Leadership Public Schools seeks an experienced, strategic
educational leader to serve as its next Superintendent.
T O A P P L Y:
LPS has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume on their website, which can be accessed here.
T H E O P P O R T U N I T Y
LPS seeks an experienced, strategic educational leader to serve as its next Superintendent, following a beloved and respected leader. This is an exciting opportunity to lead an innovative, high functioning Charter Management Organization (CMO), which has benefited from a tenure of steady leadership and stable financials, and take it to the next level of impact. This will also be a unique opportunity to build a national brand and scale the practice, focused on continuing to build on strong community engagement locally and expanding partnerships on a broader scale.
The Superintendent will be a key voice in the discussion of urban education issues and will have the opportunity to create and share equity practices on the local, state, and national level. The Superintendent will build off of LPS’s long track record of success in improving student outcomes to continue to move the needle on educational equity in urban schools. This individual will articulate a vision of quality and equity and inspire the LPS community to keep this focus at its core by consciously implementing strategies to disrupt historical patterns of inequity.
Reporting to the LPS Board of Trustees, the Superintendent will have oversight for an operating budget of $20M for a CMO and 3 schools and will directly manage a team of 10 direct reports including the Chief Business Officer, Chief Academic Officer, Chief Talent Officer, Executive Director, Data Assessment, Tiered Support, Directors of Operations, Director of Technology and Facilities, and 3 Principals. With185 employees, LPS has built an environment that fosters creativity and a team that strives for excellence. It prides itself on having a non-hierarchical, inclusive, and positive organizational culture.
A dynamic organization, LPS truly embodies and delivers on its mission of social justice and educational equity and is inclusive of student voices to inform its work. The Superintendent will prioritize the needs of the students and families of LPS and will be responsible for ensuring the organization continually advances its mission of creating educational equity. This individual will have the opportunity to build strong and lasting relationships with the families and communities LPS serves and will ensure that each student graduates from LPS with academic skills, a sense of identity and agency, and a plan for the future.
K E Y R E S P O N S I B I L I T I E S:
- The Superintendent will manage all aspects of the organization, including academic programming, operations, compliance, finance, talent, fundraising, and community engagement. The Superintendent will be responsible for developing, supporting, and holding accountable every member of the organization’s team to meet LPS’s goal of empowering students for college, career, and community leadership.
- The Superintendent will establish and oversee an aligned instructional system of curriculum, assessment, and instruction that is responsive to the culture, language, and learning profile of each student. This individual will oversee a tiered student support system of academic, behavioral, and emotional supports keyed to the range of student needs and will create a school environment and behavior support system of high expectations, belonging, and future orientation to college, career, and community leadership.
- This individual will maintain strong Board relations and adhere to the highest standards of accountability and governance standards. Further, the Superintendent will ensure that strong, sustainable, and transparent fiscal policies and practices are in place and that they are aligned with LPS’ equity goals.
- The Superintendent will create exceptional human capital processes to attract, retain, and develop all staff and faculty. This process will include a professional development infrastructure of collaboration, training, and coaching, supporting these systems for the full range of staff across all roles. The Superintendent will supervise principals and develop leadership pipelines to ensure LPS continues to build its impressive team.
- The Superintendent will be tasked with building relationships and partnering with our local school districts, community organizations, funders, educational non-profits, and state and national education and education reform organizations to advance educational equity in urban schools.
C O R E C O M P E T E N C I E S:
- The Superintendent will be an innovative and inspiring leader who will bring a clear vision and theory of action for LPS with the ability to implement and execute. The successful candidate will have a collaborative and inclusive leadership style and will be adept at consensus building. This individual will come to LPS with the demonstrated ability to effect positive organizational change, build on the successes of the organization, collaboratively define its future, and provide stewardship to bring that vision to fruition.
- The Superintendent will have deep and diverse experience in education, ideally both as a teacher and a principal or administrator, with direct experience working in or partnering closely with a public-school district in an urban setting. This individual will bring a deep understanding of the educational landscape including the charter school and public-school environments and potential in bridging this divide. This leader will have a demonstrable track record of achieving high levels of individual student growth and strong results, with a focus on college success and readiness.
- The Superintendent will be eager to work across LPS’s communities and will have a passion for serving a student population with the highest needs (i.e., low income, first generation high school graduates, lower performers, special education students, foster and homeless youth). This individual will have experience working with student populations that are reflective of the communities we serve. Knowledge of regulatory policies and laws that exist in California and within the California Department of Education is preferred, i.e. the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).
- The ideal candidate will have an Administrative Services credential and a master’s or doctoral degree. This individual will have executive leadership experience in an organization with at least 50 staff and a budget of $10M, in an education or non-profit setting serving low-income communities.
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C O N T A C T:
Leadership Public Schools has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley.
Please submit a cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Medelene at the following:
Michelle R.S. Bonoan
Leadership Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, age, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or status as a veteran. Employment decisions are based on merit, qualifications, abilities and business needs.