Director of Government Affairs

Reporting to the Superintendent, the Director of Government Affairs will support Summit Public Schools in cultivating strong relationships with its most important partners. Specifically, the Director of Government Affairs will lead the charter renewal process for existing Summit schools, manage negotiations with charter authorizers and other governing bodies, and develop systems for building and maintaining relationships with key external stakeholders.

As the Director of Government Affairs, you should have significant knowledge of public charter schools and are experienced in navigating political landscapes. You should also have experience in policy or advocacy, be adept at fostering strong relationships, and possess exceptional project management skills.

Who We Are:

What if all students graduated high school with not only content knowledge, but the habits and skills to successfully navigate college and career, with a sense of purpose to anchor them? This is the question at the core of Summit Public Schools. Summit is a public school system serving heterogeneous communities in the Bay Area and Washington State and operate 11 schools serving over 3,600 students.

We share our personalized approach to teaching and learning for free through Summit Learning, with more than 330 partner schools across the country. Summit Learning forms the foundation on which Summit’s successful schools were built, with our schools consistently ranking among the best in the nation.

Are you looking for the opportunity to lead change? Do you want to help reimagine what schools should be? We put students in the driver’s seat and empower them with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. We need diverse, driven, and dynamic talent to join our growing team to help realize our educational vision.

What You’ll Do:

Strategic Support and Project Management

  • Assist Superintendent on charter renewal strategies for Summit schools in California and Washington.
  • Manage charter renewal process for existing Summit schools.
    • Identify necessary renewal changes to charter, coordinate with internal stakeholders and update charter, assemble supporting materials, work with legal counsel on charter reviews, print and submit charter and get receipt.
  • Manage MOU and other political negotiation processes for existing Summit schools.
    • Provide document management, revisions and coordination with legal counsel and affected internal teams.
    • Provide project management and coordination in political situations (e.g. facilities, parcel taxes, bonds)  
  • Lead cross-functional team on high-stakes operations projects that ensure schools remain in strong standing with authorizers, accreditors, state, community members and the general public, e.g., LCAP, SARC, WASC.
  • Provide project management support for financial and operations audits across districts and states.
  • Collaborate with Real Estate team on important facilities projects including construction and renovation.
  • Support civic engagement projects, e.g., voter registration drives.

Policy Research and Data Analysis

  • Collaborate with Data + Operations team on qualitative and quantitative analyses to support charter petitions and other government affairs initiatives.
  • Serve as our internal subject matter expert for government affairs and provide support to home office and school site teams on policies related to our charters, MOUs, and facility use agreements.
  • Support with new policies and policy updates for student and family handbook.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Prepare materials for hearings, develop responses to authorizer findings, and support schools in ongoing negotiations with authorizers.
  • Support school leaders in engaging local political leaders and community members.
  • Attend community events on behalf of Summit.

Systems and Knowledge Management

  • Develop systems for building and maintaining relationships with authorizers and key local stakeholders for existing Summit schools.
  • Design, create, and maintain government affairs tools, trainings, and resources for school sites

What You Need:

Key Qualities and Skills   

  • Commitment to uphold Summit’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
  • Bachelor’s Degree is required.
  • At least 3+ years experience building relationships with diverse stakeholders and governmental entities is required.
  • At least 2+ years of prior project management experience is required.
  • Knowledge of the California and Washington state educational landscape is strongly preferred.
  • Proficiency in Google Apps, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, and Google Docs or similar software is required
  • An ability to frequently travel throughout the Bay Area and occasional travel to Washington State or other areas is required.
  • Clear health and background check.

 

 

Who You Are:

About You  

  • You believe all students can find success in school, college, and life.
  • You thrive while collaborating and are excited to work with your colleagues. You find positivity in share successes.
  • You’re deeply dedicated to social justice and feel motivated by the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community and closing the achievement gap.
  • You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and are excited to make an impact on the public education landscape.
  • You are positive and resilient in the face of big challenges.
  • You take initiative and ownership in driving your work to meet personal and team goals.
  • You possess strong relationship and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate and communicate with a diverse group of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community members.
  • You are data-driven and have the ability to collect, evaluate, and utilize qualitative/quantitative data in meaningful ways.
  • You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely feedback that results in improved performance.
  • You have a strategic mindset when it comes to executing data and operations initiatives.
  • You have experience designing high-quality communications for educational organizations or initiatives.
  • You are empathetic and culturally competent. You’re open to having hard conversations.
  • You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive workplace.
  • You’re committed to continuous improvement, see feedback as a positive, and have a growth mindset.

What you get:

Summit offers competitive salaries and benefit options for full-time employees, including covering 75% of the health, dental and vision plan costs. We fully cover life and disability insurance. We have a “take what you need” PTO policy, 11 paid holidays and 3 weeks of organizational-wide closure during the year.

We strive to recruit a diverse team. Summit Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, parenthood, citizenship status, creed, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Summit will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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