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.
What Success Looks Like
To achieve success in this role, qualified candidates will be able to consistently meet and exceed these goals:
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.
Please submit a cover letter, resume and references as one PDF or Word document.
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.