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Deputy Chief of Staff

Company: Mastery Charter Schools
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

About Mastery:

We believe educational inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country and the civil rights issue of our day. Mastery exists to help solve this problem. Our ultimate goal is to create a model urban school district that serves all students with excellence. We are organized around one driving mission: All students learn the academic and personal skills they need to be truly prepared for postsecondary success and able to pursue their dreams. To fulfill this mission, we attend to the whole child - academically and emotionally - matching high expectations for students with high levels of support.

Mastery Charter Schools is a nonprofit network of more than 24 schools serving over 14,000 students in Philadelphia and Camden. We are the largest turnaround school operator in the nation and have been lauded by President Obama and the US Department of Education for our ability to dramatically boost academic achievement in historically low-performing schools.

We know neighborhood schools matter, all students deserve access to a great education, and the people in our buildings can grow and develop sustainably to make the biggest impact possible in this work.

Mastery's Equity Vision:

We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission.

We strive to be an anti-racist school district that eliminates the inequities in academic achievement that limit our students' choices; that cultivates classrooms where every student is affirmed, supported, and held to high expectations; and that nurtures a diverse organization where students, staff, and families are valued, respected, and included.

Position Summary:

Mastery Charter School is seeking a Deputy Chief of Staff (DCoS) to partner with the CEO and senior management team to develop and execute our organizational strategy and to ensure organizational planning and decision-making systems are effective. The DCoS's central responsibility is to manage the senior leadership team planning processes and ensure key strategic initiatives are formulated, reviewed and executed by central office staff. The DCoS manages the strategic planning process. Mastery approaches planning by engaging key stakeholders for their input into strategic initiatives. These initiatives are informed by data and decisions are executed with fidelity to foster strong team dynamics. The DCoS ensures the communication flow for the central office and to and from schools is efficient and effective and that school leaders and staff are informed and engaged on a regular basis. The DCoS works with the CEO and senior team to support board governance and ensure board meetings and functions are effective. Finally, the DSP takes on special projects of critical strategic and tactical importance.

Reporting to the CEO, the DCoS is a key member of the senior leadership team focused on building a high performing organization that serves as a model for school districts serving low-income communities of color. The DCoS serves as a critical partner to the CEO to ensure the systems and structures shaping the future of the organization set Mastery up for continued success. This position represents a compelling opportunity to be part of a charter management

organization that is addressing perhaps the most difficult and important problem facing public education - the systemic failure of public school district to truly serve high poverty communities of color.


  • The DCoS will be responsible for developing the vision, strategy, and implementation in these primary areas::
  • Manage Executive Team Planning Process
  • Create and revise management processes to ensure team effectiveness.
  • Organize, manage, and facilitate weekly meetings of the Chiefs team and biweekly meetings of the larger senior leadership team, including regular review of key performance indicators, strategic initiatives, and major issues as they arise.
  • Manage communication and input forums with senior school and central office leaders ensuring that senior leaders are informed and engaged in key decisions.
  • Manage quarterly school performance reviews. Share out key decisions and work with senior leaders to ensure decisions are executed.
  • Ensure senior management systems are high functioning.
  • Manage Strategic Planning
  • Manage quarterly strategic retreats and ensure Executive Team is effectively addressing long-term strategic issues and trends.
  • Manage pending strategic plan (Mastery will create a new 3-year plan this coming year). Manage external consultants for strategic projects, ensure engagement from key stakeholders including school leaders, board members, and parents.
  • Ensure strategic plan is fully developed and executed.
  • Support Internal Communications
  • Work with CEO to ensure staff and school leaders are regularly informed of
  • developments in the network and important decisions.
  • Work with Director of Communications to ensure key decision are communicated to
  • all staff and parents.
  • Support Board Governance & Legal
  • Work with CEO to ensure our Philadelphia and Camden boards are informed and engaged in key decisions. Prepare board meeting agendas and related matters. Prepare and revise resolutions, minutes, bylaws, and policies for board meetings.
  • Manage outside counsel and serve as their liaison with Mastery.
  • Oversee current and potential litigation.
  • Oversee contracting process in partnership with finance team.
  • Central Office Support & Oversight
  • Ensure that Central Office team consisting of over 100 staff is high performing and an exemplar of large organization/district management.
  • Ensure effective communication flow to and from central office departments.
  • Supervise Executive Assistant who is responsible for supporting the central office logistics, parent inquiries/complaints, events planning, and managing the front desk.
  • Special Projects & Growth Opportunities
  • Champion and manage process improvement across the organization.
  • Lead mission critical special projects and initiatives as assigned.
  • Potential opportunity to take leadership role in external affairs and community relations.Desired Experience & Skills
    • The DCoS will have a distinguished track record of strong leadership and achievement in management and process leadership within a large, complex organization. Experience in the education sector is not essential. S/he should have particular strengths in strategic planning, process improvement meeting facilitation, and organization.
    • Systems management expertise in a large, complex organization. Expertise in process and change management. Strategic planning experience. Expertise in large organization dynamics and communication.
    • Exceptional project management skills. Experience successfully leading complex projects in a large organization.
    • Exceptional relationship building skills across a diverse set of stakeholders. Able to build relationships with multiple stakeholders including network support leaders, principals, and teachers; self-aware with the ability to reflect and adapt to diverse environments.
    • Masterful at program execution and organization - and a passion for it.
    • Organized: can keeps many balls in the air, effectively and gracefully.
    • Strong writing skills: can write quickly and comfortably for a variety of audiences.
    • High Expectations: demands quality in his/her work and throughout the organization.
    • Smart: quick learner who is insatiable curious and able to figure it out.
    • Humor: the work is hard; it will come in handy.Education
      • Bachelor's degree required; Master's strongly preferred
      • Minimum three (3) years of experience in leading or consulting to a large organization is required
      • Minimum seven (7) years of senior project management experience
      • Prior experience in private sector or high performing non-profit a plus. Experience in education and/or non-profit field is not required.Physical Requirements:
        • Ability to physically perform the essential duties of the role - either on-site or remotely, and to work in the environmental conditions required, such as: traveling to network campuses; maneuvering in office spaces (including standing, walking, sitting for long periods of time, speaking loudly and clearly, seeing and hearing things both near and far away); stooping, kneeling, reaching file cabinets/shelves; fine finger and hand manipulation in use of computer, chalkboard, dry erase, &/or projectors; filing, faxing, scanning, coping, typing, mailing, and making phone calls; sitting for up to two (2) hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse, and typing.Mastery Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.

          UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER 2021 - Please review Mastery's Health and Safety Plans here to learn about our approach to vaccination and testing as well as our response to COVID-19 for the 2021-22 school year. For ongoing positions, Mastery roles are designated as in-person, with regular on-site responsibilities, unless otherwise noted. As such, Employees must be able to support Mastery Schools' academic plan and business strategies on-site - at a Mastery campus - as required...... click apply for full job details

Keywords: Mastery Charter Schools, Philadelphia , Deputy Chief of Staff, Other , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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