Chief Executive Officer, Envision Education

Envision Education - San Francisco, California - Full time

This role can be located anywhere in the Bay Area, California.


Our mission is to transform the lives of students - especially those who will be the first in their family to attend college - by preparing them for success in college, career, and life. At Envision Education, we believe the current achievement gap reflects a systemic failure to understand how kids learn, what motivates them to learn, and what they need in order to learn well. We know that vibrant learning communities provide compassion and high expectations to inspire and empower students. Our approach is specifically designed to increase student engagement, deepen integration and understanding, promote active learning, and ensure college success.

Envision Education is a national model for using a portfolio-based Performance Assessment and Project-Based Learning to prepare students for success in college and in life. Envision Education operates through two divisions: Envision Schools and Envision Learning Partners. With a population that is 75% first generation college bound, Envision has three small high schools and two middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. Graduates go on to succeed in college at significantly higher rates than their peers: 99% attend college and 85% persist once they get there. Envision Learning Partners works with public schools and districts across the country to develop high quality performance assessment systems in order to help schools/districts achieve their academic and assessment goals.

To learn more about Envision Education, please visit


We believe that deeper learning experiences challenge students to think critically, solve problems resourcefully, and collaborate productively. Students have an opportunity to use these skills and show what they know through portfolio defenses. In 8th, 10th and 12th grade, Envision students develop a portfolio to demonstrate academic and deeper learning competencies, then present a defense of learning, demonstrating their growth and learning. Similar to a master’s thesis defense, these presentations are required to graduate in 12th grade and are invaluable in preparing for life after high school. Students practice for these defenses through regular exhibitions and in-class presentations. Our students say portfolio defense is the hardest thing they have ever done, and nothing has prepared them more for college.


Envision Learning Partners shares the same goal of transforming the educational experience with our educational division, Envision Schools, but we seek to do so on a larger, national scale. Envision Schools has transformed the lives of a diverse range of students over the last two decades – including most of whom will be the first in their family to graduate from college – by engaging them as learners and preparing them for their futures. The mission of Envision Learning Partners (ELP) is to help schools and districts engage every student in America in a high-quality system of performance assessment. When challenged with work that is rigorous and authentic, and given opportunities to revise and reflect along the way, students are liberated to realize their potential.


Envision Education seeks an anti-racist, pro-Black visionary leader who can lead Envision Education’s work with Envision Schools and Envision Learning Partners. This is a unique opportunity to champion their anti-racist, pro-Black stance internally and externally while leveraging their local work in schools in the Bay Area and their national model of supporting educators to utilize high-quality performance assessments in their schools. The next CEO of Envision Education will be a leader who can bring innovation to American public education and ensure equity and excellence on a national scale The impact of the next CEO will be to create the conditions for students, particularly Black and Latinx students aspiring to be the first generation to attend college, to thrive now and in the future.

The CEO reports to the Board of Directors of Envision Education.


Key Responsibilities of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) include:

  • Model, sustain and champion Envision’s organizational culture aligned to our core values and our anti-racist, pro-Black stance.
  • Elevate and listen to the voices of our community, especially Black students, families, and staff, in order to form and shape the organization's strategies, priorities, and goals.
  • Make organizational decisions, including resource allocation, based on both quantitative and qualitative data centering the experience of our most marginalized communities, to achieve our mission and goals.
  • Champion and grow Envision's national brand by supporting ELP to increase their impact.
  • Set and steward a bold vision for regional and nationwide change, informed by the community, and lead the organization in alignment with that vision
  • Build a senior leadership team that strategically learns and collaborates across differences, to ensure student learning and experience are prioritized.
  • Set organizational imperative for talent, ensuring that leadership team invests in attracting, developing and retaining top talent
  • Partner with the board on strong governance and fundraising to ensure we are effectively stewarding the organization toward our mission and vision.
  • Oversee the organization’s fundraising and development efforts, serving as an important liaison with the donor community, including recruiting sponsors.
  • Manage different partnerships, especially political relationships, to ensure we successfully navigate through an increasingly anti-charter landscape.
  • Effectively manage change, influence others, and lead teams to execution of our organizational strategic plan.


In order to fulfill these responsibilities, the ideal Chief Executive Officer candidate will have/be:

  • Commitment to the mission and vision of Envision Education
  • Deep commitment to anti-racist and pro-Black ideologies and experience in advancing them in the workplace
  • A visionary for educational equity, deeper learning strategies, and performance assessments (portfolio defense, project based learning, etc.)
  • Prior education leadership experience, school leadership experience preferred
  • Creator of clear pathways and efficient systems
  • Skilled in fundraising with a track-record of meeting (or surpassing) ambitious revenue goals over a sustained period and building brand awareness
  • A relationship-building, collaborative community builder who deeply values family and community engagement
  • Excellent communication skills (speaking, writing, listening)
  • Comfortable having tough conversations for the betterment of an organization
  • Experience with performance assessments preferred
  • Understanding of political climate, consulting businesses, and unions


This position offers a competitive salary range of $240,000 to $275,000. Robust benefits including: Paid sick leave; Excellent health benefits package with employer contribution to benefits; Optional Flexible Benefits Plan; 403b Plan; Commuter Check Plans; Life Insurance at no cost to employee and more.


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

As an equal opportunity employer, we believe deeply in diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all people. Envision recruits, employs, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, and the many other characteristics that make us diverse.

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Envision Education is a national model for using portfolio-based Performance Assessment and Project-Based Learning to prepare students for success in college and in life. With a population that is 75% first gen college bound, Envision has three high schools and two middle schools in the SF Bay Area.
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