Aspire Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that currently operates 40 high-performing, open-enrollment public charter schools serving over 16,000 students in underserved communities across California and Tennessee. Aspire is one of the highest-performing public school systems in California, delivering a rigorous “College for Certain” education to students in grades K-12. An unrelenting focus on college preparedness led to 100 percent of graduating Aspire seniors being accepted to four year colleges or universities over the last four years. Aspire offers a high-quality education in six cities throughout California: Los Angeles, Oakland, Stockton, Sacramento, Modesto, East Palo Alto and five schools in Memphis, Tennessee. Visit Aspire Public Schools at www.aspirepublicschools.org.
The Credential Manager with strong problem solving and system building skills, oversees the Credential Analyst(s) and is responsible for proactively providing solutions that ensures compliance of teachers’ credentials across our schools. Partners with Human Resource teams to attract high performing educators, and works closely with Regional Leaders, Principals and Teachers to provide timely and digestible information that prompts decision and action.Ability to collaborate with all levels of employees and across functional departments to achieve department goals and objectives.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Lead, build and manage an agile credentialing system and process at Aspire to support the organization’s strategies and goals. Leverage technology to streamline existing processes and tools.
- Hire, develop and retain high quality, productive credential analysts, and establish priorities for the team.
- Manage and improve credentialing operations and drive improvement in school site satisfaction through operational efficiencies and client service
- Build strong collaborative partnerships with Regional Leaders, Principals, teachers and Human Resource teams in support of credential strategies and goals, and be adept at communicating with finesse when needed
- Provide training workshops and orientation sessions for incoming candidates, current educators, and school leaders on policies and procedural changes affecting credentials, certificates, permits, and ESSA (NCLB) changes
- Identify, review, maintain and evaluate the proper credentialing/ESSA (NCLB) qualifications required of teacher and educator candidates, current educators and school leaders, and provide creative solutions to keep us compliant
- Advise teachers, teachers-in-residency and current educators regarding requirements of state and federal educational credentials, permits, educational courses, upcoming examination dates, and updates from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing or Department of Education
- Ensure timely submission of recommendations to the California Commission on Teacher Credentials for issuance of credentials, certificates, permits for students in the Aspire Teacher Residency Program and for current educators
- Oversee and manage internal credentials system on certificated staff to assure required credentials/ESSA (NCLB) qualifications and CLAD/BCLAD certifications are held, obtained, and maintained in conformance with regulations of the CTC; Prepare monitoring reports and real-time dashboards for School Leaders and Area Superintendents
- Oversee and ensure compliance with paraprofessionals
- Serve as the liaison to university credential agencies, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the California Department of Education
- Assist with Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Induction Program administration
- Attend credentialing/ESSA (NCLB) workshops at state and county levels to maintain and share knowledge of credentialing/ESSA (NCLB) laws
- Assist school sites in preparing for audits
- Periodic travel to regions for relationship building, training and audits
- Demonstrate knowledge of, and support Aspire Public Schools’ mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior
1) Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
- Excellent critical thinking and problem solving skills; good judgment and resourceful.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate in an articulate and sensitive manner with Area Superintendents, Principals and teachers.
- High attention to detail, organization and follow-up with a demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently.
- Positive, customer service oriented with relationship building skills, and professional integrity.
- Strong excel, software and technology skills.
- Prior management experience of direct reports.
- Ability to read, understand, and apply instructions, policies, laws, and regulations related to the credential process, ESSA (NCLB) requirements, recruitment and personnel matters.
- Knowledge and experience with California credentialing requirements and laws, and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)/No Child Left Behind (NCLB) compliance regulations.
- Experience as a teacher or with K-12 education within a charter school preferred.
- Strong desire to have a positive impact on public education.
- Maintain security of confidential information, accurate, and updated employee records.
2) Minimum educational level:
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, Teaching or related field preferred.
3 to 5 years
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