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5 Mar 2020

Operations / Administration President

Noble Network of Charter Schools

Job Description

About Noble

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,400 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college-goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. 99% of Noble students are accepted into college and almost 90% choose to enroll, resulting in over 6,200 Noble alumni who have received or are currently pursuing a 4-year college degree.

The Role

The President of Noble leads the organization along with the CEO and Head of Schools in service to Noble’s vision: Noble will ensure that all students have equitable and positive school experiences that equip them to succeed on the path of their choice, leading to 75% of alumni completing college. In addition to leading a portion of the Noble Support Team, they will help solve the biggest challenges, thereby helping the students we serve complete college and lead lives of choice.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead and support the Operations side of the Noble Support Team (NST). This team is focused on providing best-in-country systems and solutions that will accelerate Noble’s ability to drive outcomes and experiences for students. Fundamentally, this requires an orientation towards service to campuses and also involves finding ways to help Noble campuses stay focused on educational outcomes by removing barriers that can get in the way of a singular focus on results for students. The President will directly manage the following leaders:
    • Chief Data & Innovation Officer: The CDIO and his team are responsible for the task of collecting, maintaining, sharing, and synthesizing Noble’s academic and operational data to create actionable insights for our educators, staff, and students to make informed decisions. In addition, the CDIO audits Noble’s existing information systems and practices with the goal of improving its overall efficiency, capability, and durability.
    • Chief Development Officer: The CDO leads all development initiatives and fundraising strategies. They work in close partnership with Board Members and Noble leadership to implement strategies for growth by building and stewarding robust, meaningful partnerships with current and prospective individual, corporate and foundation donors.
    • Chief Financial Officer: The CFO oversees all of Noble’s financial operations, including financial and managerial accounting, budgeting and financial planning, risk management, compliance, and banking and bondholder relations.
    • Chief Operating Officer: The COO is responsible for designing, implementing, and supporting day-to-day business operations for functions including Campus Office Operations, Capital Planning, Construction, Day Care, Facilities Management, Food Service, Information Technology, Safety & Security, Student Enrollment & Recruitment, and Support Team Operations. The COO is also responsible for helping to develop and operationalize Noble’s long-term strategic vision for growth, performance, and continuous improvement to the staff & student experience.
    • Chief People Officer: The CPO oversees the strategy and teams responsible for human capital management at Noble. The functional areas include but are not limited to human resources, talent acquisition, onboarding, employee engagement, payroll, talent development, compensation, and performance management.
  • Be the primary owner for the execution of Noble’s new Strategic Plan:
    • Collaborate with the CEO and Head of Schools to address seemingly intractable problems with a spirit of optimism, creativity, and humanity.
    • Ensure all aspects of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan are executed. The major components of the plan are:
      • Equity: Deeply embed our value of diversity, equity, and inclusion across Noble so that inputs, decisions, and ultimately results are driven by and measured according to the value.
      • Academics + College: Improve college completion rates significantly with a continued focus on academic rigor and social-emotional skills through The Noble Classroom, and by increasing alumni supports, while elevating student and family agency in the decision-making process.
      • Student Experience + Retention: Improve student retention rates by ensuring students are relentlessly supported, by increasingly focusing on creating positive student experiences, and by updating Noble’s policies and discipline practices in favor of redemptive approaches.
      • Staff Experience + Retention: Develop and improve retention of highly talented teachers, especially teachers of color, through a deeper emphasis on listening and responding to the experience of teaching at Noble.
      • Sustainable Growth + Healthy Enrollment: Maintain healthy enrollment across Noble but do not seek to add additional new campuses.
      • Noble Support Team: Structure the Noble Support Team efficiently to best support campuses, advance Noble’s strategic ambitions, and to improve organizational clarity.

Candidate Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be service-oriented, have a relentless curiosity, and possess a sense of humor.  Candidates should have:

  • Unwavering commitment to Noble’s mission of preparing students for college success and the firm belief in the potential of every student
  • Strong leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to manage teams in an entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate with a diverse group of leaders and stakeholders
  • Deep experience with executive leadership in several of the functions supported by the President
  • Alignment with Noble’s core values of Results; Respect; Follow Through; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Humility and Self-Awareness


We strive to be among the best places to work. In education, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply online at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

 At Noble, our mission is to be a catalyst for educational equity in the city of Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives. We know that we only fulfill this mission if we are the best place for a diverse mix of driven, reflective, and innovative educators to come, stay, and do their best work nurturing college-ready students. That is why Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.

How to Apply

Please apply online.

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