California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is driven by the vision of building great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community and life. Currently, public charter schools in California serve 10% of all public school students in the state, enrolling 660,000 in more than 1,300 innovative and diverse schools of all models -- the strongest charter enrollment in the nation. In California, all public charter schools are non-profit, free, and open to all.
As the charter school movement has matured, CCSA has celebrated 25 years of strong growth and delivering results for students. Now, the Association is entering a new era in its strategic orientation, focusing even more on closing achievement gaps, increasing quality, and advocating for improving education for all students.
CCSA’s newly revised mission is: "To meet parent, educator and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high-quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their successes throughout California's public schools." As a coordinating voice of over 1,300 charters, and hundreds of thousands of educators, parents, students and advocates across California, the Association focuses on ensuring all students have equitable education options so that, regardless of where they are enrolled -- in charters or traditional public schools -- all students receive a quality education.
CCSA seeks to sustain and amplify the extraordinary urgency to provide the most historically underserved and vulnerable students with the high-quality public education that they deserve and that will change lives. Going forward, the Association will partner with those in common cause, inside and outside of education, for greater equity, opportunity and access for all.
Over the past two years, CCSA has amassed significant research, polling and experience to understand public opinion, test key messages, deploy a paid campaign to increase charter favorability, and understand Californians’ knowledge and information gaps about public education. Recently, they have retained SKDKnickerbocker to help craft, hone and implement the communications campaign going forward.
The leadership commitment has been demonstrated, the groundwork for the new strategic communications agency relationship has been laid, and the internal team is poised for expansion – all that awaits is a new leader to harness the enormous potential of the cause and the organization.
CCSA is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) organization along with their affiliated 501(c)(4), California Charter School Advocates, which spearheads campaign-related strategies and activities. More information about the effectiveness of California charter schools can be found in the October 2019 Portrait of the Movement and the work of CCSA more broadly at www.ccsa.org.
Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) is a key advisor to the CEO and Board of Directors, contributing to overall strategy and the new strategic direction, as well as the ongoing organization-wide leadership of the Association. The CCO is the principal communications and marketing strategist, partnering with SKDKnickerbocker on creative and implementation of statewide re-branding efforts and campaigns. The CCO leads an internal team plus contractors to create and execute across all platforms – mass-market advertising, media relations, digital media, website, events, and toolkits to support the communications efforts of members.
As a member of the Association’s executive management team, the CCO partners with colleagues in operations, legal, research & school improvement, government relations, regional advocacy and organizing to lead the day-to-day management of the regionally dispersed Association staff. The CCO is a thought partner and collaborator on the electoral campaign-related communications and marketing investments of California Charter School Advocates. In collaboration with the Office of the CEO, the CCO contributes to the development and execution of the Association’s internal communications effort.
Exemplifying the adopted organizational values that prioritize passion, impact, judgment and communication, the Chief Communication Officer:
Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) degree from an accredited college or university in the fields of communications, marketing, public relations, education, public administration or a related academic field. Master’s degree preferred.
A minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in cause marketing and advocacy communications and/or corporate communications of issue, social change, or political goals. A minimum of five (5) years of experience in personnel management. Experience in California campaigns, advocacy focused not-for-profits, or government preferred;
Knowledge & Abilities
This position requires regular statewide travel and limited national travel, as needed.
The statements in this narrative represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed; they are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.
Competitive trade association senior executive salary.
Health & Benefits
Effective with the first day of employment, CCSA makes generous employer contributions toward employee and family options for HMO, PPO and High Deductible Health Plans. There are several companies and plans to choose from for health, dental, and vision coverage, and life insurance.
Following three months of employment, CCSA currently matches employee contributions up to 100% of 6% of the employee’s salary
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employees earn 15 days of PTO in the first year of employment. The number of days increases over subsequent years of employment. CCSA provides 13 paid holidays, in addition to PTO.
Please direct all inquiries, recommendations and resumes to Julie Justus McGinity, Principal, Justus McGinity Executive Search at email@example.com. Interested candidates are encouraged to submit cover letters and resumes promptly. There is no established deadline for the submission of applications; resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Only candidates who move beyond the review of submitted written materials will be contacted.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Justus McGinity Executive Search and California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) are equal opportunity employers and make all employment decisions on the basis of merit, qualifications, and abilities.
California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) shall recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job titles, including interns, apprentices, and volunteers, without regard on race, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, national origin (includes language use and possession of a driver's license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the United States is authorized under federal law), ancestry,physical disability,mental disability,medical condition,genetic information,registered domestic partner status, marital status, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity (including transgender identification), gender expression, age for individuals over forty years of age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status of any person, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws (“protected characteristics”).
Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.