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Connecticut Community Engagement Director


Connecticut Community Engagement Director 

BACKGROUND: The Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) is the membership and advocacy organization for public charter schools in New York and Connecticut. The organization was established in 2000 as the New York Charter Schools Association and in 2013 expanded its work into Connecticut. Our mission is to support and grow the high-quality charter school movement in both states, which we do through advocacy, public awareness, and school support services. It is the only statewide charter school advocacy organization in New York and Connecticut and is the only regional charter association in the country.

POSITION: Reporting to the Connecticut State Director, the Connecticut Community Engagement Director is responsible for the implementation and management of NECSN’s 50,000 Voices Program.

This program is designed to ensure the state’s public charter school movement is able to build local networks, and leverage those networks in advocacy challenges and campaigns. This new program aims to strengthen the role of state charter schools in efforts to achieve policy and advocacy wins, particularly around equitable funding and charter school growth (especially in the approval and funding of new schools).  


As a senior member of NECSN’s team, the Connecticut Community Engagement Director supports development and implementation of NECSN’s engagement and advocacy goals. Specific work includes:  

  • Assist in annual development of NECSN’s Connecticut engagement and advocacy plans, with a particular eye to how the 50,000 Voices program can support NECSN’s annual advocacy campaign plan and organizational strategic plan.
  • Connect the 50,000 Voices program to NECSN’s state-level advocacy work (see more below on 50,000 Voices program):
    • Ensure NECSN’s annual plan is communicated to/through Community Engagement Managers so that local champions understand their role and involvement
    • Identify, with the CT State Director, strategic state meetings and events – coordinate participation of local champions
    • Identify, with the CT State Director and Communications Director, how local champions can support NECSN’s communications plan/strategy
    • When rapid response is required (ie, to call stakeholders, to sign petitions, etc.), assess which local champions are best positioned to help, and coordinate their involvement
    • Assist the CT State Director in mapping potential relationships, determining who within the organization “owns” each relationship
    • Identify and prioritize community and statewide events for CT State Director or other NECSN staff to attend, with the goal of advancing state advocacy strategies

Oversee NECSN’s 50,000 Voices program, including design, management and monitoring:

  • Hire and manage local Community Engagement Managers (CEMs), likely 3-5 staff in pilot phase with potential to grow team over time
  • With Community Engagement Managers, develop local charter school plans (engagement and advocacy goals), ensuring alignment with NECSN’s annual state-level advocacy plan. These plans will include strategic mapping of relationships (identifying which relationships need to be developed) along with activities through which to develop those relationships, including one-on-one meetings, school visits, open houses, etc.
  • Manage Community Engagement Managers in their execution of local engagement and advocacy plans, helping Managers to build a culture of advocacy in the schools with which they are working
  • Establish personal accountabilities for CEM staff and evaluate performance regularly
  • Provide CEM supports (either directly or secured through others), including:
    • Training on multiple topics (relationship building, CRM system, etc.)
    • Toolkits
    • Communications materials (coordinated with NECSN’s Communications team)
  • Implement and coordinate local/state CRM system:
    • Develop standard protocols and relationship-mapping system
    • Ensure all users are inputting data in a way that is consistent with established standards
    • Track key information in CRM database, for relationships “owned” by CT State Director and/or Director
  • Develop reports that aid NECSN and school leadership in measuring 50,000 Voices program outcomes.  This includes tracking that all those within the 50,000 Voices program – Community Engagement Managers, the Director, and the CT State Director – are utilizing a relationship-building approach that moves stakeholders deliberately along a continuum of support
  • Review state relationships monthly and update according to moves management protocol


  • Deep commitment to NECSN’s mission that public charter schools are a vital way to provide access to high quality educational options to students
  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree is a plus
  • 7+ years of professional experience required, ideally in communications, development, operations, or volunteer management.  Experience in education/non-profits preferred
  • Excellent relationship-building and relationship management skills, including an ability to connect with people from all backgrounds and walks of life and the ability to understand what motivates people and how those motivations impact the ways they best engage and support the movement
  • Excellent people management skills, including ability to manage up and down in the workplace and to inspire and manage people even when they are not direct reports (i.e., effective volunteer management)
  • Excellent networking and connecting skills.  This person will not only personally build relationships – but will also help others develop their networks. This position requires an ability to strategically map relationships, to build connections among people, and to explain to others how to do the same
  • Excellent project management skills, with the ability to develop plans, to manage/prioritize multiple tasks, to ensure timely implementation, to make decisions, and to work autonomously under the pressure of deadlines
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule as required by participation in community, school, and advocacy events
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment with multiple and varied assignments
  • Ready and willing to provide thought-leadership on new projects and tasks
  • Positive can-do attitude and willingness to go the extra mile
  • Microsoft Excel and database experience preferred, but not required

