Job Opportunity: Building Excellent Schools Seeks Chief of School Network

As you know, I often use my site to spread news about great organizations. Organizations that not only do well but that also do good. Ones that are doing what they can to make a dent in the world. And ones that value some of the same things I do.

A good friend of mine s recently passed the word about a job opportunity from a friend of mine and thought some of you might be interested. While I don’t typically use my site to post job opportunities or promotional reasons, I do like to use it to help non-profits, especially ones that I have some connection to. In this case, that organization is Building Excellent Schools.

See below for a description. See below that for more on the job role.  And drop me a line if you are interested in connecting with the school.

Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a trailblazing nonprofit that raises the quality of urban charter schools by supporting entrepreneurial individuals to design, found, lead, and sustain schools in underserved communities.

Building Excellent Schools (BES) is a trailblazing nonprofit that raises the quality of urban charter schools by supporting entrepreneurial individuals to design, found, lead, and sustain schools in underserved communities. The BES Fellowship, launched in 2001, has resulted in the incubation and establishment of 56 schools in 20 cities across the country that are closing the achievement gap and serving as national models of superior performance. BES seeks a one-of-a-kind visionary leader with a startup sensibility to lead this elite cadre of the highest-performing schools founded by Building Excellent Schools Fellows.The Chief of the Excellent Schools Network (ESN) embodies the core and essence of the Network, displaying the fearlessness, stamina, initiative, and purposeful vision to leverage brilliantly the recognized success of Building Excellent Schools. S/he works relentlessly and tirelessly to push BES Schools to achieve greater results, to help them grow, and to support an ongoing educational revolution for more of America’s poorest students.The Chief of the Excellent Schools Network reports to the Chief Operating Officer of Building Excellent Schools. Chief responsibilities and deliverables include:

  • Drive superior outcomes for children through sharing of best practices; – Build the capacity of emerging leaders in BES schools for successful replications and sustainable leadership through growth and transition;
  • Support increases in the supply of outstanding schools through the growth and replication of select charter schools, using a simple “slow growth” approach that maximizes expansion without compromising quality;
  • Articulate and amplify ESN’s voice and impact on the national conversation on quality and access to education; and
  • Champion and embolden school leaders to be voices for change;
  • Build a unified culture among ESN members that inspires all to achieve the highest levels of distinction in their schools and to be active participants in broader education reform and advocacy efforts.

Ideal candidates possess, above all, an ardent and demonstrated commitment to the mission of Building Excellent Schools and the ESN.  S/he has at least 7 years of relevant professional experience, preferably including teaching and/or management experience in a high performing school. Management experience in a youth and/or education organization, preferably related to the growth of quality charter schools, is highly desirable, as is a demonstrated ability to lead an organization or group, preferably from the incubation or startup stage through times of significant opportunity and rapid growth.  A commanding and comfortable presence while leading conversations with internal and external stakeholders, including preeminent school leaders, national funders, and board members of the ESN members is a must. Robust communication skills and an ability to unify geographically separated groups are also essential.

Additional information about Building Excellent Schools can be found at

A full position description and application instructions may be found at:

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