Senior Director, School and District Design


The Center for Collaborative Education has just completed a strategic planning process and is positioning itself for greater impact and financial growth. The organization seeks a mission-focused, strategic, and process-minded Senior Director to manage a team of staff and consultants in the School and District Design practice area, and to work with senior level colleagues to lead the organization. Senior directors must be able to creatively pursue opportunities to increase CCE’s overall reach and impact with measurable, cost-effective results. This is a full-time position.

Background to the Center for Collaborative Education

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) is to transform schools to ensure that all students succeed. We believe that schools should prepare every student to achieve academically and make a positive contribution to a democratic society. CCE partners with public schools and districts to create and sustain effective and equitable schools.

To achieve its vision of a world where every student is college- and career-ready
and prepared to become a compassionate, contributing global citizen, CCE works
at the school, district and state levels in New England and beyond to:

  • Create learning environments that are collaborative, democratic and equitable;
  • Build capacity within districts and schools to adopt new practices that promote collaborative, democratic and equitable learning for students and educators; and
  • Catalyze systemic change at the school and district levels through district- and state-level policy and advocacy support

Description of the School and District Design Team and Programs

The Center for Collaborative Education has long advocated for creating and supporting in-district schools that have maximum autonomy over their resources in exchange for increased accountability for high performance. CCE works with a range of school districts to adopt a variety of autonomous, innovative, and accountable school models. CCE has helped to support and expand the Pilot school model in Boston, Los Angeles, and four other districts in Massachusetts and across the country, providing districts and schools with coaching, technical assistance, network-wide professional development, district advocacy, community organizing, and research and evaluation to the Pilot Schools Network. CCE also works with the MA Executive Office of Education to support and promote the Innovation Schools model throughout the state, providing design teams and districts with technical assistance in design and early implementation.

As well, new state education reform legislation enacted new provisions for assisting districts to turn around the most underperforming schools in the state. CCE works with districts to engage underperforming schools in a transformation process leading to accelerated improvement.

In addition, the School and District Design Team is engaged in the following work:

  • Assisting districts to implement new educator evaluation systems
  • Assisting districts to implement professional learning communities as a key strategy to building high performing schools


Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Senior Director/Practice Leader will have the following responsibilities:

Leading the Organization

  • Collaborate with the ED and senior management team to design and implement the necessary processes to execute the organization’s strategic plan, including program development, budget development and management, and account planning
  • Contribute to CCE’s body of intellectual capital for dissemination to the field

Program Development

  • Oversee sound development and implementation of all practice area programs, including in the following areas:
    • Supporting the establishment of autonomous schools within school districts with strong accountability systems
    • Providing turnaround services to underperforming schools, including considering the possibility of operating as an education management organization to operate a school given the right conditions and autonomy
    • Promoting the adoption of vibrant professional learning communities as a primary vehicle for improving instruction, student learning, and school performance
    • Implementing thoughtful educator evaluation models as first and foremost a vehicle for professional growth, and that carefully select student performance tasks as measures of student growth
  • Pursue new creative ideas for program design within the field
  • Develop deep team expertise in all practice areas for which he/she has responsibility
  • Develop partnerships that could enrich and expand program work
  • Manage a team of staff and consultants:
    • Nurture intellectual curiosity and develop expertise
    • Continuously assess and develop skills in consulting, coaching, and professional development
    • Conduct performance reviews and provide interim feedback on performance and development opportunities, based on individual plans
  • Collaborate with CCE’s Research Team to document the practice area’s work

Budget Development, Oversight, and Fundraising

  • Lead business development opportunities for the practice
  • Participate in fundraising, in concert with the Director of Operations and Executive Director, for the practice services and for CCE overall
  • Develop, oversee, and manage the program budget, with the goal of ensuring that annual budgets are met or exceeded


The Senior Director must demonstrate a passion for leading social change and commitment to equity. CCE is looking for a hard worker who seeks out challenges and is prepared to overcome obstacles, and who has a vision, the practical know-how, and collaborative team-building skills to get the work done. In addition, the selected candidate must have:

  • Experience working in public schools in a teaching, administrator, or other professional role
  • Expertise in leading school and/or district design, and effective instruction, with a minimum of six years of experience in these areas
  • Ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a driven, bright, diverse team to high standards
  • Results-driven orientation, with evidence of capacity to make good decisions independently and in collaboration with others
  • Ability to balance the delivery of services against the realities of a budget
  • Ability to creatively problem solve, manage projects, and be resourceful
  • Ability and experience in supportive and constructive supervision and evaluation
  • Confidence in business development and fund raising
  • Solid educational backgroundundergraduate and graduate degree required
  • Strong facilitation and teaming skills
  • Strong writing skills

The Center for Collaborative Education is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


Salary and benefits are competitive.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to N. Patrick, Center for Collaborative Education, 33 Harrison Ave., 6thfloor, Boston, MA 02111, or via email to:

CCE is an AA/EO employer. This position is open until filled.

Boston,, Massachusetts
Center for Collaborative Education
N. Patrick,

33 Harrison Avenue, 6th floor, Boston, MA, 02111, US