1 month ago
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Los Angeles, CA
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About this organization



Since its founding in 2005, Gabriella Charter Schools (GCS) has grown from a small after school dance program to an award winning and highly revered charter school system with a student body of 800 youth in grades TK-8. With campuses in Echo Park and Historic South Central, GCS is known for its strong community and family engagement as well as its academic and arts education programs serving youth from under-resourced neighborhoods.

GCS Board and staff are deeply committed to both educational equity and addressing the evolving needs and challenges our children face today.

Gabriella Charter Schools’ mission is to join academic rigor with the creativity of dance to engage the hearts and minds of young people in underserved communities, empowering them to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

About this job


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director of Gabriella Charter Schools is a community responsive leader, responsible for both the overall strategy and success of the organization as well as its long-term sustainability. The ideal candidate is a strong communicator, strategist, and community advocate with experience working in the Los Angeles or charter education system. While delivering outstanding academic programming in an arts-based environment is the top priority, the role also encompasses managing internal operations within budget guidelines, recruiting, and supporting high-performing staff and sustaining a strong, positive organizational culture. This position is also public-facing, requiring a focus on raising support and awareness for the schools.

As a collaborative, empathetic leader, the Executive Director will build on the schools’ successful education model integrating quality arts instruction with high-level academics with improved outcomes related to staff retention, student academic success, family satisfaction, and community engagement. The Executive Director will also oversee and ensure WASC accreditation and charter compliance requirements in accord with applicable laws, regulations and District policies.

Roles & responsibilities


Leadership and Strategy

Provides effective leadership to ensure that Gabriella students master instructional standards and achieve classroom success while delivering comprehensive services to support student needs.

Evidences a deep commitment to and understanding of the role the arts play in enabling students to thrive and succeed both inside and outside the classroom, including the historic role that dance and the arts have played in raising GCS' profile and distinguishing our schools in the Los Angeles community.

Supports, sustains, and promotes a collaborative and supportive work environment while recruiting, retaining, and developing a high-performing.

Sustains and strengthens an organizational culture and environment that reflects GCS’ values of equity, creativity, resilience, compassion, flexibility, and integrity.

Collaborates with staff to improve organizational efficiency and capacity and strengthen internal operating systems.

Partners with the Board to develop a strategic plan aligned with GCS’ mission, vision, and values.

Keeps the Board fully informed on the progress of the schools towards educational excellence and fiscal sustainability while identifying challenges, issues, and opportunities.

Works with Board leadership to develop and implement ongoing strategies that support inclusive Board recruitment and engagement.

Fiscal Sustainability

Ensures the sound fiscal management of the schools, including long-term sustainability, healthy cash flow and adequate reserves.

Oversees the effective management of school operations to ensure quality program delivery.

Works with the leadership team to present to the Board annual budget and monthly financials, while ensuring the timely completion of required audits and financial reporting in collaboration with the Board of Directors, supports GCS’ fundraising initiatives.

Community Relations & Advocacy

Serves as the chief spokesperson for Gabriella Charter Schools (GCS).

Develops and maintains good relationships with LAUSD, school board members and other essential education partners.

Builds and fosters trusting partnerships with families.

Acts as a liaison to local media and social media.

Represents GCS to and increases the profile of GCS in the community.



Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s or Doctoral qualification in Education, Educational Psychology, or other relevant field of study highly preferred.

Prior experience as an Executive Director, or member of the senior leadership team, of a nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget greater than $3M.

A minimum of 7 years’ experience in progressively responsible roles within senior management positions.

Background and work in the arts and/or knowledge of educational programing informed by the arts, preferred.

Experience working within education and a key understanding of the changing landscape, preferred.

Bilingual in English and Spanish, preferred.

Demonstrated belief in and a commitment to continued professional growth and development of employees and volunteers.

Ability to effectively represent GCS to the larger community.

Ability to effectively articulate the mission and philosophy of GCS.

Ability to create a culture of high expectations and student achievement within the GCS community.

Ability to attract and retain a high-performing team.

Ability to lead and work with all stakeholders, including staff, students, parents, board members and authorizer(s).

Commitment to inclusivity and diversity in hiring and staff development.

Energetic, self-starting, and resourceful attitude.

Ability to represent self and GCS effectively with strong presence in diverse public situations.

Computer literate (Microsoft and Google Suite, database proficiency).


Salary commensurate with experience and a generous benefits package. Gabriella Charter Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

Envision Consulting was retained by Gabriella Charter Schools to conduct the search for their incoming Executive Director.

Applicants needing accommodation for any part of the application process may contact Envision Consulting at 626.889.7905 to request and arrange for assistance.

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