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Special Advisor (IV Policy & Administration)

Times2 STEM Academy
Providence, Rhode Island
Salary negotiable based on experience
Posted Date
Sep 20, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Institutional Research & Planning
Employment Type
Full Time
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FLSA STATUS: Consultation or Full Time, Exempt

REPORTS TO: Board of Directors & Executive Director & Dotted Line to RIDE


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Special Advisor will serve as a Special Administrator certified in LEA management IEP & SPED certified and experience in contract and negotiations within K-12 educational frameworks as well as higher education and commercial services. The Special Advisor will oversee the current administration and all related educational requirement for the Academy and be responsible for the strategic management and implementation of related programs meeting regulated and related educational goals including the final terms and conditions of the MOU with PPSD reporting all activity related to this effort to the Times2 Incorporated Board defined in the current three-year charter renewal requirements. In consultation with the Board of Directors, the Special Advisor will lead in designing Times2 Incorporated’s focus and goals; oversee the effective management of administration personnel, and responsible for designing and implementing an advanced educational strategy to support all conditions related to LEA support for students and family. The Special Advisor will on behalf of the school and corporation meeting all educational criteria for success and reporting monthly to the Board and RIDE (Rhode Island Department of Education) and the Educational Counsel recording progress and recommendations to continue to meet the Charter renewal requirements. The Special Advisor will work with the Times 2 Inc., Board of Directors to define and qualify the role of an Executive Director who will be selected via the Times 2 Inc., on boarding process. Until the Executive Director is identified the Special Advisor must convene community partners, key stakeholders, and the programs’ staff to accomplish goals and work collaboratively. It is expected that the Special Advisor will represent Times2 Incorporated at key events and cultivate relationships within the education and business communities and various PPSD & Federal Funding agencies that help to facilitate the work of the organization.

Until the Executive Director is hired, the Special Advisor will be responsible for managing Times Incorporated Administrative staff inclusive of Administrators, and related IT/Operations teams. The Special Advisor will report on Times 2 Inc., related educational and Times 2 Academy educational activity and provide clarity in the day-to-day business of the School including relationships with RIDE, PPSD, and the Advisory Council assigned as part of the agreement of the 3 year Charter Renewal conditions. Times 2 Inc., is currently underway with Financial Auditing & Data Forensic Investigation this office and staff will continue to report to the Board Treasurer in coordination with the Executive Director. Additionally, Times 2 Inc., staff oversite of the facility and related Capitol Campaign programmatic planning will remain under the control of the Board. The Special Advisor will manage related services whereby Times 2 Inc., administrative employees are directly impacted; Education, Special Education, Green Rated STEM initiatives, Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy Implementation development and advancement to determine performance effectiveness will be managed by the Special Advisor. The Special Advisor will be expected to work with the Administration Team to align all educational programmatic expectations within the conditions of RIDE Charter Renewal Agreement and provide monthly reports and progress to all stakeholders.


As the Special Advisor for Education Engagement (Policy Advisor IV), this position is responsible for outreach and engagement with Pre-K through 12th grade education institutions, higher education institutions and stakeholder groups in a wide array of highly visible, complex, and often precedent-setting public health matters

This position is tasked with:


  • Develops and implements plans to engage a wide variety of education stakeholders at the local, state and national level in relation to RIDE policy goals.
  • Manages engagement across multiple stakeholder groups, including state and local agencies and school districts, higher education institutions, advocates, partner organizations, other state and federal agencies and the public.
  • Builds consensus among diverse stakeholders and leads negotiations with public and private sector stakeholders.
  • Articulates purpose, identifies stakeholders, determines methods of engagement, provides briefings, listens to stakeholder input, documents the suggestions made, makes recommendations based on these suggestions, and communicates intentions and actions.


  • Provides for collaboration of policies for policy decisions impacting the education community.
  • Provides references and resources in support of public education order enforcement to stakeholder groups.
  • Attends meetings with school districts, education leadership and advocacy groups to hear concerns, collaborate, and provide options for resolution of policy issues.


  • Seven (7) years of experience in educational development and analysis, stakeholder outreach, public administrative processes, performing educational research and analysis, experience in education policy management, policy development and implementation, or experience pursuing administrative legal or enforcement actions.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in education and STEM related field. A Master's degree or Doctoral degree from an accredited institution in law, public health, public administration, political science, or other relevant degree will substitute for the required education and the required experience on a year-for-year basis. Holds a Superintendent certification, SPED certification (LEA experienced and legal authorizer), Curriculum certification is a plus.


