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15 Jan 2019

Operations / Administration Director of Policy and Legal Initiatives

Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI)
 Denver, Denver County, Colorado, United States

Job Description


The Colorado Charter School Institute (CSI) is a statewide charter school authorizer whose mission is to foster high-quality public school choices offered through charter schools, particularly schools that are focused on closing the achievement gap for at-risk students. Governed by a board of nine members appointed by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, CSI currently serves a diverse portfolio of 41 schools across the state of Colorado serving over 17,000 students. CSI is uniquely positioned to serve and promote charter school innovation in communities throughout Colorado and to be a leader in improvements in authorizer practices. CSI aspires to continue growing the quality and quantity of its portfolio of schools in Colorado in response to the need for high quality, innovative charter school options. Our organization is at an extraordinary point of opportunity and is poised to make additional systemic changes that will yield improvements within the portfolio’s overall student achievement.

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


Essential duties of this position include the following.  Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Oversee the training on, technical assistance with, and compliance monitoring of state and federal statutory requirements and regulations.
  • Use effective written and oral communication to present information accurately while adapting to various stakeholders and other audiences.
  • Represent CSI with a variety of audiences, including schools, school leaders, school boards, the Colorado Department of Education, other charter authorizers, charter school support organizations and decision makers in public and high-stakes settings.
  • Engage in CSI-wide strategic planning that sets the vision and direction of the organization.
  • Provide operational support for the Executive Director.
  • Regularly engage with and report to the CSI Board and Board committees.
  • Collaborate with other Directors to ensure coordination and alignment of work across departments, effective allocation of resources, opportunities to learn from the in-depth work of the team, and inform broader organizational initiatives.
  • Set the vision and direction for the department that aligns with, and advances, broader strategic objectives.
  • Oversee the development and monitoring of annual goals, annual performance evaluations, and professional development of team members.
  • Contribute to the development, update, and access to resources related to the CSI Performance Framework.
  • Provide school performance and operational evaluation for inclusion in the CSI Annual Review of Schools.
  • Participate in the review of all charter applications as a member of the CSI Review Team, including regularly update charter application materials and rubrics.
  • Contribute to the development of contract conditions and milestones, risk assessments, and staff reports for recommendation to the Executive Director.
  • Ensure work and decisions align with national best practices to maintain high standards for charter schools, uphold school autonomy, and protect student and public interests.


Essential duties of this position include the following.  Employees in this position perform some or all of the following tasks.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Draft, negotiate, and oversee the implementation of charter school contracts and amendments, including monitoring of contract conditions, milestones, and waiver replacement plans.
  • Develop and manage new and updated CSI Board policies and CSI staff procedures at the direction of the Executive Director, including drafting of relevant resolutions and documentation for Board action.
  • Develop and implement school revocation and closure procedures and policies.
  • Provides intervention support and monitoring in response to situations of extreme non-compliance or emergencies, in coordination with legal counsel and CSI staff.
  • Develop and expand CSI’s legal and policy initiatives in alignment with CSI’s mission, vision, and strategic plan, including the identification, reduction, or elimination of requirements that are unnecessary, duplicative, or obsolete.
  • Monitor and report legal and policy developments of state and national significance and draft policy documents to articulate the impact to CSI and to CSI-authorized schools.
  • Coordinate all CSI State Board appeals and Colorado Open Records Act requests on behalf of the Institute.
  • Coordinate and manage all relevant legal analysis and work with support from the Office Administrator, including execution of changes to CSI rules in coordination with the Attorney General’s office and in compliance with the Secretary of State’s office.
  • In collaboration with the Director of Finance, monitor and oversee compliance with transportation, food services, and facilities laws, rules and policies, including revising CSI policies as necessary.
  • Monitor and oversee compliance with safety laws, rules, and policies, including revising CSI policies as necessary.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Detail-oriented with demonstrated ability to follow-through on projects


  • Minimum of 3 years work experience education or related field
  • Experience and familiarity with Colorado statutes, State Board of Education rules, and relevant policies associated with charter schools
  • Experience developing and implementing training resources and procedures


  • Master’s Degree in public policy, law, or related field


  • Starting at $7,083-$7,917 per month plus competitive performance based bonus


As an employee of the Colorado Charter School Institute (State of Colorado), you will have access to a variety of benefits to include medical, dental, paid holidays, paid vacation and sick time, no-cost life and disability insurance (with additional paid options), Flex Spending and Health Savings Account options, and membership in Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk; sit; use hands for fine manipulation, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms using a keyboard and video display terminal. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The work environment is a standard office setting.  The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.


This is not necessarily an exhaustive or all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, functions or working conditions associated with the job.  This job description is not a contract of employment or a promise or guarantee of any specific terms or conditions of employment.  CSI may add to, modify or delete any aspect of this job (or the position itself) at any time as it deems advisable

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to:

Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Operations / Administration.