Francophone Charter School of Oakland, Executive Director


Francophone Charter School of Oakland                                                                        

The Francophone Charter School of Oakland (FCSO) opened in the Fall of 2015. The school currently serves students in grades TK-5 with plans to expand to a full TK-8th grade program in the next few years. FCSO’s mission is to provide a dual-immersion curriculum to a diverse community of students with the goal of developing bilingual and biliterate global citizens who are open-minded and value intellectual curiosity, personal integrity and creativity. For more information, please visit

Executive Director Role

FCSO seeks a full-time Executive Director (ED) for the ‘18-’19 school year. The ideal ED is a dynamic and inspiring leader who provides overall direction for the school under the oversight of its Board of Directors and in collaboration with all stakeholders. The ED ensures the development and implementation of academic programs, business and organizational systems, and processes that align with the school’s mission and vision. S/he uses data-driven practices to optimize the school’s performance. S/he keeps abreast of reporting requirements, legislative issues and developments to ensure that the school operates in full compliance with state laws and regulations. S/he spearheads a school culture of collaboration, accountability, respect and growth.

A successful candidate will be a strong and compassionate decision-maker, a flexible and resilient problem-solver with robust organizational and operational skills. S/he will embrace the school’s unique French language-immersion philosophy, mission and values; and demonstrate a commitment to educational equity and an unyielding belief that all students can achieve at high levels, and that every student’s unique story should be celebrated. S/he will show a high level of cultural fluency and an ability to build an inclusive school community in the context of the diverse populations of Oakland and the Francophone world.



  • Develop, articulate, and maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy and goals
  • Implement strategic vision, structure program and manage resources so that all are in alignment and data-driven
  • Establish and follow through on clear programmatic and financial priorities
  • Build connections between staff, families and students that are strong and mutually respectful, establishing effective communication channels between all stakeholders
  • Actively seek staff, parent and student involvement and feedback
  • Communicate regularly with all stakeholders on school performance and organization, decisions and rationale, in a firm, diplomatic and transparent manner
  • Listen and respond appropriately to staff, student, parent, and community questions and concerns
  • Act as the public face of the school in the community, with the district, local and national schools, community-based organizations, etc 

Human Resources

  • Develop an effective team by engaging and empowering others to take action and responsibility to achieve results
  • Recruit and retain a highly qualified staff with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives that support the school’s mission and vision
  • Exercise the executive power to hire and/or dismiss any school-level employee
  • Ensure compliance with relevant employment laws and school policies and procedures
  • Ensure consistency of practices and collaboration among all staff (administrative, after-school, teachers) and contractors
  • Ensure regular documented performance reviews, in collaboration with other supervisorial staff, including Individual Professional Development Plans
  • Coordinate staff development and training that is aligned with the school’s mission, vision, and philosophy
  • Effectively delegate decision making and problem solving to appropriate personnel and provide staff with leadership opportunities
  • Promote a climate of professional collegiality and respect

Academic Oversight

  • Inspire a culture of mission-driven excellence
  • Oversee the planning and development of the instructional program in partnership with the Director of Academics and the Director of French Curriculum and Instruction (DFCI) and teachers. Drive a collaborative planning process with the school leadership team that results in the development of yearly academic goals aligned with the charter, as well as and state and local requirements (MPOs, LCAP, etc.)
  • Ensure that programs are evaluated and/or modified regularly, based on long-term goals, and to maximize student performance and mission impact
  • Balance out French language instructional goals with state and local requirements (MPOs, LCAP, etc.)
  • Lead culture of high expectations for clear and consistent student behavior management

Financial Oversight

  • Work closely with Chief Financial Officer, finance back-end provider and Operations Administrator to develop and monitor budget and initiate changes in allocations of resources as needed
  • Develop annual Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
  • Work closely with administrative staff to monitor and sustain budget revenue drivers: enrollment, diversity, and attendance
  • Work closely with the Board and finance back-end provider on fundraising, grant submissions and related performance reports

Relations to the Board

  • Serve on the Board as Ex-officio Member
  • Work with the Board to develop long-term strategic plans, including facility solutions in accordance with a growth plan
  • Provide regular school updates to the Board, including data related to academic performance, enrollment, attendance, financial affairs and school climate
  • Recommend needed policy changes and action
  • Serve on Board committees and meet with Board members outside of regular Board meetings as relevant
  • Participate in ED evaluation effort each year
  • Promote understanding and good working relationships between the Board and staff

Reports to: Board of Directors of the Francophone Charter School of Oakland

Supervisor Responsibilities: All personnel including teachers, Director of Academics, Director of French Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Student Support Services, Operations Administrator, After-school Coordinator and Lunch Coordinator


Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree, or equivalent experience, in relevant field (Administration, Curriculum & Instruction, Business, etc.)
  • At least three years of successful educational leadership experience
  • Experience in assessment and achievement data analysis

Preferred qualifications

  • Fluency in French and familiarity with the history and cultures of the Francophone world
  • Elementary and middle school teaching experience
  • Experience in dual immersion education
  • Familiarity with charter school education
  • Familiarity with the educational landscape of Oakland, California
  • Successful track record in securing new sources of funding through relationship-building and nurturing
  • Experience managing a growing start-up organization
  • Experience building and inspiring a strong professional team, strategically aligning and securing resources, creating and implementing accountability systems, and managing transitions
  • Experience building and maintaining a successful, collaborative culture with staff, students and families
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity

Work Schedule

  • Ideal start date: August 1, 2018
  • 1.0 FTE year-round position

To Apply

The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted electronically prior to June 30, 2018. Applications should include a letter of interest and a current resume. Nominations, applications, or inquiries should be directed to

Francophone Charter School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability.