Executive Director, Washington DC Program
New Leaders for New Schools - Washington, DC

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Washington D.C. Program

Reports to: Regional Director

Functional Responsibilities: City Leadership & Management; Fundraising & Development; Partner Engagement & Management; Services Leadership

Position Overview:
Serving as the strategic leader and executive manager of New Leaders’ Washington, D.C. team, the Executive Director will be ultimately responsible for the design, planning, funding, staffing, and implementation of a city strategy for the successful execution of an aspiring principals program continuum resulting in a community of high-quality principals focused on driving dramatic student achievement in the schools they lead.

Specific accountabilities include:
Below, should we include specifics about program size and fundraising goals to give a sense of scope and inspire applicants about what they can achieve in the role?

Creating and executing the overall short- and long-term strategy based on the New Leaders program model to ensure success at reaching local goals, focused on high levels of academic achievement for all students;

Ensuring long-term sustainability of the city program by partnering with the central External Relations team to develop and execute short- and long-term strategies to secure funding for the program;

Effectively and efficiently building and leading a high performing team that includes some of the best school leadership experts in the city area as well as talented team members in other areas to fulfill the program’s mission;

Building a broad coalition that brings together key constituents (district, charter and other school partners), and other education advocates, government, business, and community leaders to work together to impact policies, structures, and practices in the service of increasing student achievement; and

Serving as a strategist and thought partner directly to education leaders within the school district and charter landscape , and supporting these leaders in developing policies and practices which directly impact the context of the school system and the success of schools and school leaders.

To reach this vision over time, the Executive Director will focus on increasing student achievement in every New Leader led school and on growing the size, depth, and support of the local New Leaders program through the following operational responsibilities:

Developing and consistently improving the quality of the partnership with the local school system and charter partners in order to:

Ensure that New Leaders have efficient access to residency and principal positions,

Ensure financial support for NL programs

Provide for any other district or charter partnership goals related to the success of New Leaders Residents and Principals.

Ensuring that the local program budget reflects established priorities, with a relentless focus on best utilization of financial resources for maximum impact in schools;

Identifying district and charter policies and advocating for aligned context change that if successfully implemented allow principals to do what is necessary to dramatically impact student achievement.

Building new and maintaining existing relationships with multiple charter school and Charter Management Organization (CMO) partners, to increase the number of viable partners for New Leaders programs;

Working with the central Policy and Practices team to identify, propose, and manage Leadership Services to help partner school systems raise the bar for principal management, support, and evaluation

Building a staff culture that reflects a relentless focus on student achievement, operational efficiency and excellence, and ensures that the staff models a culture of belief, honor, respect, honesty, and care that we want to see displayed toward students and parents in schools;

Developing and implementing strategies to build a sense of community and cohesiveness among the local community of New Leaders Residents, New Leaders principals, mentor principals, Emerging Leaders participants and others in education reform; building awareness in the New Leader community around our policy and context recommendations and supporting those interested in becoming more active as internal advocates for change;

Serving as the primary local public spokesperson for New Leaders, to include media relations and community partnerships;

Working with the Managing Director of Programs (a matrixed managed position to the national program team) to assist in the annual evaluation of the New Leaders program, reviewing data to track progress toward goals and making local program improvements; and

Serving as a critical thought partner with other City and National program teams and adhering to national guidelines and processes as needed.

Skills, Experiences & Competencies

Belief that every student, in every circumstance can achieve the highest levels of academic excellence;

A minimum of seven to ten years of executive-level management experience strongly preferred;

Strong familiarity with the challenges faced by principals in urban public school districts preferred;

Fundraising skills or track record of revenue generation required;

Strong people management skills and the ability to motivate, excite, inspire, and educate both internal and external resources;

Ability to think strategically, drive analysis, and solve problems creatively and effectively;

Strong entrepreneurial skills and the ability to establish and build a wide range of key relationships across the education, business, and government sectors;

Exceptional communication (oral and written) and organizational skills, with an ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and thrive in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment.

To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter of interest via the following link: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA3/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NLNS&cws=1&rid=378

Important Application Notes :
If you are planning to apply for more than one position , please specifically address each position you are applying for in your cover letter.

If after submitting materials you decide to apply for an additional position, please re-write your cover letter to reflect this and resubmit. If you do not indicate your interest in a position, you will not be considered for it.

Although we encourage you to apply for any positions you are both interested in and consider yourself qualified for, we ask you to be careful when attaching yourself to more than one requisition.

Your cover letter should include:
An explanation of your interest in the New Leaders mission

An explanation of your interest in the position for which you are applying

An explanation of anything unusual in your resume (more than one year employment lapse or a major shift in your career interest)

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