Executive Director (Newark)

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

Program Leadership

  • 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

Organizational Leadership

  • 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 slin@schoolsthatcan.org.

Newark, New Jersey
Schools That Can Newark (STCN)
Stephany Lin

100 Washington St, Newark, NJ, 07102, US