For applicants who apply after 09/17/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.
Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,500 employees currently serve over 12,500 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 90% low-income, and 81% first-generation college-goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top twelve public high schools in the city. Noble supports over 20,000 alumni with 98% of Noble students accepted into college and almost 94% choosing to enroll.
The people we hire must have a commitment to being anti-racist in all areas of our organization. In the past, we have diligently worked toward pursuing the accomplishments listed above. We plan to use that same determination, innovation, and diligence in our goal to become an anti-racist organization. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead choice-filled lives - and welcome those ready to join us in that pursuit.
The President of Noble serves as one of the three senior executives of the organization in service to Noble’s vision and mission: Noble will ensure that all students have equitable and positive school experiences that equip them to complete college and lead choice-filled lives. Reporting to Noble’s CEO, the President oversees the operationally-focused functions of the organization including: finance, operations, facilities, information technology, student enrollment, development, human resources, talent acquisition, and data. Additionally, the President oversees the culture and experience of all Noble Support Team (NST) colleagues. The Noble Support Team is similar to a school district’s central office and is a team of ~180 people.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Lead and support the Operations side of the Noble Support Team. This team is focused on providing best-in-country systems and solutions that will accelerate Noble’s ability to drive outcomes and experiences for students. Fundamentally, this requires an orientation towards service to campuses and also involves finding ways to help Noble campuses stay focused on educational outcomes by removing barriers that can get in the way of results for students and families. The President will directly manage the following leaders, whose stories and scope of work can be found in more detail here:
- Chief Data & Innovation Officer
- Chief Development Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Operating Officer
- Chief People Officer
- Collaborate with the CEO and Head of Schools to address seemingly intractable problems with a spirit of optimism, creativity, and humanity.
- Serve as an internal and external leader of Noble’s commitment to being an anti-racist organization.
- Be the primary owner for the creation, execution, and progress monitoring of Noble’s Five-Year Strategic Plan. The major components of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan are as follows, with more context available to read here:
- Academics + College
- Student Experience + Retention
- Staff Experience + Retention
- Sustainable Growth + Healthy Enrollment
- Noble Support Team
- Serve as a champion of Noble’s work with external stakeholders including state and local policymakers, donors, Chicago Public Schools leadership, and community leaders.
Among the many qualifications we are seeking, the ideal candidate for Noble’s next President should have:
- For applicants who apply after 09/17/21, proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a valid medical or religious exemption required.
- Unwavering commitment to Noble's anti-racist commitment and mission of preparing students for college success and the firm belief in the potential of every student
- Clear alignment with Noble’s core values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Follow-Through; Humility and Self-Awareness; Respect; and Results
- Extensive executive leadership experience in several or all of the functions supported by the President
- Strong leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to manage senior leaders in an equity-focused results-oriented environment
- Track record of excellence in leading a complex organization and navigating a dynamic sector/organizational landscape
- Proven ability to work collaboratively and communicate with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders including students, families, employees, government officials, board members, community members, and donors
- Actively anticipates challenges and opportunities. Partners with various stakeholders to prioritize and backwards plan.
We strive to be among the best places to work in education, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Compensation is commensurate with experience for this role with an expected salary for this position starting at $220,000 annually.
Application Timeline & Process
The deadline for applications to Noble’s President role is Friday, October 29, 2021. Interested candidates should apply online at nobleschools.org/careers by this deadline. Applicants are encouraged to complete the short application ahead of the deadline as initial application reviews will take place on a rolling basis. After the October 29 deadline, select candidates will be notified of initial interviews and moved through various stages of our selection process. This process is expected to include virtual and in-person interviews with a variety of Noble stakeholders, reference checks, and time for both the candidate and Noble to deeply consider a decision. We aim to complete final interviews by December 17, 2021, with an offer being made in early January. Noble’s next President is expected to start in January 2022, but the start date can be flexible for an ideal candidate. Please direct inquiries about this role to [email protected].
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Noble is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, training, and promoting without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic or classification protected by law.