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    New Leaders for New Schools Executive Director, Bay Area Program Organization Description New Leaders for New Schools (www.nlns.org) is a national non-profit
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      New Leaders for New Schools
      Executive Director, Bay Area Program

      Organization Description
      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.

      Position Description
      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
      responsibilities:
      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
      to:
      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
      Principals.
      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
      New Schools.
      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
      Schools program.

      Qualifications
      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.

      Compensation
      Competitive compensation package includes base salary, performance
      bonus, and complete benefits.

      To Apply:
      Please send the following to jobs@...:
      • Cover letter answering the following questions:
      o What is it about our mission that resonates with your experience
      and/or interests?
      o What makes you an exceptional candidate for this position in
      particular?
      o Where did you learn about this opportunity?
      • Resume
      • 3 References (will only contact after notifying you)
      Subject line should read (exactly as written): Bay Area Executive
      Director
      Please save cover letter and resume with the following file names:
      firstname_lastname_resume.doc
      firstname_lastname_coverletter.doc
      firstname_lastname_references.doc
      (e.g., jane_doe_resume.doc, jane_doe_coverletter.doc,
      jane_doe_references.doc)


      To Recommend a Candidate
      Please send the following to jobs@...:
      • Contact information for nominator or candidate (as appropriate)
      • Brief description of candidate's qualifications


      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.
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