The position is based out of New Haven, but will require travel throughout the state. This position is available immediately and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and we offer a comprehensive benefits package.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample not to exceed ten pages to and include “Connecticut Community Engagement Director - [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line.

At NECSN, we deeply value the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff in strengthening our collective work and mission to deliver a great education to all kids. NECSN is an equal opportunity employer and we highly encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

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Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science & Technology


Inspired STEM Elementary School Director

Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science & Technology in Rochester, NY seeks an inspired and experienced elementary School Director committed to providing Kindergarten through 5th grade students with an exceptional “start in STEM.” The Director is responsible to the Board of Trustees for accomplishing the school’s mission and for implementing policies of the Board. The Director is responsible for the development and direction of curriculum, hiring, supervision, professional development and evaluation of all faculty and staff; oversight and maintenance of buildings and grounds; promoting the school among its various constituencies; maintaining appropriate liaison with school districts. A competitive salary commensurate with experience and education; excellent benefits.

Key Qualifications Include

  1. Master’s degree in Education or equivalent certification and experience
  2. Active New York State certification in school administration
  3. Five to ten years administrative management experience in education
  4. Prior classroom teaching experience preferred
  5. Understanding & knowledge of educational assessments, use and value
  6. Experience working with ethnically & economically diverse students and families
  7. Other credentials or experience as deemed appropriate by the Board of Trustees


Job Responsibilities

  1. Participate in the development of a strategic plan and long range goals to assure the school’s ability to carry out its mission. Implement the plan and monitor and report its outcomes to the Board of Trustees.
  2. Attract, develop, and manage the performance of and retain high caliber faculty and staff.
  3. Develop and implement an infrastructure that is designed to deliver a high quality education program to students and their parents/guardians and supporting school systems.
  4. Continually improve a curriculum designed to prepare students for transition secondary school options and post-graduation.
  5. Develop and implement programs designed to increase enrollment and funding streams, and that are consistent with the mission of the School.
  6. Collaborate with the Finance department to create and monitor an annual budget and tuition support program.
  7. Collaborate with the Marketing and Development department to identify and implement ongoing and alternative funding campaign strategies.
  8. Oversee the development and implementation of IEPs. Ensure compliance with CSE requirements.
  9. Develop and report on program operations and student outcomes.
  10. Develop and facilitate professional development including the Summer Institute.
  11. Complete performance reviews on Exploration staff.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Demonstrated ability to build constituencies and to communicate successfully with them
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of educational policy and theory
  3. Strong organizational and administrative skills
  4. Ability to work collaboratively and to delegate
  5. Demonstrated problem solving skills
  6. Demonstrated ability to build a successful team
  7. Articulate speaker and presenter; effective writer
  8. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  9. Demonstrated listening, counseling and problem solving skills. Ability to be empathetic and non-judgmental.
  10. Strong organizational, time management and administrative supervisory skills
  11. Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to delegate and manage


To Apply

Qualified applicants should submit a resume/CV and copies of relevant certifications to Susan Dieter, Esq. at


About Exploration: Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science & Technology was developed with Rochester children and our scientifically advanced world in mind. Opened in 2017 for kindergarten and first graders and growing to K-5, Exploration is a public charter school preparing young learners with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become tomorrow's innovators. Exploration balances instruction in core content areas with opportunities for students to explore, research, direct, experiment, and interact with knowledge. Exploration’s Board of Trustees comprises community leaders in STEM and education fields committed to offering Rochester students a world-class public education and preparing them for success in our 21st century world.  Located on Success Campus at 1001 Lake Avenue in Rochester, NY, well-appointed school building and grounds hosts science lab, maker space, dance studios, sensory spaces, a theater, and a playground and provide the setting necessary to support Exploration’s unique “hands on, minds on” model. Rich community partnerships infuse STEM learning and provide support services to help students and their families overcome challenges to achieve academic success.


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