INCS seeks a Project Manager to develop and manage marquee and smaller INCS events, to facilitate learning and resource sharing among our member schools, and to cultivate and leverage partnerships with other related organizations. The Project Manager, reporting to the Director of School Support, will manage the team’s database of schools and partners and as well act as intake manager for new charter school developers.
Twenty-eight years ago, when educators and community members started the charter school movement, people questioned whether students in low income communities could succeed at the highest levels. That debate is now over. They can, and they do, as evidenced by the high school graduation rates and post-secondary success of thousands of Illinois charter school students. The only remaining question is whether we have the will to make this happen for more families. That is the work to which we are committed.
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) advocates for the improvement of public education by creating the conditions that allow high-quality charter public schools to grow, thrive, and serve students and families well. We work toward creating positive conditions for charter schools by informing community members of the value of charter schools, supporting elected officials who enact laws providing equitable funding and accountability, and partnering with authorizers complying to ensure fair and transparent charter school policies and practices for school oversight. As a membership organization, school services are a critical feature of a charter school’s membership to INCS.
The Project Manager will be a key asset in this effort, planning, coordinating and managing key projects, including the Teacher Job Fair, the INCS Special Education Co-op, Charter Excellence Awards, board member convenings, a school enrollment fair, and school database management. The School Support Team has the most direct interaction with member schools and frequently provides support to schools on pressing issues.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
First and foremost, candidates must believe that every child, regardless of socioeconomic factors or their academic starting point has the potential to succeed in school, career, and life. In addition, candidates should have an awareness of how public education systems have historically and disproportionately disadvantaged certain communities and must believe that charter schools have the power to transform public education and the lives of students. Ideal candidates will possess the following characteristics:
CULTURAL COMPETENCY AT INCS
Cultural competency is a lifelong process of building the knowledge, mindset, and skills necessary to engage fully and effectively with students, colleagues, and stakeholders of different backgrounds. This process requires us to deeply understand our nation’s history of injustice and its link to the persistent opportunity gaps that INCS and its member schools are focused on closing. It also requires us to strengthen our cultural competency by better understanding our own implicit and explicit biases and by reflecting on our words and actions through open dialogue.
INCS invests in building greater cultural competence and responsiveness across our team by supporting ongoing reflection, learning, skill-building, and positive actions. We know that culturally competent teams, especially when inclusive of individuals who share the racial, socioeconomic, and/or academic backgrounds (e.g., first generation college goers) of member schools’ student populations, are best equipped to take action to ensure fairness inside and outside of INCS. To that end, we believe in building a richly diverse and inclusive organization, including a mission-critical imperative for all staff to both model and contribute to the vision we hope to achieve.
We believe it is critical for leaders to reflect the communities that they serve and that diversity across multiple dimensions enables us to achieve our mission of transforming lives and communities through public education. We don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our staff, member schools, and the broader community. INCS is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We seek and welcome a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. INCS provides a suite of competitive benefits.
INCS will review candidates and their qualifications until the position is filled. To apply, submit a current resume to Allison Jack at email@example.com. The start date is as soon as possible.