ESI Works is now hiring a School Development Manager in Southern Michigan.


ESI Works provides comprehensive human resource services for its partner schools. This includes recruiting, staffing, screening, on boarding, payroll and benefits administration. Founded in 2015, ESI Works has carefully crafted our company culture and reputation based on a deep understanding that staffing is first and foremost about people. We understand the right placement in the right job changes lives. ESI Works is committed to providing simplified employment solutions through our superior work ethic and industry experience. It is our mission to treat every person we encounter with wholehearted integrity and dedication.


The New School Development Manager position requires someone with a broad and deep understanding of best practices in the organization and founding of classical schools as well as diverse abilities to support operational functions of the K-12 Department.


  • Consult with schools and potential school founders about the College’s support, expectations, and recommendations for excellent K-12 classical schools, including providing basic information to the public and proprietary information to affiliates of the College.
  • Manage the application processes for identifying new affiliate schools and school founding efforts, supporting the Director of Operations and helping the Assistant Provost to make informed decisions about which schools should receive the support of the college
  • Research state legislation and consult with legislators and others on best-practices for K-12 reform on the federal, state, and local level.
  • Engage in the collection and analysis of data related to the college-supported schools and the work of the K-12 Department; provide regular reports on this data.
  • Participate in the certification process for schools, providing guidance on the College Best Practices and how these practices can be measured and scored in the context of board governance, school operations, and standardized assessments.
  • Participate in training efforts for our schools, including the June training conference and semiannual board conferences, especially in areas related to assessment, operations, and board governance.
  • Support the work of the Operations Team in various ways, including communications with the general public, editing documents for internal and external use, publishing and distributing curriculum, and other tasks as they arise.
  • Manage undergraduate and graduate student employees working in various part-time capacities.


Education and Experience

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and preferably some teaching/school administration experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to demonstrate the ability to perform the job. Deep industry and professional field understanding are preferred.

Other Skills

  • Strong teaching skills with the passion and patience to effectively deliver clear understanding of sometimes complex material
  • Firm commitment to classical education and education reform
  • Knowledge of office procedures and computer skills
  • Eye towards analyzing quantitative and qualitative data
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions and to express thought-provoking ideas
  • Knowledge of program planning and data collection
  • Ability to keep calm and remain personable under pressure
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with deadline pressures
  • A self-starter who possesses excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to proofread material
  • Ability to assist in after-hours activities as needed
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality

Personal Characteristics

The New School Development Manager interacts with College staff and the entire benefactor audience. A neat appearance and a pleasant relationship that is supportive of the College mission is essential. This relationship needs to be pleasant, supportive and professional, while maintaining confidentiality as needed. Given the particular but broad needs of K-12 schools, the New School Development Manager should be curious with a broad range of intellectual interests and ready to learn and teach on a wide variety of topics related to business, education, politics, and corporate governance. Additionally, all K-12 Department personnel must have good communication skills in order to effectively discuss the College and the K-12 Department with individuals across the country. Candidates must have an understanding of the mission of the College and its philosophy, as well as educational practices and philosophies of the Initiative.

Code of Commitment

Be a good representative of the College to promote the liberal arts, the College’s original Articles of Association, and operating principles stated in the Staff Code of Commitment. The Mission Statement should be considered in all aspects of the position. The conservation of American founding ideals and the preservation of proliferation of Christian faith remains a conspicuous aim of the College.


Health/dental/vision, 403B Plan with employer match, flex time off, access to college athletic facilities, free tuition for children and also part of a 250+ private college free tuition program.

All applicants are encouraged to apply directly on this page, or call 888.246.6066 for more information. Thank you for your interest in this position.