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Director of Strategic Initiatives

Employer
Phoenix Network
Location
Boston, MA, US
Salary
Competitive
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Director of Strategic Initiatives
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Our Philosophy
Phoenix Charter Academy's mission is to challenge young people in our area with an academically rigorous and individually tailored curriculum. Phoenix scholars will have the support, resources and training needed to succeed academically in high school and college, and become economically secure in their future. Phoenix Charter Academy is named after a mythological figure of strength, healing and renewal.

Phoenix schools challenge resilient, disconnected young people with rigorous academics and relentless supports, so they take ownership of their futures and succeed in high school, college, and as self-sufficient adults.

At Phoenix we do not just accept difference - we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our scholars and the communities we serve. We believe difference makes us stronger. Phoenix Charter Academy is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment.

The Opportunity
The Phoenix Network is seeking an innovative and results-focused Director of Strategic Initiatives who would serve in a key role to support the implementation of Phoenix's organizational priorities. The person in this role would serve in a key organizational leadership position designed to ensure that students, teachers, staff, and leaders are well equipped with the systems and tools necessary to reach our ambitious goals, as the organization continues to innovate to support our students. The Director of Strategic Initiatives will be dedicated to supporting the building, implementation, and maintenance of cross-network systems and priorities. This new position is an exciting and challenging opportunity for someone who likes to juggle multiple projects, is able to work with multiple stakeholders, and has exceptional operational skills. The Director of Strategic Initiatives will work closely alongside Phoenix's senior leadership team to develop and implement strategies to support the implementation of Phoenix's strategic plan to support students' progressing towards post-secondary success and economic viability.

Qualities of a Phoenix team member:

  • Unwavering Belief in Phoenix Scholars - Phoenix staff operate with the deeply held belief that all young people want to and can succeed even in the face of what can seem like insurmountable barriers and societal constraints
  • Ability to Put Scholars First - Phoenix staff go above and beyond to ensure mastery of the skills and development of positive self-identity that will ensure success for college, careers and beyond. Phoenix staff find every opportunity to engage in teaching and learning with scholars, using conflict to build supportive relationships with scholars and never taking things personally.
  • Eager to Learn Under Pressure - Phoenix staff must be able to learn as they go in a fast paced, ever evolving, urgent environment. They have the desire to receive direct feedback and the ability to implement the feedback into practice quickly.
  • Humility - Phoenix staff approach problem solving with curiosity and desire to understand the perspectives of others. They carry an internalized sense of "I can always learn more" from others, and know that adults at Phoenix must model the qualities of being open-minded and willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
  • Experience with Low Income Communities - Staff have the proven ability to work across cultures and experience serving low-income communities and/or academically-disconnected adolescents.
  • Ability to Find Inspiration In the Small Things - In the face of challenge and hard work, Phoenix staff must have the ability to find humor, inspiration, success and joy in the day to day interactions with scholars and the larger Phoenix Community.
  • Personal Commitment to Cultural Proficiency and Ongoing Development - Phoenix staff are ongoing learners about diversity, equity and inclusion and seek to understand the ways that their self-identity and experiences impacts and interacts with their daily work, colleagues and scholars.

Your Contribution
In addition to demonstrating the qualities of a Phoenix staff member, the Director of Strategic Initiatives will be responsible for the following:

Strategic Initiatives
  • Lead significant network projects across the organization, including but not limited to overseeing facilities projects, strategically leveraging COVID-19 funds, supporting the implementation of innovative program pilots, and developing and amplifying Phoenix's communication both internally and externally.
  • Track and hold leaders accountable to core decisions and action steps.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to develop, refine, and/or codify school policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Senior Leadership Team to implement Phoenix's strategic plan.
  • Develop and launch new initiatives as assigned by the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Schools Officer and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Partner with statewide staff as necessary on all statewide-initiatives and systems, including but not limited to technology, talent, post-secondary success planning and development.
  • Partner with statewide staff on external strategic initiatives to advocate for Phoenix's scholars and to position Phoenix in the national conversation around alternative education. This would include working with DESE and external partners around setting rigorous, fair accountability measures for alternative schools.
  • Perform other related duties as required and assigned.

