Req Number: SL668
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 1/22/2019
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Education
Job Type: Permanent

Position Chief Executive Officer

Company Green Dot Public Schools

Location Los Angeles, CA

Reporting Relationship Board of Directors, Green Dot Public Schools National




Green Dot Public Schools ( is a network of non-profit organizations 501(c)(3) with a common mission to help transform the landscape of public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life. We collectively employ more than 1,400 dedicated, mission-driven teachers, administrators, and staff to serve more than 14,000 students. Our academic model is designed to create small, safe, high-performing learning environments that meet individual student needs. Green Dot Public Schools network operates 21 public charter schools in California (12 high schools, 9 middle schools), five in Tennessee, and four in Washington. All of our schools are purposefully located in the highest-need communities, are publicly funded, and free to attend.

Green Dot Public Schools is the only charter school network in the country to lead the wholesale take-over and turn-around of a 3,000-plus student high school, and we are now engaged in seven historic turnarounds nationally.

Green Dot Public School’s model is guided by five core values: an unwavering belief in all students’ potential, passion for excellence, personal responsibility, respect for others and the community, and a firm belief that all stakeholders are critical in the education process. These core values come together in school models designed with students at the center, where all adults come together to create an environment with high structure, high care and high expectations for all learners. We do not give up on any student, and no student is turned away from our doors. Many students enter our schools far behind grade-level. We meet every one of them where they are in their learning path. Inherent in the promise to ready our students for college, leadership, and life is a commitment to each child to help make up for years of lack of progress in other learning environments. We change trajectories.

Green Dot Public Schools is organized into six separate entities that share this common mission and approach. Collaboration across them is fundamental to the success of the overall mission. Green Dot Public Schools National is the strategic architect for the national umbrella organization, and a provider of many centralized services for the schools and the regional organizations and teams. There are three separate 501(c)(3)’s, one for each of the three regions we serve (CA, TN, and WA) that have direct responsibility for operating our schools and fulfilling our mission in each of their respective geographies. The fifth entity, United Parents & Students, is focused on empowering parents in the communities we serve to build and advocate for platforms of change specific to the neighborhoods surrounding our schools, including organizing local action to effect that change. The sixth entity, Delta Properties, Inc. supports the financing, development, and maintenance of facilities for Green Dot Public Schools California.


The President & CEO of Green Dot Public Schools National, Marco Petruzzi, announced recently his departure from the organization after 12 years of exceptional leadership. The Board of Directors for Green Dot Public Schools National seeks a new CEO who will lead the organization through its next era of success for students in underserved areas of the country. Green Dot Public Schools is a highly regarded and high performing charter management organization serving over 14,000 students across its network of schools with an overall budget, across all regions and entities, of ~$200 million. The Board seeks a leader with a demonstrated commitment and passion for serving children from low-income communities and helping them establish pathways to opportunity enabled by a strong education.

This opportunity offers the right leader a chance to collaborate with world-class regional leaders, educators, and operational support teams to design, plan, and execute, breakthrough strategies for Green Dot Public Schools to deliver on its mission and its promise to students and families. There is strong demand for high-performing public-school options that can meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and prepare them to graduate with the skills that they need for success in college, leadership, and life. To dramatically change the lives of the students we serve, we are committed to providing personalized and innovative approaches to meet student needs – approaches that are replicable and sustainable in public education settings across the country.

The Board seeks a collaborative leader with strong strategic thinking skills, effective problem-solving and analytical abilities, and proven experience managing complex organizations to deliver successful outcomes in constrained regulatory and financial environments. Finally, our next leader will possess strong interpersonal communication skills and be able to work effectively with a committed board of directors, regional leaders, staff, and other key stakeholders.


