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Director of Special Projects

Location : Springfield, MA
Job Type : Direct
Hours : Full Time
Required Years of Experience : 5+
Required Education : Bachelor's degree
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :

Overview




Springfield Prep Charter School is a growing public charter school serving Springfield students.  We opened in the 2015-16 school year, will serve 324 students in grades K-5 in the 2019-20 school year, and will grow to ultimately serve nearly 500 students in grades K-8.  Springfield Prep’s early results have been very strong, with students outperforming their peers across the state.  We are driven by the belief that all children deserve a world-class education and that they can and will achieve when provided with high expectations, rigorous curriculum, and a joyful school culture.  


 


What You’ll Do




The Director of Special Projects (DSP) acts as a chief of staff and has significant responsibility in the areas of special projects, board relations, marketing & communications, and hiring.  The DSP will also provide critical support on HR and new initiatives.  You will serve as a key thought partner to the Executive Director and school leadership, manage relationships with board members and key partners, and manage critical projects for the school.  You love developing solutions to nuanced, complex organizational issues and working behind the scenes to support others to do their best work.  You will report to the Executive Director (ED).


 


Examples of key responsibilities include:


 


Partner and Support



  • Act as a key thought partner to school leadership, brainstorming and identifying solutions to challenges and leading the implementation of action steps.

  • Counsel staff members on confidential and sensitive HR topics; work alongside the Director of Finance & Operations to develop and effectively develop and communicate the school’s compensation and benefits program.

  • Oversee the onboarding and offboarding experience for staff, partnering with instructional leaders to make this a seamless, positive experience.

  • Be the school’s designated leader on high-level projects, such as a school authorizer site visit or a legislative advocacy initiative.


 


Create, Codify and Implement 



  • Manage the school’s hiring processes and work in support of the school’s leadership team to meet its hiring goals.

  • Participate in leadership team meetings and collaborate with leadership to determine and implement action steps.  

  • Oversee meeting preparation and planning for Board of Trustee and subcommittee meetings; support the ED in managing interactions with the Board Chair and Committee Chairs.

  • Liaise with the school’s payroll administrator to provide accurate payroll, benefits and time off tracking each month

  • Become an expert in key areas of public school compliance and help ensure the school is in compliance in these areas.


 


Communicate and Compel 





  • Draft compelling written content that tells the school’s story, such as press releases, fundraising appeals, and general marketing materials

  • Conduct research and investigation on existing school programs and new initiatives and draft memos or reports outlining recommendations.  

  • Support the ED and DFO by drafting official documents on behalf of the school, including letters to the school community, reports to the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, and other compliance-related materials.




Schedule & Compensation




The DSP is employed on an administrator’s schedule and is employed full time, year-round with generous paid-time-off benefits.  The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  The school provides full benefits and a working environment that includes all the necessary technology and resources to succeed.  Most of all, you will join a team of like-minded professionals working to achieve the same mission.  

 


To Apply

Please submit a resume and write a cover letter that addresses these three questions:



  1. What makes you want to work in a school like Springfield Prep?

  2. How do your past experience prepare you to be successful in this role?

  3. What is an example of how you leveraged relationships to accomplish an outcome in a past leadership role?  

Required Qualifications :

Who You Are



  • You are deeply committed to our mission and unwavering in your belief that all children can achieve at the highest levels, regardless of their socioeconomic background.  You believe schools should be held accountable for this

  • You take initiative independently and can plan ahead to anticipate the needs of the school and school leadership.

  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills; you listen well, can easily learn to communicate in someone else’s “written voice”, and are meticulous about the presentation of your written work.

  • You have a track record of managing multiple high-level projects simultaneously and with high attention to detail, and delivering results in a fast-paced environment.  

  • You are a confident and collaborative leader that elicits and considers feedback and input.

  • You excel at building relationships and networks and can influence others to achieve outcomes

  • You have the stamina and entrepreneurial spirit required to handle the intensity and challenge inherent in joining a start-up, high-performing charter school


 


Qualifications



  • Bachelor’s degree

  • 5+ years of experience working in a similar role in a fast-paced work environment

  • Experience overseeing one or more of the areas under the DSP purview: Compliance, hiring, HR, marketing & communications, and/or board relations 

  • Direct experience working with board members  and committees strongly preferred

  • Direct experience working in a field with a high degree of state oversight and a complex compliance framework strongly preferred


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