Jessica Claire
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Education and nonprofit director with extensive experience working in large, complex organizations. Meticulous systems thinker who thrives in fast-paced settings, enjoys creative problem solving and excels at building dynamic teams.
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning
  • Education policy development
  • Fluent in German
  • Exceptional organizational skills
Executive Director, 03/2013 to Current
Capital Senior LivingFairfield, OH,

The SRC, appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Mayor of Philadelphia, governs the Philadelphia School District (SDP) which is the eighth largest school district in the nation. The SRC is the fiduciary of the District, drives policy, and has ultimate oversight of the District's educational programs. The School Reform Commission also serves as the charter school authorizing body in Philadelphia.

  • Successfully built partnerships between senior leadership and SRC Commissioners
  • Autonomously managed portfolio of projects
  • Represented the SRC as an ambassador and advocate at public forums and  events
  • Supervised professional and administrative staff to improve productivity
  • Successfully maintained office budgets (including offices reporting to the SRC)
  • Orchestrated monthly voting meetings to approve contracts and accept grants and donations for the School District of Philadelphia's $2.6 billion operating and capital budgets
  • Led SRC executive sessions and policy engagement meetings with 100 to 300 participants
  • Implemented new board management system to drive more productive business practices
  • Extended advocacy effort at legislative and local level
Deputy Chief of Staff, 09/2009 to 03/2013
Department Of Veterans AffairsSaint Petersburg, FL,
  • Partnered with Chief of Staff to guide oversight duties for five member governing body of a large U.S public school district
  • Led the African American and Latino Male Drop-out Taskforce and its subsequent Implementation Oversight Committee to successfully implement recommended policies
  • Conducted research around educational best practices and reform agendas including school turn-around models, school closures, and high quality expansions
  • Overhauled the School District's student expulsion process to reduce student expulsions from over 300 a year to less than 50
  • Oversaw the policy manual overhaul for the School District to ensure consistency with current laws and codes and reduce non compliance
Director for Community Life, Assistant Director of Admission, 02/2008 to 09/2009
Beaver Country Day SchoolCity, STATE,
  • Developed and administered effective outreach, recruitment, and retention strategies to help BCDS become an educational opportunity for untapped markets
  • Increased diverse student population from 17% to 27%
  • Recruited and trained admission associates and staff to create greater visibility externally
  • Built community partnerships efforts to meet the admissions needs
  • Successfully implemented evaluative and data management system to track admission and enrollment data
  • Advised to 11th and 12th grade males of color to help strengthen support network among diverse populations
Director for Support Services, 05/2005 to 02/2008
Steppingstone Scholars Program Inc The Steppingstone Scholars IncCity, STATE,

Steppingstone Scholars Inc. develops and implements programs that prepare under-served students for educational opportunities that lead to college success.

  • Implemented system to monitor scholastic and socio-emotional progress of over 200 scholars in over 30 placement schools
  • Launched college preparation program (including college visits, SAT prep, writing seminars, Financial Aid workshops)
  • Recruited and trained mentors, teachers, speakers, and volunteers
  • Created and supervised mentoring program and Parent Association to elevate families to success
  • Successfully built partnerships between parents, schools, and students
  • Conducted faculty meetings and administrative sessions to eliminate barriers to success
  • Organized social events and workshops for scholars, families, and faculty to build greater awareness and partnerships among families and with external programs
Master of Science: Psychology in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development, Expected in
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science: Psycho-educational Studies, Expected in
Howard University - Washington, DC
Educational programming, strategy alignment, problem-solving, team building, budget management, data management, talent recruitment and training, research, workshop facilitation
Additional Information
Board of Trustees of Community Partnership School, Board Secretary
Big Brother, Big Sister of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Mentor since 2007
City of Philadelphia's Office of Supportive Housing, Mentor for women in transition
Leadership Philadelphia, Core Class 2012 Fellow
Boston Center for Community and Justice, Class of 2010 Lead Boston Participant
Health Information Providers and Promoters (HIPP) for Center for Health Achievement Neighborhood Growth and Ethnic Studies (CHANGES), Teacher
Germantown Academy Teacher, Track and Field and Cross-country Coach

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