Job Opening: Vice President for Authorizing Services

Do you ever dream of being part of a diverse and dynamic team that is all-in on making education work better for our kids and our country? If so, we need to connect.

We are the National Charter Schools Institute. A non-profit working to change the arc of education. KIDS! are the WHY behind all we do. We don't run schools. But we do make them better by inspiring, equipping, and supporting the adults who authorize, govern, lead and support them.

We are on a mission to grow and diversify our team. We want teammates who are humble, confident, courageous - and embrace our organizational values. To us, it's more than a job. We have a noble cause and a compelling mission.


Vice President for Authorizing Services

The Vice President for Authorizing Services will be a member of the Institute's leadership team and will be responsible for developing and delivering an array of programs, tools, and services designed to support the needs of charter school authorizers.

The Institute expects the Vice President for Authorizing Services to:

    • Have a deep understanding of the authorizer-board-school relationship
    • Navigate the different legal, structural and political contexts in which authorizers operate
    • Be credible, competent and able to develop relationships of mutual trust and respect
    • Coach and consult with both the staff and board members of authorizing agencies
    • Deliver on our promises to our partners, providing outstanding value and support
    • Be responsible for pursuing and securing professional services agreements with authorizers
    • Support, encourage, and help optimize the use of Epicenter by authorizers
    • Be a thought leader on how and why authorizing can be more than a regulatory function
    • Identify and respond to request for proposals (RFPs) and grant opportunities
    • Develop detailed scopes of work and budgets based on partner and organizational needs, context, and timelines
    • Foster and support professional learning communities for authorizers that are timely and engaging
    • Support, encourage, and develop content for the Institute's Charter Network platform
    • Help propel the Institute's flywheel by expanding our authorizer relations, supports and services
    • Lead and manage a variety of projects and partner engagements
    • Be able to write and speak to diverse audiences with authenticity, clarity, and purpose

Qualities and Skills:

    • Be a compelling storyteller, incorporating knowledge of partner personas, needs, pain points and motivations - ultimately translating these stories into compelling statements of impact
    • Work across teams to gather information needed to develop new initiatives
    • Respect professional and personal commitments and boundaries
    • Seek out diverse perspectives to challenge your beliefs, considering those most impacted by our work
    • Be honest with yourself and others
    • Approach responsibilities and work with passion, ownership, and urgency
    • Seek to understand others' perspectives, and leverage expertise other than your own
    • Attend key conferences and events to present, create awareness, connect with partners, and engage new prospects
    • Represent, promote and support the Institute's entire team and organization
    • Strong technical, time management and organizational skills
    • Strong ability to analyze and problem solve
    • Superior interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills


    • Bachelor's degree, Master's desired
    • 5 years plus experience in authorizing
    • Strong experience and knowledge of the education sector
    • Experience in coaching, consulting, and helping others to develop strong practices
    • Effectively led teams and worked across the organization with initiatives that have led to impact
    • Excel at building relationships and demonstrating awareness of others to collaborate effectively in reaching common goals
    • Ability to plan, manage and effectuate change in an agile environment
    • Demonstrated ability to utilize data to narrow the focus on the target market and adjust strategy as needed
    • Experience building trusted relationships with school-board-authorizer leaders and other external and internal stakeholders
    • Demonstrated passion for quality and excellence and a steadfast commitment to the "customer first" philosophy


The Institute has team members located across the country and operates in an on-site and virtual/remote work environment. This position is anticipated to be remote/virtual except for occasional organizational events such as all-team retreats, partner engagements and conferences.

The Institute is a non-profit, mission driven organization headquartered in Mt. Pleasant, MI (www.charterinstitute.org).


This role is a full-time, salaried position with full health benefits (medical, dental, vision, prescription, life and long-term disability), a 403(B) plan, and a generous paid time off policy. Salary is commensurate with experience with a range between $130,000 - $180,000.

The review of candidates will begin immediately and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applications should consist of a cover letter and current resume. Please submit all materials to search@CharterInstitute.org. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, or current employment status. The Institute encourages individuals of all ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We are committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization, as we seek to engage all those who can contribute to this effort.

About the Institute


The Institute is a values-driven, non-profit organization that exists to change the arc of education so it works better for students and those who serve them. Kids are the WHY behind all we do. Our vision is for every student to discover their gifts and experience the transformative power of education. We are relentless about inspiring, equipping and supporting the needs of the charter movement. We develop and deliver a dynamic array of tools and services strategically designed to strengthen the performance and productivity of schools, boards, and authorizing agencies. Visit www.CharterInstitute.org to learn more.


Apply Today! 

Send cover letter and resume to: search@charterinstitute.org

Jim Goenner, Ph.D.
President & CEO
National Charter Schools Institute
711 West Pickard Street, Suite M
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858


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