The Executive Director, Marshall Leadership Institute (MLI) is a senior-level position designed for an experienced, execution-obsessed leader who wants to grow an organization that trains and develops diverse, uncompromisingly high-quality transformative school leaders and builds the capacities of others to do the same.
The Executive Director is responsible for leading the vision, design, planning, execution, and growth of the programs within the MLI. They’ll work closely with organizational leadership, partner schools, school leaders, and external partner organizations to ambitiously scale the MLI, with the goal of developing leaders at every stage of their career journeys. Executive coaching, financial modeling, program design, facilities support, legal guidance, and data analysis are some of the services and supports provided by the Executive Director. And, with these advantages come a high degree of autonomy and accountability for program quality, growth, and success.
This position is remote within the San Francisco Bay Area, CA or Seattle/Tacoma, WA, as this is where our primary partnerships are located. The role will likely also require some light travel across the continental US for business development purposes.
Who We Are:
Marshall Street Initiatives
Marshall Street Initiatives (“Marshall”) is a team of educators determined to expand opportunities for all students. While our initiatives focus on different groups—teachers, principals, parents, graduates, and K-12 students—they are united by their focus. Together with a broad group of engaged partners, we’re building a world where every student is equipped to live a life defined by purpose, financial independence, community, strong relationships, health, and fulfillment.
Summit Public Schools
Summit is a network of public schools that prepares all students to be the best versions of themselves, to be successful through college and in the fullest ways possible—so they can each live a fulfilled life. This includes a life filled with financial security, purposeful work, strong relationships, meaningful community, and personal health. Today, Summit operates 14 public middle and high schools whose students reflect their diverse communities in California and Washington. Summit schools are consistently ranked among the best in the nation. All Summit students graduate prepared for a four-year college and our graduates complete college at twice the national average.
What You’ll Do:
Program Design and Implementation
- Set the vision and direction for the Marshall Leadership Institute.
- Design the programmatic elements that enable the preparation of leaders, including overseeing curriculum development, planning, facilitation, and iteration of all programs and learning experiences for participants.
- Lead program evaluation processes and iteration on program design.
- Lead all elements of the process for making the Marshall Leadership Institute operationally sustainable, including sales, branding, facilities, partnerships, fundraising, account management, etc.
- Build, manage, and develop a team (as needed and able, per program) and support them in successfully meeting program outcomes.
- Cultivate a culture of collaboration and accountability amongst co-facilitators, school partners, and strategic stakeholders to ensure fidelity to the program model.
- Gain strategic alignment on a vision and plan for the Marshall Leadership Institute.
- Lead the vision to grow the Marshall Leadership Institute to reach program sustainability in collaboration with the Marshall Street Executive Director.
- Engage with donors, partner schools, policymakers and other stakeholders, to share the vision for the Marshall Leadership Institute and to develop partnerships to support the growth and sustainability of the program.
- Develop scalable leader development materials and ensure all programs have the systems and platforms necessary to implement efficiently and effectively.
- Design, measure, and iterate on a scalable system for admissions and partnerships, and ensure recruitment and partnerships meet its annual targets.
- Ensure the program meets annual fundraising and budgetary goals while working towards financial sustainability.
- Represent the Marshall Leadership Institute by providing thought leadership and partnership in the field of educator preparation.
- Collaborate with necessary partners to design and implement dashboards to effectively track performance metrics annually.
- Analyze data regularly with the Marshall Street Executive Director to monitor key metrics for each program and iterate on the program design and implementation.
- Analyze data annually as part of the program evaluation process and to compare participant performance in MLI with defined performance metrics.
- Ensure the program meets key metrics for quality and growth using continuous improvement processes to support the recruitment and retention of diverse candidates, and the effective development of values-aligned partnerships.
People and Partnership Management
- Develop strong relationships with key MLI partners and strategically manage these partnerships in accordance with current goals.
- Build, manage, and develop a diverse facilitation team, when applicable, and support them in successfully meeting program outcomes.
- Plan effective curriculum design and facilitation preparation sessions to ensure partners and participants’ needs and goals are being addressed while staying true to the MLI model.
- When applicable, lead the process of attracting, developing, and retaining strong team members.
What You Need:
- Commitment to uphold Summit’s and Marshall’s values, belief that all children deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for college and for life.
- A Master’s Degree is required (preferably in education or education leadership).
- 4+ years experience as a successful teacher.
- 4+ years experience as a successful Executive Director and/or principal.
- Prior experience creating, leading, and/or scaling a new program or organization is strongly preferred.
- Experience with strategic planning and project management
- A consistent track record of setting and meeting ambitious outcomes
- Experience influencing and managing others towards ambitious outcomes
- Experience with program management and data-driven decision making
- Experience with professional development and coaching of adults, ideally coaching and/or mentoring education leaders.
- Responsive, opportunistic and flexible to evolving needs and priorities
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear health and background check
What You Get:
In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in meaningful work, you’ll have access to a comprehensive suite of benefits including a retirement plan, “take what you need” PTO policy, 12 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at 25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability insurance at no cost. Our compensation policy strives to be equitable and transparent. The salary for this position starts at $149,459 and goes up to $196,678 commensurate with experience and qualifications for individuals based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Salary will be adjusted based on your geographic region.
Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work and honor each other’s voices across identities, cultural backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage applications from individuals who are members of historically marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a plus.