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Chief of Staff to Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Chief Schools Officer for High School and K-12 Content Development - Uncommon Schools

Reporting to the Chief Schools Officer for High School & K-12 Content Development (CSO), the Chief of Staff will manage the CSO’s team to:
  • Drive student achievement results across Uncommon, with a particular focus on high schools
  • Support the K-12 Content Development Team in codifying best practices in K-12 education and providing pace-setting professional development for teachers and instructional leaders
  • Facilitate the systems that transform the team’s big ideas into game-changing realities across all Uncommon schools and across the globe
1. Manage the core teams of the CSO:
  • High Schools (HS): Support the HS instructional and operational leadership in achieving outstanding results.  Responsibilities include organizing monthly HS principal meeting agendas, cross-pollinating best practices, disseminating real-time data with nine HS Principals and build/improve infrastructure to sustain long-term improvements.
  • K-12 Content Development Team: Facilitate Directors of STEM, Humanities, Leadership, and Operations to drive all Uncommon-wide leadership PDs and content-driven working groups that serve to identify and replicate best practices through all our regions
  • Impact:  Support the work of the Leverage Leadership Institute (LLI) Managing Director to drive the yearlong LLI fellowship and to drive the content for the Relay Principals Academy and Principal Supervisor Academy
  • College Access & Success: Manage the  Director of College Completion that drives the college application process and alumni support for all HS students across Uncommon
  • Manage Special Assistant to CSO to maximize CSO’s daily, weekly, and monthly time and priorities
2. Be the key liaison for stakeholders related to the CSO’s work:
  • K-8 CSO and K-8 Chief of Staff: Coordinate with K-8 leadership on various initiatives to ensure smooth implementation across all K-12 schools
  • Uncommon Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Uncommon Executive Team:
  • Coordinate and lead communication with Uncommon’s E-team to maximize CSO’s efficiency
  • Participate with the CSO and leadership team in solving a variety of long-term and day-to-day organizational challenges
  • Home Office Teams: Work with various home-office based teams, such as diversity, impact, product solutions, and data to best support HS initiatives and org-wide PDs
  • Uncommon Chief of Staff: streamline communication to maximize CSO’s efficiency
3. Build a strategic plan and implementation strategy to execute the vision of the CSO:
  • Lead the strategic planning process to develop goals, drivers, and monthly maps for execution of strategic plan
  • Design meeting agenda template and processes for CSO to manage this plan
  • Develop the tools for monitoring and follow-up
4. Build a strong team culture and communication
  • Execute effective communication processes to keep everyone invested and informed, which includes regular emails or communication to staff across Uncommon
  • Lead culture-building activities for the CSO’s team
5. Other projects and duties as assigned by the Chief Schools Officer

  • Ability to inspire and manage a team to produce highest-quality work
  • Ability to build strong relationships with others
  • Ability to churn out a high quantity of work at a fast pace: not just delegate, but also be a doer
  • Outstanding organization and project management skills: ability to see the big picture and to manage the small details
  • Strong and creative problem-solving, critical thinking, and strategic planning skills, including the ability to disaggregate problems and structure complex issues
  • Belief and investment in Uncommon’s mission
  • Interest in and aptitude for handling a wide variety of responsibilities at once in a very hands-on manner, at varying levels of complexity, with absolute attention to detail and consistent high quality of output.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills: ability to present to and motivate diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative in a fast-paced, dynamic, entrepreneurial environment
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of work experience strongly preferred
  • Experience working in school settings
  • This role may require travel up to 25% of the time

We offer a competitive compensation package, including a salary significantly above the district scale and comprehensive health benefits.  In addition to extensive professional development, all our staff are equipped with a laptop computer, phone, and other equipment required for success.

The foregoing information is requested for mandatory government reporting purposes only.  As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.

Please note that your application will not be saved until you click “submit” at the end of the application question set. Unfortunately, you will not be able to save your resume or answers as you go along. Please take this into consideration. You are welcome to open the application, copy and paste the questions into a Word Document, and then copy and paste your answers into our application once they are complete. Additionally, if you leave your application before beginning the question set, you will need to upload your resume again in order to move forward with the process upon returning. Thanks in advance for the time you are taking to apply to Uncommon Schools.

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