Senior Director, Legal Affairs

The Position 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit dedicated to advancing the charter school movement, is recruiting for an ambitious and energetic leader to direct NAPCS’ legal initiatives.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and report legal developments of national significance impacting public charter schools, and recommend whether and how to respond; partner on the execution of critical research and message development efforts in support of legal advocacy.
  • Draft regular commentaries about current or emerging legal and policy issues facing charter schools.
  • Develop expertise to answer emerging, high-risk, federal legal questions of national significance; position NAPCS as a go-to source for federal policymakers on the same.
  • Support the implementation of model policies and practices (via state rules/regulations and authorizer contracts, policies and practices) in states with high concentrations of charter schools and/or high-growth potential.
  • Conduct legal research on issues specific (but not limited) to civil rights, fiscal equity, labor and employment, the federal tax code, and state charter school statutes, policies, regulations and contracts and prepare legal arguments and memoranda on these substantive legal and policy issues.
  • Provide technical assistance on key legal issues to state partners and charter operators.
  • Support the growth of the Association of Public Charter School Attorneys in becoming the leading national voice for charter-specific legal issues.
  • Build relationships with and respond to policy and legal inquiries from attorneys representing charter schools around the country.
  • Research and draft white papers; convene roundtable discussions with key stakeholders inside and outside the charter school movement.
  • Create and manage projects to meet new opportunities as they arise. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and JD required.
  • At least 6 years of legal practice.
  • Experience in working on charter advocacy, particularly experience working in collaboration with national, state, and local partners to advance legal advocacy goals.
  • A passion to improve educational opportunities for kids, and a belief in choice and accountability as key elements of reform.
  • Strong entrepreneurial abilities and customer focus.
  • Experience creating and operating within a budget.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
  • Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to thrive under pressure and balance competing priorities.
  • Willingness to travel.  

Organization Overview: The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools believes that all families deserve high-quality public school options. Charter schools are independent public schools providing families with a new set of public school options. Each of these schools is developed to be a partnership between parents, teachers, and students.

Increasingly, when given the option, parents are choosing to enroll their children in charter schools. In fact, the demand for charter schools is far outpacing the supply in most communities. What began as a small movement in a few states has grown to become a major force in education reform across the country. Through advocacy, research, and promotion, the National Alliance works to grow the number of high-quality charter schools available to all families, especially those who do not have access to high-quality public schools.

To Apply: Please email a resume, cover letter (please include where you found this listing), and salary requirements to HR@publiccharters.org.

Position is open immediately. Closing date: open until filled

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering a diverse and multicultural work environment. NAPCS welcomes applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran, or any other category protected by law.