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At California Charter Schools Association, 83 percent of employees say their workplace is great.

EMPLOYEE RATINGS

     

This review is based on 88 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 4.14. It was published on Jul 18, 2016. 1545 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
93%
 
People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
90%
 
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
90%
 
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
90%
 
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
87%
 

What They Do

We asked California Charter Schools Association to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) advocates for California's charter schools at the state and local levels.  More than 80% of California's autonomous charter schools are members of CCSA.

About this Company

Website: http://www.ccsa.org Industry: Education & Training
US Headquarters: Sacramento, California US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Los Angeles, California; Oakland, California US Employees: 124
US Revenues: $23.0 million Corporate Structure: Non-Profit
Founded: 2003

CCSA recently celebrated the expansion of our office in Sacramento, CA with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Perks and Programs

We asked California Charter Schools Association to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Generous Working Parents Pay: CCSA provides 4 weeks of full pay during maternity leave and 2 weeks of full pay during paternity leave. Pay can be used during any portion of an employee's related leave.
  • Generous PTO and 401K match: CCSA's Paid Time Off (PTO) and 401K match is very generous for a non-profit. From 0-2 years employment, full-time employees receive three weeks of PTO; after 2 years they receive four weeks of PTO; after 3 years they receive five weeks of PTO; after 5 years they receive 6 weeks of PTO. In addition, CCSA matches 100% of an employee's 401K contribution up to 6% of her/his salary.
  • Professional Development Allowance: Employees at CCSA receive a professional development allowance to spend on professional development related to their job function and interests. Staff have used the money to attend trainings on management, public speaking, as well as to attend conferences such as the National Charter School Conference and Salesforce's Dreamforce conference.
  • Regional Social Funds: At CCSA, each region receives $125/staff member to sponsor social activities for our staff to get to know each other on a personal level. Each region then has a social committee that decides how to spend the social funds. Past social activities include renting a box suite at the Oakland A's game, cooking classes, in-office massages, holiday parties, and bowling events.
  • Generous Technology: On their first day, CCSA's full-time permanent employees receive a laptop and iPhone.  If new hires would like, they can port their existing cell numbers in as well.
  • Staff Retreats: Twice a year, CCSA hosts staff retreats, where we visit a different location in California to connect in-person and build foundational knowledge about our organization. The fall retreat is a Thanksgiving theme where we spend time thanking staff for their hard work.
  • Welcoming New Hire Orientation: Our New Hire Orientation is focused on helping new hires not only feel welcome, but ramp up quickly to their new job. Thus, we fly new hires to Los Angeles for their first two days, where we give them an overview of the organization and training on our technology tools. Then, within the new hire's first three months, new hires are flown to Sacramento for a tour of the state capitol and to meet with our most senior leaders, including our CEO.  Finally, they meet with a senior leader from each of our teams to learn about how they can collaborate with that team.
  • Commuter and Retailer Perks: Through programs offered by our third-party HR provider, staff can use pre-tax dollars to pay for parking fees and public transit passes. Additionally, they can access employee discounts, member benefits, corporate perks, student discounts and coupons at top national retailers.

COMPENSATION BY THE NUMBERS

100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 6% of an employee's salary95% Company-paid health coverage for employees (54%)
55% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 95% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance

COMPENSATION PROGRAMS

  • 401(k)
  • Pre-tax savings account

PERKS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER

  • Free beverages during the day
  • Discount ticket sales
CCSA hosts an All Staff Retreat twice a year to help our staff connect with each other and build their foundational knowledge of the organization. This retreat was held in La Quinta, CA.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE BY THE NUMBERS

15 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment

WORK-LIFE BALANCE PROGRAMS

  • Telecommute option (90% use it)

    FAMILY CARE BY THE NUMBERS

    100 days Job-protected maternity leave20 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    90 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
    10 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents10 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.

    HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS

    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
    • Dental care
    • Mental health care

    Diversity

    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

     
    CCSA offers organization-wide professional development each year based on staff interests. This year, staff asked for a training on project management skills.

    Demographics

     
    CCSA's Annual Conference, an event for more than 4,000 charter school community members, is famous for its Wednesday night theme party. This year, the theme was

    How to Get Hired

    We asked California Charter Schools Association for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    Prospective employees who would be a great fit for CCSA can demonstrate our values: Passion: We value people who care deeply about the mission, are tenacious, inspire others, are selfless and bring heart.   Impact: We value people who accomplish incredible things, follow through, are results oriented, are biased towards action, and increase the impact of others. Judgment: We value people who make good decisions, are intentional, prioritize well, correct quickly and know themselves. Communication: We value people who are in tune, articulate, honest, transparent and forthcoming, and courageous.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Visit our careers page to learn more about our open positions and applying at http://www.ccsa.org/about/careers/.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    As an advocacy organization, we have openings this year for community organizers, communications and public relations experts, and political and policy advocates.  

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Please visit CCSA's careers page to learn more about our open positions and to apply at http://www.ccsa.org/about/careers/.  

    hiring Outlook

    39 Job openings forecast for coming year 28% Job Growth
    59 Positions filled in past year 48 New positions created
    9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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