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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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Job Title:                    Marketing & Communication Specialist

Reports To:                Vice President of State & Local Policy acting under guidance of Board of Directors, Alliance for Douglas County Charter Schools

 

Organization:            The Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools (Alliance) provides a platform for a unified Douglas County charter school voice through advocacy, support, and communication. The Alliance promotes high-quality charter schools as an essential component of a healthy school district in Douglas County.

 

Position Summary:   The Marketing and Communication Specialist will possess the following skills and attributes: strong creative, strategic, analytical and organizational skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to work independently at a fast pace; proven project management skills; ability to handle multiple projects and processes simultaneously; and strong attention to detail. The Specialist will need to participate regularly in afternoon & evening meetings and maintain an active presence among public charter schools at various locations throughout Douglas County.

 

Areas of Responsibility:

The Marketing and Communication Specialist performs the following essential functions:

  • Serves alongside VP of State & Local Policy to serve as the primary liaison with The Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools Board of Directors. This work includes but is not limited to content development for marketing communications including email, direct mail, press releases, website, social media, etc.
  • Review all advertising and marketing projects to ensure they are completed on time, within budget and with uncompromising quality. This includes opening new projects, concept development, and final disposition of completed projects.
  • Oversee automated communication plan by developing and editing content, scheduling activities, overseeing design, ensuring branding and compliance.
  • Proofread all marketing materials, website content, and publications for accuracy, branding, and compliance.
  • Plan and attend Alliance meetings during afternoon and evening hours.
  • Summarize Alliance meetings.
  • Attend (preferred) or watch Douglas County School District Board of Education meetings and take searchable notes.
  • Liaison with the Alliance Board.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications:

·         Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s Degree required.

·         Minimum 5 years’ job-related experience.

·         Strong communication skills.

·         Ability to multitask and work in an environment of changing priorities.

 

Employment/Compensation/Benefits: The position will be employed by the Colorado League of Charter Schools, which serves as the fiscal agent for the Alliance of Douglas County Charter Schools. The Specialist will be supervised by the VP of State & Local Policy, Dan Schaller, who oversees the League’s policy and advocacy team at the state, district and local levels. This is a part-time position scheduled for approximately twenty hours per week, plus other hours as may be necessary to complete job duties. A combination of day, evening, and weekend hours is required. The position will include hourly pay and access to benefits. Salary Range: $17 to $20 an hour.

 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Teresa Tate, Vice President of School Services, at careers@coloradoleague.org, with a subject line that reads: Alliance Marketing and Communication Specialist. Applications are requested by May 10, 2019. The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 



Job Title:                      Executive Assistant

                                               

Reports to:                   President

 

Classification:              Exempt

 

 Organization:              The Colorado League of Charter Schools (the “League”) has 20 staff members, a statewide membership of 255 schools with 124,000 students, a distinguished 26-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 searching for an experienced, reliable and task-oriented Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant will work directly with the President and management team, and will be responsible for performing a number of administrative duties. The ideal candidate is highly self-motivated, professional, and capable of managing their work load and prioritizing tasks in a fast-paced environment. This is an excellent opportunity to join a growing organization with competitive compensation including a full-time salary, the opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, plus attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits. The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 

Areas of Responsibility

Scheduling & Communication Flow

  • Keep President’s calendar of appointments, including visitor, telephone, & email inquiries in a manner that supports timeliness & effectiveness.
  • Assist President in setting organizational priorities, distributing projects/tasks, monitoring progress, making workflow adjustments, & following through on deliverables to completion.
  • Plan & keep annual schedule of appointments with member schools including site visits, regional meetings, retreats, graduations, & other events.
  • Coordinate scheduling & communication across & among the management team including setting agendas & taking minutes of management & board meetings as requested.
  • Support President’s role in financial management procedures, including documentation review, check signing, & routine budget & cash flow monitoring.
  • Uphold effective organizational norms & operations, including financial practice, staff culture, team routines, healthy communication, transparency, & accountability for performance.
  • Keep regular daily office hours with a high level of timeliness, professionalism, & productivity; have flexibility to work additional time outside of regular office hours as requested.
  • Assist President with expense reimbursement, time sheet tracking/monitoring, office/file organization, mail processing, and other routine administrative tasks.
  • Assist with personal scheduling and tasks as they arise.

 

Governance Liaison

  • Keep board calendar, issue reminders and appointment invitations, coordinate meeting logistics, arrange refreshments, arrange conference line participation, and communicate with board members.
  • Assist with setting meeting agendas & taking minutes of all regular board meetings and finance committee meetings.
  • Coordinate committee meetings, including executive, finance, stakeholder, fundraising, & ad hoc committee activities.
  • Coordinate annual board retreat & board role in League’s annual conference, including membership forum & elections.

