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The job descriptions below will be modified to fit the unique York context. To the extent a job
description is unique to York and/or not yet developed, if TenSquare is selected as a finalist, any such
missing descriptions shall be finalized.



CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Integrated Design and Electronics Academy Public Charter School (IDEA-PCS)

POSITION

Integrated Design Electronics Academy Public Charter School (IDEA-PCS), located in
Northeast DC, is a 14-year old school that serves 362 students in grades 7 through 12. IDEA-
PCS’s mission is to develop young people with the academic, social, leadership and
occupational skills to compete successfully in postsecondary education/training and to enter
challenging careers. The school integrates academics, technological career training and
leadership skills of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). The school’s
founders envisioned a school that would ensure that all students would experience
postsecondary success, regardless of interests and academic background.

One of the first charter schools in the District of Columbia, IDEA-PCS has deep and loyal
community roots. The school operates in a fully renovated 70,000 square foot facility and is
currently building a 27,000 square foot state-of-the art gym, health and wellness center.
IDEA’s student population is 100% African-American, 87% low-income and 13% special
education.

The Chief Operating Officer reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees the
financial, human resources, technology, facilities, custodial, security and food service functions
of the organization. The COO will identify gaps and institute process improvements to ensure
efficient and effective systems across all areas of the organization. This organizational leader
will be accountable for the financial and operational health of an $8M academic institution.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The COO is responsible for leading internal processes and infrastructure to drive IDEA to
continue to grow and fulfill its academic and community mission. Responsibilities include,
but are not limited to:

Operational Leadership
• Resources: Manage deployment of IDEA resources, facilities planning, financial structures
and long-range planning initiatives.
• Risk management and legal activities: Maintain oversight of letters of agreement,
contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements
• Operations: Manage non-academic functions and primary activities of the school, including:
o Human resources and talent management
o Information and technology systems
o Facility and security needs
o Business and financial management
o Regulatory and authorizer compliance
o External reporting (local, federal government and agencies)
o Supplies and meals
• Information technology: Work with the manager of information technology; ensure the
ongoing maintenance and updating of information systems and infrastructure, including
hardware, software, and ASP applications


Eagle Academy Public Charter School
Main Campus

Principal

POSITION

This role offers an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educational leader committed
to quality early childhood education. Eagle Academy Public Charter School (PCS)
presents an experienced educator with the chance to bring a twenty-first century
vision to a school that is ready for innovation. With a high-tech facility fully
equipped with the latest educational technology and a STEM focused curriculum,
Eagle Academy is the ideal setting for a confident principal eager to use his or her
expertise to create a dynamic learning environment that fosters academic
excellence.

Founded in 2003, Eagle Academy Public Charter School is Washington, D.C.’s first
exclusively early childhood public charter school and is proud to be the first early
childhood school in the District fully accredited by the Middle States Association for
the Accreditation of Schools, Colleges, and Universities. Beginning with preschool,
the program has expanded to include grades 1 through 3. Eagle Academy Public
Charter School’s mission is to “build the foundation for a promising future for all
students in a rich, robust learning environment.” The school nurtures creativity and
problem solving abilities while fostering cognitive, social, and emotional growth for
its active learners. Because it is a STEM school, math and science are spotlighted in
grades 1-3, and technology is especially emphasized. With state-of-the-art
technology in every classroom, Eagle Academy’s program reflects a keen
appreciation for the power of technology in today’s complex world. Respect and
collaboration in a diverse learning community are core values at Eagle Academy.

Through a competitive process, Eagle Academy was awarded the former McGogney
Elementary, a 67,000 square foot facility on 4.1 acres in the District’s Ward 8. The
school is currently under renovation. When the exciting, healthy and sustainable
building is ready for occupation by the fall of 2012, it is expected to house
approximately 600 students, including about 100 youngsters who receive levels 1-4
special education services. Eagle Academy also operates a second, smaller campus
on New Jersey Avenue in South East Washington.

As an early childhood program, Eagle Academy PCS recognizes the vital role that
families play in the lives of students. The school is deeply invested in building a
strong community and seeks a leader who is equally invested. Knowing that healthy
families send children to school better prepared to learn, Eagle Academy is
incorporating a health center into the new facility and will host a parent center as
well. The school’s next principal must demonstrate a genuine commitment to
understanding what families need to nurture student success and the expertise to
engage the community with warmth, skill, and appropriate supports.



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Integrated Design Electronics Academy (IDEA) Public Charter School

POSITION

This is a career-building opportunity for a results-oriented change agent with proven experience
in improving student outcomes. In partnership with the Board of Trustees, this leader will
oversee the comprehensive restructuring of Integrated Design Electronics Academy Public
Charter School (IDEA-PCS) in Northeast Washington, D.C. This 14-year old school serves 362
students in grades 7 through 12.

IDEA-PCS’s mission is to develop young people with the academic, social, leadership and
occupational skills to compete successfully in post-secondary education/training and to enter
challenging careers. The school integrates academics, technological career training and
leadership skills of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). The school’s founders
envisioned a school that would ensure that all students could be successful in his/her post-
secondary pursuits, regardless of interests and academic background. Post-secondary success
forms the core of this belief.

One of the first charter schools in the District of Columbia, IDEA-PCS has deep and loyal
community roots. The school operates in a fully renovated 70,000 square foot facility and is
currently building a 27,000 square foot state-of-the art gym, health and wellness center. IDEA’s
student population is 100% African-American, 87% low-income and 13% special education.

The Executive Director will be responsible for finalizing and implementing a top to bottom
school restructuring plan that has been initiated by the Board of Trustees and a team of
restructuring experts during the 2011-12 school year. This is a position for a skilled leader and
experienced educator who is attracted to and qualified for the opportunity of changing the
trajectory of a school and ensuring a high-quality education for D.C.’s deserving youth.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the entire
operation, and success, of the school. The Executive Director will directly manage a leadership
team comprised of academic, operations, human resources and fundraising administrators, but
s/he is ultimately responsible for the entire staff. Specific responsibilities include, but are not
limited to:

1. Leadership and School Culture. The Executive Director is the chief executive and head of
the school. The Executive Director holds responsibility, accountability, and authority for the
school’s overall performance and success in achieving key targets and goals. The position is also
responsible for ensuring the school’s long-term sustainability. The Executive Director must
demonstrate a deep understanding of issues affecting education; formulate strategic plans and
goals; set priorities in the context of community, student and staff needs; and ensure an overall



Options Public Charter School
Director of Operations Job Description
POSITION OVERVIEW
The Director of Operations reports directly to the Executive Director and oversees non-academic
functions of Options Public Charter School (“Options OCS”) including human resources and talent
management, information and technology systems, facilities, custodial, security and food service
functions of the organization. The COO will identify gaps and institute process improvements to ensure
efficient and effective systems across all areas of the organization.
SCHOOL OVERVIEW
Options PCS is an open-enrollment public charter school in Northeast D.C., serving students in grades 6
through 12. Options provides individualized instruction and targeted support to help all students earn
the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and post-secondary careers. To learn
more about the school, please visit www.optionsschool.org.
New Focus, New Leadership
Options PCS was founded in 1996 with the mission of providing a high quality, unique educational
experience for all students, including those students most at risk of dropping out because they need
additional social and academic support or have exceptionalities requiring intensive special education
services.
In Fall 2014, Options will re-open under the leadership of a new management team that is committed to
maintaining rigor and accountability in school operations, while also providing rich support services and
targeted academic interventions for all students. In 2014-2015, Options will serve a smaller student
population of approximately 250 students to ensure that all students receive the services and support
they require in a nurturing and engaging environment.
RESPONSIBILITIES
The Director of Operations is responsible for planning, coordinating, and supervising the day-to-day
business operations of the school. The Director of Operations will:
• Manage resource deployment, facilities planning, and long-range planning initiatives
• Oversee all functions related to the physical plant, school property, and school equipment to ensure
smooth daily operations
• Manage all facilities-related contractors and service providers
• Coordinate maintenance, repairs, and replacement of school property and equipment
• Ensure that facilities-related contracts and expenses adhere to relevant procurement requirements, in
collaboration with the Director of Finance
• Oversee asset management, including inventories of fixed assets


• Coordinate with Director of Finance and General Counsel to maintain facilities-related agreements,
contracts, leases, and other legal documents
• Manage custodial staff and all custodial contracts to ensure that school building is clean and well
maintained
• Manage food service staff and contracts
• Ensure that appropriate safety and security procedures are established and followed
• Oversee security staff and contractors
• Coordinate with school leadership to manage reporting and remediation of all safety-related incidents
• Manage relevant safety files and documents
• Ensure that staff are properly trained to adhere to all relevant safety laws, regulations, mandates, and
procedures
• Oversee information technology (IT) staff and contractors
• Ensure the ongoing maintenance and updating of information systems and infrastructure, including
hardware, software and applications
• Manage all contracts with external IT vendors
QUALIFICATIONS
Successful candidates will possess the following qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required, MBA or master’s degree in related field preferred
• Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and manage business systems and processes to support
a multi-million dollar organization, ideally in a senior leadership role for at least three years
• Demonstrated comfort in IT management
• Excellent organizational, project management, and time management skills
• Exceptional ability to multitask
• Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Ability to plan strategically
• Exceptional verbal and written communication skills, with ability to communicate well with diverse
constituents and staff
• Excellent people manager
• Demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding decisions involving system structures
• Commitment to accountability and data-driven decision making


• Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to the mission of Options PCS
COMPENSATION
Options PCS is committed to building a first-class leadership team and is offering premiums above
otherwise competitive salaries to qualified candidates to help attract committed individuals of the
highest caliber.
TO APPLY
Submit a resume and cover letter to optionshiring@gmail.com. Please use Options PCS Director of
Operations as the subject line of the email.
Options PCS is an equal opportunity employer. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender,
sexual orientation, or age in hiring, administration of admissions, programs, and scholarships.
DISTINCTIVE ELEMENTS OF THE OPTIONS PROGRAM
Options PCS’ new academic program will be enhanced by a range of student support services, social
emotional supports, targeted interventions and extra-curricular activities. Options courses will be small
in size and engaging in their design. The school will strive to meet the individual academic and social
emotional needs of all students.
Some of the school’s unique programs and offerings will include:
--- Individualized Instruction and Additional Resources for All Students – All students at Options
PCS will benefit from a targeted academic program that is designed to address their unique needs.
Options staff will work with each student to develop an individualized learning plan to ensure students
make progress towards goals and earn the knowledge, skills and credits they need to graduate.
Additional resources will be available for all students including credit recovery, targeted learning and
behavior interventions, and after-school tutoring and support.
--- Rich Special Education Services – Options PCS will offer a rich menu of specialized instruction and
educational support services tailored to meet a range of learning and social-emotional needs.
--- Career and Technical Education – Students at Options will have the opportunity to participate in
practical and engaging professional preparation programs. These course offerings will be designed to
provide students with meaningful real-world job skills, while also infusing core subject area knowledge
and practice.
--- Small Class Size – Options’ students will benefit from small class size and a small student-to teacher
ratio.
--- An Advisory Model – All students at Options PCS will receive personalized support from a teacher or
social worker, an “Advisor” who is accountable for their students’ success both in and out of the
classroom.


--- In-Depth Counseling and Social Emotional Supports – Options PCS students will have access to a range
of counseling and therapeutic services including guidance counseling, occupational therapy and clinical
services.
--- Post-Secondary Guidance and Support – Students will participate in college and career readiness
activities and will develop the tools necessary to apply for and succeed in college and the workforce.
--- Family Involvement—A full-time staff member will engage parents and guardians in a variety of
activities to promote student success.
--- Extracurricular Activities – Options will offer a diverse range of engaging clubs and activities during
and after school.



TenSquare’s Leadership Team
Joshua M. Kern, Managing Member of TenSquare, was the Co-Founder, President, & Chief Executive
Officer of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA) in the Anacostia neighborhood
of DC. Josh oversaw Thurgood Marshall Academy's growth and development from a start-up serving 80
9th graders at its inception to a full service accredited institution serving close to 400 students in grades
9-12. Under Josh’s leadership, Thurgood Marshall Academy garnered national recognition for the
excellence and sustainability of its programs. In late 2009, the school was selected by the U.S.
Department of Education to be featured as part of the Department’s Doing What Works
initiative. Thurgood Marshall Academy was the only charter school and one of just six schools in the
country chosen as a national model of excellence for its use of data to improve student outcomes.
Today, Thurgood Marshall Academy is the highest performing public charter high school in DC.
Josh is a founding member of the DC Public Charter School Association, Vice Chair of the Board of
Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS), a member of the Board of Barrack Academy, and an
Advisory Board member of the National Public Charter School Resource Center. Josh graduated with
honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 2001 and holds a BA and MBA from Tulane
University.
Katie Herman, TenSquare Principal, runs the education practice and works with D.C charter school
boards and leaders on restructuring and school improvement efforts, strategic planning, charter
renewals, executive searches and general operational support. She led TenSquare’s first DC school take
over and turnaround project of a middle/high school in which the middle school increased its
Performance Management Framework (PMF) score – in one year - from 14 to 38 and the high school
increased from 28 to 44. From 2001 through 2014, Katie served as Managing Director, Development
Director and Board Trustee of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA), the
highest performing open-enrollment high school in the District. In between her time at TMA and joining
TenSquare, Katie led the development efforts of College Summit, a national college access organization.
As Vice President of Development, she built a national development team, oversaw a $9M annual goal,
and developed the infrastructure to support 11 regional operations. Katie has experience in education
research and evaluation from her work at Policy Studies Associates, and is a committed educator with
over twenty years of working with youth in the inner cities of Chicago, Providence and Washington, D.C.
She is a graduate of Brown University.
Ethan Mitnick, TenSquare School Improvement Team Lead, is a former school leader from New York
City. He has served as a founding elementary charter school principal, a turnaround high school
principal, a high school special education coordinator, and a middle school bilingual special education
teacher in the Bronx. Ethan leads school audits, directs leadership coaching and support, designs
instructional initiatives, and implements state-testing aligned intervention work with TenSquare clients.
His efforts led to significant increases in student achievement in both schools he led in New York and the
schools he has supported in Washington, D.C. In addition to his direct work with schools, he has
significant experience in designing and implementing high-impact, Common Core aligned professional
development for teachers and leaders. Ethan has an Ed.D. in Administration of Special Education


programs from Teachers College at Columbia University and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is a New
York Teaching Fellows alumnus.
Doug Mesecar, York Senior Consultant, has served in senior operational and policy roles at the U.S.
Department of Education, leading education companies, and in Congress. He is a governor appointed
board member of the Opportunity Educational Institution for the state of Virginia. Currently, Doug is a
leading education strategy, operations, business development and policy consultant, focusing on the
charter and technology sectors, while also co-owning a Sylvan Learning Center in Northern Virginia.
Previously, Doug was Vice President for Contract Programs and SylvanSync™ at Sylvan Learning and was
Vice President of Math and Strategic Initiatives at Scholastic Education. Doug also served as Director of
Government Relations and Policy at Edison Schools. At the U.S. Department of Education, Doug served
in a number of senior roles: Deputy Chief of Staff of the Policy, Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Office
of Innovation and Improvement, and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office of Planning, Evaluation and
Policy Development. In Congress, Doug was a senior professional staff member on the House Education
and Workforce Committee, where he worked on the reauthorizations of the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (NCLB) and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, now known as the
Institute for Educational Sciences. Doug attended Hope College (MI) and the University of Denver (CO),
where he completed graduate work in education and earned his teacher license. He taught 5th grade in
the Jefferson County School system in Colorado.

