ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools is the largest nonprofit charter school organization in Los Angeles, serving nearly 13,000 low-income scholars across 25 free public middle and high schools on 28 campuses. In our 14th school year, Alliance has a proven record of success: though our scholars come to Alliance on average four grade-levels behind in reading, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 77% to a four-year university in 2017. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities, with a goal of 75% of Alliance graduates completing a four-year college degree. We also value our people, illustrated by being in the top 10% of Gallup’s global Best Place to Work survey.
Join us at Alliance and you can expect to be part of an innovative organization made up of talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want strong collaborators, skilled communicators, and avid problem solvers who are comfortable in a culture of continuous learning and who are excited to implement fresh ideas and unique solutions in service of our scholars and families. Now is the time to join us and make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.
This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a high performing, data-driven team working to achieve transformational results for students at the largest charter school network in Los Angeles. Alliance is seeking an Area Superintendent to coach and support a cluster of high schools. The Area Superintendent will be part of a cohort of four Area Superintendents that work in close partnership with the Chief Schools Officer to garner strong outcomes across all Alliance schools. The Area Superintendent will have the ownership and agency necessary for his/her cluster of schools to: define the metrics for success, design and implement the strategies and systems to achieve their goals, and professionally coach principals into strong instructional leaders. The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced administrator with a proven track record of growing instructional leaders and the ability to navigate complex issues and drive strong student performance results.
The Area Superintendent is responsible for achieving significant student performance gains and success at her or his schools. The Area Superintendent will be in schools daily, identifying areas of need, providing feedback, and driving toward improved outcomes. Specific focus areas include:
School Leader Strategic Support and Development
Provide ongoing coaching and support (in a variety of individual and group settings) to school leaders in developing the skills necessary to achieve school success, including general leadership, instruction, and creating a college-going culture
Provide direct supervision of and formal evaluations for principals
Support and guide school leaders with the development and implementation of annual operating plans aligned with Alliance’s new strategic plan, which focuses on achieving top quartile academic achievement, being known as a best place to work, and building a culture of innovation and excellence at all schools
Create the systems and structures necessary to enable school leaders to achieve the goals set in their annual operating plans
Support schools in building community partnerships that enhance and support the accomplishment of the school’s mission, vision, and goals
Collaborate across Alliance schools and Home Office departments to meet school needs
Monitor and support schools to meet the needs of Alliance’s most vulnerable students, including those with IEPs, English language learners, and youth living in foster care, and work with partners at the Home Office and externally to create high-quality, cost-effective services to address their needs
Assist in guiding school leaders in successfully preparing for oversight, accreditation and charter renewal processes (including WASC accreditation), and participate in associated school visits.
Data-Driven Instructional Leadership
Understand and interpret student performance data to identify areas for development, and share and support implementation of best practices across schools
Build capacity of school leaders to ensure effective teaching and learning aligned to the Alliance’s leadership and teaching frameworks
Support school leaders in the work of monitoring, evaluating, and implementing of curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards to ensure that all students are college-ready
Collaborate with Alliance Home Office Academic team to establish instructional priorities by school site and coordinate the deployment of resources to teachers and leaders
Ensure school leaders effectively use assessment data and results to drive school goals and initiatives
Provide leadership and support of Alliance’s strategic goals, with a strong focus on the instructional vision of the organization
Help school leaders to develop a succession plan and pipeline for future school leadership at Alliance
Maintain a strong organizational culture aligned to Alliance’s core values and education philosophy
THE STRONGEST CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:
Commitment to Alliance’s core beliefs and educational philosophy
Knowledge of urban school environments and school culture
A proven track record of effective secondary school leadership
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to articulate a clear and compelling vision and persuade and influence others to implement it
Proven strategic planning and project management skills with the ability to translate strategies from plans to action
A proven ability to implement systems that drive higher student outcomes
Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to tailor information to various audiences
Comfort in and enthusiasm for using large amounts of data to drive decisions at the school and organization levels.
Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with teachers, coaches, school leaders and other home office and school-based colleagues
Proficient use of Microsoft Office and Google-based applications
Entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in a fast-paced and achievement-oriented environment
Willingness to go above and beyond to contribute to the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education
Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. A graduate degree in education, educational leadership, public administration or a related field from an accredited college or university
Minimum of five (5) years of experience as a successful administrator and/or principal in low-income communities
Experience working in a central office role as part of the instructional, curricular, assessment, and/or data teams preferred
Experience supervising, coaching, or mentoring school leaders or aspiring school leaders preferred
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Alliance offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, as well as an employer-sponsored 403b plan annual contribution equal to 5% of regular earnings, and comprehensive health benefits packages, including dental and vision. Alliance covers 100% monthly premiums for individual employees or up to $900/month toward family plan premiums.
Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter at www.laalliance.org/careers. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.
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.