Regional Director, Bay Area

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Position: Regional Director, Bay Area
Location: Contra Costa County, California

Job Description: The Regional Director, as part of the Regional Advocacy team, leads member schools' interests across Contra Costa County and neighboring regions in the areas of charter school policy, school authorization, strengthening relationships with elected and appointed officials, petition support for new and renewing charters, funding equity, and facilities access. This position works closely with charter school operators, community organizations, and local elected and appointed officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools in the region and to ensure that all students and families have access to high quality, public school options.

Overview of Responsibilities: The Bay Area Regional Advocacy team supports over 250 charter schools across the Bay Area, including 20 schools in Contra Costa County. The work will focus initially on developing a strong command of the local public education landscape and the history of charters in the region. The Regional Director will forge relationships with the individuals leading charter schools in the region and develop a comprehensive understanding of the challenges they face as they operate their schools.

In addition, the Regional Director will engage directly with elected and appointed officials in West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) and the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE) to better understand the educational landscape from their perspective, including the challenges they face as leaders. This initial engagement will provide a positive foundation upon which to continue future conversations focused on student success rather than school type.

This position works directly with the Bay Area Managing Regional Director and content experts in facilities, growth, special education, communications, and policy to advocate on behalf of charter schools and students around a variety of issues that schools may face. These issues vary by school and authorizer but in the past have included facilities access, equitable distribution of public revenue, and overreaching regulations that limit a school's ability to best serve all students. Over time, the Regional Director shall develop fluency with local and state charter policies in order to effectively advise charter leaders and elected officials. The Regional Director role will involve both direct advocacy, such as meeting directly with an elected official, and advocacy strategy, which may include development of an action plan to inform and engage families with the goal of securing board support for a successful charter renewal.

In addition to direct advocacy and strategy development, a key responsibility of the Regional Director is the engagement of the local charter community around local and statewide issues that impact the broader charter community. CCSA believes that advocacy efforts are exponentially stronger when schools and their communities work together rather than stand on their own. The Regional Director is responsible for regularly convening charter leaders, providing them with the most up to date data and regional updates as well as strategy recommendations, and, finally, implementation of the priorities and recommendations determined by the local charter community. Similarly, the Regional Director will be responsible for informing local charter leaders about CCSA's legislative policy campaigns, investing them in statewide work, and securing their commitment to support on behalf of the broader movement.

The Regional Director will also be asked to build bridges with other community organizations focused on education, public service, and social justice. CCSA has found that many of our most successful schools are authentic community schools with a variety of partnerships and supports for the students they serve. In order to foster those relationships, the Regional Director will be an ambassador for charter schools in the community and identify opportunities for schools and community organizations to partner on behalf of all students.

Essential Duties

  • Policy Making and Advocacy: Manage charter-related policy matters at the West Contra Costa Board of Education, Contra Costa County Board of Education, and several other key school districts

    • Focus strategically on policy initiatives to create supportive legislative and policy environments and leverage our members' collective advocacy power, in collaboration with parent and/or youth organizing efforts and local partner organizations
    • Drive efforts towards increasing collective action by developing structures to ensure active charter community engagement in the local and statewide policy agenda
    • Strive to develop a variety of pathways for charter leaders and their communities to engage in policy development and implementation in an effort to reduce the barriers that school leaders and community members face as they engage in the political process
  • Relationship Building: Cultivate relationships with elected and appointed officials at the county and district level and build and manage relationships with charter leaders in support of the local advocacy agenda

    • Build and manage relationships with the charter school community to thoroughly understand the issues impacting the local charter community and advocate on behalf of the local charter community
    • Work strategically with charter schools through their authorization/renewal campaigns and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high-quality charter schools
    • Develop authentic relationships with local community and nonprofit leaders to expose community members to the local charter community, expand the influence of the charter community, and, ultimately, build connections that provide more opportunities for local students
  • Community Building: Foster the development of a more unified charter community, armed with timely updates and analysis of issues of local and statewide importance, that can collectively identify key issues, priorities, strategies and, when necessary, mobilize to support or defend the charter movement when necessary

    • Support the development of a robust and engaged local charter community that regularly engages around issues of local importance and priorities as defined by the collective
    • Regularly attend local and county school board and key committee meetings in order to consistently demonstrate charter community presence, gather pertinent information, and utilize public comment to highlight and/or defend charter schools in the region
    • Provide members with timely and informative updates about board actions and other issues impacting charter schools and students in the region as well as strategy proposals for responding effectively
    • Implement local strategy as defined by the local charter community with fidelity
  • Strategic Planning: 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

    • 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
  • Political Engagement: 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 and community partners in the region to develop outreach and mobilization strategies in the community
  • Cross Team Collaboration: Partner with internal CCSA teams to align resources and maximize advocacy work and outcomes

    • Maximize the content knowledge of CCSA colleagues in order to provide high-quality ongoing support to charter leaders and various stakeholders in a timely manner
    • Cultivate relationships with teams to establish clear channels for effective communication and project planning
    • 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 and secure a positive local policy environment to ensure that students enrolled in charter schools have equitable access to resources (e.g. facilities, funding, and technology), schools receive fair and transparent oversight, and are enabled the opportunity to grow if they demonstrate the ability to serve students at a high level.
  2. Foster the development of an engaged charter community where local leaders are essential drivers of key priorities by participating in the decision-making process about local advocacy strategy and inform and engage their communities in collective actions to support positive policy development.
  3. Build bridges between elected and appointed officials, community leaders, and charter operators to provide accurate information about charters, facilitate opportunities to visit local charter schools in an effort to challenge misconceptions about charter schools and expand the role of the community in local charter schools.
  4. Actively demonstrate these core work values: passion, impact, judgment and communication.

Required Capabilities

  • Self-starter with exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Passion for public education and social justice through an education lens and willingness to challenge the status quo
  • Deep appreciation for community and a commitment to bringing diverse people together
  • Masterful ability to manage multiple projects and people while providing a high level of service to members
  • Receptiveness to working in a remote environment and, at times, non-traditional hours
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Reside within Contra Costa County (or willingness to relocate) with access to reliable transportation

Preferred Capabilities

  • At least 5 years professional work experience at the school or policy level
  • Master's degree
  • Strong command of modern workplace tools such as Salesforce, Excel, and other Office products
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Background or experience working within Contra Costa County
  • Fluency in Spanish

Supervisory Responsibility
The Regional Director, Bay Area does not have direct reports. This role works closely with the Managing Regional Director regarding Contra Costa County charter ecosystem support.

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 in particular? Please highlight any previous experience with education organizations in Contra Costa or the Bay Area, 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" - Regional Director, Bay Area and email attachments to: RAcareers@ccsa.org. Please do not write anything in the subject link or in the email body.

Position will be open until filled.

About the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA)
CCSA 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 CCSA is to increase student learning by growing the number of families choosing high quality charter schools so 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)
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 advocates, electing public officials who support California charter schools, and growing the political influence of the California charter school movement.

Benefits and Salary
Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, CCSA offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage, 401K eligibility after the first 90 days of employment, and generous paid time off.

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

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