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Position: Executive Director

MISSION
The Oakland Small Schools Foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in Oakland's public schools so that all our students have an equal opportunity to achieve success. OSSF is the only organization focused on securing and managing resources and providing expert operational and fundraising services for those Oakland small schools that serve primarily low-income students.

AN INNOVATIVE SCHOOL SERVICES ORGANIZATION
OSSF is a unique school-support services organization that generates, secures, and manages resources for schools while helping these schools develop their own capacity to create high-quality learning environments for their students. OSSF works with public schools that: serve majority low-income students, are results-oriented and mission-driven, possess empowered, entrepreneurial leadership, and are focused on personalized learning experiences and innovative curriculum for all students.

OSSF services fill a critical void left by other school support systems. OSSF is the only organization that takes a multi-layered approach to school support by:
1) Providing tailored back-office, resources development, management and leadership coaching, and other expert services to public schools,
2) Building collaborative programming to develop models and share promising practices, and
3) Supporting schools to become exemplary, efficient organizations that ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve success.

ORGANIZATION HISTORY
The Oakland Small Schools Foundation was founded as a registered 501c3 non-profit corporation in 2003 by a group of principals and business leaders from the Oakland community. OSSF was originally conceived as a vehicle through which entrepreneurial small schools principals could apply for private funds for after-school programming and family resource centers. By 2004, as Oakland Unified dramatically expanded the number of small schools, OSSF realized the need for increased capacity building and administrative services to support these new school organizations.

By 2006, as OSSF intensified its relationships with more foundations and developed additional grants for schools, it embraced a much higher accountability for the results of the grant monies generated and managed. That year, OSSF implemented an innovative and rigorous program monitoring system to measure student, teacher, and parent results for funded programs.

By 2007, OSSF had scaled from five to 40 schools and organized its infrastructure with nine employees and six departments: Finance and Administration, Grants and Program Management, School Campaigns, Human Resources, Data and Assessment, and Professional Development/Leadership Coaching. At the same time, OSSF refined its theory of change and action, and developed school performance metrics in the areas of communications effectiveness, operational efficiency, and resources development. Today, each OSSF school has a tailored School Growth Plan. Each school’s progress and growth is measured using the Rubrics of Excellence performance evaluation tool. The premise of the tool is that proficiency in Communications, Operations, and Resources Development (COR) are critical supporting conditions necessary for student learning and achievement. OSSF is the only organization that explicitly measures school progress along these COR competencies.

OSSF has raised approximately $5 million in private and public funds for schools since 2004 and currently has a $700K operating budget with projections of $900K for FY2009-10.

POSITION OVERVIEW
Having recently completed a new three-year strategic plan, OSSF now seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and financially savvy Executive Director to implement the organization’s strategic direction to:

• Sustain an excellent services organization for schools
• Build school capacity to support student achievement
• Develop high-impact programs to support school excellence
• Build an enduring, leading institution

OSSF works closely with a broad range of entities and individuals who share our vision for Oakland schools and students, i.e., schools, families, OUSD, funders, local politicians, and media. We seek an Executive Director who is an effective communicator; an agile collaborator; and one who understands the importance of balancing the needs of multiple constituents. The successful candidate will be self-motivated with experience and skills in finance, people, program and project management. He/she will be able to work effectively within a context that requires flexibility, a sense of humor, a collaborative spirit, and the ability to flourish in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. This position requires someone whose passion for OSSF’s vision is matched with proven experience, creative leadership and the ability to motivate others to ensure organizational success.

The ED will report to the Board of Directors and will manage, motivate and mentor a nine-person team of committed and innovative professionals to advance the organization’s mission and achieve our ambitious goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible for maximizing the impact of the Oakland Small Schools Foundation, the ED has the following specific responsibilities:

• Identify opportunities for OSSF to lead appropriate and important areas of work in Oakland education, and grow programmatic strategies to facilitate such leadership.
• Identify and leverage opportunities to both sustain and develop partnerships to further OSSF’s mission.
• Build and facilitate the work of an active and engaged board of local leaders.
• Coach and build the skills of OSSF schools’ leadership towards student achievement.
• Attract, retain and develop a diverse and talented staff.
• Increase local awareness of OSSF’s efforts through effective public relations, marketing, and communications.
• Oversee the development and deployment of services such as resources development, operational supports, and communications.
• Broaden the base of financial support, including grants from corporations, foundations, and individuals to build and sustain OSSF’s organizational capacity.
• Work with the board to develop annual programmatic and financial goals.
• Ensure that OSSF fulfills all state and federal accounting and reporting requirements.
• Ensure that the board is kept fully informed of the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.

QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

• ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADER — Proven track record as an innovative and strategic leader.
• RESULTS-ORIENTED — Demonstrated success with establishing and attaining ambitious organizational goals.
• MISSION-DRIVEN — Understands and is committed to the OSSF mission and theory of action.
• COACHING & PEOPLE MANAGEMENT — Experience effectively training, developing, managing and supervising a diverse team of leaders.
• FINANCIAL LEADER — Exceptional knowledge of financial management with demonstrated success earning, utilizing, and documenting finances and financial systems.
• ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGER — Deep experience managing organizations or large entities.
• PROGRAM & PROJECT MANAGER — Relevant experience planning, developing, managing, and evaluating programs.
• COMMUNICATOR — Exceptional oral and written communication skills including the demonstrated ability to research, assimilate and analyze information, compose documents, and present data in a clear and concise manner to appropriate personnel, including the ability to effectively present information to top management, program staff and/or Board of Directors.
• RELATIONSHIP BUILDING & BROKERING — Demonstrated success brokering relationships across multiple constituencies towards common goals.
• EDUCATION LEADERSHIP – Experience actively working towards educational change.
• UNDERSTANDING OF SCHOOL & DISTRICT SYSTEMS — Experience working in or in collaboration with schools and districts.
• AVAILABILITY for occasional evening and weekend events, workshops, and meetings.

PREFERRED START DATE
Open

COMPENSATION
This is a full-time, exempt, salaried position with benefits. Compensation will be commensurate with relevant skills and experience. OSSF offers a health insurance and vacations benefit package that is competitive in the marketplace.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please email resume, a letter of interest, recent salary history, and three professional references to edsearch@smallschoolsfoundation.org.

You will receive an acknowledgement upon receipt of your email. We will only contact applicants chosen for further consideration.

The Oakland Small Schools Foundation engages employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic covered by law. All who believe they meet the stated qualifications are invited to apply. The Oakland Small Schools Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Page updated June 4, 2009