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Director of Innovation- Home Support Office

Director of Innovation- Home Support Office

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Director of Innovation


The Organization


Camino Nuevo Charter Academy (CNCA) is a network of charter schools serving students across the PK-Post Secondary continuum in the Greater MacArthur Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Pueblo Nuevo Education Development Group (EDG) is CNCA’s resource development and capacity building arm.   PN-EDG invests in young people to foster personal transformation and generational social change. PN-EDG staff support and build capacity for CNCA schools in achieving their vision. The organizations are grounded in the beliefs that public education is a civil right and all students deserve an excellent education that will prepare them for success in life. At CNCA/PN-EDG, we recognize that lower income and immigrant communities often face institutional and cultural barriers that create impediments to students’ success, and that an excellent education must eliminate these barriers. We integrate a strong focus on progressive, research-based academics with a holistic, place-based approach to serving our students. Since opening its doors in 2001, CNCA has grown to 8 schools and nearly 3,500 students. Our goal is that by 2022, 2,000 CNCA graduates will be equipped with the skills, knowledge, and worldview necessary to be literate, critical thinkers and independent problem solvers. As a result of this success, 90% will have been accepted to, 80% will have attended and 60% will have graduated from a 4-year college within 6 years.


Organizational Leadership Capacities


We believe that every individual who works at the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Home Support Office must embody key mindsets and possess foundational skills to contribute to the organizational leadership of the organization.



  • Commitment to and belief in CNCA’s mission and vision
  • Belief in and embodiment the CNCA Anchors in all aspects of the work
  • Commitment to the vision of a progressive, socially-just education and is able to inspire others towards that vision
  • Solution orientation and belief in supporting others to be the same
  • Commitment to an asset-based, capacity-building approach
  • Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion



  • Ability to support an inclusive, positive and high performing culture
  • Ability to take ownership in the day-to-day and overall success of the organization
  • Ability to think critically, use sound judgment and problem solve
  • Ability to work independently and proactively and to seek support and guidance when appropriate
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, with an ability to prioritize competing projects in a fast-paced, fluid environment
  • Effective collaboration with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Respect, humility and discretion to work effectively with all stakeholders, including colleagues, families and members of the community
  • Strong self-awareness and ability to reflect


The Opportunity


The Director of Innovation position is a grant-funded position that will partner with stakeholders throughout the organization to push CNCA to become a more innovative, effective organization. The Director of Innovation position will partner closely with the Executive Leadership Team to drive the innovation work at an organizational and school-site level. The Director of Innovation will bring in research-based best practices, will support our collective development towards becoming more innovative, and will drive pilot-based innovations across the organization to ensure excellence and equity for all.


Essential Functions


Strategy and Vision Setting Responsibilities

  • Serve as a member of the Home Support Office, contributing expertise on Innovation to inform the overall vision and strategy of the Home Support Office.
  • Support the development of a strategic plan for the ongoing success of innovative practices across the network.
  • Support the research and development of a cohesive plan for more innovative practices across the network.
  • Contribute to the development of structures and processes to increase the level of excellence across the network and specifically as they relate to innovation.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of innovative practices through the use of key metrics to inform continuous improvement and strategic decision-making.
  • Elevate challenges that arise within developing innovative practices and work with CEO to inform and improve work.
  • Understand and navigate the political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context facing urban charter schools and the students they serve.
  • Partner with grant funders to ensure a strong relationship and continued support.


Team Leadership and Performance Management

  • Collaborate to develop and facilitate long-term, substantive, coherent professional development plans school leaders and home support office leaders on becoming more innovative.
  • Sets ambitious personal and professional goals and models relentless effort toward these goals
  • Pilot small-scale innovations in the 2017-2018 school year with an eye towards more robust, network-wide innovations in the future.
  • Effectively manage all grant requirements with excellence.


Administrative Management and Compliance Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with CEO to ensure that expenditures for innovation work are in line with budget and priorities
  • Ensure that all functions and projects are effectively managed and that partners are held accountable to high expectations
  • Ensure compliance related to grant management and funding.
  • Contribute to preparation and presentation of regular status reports for the Executive Leadership Team and/or the Board of Directors related to innovation work.

Establish relationships with outside agencies related to innovation work.


  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor Degree necessary; master degree or higher preferred
  • At least 3-5 years in urban education
  • Experience in school reform, design based thinking work, and innovative preferred

CNCA and PN-EDG are equal opportunity employers.


 To apply please send resume and letter of interest to:


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* Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and PN-EDG intends that all qualified persons shall have equal opportunities for employment and promotion.


Camino Nuevo Charter Academy prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.


Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Margarita Domingo at (213) 417-3410 or 3435 W Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026