Posted on Nov 17, 2018 by Bridge Boston
Joy. Achievement. Generosity. Unity. Acceptance. Resilience. These are Bridge Boston's core values, into which the adults and children who walk through its doors each day live, learn and grow, each one known and valued. Bridge Boston is changing lives with its distinct, supportive program model, dedicated, talented staff and rich network of partners. These pillars, coupled with a strong, collaborative leadership team, and a year under its belt in its well-appointed, new, permanent space, position Bridge Boston for greater impact and growth to full maturity.
At the same time, the next leader will oversee an organization at a critical juncture in its evolution. They must foster and sustain the culture of excellence necessary for every student to succeed academically, and effect a more efficient organization with deliberate structures and systems that support a focus on academic rigor and accountability. They must elevate and amplify conversations about race, class and equity, and cultivate collaboration and cohesiveness through clear and consistent communications - all while interrogating the program and financial models, shepherding and developing funder relationships and other productive external partnerships, and driving strategic refinements that will further success and sustainability.
Bridge Boston's next Executive Director will provide organizational leadership to enable the school to live fully into the promise of its mission with a sustainable program model. They will refine organizational strategy, develop organizational metrics for success, evaluate organizational outcomes and school performance, build organizational capacity, and develop the team to provide ongoing support to its community. Specifically, they will be responsible for:
Leadership and Development
Assuming ultimate oversight for the leadership, vision execution, and management of Bridge Boston, its budget of $7 million, and 100 employees;
ensuring that the school is delivering effectively on the core work of curriculum and instruction, partnering with the principal, division heads and social-emotional team to support high academic performance;
advancing the mission of Bridge Boston by identifying and securing funding from foundations, corporations, and individual donors;
intensively recruiting, developing, and cultivating high-caliber talent, and
planning and coordinating the delivery of support and services at the school.
Strategic and Financial Planning
Providing the leadership, vision, and strategic direction for Bridge Boston including ;
supporting Bridge Boston through processes related to quality and sustainability, and
partnering with the Board and senior staff to prepare and implement multi-year programmatic, strategic, and financial plans.
Reporting organizational results to governing Board of Trustees including financial, academic, and operational data, and
developing policy recommendations for the Board's consideration and action.
Professional experience as part of an executive leadership team in an entrepreneurial, academic setting that has demonstrated success - or significant improvement - in a high stakes, high needs context;
track record of creating the conditions for high performance and talent retention by fostering a results-oriented, productive, diverse, equitable and inclusive environment of support and accountability;
experience effecting healthy change and creating organizational strength and synergy by encouraging collaboration and cohesion, and identifying and institutionalizing excellence in academic and business operations practice, and
experience building and working with a Board of Trustees.
Additionally, qualified candidates will have the following skills:
Dynamic, visionary leadership, and the ability to spearhead the organization's continued development and growth;
the capacity for authentic engagement, including the ability to convey ideas and positions to numerous audiences, including authorizers, funders, principals, teachers, community groups, students, and families;
political savvy and instincts sharp enough to navigate and establish productive relationships across the Boston educational, philanthropic, and political landscape;
strong background in management, budgeting, strategic planning, and school leadership, and
knowledge of local, state, and federal laws that apply to public and charter schools, as well as an understanding of, and appreciation for, the history of education reform in Boston.
And finally, s/he must possess these personal characteristics:
Authenticity, a strong work ethic, and an inspiring, supportive leadership style;
the executive presence and integrity to inspire confidence and passion, and the persistence, zeal, and spirit to lead a mission-driven organization toward ambitious goals;
the gravitas and sophistication required to be the public face of Bridge Boston, and the eloquence and persuasiveness required to serve as a spokesperson to a wide variety of audiences;
an orientation towards a restorative approach to school culture and inclusive approach to community;
a willingness and aptitude to lead across difference, and have courageous conversations about race and equity in order to do what is best for students;
commitment to continuous self and organizational improvement, and
a collegial style that reflects joy and mutual respect, and engenders trust and teamwork.
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