc.
  • Schedule and keep Presidents’ calendar of appointments including staff, board members, members and stakeholders.
  • Organizes and processes President’s expenses, mail, files and other systems as needed. 
  • Assist with vendor management & liaison, including IT, facilities, office supplies, copier/printers, hardware & software.  
  • Assist with event planning & coordination. 
  • Other priorities & tasks as requested. 

Qualifications

  • Self-starter who works independently & learns quickly & easily.
  • Passionate about ensuring that all families and students have access to high quality educational options. 
  • Comfortable working in close contact with the President and other members of the management team. 
  • Either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree required.  
  • Excellent relationship building & management attributes & skills.  
  • Enjoy working in a dynamic, fast-paced environment where change is embraced.
  • Strong work ethic with a commitment to maximizing organizational excellence. 
  • Effective writing & speaking skills. Polite but no-nonsense communication style. 
  • Comfortable & proficient with all Windows programs in an electronic computing environment. At least 60 words-a-minute typing speed.
  • Comfortable with computing environment where files, contacts, data and institutional knowledge are kept electronically.
  • 5-7 years previous experience as office manager or executive assistant preferred.  
  • Previous personnel supervision experience preferred. 
  • Diligent, well-organized, timely. 
  • Take pride in following through on projects and requests to completion. 
  • Comfortable working in close partnership with the President. 
  • At least 5 past employer & coworker references available upon request

To Apply
Please submit a cover letter that explains why you are so interested to join the Colorado League in this position and a complete resume that clearly lists all organizations and positions held to date. 

 

The League is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. The League is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity. Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to HRthecoloradoleague@gmail.com.

 

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