Executive Director of E3 Fellowship

Context 

Over the past decade, New Orleans has witnessed unprecedented growth in student performance, including dramatic increases in ACT scores, high school graduation rates, and college enrollment rates. While we have moved beyond a state of crisis, New Orleans still has a long list of systemic challenges, gaps, and inequities. NSNO estimates that approximately 17,000 students in New Orleans are in unstable or low-performing schools. We must do better. New Schools for New Orleans’ (NSNO) mission — delivering on the promise of excellent public schools for every child in New Orleans — drives everything we do. To achieve this mission, NSNO’s portfolio office has developed a strategy to increase the number of students served by high-performing schools and reduce the number of student served by the lowest-performing schools through:

1) Expansion and replication of schools that are serving students well; and

2) Building leadership capacity at the CEO- and principal-level to manage this change and support improvement and transformation.

Roughly 40% of New Orleans principals turn over each year, and no less than six of our city’s charter organizations have changed or will change CEO leadership within a year. This instability is costly to schools, and, if these transitions are not done well, can lead to higher teacher attrition and negative impacts on student achievement. In order to address this issue, NSNO is partnering with charter organizations across the city to provide tailored plans for ensuring stable, effective leadership in order to set the foundation for continued improvement. NSNO will provide supports to three different types of charter organizations:

  • Proven Operators serve a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students well, have replicated successfully before, and have the desire to replicate further.
  • Promising Operators are small or single-site operators who serve economically disadvantaged students well and have the potential to expand or replicate successfully.
  • Vulnerable Operators are multi-site operators who are struggling with performance and have new or unstable leadership at the CEO-level.

Role and Responsibilities

The Executive Director of the E3 (Executive Education Experience) Fellowship will develop and manage NSNO’s work to develop citywide executive leadership capacity for charter management organizations. The E3 Fellowship develops high performing and diverse school leaders prepare to become chief-level executives through a comprehensive professional learning program that includes training, coaching, and a professional learning community. Specific responsibilities may include:

  • Recruitment of E3 fellows
  • Developing E3 programming with NSNO team, external partners and E3 Advisory Board
  • Managing relationships with senior leadership at NSNO’s partner charter organizations
  • Coordinating, programming, coaching and responsive supports for program fellows
  • Managing relationships with external programming partners
  • Working with NSNO’s Development and Finance teams to identify funding opportunities, raise funds for this work, and manage grant and vendor agreements

The Executive Director of E3 Fellowship will be a member of NSNO’s Talent Team, reporting to the Chief Innovation Officer and working closely with the E3 Fellowship’s Senior Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Required: 1) 5 years minimum of relevant work experience, including leading a charter school or charter organization, or leading development for leaders; 2) skills in data analysis, written and verbal communication, and budgeting; 3) belief that all students can learn and that effective leadership and teaching are the most important factors in changing outcomes for students
  • Preferred: 1) experience leading a school or charter organization in New Orleans; 2) experience working with and managing professional or leadership development partners; post-baccalaureate degree preferred

Application

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to michelle@nsno.org

New Schools for New Orleans (NSNO) is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to building a diverse and inclusive team. As such, it is the continuing policy of NSNO to consider all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.

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