Schools That Can Newark (STCN) seeks an entrepreneurial, visionary Executive Director to lead its network of collaborative schools into the next critical phase of growth.
Schools That Can is a national non-profit committed to growing quality in urban education for the 21st century, using its cross-sector, collaborative network of schools. In Newark, STCN is composed of over 20 district, charter, and independent schools serving significant populations of low-income students. By working person-to-person, school-to-school, STCN provides a new paradigm for school development through strategic networking and relationship-building, ultimately creating a critical mass of educators dedicated to high-quality education for all students.
Executive Director Roles and Responsibilities:
Vision, Strategy, and Growth
- Develop and implement a comprehensive vision and strategy, building on the existing strategic plan and theory of change, with multi-year goals related to growing seats of quality education for the 21st century
- Design and implement systems for evaluating progress toward strategic goals, ensuring that local objectives are met, while also aligning efforts with STC National
- Identify, recruit, and retain results-oriented, entrepreneurial, creative thinkers to execute programmatic goals, and assume responsibility for their professional growth and development
- Analyze national trends in urban education reform and collaborative partnership models, and develop recommendations for shifts in strategy or execution based on observations and data
- Coordinate priorities with Schools That Can National and other STC regional councils
- Engage regularly with participating schools and leaders to strengthen relationship, trust, and support
- Identify and cultivate new participating schools
- Define annual program goals based on deep understanding of schools’ strengths and needs
- Design creative programming for local school leaders and staff members, including Roundtables, Workshops, School Study Tours, Conferences, and Consultancies
- Identify and implement individualized school quality supports through advising, individualized partnerships, mentor schools, etc.
- Identify and work with Program Coordinator to document emerging best practices at participating schools
- Oversee the Program Coordinator in event logistics and delivery of essential support and technical assistance to network schools
External Relations and Development
- Develop and expand local fundraising activities, cultivating new, and leveraging existing, relationships with local foundations and donors.
- Research foundation, corporate, and government grant opportunities and prepare thorough grant proposals to secure funding
- Cultivate and steward relationships with other nonprofit, business, and government organizations and leaders to support the achievement of STCN’s priorities
- Effectively manage human capital, finances, internal systems, and organizational development
- Cultivate and sustain Advisory Board
- Participate in STC’s National Executive Leadership Team meetings to engage in discussions around forward-thinking national initiatives and to support the growth of the organization across regions
Credential, Skills, and Training Required:
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Masters Degree in relevant field preferred
- At least 6 years of professional experience in education
- Proven leadership and organizational management experience, ideally in school administration settings, including having coached staff, managed and developed teams, set and achieved strategic objectives
- Experience having developed and managed a budget
- Experience in strategically planning for and evaluating the growth of an impactful project or organization
- Clear understanding of the local educational landscape
- Passionate and knowledgeable about issues in urban education
- Effective verbal and written communication
- Superb interpersonal skills; ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
- Thrives in a demanding environment; adaptive, optimistic, diplomatic.
- Able to create structure out of ambiguity and solve problems on own initiative.
- Self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit; able to set and abide by goals and deadlines
- A record of success in fundraising, or demonstration of transferable skills (marketing, public relations, business development, sales, etc.)
- Proficiency in traditional tech tools (Microsoft Office Suite).
- Familiarity with online, digital communication channels a plus.
Salary commensurate with experience.
How to apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Stephany Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 Washington St, Newark, NJ, 07102, US