The Maine Association for Charter Schools (MACS) seeks a new executive director to advance its mission: enhancing student success by promoting and sustaining high-quality options within Maine’s public education system. Working with the board of directors and allies statewide, this individual will develop systems and strategies to expand the organization’s capacity and increase its impact in service to Maine students and families.
The state’s school choice movement is at a critical juncture. Recent legislation curtailed the creation of new charter schools and powerful defenders of the status quo are stifling discussion of other innovative public school options. MACS’ next executive director will ensure that the organization adapts successfully to the newly restrictive policy environment while increasing public awareness of the necessity of excellent public school options for thousands of Maine students.
The successful candidate will bring demonstrated strength in strategic planning, development, advocacy, financial management and public relations.
In 1993, MACS’ founders began working to bring the public charter school model to Maine, and in 2001, they formalized their organization as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. MACS was instrumental in the passage of Maine’s enabling charter school law in 2011 and has supported the development of the nine public charter schools currently operating in Maine and a tenth slated for opening next fall. As Maine’s “Charter Support Organization,” allied with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, MACS has provided resources and services to Maine's Department of Education, State Board of Education, Charter School Commission, local school districts, charter school operators, and potential charter school founders. Collectively, Maine charter schools are now serving more than 2,500 students, with more than 600 children on waiting lists.
MACS educates the public and policymakers about the power and potential of public charter schools and other high-quality options within Maine’s public education system; promotes high standards; and facilitates collaboration among all stakeholders.
MACS’ annual budget is approximately $200,000. The organization currently operates from an office in Rockland, Maine, with a part time executive director and administrative assistant.
Learn more at https://mainecharterschools.org/.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Working in partnership with Maine families, educators, businesses and mission-aligned organizations – with sustained effort, passion and focus – MACS envisions:
• An expanded system of public education options in Maine, able to respond effectively to the widely varying educational, social, and economic needs of all children
• Families empowered to choose the public option best suited to provide an educational program that engages and excites their children
• Students experiencing the joy of learning, challenging themselves to excel, and reaching their full potential
• Educators realizing their passion for learning and teaching in innovative programs that support and empower them to help every student succeed
• Communities embracing new forms of public school programs tailored to their local needs and promoting civic, social, and economic sustainability
To achieve its vision, MACS will focus on the following strategic priorities:
• Establish organizational sustainability: Develop the human resources, systems/structure, partnerships and collaborations, and financial support necessary to advance the mission
• Increase public awareness: Publicize the value of innovation and options within the public education system
• Promote collaboration: Identify opportunities and encourage productive collaboration among charter schools, district schools, and all stakeholders within Maine’s public education system
• Advance legislation: Create pathways for more high-quality educational options for Maine families
Leading MACS boldly into its next phase of development requires a broad set of attributes and skills. The successful candidate will demonstrate:
• Firm alignment with the organization’s mission and vision
• Skill in developing and implementing organizational growth strategies
• Experience in organizing communities to impact political action at the local and state levels
The new executive director must be able to understand the complexities of the national charter school landscape as well as Maine’s political, social, and economic environment. In addition, MACS expects that this individual will bring:
• Experience leading a nonprofit organization
• An entrepreneurial spirit and high energy
• Solid writing skills, comfort in public speaking, and demonstrated strength as a “good listener”
• Cultural responsiveness and commitment to diversity
• A track record of “relationship building” and readiness to engage in resource development
• Computer literacy in word processing and data management software
• Attention to detail and the ability to multitask and manage critical-path timelines
• Deep appreciation for the value and impact of volunteers and a track record of successfully working with volunteers to achieve shared goals
This position reports directly to the board of directors. The successful candidate can expect a formal review after six months as well as an annual review.
The compensation package includes a competitive salary commensurate with the organization’s size.
MACS does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, ancestry, public assistance, ethnic background, religion, marital status, economic class, age, disability or handicap (mental or physical), sex, creed, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression and any other legally protected characteristics in admission or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. MACS complies with all applicable national, state and local laws pertaining to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity and will take “affirmative action” measures to ensure the enforcement of its policies.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter and resume should contain detailed information concerning work experience, past successes, leadership experience and qualifications. Please be prepared to provide contact information for professional references upon request.
Paper copies may be sent to Lisa Belyea, Starboard Leadership Consulting, 84 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine, 04401, but electronic submission of materials is preferred. No phone inquiries, please. Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2019.