Breakthrough Schools, Managing Director of Student Services

Breakthrough Schools - Cleveland, Ohio - Full time


Breakthrough Schools is a nationally recognized network that was rated the best CMO network in Ohio by the 2017 CREDO study at Stanford University. Breakthrough Schools originated as a commitment to increase educational options for Cleveland families. In 2009, three of Cleveland’s top stand-alone public charter schools discovered the challenges of operating individually and decided that sharing administrative functions would help them operate more efficiently and serve more students. As a result, they formed Breakthrough Schools, a charter management organization, in 2010 with the mission to develop a growing network of distinctive school options that prepare Cleveland area students for success in life.

Breakthrough manages core administrative responsibilities including human resources, finance, information technology, facilities, student recruitment, and marketing for schools within the network. Next school year, Breakthrough Schools will serve more than 3,600 K-8 students and is committed to setting them on an early pathway to lifelong success in school, college, and career.

To learn more about Breakthrough Schools, please visit


The Managing Director of Student Services ensures Breakthrough most significantly impacts scholars and families with the greatest need. The Managing Director of Student Services does this by overseeing a myriad of areas directly related to scholar success and achievement. The Managing Director of Student Services is an entrepreneurial individual who deeply understands special education systems, compliance, and student interventions. This role, though Network-based, interfaces significantly with campus-based staff as they orchestrate critical functional areas for the organization. The Managing Director of Student Services reports to the Chief Academic Officer and manages a diverse cross-functional team of specialists, including Special Education, Related Services, and Wrap Around Services.

The ideal candidate for Breakthrough’s Managing Director of Student Services will be:

  • A leader and an advocate who will champion a growth-mindset culture amongst instructional staff and leadership of data-driven re-teaching of content in an effort to ensure all scholars master the standards;
  • Asystems manager who utilizes data collected through a myriad of sources (formal and informal assessments) to help instructional leaders and staff identify and group scholars in need of additional support. As well, this leader will analyze potential and existing intervention programs to ensure effectiveness;
  • A network training leader who managesprofessional development for staff to effectively maximize results by implementing developmentally appropriate interventions for individuals and groups of scholars.


Other key responsibilities of the Managing Director of Student Services include:

  • Building and overseeing a network-wide approach to individualized and small-group remediation and acceleration;
  • Working in partnership with the Head of Schools and Chief Academic Officer to monitor and modify intervention programming;
  • Collaborating with the Network Academic Team and School Management to ensure school leaders and instructional staff develop the necessary expertise in core curricula through implementation of interventions via model lessons, observation and feedback, lesson plan feedback, and regular coaching sessions.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Managing Director of Student Services candidate will:

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment toward the vision, mission, and values;
  • Demonstrate an ability to lead people and get results through others;
  • Establish excellent interpersonal capability between all constituents: courteous, professional, and helpful; able to handle sensitive and confidential situations;
  • Be able to work with large amounts of data, including data interpretation, error detection, and preparation of reports;
  • Have a minimum of 10 years’ experience working with students in an educational setting


This position offers a competitive salary range of $93,000 - $110,000, as well as a robust benefits package including a 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Ila Shah at

Breakthrough Schools is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

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