Director, School Quality Support
Position: Director, School Quality Support
Location: Los Angeles or Sacramento preferred
Description of Job: The Director, School Quality Support will help schools in improving their performance and utilizing alternative measures where appropriate to identify success in increasing student learning. These responsibilities will be accomplished through extensive engagement with charter school leaders, school site visits, connections to resources and the development of supports.
Overview of Responsibilities
The Director, School Quality Support is a member of the School Performance, Research and Accountability Team, reporting to the Senior Vice President of School Performance, Development and Support. The Director's primary responsibilities are (1) to provide early notification and support to charter schools that underperform on public metrics of academic achievement, (2) to lead Multiple Measure Reviews to inform CCSA's advocacy for renewing charter schools and (3) to serve as an effective advocate for CCSA's accountability initiatives. The Director, School Quality Support will also collaborate with other key CCSA teams supporting school quality, including the School Development Team (ensuring new charters start strong academically), the Knowledge Management Team (amplifying usage of CCSA's vast member resources), and the Diversity in Leadership Team (supporting the program's goal of increasing diversity in charter school leadership).
The ideal candidate will have successful experience as a former charter school leader with deep instructional leadership expertise. The person will have experience with a variety of school data-based assessments and how these internal measures can be used to tell a compelling story of student growth at the time of a charter school's renewal. This person will have a proven record of success in improving outcomes for all students and in supporting adult learning and leadership development. The role requires a commitment to the principle that chronically underperforming charter schools should be closed.
Overview of the School Performance, Research and Accountability Team
A trusted source of data and information on the California charter school movement, CCSA's School Performance, Research and Accountability Team authors significant original research documenting charter schools' academic performance. The team also manages CCSA's accountability initiative, where CCSA has been a national leader in accelerating the growth of high performing charter schools, providing proactive support to struggling schools, and using every lever possible to close and/or improve chronically underperforming charter schools. The team strives to ensure that the public and member schools have a complete and actionable picture of school performance, maintaining a focus on issues of equity and access, and impacting policy to accelerate charter schools' success.
- Provides persuasive leadership and effective communication to help encourage California charter schools to adopt accountability as a key tenet of charter flexibility and freedom in exchange for academic outcomes.
- Works with School Performance, Research and Accountability Team in close collaboration with the Managing Director to provide guidance on revisions and future development of CCSA's accountability initiatives.
Leads early notification outreach and supports to schools at risk of falling below CCSA's Minimum Criteria.
- Conducts outreach to charter leaders and site visits to schools in the third and/or fourth years of their five-year charter term, offering developed supports and connections to resources. This may include recommending partners or connections to high performing schools who can provide targeted assistance or serve as models, creating networks of peer to peer supports to facilitate the identification and sharing of best practices, and promoting the use of assessment management systems and data sharing at the school level.
- Collaborates closely in research efforts with the School Performance, Research and Accountability Team to support the development of early notification and support tools for charter schools, effectively capturing and reporting on the findings and impact of practices to fuel school improvement.
Supports the implementation of CCSA's Public Call for Non-Renewal process in contacting and working with schools that fall below CCSA's Minimum Accountability Criteria.
- Working with the School Performance, Research and Accountability Team, manages the Multiple Measure Review process for charter schools at risk of being below CCSA's academic accountability criteria for renewal.
- Conducts courageous conversations with charter school board members, executive and site leadership, notifying them when have not qualified for CCSA advocacy support due to their school's chronic underperformance.
- Works with the School Performance, Research and Accountability Team to gather the necessary data to create staff recommendations and reports for the CCSA Executive Team, CCSA Member Council, charter school and for use as testimony in public charter renewal hearings.
School quality champion, collaborating across teams within CCSA to provide school performance supports to schools and developers.
- Through engagement with charter leaders, raises awareness of areas of underperformance and achievement gaps across the spectrum of academic and school performance outcomes, encouraging continuous improvement of individual schools and increased performance across the charter sector.
- Engages with CCSA's School Development Team to develop materials and supports that guide year one and two schools toward higher quality academic performance and to ensure new charter schools are aware of CCSA's accountability initiatives.
- Participates with the School Development Team in some petition reviews to ensure stronger alignment of school quality support resources and information to developers and across CCSA internal teams.
- Maintains School Supports portion of website with updated information, partners and resources.
- Engages with Knowledge Management Team to ensure early year charters are aware of access to supports provided and increase access to and usage of CCSA supports where possible.
- Engages with CCSA Diversity in Leadership initiative to calibrate resources where possible.
- Provides support as appropriate to CCSA Advocates-CCSA's tandem 501(c)4 organization-with campaign efforts at the local and state level.
- Respected, highly skilled instructional leader with broad experience as an educator across roles and student populations.
- Demonstrated commitment to outcome-based accountability and experience in using school-based data-driven decision making, leading to continuous improvement in student performance.
- The ability to assist schools in raising student achievement by looking beyond a school's public performance data to assess whether the school is engaged in effective methods of accelerating student learning.
Sophisticated understanding and ability to apply theories of and effective practices for:
- student learning, growth and development;
- differentiated instructional strategies, especially for high-needs students;
- standardized, observational, performance-based and alternative assessments; and
- continuous learning, including evaluation, self-evaluation, and evidence-driven adjustment of instruction and interventions, for school leaders, teachers, and students.
The ability to effectively represent the Association's accountability framework in potentially contentious settings.
- Very effective oral and written communications skills sufficient to write comprehensive reports for presentation to various audiences.
- Understanding of California's public-school testing and accountability as they relate to charter schools.
- Familiarity with charter school authorizing and renewal policies, procedures and environment
- A keen appreciation and understanding of the Association's mission and philosophy and commitment to CCSA core work values of passion, impact, communications and judgment.
- A strong commitment and history of contributing to diversity and equity in education settings.
Typically, these skills and experience result from considerable experience as a founder, administrator and/or strong lead teacher in a charter school. An advanced degree in education, research, public policy, or related area, as well as substantial experience in increasingly responsible positions are also preferred.
How to Apply
Please send both, cover letter and resume, as one PDF or Word document. The cover letter should answer 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 in particular?
- Where did you learn about this opportunity?
Save the document as "your first name and last name" - Director, School Quality Support and email it as an attachment to: APMCareers@ccsa.org. Please do not write anything on the subject line or in the email body.
Position will be open until filled.
About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) (501c3)
The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 1,275 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) (501c4)
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 Advocates (CCSAA) 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. For more information, please visit http://www.ccsaadvocates.org/.
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