Executive Director

Mississippi Education Accelerator

About the organization

All students in Mississippi have the ability to achieve greatness, but our school systems are not currently setting students up for lifelong success. As is true across most of our country, these challenges disproportionately impact low-income students and students of color. Our ability to provide a high-quality, free public education to students across the state is an issue of human rights - one that requires stakeholders across the education sector to come together in service of outcomes and opportunities for all kids.

The Mississippi Education Accelerator was founded in 2018 to increase access to school choice for families across the state. Our mission is to improve public school options and course options for students in Mississippi by accelerating the growth and expansion of high-performing charter schools to generate at least 15,000 high-quality seats for children.

Duties

Reporting to the Mississippi Education Accelerator (MSEA) Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Accelerator, including but not limited to building the model for impact, creating robust technical assistance programming for the existing and growing sector, hiring and managing staff, leveraging available and new resources to accomplish results, and ensuring urgent progress toward the mission.

- In partnership with the Board, define the three-year strategic plan within the first 90 days
- Define additional critical work streams for the organization, identify one-year priorities across each, and execute w/excellence
- Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of activities, services, and resources of the organization and communicate those successes, gaps, hypotheses, and plans of corrective action to the Board, funders, and other constituents
- Prioritize being close to the real work - including spending time in schools and building relationships with stakeholders at all levels
- Build a high-quality, comprehensive, scalable model for providing technical assistance to interested, aspiring, applying, approved, opening, and operating charter schools in the state
- Recruit high-quality charter management organizations (CMOs) and provide technical assistance to ease entry into MS
- Build and execute a multi-million dollar fundraising strategy (local, state, and national) to support the Accelerator

Qualifications

- Candidates must have at least 10 years of relevant work experience
- Demonstrated personal and professional commitment to this state, region, and mission
- Prior systems-level leadership experience in K-12 education strongly preferred; organizational leadership within the public charter sector strongly preferred
- Prior experience and demonstrated excellence in teaching and subsequently leading within high-performing public charter schools strongly preferred

Salary

100,000

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

TO APPLY
Interested applicants should submit an online application at msedaccelerator.org/EDapply. The online application is a Google Form and will require you to be signed into a Google account in order to complete and submit it. If you have any technical issues submitting the online application, please email [email protected]

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Mississippi Education Accelerator is committed to offering a competitive salary and benefits package aligned to the cost of living in our region. The salary range for this position is between $85-$105K, commensurate with candidate experience.

The Mississippi Education Accelerator is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria.

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