The CT Charter Schools Association is seeking a Director, Policy, Research & Charter Growth to join our team. The Director of Policy, Research & Charter Growth will report to the Executive Director and work to advance the following major policy initiatives:
- Opening more high quality charter schools in CT
- Support of new school groups through the application process
- Review and change of existing policies affecting CT charter schools
The work required to support these initiatives includes:
- Leadership of major policy initiatives
- Research & analysis
- School support
- Government relations
- Advocacy, community engagement & communications, in collaboration with other team members.
This is a unique opportunity for an individual who is passionate about advancing educational social justice and the opportunity to grow the charter school sector in Connecticut.
(~50%) Charter School Growth: Serve as the “air traffic controller” for charter school expansion in the state as a lead expert and resource for charter school providers and applicants on policy questions and the school opening application process. Advance CTCSA as a partner to the State Department of Education staff, parents, educators, and other stakeholders by serving as an accessible resource in support of expansion, on education policy questions and participating in coalition work. Lead on crafting policy and data related materials, tools, resources to support growth of Connecticut charter sector and removing the barriers to opening new schools. Equip and empower prospective charter school operators and champions with information they need to advance the interests of our sector, schools and communities. Identify, monitor and track engagement in target communities for charter school expansion.
(~30%) Policy & Data: Lead policy resource for Connecticut’s current and emerging public charter school communities, including providing historical information related to public charter schools, policies under consideration by CTCSA. Provide real-time support to members and prospective charter school applicants to deliver quick, accurate answers to emerging policy questions particularly related to growth. Identify and lead on overall policy strategy related to growth, including but not limited to reforming the two step school opening approval process, altering the new school application timeline to be synced with the state budget process; and manage the process to apply for CSP funds.
(~10%) Internal Support: Provide research support for CTCSA advocacy functions, including policy analysis, identification of best practices, data analysis to inform our work, and creation of written materials such as issue briefs, one-pagers, and fact sheets, with a focus on expansion related work. Craft policy position documents, talking points, and other materials for internal and external communication. Lead efforts to use data to tell stories about the Connecticut public charter school experience from an asset-based, equity lens. Work closely with our Community Engagement and Communications teams to help them advocate our policy positions in executive, regulatory, and legislative settings. Use and maintain team systems (Google Drive, Slack, Quorum). Collaborating closely with other staff to develop policy and communications strategies;
(~10%) Advocacy Campaigns: Support CTCSA’s participation in the annual charter funding advocacy campaign, working closely with colleagues and staff to ensure effective execution of events. Guide legislative efforts by tracking and analyzing impact of policy proposals, interpreting research and data for policymakers, and bringing an all-hands-on-deck attitude to support other needs. Keep state officials and elected leaders informed of important news, highlights and happenings about our schools and network on a regular basis via emails, meetings, calls, etc.
- Must live in or relocate to Connecticut within 6 months of accepting the role. This role requires regular travel to Hartford, New Haven and semi-regular travel to other locations in the state with charter schools and identified regions for charter expansion.
- 5 years in policy settings, prior education policy experience preferred.
- Experience advocating for policy positions: navigating policy discussions before a wide variety of audiences, persuasively and diplomatically.
- Experience working with public policy & data metrics: Highlight key insights within a complex set of data, synthesize large amounts of information, and then clearly explain these insights to a variety of stakeholders to support school staff, CTCSA staff and policy makers in making more informed decisions about our sector and our schools.
- Understanding of national and local education policy and research to inform team’s work and incorporate best practices in policy analysis, research, and impact.
- Experience developing and managing new research projects from design and analysis to presentation and communication of findings, effectively using quantitative and qualitative resources.
- Excellent communicator and ambassador: Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience creating and effectively delivering factual, relevant, and easily understandable talking points and other messaging.
- Demonstrated team player across lines of difference: Ability to work collaboratively within diverse groups.
Expectations of the Role
- Shared passion for CTCSA’s mission and culture
- Commitment to collaboration and adding value as a member of a leadership team
- Ability and willingness to work remotely and travel throughout CT. Please note that some early morning, late evening and weekend work is required, along with travel to schools and community sites.
The position pays an annual salary of $80,000 – $105,000 based on qualifications and experience. CTCSA also provides a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, matching retirement contributions, paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off and more.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates can apply at https://forms.gle/ytV7q9rQYoSFkk9h9. Please note that you will be asked to submit:
- a cover letter;
- your résumé; and
- a work sample that demonstrates policy analysis and writing skills.
Candidates may be asked to complete a written assessment as part of the interview process.
Deadline: Job will remain open until filled, with priority given to applications received by December 13.
About the Connecticut Charter Schools Association
The Connecticut Charter Schools Association is the non-partisan, nonprofit membership organization serving as the unified voice for a community of 11,000+ families, supporters, and 21 schools based in over 10 Connecticut cities and towns.