Operations Leadership
  • Support school based Managers and Directors of Operations on all primary roles and responsibilities, including, but not limited to: Facilities, Technology, Food and Transportation, Government Reporting, Financial Management, HR & Personnel, Assessment & Program Evaluation, Enrollment Management, and Student & Staff Culture.
  • Lead all professional development for network and school operations teams, including quarterly retreats and content days.
  • Track, prioritize, and hold school operations leaders accountable for tasks and project milestones to ensure progress on ongoing operational responsibilities and school goals.
  • Drive the creation and implementation of new systems, structures and technology, supporting the implementation of Phoenix's strategic plan.
  • Manage communications with key stakeholders by writing and editing email correspondence, presentation decks, digital media and other written materials.
  • Develop and maintain systems and structures to ensure that schools achieve operational excellence and maintain a customer-service driven approach to operations.

Programming Support
  • Collaborate with the Chief Schools Officer to manage the implementation of academic programming initiatives.
  • Provide support on codifying programming strategies across schools and the organization
  • Share communication as needed across schools and in collaboration with school-based point people.
  • Develop materials for professional development and / or additional statewide work for teachers, staff and leaders.

Board Management
  • Work with multiple stakeholders, including Phoenix's Senior Leadership Team, to prepare for all Board of Trustees meetings
  • Continue to work with the Chief Executive Officer and board members to strengthen board governance and grow board pipelines.

Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree required; Masters degree preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in project management, operations, strategic initiatives and programming
  • Experience with nonprofit organizations; ideally experience with CMOs
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Employment is based on qualifications for the role as well as a successful background check

Company

Who We Are

Phoenix Charter Academy aims to show the world what all young people can do, and to defy the limitations of societal assumptions, classism, and racism.  Phoenix Charter Academy was founded on the unwavering belief that all students can succeed at high levels. While this mantra is typical of high-performing schools, particularly those in the charter sector, Phoenix truly endeavors to reach every student, focusing on a growing number on the margins of the traditional public district education system: students who have dropped out of high school, students who are parenting children of their own, students who are or have been involved with the juvenile justice system, students who are older and new to the country and cannot gain access to public schooling, and students who are under-credited relative to the number of years they have spent enrolled in high school. We believe that these students, like all students, are completely capable of developing the skills necessary to set themselves up for lifetimes of economic prosperity and success. We support our students with individually tailored and academically rigorous curricula and push them to succeed at the highest levels by providing them with the resources and mentoring that they need to reach their full potential. 

Why Our Work is Important

Students across America are dropping out of high school at an alarming rate. Dropping out of high school has a substantial impact on a young person’s life. Over the course of their lifetime, an individual who drops out of high school is more likely to have reduced earning power, greater social service dependency, increased rates of criminal involvement, and shorter life expectancy. Phoenix Charter Academies addresses this trend by creating environments where students can demonstrate their talent and resilience and prepare themselves for success through high school, college, and beyond. 

 

Commitment to DEI

At Phoenix, we recognize the importance of forming a school community inclusive of all visible and invisible identities. We act to ensure that our students and staff always see reflections of themselves and their communities.

At Phoenix, we aim to break down systemic barriers by providing access to resources, experiences, and differentiated supports for historically marginalized groups.

At Phoenix, we solicit, value, understand, connect, and leverage multiple perspectives and experiences. We invite all perspectives except those that perpetuate oppression or dehumanization.

At Phoenix we do not just accept difference - we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our scholars and the communities we serve. We believe difference makes us stronger. Phoenix Charter Academy is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. Phoenix Charter Academy is committed to making any reasonable accommodation necessary to support an individual's employment. 

Qualities of Phoenix staff member:

  • Unwavering belief in our students - Phoenix staff operate with the deeply held belief that all young people want to and can succeed even in the face of substantial systemic barriers and societal constraints. 
  • Continuous Improvement - Phoenix staff approach problem solving with curiosity and desire to understand the perspectives of others. They carry an internalized sense of “I can always learn more” and know that adults at Phoenix must model the qualities of being open-minded and willing to make mistakes and learn from them. Phoenix staff members embody “lifelong learner” mindsets and strive for constant improvement. 
  • Eager to Learn - Phoenix staff must be able to learn as they go in a fast paced, ever evolving, urgent environment. They have the desire to receive direct feedback and the ability to implement the feedback into practice quickly.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Phoenix staff commit to understanding the ways that their self-identity and experiences impact and interact with their daily work, their colleagues, and their students, and work toward furthering initiatives that promote a more equitable society. 
Find Us
Website
Telephone
9177980867
Location
Phoenix Charter Network
PO Box 170665
Boston
MA
02117
United States
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