  • Integrity/Honesty: Models high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness and respect for individuals by applying these values daily
  • Technical Competence: Has knowledge of and effectively applies the concepts, principles, theories and methods of the professional (Education) specialty area
  • Substantive knowledge of education reform challenges and issues, ideally in a mid-sized urban school district.
  • Adept planner and facilitator of a development and advancement agenda for the organization.
  • Versed in the particular challenges facing public charter schools in Providence or similar districts.
  • Effectively manage MOU contract agreement with RIDE/PPSD.
  • Focus on all aspects of Charter Renewal and updates with RIDE criteria; manage internal Charter Renewal Committee Chair and associated resource department heads.
  • The candidate will have working knowledge of school choice options and demonstrate an understanding of how to support them both programmatically and financially.
  • Must have a willingness to lead from behind and operate out of the spotlight, allowing other administrators and Times2 community leaders to shine by providing guidance and support to their efforts.
  • Tremendous personal and professional integrity and a background of accomplishments that will quickly earn him/her the credibility and respect of the Board of Directors, staff, and community.
  • Knowledge of enrollment process and policy creating equity for all applicants.
  • Knowledge and ability to analyze and interpret statutes, regulations, guidance, policies, and legal documents, including those at the federal, state, and local level
  • Skill in developing necessary documents to support policy advice and decision-making
  • Knowledge of negotiations used to conduct settlements and agreements
  • Experience working to build consensus with diverse stakeholders on regulatory proposals
  • Knowledge and ability to assist on all educational program management with the implementation of program modifications in response to and in order to comply with changes in legislation, regulation and policy
  • Knowledge and ability to research program operations in other states or in other federal programs
  • Knowledge and ability to develop policies and procedures for boards and/or commissions, and create compliance assistance documentation for the regulated community
  • Ability to develop position papers analyzing impact of initiatives for internal educational staff, for RIDE commission and government related educational organizations
  • Collaborative skills to develop appropriate solutions
  • Ability to set and prioritize workload, identify short- and long-term goals and develop strategies to achieve them, and coordinate with internal and external business partners.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, including communicating with peers and other professionals within and outside the department to ensure timely completion of work projects
  • Ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintain them over time
  • Ability to derive logical conclusions from available information, utilizing a combination of judgment and formal guidance, in order to determine if RIDE conditions regulated by the counsel commission objectives have been met
  • Attention to Detail: Careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Ensures information is complete and accurate
  • Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information


  • A pre-employment criminal background check and drug test will be conducted as part of the selection on process. Felony convictions or convictions of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from being considered for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Human Resources office with an official disposition of any charges.
  • This position requires On-Call Status: As a condition of employment, candidates must be willing to be on-call in the event of an emergency, (e.g., terrorist attack, local attack, disease outbreak or all hazards) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • Crucial Status: Must be available in the event of the activation of the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and be required to report to work immediately at the regular or alternate location. During this time, travel restrictions may be in place.
  • Independent travel may be required.


  • Please include a cover letter describing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications of the position.

The Selection Process:

  • All applications that are received by the closing of this announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.
  • Rhode Island Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative analysis process.
  • Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this position may be a structured application review, which involves a review of the information you submit in your application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred qualifications.

A top group of candidates will be invited to schedule an interview with the Times 2 Inc., HR management team.

Appeal Rights:

If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position or that as a result of no longer being considered, you were discriminated against, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging. If an applicant seeks to have an allegation of discrimination reviewed by the Board, that person must file an appeal (petition for hearing) within 10 days of the action or receipt of any final written selection decision. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Times 2 Inc., 50 Filmore Street, Providence, RI, Personnel Board/ Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States to be appointed to this position. Times 2 Inc., does not sponsor non-residents of the United States.

ADAAA Accommodations:

Times 2 inc., believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Rhode Island is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Times 2 Inc., is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our HR team will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our HR management team at 401-123-2345.


Core duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Leads in the monitoring and the communicating of education-related goals, priorities and strategies.
  • Exhibits an understanding of current public and charter school policies and keeps abreast of their changes and updates.
  • Remains apprised of trends, research, and activities related to the priorities of all Times2 Incorporated programs.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and commitment to institutional development and advancement and records of success (i.e., fund-raising, annual campaigns, grants, etc.)
  • Facilities leadership in strategic planning which is suitable for 21stCentury education.
  • Commits to and supports building leadership capacity within the organization.
  • Works collaboratively with the Times2 Incorporated’s leadership team and effectively communicates with multiple constituents.
  • Stays informed of federal, state, and local education laws and collaborates with Times2’s legal team to ensure compliance with all aspects of school operations.

Building Relationships:

  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills and convey the goals of the organization in a compelling and articulate manner.
  • Have a broad and active network within the education and development community and the ability to maintain and forge new relationships.

Setting Strategy:

  • Demonstrates success in moving an agenda indirectly through strategic investment in people and organizations.
  • Conducts organized and realistic planning, strategic thinking with regard to program design and implementation, and be adaptable and flexible in balancing multiple priorities.
  • Exercises sound judgement in assessing the leadership, track records, fiscal health and capacity of a non-profit organization.

Leading Teams:

  • Possess leadership and management skills to motivate and inspire those inside and outside the organization.
  • Willingness to work collaboratively at the intersections with other staff and supporters to the benefit of the organization.
  • Contributes to a collaborative, creative, inclusive and team-oriented environment.

Interpersonal Acumen:

  • Ability to think creatively about solutions facing school choice in urban districts.
  • Holds energy, passion and personal drive to take initiative, focus on results and work independently.


Manages subordinate administrative supervisors in their respective roles and is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of Administrators, Educational Employees, Educators, and Educational Third-Party resources. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


Multilingual; ability to write and read in Spanish and English routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.


  • 7-10 years School Administration Management Experience Required
  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in Education Required; MBA Preferred
  • RIDE Superintendent of Schools Certification Required


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis. Times2 Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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