The CEO’s key responsibilities include the following:

• Lead the strategic process to identify the next phase of growth and impact for the Green Dot National organization and the students it serves

o Develop a strategy to expand programs and the delivery model

o Break down and frame complex problems

o Objectively identify key areas of strength and opportunities for improvement in the organization

o Demonstrate a sophisticated perspective of how policy, politics, and practice interface and anticipate the issues that may arise

o Design new programs and bring them to scale

o Envision and predict the financial consequences of strategic decisions

o Communicate a coherent vision to all stakeholders

• Lead and influence internal and external stakeholders

o Motivate and lead the Green Dot Public Schools National organization to design, deliver, and assess our programmatic initiatives in collaboration with the regional organizations

o Build and lead well-integrated teams to innovate on our approaches and/or continuously improve on every aspect of our delivery

o Create effective structures, models, processes, and systems that will ensure programmatic success at lowest possible cost

o Foster productive collaborations both within Green Dot Public Schools and with external partners and agencies

• Drive results

o Set aggressive and achievable goals for the organization

o Understand key levers available to achieve academic, operational, and financial success in every school, every region, and every organization

o Identify and foster implementation of best practices in all aspects of the organization

o Adapt to the changes in the educational landscape that affect the organization, without losing the “true north” of the organization

• Lead advocacy and fundraising and securing broad support for Green Dot Public Schools mission and entities

o Spearhead the fundraising efforts for all Green Dot Public Schools entities

o Understand the implications of the policy and political climate nationally and in each region we serve, and aggressively pursue policy solutions that will benefit students from low-income communities

o Ensure alignment and support by National Board, as well as other Green Dot Public Schools boards and regional leaders, with the mission and direction of the overall organization

o Build and maintain a network of peers, supporters, and advisors in the education space


Reports to: Board of Directors of Green Dot Public Schools National

Direct Reports: 6 – 7 corporate officers and/or Vice Presidents/Directors (Finance & Accounting, IT and Knowledge Management, Development, Communications & Marketing, Operational Excellence, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Policy and Public Affairs, Legal), whom together with the CEO comprise the National Leadership Team

Other Key Relationships: CEO and Executive Directors of other Green Dot Public Schools regions, Board of Directors of other Green Dot Public Schools regions, Executive Directors and Board of Directors of United Parents & Students, National and Regional Charter Associations


The successful candidate will have:

• Eight to ten years or more of demonstrated leadership and managerial experience in complex, matrixed, innovative, high-growth organizations with budgets of considerable scale

• Track record of success leading diverse business units with full P&L responsibility

• Demonstrated experience with financial analysis, budgeting, forecasting, and financial risk management

• Experience managing decentralized organizations where many decisions are made collaboratively among related entities, in coordination with regional and local leaders, is preferred

• Consistent track record of organizational achievement and operational and financial results

• Knowledge of K-12 policy and practice and experience working in the field preferred

• Evidence of partnerships with policymakers, educational leaders, or community leaders/members serving historically disenfranchised K-12 students

• Successful experience managing development and fundraising efforts

• Track record of leading, motivating, and developing high-performing teams and building culturally healthy organizations

• Ability to institutionalize practices, programs, and systems that allow organizations to scale effectively and efficiently

• Experience understanding and navigating ever-evolving government compliance and meet all oversight requirements

• Experience managing large and sophisticated technology deployments

• Strong verbal and written communications skills. Ability to engage large audiences with the power of words and narratives

• Strong networking skills and understanding of philanthropy and donation arenas

• Ability to build strong relationships with various groups of stakeholders, including senior leaders inside and outside the organization. Desire to work collaboratively. Team oriented temperament

• High level of initiative, creativity, integrity and energy

• Humility, sense of humor, and rock-solid commitment to Green Dot Public Schools mission and the communities we serve

• Willingness and ability to travel up to 25-30% of the time

• Sophisticated real estate management skills a plus


A bachelor’s degree in business or a relevant field require; a master’s degree is preferred.


The selected candidate will receive an attractive compensation package commensurate with experience and competitive with CEO positions for organizations of similar size in the nonprofit education sector, including a comprehensive benefits plan and 401K, as well as the opportunity to lead a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students.

Green Dot Public Schools strives for a balanced, productive workforce, which is diverse in terms of age, gender, and cultural identity. We do not base hiring or promotional decisions on factors other than performance and professional growth potential.





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