Executive Director of Envision Learning Partners

Posting ID : A1068475354
Date Posted : 2015-08-18
Category : Nonprofit

Executive Director
Envision Learning Partners

Envision Education is a charter management organization whose mission is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, in career, and in life. Envision operates three small, high-performing urban public high schools in the Bay Area that teach students to think critically, collaborate productively, and communication effectively.

Envision students graduate from our schools by presenting a comprehensive Defense of their high school education demonstrating their readiness of college and career. Graduates go on to succeed in college at significantly higher rates than their peers - 98% attend college and 85% persist into their second year compared to 60% national averages for both success indicators. In addition to our schools, Envision operates Envision Learning Partners, a consultancy division that takes Envision's innovative practices of performance assessment to schools and leaders throughout the country.

As Envision Education's consulting and training division, Envision Learning Partners (ELP) brings Envision's unique and effective portfolio assessment system and aligned supports to schools and districts across the country. We are a leading voice in the national conversation around deeper learning and the go-to convener and trainer in the growing movement around deeper learning student assessment. We partner closely with school and district leaders to implement Envision's deeper learning student assessment system to increase students' readiness for college, careers, and life. We provide professional development, coaching, tools and technology that enable change in practices and results.

Envision is seeking a dynamic, growth oriented leader to build on the success of ELP by implementing Envision's 2020 strategic plan for expansion. The Executive Director (ED) will lead the division in the strategic planning, development, implementation, delivery, and evaluation of the ELP consulting program. The ED will develop financial dashboards, multi-year financial models, and other financial analyses related to the business operations of the division and will provide decisive, dynamic leadership and supervision of the ELP team.

Reporting: This position reports to the CEO and serves on the organization's Senior Management Team.

Key Responsibilities:

The Executive Director will primarily be responsible for the following:
Strategic Leadership:
Oversee the development, implementation and monitoring of ELP's strategic plan.
Oversee all current programs; develops and implements new initiatives.
Foster collaborative relationships with school, district and organizational partners, funders and the community.
Develop the budget, financial dashboards, multi-year financial models, and other financial analyses related to the business operations of the division.

Education Program Innovation:
Oversee the ongoing evolution of ELP's client partnership strategy, including the development and implementation of new ideas for tools and services that build ELP's paying client base.
Partner with the Envision Education Team to support Envision Schools to strengthen instruction and align the instructional model (practices and tools).
Share external and ELP-created practices and tools with Envision Schools and ELP/ES innovation with client schools and districts.

Business Development, Marketing and Fundraising:
Cultivate and maintain an increasing number of school and district fee-for-service client partnerships and partnerships with foundations and other donors.
Oversee the development and implementation of a diversified and sustainable funding base.
Maintain and build upon current funding sources and create opportunities for Board fundraising efforts.
Ensure effective reporting on ELP grant funds.
Oversee the implementation of a communications and marketing strategy that effectively promotes ELP and that is aligned with the overall Envision Education communications strategy.

Client Coaching, Training and Facilitation:
Provide brand-aligned educational and leadership expertise to school and district leaders across the country and organizational partners upon request.
Develop an understanding of client needs and oversees the creation and implementation of plans to address those needs, build lasting capacity, and meet or exceed client expectations.

Senior Management Team
Provide direction in the development and refinement of a strategic vision and plan for student learning and staff professional growth; and the planning and implementation of core operational functions at the school sites.
Provide consultation and assistance to the CEO and Board in matters related to areas of assigned responsibility.
Develop external partnerships with educational organizations and universities.
Other duties as assigned by CEO.

Essential qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree required; Master's Degree in Education, or related strongly preferred.
At least 5 years classroom teaching experience; preferably, at the secondary level.
10+ years experience creating and delivering professional development.
Experience in organizational leadership with excellent team management skills; preferably, 5 or more years as a school leader.
Experience serving traditionally underserved communities.
Direct experience with the design of student assessments.
Proven success creating and delivering high quality, successful professional development to teachers and school leaders; and working with traditional and non-traditional school/district decision makers.
Successful grant writing or fundraising experience.
Proven success building collaborative partnerships.
Sales/customer orientation with a willingness and ability to articulate and sell ELP's professional development model to others.
Experience successfully leading public education teachers and school leaders through the change process.
Experience managing high performing professional staff in a collaborative and dynamic work environment.
Excellent presentation and written communication skills.
Budget management skills.
Passion for transforming the lives of students.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary: Competitive commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits: Competitive benefits including medical, paid sick, vacation, 403(b) retirement plan option, FSA plan (health and dependent care), and long/short-term and life insurance.

Hiring Process:
Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to careers@envisionschools.org and mention ELP Executive Director in the subject line. Envision Education will invite select candidates for interviews. Interviews will continue until the position is filled. Hiring is contingent upon successful completion of employment verification and hiring process.

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

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