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Chief Executive Officer
Staffing Advisors of Maryland in Hanover, Maryland
Date Posted 03/08/2022
Executive-President and Chancellor
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Millions of families would send their child to a high-quality charter school if a spot were available, but the economics of financing charter school facilities is challenging. Facility financing arrangements can determine the success of a charter school or whether it can even get started. High interest rates consume operational dollars that could otherwise be spent on programming, hiring teachers, increasing salaries, and buying resources for students. Many financial institutions and charter school leaders are unfamiliar with the complexities of charter school financing and there are not enough reliable sources of information. Consequently, facilities issues are one of the biggest worries for innovative school leaders.

The Charter Schools Development Corporation (CSDC) believes in the transformative power of great schools. We are courageous lenders – providing quality facility financing at the lowest possible cost to early-stage development and startup schools (no matter how complex the financial situation). We don’t just do deals – we believe in people and lasting relationships. Our work creates the spaces for passionate school leaders to deliver quality education that transforms lives and communities. Our work frees innovative school leaders to focus their energy on nurturing students, growing programs, and ensuring top-notch academic outcomes.

CSDC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) with $250 million in assets and $20 million in annual revenues. As our third Chief Executive Officer (CEO), you will catapult the organization into our next phase of growth. Building upon our very strong financial position and leveraging the immense talents of our experienced team of 12, you will coordinate with educators across the country to imagine how CSDC can best lift the burden of facility financing so that school leaders can focus on what they do best. Your forward-thinking approach and dedication to the charter movement will raise our visibility and increase our impact, positioning CSDC as an integral member of the community, helping everyone understand what a good deal should look like – translating between school leaders, financial institutions, authorizers, lenders, construction companies, and philanthropic partners – for both school renovations and new builds.

As a movement builder, you will position CSDC as a source of guidance on facility finance issues for schools at all stages of their development, from inception through maturity, advocating for sound public policies and increasing our staff’s capacity to meet the needs of every school leader in every community. You will mentor our talented team, expanding roles and hiring new staff as needed to develop new services and new partnerships with like-minded organizations. You will ensure that CSDC meets the moment, diversifying not only who we serve but also our revenue sources, raising capital as needed to deliver on our mission. You will serve as an effective advocate, telling our story when speaking with philanthropies, authorizers, regulators, legislators, CDFIs, banks, charter school boards, and partner organizations. In the past 25 years, CSDC has developed or financed over 6.3 million square feet of space, serving over 71,000 students in 30 states. Along the way we’ve earned a reputation for integrity – we are a trusted source for school leaders and their boards, and our involvement in the work helps drive down costs for every charter school.

We are relentless, leading the way toward a day when all students have access to a diverse array of exceptional schools where they can learn, grow, and prepare for success.

Key Focus Areas

  • Expanding impact. Represent CSDC externally in the charter movement, building relationships and partnerships with school leaders, philanthropic and for-profit funders, like-minded organizations and other CDFIs, regional and state entities, charter school authorizers, and many others in the education ecosystem. Identify where to build new relationships to further CSDC’s visibility as a thought leader and impact creator. Establish CSDC as the go-to resource and trusted advisor for practical expertise related to facility financing. Raise awareness and advocate for sound policy that benefits students in communities across the country.
  • Diversifying funding. Keep abreast of changes in the industry and explore new ways to diversify our funding streams to ensure the continued success and sustainability of the organization.
  • Team leadership. Lead our team of long-tenured, highly skilled staff, currently located in home offices nationwide. Articulate a vision for the future and define organization and team member goals to translate broad goals from the board into executable plans for staff. Be inclusive of staff input yet decisive and willing to hold staff accountable for results. Ensure alignment and cohesion across all CSDC staff roles to advance our culture of mutual respect, professionalism, and good faith on the team.
  • Board leadership. Lead strategic conversations with the board of directors to define the path forward for the organization and then lead that vision through to execution.


