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Russell Byers Charter School - CEO

  • Date Posted
    • 1.12.22
  • Organization
    • Partner Schools
  • Region
    • Mid-Atlantic
  • Role
    • Executive Leadership
  • Commitment
    • Full-Time
  • Location
    • Philadelphia


The Russell Byers Charter School is a 4K to 8 public school located in the heart of Philadelphia, with 725 students from all over the city. Founded over 20 years ago in memory of Russell Byers, the school reflects Mr. Byers’ values of academic excellence, civic responsibility, and community service.

Our Mission

Russell Byers Charter School’s mission is to provide students roots and wings. The roots form in a safe and stimulating environment with a rigorous academic education that cultivates self-assurance, love of fresh ideas and, especially, a sense of joy. Following the principles of EL Education, students take responsibility for their learning to become powerful communicators, creative problem solvers, compassionate, engaged citizens. Students learn to reflect on their actions, to be resilient, and always to respect others. From these roots, Russell Byers students develop wings to succeed in selective schools and embrace a love for learning.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

The CEO’s role is to advance the vision and mission of the school. The CEO must foster an inclusive school culture that demonstrates integrity, diversity, risk-taking, accountability and a relentless pursuit of academic achievement. The CEO will report to the Board of Trustees. The CEO supervises two Principals (4K-3 and 4-8) and five Directors who manage Special Education, Enrollment, Technology, Operations, and Climate and Culture. Critical responsibilities of the CEO include guiding the ongoing development and realization of the school’s vision and the implementation of its core educational values; working on the next strategic plan with the board; ensuring a safe community and culture that engages students, faculty, staff, and parents as partners in a cohesive community; building strong partnerships with all external stakeholders; overseeing all human resources, facilities and risk management functions; and setting and achieving fundraising goals in collaboration with Byerschool Foundation and the School Board’s Finance Committee.

Leadership Qualities and Professional Qualifications

We are seeking a leader with a passion to positively influence and change the lives of young children. Candidates will display strong strategic thinking coupled with an ability to oversee daily operations, holding themselves and others accountable for desired outcomes. They will embrace a collaborative, accessible approach and will demonstrate empathy and respect for students, staff, faculty and stakeholders. They will hold a principal or superintendent certification and will have experience in education administration, teaching and working in an urban and/or charter school environment. The CEO will demonstrate strong skills in human resources and financial management, will communicate effectively across diverse audiences and will work collaboratively with the school’s board.

Contact Information
To be considered for this position, please send your resume to:
Criterion Search Group, , 610-581-0590, Please put RBCS in subject line