School Development Director, National Office

The Excel Center

Candidates for this position must have prior or current leadership experience at an Excel Center (Indiana or Nationally). Teaching/curriculum experience preferred. ​ 

The School Development Director, National Office is responsible for the comprehensive development and continuous improvement of multiple schools that have adopted The Excel Center (TEC) model through a license from Goodwill Education Initiatives (GEI) and TEC National Network schools.  This role reports to the Senior Director, National Office and works collaboratively with school directors of TEC National Network schools, GEI staff, Regional Directors, and other leaders from across the Goodwill network to provide professional development, consultation, and mentoring support to all staff within assigned schools to achieve goals and outcomes.  The Development Director actively manages relationships with TEC National Network school directors and staff to ensure that all GEI-provided curricular, instructional, and model element materials are developed and deployed to assigned schools.  This role provides hands-on leadership coaching and academic and administrative guidance to coaches, teachers, school-level leadership, and administrative support staff at the assigned schools.  This position may require frequent travel to the main office in Indianapolis and other cities within the network of schools.  The employee “home base” location is flexible within the United States.

Example Duties and Activities

  • Collaborates with the Senior Director, school directors, and Goodwill leadership to develop and execute school development plans utilizing school data.  The building blocks of success include Accountability Performance, Student Performance, Financial Performance, Compliance Requirements, Enrollment, Evaluation and Development, and Post-Secondary Success.
  • Provides training and regular mentoring to TEC National Network coaches, lead coaches, college and career readiness staff; instructional staff, including lead teachers and special education coordinators; and office staff, including the office manager, registrars, and the Drop-In Center director.
  • Works closely with the Senior Director to maximize the support services available to the licensee, including those available through GEI’s Central Office staff and Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana’s (GCSI’s) Talent Acquisition Team, Marketing, IT and Data, Human Resources staff, and others.
  • Assists school leadership with implementing staff evaluation systems.
  • Works closely with the Senior Director to provide continued monitoring and support to TEC National Network schools and ensures quality control, accountability, and best practices.
  • Creates and modifies curricular, instructional, and model element materials as needed.
  • Provides training, mentoring, and hiring support for new and established leadership across the TEC National Network including school directors.
  • Collaborates with TEC National Network Schools and the GEI central office team to support partnerships for college and career readiness.
  • Organizes and executes TEC National Network-wide professional development including TEC National Network Conference annually and other professional development opportunities.
  • Organizes visits and educates stakeholders on TEC model.
  • Develops strong working relationships with TEC National Network partners.
  • Contributes to building and maintaining a positive, inclusive culture that values diverse opinions, challenging work, and high levels of accountability.

Required Competencies

  • Degree and Credential Requirements – Bachelor’s degree in education, curriculum, special populations, leadership, or other related relevant fields. Prior or current teaching experience at an Excel Center location/model specifically.
  • Academic Leadership – Has managed, coached, and trained groups of professionals and worked with diverse systems and people to achieve organizational goals, as a School Director or other equivalent academic leadership role.  Experienced in planning and implementing professional development for staff.  Exhibits leadership qualities of integrity, accountability, empathy, humility, resilience, vision, influence, and positivity.
  • Teaching Expertise – Plans and delivers instruction and evaluation of student learning, ideally for high school-age students in nontraditional and/or in an adult education setting.  Has ideally, created curricula and assessments that are effective in achieving and tracking learning goals.
  • Strategic Partner – Works as a strategic partner both internally and externally to comprehend community/divisional/departmental business challenges and re-frame those challenges through the lens of a solution provider.  Possesses strong reasoning skills and strongly considers alternatives while remaining objective. Politically savvy and possesses excellent business acumen working as a positive influencer and building relationships across a variety of levels and fields.
  • Project and Process Management – Oversees large-scale projects with multiple workstreams and delivers against scopes implementing strategies that outline time, resources, requirements, deadlines, and answers to unexpected events to streamline the process.  Defines, implements, and manages structured processes.  Has documented success in interpreting educational policies and regulations at both a local and national level, and making necessary adjustments to achieve outcomes/metrics.  Possesses the ability to write, document, maintain, and hold all accountable for policies and procedures.  Trains staff using appropriate training methodologies and motivational techniques to improve job performance and/or knowledge base.  Demonstrates leadership skills, especially around communication/innovative solutions to problems, concerns, issues, and roadblocks.
  • Emotional Intelligence – Recognizes one’s own emotions and those of others, uses emotional information to open-mindedly guide thinking and behavior, discerns between different feelings and labels them appropriately, and adjusts emotions to adapt to environments. Is empathetic and compassionate, and maintains a nonjudgemental perspective in difficult situations.
  • Communication Skills – Articulates thoughts and expresses ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as listening skills to comprehend others’ needs.
  • Informed Decision-Making – Identifies and comprehends issues, problems, and opportunities; compares data from different sources to draw conclusions; uses effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.

Other Requirements

  • Background Screening – All candidates must pass a pre-employment background check. Must have a valid driver’s license, up-to-date auto insurance, and a good driving record.
  • Is willing to conduct local travel via car and air travel to any of TEC National Network Partners.

Benefits:  Full-time employees may participate in a comprehensive benefits program that includes:

  • Continuing education and leadership development as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Comprehensive health plan
  • Generous paid time off (PTO) and paid holidays
  • Sabbatical and parental leaves
  • Life, dental, and vision insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability plans
  • Nationally recognized preventive health and wellness program
  • Section 125 pretax health spending account, dependent care spending account, and premiums
  • Retirement plan with generous match or contribution into Teachers’ Retirement Fund
  • Eligible for the Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program
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Job Type
Full-Time
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Grade Categories
Administrator, Student and Family Services
School Year
2023-24