  • Transformative leadership. Experience leading a team through change, encouraging professional development, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and more broadly in education.
  • Understanding of the charter school landscape. Experience in the charter school movement; experience working with a diverse group of school leaders; knowledge of how financing deals impact academic outcomes for students. Understanding of the framework for public education in the USA, including an understanding of the policy landscape for education at local, state, and federal levels.
  • Facilities financing expertise. Understanding of, and appreciation for, construction, facilities, and commercial real estate development and financing. Experience in finance, banking, investments, lending, underwriting, and capital raising for single-asset deals.
  • Financial management. Experience working with a complex multi-entity corporate structure as well as experience working with nonprofit organizations. Experience generating revenue and funding support from a variety of sources.
  • Advocacy. Skilled in elevating the visibility and impact of your organization. Ability to travel as needed to build relationships and grow our network.


  • Strategic. You are expansive in your thinking about change and new opportunities. You can put the pieces together between where we are now and our vision for the future.
  • Collaborative. You have a proven track record of getting results by building strong relationships. You are patient, genuine, trustworthy, and humble. You know how to take a good idea and partner with others so that it can benefit all interested stakeholders.
  • Inclusive leader. You are an excellent mentor and are known for developing great people. You value what each team member brings to the table and you know how to maintain relationships and get the work done.
  • Results-oriented. You believe in transparency and shared goals – a line of sight from individual goals to organization goals, where everyone is aware of each other’s objectives and can easily see how their contribution supports the mission.
  • Exceptional communicator. You have an exceptional ability to communicate with staff and donors and build confidence at all levels. You have an engaging presentation style and know how to cater your message to a variety of audiences. You are thoughtful, articulate, and persuasive.
  • Comfortable with technology. You understand the importance of leveraging technology so CSDC can be a small organization with a big impact. You are adept at using technology to build community and cohesion both internally and externally.
  • Resolute. You are confident, decisive, and not easily discouraged. You are a builder with a can-do attitude. You build from the ground up and possess a resolute focus on the future. You understand that the journey we are on will require focus and the need to make tough calls, and you confidently handle risk and uncertainty.
  • Business-minded. You are skilled at helping organizations navigate the changing economic conditions that impact programs and business decisions. You understand that what we need today may be different than what we need tomorrow – you see the big picture, identify market trends, anticipate needs, and know when and where to act.
  • Mentor. You offer unflinching support for your colleagues and you work well with all levels of the organization. You are not only available to answer questions, but you reach out when you see an opportunity to help staff facilitate a process.
  • Self-assured. You understand the need for consistent equitable approaches across the organization and are willing to stand firm when necessary. You are sensible, sensitive to the needs and goals of others, realistic, and matter of fact. You can be trusted to tell us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear.
  • Rapport builder. You will approach our clients’ needs and their investments as if they were our own. You earn trust by your actions and faithfully keep your promises. People know you have their best interests in mind, and you are sincere in your communications.

What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • Our leadership is dedicated to the future and focused on elevating and magnifying our impact in the community. Our board is experienced, cooperative, and supportive of innovation.
  • You will be lifting one of the heaviest burdens from school leaders so they can focus on what they do best. Your work will improve academic outcomes for students nationwide, and directly increase their access to a diverse array of exceptional schools where they can learn, grow, and prepare for success. Your work today will have an impact that echoes through generations of students and their families.
  • You will be building on a hard-won legacy of trust, respect, and integrity. For 25 years, we have served as a trusted resource in an industry with some less-friendly actors. We are known for being the best, lowest cost source of capital with the best value add for early-stage development and startup schools in low-income communities. And we know we can do more.
  • CSDC is financially sound with stable federal funding and a highly experienced team. By leveraging our financial strengths and our history of success, we can expand our impact and change the lives of even more students in more communities nationwide.
  • We offer generous compensation and benefits including PTO, birthday leave, 100%-covered health insurance, a 401k plan with 8% employer match, education assistance, health and wellness reimbursements, retention benefits, and more.

To Apply

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.

Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Bob Corlett at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with “CSDC - CEO #2022-2688 SA” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.

Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: CEO, President, Executive Director.

Please note. our practice is to not disclose the salary ranges our clients would consider. Any salary information included in this posting was estimated without our input.

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