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Vice President of Communications

Associate Director of Organizing
School Support Specialist

Director of Talent Development



Job Title:  Vice President of Communications

 

Reports To:  President

 

Organization: The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 15 staff members, a statewide membership of 250 schools with over 115,000 students, a distinguished 24-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 charter public 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 Vice President of Communications to take ownership for formulating and guiding its messaging to key audiences including print and digital media, public officials, educators, families and taxpayers at the local and state levels. We are seeking a candidate with unique qualifications. The Vice President 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. The position will be retained as soon as an exceptional candidate can be identified.

 

Essential Job Duties:

 

Communications

  • Develop and manage a comprehensive and effective communications program aligned with the League’s strategic plan. The plan should include the following.
    • Organizational Communications: Ensure that all members of the League staff and board are communicating key messages in an aligned, well-coordinated, informed and impactful manner internally and externally to the Colorado charter sector. Particular priorities include support of the League’s research & evaluation, advocacy and new school development programs.  
    • Internal Communications: Advance communications among participants in the Colorado charter sector – including advocates, administrators, teachers, parents and students – in influential, appropriate ways that transmit key messages and generate desired responses related to collective vision and impact, sector goals and priorities, League value proposition and service offerings, and school/sector quality.
    • External Communications – Advance communication across public education establishment and general public in targeted, cost effective ways that: increase overall awareness of charter schools; equips parents across the socioeconomic spectrum to be more discriminating decision-makers; and debunks misinformation.  
  • Undertake and support activities that increase awareness of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, promote programs and services, draw participants to events, and attract needed resources (talent, volunteers, advocates, financing, etc.).
  • Ensure that effective communications tools and practices are in place to successfully transmit key messages among all stakeholders & enable the League to speak with one voice.
  •  Steward the League’s brand – including values, standards, identity, positioning and risk mitigation – and ensure adherence to well-codified branding guidelines and strategies.
  •  Develop, audit and keep up-to-date graphics and content on the League’s website, social media as well as collateral, print and digital materials.
  • Develop and steward relationships with key media and public affairs representatives to position the League as the source for research, public policy and human interest stories related to Colorado charter schools.
    • Coordinate media interest and organizational priorities, and ensure regular contact with target media and appropriate, proactive media requests.
    • Develop press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points, and assist with public presentations and events, including policy agenda.
    • Manage liaison with all forms of media including designation, preparation and support of spokespeople.
  • Provide management and program counsel on issues related to public policy statements and positions, external communications, topical issues in the news, and decisions related to crisis communications and response.
  • Develop, edit and coordinate production of e-newsletters, special publications such as the annual report and annual conference program, marketing campaigns and materials for the League’s signature events, including the Colorado Charter Schools Conference, Charter Advocacy Day, Policy & Facility Summit and Teacher Summit.
  • Deliver media and communications trainings to member schools via meetings, presentations and other forms of engagement.
  • Create communications resource materials (i.e. toolkits, tips, etc.) to be made available to member schools and new school developers.
  • Provide assistance to member schools regarding communications/media inquiries, help with crisis communications, etc. 

 

Organizational Leadership

  • In collaboration with the leadership team, actively contribute to overall organizational decisions and actions, as well as implementation of the strategic plan, operations plan and annual budget leadership decisions and actions.
  • Support the League’s six program directors in accomplishing their goals and priorities with a particular focus on advancing messaging activities that develop and promote a strong, vibrant public charter sector.
  • Identify annual performance targets and program goals, as well as specific indicators to measure progress toward meeting those goals for League communications.
  • Ensure financial viability including being involved in budgeting process to ensure revenue and expense targets are realistic, ensuring that revenue targets are achieved, expense limits are maintained, and that other team members are informed of budget position/realities.
  • Maintain confidential and sensitive information.
  •  Present and represent the League’s vision, values, priorities, strategic choices and points of view to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Promote integration across program areas through joint planning, coordination and an overall commitment to keeping each other fully informed and including others in the work.
  • Serve as a critical communication link between the President (also representing the board of directors) and the staff you supervise so that all employees feel a sense of citizenship to the whole organization.
  • Ensure that individual goals and objectives of those supervised are created and reviewed regularly as a means to promote organization-wide accountability.
  • Supervise, coach and provide overall guidance to all those supervised. Specifically, ensure that direct reports know what is expected, have the materials and equipment to do their work effectively, receive explicit, on-going feedback, and develop professionally.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree and 8 years’ experience in mass communications.
  • Personnel management experience in roles of significant responsibility with commitment to organizational health.
  • Social sector orientation with desire to give back and advance equity and opportunity for all.
  • Experience developing and leading state, regional and/or national communications programs, including media relations, direct stakeholder outreach and marketing programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic thinking, decision-making and problem solving.
  • Entrepreneurial learning orientation and ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback.
  • Strong personal and professional character and job dedication with ability to achieve outcomes and accomplish multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • When necessary, work effectively under time constraints and pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences and through varied media – print, radio, television and social.
  • Deep knowledge of charter schools and Colorado’s K-12 education system preferred although not required.
  • Capacity to demonstrate initiative, analyze rapidly evolving situations, weigh multiple factors, navigate ambiguity, make sound recommendations, and take appropriate action.
  • Ability to learn new information rapidly and apply it.
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process preferred though not required.
  • Ability to perform tasks in a nonpartisan manner with tact and political sensitivity.
  • An appreciation for and ability to apply problem solving skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Windows, Office, Excel, Access, Publisher, and Power Point to analyze information and to generate fact sheets, flyers, talking points, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups and populations.

