July 15, 2020
Reports To: Managing Director of Programs
Team: Programs Team
Location: Remote with a preference for DC or NYC
Travel: Ability to travel up to 30% once COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted
The Center’s Program Specialist uses core content knowledge, critical thinking, initiative, and judgment to support the programmatic endeavors of the organization. The individual must be able to wear many hats and seamlessly move between multiple projects to contribute to the dynamic work of the Programs Team.
The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (The Center) is a young, national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that students with disabilities can access and thrive in charter and traditional district schools. The Center provides research, policy analysis, coalition building and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders across the nation. We are a small hybrid virtual organization with a handful of people working from “HQ” in New Hampshire, a presence in New York City and in Washington, D.C., and the remaining team members working remotely from various locations. We welcome and embrace diversity both internally and externally, recognizing that including varied perspectives makes us stronger as a community. We work hard, have a good time, and care about doing what is best for kids. We value a positive, encouraging, and mission-driven work environment and are building a strong team that works collaboratively to move the organization forward. We wear jeans to the office but hold very high standards of excellence for our work product.
You are proactive, positive, and intelligent. You take initiative as well as you take guidance. You ask for support when needed, but only after you have explored answers on your own. You are tech savvy and have experience working in professional environments. You enjoy collaborating but can also take ownership of a task and run with it. You are willing to create systems where none exist given the start-up nature of the organization. You have a passion for social justice, and you either know about education, charter schools, and working with students with disabilities or are willing to be proactive about learning. You have a bachelor’s degree and relevant work experience. You appreciate the importance of a strong working environment and are willing to contribute your diverse skills and background to maintaining that energy.
- Work closely and collaboratively with the Managing Director of Programs and other staff members
- Assist with programmatic projects
- Conduct applied research and data collection, analysis, and synthesis
- Draft, edit, and finalize documents
- Develop a nuanced understanding of the policy and practice issues that influence the education of students with disabilities
- Complete additional duties as assigned to support the Programs Team
- Travel as needed for project work, meetings, and conferences
Qualifications and Competencies
- Bachelor’s degree required and Master’s degree preferred
- Experience with and expertise in educating students with disabilities
- Experience working with education nonprofits preferred
- Familiarity with charter schools preferred
- Curiosity about and passion for public education
- Technical proficiency and ability to quickly learn new software programs
- Strong communication, writing, organizational, and strategic thinking skills and commitment to the continuous improvement of these skills
- Ability to travel up to 30%, including travel to quarterly all-hands meetings with the Center team
- Ability and openness to building relationships with individuals of diverse backgrounds, and across lines of difference, in a professional setting
- A deep commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion
- A deep commitment to and personal alignment with the Center’s mission and values
- Ability to pass a criminal background check and undergo child safeguarding training
The ideal candidate will demonstrate competency in the following areas:
- Attention to detail: Thinks critically about the details of a task at hand and adds value when completing tasks
- Problem-solving: Approaches challenges in creative ways and finds thoughtful solutions
- Organization: Proactively keeps track of projects and deadlines
- Flexibility: Ability to adjust expected tasks and schedule to the updated priorities
- Independence: Can work independently, be assertive, and make thoughtful decisions about projects
- Collaboration: Works with teammates and is responsive to feedback
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours a week
The Center is deeply committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.
The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages individuals of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to apply for this position. We have a strong commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and people with diverse life experiences.