Career Opportunities

Join us in our efforts to ensure that all children have access to quality public schools.

Our Cause

Charter schools have proven to be the most sustained and high-impact public education improvement strategy of the past quarter century. During that time, it has become clear that the authorizers—the agencies that approve, monitor, renew and, if necessary, close charter schools—have a tremendous impact on both the number and quality of charter schools in existence. Better authorizing leads to better charter schools and a better education for more children.

Our Organization

Since its founding in 2000, NACSA has set the standard for authorizing. Our diverse staff of professionals has broad and deep experience in the charter school movement and education reform. NACSA crafted and published—and continues to refine—Principles & Standards for Quality Charter School Authorizing, universally recognized as the professional practices for authorizers. NACSA has worked in dozens of cities and states across the nation to improve their authorizing practices, sometimes as a partner, other times as a consultant, advising authorizers on ways to improve their application, contracting, monitoring, and renewal practices. Through its policy and advocacy work, NACSA seeks to create conditions that promote excellence and ensure accountability throughout charter school sector. NACSA is a unique not-for-profit organization. While it proudly serves a membership that represents more than half of the “market share” of the nation’s authorizers, NACSA also is a leadership organization devoted to pushing for the best options for all children.

Why People Like Being Part of the NACSA Team

“The people at NACSA are talented; we are driven by our mission and core values and recognize that the stakes are too high for anything less than excellence.” – Katie Piehl, Director of Authorizer Development

“I work with a very smart group of people who are all committed to doing great work.” – Delfino Unzueta, General Accounting Manager

“The opportunity to impact millions of kids’ lives by improving authorizing is an incredible opportunity and humbling responsibility.” – Karega Rausch, Vice President of Research & Evaluation

“I enjoy working in a place that allows for my professional growth with a side of work-life balance.” – Shannon Bauer, Manager of Talent Development Programs

Current Openings

Vice President, Authorizer Development

Policy Director, External Relations

Digital Communications Manager, External Relations

 

Vice President, Authorizer Development

The Opportunity
NACSA is launching a new, five-year strategic plan, designed to use data and evidence to ensure that authorizing practices and policies lead to better student outcomes. This vision for the future of the organization, and the field, represents an exciting opportunity for the Vice President of Authorizer Development to lead a top-notch team, and work directly with authorizers to improve practices. The Vice President will work across the organization to leverage learnings and disseminate best practices across the country. In so doing, s/he will advance NACSA’s mission to improve the quality of charter schools, and provide better educational opportunities for thousands of children throughout the country.

The Role and Major Responsibilities
The Authorizer Development (AD) team manages client relationships with school districts, state education agencies, and other institutions that authorize charter schools. The group provides valuable technical assistance on a wide-range of authorizing challenges. Through the deployment and development of five committed, talented team members, and managing up to the CEO, the new Vice President will lead this hands-on, in-depth work with authorizers and bring the vision, strategy, and discipline required to achieve the ambitious outcomes of the new strategic plan.

Specific responsibilities of the Vice President of Authorizer Development include:

  • Strategically managing client-driven projects to support NACSA goals
  • Managing a five person team by setting clear expectations, providing regular feedback, and coaching and developing team members to grow and achieve
  • Managing up to the CEO by anticipating and addressing questions and needs
  • Setting vision and direction for the team that aligns with, and advances, broader strategic objectives
  • Playing a leading role in identifying and securing new client relationships
  • Upholding NACSA standards and beliefs while respecting and working with unique local contexts
  • Representing NACSA with a variety of audiences, including clients and decision makers in public and high-stakes settings
  • Collaborating closely with other divisions to share best practices and knowledge
  • Ensuring opportunities to learn from the in-depth work of the team, and informing broader organizational initiatives
  • Working closely and collaboratively with NACSA colleagues to advance the mission of the organization

Qualifications
The Vice President of Authorizer Development will be a strategic, disciplined, and humble leader who is committed to quality authorizing. S/he will have experience managing teams, projects, and/or budgets. Additionally, s/he will bring the following:

Experience

  • Experience as an authorizer in a position of leadership, or similar experience working with authorizers
  • A quantifiable track record of professional success
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Ideally, experience growing and developing team members to achieve ambitious goals

Skills & Personal Characteristics

  • A belief that, above all else, good management matters to achieving goals
  • Alignment with NACSA’s commitment to autonomy, access, and accountability
  • Ability to think strategically, and develop and execute a long-term vision
  • Discipline and the ability to say “no”
  • Professional presence
  • Excellent professional and personal judgment
  • Persistence to follow up and follow through
  • A high level of self-awareness, the inclination to actively seek feedback, and the humility to respond well to it

 All staff members demonstrate alignment with NACSA’s Values

  • Quality Education: We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
  • Excellence: We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
  • Strategy: We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Initiative: We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
  • Community: We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
  • Balance: We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.

Reporting
The Vice President of Authorizer Development will report to the President & CEO and serve as a member of the Leadership Team, comprising the CEO, Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer and three other Vice Presidents. Accordingly, s/he shares in leading and managing the entire organization, as well as managing the Authorizer Development team.

