Senior Director of Schools

The Senior Director of Schools position represents an exciting opportunity to join a mission-driven, committed and high-functioning team. The person selected for this role will be part of a thriving organization and community of dedicated stakeholders acting with urgency to realize equity and excellence in education. We are a small, horizontal and entrepreneurial team whose energy and creativity are elevated when we work shoulder to shoulder together. We also enjoy a diverse, aligned and deeply engaged board whose support and influence make our work better and easier.

The Senior Director of Schools will support the execution of redefinED’s school growth strategy. This position will play a vital role in the start-up of new schools and school expansion, and provide resources and guidance to school and district leaders and governance entities. The Senior Director of Schools will foster collaboration and accountability, and stand with the community to hold the bar for quality and excellence. Specifically, the Senior Director of Schools will support school growth through the following workstreams:

  • School Pipeline
  • Building partnerships with school incubator and school pipeline organizations
  • Supporting the development of an early-stage school leader pipeline
  • New School Authorization
  • Staying up to date on District/State petition process
  • Building relationships with all incubating schools
  • Building relationships with district and state leaders who oversee the school petition process
  • Providing or oversee technical assistance to schools
  • Supporting petition review process
  • Developing plans to support strong petitioners who have been denied
  • School Planning, Launch and Growth
  • Supporting early stage expansion planning
  • Overseeing coaching
  • Overseeing Technical Assistance (budget, cash flow, hiring, procurement, vendor management, general operations, etc.)
  • Support schools in securing viable school facilities
  • Facilities
  • Supporting the buildout of a comprehensive facilities plan that includes technical assistance, policy solutions, proactive sourcing of sites, etc.

The Senior Director of Schools will thrive in the sometimes-relentless pace and often ambiguous space of start-up, execution and growth. They will bring content expertise in education, and be able to operate at the nexus of schools, districts, communities and nonprofits. They will also bring experience or demonstrated capacity:

  • working with diverse communities and building strong relationships;
  • fostering productive partnerships;
  • communicating in a way that is clear and accessible to a wide range of stakeholders;
  • indirectly managing and influencing teams and individuals to meet specific and strategic outcomes;
  • supporting multiple projects and competing priorities across multiple teams of people with a meticulous attention to detail;
  • leading in a school, district or nonprofit, including knowledge of best practices in teaching, learning and leadership, and
  • generally supporting the startup and scaling of innovative, effective schools and school models.

The Senior Director of Schools will report to Angira Sceusi, Vice President-Chief of Staff.

The salary range for this position is $100k-$130k and includes full benefits. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

The Executive Search team at Promise54 is managing this search. Review of applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, please submit a resume and letter of interest (in a single PDF file) to Leslie Nair, Partner, at by March 4, 2022.

We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff and contractors, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff members, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

Furthermore, as an organization, redefinED atlanta commits to:

  • attracting and retaining staff with diverse identities, backgrounds, and lived experience in public schools and the public school system;
  • further diversifying our board to include deeper lived experience and perspective from public school parents and under-resourced communities, and
  • creating an inclusive working culture that celebrates difference, promotes universal belonging, and fosters ongoing learning and personal growth.