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Director of Charter Schools

Date Posted:  Jun 8, 2024
Requisition ID:  443408

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana


Begin a fulfilling career with the State of Indiana by joining one of the largest employers in the state, offering a diverse range of opportunities across 60+ agencies. At the state, you'll find competitive compensation, a robust benefits package and a commitment to work-life balance. Most importantly, you'll have the chance to make a real and measurable impact on the lives of Hoosiers across Indiana.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion—we make it our goal to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace with a workforce that is representative of Indiana's population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to complete the application and interview process as well as perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE):


The Indiana Department of Education provides innovative support to Indiana schools, teachers, students, and parents.  We proactively work with educators, policymakers, business leaders, and community-based organizations to build student success.  Our strategic priorities include:

  • Delivering quality, purposeful educational opportunities for each student
  • Elevating and supporting Indiana’s educators
  • Increasing partnerships and delivering aligned, effective, and efficient support




This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $93,002.  Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.

Role Overview:


The Director of Charter Schools plays a critical role in promoting educational excellence and choice through the effective oversight and support of charter schools in Indiana. This position offers an exciting opportunity to shape the future of education and make a positive impact on students' lives.  The Director oversees the administration, development, and compliance of charter schools in Indiana. This leadership role requires a deep understanding of education policy, federal programs, and school administration.


A Day in the Life:


The essential functions of this role are:

  • Develop and implement policies and guidelines for the establishment, operation, and evaluation of charter schools. Remain current on national and state-level charter school laws and regulations to ensure compliance and promote innovation.
  • Partner with charter school authorizers to monitor the performance and administrative effectiveness of charter schools. Complete required reports on the performance of charter schools.
  • Strategically administer the $109M Charter School Program - Quality Counts grant and other charter-school-focused grant programs to support the operation and expansion of high-quality charter schools. Complete all required reporting and monitoring requirements associated with managing federal funds. 
  • Collaborate with charter school leaders, educators, and community stakeholders to foster a supportive environment for charter schools. Provide technical assistance, professional development, and resources to charter schools to promote their success and academic achievement.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive system for evaluating charter school performance, including academic outcomes, financial management, and compliance. Hold charter schools accountable for meeting performance standards and take appropriate actions when necessary.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate for charter schools at the state level. Build positive relationships with legislators, policymakers, and community leaders to promote the value and impact of charter schools in Indiana's education landscape.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:



  • Master's degree in education, public administration, or a related field is required with 5-7 years of experience in education administration, including experience with charter schools.
  • In-depth knowledge of state and federal charter school laws, regulations, and policies is essential. 


Additional skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Familiarity with Indiana's charter school landscape and authorization process is highly desirable.
  • Strong leadership and management abilities, including strategic planning, project management, and team building.
  • Experience in overseeing complex educational initiatives and managing diverse stakeholders is necessary.
  • Demonstrated experience in policy development, advocacy, and relationship building with key education stakeholders.
  • Ability to articulate a clear vision for charter schools and effectively communicate it to diverse audiences.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills to evaluate charter school applications, monitor performance, and address challenges.
  • Ability to use data to inform decision-making and drive continuous improvement.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with charter school leaders, educators, and community members. 
  • Ability to build partnerships and foster a positive and inclusive culture of innovation in charter schools.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role may provide direct supervision for one or more staff members.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:


The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting, selecting, developing, and promoting employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodations to complete this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.

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