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Job Opening: Executive Director, Oakland Small Schools Foundation (Oakland)

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  • Carrie McPherson
    The Oakland Small Schools Foundation is looking for an Executive Director. This is an incredible opportunity to join a dynamic organization, still in its
    Message 1 of 4 , Aug 16, 2006
      The Oakland Small Schools Foundation is looking for an Executive Director.  This is an incredible opportunity to join a dynamic organization, still in its beginnings but well supported, and take it to the next level.  Check out www.smallschoolsfoundation.org for more information, and please pass this job description on to anyone who would be a good fit (preferably with experience in education, management, fundraising, principal leadership development, and board development).  Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@... .  Thank you!
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      Organization Background:   The Oakland Small Schools Foundation (OSSF) was created by a group of principals and business leaders from the Oakland community to promote excellence and sustainability in Oakland's new small public schools. Registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2003, OSSF helps participating small school schools identify, secure, and manage resources for needs that would otherwise be under-funded by traditional public sources.

      In a district where less than half of high school freshmen reach graduation, the need for academic, social, recreation, and arts intervention is dramatic. The majority of our students are English-language learners from low-income families. Public funds and the regular classroom schedule are simply not sufficient for them to reach or exceed grade level proficiency. With extra support, most of these students have the potential to become the first children in their families to graduate from college. OSSF has developed a portfolio of fund development, administrative, and data management services designed to help schools access and manage resources to meet the following needs:

         Intervention programs: academic, home-language, socio-emotional, special needs

         Comprehensive after school programs: academics, arts, sciences, athletics

         Instructional and curricular materials, supplies, and field trips

         Parent and family resource centers

         Faculty professional development and instructional coaching

         Small class sizes for all grades

      OSSF exists to ensure that new schools develop into mature, sustainable organizations so that the Oakland community can benefit from its investment in the new small schools movement and break the cycle of low school performance for Oakland children. In our resource scarce public education system, principals must devote significant time and energy to marshaling the resources their faculties need to reach student achievement targets. OSSF has developed best practices for positioning a public school principal as a fundraiser to the private funding community in order to meet those goals. OSSF has deep roots in the community and the small schools movement, and we intend to see our community's vision of a world-class education system realized for all Oakland students.

      Position Overview:  The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for maximizing the Oakland Small Schools Foundation's impact by building relationships in the funding and school communities, developing services and resources to sustain the organization and its network small schools, and raising community awareness and support.  The ED reports to and serves at the will of the Board of Directors and is responsible for hitting performance goals to be determined periodically by the board. The ED is responsible for managing all staff and works closely with the President. 

      Responsibilities:  To maximize the impact of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation, the ED has the following specific responsibilities: 

         Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate staff to ensure that resources are maximized and that organizational systems are effective. Currently, the ED manages a contracted Development Specialist, an Individual Giving Coordinator, and a Bookkeeper.

         Work with the board to develop annual programmatic and financial goals

         Develop a base of financial support, including grants from corporations, foundations, and individuals to build and sustain OSSF's organizational capacity

         Oversee the development and deployment of services such as accounting, fund development, grant preparation, and reporting to member schools

         Increase local awareness of OSSF's efforts through effective public relations

         Manage relationships with schools and develop a network of fundraising principals

         Ensure that OSSF fulfills all state and federal accounting and reporting requirements

         Build and manage an active and engaged board of local leaders

      Qualifications:  We seek candidates who thrive in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment, demonstrate a record of achievement, possess strong critical thinking and communications skills, and believe deeply in our organization's mission. Qualified candidates will have a strong background in some or all of the following: non-profit management, P&L responsibility, fundraising, coaching, school leadership, and education policy. A Masters degree or experience in a relevant area is required. 

      Preferred Start Date:  Sept 15, 2006 

      Compensation:  This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits. Compensation is commensurate with relevant skills and experience. 

      How To Apply:  Please email a letter of interest and resume by Sept 1, 2006 to jobs@... . Employment is contingent on a writing sample and a satisfactory background check.  You will receive an acknowledgement upon receipt of your email. We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration. 

      The Oakland Small Schools Foundation engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic covered by law. All who believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. The Oakland Small Schools Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


    • caremacboston
      This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing organization supporting the Oakland Small Schools. More information is available at
      Message 2 of 4 , Oct 12, 2006
        This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing organization
        supporting the Oakland Small Schools. More information is available
        at www.smallschoolsfoundation.org.

        Thanks!

        Position Description - Executive Director

        Organization Background: The Oakland Small Schools Foundation (OSSF)
        was created by a group of principals and business leaders from the
        Oakland community to promote excellence and sustainability in
        Oakland’s new small public schools. Established as a non-profit in
        2003, OSSF helps participating small schools identify, secure, and
        manage resources for needs that would otherwise be under-funded by
        traditional public sources. OSSF has developed a portfolio of fund
        development, administrative, and data management services designed to
        help schools retain reduced class sizes and to support their
        intervention and after-school programs, family resource centers, extra
        curriculum materials and supplies, libraries, and professional
        development for staff.

        OSSF exists to ensure that new schools that serve low-income students
        of color develop into mature, sustainable organizations so that the
        Oakland community can benefit from its investment in the new small
        schools movement and break the cycle of low school performance for
        Oakland children. OSSF has developed best practices for positioning a
        public school principal as a fundraiser to the private funding
        community in order to meet those goals.

