Position: Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater LosAngeles
Reports to: Managing Director, Regional Advocacy, Greater Los Angeles
Location: LosAngeles County
JobDescription: As part of the Los Angeles Regional Advocacy team, the director leads charter school-related public policy and supports member schools’ interests across Los Angeles County in the areas of charter school authorization, growth, renewals, funding equity, and facilities. This position is part of a team that works closely with hundreds of educators operating local charter organizations, community groups, and local elected officials to maximize the positive impact of charter schools as part of the public educationsystem intheregion andtoensure thatall studentsandfamilieshave access to high qualitypublic school options.
Overview of Responsibilities: The Los Angeles Regional Advocacy team supports 350 charter schools across Los Angeles County, including more than 220 schools authorized by the Los Angeles Unified School District alone. This position works directly with the Managing Director, Regional Advocacy and three other Directions of Regional Advocacy to support charter members on CCSA’s policy campaigns and address policy issues. The work includes building relationships with charter school educators, school board members, city council members and other stakeholders to lay the foundation for new areas of charter growth in the region and remove barriers to operation and success inserving students and families.
- Policy Making and Advocacy: Support charter-related policy matters at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and several other key school districts.
- Build and manage relationships with the charter school community to inform and advocate on behalf of the charter community and CCSA’s policy positions
- Become an expert in specific areas of charter policy (including but not limited to charter authorization, oversight, funding, and facilities) to support the charter community in organizing around common policy outcomes at the county and district level
- Mobilize towards increasing collective action by developing structures to ensure active charterleader engagementinpolicyagenda
- Strategic Planning:Support and activelyengage inthe development,promotion,and adoptionof theteam’s strategic priorities to ensure they are aligned with CCSA’s broader priorities and are reflective of the charter community’s needs.
- Create project plans to manage key policy initiatives, regularly tracking progress to goal
- Use exceptional judgment to determine how limited resources should be spent to achieve maximum impact
- Relationship Building:Cultivate relationshipswithkeyelected and appointed officialsat thecounty and districtlevelsand build and manage relationships with charterleaders in support of the team’s advocacy agenda.
- Focus strategicallyon policy initiatives to create supportive legislative and policy environments and leverage our members’ collective advocacy power, in collaboration with CCSA’s parent organizing efforts
- Work strategically with charter schools in their authorization/renewal campaigns and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high-quality charter schools
- Provide high-quality, timely, responsive member support to charter school leaders by connecting them with resources,respondingtoinquiries,andansweringpolicy-relatedquestions
- Political Engagement: Engage in non-partisan and partisan electoral work, including strategic planning and implementation under the umbrella of CCSA Advocates, our electoral arm.
- Engage charter leaders on electoral issues including district, county, and statewide races and ballot measures
- Actively identify potential candidates and refer them to training resources and materials
- Collaborate closely with parent and youth organizers in the region to develop outreach and mobilization strategies
- Cross Team Collaboration: Partner with internal CCSA teams to align resources and maximize advocacy work and outcomes.
- Cultivate relationships with teams to establish clear channels for effective communication and project planning
- Identify sharedgoals and a vision for accountability to achieve these goals
What Success Looks Like
To achieve success in this role, qualified candidates will be able to consistently meet and exceed these goals:
- Establish healthy policy environment for high quality charter schools to grow, whereby members have equitable access to resources (e.g. facilities, funding, and technology) and authorizers and schools work in partnership to provide high quality options for all public school students.
- Facilitate strong charterleader networks across the county and lead members to engage in collective actions that move the policy needle forward.
- Actively demonstrate these corework values: passion, impact, judgment and communication.
- At least 5 years of professional workexperience
- Demonstrated passion for education reform and understanding of local and statewide education reform climate
- Experience working to motivate a variety of constituents
- Exceptional leadership and relationship-building skills
- Exceptional strategic thinking and planning skills
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience working with Excel,Salesforce and work flow management systems
- Exceptional organizational skills and a self-starter