Executive Director

New York Charter Schools AssociationNew York State

About New York Charter Schools Association

The New York Charter Schools Association (NYCSA) is a nonprofit membership organization that serves as a unified voice for New York’s over 300 public charter schools and 150,000 public charter school students, representing their interests at the state and local levels. The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) is a nonprofit, network organization that supports the work of both the New York Charter Schools Association (NYCSA) and Connecticut Charter Schools Association (CTCSA). With NECSN’s support, NYCSA works to enact change in the public charter school sector that will have a significant impact on student outcomes. To learn more about NYCSA, visit https://nycharters.net/.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall strategic and operational leadership for NYCSA’s staff, programs, school support, and advocacy work – and ensuring the Association’s focus stays true to its mission. For this critical role, NYCSA seeks a leader and seasoned public charter school professional who will be agile and adaptive in the face of a complex and changing educational landscape, a passionate advocate, and a tireless champion for member schools. NECSN/NYCSA is a strong fit for professionals who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, a high degree of integrity, and are committed to creating equitable opportunities for children, families, and educators. The Executive Director will report to Anna Hall, CEO of NECSN.

Key Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Executive Director will be to:

  • Provide vision and strategic direction for the Association and its staff, in partnership with NECSN and in service of the Association’s mission.
  • Advance NYCSA’s advocacy work on behalf of the Association and all of New York’s public charter schools. Galvanize the membership around a clear advocacy agenda and set of strategic priorities along with a tactical plan to achieve these policy wins that will strengthen the existing network of public charter schools and protect the future of New York’s public charter school movement.
  • Strengthen and deepen ongoing work to organize and mobilize parents and other public charter school stakeholders to support pro-charter efforts.
  • Continue to strengthen and build coalitions across the state, rallying continued support for expanding innovative public education in New York.
  • Manage a portfolio of school support services designed to improve school operations and academic quality.
  • Build, maintain, and deepen relationships with school leaders across the state.
  • Provide strategic leadership around the development of a comprehensive set of regional and statewide convenings that are responsive to members’ most pressing needs.
  • Maintain and strengthen the cohesion among charter schools across the state.
  • Develop and retain a high-performing statewide team and manage them towards ambitious goals with a lens of equity and inclusion. Foster staff teamwork and high morale.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate brings relevant senior leadership from the charter sector or in advocacy, and ideally with experience leading an education-focused nonprofit of similar or greater size. NYCSA is looking for an equity-centered and accomplished leader, with demonstrated commitment to improving student outcomes and opportunities through their work in schools, or in support of schools and especially public charters. This leader will also bring a learner’s mindset, positive attitude, and people-first approach to the team and work. Moreover, this leader will bring a demonstrated sense of accountability, dependability, and impeccable integrity in their past work.

Qualifications

The most competitive candidates for this position will possess many of the following experiences and skills:

  • Cares deeply that kids learn.
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience, including senior leadership experience in relevant work.
  • A demonstrated commitment to educational equity, access, and opportunities for families combined with a deep belief in the value of public charter schools.
  • A passion for and commitment to helping the NY public charter school sector to thrive.
  • A strategic thinker with proven operational effectiveness that includes the ability to generate a compelling vision, rally others around it, and execute effectively in order to achieve the desired outcomes.
  • Experience with organizational management and the ability to set and achieve strategic objectives, and to develop, nurture, and support high-performing team members to achieve ambitious outcomes.
  • A clear and effective communicator with outstanding oral, written, and public speaking skills.
  • Demonstrated political skills, negotiation skills, media savvy, and grit, including a proven track record of effectively navigating complex power dynamics and systems, with a comfort operating in high-stakes, high-profile contexts.
  • Experience building effective partnerships with diverse groups, coupled with the ability to persuade, gain support, and motivate stakeholders to take action.
  • Exceptional time and project management skills, and high attention to detail.
  • Direct experience working in the public charter school landscape/sector is strongly preferred.
  • A nuanced understanding of the dynamics of a membership organization and the power of effective advocacy and/or experience leading and managing others in an organization focused on education, policy, and/or advocacy is a plus.
  • Experience leading, working in, or with, advocacy organizations such as 501c4s, PACs and Super-PACs

Location & Salary

This position is based in New York State or the New York City metropolitan area with a hybrid work schedule out of the organization’s offices in Albany, NY. Ability and willingness to travel throughout the state is required. The salary range for this role is $175,000 – $200,000. NYCSA also offers a competitive benefits package.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Northeast Charter Schools Network – including its d/b/a’s the New York Charter Schools Association and the Connecticut Charter schools Association – is an equal opportunity organization and will not allow discrimination based upon age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.

To Be Considered

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Executive Director New York Charter Schools AssociationNew York State

GoodCitizen has been exclusively retained by NESCN to lead this search. For questions, please contact:

Kevin Bryant
Managing Director 213.647.0119
kevin@goodcitizen.com

Celene Haque Tanner
Engagement Manager
206.462.6189
celene@goodcitizen.com

Gabe Sapuay
Senior Associate
206.792.4221
gabe@goodcitizen.com