Alexandra Pardo is the Executive Director of Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in
Washington, DC. Under her leadership the school became the highest performing high school in the
District boasting a 100% college acceptance rate for all of its graduates. Alexandra revamped the
school’s curriculum and academic program emphasizing standards aligned instruction honing in on
effective data use and accountability. As a result, the school’s state test scores improved by 30% in
reading and math in two years, student pass rates on Advanced Placement exams surpassed the city
averages and SAT scores increased over 150 points. . The school was recognized by the Department of
Education in its Doing What Works series based on Alexandra’s use of data. Alexandra has spoken
nationally on secondary school reform, and her work was featured in the book Driven by Data (Paul
Bambrick-Santoyo). Under Alexandra’s leadership the school earned national awards including the
National Excellence in Education Award from the National Center for Urban Schools (2014) and the
Excellent School Award from the Coalition of Educating Boys of Color (2013). In 2013, Alexandra
received the Distinguished Educational Leadership Award from the Washington Post. Alexandra earned
a Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University in International Affairs, a Masters of
Teaching from American University, a Masters of Science in School Administration from Trinity
University and a Doctorate of Education from the George Washington University. She is a Teach for
America alumna. TenSquare expects to achieve successful outcomes across a range of measures,
including academic results, school culture, enrollment growth, financial efficiency, community
involvement and engagement, and ultimately, revival of the greater York economy and cultural life.

Janalee Jordan-Meldrum, Senior Consultant, serves as a strategic advisor and consultant to national,
state, and local education agencies. She has helped lead and conduct several large-scale school
improvement efforts in both the charter and traditional public school sectors. Her past clients include:
America Achieves; Communities in Schools; the Kansas State Department of Education; the National
Association of Charter School Authorizers; DC Public Schools; and a number of public charter schools.


Prior to becoming a consultant, Janalee served as Senior Program Officer for K-12 and Community
Programs at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation. There, she
developed a leadership institute for women principals and superintendents, led a fellowship program
and training institute for teachers, provided grants and technical assistance to community-based
organizations, and coordinated a multi-year community-school coalition project. She obtained her
Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Arizona State University.
Andrew Touchette, Instructional Coach and School Improvement On-Site Leader, is an experienced
school leader who served as an Academic Dean and founding principal of two Tier I middle/high schools.
Prior to his work as a school administrator, Andrew taught high school social studies and English.
Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from New York University and a BA in History
from Fordham University.
Rebekah Jacobs, Instructional Coach, is a veteran teacher of English and Social Studies and a literacy
specialist. She is a Teach for America alumna with a Masters in Education of Language and Literacy from
Harvard University, a Masters of Arts Education and Language Arts from Loyola Marymount, and a BA in
English from The University of Texas at Austin.
Jessica Sher, Project Manager, has a decade of experience with youth development, fundraising, and
capacity-building in the educational sector. She was the Director of Development and Strategic
Partnerships for Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (TMA) for nearly four years and
oversaw all Out of School Time programs at the school for the prior three years. Before returning to
graduate school, she spent two years with FEGS, managing a dropout prevention program in four high
schools in the Bronx, NY. Jessica supported several other schools through charter renewal and executive
recruiting, and is very familiar with the DC funding environment. Jessica earned a Masters of Social Work
from the University of Michigan and a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Nancy Meakem was the Director of Evaluation in the Charter Schools Office of the NYC Department of
Education under Joel Klein. A former high school teacher, she is a graduate of Harvard University and
holds a Masters from New York University.
























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