Position Description

Executive Director (Manager/Program Director) - IFT
Location TBD (California)
Department/Region Institute for Teaching (IFT)
Salary Schedule Management Salary Schedule
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Position Summary

The Executive Director is charged with developing or repurposing a statewide non-profit focused on promotion of Public Education with specific emphasis on organizing, program development, and grant support dedicated to community school organizing capacity and growth of the Instructional Leadership Corps professional development model.  The Executive Director will initially make recommendations and execute start-up organizational design and lead fundraising efforts.  Eventual operational goals will include significant fundraising, hiring organizing and program staff, and grant making for local and statewide community based projects.  The Executive Director will initially report to the CTA Executive Director as well as the nonprofit's Board of Directors.  CTA intends to provide initial funding for the position with full funding ultimately provided by the non-profit within four years.  Likewise, CTA will provide initial operational support including, but not limited to, administrative and budget support, office space, legal, and governance capacity.  Inaugural position will serve as a CTA employee under the co-direction of the CTA Executive Director and governance body of the institute. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directs development of non-profit model and design in coordination with CTA Institute for Teaching and the CTA Board of Directors. 
  • Coordinates and leads development of mission and vision for organization. 
  • Coordinates and leads fundraising for ongoing staffing and grant making goals.
  • Creates short- and long-term goals, and plans to impact and improve public education, including in the specific focus areas of Community Schools and Instructional Leadership Corps. 
  • Executes organizational projects and education program responsibilities. 
  • Ensures operational systems and processes for grants management are effective and support the people using them in service to program and organizational goals, vision, and values. 
  • Liaison to internal and external organizational entities.
  • Coordinates all organizational operations both internally and with partnership community and professional groups, affiliated organizations, and funders. 
  • Develops and oversees the budget. 
  • Manages foundation staff. 


  • BA or BS Degree. Advanced Degree preferred.
  • Broad understanding of the critical issues and problems facing the public schools and local communities in California.
  • Experience with and broad understanding of foundation organizational development, building creative and impactful organizations, and working with internal and external partners.
  • Demonstrated organizing, negotiating, and coordinating skills necessary to successfully complete complex group projects and activities.
  • Leadership ability in working with professional groups and foundations. 
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • High-level interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with elected leaders, staff, funders, community partners and government agencies. 
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and familiarity with technology programs used by CTA.
  • Valid California Driver's License

*This position is external to the CSO bargaining unit.

CTA values a diverse workplace and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, and members of ethnic minorities to apply.

Employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless approved for medical or religious exemption.

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