Georgia Charter Schools Association
The Vice President of New School Development (NSD) will directly contribute to the attainment of GCSA’s quality, growth, organizational strength, and sustainability goals by leading GCSA’s efforts in implementing and growing statewide charter school growth. This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Charter Schools Association (GCSA). The GCSA Incubator Program has a strong record of success with nearly 100% of our schools being approved over the last four years. Over 90% of our leaders have been leaders of color and have founded schools in communities of color. We have a strong belief in community and partnership in all that we do.
The Vice President will be responsible for leading the incubator program, creating strong charter schools across the state of Georgia through:
- Replicating strong performing schools
- Recruiting, coaching, and developing strong school leaders
- Developing new schools across the state
- Supporting school leaders once approved through post-approval supports.
Responsibilities and Duties
The primary responsibilities and duties of the Director of NSG will be to:
- Lead and manage the incubator for the purpose of recruiting and developing strong charter leaders and supporting strong charter schools in Georgia;
- Support charter school leaders and their teams from concept inception to year two post-approval
- Form a network of strategic partnerships, including with funders, state agencies, and community organizations
- Further our reputation as a premier source of leadership, talent, technical and hands-on support for the creation and growth of high performing charter schools in Georgia
- Recruit and train school leaders
- Develop and review charter school petitions and budgets
- Develop and execute a leadership center for charter leaders, creating a pipeline to principal certification
- Staff the New School Development sub-committee of the GCSA board of directors
- Lead and Supervise Team Members Working in NSD.
In cooperation with GCSA, new charter schools will locate the strongest potential school leaders and board members, recruiting talented individuals from within Georgia and nationally for the express purpose of opening new high-performing charter schools and expanding existing high-performing charter schools in Georgia, with a focus on the Atlanta Metro Area. The incubator will develop, train and support these new leaders, fully preparing and supporting them as they provide high-quality school options for Georgia students, particularly students in high-poverty urban areas.
The VP will establish partnerships with local and national non-profits, CMOs, and school districts for the purpose of providing internships, mentorship and coaching opportunities for Incubator fellows. Through these partnerships, the VP will expand the profile and footprint of the incubator and the network of learning and employment opportunities for Incubator fellows.
The VP and staff will assist participants in developing their unique school plans in all aspects, including finance, operations, instruction and governance and will support them in crafting a charter petition that meets the criteria for state, local and/or Commission approval. In addition to petition assistance for Incubator fellows, the VP may also assist leaders, school founding boards, and school districts in crafting short- and long-term strategic plans and/or petitions that maximize the use of flexibility to facilitate better student outcomes and in setting effective SMART goals and large-scale operational, governance and academic plans as part of school conversion, school turnaround, charter district or charter cluster planning.
The VP will work with the CEO of GCSA to create sustainable budgets and to seek financial support and fees from all pertinent sources to support the division’s work.
GCSA is a strong fit for professionals who possess an entrepreneurial spirit and high degree of integrity, and are self-directed, tenacious, culturally competent, and committed to creating opportunities for children, families, and educators through educational reform.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have:
- A Master’s degree, at minimum
- Over 10 years’ experience working in the charter sector, preferably in Georgia
- Over five-years’ Business Development experience, particularly in the charter school sector
- Developing mutually beneficial partnerships
- Strong knowledge of Georgia Charter Law, State Rules and Regulations
- Successful experience fundraising, grant writing, budget management
- Passion for education, particularly for providing quality school choices for children in high-poverty areas
- Strong communication skills: particularly writing and speaking to a variety of stakeholders
- Entrepreneurial mindset
- Finance expertise, particularly school finance
Job Type: Full-time
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
Ability to Commute/Relocate:
- Atlanta, GA 30326: Reliably commute or planning to relocate before starting work (Required)
- Do you have successful experience in one or more of these areas: designing a new charter school, writing a charter petition, serving as the Executive Director of a charter school, working as a charter school authorizer, or working in/leading a charter school incubator program?
- Master’s (Required)
- Multiple locations
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send their résumé and cover letter to Tony Roberts, GCSA President and CEO, at email@example.com.