Website Central Queens Academy Charter School

Central Queens Academy is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead, inspire and grow the school while maintaining their school culture and spirit, the quality of their programs, and their excellent rate of success.

Reporting to, working closely with, and helping to guide the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have ultimate responsibility for animating and implementing CQA’s vision and mission. The Executive Director will oversee all aspects of the school, including supervision of the school’s strong senior leadership team, oversight of finances and operations, advancement of resource development, and scholar retention and enrollment.

The Executive Director will serve as CQA’s representative to the wider community and its various constituencies as part of the ongoing effort to market the school to new scholars and exceptional educators, and as an advocate with the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE), New York State Education Department (NYSED), State University of New York Charter Schools Institute (SUNY-CSI), elected officials, and local and national donors.

This position requires a results-oriented organizational leader with a high EQ who engenders confidence, inspires their team to work towards a common goal, and approaches the work with integrity and conviction.


Leadership and Strategic Planning: (approximately 40%)

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for CQA in service of its mission and lead the organization into its next phase of development, growth, and impact
  • Serve as both the internal and external leader of CQA
  • Collaborate with the board, senior leadership, and key stakeholders to provide and implement ambitious, mission-aligned, multi-year, multi-tiered strategic, organizational, and financial plans
  • Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the board
  • Serve as a guide, and promote board engagement in strategic planning, resource development, and overall organizational wellness
  • Keep the board informed of all matters relating to the school, bolstering its ability to make informed decisions at the macro level

Institutional Advancement and External Relations: (approximately 40%)

  • Serve as an ambassador for the school at all times, raising CQA’s profile to attract quality teachers, additional scholars, and donors
  • Maintain effective partnerships with businesses, community organizations, and government agencies
  • Lead and cultivate fundraising efforts; develop new funding sources, deepen connections with current donors, and reestablish relationships with past local, national, institutional, and individual funders
  • Supervise and support the Director of Advancement in developing the advancement strategy, implementing that strategy, and meeting all goals
  • Engage and support the board in raising funds

Management and Operations: (approximately 20%)

  • Provide inspirational leadership, direction, and supervision to the senior leadership team; establish clear lines of communication and reporting, ensuring the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization
  • Serve as a thought partner to the School Director to ensure that CQA is on target to exceed charter-prescribed academic performance and progress goals
  • Lead and oversee the project development of facilities in order to ensure a smooth transition towards a permanent facility for the school
  • Ensure that CQA is in compliance with all applicable statutory, regulatory and charter requirements; work with outside counsel to address any legal needs that may arise
  • Oversee “central office” operations, including budgeting, accounting, financial planning and management, real estate acquisition and development, charter, statutory and compliance
  • Oversee the overall human capital strategy and HR protocol, including compensation, benefits, and bonus policies and guidelines, and establish career paths within the organization


  • An established leader with demonstrated success in a senior management position, preferably with a charter school
  • Significant board development, fundraising, and fiscal management experience
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Passion for CQA’s mission, and ability to inspire others to work for and support the school
  • Excellent organizational skills and operational experience with the ability to set clear priorities and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, direct and motivate an effective leadership team responsible for day-to-day operations, program administration, and finance
  • Excellent coalition and consensus-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders including staff, families, funders, and partners
  • Experience building and working with a diverse, equitable, inclusive, multi-cultural, and anti-racist community
  • BA/BS from an accredited college or university required


For questions, email Debra Katz (

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