Director of Business Strategy

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Organization Alliance College-Ready Public Schools
Location Los Angeles
Classification Administrative / Business Office
Job Type Full-Time
Date of posting 4/18/2017



Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter organization in Los Angeles, serving 12,500 low-income students across 28 free, public charter high schools and middle schools. We’re a well-established charter network with a proven record of success in preparing our students for college. Next, we must strive to ensure our students are set up for success in college and beyond. Now is the time to join us in working for long-lasting change for our students.


Alliance team members share a dedication to preparing Los Angeles students for long-term success. Our team members are also:

Entrepreneurial: Our people have fresh ideas and are excited to implement them.
Impactful: Our people are passionate about impacting the life trajectories of 12,500 students and their families in the Los Angeles area.
Innovative: Our people are motivated to create unique solutions to make the work their own.


The Director of Business Strategy provides direct support to the Chief Business Officer in ensuring that Alliance’s finance and operational teams provide high value services and supports to our schools, in addition to meeting requirements of authorizers, funders, lenders, and other external parties. The Director is responsible for leading and implementing key initiatives across the IT, Facilities, Operations, Finance and Compliance teams. The Director will also act as a point of contact between organization leadership, department team members, and other stakeholders. The Director reports to the Chief Business Officer, and works closely with the Finance and Operations Leadership Team and the Executive Cabinet.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong project manager with an ability to manage myriad stakeholder relationships and an aptitude for identifying and addressing needs. This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced operations or finance professional to take a leadership role in helping Alliance achieve our mission of ensuring equity and excellence for students in Los Angeles.


Strategic Planning

Manage and lead key strategic projects in collaboration with the Chief Business Officer, and work closely with the Chief Business Officer and other team leaders to support Alliance’s core goals.
Serve as a strategic advisor to the Chief Business Officer.
Support the implementation of the organization’s Strategic Plan and Division Operating Plans.
Facilitate cross-functional working groups to develop multi-year goals and objectives and design strategies and measures of success.
Perform analysis and strategic consultation on operational issues impacting the organization. Prepare briefings, memos, or presentations to communicate findings.
Special Projects

Lead cross-functional teams to achieve objectives of special projects and report on progress to Chief Business Officer and, as required, other senior leadership.
Support in regular management and project management of day-to-day team operations.
Manage consultant relationships, as needed.
Work with Finance and Operations Leadership Team to codify critical processes and train department team members to execute independently.
Team Leadership

Serve as a member of the Finance and Operations Leadership Team. Coordinate weekly team meetings, develop and facilitate meeting agendas, and manage follow-up to key actions and decisions.


Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university is required. Advanced degree in business, public policy or administration, or related discipline is preferred.
At least 5-8 years of related experience in the private sector and/or education management fields.
Proven track record of effective leadership and ability to navigate complex issues and drive strong performance results.
Strong project management and data analysis skills with the ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and deadlines, work across departments and functions, and translate strategies from plans to action.
Ability to manage myriad relationships, facilitate collaboration across functional departments and provide counsel to senior leaders.
Strong strategic thinking skills with an understanding of the impact that different approaches have on organizational culture and performance.
Fluency with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and other business and project management software.
Strong customer service orientation, responding to customer needs in a timely manner.
Flexibility to adapt to constantly changing environments.

Skills, Beliefs, and Mindset:

Belief in and alignment with Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and cultivate relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders and other home office departments
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
Understanding of the nuances of urban school environments and school culture


Alliance College-Ready Public Schools prides itself in offering its employees a competitive salary and excellent group benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage for the employee and her/his eligible dependents. Retirement benefits are also offered and include an employer match/contribution.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are free public charter schools which do not discriminate against any student, parent, community member, or employee on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.