 

How To Apply: Please submit a cover letter that explains why you want to join the Colorado League of Charter Schools along with a complete resume that clearly lists all organizations and positions held to date. The cover letter should explain why you are uniquely qualified to fill this position at this point in your professional career. 

 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Please submit your cover letter and resume by email to Teresa Tate at ttate@coloradoleague.org with a copy to Shawna Skaling at sskaling@coloradleague.org. The position will be retained as soon as an exceptional candidate can be identified. 

 


 

 

 

Job Title:  Associate Director of Organizing

 

Reports to: Director of Governmental Affairs

 

Organization:  The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 15 staff members, a statewide membership of 250 schools with over 115,000 students, a distinguished 24-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 charter public 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 to fill a new position of Associate Director of Organizing. The Associate Director will connect and mobilize a network of parents, teachers, and supporters statewide to advocate for charter school initiatives and priorities. The position closes Friday, January 19. The Associate 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.

 

Essential Job Duties:

 

Develop Organizing Vision and Campaigns

  • Work in conjunction with the advocacy team to develop short- and long-term organizing goals, strategies and target areas
  • Work across departmental teams to ensure strategies are in line with organizational goals, communicate regularly in writing to manager and cross-team colleagues about campaign development
  • Develop “train-the-trainer” model to use with identified parent champions and school and community leads
  • Develop plans, strategies and toolkits to support the implementation of organizing efforts and campaigns
  • Develop a game plan and calendar for regular advocate engagement at events and in advocacy campaigns and communication
  • As necessary, coordinate large public forums, rallies, and demand actions demonstrating the power of charter school parents and families

 

Manage Organizing and Professional Development Programs

  • Work in conjunction with advocacy team and schools to identify parent champion leads in various communities across the state
  • Implement “train-the-trainer” model with identified parent champions and school and community leads
  • Lead regular parent meetings, workshops, and trainings; develop leadership capacity of parents, preparing them for such activities as hosting demand meetings, press events, and public actions
  • Identify and manage effective data tracking systems; track organizing benchmarks, goals and overall progress in a comprehensive and robust database, ensure accurate and timely data entry
  • Assist advocacy team in implementation of communications plan focused on regular and meaningful advocate engagement
  • Assist advocacy team in development and execution of annual Charter School Advocacy Day at the Capitol

 

Assist in the Management of Stakeholder Relations

  • In coordination with the rest of the advocacy team, identify key prospective community allies and develop-long term plans for building powerful partnerships
  • Foster relationships with community-based organizations, faith leaders, elected officials, civic and community leaders that lead to positive engagement of the community and neighborhoods where charter schools and the League have a presence
  • Present and represent the League’s vision, values, priorities, strategic choices and points of view to internal and external stakeholders
  • Perform other duties as required to support the organization and its mission

 

Skills and Qualifications:

 

Candidates should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have demonstrated the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Three to five years of experience working in a senior organizing role
  • A deep understanding of and appreciation for relational organizing; the ability to empathize, project respect, act with civility, communicate with, and motivate people from all walks of life
  • Successful work experience in low-income communities and in multicultural team environments
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred
  • Ability to take initiative and high levels of ownership for outcomes, and exercise sound judgment in day-to-day decision-making; entrepreneurial background and demonstration of self-starting capacity
  • Ability to develop results-oriented strategic plans and to roll up your sleeves to do whatever it takes to effectively implement those plans
  • Experience and proven success in using data to make decisions, to coach, and to hold oneself accountable
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills; this position will likely require frequent public speaking
  • Knowledge of and belief in the essential role of charter schools as a means for improved educational options for students and a lever for broader educational change in Colorado
  • Knowledge of education reform issues, including best practices in school development, education policy, and the elements of excellent public schools
  • Candidates must be able to travel and work off site regularly, particularly to different communities along the Front Range, and work moderately irregular hours when needed including weeknights and weekends
  • Driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Strong technology skills with expertise in MS Office

 

How to Apply:

Please send the following to Dan Schaller, Director of Governmental Affairs, at dschaller@coloradoleague.org with a subject line that reads: Associate Director of Organizing.
The deadline for applications is Friday, January 19. 

