Job Opening: Executive Director Bay Area, New Leaders for New Schools (Bay Area)
- New Leaders for New Schools
Executive Director, Bay Area Program
New Leaders for New Schools (www.nlns.org) is a national non-profit
that promotes high academic achievement for every child by
attracting, preparing, and supporting the next generation of
outstanding leaders for our nation's urban public schools. New
Leaders for New Schools aggressively recruits extremely talented
people to become urban school principals by providing them with
rigorous, hands-on leadership training and a yearlong Residency with
an outstanding mentor principal. We also help place our participants
in urban public schools and provide them with ongoing support,
networking, and a lifelong community of peers. New Leaders currently
runs programs in Baltimore, the Bay Area of California, Chicago,
Memphis, New York City, and Washington, DC.
Serving as the executive manager of the Bay Area program, the
Executive Director is charged with leading a community of New
Leaders principals in which every child is equipped to achieve
their potential, where adults assume responsibility for educating
all of our children, and where at least 90% of all children at all
schools are performing at or above grade level. Over time, the
Executive Director will also build on this success to impact policy
and practice to promote the success of all schools in Oakland and
the Bay Area.
To that end, the Executive Director manages both internal and
external constituents by building a coalition that can work together
to focus on school leadership and high levels of student
achievement. The Bay Area team, which includes 10 staff members, is
made up of experienced former principals serving as Leadership
Coaches to our New Leaders Principals and Residents and other team
staff focused on the operations of recruiting, admissions,
fundraising, program delivery, and other city responsibilities. Each
city team includes a Director of Leadership Coaching who reports to
the Executive Director and manages and supports the other coaches,
and each Executive Director is in turn supported by extensive work
from the Chief Cities Officers, the National Coaching Team, and
other National staff.
Whether serving as visionary and strategist, chief instructional
officer or fundraiser, recruiter or coalition-builder, the primary
goal of the Executive Director is to do no less than impact a school
system and a city/region in partnership with Oakland Unified School
District (OUSD) and Bay Area charter schools. To accomplish this
goal, the Executive Director is responsible for:
Crafting a strategy that guides the Bay Area operation focused on
a vision of an educational system that promotes high levels of
academic achievement for all students
Effectively building and leading a team that includes some of the
best school leadership experts in the 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
(OUSD leadership and other education advocates, government,
business, and community leaders) throughout the area to work
together to transform the policies, structures, and practices in the
service of increasing student achievement
To reach this vision over time, the Executive Director will focus on
the near term priorities of increasing student achievement in every
New Leaders school and on growing the size, depth, and support of
the local New Leaders program through the following operational
1. Work with the Leadership Coaches and other staff to identify key
developmental and resource/partnership needs for each of the New
Leaders Principals and Residents and ensure that these needs are met
through effective action across all team members in the service of
increasing student achievement.
2. Develop and consistently improve the scale and quality of the
partnership with the local school system or school systems, in order
a) Ensure that our New Leaders have efficient access to residency
and principal positions.
b) Work with OUSD to enact policy or practice changes at the
district level that will support the success of the New Leaders
c) Provide for any other district and charter partnership goals
related to the success of New Leaders Residents and Principals.
3. Recruit and select aspiring principals from a diverse set of
backgrounds that have the potential to be outstanding school leaders
according to New Leaders for New Schools Selection Criteria.
4. Identify, recruit, and select mentor principals that exhibit
strong mentoring capabilities and that have demonstrated success in
improving educational outcomes for children.
5. Manage placement of all successful program graduates as school
leaders tap local networks, maximize district relationships,
facilitate certification processes, and know each New Leader's
strengths and development needs for matching to openings and
then ensure the retention of these New Leaders as principals in the
same schools over time.
6. Raise all funds necessary to support the local New Leaders for
New Schools program and manage the local program budget.
7. Serve as primary local public spokesperson for New Leaders for
8. Build a high-functioning board and network of local business,
education, and policy leaders to ensure the local program reaches
all recruitment, selection, placement, certification, fundraising,
and PR goals.
9. Impact education policy at the local and state levels to support
the success of New Leaders principals and other principals.
10. Build the sense of community and cohesiveness of the local
community of New Leaders Residents, New Leaders principals, mentor
principals, and others in education reform.
11. Ensure that New Leaders Residents are certified as school
leaders by the California Department of Education (CDE); negotiate,
draft, and finalize all formal agreements with partner universities
and the CDE.
12. Assist in the annual evaluation of the New Leaders for New
1. Executive-level management experience and a record of achievement
in leading teams of people.
2. Strong entrepreneurial skills and the ability to establish and
build a wide range of key relationships across the education,
business, and government sectors.
3. Exceptional communication skills (oral and written).
4. Experience in education, preferably in Oakland or the Bay Area,
or at least strong familiarity with the challenges faced by
principals in urban public school districts.
5. Passionate commitment to improving public education and the value
of leadership in our nation's public schools.
Competitive compensation package includes base salary, performance
bonus, and complete benefits.
Please send the following to jobs@...:
Cover letter answering the following questions:
o What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience
o What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in
o Where did you learn about this opportunity?
3 References (will only contact after notifying you)
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Additional information about New Leaders for New Schools can be
found at our website: www.nlns.org.
New Leaders for New Schools is an equal opportunity employer. New
Leaders for New Schools evaluates applicants for employment on the
basis of qualifications, merit and work-related criteria without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual
orientation, mental or physical disabilities, pregnancy, childbirth,
medical condition, marital status, or any other characteristic
protected by law.