Website DC Wildflower Public Charter Schools
As the Founding Executive Director at DC Wildflower Public Charter School (DCWPCS), you will develop and implement the charter school’s operations, governance and administrative support for school sites, in close collaboration with the Teacher Leaders. The Founding Executive Director of Stakeholder Engagement reports to the Board of Directors and intentionally partners with students, parents, and organizational partners to align the school’s offerings with the needs of the community.
The mission of DC Wildflower Public Charter School (DCWPCS) is to serve a larger, universal purpose in eliminating racial and social discrimination and hierarchy – and offer an intimate liberatory educational experience. We believe intentionally small, community embedded, teacher-led Montessori learning environments will accelerate the journey for students of the global majority to be and feel safe, seen and heard. DCWPCS is where students’ identities are affirmed and their genius unleashed! Wildflower school staff engage in self-management practices and holacracy, an intentional approach to promote distributed leadership, transparency, power sharing, and a culture of non-hierarchical collaboration.
- Coordinate coaching, professional development, and wraparound services that ensure Teacher Leaders deliver culturally responsive, inclusive, and trauma informed Montessori learning environments, particularly for students with disabilities and multilingual students.
- Model and sustain the Wildflower ways of working, including a culture of racial equity, intentional power-sharing, and holacracy.
- Collaborate closely with the Founding Teacher Leaders and DCWPCS Board in planning, developing, governing, and operating school site locations in the District of Columbia.
- Identify and steward key community and back office partnerships with non-profit organizations that reflect the diversity of, and work alongside, the communities we serve.
- Develop and maintain intentional and collaborative relationships with Montessori leaders in the region, as well as other school leaders in the specific communities we serve.
- Manage schoolwide business and governmental relationships, including authorizer, business partnerships, and affiliation with The Wildflower Foundation in order to promote equitable access to quality Montessori schools for marginalized communities in Washington, DC.
- Develop and operationalize a comprehensive communications plan to ensure student enrollment, family engagement, and philanthropic support for DC Wildflower Public Charter School.
- Enhance and implement a Year 0 startup and operations plan for DCWPCS, in alignment with PCSB authorizer expectations, state and federal requirements, and Wildflower Teacher Leader School Startup timelines.
- Design and implement DCWPCS enrollment, financial management and student information data systems.
- Partner with The Wildflower Foundation to ensure all commitments outlined in the Services and Charter Affiliation and Statement of Work agreements between The Wildflower Foundation and DC Wildflower Public Charter School advance our mission.
- 8+ years of experience in school leadership, school operations, and non-profit governance
- Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
Preferred Attitudes, Knowledge, and Skills
- Prior experience in and existing authentic relationships with marginalized communities in Washington, DC.
- Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, inclusion, and culturally responsive education. You are eager to increase access to Montessori for racially and socioeconomically diverse communities. You understand the role race, along with ethnicity, gender/gender identity and sexual orientation, play in contributing to persistent inequity. You have engaged in culturally responsive and anti-racist practices with the students and families you serve.
- Willingness to bring your full self to this work as the culture shaper – You have the aptitude, stamina, time, and appetite to raise yourself to the challenge of supporting social entrepreneurs who are launching distinct and intimate school communities. You will be a key leader who weaves and supports the interdependence across school sites.
- The ability to work effectively with all internal and external stakeholders, including Teacher Leaders, staff, parents, volunteers, board members, donors, and partners, and ensure efficient and responsive operations across school sites.
- Commitment to practicing distributed leadership. All staff participate in a system of governance in which autonomy is valued and power is distributed. We rely on radical transparency, requesting and sharing advice with one another, a commitment to participation in conflict resolution practices, and clearly articulated roles and responsibilities to ensure that each staff member is able to lead within their role.
- Entrepreneurial leadership – Our roles evolve regularly as our work and the surrounding circumstances change. You are flexible, open-minded, see opportunity in obstacles, and are energized by using creativity and resourcefulness to anticipate challenges and create solutions to problems.
- Generosity of spirit – You build authentic relationships in diverse settings, practice gratitude, and lead with love. You seek advice openly and are comfortable working in a non-hierarchical organization.
- A desire to learn and grow – You are aware of your strengths and development areas. You are eager to stretch beyond your current experience, to develop new skills and expertise and to more deeply explore your purpose and potential. You have intentional strategies to amplify your strengths and complement your biases and blind spots.
Salary Range: $120,000-$140,000 commensurate with experience
Ideal Start Date: July 2021
DC Wildflower Public Charter School (DCWPCS) is conditionally approved to open community embedded microschools in the District of Columbia beginning Fall 2022. Please visit the DCWPCS website to learn more about our founding team and read the charter application.
Apply Today by sending a resume and cover letter to the Hiring Committee at email@example.com. The committee will review all applications on a rolling basis through May 31, 2021 and invite qualified and promising candidates to interview and meet the founding team.
DC Wildflower Public Charter School shall not discriminate, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, creed, religion, sex or gender, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, or in any other way based on personal identity markers that do not relate to the capacity of an individual person to carry out the responsibilities of a role.
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