Alma Advisory Group is supporting Public School Allies (PSA) with their executive search for a Chief of Staff. We would love your help identifying leaders to join the PSA team.

If you would like to learn more or to submit your resume, please click on the link and one of our team members will reach out with more information.

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About Public School Allies

Our Why

In the United States, too few students have access to effective, high-performing public schools. Public School Allies is a national non-profit organization that partners with state and city leaders to create innovative public school systems. Our call to action is clear—it lives in the experience of students in urban settings across the country who lack guaranteed access to high quality public education. We want to partner with city leaders to remedy this pervasive issue in urban areas across the United States. 

What We Do

At Public School Allies (PSA), we are inspired by the growing number of cities that have empowered educators to dramatically expand opportunities for students in public schools. Our work is focused on cities because we have seen what’s possible when civic leaders and parents in cities across the country take bold action to drive positive change for students. We support local leaders who are committed to improving the educational opportunities available in their city through community engagement, student advocacy, and political work. We also work closely with our sister organization, The City Fund (TCF), which provides funding and support to city-based non-profits seeking to improve public education. Our team of Partner peers consists of experienced education leaders and political advocates from across the country who are committed to working with local leaders to create innovative school systems and provide viable opportunities for all students.

What You’ll Do

Reporting to the Managing Partner and serving as an integral, founding member of the Public School Allies team, as the Chief of Staff you will be responsible for creating and implementing the systems and structures to support the Public School Allies organization to move with unparalleled velocity and genuine intention toward our shared goal of making it possible for all students to access more effective, engaging public schools. A key component to the work in this role will be an unwavering commitment to building relationships with internal and external stakeholders aligned with our vision, and committed to our mission. A combination of ambition and organization, coupled with a proven track record of problem-solving, strategic planning, and effective implementation of high-stakes initiatives across a diverse team will be essential to your success.

What You’ll Own

As the Public School Allies Chief of Staff, you will focus on the following bodies of work:

1.     Organizational Design

  • Building and tending the systems and processes we need to implement our work and to stay on track

  • Creating goal-setting and progress-to-goal processes in partnership with City Fund and our grantees

  • Designing the organization’s systems to acquire and manage our knowledge capital

  • Demonstrating diligence and persistence in the ongoing evaluation of prospective national grants

  • Sourcing, evaluating, and managing research grants

 2.     Budget Management

  • Building and managing the organization’s annual budget

  • Managing contracts and grants; assisting in the definition of deliverables and milestones

  • Overseeing the development and rigorous execution of the PSA’s financial and legal compliance systems

  • Manage organizational budget for our investment portfolio

3.     Board Governance

  • Managing PSA proposal development, including the workflow and proposal/budget templates

  • Leading development of strategic content for board discussion

  • Working with TCF Chief of Staff to design meeting agendas

  • Compiling, formatting, managing, and editing board materials

  • Assisting in the coordination of logistics for all aspects of board meetings and gatherings

  • Facilitating post-meeting feedback and follow-up

4.     Team Culture

  • Helping to build a team culture that is high performing, collaborative and continuously learning within a virtual organization

  • Leading the PSA team’s administrative staff to successfully meet the needs of the team

  • Collaborating with TCF’s Chief of Staff, build and manage topics for team meetings and retreats

  • Creating thoughtful systems and structures to provide abundant support to Partners in the field

  • Engaging both virtual and live team-building and inclusion activities with the PSA team

5.     Human Resources

  • Supporting every aspect of recruiting and hiring processes with a focus on equity and diversity

  • Managing PSA administrative staff

  • Managing the on-boarding details for new hires and ensuring supportive acclimation for new employees

  • Responding to conduct or performance issues as necessary through documented processes

  • Maintaining appropriate documentation for all HR processes, policies, and practices

What Skills You’ll Need to Be Successful

Strategic Planning

  • You have the ability to analyze PSA’s competitive position by considering geographical markets and education trends; existing and potential state and local advocates; and, strengths and challenges in each urban area PSA serves. You are confident in developing and communicating goals in support of PSA’s vision and mission.  You apply your professional experience and knowledge to support the strategic implementation of our work. 

  • Your propensity to lead innovative practice and organizational design efforts are evident in everything you do.  You thrive on leading organizational effectiveness; initiating, sponsoring, and implementing organizational change; and supporting those around you to breathe life into PSA’s vision and mission.

Team Leadership

  • As a team member, you constantly demonstrate the ability and desire to work cooperatively with others on a team; as a team leader, you have the experience, finesse, awareness, and ability to bring the right people together within the PSA organization to inspire and empower the team to collaborate in service to our students, families, communities, and stakeholders.

  • You have an uncanny knack for noticing, interpreting, and anticipating others’ concerns and feelings, and a thoughtful way of communicating this awareness empathetically to others.  You see the best in people and compel them to excel in unique and impactful ways.

Relationship Management

  • You bring the capacity to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Additionally, you are able to gather collaborative support from stakeholders for ideas, proposals, projects, and solutions in support of PSA’s mission and vision.

  • In the process of building relationships, you are able to identify the information needed to clarify a situation, seek information from appropriate sources, and use skillful inquiry to determine the best next steps. 

Powerful Communication

  • Connecting purposefully, intentionally, and masterfully with others in various ways is an apparent strength of yours. You express yourself with clarity, grace, style, and awareness in conversations and interactions with others. You are an expert in planning and delivering oral and written communications that make an impact.  You inspire others to think and empower them to act.

  • You support the PSA team by ensuring that outgoing communication that represents the organization is complete and accurate.  You are massively prepared for meetings and presentations, and you are continually following up with others to ensure that agreements and commitments have been fulfilled with respect to communication.  You have an insatiable drive to create life-changing opportunities for children, and say so.  

Helpful Knowledge, Background, and Experience

  • Experience in operational leadership, including project management

  • Understanding of political climate and corresponding response strategies in urban public school contexts

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion values and belief that this is the sine qua non of PSA’s work

  • Discipline and drive to work individually, and to succeed collaboratively

  • Ability to navigate uncertainty and ambiguity, and to prioritize work efforts to achieve overall strategy

  • Willingness to travel approximately twice each month, and on an as-needed basis to support PSA efforts

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred

  • Determination to lead critical work in the creation of a powerful organization from the ground up

The Application Process

Qualified candidates for the above position must submit a letter of interest tailored to this opportunity, a completed online application, and a resume that clearly demonstrates the aforementioned qualifications to Kathleen@AlmaAdvisoryGroup.com. Candidates invited to move forward in the interview process can look forward to an engaging, inspiring, and inclusive experience that illuminates the potential match between candidate and the expertise, commitment, and skills that the Chief of Staff role will require.

What We Offer

Salary for this position is competitive commensurate with prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included. We look forward to discussing details with you as the interview process progresses. Public School Allies is an equal opportunity employer and encourages resumes from diverse candidates. Public School Allies does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, ancestry or national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or age.