Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles

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Position: Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles County

Job Description: As part of the Los Angeles Regional Advocacy team, the director leads policy-making, advocacy and collective action efforts related to support CCSA members' interests across Los Angeles County in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity, and facilities. This position is part of a team that works closely with hundreds of educators operating local charter organizations, community groups, and elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools as part of the public education system in the region and to ensure that all students and families have access to high-quality public schools.

Overview of Responsibilities: The Los Angeles Regional Advocacy team supports 380 charter schools across Los Angeles County, including more than 230 schools authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District alone. This position works directly with the Managing Director, Regional Advocacy and three other Directors of Regional Advocacy to support charter members on CCSA's policy campaigns and address policy issues. The work includes building relationships with charter school educators, elected officials, community organizations and other stakeholders to remove barriers to charter school operation and success in serving students and families.

Essential Duties

  • Plan and manage complex projects from start to finish: Support and actively engage in the development, promotion, and adoption of the team's strategic priorities to ensure they are aligned with CCSA's broader priorities and are reflective of the charter community's needs. Develop, manage and execute individual and team project plans to take ideas from concept to execution, achieving extraordinary results.

    • Create project plans to manage key policy initiatives, regularly tracking progress to goal.
    • Use exceptional judgment to determine how limited resources should be spent to achieve maximum impact.
  • Achieve policy and advocacy wins: Lead charter-related policy matters at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and several other key school districts with a bias towards action and impact.

    • Work with the charter community to identify priority policy issues.
    • Become an expert in specific areas of charter policy (including but not limited to charter authorization, oversight, funding, and facilities) to support the charter community in organizing around common policy outcomes at the county and district level.
    • Mobilize towards increasing collective action by developing structures to ensure active charter leader engagement in policy agenda.
  • Build and activate strategic relationships: Cultivate relationships with key elected and appointed officials at the county and district levels and build and manage relationships with charter leaders in support of the team's advocacy agenda.

    • Focus strategically on policy initiatives to create supportive legislative and policy environments and leverage our members' collective advocacy power, in collaboration with CCSA's parent organizing efforts.
    • Work strategically with charter schools in their authorization/renewal campaigns and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high-quality charter schools.
    • Provide high-quality, timely, responsive member support to charter school leaders by connecting them with resources, responding to inquiries, and answering policy-related questions.
  • Engage in civic engagement and local politics: Engage in non-partisan and partisan electoral work, including strategic planning and implementation under the umbrella of CCSA Advocates, our electoral arm.

    • Engage charter leaders on electoral issues including district, county, and statewide races and ballot measures
    • Actively identify potential candidates and refer them to training resources and materials
    • Collaborate closely with parent and youth organizers in the region to develop outreach and mobilization strategies
    • Provides support, as appropriate, to CCSA Advocates - CCSA's tandem 501(c)4 organization - with campaign efforts at the local and state level.
  • Collaborate effectively with cross-teams: Partner with internal CCSA teams to align resources and maximize advocacy work and outcomes.

    • Identify shared goals and a vision for accountability to achieve these goals

What Success Looks Like
To achieve success in this role, qualified candidates will be able to consistently meet and exceed these goals:

  1. Establish healthy policy environment for high quality charter schools to grow, whereby members have equitable access to resources (e.g. facilities, funding) and authorizers and schools work in partnership to provide high quality options for all public school students.
  2. Facilitate strong charter leader networks across the county and lead members to engage in collective actions that move the policy needle forward.
  3. Actively demonstrate these core work values: passion, impact, judgment and communication.

Preferred Capabilities

  • At least 5 years of professional work experience
  • Demonstrated passion for education reform and understanding of local and statewide education reform climate
  • Experience working to motivate a variety of constituents
  • Exceptional leadership and relationship-building skills
  • Exceptional strategic thinking and planning skills
  • A track record of effective project management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with Excel, Salesforce and workflow management systems
  • Exceptional organizational skills and a self-starter

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references as one PDF or Word document.

  • Cover letter answering the following questions:

    • What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience and/or interests?
    • What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position? Please highlight any previous experience with education organizations in the Sacramento and Greater Sacramento Counties, if applicable.
    • Where did you learn about this opportunity?
    • What are your salary expectations for this position?
  • Resume

  • References (will only contact after notifying you)

Save the document as "your first name and last name" - Director, Regional Advocacy, Los Angeles and email attachment to: Please do not write anything in the subject line or in the email body.

Position will be open until filled.

About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,260 charter public schools and more than 630,000 students in the state of California. The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The mission of CCSA is to have a million students attending charter public schools by 2022, with charter public schools outperforming non-charter public schools on every measure.

About the California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates)
The California Charter Schools Association Advocates (CCSA Advocates) is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to increasing the involvement of the charter school community in the public policy arena, creating a pipeline of charter school supporters and activists, electing public officials who support California charter schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter school movement. The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so that no child is denied the right to a great public education. The mission of Advocates is to increase the number of students attending quality charter schools in California as quickly as possible by creating a political environment that is supportive of charter schools.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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