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4 Dec 2019

Full-Time Executive Director

Oakland School for the Arts  Oakland, California, United States

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Job Description


Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) is a public charter school located in Oakland, CA that serves roughly 800 youth in grades 6-12. Founded in 2002 by former Oakland Mayor and California Governor Jerry Brown, OSA’s mission is to inspire its students to find their unique, powerful voices. The school provides a high-quality, integrated arts education to all students while also ensuring they fulfill the A-G requirements necessary to apply and be accepted to four year colleges. OSA students are accepted based on their interest in an artistic field of choice and they participate in formal and informal internships, professional gallery and museum exhibitions, and high-visibility performances at notable local venues. OSA has more than 100 staff members, including a faculty comprised of dedicated professional artists and highly qualified academic teachers. The school also features a vibrant and active group of families who support OSA through volunteer, community outreach and fundraising activities. For more information, please visit /


With OSA nearing its twentieth year of operation, the school is seeking an experienced manager and dynamic Executive Director to lead it into its next chapter. This individual will ensure the organization’s success in meeting its academic, artistic, school culture, fundraising, external relations and financial management goals. The Executive Director will be primarily responsible for supporting the senior management team and managing the progress of the school’s academic and artistic programs while also being the primary liaison between the school and its external audiences (including parents, the board, funders, chartering authorities, the surrounding community and arts program partners).

The ideal Executive Director candidate will be an effective leader and experienced manager of managers with: an eye for recruiting and retaining high-quality talent; a passion for arts education; a deep commitment to diversity and social equity; the skill to ensure consistent, high-quality instructional practice throughout the school; the ability to foster relationships with a diverse array of constituents; and the ability to build and maintain high-functioning systems across a complex, multi-site organization. Excellent interpersonal and communications ability and experience working with similar communities to those that OSA serves are also essential to success in this role.


The Executive Director will be in charge of the day-to-day management of OSA, including:

  • Leading the vision for OSA’s success, including ensuring that its academic and artistic programs, school culture and climate, community engagement, and external partnerships are highly effective and tightly aligned to the school’s mission and goals;
  • Managing senior staff and school leaders, acting not only as a supervisor but also as a coach and consensus builder, remaining deeply committed to the values of developing and bringing out the strengths of all of OSA’s people while also holding them accountable for their goals and desired outcomes;
  • Partnering with the Board of Directors and funders to secure and allocate the resources necessary for OSA to continue to support the depth, breadth and quality of its artistic and academic programs;
  • Serving as the voice of OSA to the broader community, connecting personally with all stakeholders (students, staff, parents and board members) and representing the school with external partners, policymakers, funders and other supporters. 



In order to meet their responsibilities, the ideal Executive Director candidate will be:

  • An accomplished, seasoned leader with a minimum of 10 years demonstrated success as a school-based administrator, nonprofit executive and/or senior manager in an education arts organization;
  • Inspiring in their management style, with experience leading leaders, able to develop their people while also holding them accountable to measurable results;
  • Passionate about arts education, believing in the promise of a highly developed program that blends arts and academics to help students reach their potential;
  • An exceptional relationship builder who can quickly gain the confidence of the board, parents, faculty/staff, and students;
  • A passionate advocate for all students and families who has a commitment to building a strong culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion at OSA;
  • Knowledgeable about the academic and social emotional needs of students, especially those of different racial, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Skilled in strategic planning, project management, and organization, able to focus on big picture priorities while not losing sight of the details;
  • Dynamic and versatile, able to engage a variety of individuals and speak in a clear, compelling, and authentic manner about the school’s goals and priorities;
  • Adept and experienced at fundraising, especially in how to expand and diversify a donor base for a similar kind of nonprofit and/or school organization;
  • Bachelor’s degree required; CA administrator credential preferred.


Oakland School for the Arts offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. More details can be provided upon request.


Please submit a resume online at
For additional questions about this position or to speak with someone about your interest, please contact Olivia Smarr at or at 510.575.9635.

Oakland School for the Arts is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. Recruiting staff to create an inclusive organization is a priority, and we encourage applicants from all backgrounds. Candidates are evaluated solely on their qualifications to perform the work required.

Full-Time Job in Education:
Executive Director
  Oakland School for the Arts
   Oakland, California, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts education, director, executive director, management, and school. States: California.

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