IDEA Public Schools, Director of Growth

IDEA Public Schools - Remote - Full time


IDEA Public Schools believes in college for ALL and everyone in the organization is committed to ensuring that all IDEA students graduate from college. IDEA Public Schools has grown from a small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the United States sending 100% of our students to college. 50% of our students graduate from college in 6 years – that’s 8 times the national rate for students in similar communities.

IDEA was founded in 2000 in the Rio Grande Valley and has been averaging ~20% growth per year for the past decade. The organization now serves over 65,000 students across Texas and Louisiana, with plans for continued growth in IDEA’s current regions and upcoming launches in Tampa Bay (2021), Jacksonville, FL (2022), and Cincinnati, OH (2022). In 2021-22, IDEA will have 137 schools and 9,500 staff members serving 76,000 students.

When you choose to work at IDEA, you are part of the IDEA Team and Family. You will work alongside team members who set and reach ambitious goals every day, are excited to continue to grow with IDEA, and work relentlessly to make college for all a reality.  

To learn more about IDEA, visit


The Director of Growth supports IDEA regions, executive directors, and headquarters teams with numerous elements of successful IDEA regional growth, including fundraising, community support-building, project management, and resource creation. The director collaborates with the Human Assets, Finance, Academic Services, Operations, and Schools teams, among others, to ensure that IDEA remains on-track for success, 2 to 3 years before launch. The director will manage some of this work, alongside the Senior Vice President for Growth, before a regional Executive Director (ED) is hired, and will then work alongside the ED as a partner to seamlessly transfer relationships and momentum.

Depending on the number of regions queued up for launch, the director may also own campus site selection responsibilities, charter applications, and all local relationships with funders, political leaders, and community members. The director contributes to the success of growth regions by providing support in the areas of grant applications, data compilation and presentation, and basic financial modeling. Additionally, the director will leverage fundraising expertise to help expand donor bases for regional and national portfolios, as appropriate.


The Director of Growth’s primary responsibilities will be to:

  • Collaborate with National and Regional Development teams to raise startup funds in launching regions to meet 2023 ($40M) and 2024 (TBD) growth fundraising needs
  • Develop and/or manage relationships with a set of external leaders, including funders, community leaders, and public officials in pre-launch growth regions, in order to ensure the right conditions exist for IDEA’s launch
  • Support SVP of Growth to project manage a set of HQ responsibilities in Arkansas, Coastal Bend, and a 2024 growth region, if applicable
  • Lead HQ accountability systems, documents, check-ins, and recurring meetings to ensure all teams have the information, resources, and partnership required to complete necessary regional growth tasks
  • Research and evaluate 2+ potential 2025 growth regions utilizing IDEA growth scorecard
  • Collaborate with all HQ teams to ensure full and correct charter applications are submitted and approved by applicable authorizers
  • Collaborate with governance team, legal counsel, and board to ensure a viable legal entities are created in IDEA growth regions
  • Partner with Treasury team to develop a strong financial model useful for estimating philanthropic need for launch
  • Support Charter School Program grants, Charter School Growth Fund grants, or other major federal and national grants as required


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree required
  • Experience: 5+ years of professional experience required, with at least 3 years of experience in project management, fundraising, and/or financial management
  • Experience: Expertise with project management software such as Wrike, experience developing financial models on Excel or similar programs, and/or successful stewardship of seven- and eight-figure donors are all pluses in this role.
  • Location:Living in an IDEA region is highly preferred; remote for the ideal candidate

We expect our Director of Growth to Live IDEA’s Values:

  • Believes and is committed to our mission: that all students are capable of getting to and through college
  • Committed to leading by example to strengthen diversity, uplift equity, and honor inclusion
  • Is driven by outcomes and results, and wants to be held accountable for them
  • Has a propensity for action, willing to make mistakes by doing in order to learn and improve quickly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial, high-growth environment; is comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Seeks and responds well to feedback, which is shared often and freely across all levels of the organization
  • Works through silos and forges strong cross-departmental relationships in order to achieve outcomes


IDEA offers a competitive salary commensurate with relevant qualifications and experience as well as a comprehensive benefits plan. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on individual and organizational goal attainment.


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

IDEA Public 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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IDEA Public Schools

IDEA believes in college for ALL and everyone in the organization is committed to ensuring that all IDEA students graduate from college. IDEA has grown from small school to the fastest-growing network of tuition-free Pre-K-12 public charter schools in the US sending 100% of our students to college.
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