        Position Overview: The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for
        maximizing the Oakland Small Schools Foundation’s impact by building
        relationships in the funding and school communities, expanding and
        executing a robust fund development portfolio, developing services and
        resources to sustain the organization and its network small schools,
        and raising community awareness and support. The ED reports to and
        serves at the will of the Board of Directors and is responsible for
        hitting performance goals to be determined periodically by the board.
        The ED is responsible for managing all staff.

        Responsibilities: To maximize the impact of the Oakland Small Schools
        Foundation, the ED has the following specific responsibilities:

        • Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate staff to ensure that
        resources are maximized and that organizational systems are effective.
        Currently, the ED manages a contracted Development Specialist, a
        Director of Operations, and a Bookkeeper

        • Work with the board to develop annual programmatic and financial goals

        • Develop a base of financial support, including grants from
        corporations, foundations, and individuals to build and sustain OSSF’s
        organizational capacity

        • Oversee the development and deployment of services such as
        accounting, fund development, grant preparation, and reporting to
        member schools

        • Increase local awareness of OSSF’s efforts through effective
        public relations

        • Manage relationships with schools and develop a network of
        fundraising principals

        • Ensure that OSSF fulfills all state and federal accounting and
        reporting requirements

        • Build and manage an active and engaged board of local leaders

        Qualifications: The ideal candidate thrives in an entrepreneurial and
        dynamic environment, demonstrates a record of achievement, possesses
        strong critical thinking and communications skills, and believes
        deeply in our organization's mission. Qualified candidates will have a
        strong background in some or all of the following: non-profit
        management, P&L responsibility, fundraising, coaching, school
        leadership, and education policy. A Masters degree or equivalent
        experience in a relevant area is required.

        Preferred Start Date: January 1, 2007

        Compensation: This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with
        benefits. Compensation is commensurate with relevant skills and
        experience.

        How To Apply: Please email a letter of interest and resume by
        November 22, 2006 to laura@.... Employment is
        contingent on a writing sample and a satisfactory background check.
        You will receive an acknowledgement upon receipt of your email. We
        will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration.


        The Oakland Small Schools Foundation engages employees without regard
        to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual
        orientation or any other characteristic covered by law. All who
        believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. The
        Oakland Small Schools Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
      • Laura Feeney
        Position Description - Executive Director Position Overview: The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for maximizing the Oakland Small Schools
        Message 3 of 4 , Dec 6, 2006

          Position Description - Executive Director

           

          Position Overview:  The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for maximizing the Oakland Small Schools Foundation’s impact by building relationships in the funding and school communities, expanding and executing a robust fund development portfolio, developing services and resources to sustain the organization and its network small schools, and raising community awareness and support.  The ED reports to and serves at the will of the Board of Directors and is responsible for hitting performance goals to be determined periodically by the board. The ED is responsible for managing all staff.  

           

          Responsibilities:  To maximize the impact of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation, the ED has the following specific responsibilities: 

           

             Recruit, train, manage, and evaluate staff to ensure that resources are maximized and that organizational systems are effective. Currently, the ED manages a contracted Development Specialist, a Director of Operations, and a Bookkeeper

            

             Work with the board to develop annual programmatic and financial goals

            

             Develop a base of financial support, including grants from corporations, foundations, and individuals to build and sustain OSSF’s organizational capacity

            

             Oversee the development and deployment of services such as accounting, fund development, grant preparation, and reporting to member schools

            

             Increase local awareness of OSSF’s efforts through effective public relations

            

             Manage relationships with schools and develop a network of fundraising principals

            

             Ensure that OSSF fulfills all state and federal accounting and reporting requirements

            

             Build and manage an active and engaged board of local leaders

            

          Qualifications:  The ideal candidate thrives in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment, demonstrates a record of achievement, possesses strong critical thinking and communications skills, and believes deeply in our organization's mission. Qualified candidates will have a strong background in some or all of the following: non-profit management, P&L responsibility, fundraising, coaching, school leadership, and education policy. A Masters degree or equivalent experience in a relevant area is required. 

           

          Organization Background:   The Oakland Small Schools Foundation (OSSF) was created by a group of principals and business leaders from the Oakland community to promote excellence and sustainability in Oakland ’s new small public schools. Established as a non-profit in 2003, OSSF helps participating small schools identify, secure, and manage resources for needs that would otherwise be under-funded by traditional public sources. OSSF has developed a portfolio of fund development, administrative, and data management services designed to help schools retain reduced class sizes and to support their intervention and after-school programs, family resource centers, extra curriculum materials and supplies, libraries, and professional development for staff.

           

          OSSF exists to ensure that new schools that serve low-income students of color develop into mature, sustainable organizations so that the Oakland community can benefit from its investment in the new small schools movement and break the cycle of low school performance for Oakland children. OSSF has developed best practices for positioning a public school principal as a fundraiser to the private funding community in order to meet those goals.

           

          Preferred Start Date:  January 30, 2007 

           

          Compensation:  This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits. Compensation is commensurate with relevant skills and experience. 

           

          How To Apply:  Please email a letter of interest and resume by January 19, 2006 to laura@.... Please state in your letter of interest how you heard about this opportunity with the Oakland Small Schools Foundation.  Employment is contingent on a writing sample and a satisfactory background check.  You will receive an acknowledgement upon receipt of your email. We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration. 

           

          The Oakland Small Schools Foundation engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic covered by law. All who believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. The Oakland Small Schools Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.



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