Job Posting: Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board

Position Title: Federal Grant Management Support

Reports to: Executive Director, Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board

About the Authorizer Board

Established in September 2013, the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) is the state’s sole charter school authorizer with statewide authorizing authority. A seven-member board governs the Authorizer Board’s work. The Governor and Lt. Governor each appoint three members and the State Superintendent of Education appoints one member.

Led by the Executive Director and guided by the Authorizer Board’s Strategic Plan, MCSAB staff lead the charter school request for proposals process, manage the oversight and accountability of all charter schools, and perform any additional authorization work as necessary.

Currently, the Authorizer Board has authorized nine charter schools across Mississippi.


The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board will increase access to excellent public schools by authorizing high-quality charter schools, particularly schools designed to expand opportunities for underserved students.

Position Summary

The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board seeks a self-motivated professional with excellent problem solving and communication skills to support the management of federal grant(s). A successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in an entrepreneurial and reform-driven environment alongside staff members that are passionate and committed to improving educational opportunities for Mississippi’s students. Interested candidates will have extensive experience with federal grants management and be able to provide evidence of successful implementation including a complete understanding of fiscal oversight and accountability.

The candidate selected will report directly to the Executive Director of the Authorizer Board and work with the Executive Director to execute the Authorizer Board’s five-year U.S. Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program grant. The position is based in Jackson, Mississippi with occasional statewide and national travel.

Description of Duties:

  • Under general supervision, responsible for support in monitoring and managing federal grants
  • Duties include, but are not limited to, support in in reviewing and rating grant proposals. Support in distributing grant monies and tracking the use of grant funds; connecting grant funding to achievement goals set forth in
  • Support in collecting, summarizing, and analyzing grant information for use in state board presentations and annual reports; designing training programs for grant funding applicants; responding to applicant questions about grants and working with the Executive Director to prepare legislative presentations concerning the Charter Schools Grant
  • Provide support to all programs within the Authorizer Board which may include planning, directing, and coordinating technical trainings and/or assistance to current charter operators
  • Provide support in reviewing and approving completed charter school document submissions
  • Provide support in collecting information related to charter school performance with regards to academic, financial, and organizational performance
  • Respond to and track parent grievances according to MCSAB’s complaint procedure
  • Provide organizational support during the annual Request for Proposals process
  • Complete any other duties and tasks as requested by the Executive Director

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in education, public policy, law, or a related field and a minimum of five years of experience in a professional capacity which provided a working knowledge of grant administration and budget management.

  • Must have advanced skills in using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and
  • Candidate must have advance knowledge and understanding of federal grants management including budgeting, procurement regulations, 2 CFR Part 200 Subpart E – Cost Principles (EDGAR)

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who, in addition to meeting the minimum qualifications, possess one or more of the following:

  • Master’s degree in education, public policy, law, or a related field
  • Experience developing program evaluation instruments and evaluating results
  • Experience in reviewing grant proposals
  • Knowledge and experience in financial management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Preference given to those candidates with demonstrated experience in K-12 education system and an understanding of state and federal education laws
  • Preference given to those candidates who are familiar with Mississippi’s education policy landscape
  • Preference given to those candidates who are familiar with the Charter School sector
  • A strong commitment to improving public education in Mississippi
  • Ability to work efficiently and productively with a set of stakeholders
  • Strong research skills to understand and use data to guide work
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities with accuracy and provide quick
  • Demonstrates and presents the highest level of motivation and professionalism, and exhibits a high level of integrity, ethics, honesty and transparency
  • Experience with grant award compliance requirements preferred


Salary commensurate with experience. Benefit options include life and health insurance, annual/sick leave, and participation in the Public Retirement System (PERS) of Mississippi.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The Authorizer Board is an equal opportunity employer and assures equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of political affiliation, race, color, handicap, genetic information, religion, national origin, sex, religious creed, age, or disability.


Applications will be accepted until July 15, 2021, or the position has been filled.