Director of Community Programs

Organizational Overview:  The City Neighbors Foundation works to impact public education in two primary ways. We operate a network of highly successful, innovative schools: City Neighbors Charter School (K-8), City Neighbors Hamilton (K-8) and City Neighbors High School (9-12). We work to impact public education by developing teachers, practices, and environments that allow progressive, innovative schools to thrive.

Position Overview:  This is a permanent, full-time position, averaging 40 hours a week. Evenings and weekends are sometimes required. The Director of Community Programs and Advocacy reports directly to both the City Neighbors Foundation’s Director and the City Neighbors High School Principal.

Job Description: The Director of Community Programs and Advocacy works closely with the Director of The City Neighbors Foundation and the Principal of City Neighbors High School, supporting all external impact work of the organization.

Primary Areas of Leadership Include:
Designing, coordinating and implementing the City Neighbors High School Internship Program.
Maintaining community partnerships to create site-based mentors
Communicating with mentors weekly
Maintaining a database of site-based organizations
Creating process for identifying and matching sites for each student
Collaborating with advisors to complete grading process and weekly journaling
Documenting sign in sheets and mentor evaluation forms, track and communicate attendance
Coordinating the internship fair
Coordinating City Neighbors Foundation’s external professional development and public education outreach efforts including:
The City Neighbors Foundation’s annual Progressive Education Summit, a free teachers professional development event that brings together 400 teachers from across the region.
Other Professional Development events such as the City Neighbors Symposium, The Learning Partners Collaborative, the DIY PD and Dinner Evenings at City Neighbors Charter School, and other events as they emerge.
Leading local advocacy and mobilization efforts including:
Strengthening the City Neighbors Advocacy Team, a cohort of parents and teachers from our three schools who coordinate mobilization and advocacy efforts.
Partnering with the CNF Director on Advocacy efforts and partnerships including the Baltimore Education Coalition, Strong Schools Maryland, the Maryland Alliance of Public Charter Schools, the Diverse Charter Schools Coalition, and others.
Supporting the marketing of our three schools to external audiences.
Other areas of responsibility including:
Conducting outreach with local community associations and working to build partnership with local community organizations.
Seeking external partnerships and resources that benefit our three schools and the public impact work of the Foundation.
Supporting and guiding the Board of Directors of our three schools, including attending and reporting at Board meetings, supporting Board development and evolution, and recruiting Board members.
Other support for overall initiatives and efforts of the City Neighbors Foundation.

Requirements and Preferred Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s preferred
Strong oral/written communication skills, including analytical and strategic thinking
Ability to work with diverse constituencies (students, parents, external partners, legislators, funders)
Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, and meet tight and changing deadlines
Professionalism and ease in communicating with high-level community, government, media, business, and school leaders in writing and in person
Experience working with non-profit Board of Directors
Experience in advocacy, organizing, and mobilization
A demonstrated commitment to equity.
An understanding and support for the charter school movement
A belief in the City Neighbors approach and progressive ideals of education

$70,000 + benefits allowance

To Apply
Submit a resume and cover letter (pdf) to Mike Chalupa, Director, at by April 3. No phone calls.

City Neighbors High School is seeking: 

Special Educators for the 2019-2020 school year.    The ideal candidate has Special Education teaching experience, case management experience, knowledge of Maryland Online IEP, a deep commitment to inclusion, a strong ability to work with students, parents, and teachers, and a commitment to progressive ideals of teaching and learning.   All candidates must be MSDE certified.

Science Teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.  The ideal candidate has Chemistry and/or Physics teaching experience, a deep commitment to progressive ideals of teaching and learning at the high school level, knowledge of advisory, a commitment to the ideals of inclusion and equity, and a strong ability to work with students, parents, and teachers.   All candidates must be MSDE certified.

Cover letters and resumes should be sent to

No phone calls, please.

Teaching Careers

What is your ideal place for teaching and learning? A place where student learning is creative, responsive, and engaging? A place that is not driven by standardized testing?

A place where you can build deep and strong relationships with your students? A place that is looking to push the envelope on current thinking about best practices? A place where teachers are seen as researchers and experts about their practice?

Interested? Email us at and tell us about your ideal.