Co-Executive Director, Programs

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Hyde Park Campus

36430 School Soc Svce Admin

About the Unit
Project Summary: The Network for College Success (NCS), at the School of Social Service Administration (SSA) is a comprehensive professional learning network for high school improvement. The mission of The Network for College Success is to cultivate postsecondary readiness and success for all students by translating research into practice and supporting school leaders to organize their schools for improvement and innovation.

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Job Summary:

The Co-Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing a comprehensive array of services and programs. The Co-Executive Director will lead two directors and program staff in designing and implementing quality programming for R&D partner schools, Chicago and national partners. S/he will review on an ongoing basis services being offered and develop new programs as needs emerge. S/he will be responsible for all activities pertaining to program personnel and contracts. The Co-Executive Director will partner with the other Co-Executive Director. S/he is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the program aspects of the annual budget in conjunction with the other Co-Executive Director. The Co-Executive Director has the rare opportunity to lead a group of talented and committed leaders toward truly transforming educational and life outcomes for students in the Chicago and around the nation.


  • Publically and privately interrogate individual and organizational contributions to maintaining the status quo. Uphold a personal and organizational equity stance.
  • Lead strategic planning, including ongoing monitoring of strategic priorities and coaching of program leads on implementation plan.
  • Provide effective and inspiring leadership, as well as stewardship, of NCS by actively supporting all programs and services.
  • Ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of NCS.
  • Lead, supervise and support a high performing team of directors.
  • Create a healthy and productive professional community.
  • Represent NCS with external constituency groups, including community, governmental, and private organizations.
  • Implement and lead a continuous quality improvement process throughout the program and service areas, focusing on systems/process improvement. Promote regular and ongoing opportunities for all staff to give feedback on program operations.
  • Collaborate with project manager to lead the Senior Leadership Team of Directors.
  • Coordinate and ensure cohesion between the local, national and continuous improvement departments.

  • A relentless commitment to public education and equity.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with colleagues, school participants and partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and cultivate relationships with a diverse group of constituents.
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing professional development and team.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to respond with flexibility to demands and requirements of the project; ability to effectively prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Capable of exercising sound judgment, tact, courteousness, reliability and employing good decision-making skills.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to integrate technology and effectively utilize technology for personal/professional productivity.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:

  • Master's in education, social work, business, public policy, or related field required.

  • At least 10 years of professional experience overall, with a minimum of five years of senior-leadership experience supervising seasoned staff operating multiple programs required.
  • Strong relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams, developing an organization-wide strategy for program excellence, engaging community partners, and partnering with a senior leadership team required.
  • Demonstrates integrity, strives for excellence in her/his work, and has experience of leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact required.
  • Passionate about the NCS mission and able to promote and communicate the philosophy, mission and values of NCS to external and internal stakeholders required.
  • Strong background in organizational leadership and management required.
  • Expertise in school improvement and adult learning required.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of word processing, presentation (PPT), and spreadsheet software
  • Excellent data-gathering, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Daily access to a reliable car
  • Planning, attention to detail, reading, independent motivation, negotiation, confidentiality, problem solving, flexibility, creativity, communication skills, organizational skills, ability to work on multiple projects at any given time, and ability to deal effectively and professionally with people.
  • Attendance at meetings around the city requiring ability to ambulate to various sites in and around the city; frequent use of computer, telephone, and other office equipment.
  • The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover letter

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 12/1/2018
Application Due: 12/18/2018
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