Director for New Charters

Albany, NY - Posted: 10/24/16 | SHARE:


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This position is being offered through the Research Foundation for SUNY at the Charter Schools Institute in Albany. The Charter Schools Institute was established by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York (SUNY) in February, 1999, and is charged with evaluating initial applications for new charter schools; ongoing monitoring of student academic performance and overall school operations; and for presenting findings and recommendations on the renewal of charters to the Trustees.

Job Description:

SUNY's Charter Schools Institute seeks a Director for New Charters to join a nationally award winning team of high quality charter school authorizers.  Reporting to the Institute's Executive Deputy Director for Accountability, the Director for New Charters will lead the charter school request for proposals process and serve as the primary reviewer for all proposals. In addition, the Director for New Charters provides support to the Institute's ongoing evaluation of established SUNY authorized charter schools and supervises a Program Analyst.                                                          

SUNY's Charter Schools Institute has a fast-paced work environment committed to supporting the SUNY Trustees in ensuring SUNY authorized charter schools demonstrate strong academic and organizational performance as measured by the SUNY Renewal Benchmarks.  Strong candidates for the Director for New Charters position will demonstrate:  the drive and desire to propel improved student achievement for all SUNY schools through high quality authorizing practices; the ability to gather, analyze and produce a high volume of information in a timely and accessible manner; infuse quality, coherence and organization throughout all assigned tasks; and the commitment to work with a national model for high quality charter school oversight.

Specific duties will include:

  • Develop and implement effective and efficient systems for charter school proposal submission, evaluation and review;
  • Monitor and report to Institute program staff on new developments and trends with regard to curriculum development, instructional leadership, academic assessment and teacher coaching;
  • Create and/or update Institute publications, as appropriate, to support schools in achieving their academic Accountability Plan goals and strengthening their overall educational program;
  • Supervise the work of the Program Analyst, who is charged with supporting the new application process and reviewing proposed curriculum and its alignment with state standards;
  • Compose, edit and finalize the Institute's analysis and evaluation of charter proposals, including accompanying letters and materials associated with SUNY Trustee approval for all new charter schools; write/revise charter school request for proposals ("RFP") and related guidance documents;
  • Guide applicants throughout the process of writing and submitting charter school proposals;
  • Direct and monitor the Institute's process for new school proposal review by  designing and implementing tasks and timelines for internal review including coalescing reviewer comments, preparing for and scheduling applicant interviews and preparing materials for the Executive Director's use in presenting proposals for approval;
  • Oversee the organization of historical, current and future data on SUNY's charter school request for proposals process including proposal name, time, submission timeframe, status, changes in SUNY's RFP, and other components of SUNY's charter proposal work into easily accessible data packages;
  • Design and implement systems and strategies for supporting charters between the time they are granted and when schools are open to serve students; and
  • Communicate directly with New York State charter entities, i.e. the New York State Education Department Board of Regents and the New York City Chancellor, regarding charter school application matters.

Other Core Function Duties: 

  • Support the Institute's Oversight & Evaluation team in the development and execution of the charter evaluation & renewal processes;
  • Lead  selected school evaluation visits as required; and
  • Conduct research regarding the effectiveness of charter schools' academic programs in improving student learning.


Masters Degree in education, public policy, public administration or relevant field.  Ability to analyze and evaluate effective academic programs; strong writing, organization and project management skills are required.  Elementary or secondary teaching experience; school administration or other supervisory experience; public policy analysis; and experience with charter school applications/evaluation and/or oversight preferred.

Additional Information:

Location: Albany, NY

Salary: Up to $95,000, commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits.

To Apply:

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Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample

Application Instructions:

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.

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