Compensation
The Vice President of Authorizer Development will earn a salary between $135,000 and $145,000, commensurate with experience. NACSA provides an excellent benefits program with generous medical, dental, and disability coverage as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

Location
Flexible. NACSA’s headquarters are located in Chicago.

To Apply
The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter tailored to this specific position that also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit your application to Leslie Nair, Principal, at leslie@bellwethereducation.org.

Policy Director, External Relations

The Policy Director will lead our organization’s strategy to advance smart charter authorizing laws and policies in states across the country by developing and promoting a policy platform in partnership with local and state advocacy organizations.

The Role and Major Responsibilities
The Policy Director will:

  • Create and continually update NACSA policy platform and objectives;
  • Develop a partnership strategy to work with local influencers to advance NACSA’s policy objectives;
  • Lead and oversee the strategy for developing and strengthening partnerships with state and local advocacy organizations;
  • Manage the development of policy briefs and reports to meet partner needs and advance strong authorizing policies;
  • Build relationships with national advocacy partners;
  • Continually monitor charter school and authorizing laws and policies, developing new positions as needed; and
  • Work closely and collaboratively with NACSA colleagues to advance the mission of the organization.

S/he will report to the Vice President of Exernal Relations and work closely with the CEO.

Qualifications
The Policy Director will be a goal-driven, strategic thinker with significant experience in education policy and/or advocacy at the state or local level.

Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Demonstrated ability to simplify complex policies and issues
  • Knowledge and experience with education policy, ideally charter school policy

The perfect candidate has the following characteristics

  • A strategic thinker who can develop and implement a long-term vision and goals
  • Deep interest and passion for advancing education policy that supports quality public schools
  • Analytical thinker with the ability to translate data and research into easy-to-use resources for advocacy partners
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • A multi-tasker, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Able to work at a fast pace without compromising quality or long-term goals
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility
  • Possesses a high level of self-awareness and actively seeks and responds well to feedback

 All staff members demonstrate alignment with NACSA’s Values

  • Quality Education: We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
  • Excellence: We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
  • Strategy: We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Initiative: We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
  • Community: We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
  • Balance: We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.

Compensation
Between $90,000 and $105,000, commensurate with experience. Medical and disability benefits provided as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

Location
Flexible. NACSA’s headquarters are located in Chicago.

To Apply
The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to jobs@qualitycharters.org

Digital Communications Manager, External Relations

The Digital Communications Manager will play an integral role on the External Relations team and oversee NACSA’s digital presence, including its website, CRM, emails, and social media.

The Role and Major Responsibilities
The Digital Communications Manager will:

  • Lead and manage the process to implement and maintain a digital relationship management strategy for the growing organization;
  • Ensure that a functioning CRM is adopted across the organization by collaborating closely with colleagues to ensure data accuracy, as well as analyze data and report out on its implications;
  • Manage the NACSA website, including developing, organizing, and updating content regularly;
  • Develop and execute a multi-channel digital media strategy to engage target audiences and increase engagement with NACSA resources and information;
  • Manage web vendors, ensuring updates and add-ons are rolled out as necessary to maintain a functioning website that meets the needs of all audiences; and
  • Work closely and collaboratively with NACSA colleagues to advance the mission of the organization.

S/he will report to the Vice President of Communications.

Qualifications
The Digital Communications Manager will be a results-oriented and dependable “do-er.” S/he will achieve success by generating support through collaboration and bringing creative solutions to obstacles.

Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Experience with website management and digital platforms (e.g., WordPress, Mailchimp)
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in a fluid and time sensitive environment
  • A track record of adapting content for multiple channels and digital audiences
  • Education and/or mission-driven experience preferred

The perfect candidate has the following characteristics

  • An outstanding relationship builder with a customer-service mentality
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • A multi-tasker with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work at a fast pace without compromising quality or long-term goals
  • Detail-oriented, with an eye for design
  • Analytical thinker with ability to organize complex information
  • An independent decision maker and creative problem-solver
  • Strong sense of personal responsibility and a “no excuses” mentality
  • A high level of self-awareness and actively seeks and responds well to feedback

 All staff members demonstrate alignment with NACSA’s Values

  • Quality Education: We are mission oriented and driven by the belief that all children deserve high-quality education options.
  • Excellence: We do A-level work and set a high bar for performance in order to achieve our ambitious goals.
  • Strategy: We begin our work with the end goal in mind, and align our priorities with NACSA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Initiative: We proactively bring solutions to problems and do everything possible in order to reach desired outcomes.
  • Community: We are part of an inclusive community that seeks opportunities for collaboration, considers multiple viewpoints and respects and values diversity.
  • Balance: We prioritize effectively to respect our professional and personal commitments and foster organizational and individual success.

Compensation
Between $55,000 and $70,000, commensurate with experience. Medical and disability benefits provided as well as the option to participate in a 401K matching plan.

Location
NACSA’s headquarters are located in Chicago.

To Apply
The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a current resume and cover letter that is tailored to this specific position and also includes one personal interest, hobby, or cause. Please submit to jobs@qualitycharters.org