 

Please include:

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
      • What is it about our mission and vision that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
      • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
      • Where did you learn about this opportunity? 
  • Resume with a complete listing of all employment positions held and education credentials/degrees/accomplishments conferred to date including GPA.
  • List of five references with phone numbers and emails (will only contact after notifying you).

 

 

School Support Specialist

 

Reports to: Director of Academic Services

 

Essential Job Duties: The Colorado League of Charter Schools exists to improve student achievement and expand choice among high-quality public schools by serving and supporting Colorado’s charter schools. It is the expectation of the League that all employees of the organization support its mission and vision as well as other principles of public school choice. In addition, all League employees should be self-motivated, flexible, effective communicators, service-oriented and collaborative.

 

The School Support Specialist will provide member schools with services focused on increasing quality of instruction and overall student performance. The Specialist will actively engage with charter schools through on-site support and regional professional development to ensure the delivery of impactful educational opportunities grounded in data-driven continuous improvement practices. No matter the school design, the commitment to quality, best practices and compliance with the intent of federal and state laws will be at the forefront. The best candidates will have instructional expertise combined with experience in student accountability, data analysis, individualized or scaffolding student supports, and programming for special student populations such as English Language Learners and gifted and talented students.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Academic Services team’s efforts by collaborating to deliver training content directly and/or work with outside consultants to provide services.
  • Track and evaluate all service offerings to ensure they are in demand, impactful, sustainable, and relevant to the League’s strategic goals as well as the Academic Services team goals.
  • Support the development of communication plans to market Academic and School Support Services as signature League member benefits and be prepared to promote these offerings.
  • Participate actively in the activities required to ensure that the Academic Services team revenue targets are met.
  • Seek, recommend and pursue funding opportunities to support the League’s service efforts such as business partner relations and grant funded projects.
  • Manage, coordinate and/or deliver both regional training opportunities and customized on-site support as directed by the Director of Academic Services in the following areas:
    • Teaching and Learning – Develop and provide high-quality learning opportunities for teachers and instructional leaders focused on continuous improvement. Work with internal experts and external contractors to provide engaging content in the areas of need including but not limited to accountability, academics and instruction.
    • Performance & Accountability – Develop and provide useful tools and/or technical assistance for charter school staff that focus on creating school UIPs, utilizing data to inform instruction, evaluating results of formative/summative assessments.
    • Special Student Populations – Develop and provide guidance and technical support for school leaders and student service staff relevant to special education, gifted and talented, second language learners, and/or other special populations of students.
  • Participate in ongoing trainings pertaining to student performance, accountability and special student populations to stay current on state and local guidance, compliance requirements and regulations.
  • Work with the New School Development team to ensure new schools and developing groups have a strong performance management practice plan in place for their charter application, CCSP grant application and throughout their first years of operation.

Position Qualifications:

  • Commitment to the charter school sector and the mission and vision of the League.
  • At least five years of experience in an instructional leadership role. 
  • Familiarity with performance and accountability systems and processes including but not limited to: student information systems (e.g., Infinite Campus/PowerSchool), interim benchmark assessments (e.g., NWEA MAP) and data warehouses (e.g., Alpine Achievement, Illuminate).
  • Experience developing School Unified Improvement Plans including data analysis, root cause determination, writing and communicating goals and objectives to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Experience meeting compliance requirements related to special student populations including special education, gifted and talented, second language learners.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and track record of supporting high-quality learning opportunities.  
  • Ability to independently lead, manage and accept responsibility for a variety of complex organizational functions.
  • Management experience and demonstrated ability to lead.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills before a variety of audiences.
  • Skills in effective oral and written communication of complex assessment/accountability concepts and results to various audiences (large or small), ranging from policymakers to parents.
  • Ability to use technology tools and products effectively to achieve the goals of the team.
  • Familiarity with Colorado education policy and law is helpful.

To Apply:

 

The Colorado League of Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, age or sexual orientation. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Nicole Grzybowski,
Director of Academic Services, at ngrzybowski@coloradoleague.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 15. 

 


 

Job Title:                    Director of Talent Development

 

Reports to:                 VP of School Services

 

Organization:            The Colorado League of Charter Schools has 15 staff members, a statewide membership of 250 schools with over 115,000 students, a distinguished 24-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 charter public 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:   Charter public schools in Colorado are only as strong as their capacity to attract, develop, retain and support exemplary educators who can serve an increasingly heterogeneous cross-section of learners and families in urban, suburban and rural communities statewide. Right now, the prevailing talent recruitment channels and HR practices in PreK-12 education are under-developed. The League is seeking a Director of Talent Development to spearhead the development of a new business unit that relentlessly advances the quality of public education in Colorado by: (a) helping member schools implement highly effective human resource practices; (b) recruiting teacher and leadership talent into the charter sector statewide, particularly educators of color; and (c) assisting member schools with leadership succession and sustainability including the board and management.

