Director, Special Projects & Strategic Initiatives

California School Boards Association

Posted: 8/19/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Strategic Planning

Primary domain: Education

City: West Sacramento

Postal code: 95691

State: California

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

Not Available

Website:

https://www.csba.org/en/About/Careers

Mission statement:

Vision

The California School Boards Association is the essential voice for public education. We inspire our members to be knowledgeable leaders, extraordinary governance practitioners and ardent advocates for all students.

Mission

CSBA strengthens and promotes school board governance.  We define and drive the public education policy agenda through advocacy, training, and member services.  Strong local boards of education are essential to ensure a high-quality education for every student in every community. 

Equity Statement 

CSBA recognizes that educational excellence requires a commitment to equity. California students bring a wide range of assets, abilities, backgrounds, and needs to their educational experience. Schools have an obligation to provide all students with the access and opportunities necessary for college, career, and life success. This requires school leaders to address practices, policies, and barriers that perpetuate inequities which lead to opportunity and achievement gaps. Effective school boards are equity-driven, making intentional governance decisions that combat institutional discrimination and bias (both explicit and implicit) and eliminate disparities in educational outcomes based on socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, or family background. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

SUMMARY

Under the direction of the CEO & Executive Director, assists with the development and implementation of association wide initiatives, programs, projects, and activities designed to enhance the membership experience, and services with CSBA. The Director leads the development, planning and management of the Association’s strategic education initiatives that may include, but are not limited to, work with CSBA’s governance bodies, foundations, private companies, nonprofit associations, and government agencies. The Director conducts research and evaluation and develops program surveys, policy analysis, and develops content for events or meetings. Collaborates and partners with Association members, partners, and CSBA Staff. 

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plans, manages, and oversees the daily functions, operations, and activities of assigned department, division, program, or service.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned area; recommends within policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Contributes to the Association’s organization and strategic development goals and objectives and overall agenda and direction by developing and applying subject matter expertise in assigned areas; develops short- and long-range plans that support and impact the strategic direction of the Association; serves on Association leadership teams.
  • Develops and standardizes procedures and methods to improve and continuously monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of assigned programs, service delivery methods, and procedures; assesses and monitors workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement and makes recommendations to Senior Director for implementation.
  • Participates in and makes presentations to the Board of Directors and a wide variety of committees, and boards; performs reviews of projects and activities pertaining to the various committees and boards assigned.
  • Maintains and directs the maintenance of official departmental files.
  • Monitors changes in regulations, and technology that may affect Association or departmental operations; implements policy and procedural changes as required.
  • Prepares, reviews, and presents staff reports, various management and information updates, and reports on special projects as assigned by the CEO &Executive Director.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in education; research emerging topics and enhancement and their applicability to Association needs.
  • Reads and demonstrates an understanding and adherence to CSBA values, policies, and practices.
  • Demonstrates respect, honesty, and professionalism at all times. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Administrative principles and practices, including goal setting, program development, implementation, and evaluation, and project management; supervision of staff, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision
  • Principles and practices of budget development and administration, including general principles of risk management related to the functions of the assigned area.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, either directly or through subordinate levels of supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation, and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Organization and management practices as applied to the development, analysis, and evaluation of projects, programs, policies, and operational needs of assigned functional area.
  • Principles and practices of contract management.
  • Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to assigned duties.
  • Record keeping principles and procedures.
  • Modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation.
  • Techniques for effectively representing the Association in contracts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with members, partners, and Association Staff.

Ability To:

  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls for the department and assigned program areas.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction for the department and the Association.
  • Prepare and administer complex budgets; allocate limited resources in a cost-effective manner.
  • Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of management, supervisory, professional, and technical personnel, delegate authority and responsibility.
  • Select, train, motivate, and evaluate the work of staff and train staff in work procedures.
  • Evaluate and develop improvement in operations, procedures, policies, or methods.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods, procedures, and techniques.
  • Interpret, apply, explain, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  • Effectively administer special projects with contractual agreements and ensure compliance with stipulations; effectively administer a variety of programs and administrative activities.
  • Conduct effective negotiations and effectively represent the Association and the department in meeting with governmental agencies, contractor, vendors, and various businesses, professional, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
  • Conduct complex research projects, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective technical staff reports.
  • Establish and maintain a variety of filing, record keeping, and tracking systems.
  • Organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize own work, set priorities, and meet critical time deadlines.
  • Operate and maintain modern office equipment, including computer equipment and specialized software applications programs.
  • Use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing.
  • Use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within general policy, procedural and legal guidelines
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of performing duties and responsibilities.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • This position may be required to manage and direct other staff, with the responsibility of overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of those roles.  This position will carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and all applicable laws.  Overall responsibilities of this position include, but may not be limited to, interviewing, training, timekeeping and wage & hour management, planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees, and addressing and resolving complaints.

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  •  Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree or higher with major coursework in business administration, public administration, finance, education, government, legal or political sciences, or related field and five (5) years of increasingly responsible experience in assigned area of responsibility, including two (2) years of supervisory and/or administrative experience.  

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ELEMENTS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Employee works in a primarily sedentary office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. 
  • Employee is personally responsible for following health and safety guidelines, instructions, and policies.
  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person, and over the telephone; must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push and pull drawers open and closed in the execution of duties.
  • Must be able to sit at computer for long periods of time and have the dexterity to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard office equipment.
  • Employee must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds, hand truck available to assist.
  • Must be able to travel overnight on occasion throughout the state of California.
  • Must have the dexterity and mobility to facilitate or present information to a group, access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator, and operate standard facilitation equipment.
  • Frequent travel preferably by car.  Proof of insurance and a clean DMV record may be required.

 

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Possession of, or ability to, obtain a valid California Driver’s license by time of appointment. 

Benefits:

At CSBA, we proudly offer competitive compensation packages to our full-time exempt and non-exempt employees, including the following benefits:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • CalPERS Retirement
  • 457 Retirement Plan
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vacation
  • Floating holidays
  • Employee Assistance Programs

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:

10/18/2020

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