Executive Director, Middle Cities Education Association
Michigan Leadership Institute
Location: Flint, Michigan
Type: Full Time
Salary: $170,000 - $195,000
MCEA is a consortium of 27 urban school districts, serving approximately 140,000 children which was formed out of a shared commitment to improving educational opportunities for the urban learner. The unique mission and emphasis of Middle Cities is to serve as an advocate for member districts to ensure quality educational programs for all students.
Leadership of the Association provides an opportunity to be an advocate for and have a positive impact upon the lives of urban children.
The successful candidate will possess the following skills, characteristics, and experiences to help perform as the next successful Executive Director of the Middle Cities Education Association.
In-depth understanding of the challenges and issues of urban districts and a passion for their resolution
Successful experience in a major leadership position in a complex service, governmental, political, or educational organization
Impeccable integrity and trustworthiness
Experience working with and for a Board of Directors
Proven capacity to provide visionary leadership
Understanding and working knowledge or willingness to learn Property Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance as well as insurance pools
Demonstrated success to handle media and manage positive public relations
Ability to build cohesive, collaborative teams focused on a variety of goals and problems
A selfless, service oriented, leader
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
Can guide, support, and lead up to 30 urban school districts
Capacity to build and maintain networks of business leaders, other professional associations, educational coalitions, legislators, and other partners
Knowledge of the political process and lobbying role in a term-limited environment, including all forms of advocacy
Ability to define quality in a variety of different project areas and allocate resources to support success
Strong knowledge of budgeting and finance
Ability to successfully supervise staff
Skills and understanding of the power of technology in serving a state-wide constituency
Understanding of and working knowledge of a statewide energy cooperative
Demonstrated capacity to manage in a data-driven environment
Ability to appropriately manage the daily operations and facility
Minimum of a master’s degree
Support and lead the ongoing work of The Middle Cities Association, it’s member districts and the superintendents and all times
Serve as the chief advocate and spokesperson for creating a better understanding of the needs of urban learners
Serve the needs of the Board of Directors to help achieve goals of the association through planning and implementation of goals
Ability to maintain oversight an overall budget of approximately $100 million between multiple funds.
Can successfully facilitate regular face to face and virtual membership meetings and conferences throughout the year
Will be expected to advocate for urban districts in a variety of forms, through weekly updating, advocating (or lobbying)- both directly and indirectly
Must have the ability to maintain relations with government officials at local, state, and national levels
Must be comfortable and competent convening large groups of public administrators of all levels
Responsible to network and connect with educational groups such as Ed Alliance, MASA, MAISA, SFRC, MDE, Universities etc.
Must be able to lead and build cohesiveness.
Must have skills to pursue new superintendents and districts to join Middle Cities
Identify and create support for the needs of member districts and their students
Serve as the organization's liaison with the Governor’s administration, legislature, and state agencies
Offer support services to districts, including professional development programming and the Middle Cities work group structure
Have or develop an awareness of a statewide energy cooperative
Serve as counselor and confidant to members
Maintain positive relationship with all partners regarding MiSEC
Supervision of all Middle Cities Staff
Responsible for facility, operations, property, health, and safety management
Facilitate cooperative efforts to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of member school districts
Understand or be willing to learn self- insurance property and casualty pool (Middle Cities Risk Management Trust)
Understand or be willing to learn workers’ compensation insurance pool (Middle Cities Workers’ Compensation Group)
Perform numerous miscellaneous tasks as a service-oriented Association to help meet the needs of member districts such as enrollment reports or other requested needs.
Michigan Leadership Institute has been secured to facilitate the search. The MCEA Board of Directors may make exceptions to this profile, posting, process and/or timeline to ensure selection of the best possible candidate. The Board of Directors will make all decisions with respect to process, evaluation, and selection of candidate to be interviewed and appointment of new candidate.
The Board of Directors will offer a comprehensive, multi-year contract in a range of $170,000-$195,000 (total package). Compensation will be negotiable and commensurate with the skills and experience of the successful candidate and the requirements of the position.
Michigan Leadership Institute (MLI) is a Michigan-based leadership consulting organization committed to serving K-12 school districts and public institutions throughout Michigan. Since 1988, MLI has contributed to the success of public education by developing, deploying and supporting outstanding executive leadership. The Michigan Leadership Institute is owned and operated by the Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD).