Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Chief Equity and Programs Officer

Alliance School - Los Angeles, California - Full time

ABOUT ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools was founded in 2004 based on the belief that all young people––regardless of ZIP code, income, ability, or background–– are capable of achieving at high levels. Alliance is now one of the largest and most successful public charter school networks in the nation, operating 26 high-performing middle and high schools serving 13,000 scholars in Los Angeles communities that have been systematically oppressed. Alliance has a proven record of success: though 93% of incoming sixth graders come to Alliance reading below grade level, 95% of Alliance graduates have been accepted to college—including 73% to a four-year university. We strive to truly change the life trajectories of our scholars and communities. Now is the time to join our collaborative community to make long-lasting change across Los Angeles.

ROLE SUMMARY

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Equity Programs Officer (CEPO) is responsible for leading the vision, strategy, and implementation of programs that improve equitable outcomes for all scholars, centering on the experiences of our Black and Brown scholars, their racial, cultural and personal identities while ensuring they graduate “College-Ready.” This role leads this work in close partnership with the Chief Instructional Officer as part of an integrated and cross-functional strategy and support to schools. The Chief Equity Programs Officer is a member of the Cabinet; leads the team responsible for Scholar, Family, & Community Services, Counseling & College Success, and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; and works closely with our school leaders and school site staff, and Home Office teams. This is an ideal opportunity for an experienced education professional with a proven track record in anti-racist leadership and systems change, trauma-informed and restorative discipline practices, advancing scholar outcomes, and college access through critical scholar supports and services.

WHAT YOU WILL DO

Build School Culture

  • Establish a short and long-term vision for thriving, creative, anti-racist, trauma-informed, college-oriented school cultures across the Alliance network.
  • Establish short and long-term strategies to deepen the capacity for Alliance communities to engage in and lead anti-racism, pro-Black work.
  • Lead the charge, in collaboration with Cabinet, senior leaders, and other stakeholders, to dismantle racist institutional behaviors, practices, systems, and structures to ensure equitable outcomes for Black and Brown scholars and staff.
  • Co-develop and lead a vision for continuous learning regarding anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion within Alliance’s culture and practice at schools and across the network.
  • Oversee the development of strong trauma-informed, data-driven culture systems with a clear throughline between the intersections of college readiness, academics, SEL, DEI, counseling, and restorative practices, with the effect of increasing college matriculation, persistence, and graduation.
  • Oversee the vision and strategies for empowering parents and families to act as partners in their scholars’ education, as well as to develop and increase the partnerships between Alliance schools and their local communities.
  • Provide equity thought-partnership across Alliance and develop a culture of accountability and support that will ensure all leaders at every level embody our commitment to becoming an anti-racist and pro-Black network.

Provide High-Quality Support to Scholars

  • Oversee the building and strengthening of a coordinated system of trauma-informed supports and resources that, in partnership with families and communities, foster safe and caring learning environments where all scholars thrive.
  • Oversee the strategy for supporting scholars thrive through socio-emotional learning, college success, and out-of-school time programming.
  • Increase scholar learning and success by addressing attendance/truancy, discipline, and restorative practices and the socio-emotional and mental health learning and wellness of scholars.

Increase College Access and Completion

  • Oversee the vision for Alliance college and counseling efforts by using data and all tools available (student information systems, data, etc.) to develop and assess strategic plans to exceed performance targets related to college match, matriculation, persistence, and completion, driving appropriate school-based and network-based college supports and initiatives for middle schools, high schools, and alumni
  • Oversee the vision for implementing and developing secondary and post-secondary support strategies and programs working towards achieving Alliance’s aspiration of 75% or more of our scholars graduating from a 4-year college or university and supporting scholar development to embody the five pillars of the College-Ready Graduate Profile: Resilient Learner, Wellness Seeker, Scholarly Thinker, Community Advocate, and Powerful Communicator.

Team Leadership

  • Lead a diverse team, which encompasses Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Counseling and College Success; and Scholar, Family, & Community Services.
  • Cultivate a thriving, creative, anti-racist team culture and effectively empower, support, and develop the team with an asset-based approach.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL HAVE/BE:

  • Commitment to the Alliance's core beliefs and philosophy;
  • Knowledge of urban school environments and school culture;
  • Experience in schools and/or school leadership;
  • Deep understanding of, commitment to, and experience with the communities Alliance serves and to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • A proven track record of developing systems-level vision and strategy and successfully leading a team toward implementation of the vision to transform scholar outcomes;
  • A proven track record of anti-racist leadership and system change;
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and agility, and ability to foster trust, communication, and culture change;
  • Relentless dedication to holistically centering the work of the organization on the experience of school sites and scholars;
  • Knowledge of the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness research base and best practices for organizations striving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive;
  • Understanding of trauma-informed practices, restorative discipline practices, and socio-emotional learning;
  • Knowledge of California Higher Education systems and student services programs;
  • Knowledge of student information systems, financial aid systems, codes, and regulations affecting student services;
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to drive the success of a dynamic team committed to a new future for urban education.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 8 years of progressive professional work experience in a related field and a Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university;
  • Advanced degree preferred (MPA, MBA, or other relevant degrees);
  • Experience advising high-performing executives in high-stakes roles and systems;
  • Experience leading complex and/or cross-functional projects and teams;
  • Experience in K-12 education, ideally in a large school system, preferred;
  • School site experience preferred but not required;
  • Demonstrated deep commitment to anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

In alignment with our commitment to equity for our scholars, Alliance is committed to equity and transparency for our team and offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience as well as generous retirement and health benefits. This position is exempt.

  • Compensation: Alliance provides a competitive salary. Based on relevant prior work experience, our salary range for this role is $175,100-$226,600. This position is also eligible for a $15,000 hiring bonus paid in two installments over the first year of employment.
  • Relocation: Individuals residing outside the Greater Los Angeles area are eligible for a relocation bonus of $5,000 for individuals and $7,500 for new staff with families/partners.
  • Health Insurance: Medical, dental, and vision plan options are covered at 100% of monthly premiums for individual employees and at least $1,000 per month towards family plan premiums.
  • Retirement: Alliance Home Office employees are eligible for a retirement allowance equal to 7.5% of their regular yearly earnings.
  • Paid Leave: Regular full-time 12-month employees accrue vacation at a rate of 10 hours/month for a maximum of 180 hours in addition to 10 national holidays as well as a week for Spring Break and a week for Winter Break.
  • Professional Development: At Alliance, we believe in supporting staff growth and development. Home Office staff are allocated $500 per year for professional development expenses.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested candidates should submit their application at https://apply.workable.com/j/01095A1D8A. Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools are tuition-free public charter schools that do not discriminate against any scholar, parent, community member, or staff member on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

** PLEASE NOTE: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools requires that all team members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the safety of our students, family, and staff. Team members may apply to seek a medical exemption. Regardless of your current vaccination status, our team can advise you on how to fulfill this important requirement so that you can start the position in a timely way. **

Research shows that while men apply to jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the requirements, women and other underrepresented people tend to only apply when they match every criteria. If you think you meet some of the qualifications but don't necessarily check every box in the job description, we encourage you to still apply.

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K12 School Operations

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Senior Level

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