 

Essential Job Duties:

·         Support our member schools in designing and implementing excellent HR practices that cultivate high levels of recruitment, performance, productivity, satisfaction, morale and retention among all employees.

·         Find effective ways to directly advise, coach, inform and equip a growing membership of schools at different stages of development so that they can implement effective talent development and HR practices. 

·         Work closely with other members of the League team – such as the Director of Research & Evaluation, Director of Academic Services, and Director of New School Development – to take a strategic, multi-faceted approach to developing the talent pool for charter schools, including elevating the visibility of opportunities, highlighting professional shortages and needs, reaching out to aligned individuals and organizations, and advancing collaborative efforts.

·         Engage partner organizations and leaders in designing and advancing collaborative initiatives that yield a decisive, measurable impact on the accessibility, breadth, diversity and specialization of the statewide talent pool available to public charter schools.

·         Spearhead outreach to colleges and universities in Colorado and surrounding states to attract undergraduate and graduate students to opportunities in the Colorado charter sector, including engaging institutional leaders, educational programs, professors and student interest groups.

·         Organize and attend career fairs, state and regional conferences, and other events in cooperation with member schools and/or as a League representative.

·         Develop and execute against annual and multi-year goals that directly impact opportunities, needs and gaps in charter school talent development and HR practices.

 

Skills and Qualifications:

Candidates should enjoy working in a dynamic, results-oriented, collaborative, service environment in which expectations are high for both the quality and speed of work. In addition, they should have demonstrated the following:

·         Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university

·         Minimum of 2 years of experience in recruiting required, but in general, at least 5 years’ experience in recruiting plus 2 or more years’ experience in HR Generalist role preferred

·         Deep knowledge of professional networks and associations, current trends, recommended practices, and evolving theories in recruitment, talent development and human resources in fields with immediate applicability to K-12 education such as health care and higher education. The right candidate does not need to have deep experience in charter schools but must have the aptitudes necessary to readily navigate the learning curve and apply his or her experience base to charter opportunities, needs and realities.  

·         Demonstrated experience, capacity and commitment to attract a diverse talent pool with experience recruiting candidates of color within and across a variety of settings.

·         Excellent communication and facilitation skills in individual, small group and large group settings (written, presentation, verbal, interpersonal). Effective ambassador for the League with strong personal character and diplomacy skills.

·         Comfortable working in close collaboration, coordination and ongoing communication with other members of the team and providing support to staff at various levels. 

·         Comfortable balancing a demanding set of roles, relationships and work-streams with the purpose of influencing the advancement of a large and growing market segment.

·         Diligent, well-organized, timely. Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail. Takes pride in following through to completion.

·         Knowledgeable about and proficient in the setup and ongoing use of electronic systems for recruiting, selecting and support talent.

·         Ability to take initiative and high levels of ownership for outcomes, and exercise sound judgment in day-to-day decision-making; entrepreneurial desire and demonstration of self-starting capacity

·         Ability to develop results-oriented strategic plans and to roll up your sleeves to do whatever it takes to effectively implement those plans

·         Knowledge of and belief in the essential role of charter schools as a means for improved educational options for students and a lever for broader educational change in Colorado

·         Driver’s license and access to a vehicle

 

Compensation/Benefits:

·         We recognize that we are seeking a candidate with unique qualifications to fill this position. The position will be paid competitively including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn a significant performance bonus, generous paid time off, and attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits.

·         The position will collaborate closely with other members of the League team and develop the capacity of all team members to disseminate effective HR and talent development practices through close teaming, ongoing communication, and shared learning and decision-making. 

·         The position will require some scheduling flexibility to support outreach to colleges and universities, relationship building with member schools, and otherwise advance the development of talent recruitment channels and professional networks.

·         The ideal fit is a seasoned leader with strong recruitment experience who wants to have a major social impact at this phase in his/her career and, thus, is motivated to advance an ambitious annual agenda and execute against measurable performance goals with substantial professional ownership and initiative.

 

How to Apply:
Please send the following to Teresa Tate, VP of School Services, at ttate@coloradoleague.org with a subject line that reads: Director of Talent Development.

 

Please include:

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:
    • What is it about our mission and vision that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
    • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in particular?
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity?
  • Resume with a complete listing of all employment positions held and education credentials/degrees/accomplishments conferred to date including GPA.
  • List of five references with phone numbers and emails (will only contact after notifying you).

 

Applications are requested by January 26, 2018.  The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 

The League is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity, equity and inclusion. 

  


 


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