 

Organization/Office Administration

  • Assist VP of Development & President with fundraising tasks as delegated.
  • Support League’s administrative assistant & other employees with:
  • Ensuring quality, diligent customer service by answering main telephone line & distributing incoming calls among team members, welcoming visitors, & handling email inquiries. 
  • Making travel and scheduling arrangements for management team, including calendar, travel, lodging, reservations, etc.
  • Assisting with vendor management & liaison, including IT, facilities, office supplies, copier/printers, hardware & software. 
  • Other priorities & tasks as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor or his designee.

 

Qualifications

  • Self-starter who works independently & learns quickly & easily.
  • Dedicated to ensuring that all families & students access quality educational options.
  • Comfortable working closely with President & other members of management team.
  • Either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree required.
  • Excellent relationship building and 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.
  • Ability to work additional time outside of regular office hours as requested.
  • Ability to travel with occasional overnight stays for board retreats & other meetings as designated.


Compensation/Benefits:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This full-time position will include salary, opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, generous paid time off, attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits.

 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Teresa Tate, Vice President of School Services, at careers@coloradoleague.org, with a subject line that reads: Executive Assistant.  Applications are requested by April 7, 2019.  The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 



Job Title:                    Director of Advocacy

 

Reports To:                Vice President of State and Local Policy

 

 Organization:             The Colorado League of Charter Schools (the “League”) has 20 staff members, a statewide membership of 255 schools with 124,000 students, a distinguished 26-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 Director of Advocacy is responsible for working at the district and community levels to track, develop and execute multi-leveled advocacy agendas. While policy research and analysis will form part of this person’s responsibilities, the ideal candidate will be willing to roll up her or his sleeves and do whatever it takes to meet the needs of the given setting or opportunity. This may involve attending and tracking community convenings and board meetings, assisting with the training and activation of advocates, and testifying or speaking before large groups and public bodies as necessary. S/he must be discerning in identifying message carriers and formulating messages to fit a variety of different settings; willing to serve as a spokesperson or support the best spokesperson – whether parent, teacher, student, grandparent or pastor – as most advantageous to the given setting or target audience. A qualified candidate must be an unwavering advocate for choice, equity, quality, and the benefits of public charter schools.

 

Areas of Responsibility:

Public Advocacy and Activation

  • Assist in the development and activation of local charter school consortia in various communities across the state focused on harnessing the collective power of charter beneficiaries at the local level
  • Cultivate effective working relationships with locally elected officials and designated authorizers such as school district board members, district administrators and potential candidates for office.
  •  Foster and leverage relationships with local advocacy allies.
  •  Where necessary, testify on behalf of League policy positions and speak publicly on League policy priorities at the local level.
  • Train parents and community members on policy priorities and on the importance and techniques of effective advocacy
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the League’s Colorado Charter Advocacy Network (COCAN) including building a network of charter school advocates willing to testify at the Capitol, meet with legislators, write blog postings and editorials, and engage in other helpful activities at the state and local levels
  • Assist in the development of effective working relationships with legislators, especially those on the Colorado General Assembly education committees, members of the Colorado State Board of Education and the Governor’s staff
  • Work in collaboration with the State and Local Policy Team and other staff members to plan and implement the League’s annual Charter School Advocacy Day, fall Leadership Summit, spring Conference, and other advocacy-related events
  • Assist in the execution a fundraising strategy focused on advancement of the League’s advocacy & policy objectives
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of regular policy and political updates and actions to member schools and other stakeholders

 

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Serve on the League’s State and Local Policy Team and act in concert with other team and staff members
  • Contribute to overall organizational decisions and actions as well as implementation of the strategic plan, operations plan and annual budget decisions and actions
  •  Identify annual performance targets and program goals, as well as specific indicators to measure progress toward meeting those goals for League policy and advocacy work
  • 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 staff 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


Skills and Qualifications:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in a senior-level education role, advocacy, or ed reform
  • Master’s in public policy, education or related field preferred
  • Experience developing and executing successful local advocacy initiatives preferred
  • Experience speaking before legislative committees or other public bodies
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred
  • Deep knowledge of charter schools and Colorado’s K-12 education systems
  • Self-starter with a proven track record of taking initiative and executing successfully against it
  • Social sector orientation with desire to give back and advance equity and opportunity for all
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process and public policy formulation preferred
  • Comfortable meeting new people, attending social gatherings and building relationships
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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


Compensation/Benefits:
Commensurate with qualifications and experience. This full-time position will include salary, opportunity to earn an annual performance bonus, generous paid time off, attractive health, retirement and life insurance benefits.

 

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Teresa Tate, Vice President of School Services, at careers@coloradoleague.org, with a subject line that reads: Director of Advocacy.  Applications are requested by April 14, 2019.  The position will be filled as soon as a highly qualified candidate can be identified.

 

 



Consider Serving on a Charter School Board 

If you are interested in serving the Colorado charter school community, a great way to do that is to serve on a charter school governing board. Contact a charter school near you to see if they need board members, or sign up for our board bank by emailing your resume to ttate@coloradoleague.org

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