Job Opportunities at ACNW

Director of Charter School Authorizing – Full-time

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General Statement of Position

The Director of Charter School Authorizing manages and oversees the CSD team to conduct oversight and evaluation of authorized schools. The Director of Charter School Authorizing is responsible to ensure that the CSD implements ACNW’s charter school authorizing responsibilities with fidelity, advancing the mission and vision of the CSD.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees all activities of the CSD.
  • Provides strategic leadership for CSD, advancing the quality of authorizing done by ACNW.
  • Ensures effective policies and procedures are in place that support effective authorizing, updating our Approved Authorizing Plan (AAP) as needed. Key areas include:
    • Evaluation of new school applications and change of authorizer applications.
    • Evaluation of grade level or site expansion applications from current schools.
    • Evaluation of authorized charter schools’ performance in the areas of academics, environmental education, finance, and operations.
    • Implementation of school interventions.
  • Leads external engagement activities for the CSD and ACNW as it relates to charter school authorizing: MDE, NACSA, MACS, MACSA, Media, Legislature, etc.
  • Provide leadership, guidance, and information, including making recommendations, to the ACNW Charter School Committee and Board of Directors to ensure effective decision-making related to new school proposals, transfer requests, expansion requests and contract renewals.
  • Develop and manage the CSD budget.
  • Ensures delivery of quality and appropriate strategic support to schools, e.g. Leaders Retreat; Environmental Education Teacher Workshop; Sounding Board, etc.
  • Evaluates and supports all CSD staff and consultants, including providing appropriate professional development activities.
  • Acts as official signatory for the authorizer for school related documents and communications:
  • Ensure requirements of external stakeholders are met: MDE, Legislature, other.
  • Serve as primary contact for a number of schools in the portfolio.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Experience in education, administration, or related field.
  • Experience working in or with charter schools in Minnesota or elsewhere.
  • Strong financial background and ability to analyze audits, monthly financial statements, P & L
  • Commitment to advancing environmental sustainability and literacy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in charter school governance, operations and law.
  • Understanding of academic and financial performance measures.
  • Experience with program evaluation.
  • Experience using multiple data points to evaluate student learning and academic performance.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills including presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities on an ongoing basis.
  • Experience leading a team and supervising staff.
  • Experience setting and managing organizational budgets.
  • Experience developing and advancing organizational strategic plans.

Working conditions

The work environment is both office based with 3-4 co-workers and in the field for school visits. Much of the work is computer-based. School visits happen on average 2-4 times per month and include both visits during the school day and evening board meetings. Site visits require travel and include overnight stays on occasion. Access to a vehicle and ability to drive are required.

Some weekend time may be required on occasion. Work is cyclical requiring more hours during certain times throughout the year.


  • $75,000 – $90,000 annually
  • Benefits package including health insurance and retirement contributions.

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To Apply:

Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Bryan Wood
Executive Director,
Audubon Center of the North Woods
PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN  55072
Fax: 320-245-5272

Applications will be accepted until April 8, 2019

Part-time Cook

The Audubon Center of the North Woods is seeking a part time cook in our scratch based kitchen. Job duties include prepping and cooking meals, baking, cleaning, organizing, following all safety and sanitation procedures, dishwashing, etc. Must have excellent customer service skills, the ability to work well with others, a strong work ethic and food service experience. Compensation based on experience. The purpose of this position is to offer kitchen support in all aspects of our food service. The Part-time Cook position will come in contact with guests and will need to have good customer service skills along with food service experience.

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Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Food Preparation
  • Cleaning/Safety
  • Along with any other food service duties assigned to you by the Supervisor

Status: Part-time

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Customer service and communication skills
  • Strong work ethic in a fast paced environment, and willingness to learn
  • Love and knowledge of natural foods is helpful (not required, however very helpful)
  • Available for flexible scheduling as there are very busy events throughout the year, to meet the needs of the kitchen
  • Food service experience
  • Must pass a background check
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, stoop, bend, lift up to 50#, work in varied temperature environments of the kitchen

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Responsibilities:
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Send letter of interest/resume (or job application) with contact information to:

Susan Diersen, Operations Director
Audubon Center of the North Woods
PO Box 530, Sandstone, MN  55072

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