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Mesa County Valley School District
School / Org:
||Mesa County Valley School District
||Grand Junction, Colorado
No. of Positions:
||1 October 2017
||Open Until Filled
Mesa County Valley School District is seeking qualified applicant for the following position(s)
Location: Independence Academy
Independence Academy Charter School, a PreK-8 charter school in Grand Junction, CO seeks a visionary Executive Director to help lead IACS in its Mission.
The Mission of Independence Academy:
It is the mission of Independence Academy Charter School to educate students of diverse ages and backgrounds to understand, thrive in, and enhance our world, community, and environment. We regard learning as a continuing process, and strive to provide an education that will enable students to live productive lives, while achieving a balance between self-fulfillment and service to others. Students are encouraged to think critically and act ethically with sensitivity to both the human community and the environment. Our philosophy stresses experiential learning and self-direction within an interdisciplinary curriculum.
Independence Academy Charter School was chartered in 2004 as an experiential school serving only a handful of students. Over the past 15 years IACS has developed into an excellent PreK-8 Charter School. We built a new school building in 2016 and currently serve over 400 students. We have excellent staff, that deliver a rigorous and exciting curriculum to our students.
All employees and volunteers at IACS work collaboratively to fulfill the IACS Mission. The description in this posting provide structure to the responsibilities and accountabilities for this position; however, IACS expects to employ professionals who will work beyond job descriptions, creating both a fulfilling career environment and very successful outcomes for our families and students. Values we hold high are: leadership, trustworthiness, honesty, diligence, open communication, fairness, kindness and other positive character traits.
The IACS Executive Director plays a significant role in setting the climate for the entire PreK-8 charter school program and maintains accountability to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is responsible for upholding the Mission and Vision of the school, and ensuring that it is implemented accordingly. This person will serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Directors.
The specific duties and authority assigned to the Executive Director by the Board of Directors includes, but is not restricted to, the following:
Direct strategic and operational long-range planning for the school.
Enter into Board approved contracts for and on behalf of the IACS.
Coordinate the development and submission of budget proposals to the Board.
Supervise the administration and oversight of school financial affairs, with support from other employees, contractors, and approval from Board.
Supervise and evaluate any Administrative Assistant to the Director.
Appoint and oversee the functioning of committees.
Hire all employees of the school and assign these employees to the positions in which they are to serve, in accordance with school philosophies, policies, and procedures.
Implement an evaluation plan that assures job performance of each employee.
Direct preparation of board meeting agendas and minutes.
Develop and submit an annual report to the Board.
Represent the Board in its relationships with the citizens and various social, civic, educational, and governmental agencies within the District while speaking for the Board.
Direct the preparation and implementation of a master plan for building and construction with support from others.
Promote good health and safety practices to ensure that employees work under conditions that protect their health and safety, creating a harmonious working, and learning environment.
Inform the Board orally, and in writing, regarding the progress of all aspects of the school.
Ensure Board of Directors initiatives are implemented and acted upon.
Direct the development and submission of all reports required by local, county, state and federal agencies.∑
Define and designate duties and assignments and recommend to the Board employment of all classified employees of the school within the classification structure established by the Board.
Coordinate the development and oversee the implementation of all school policies and administrative procedures.
Make recommendations for changes in organizational structure and management of the school.
Interact with school community members to build supportive relationships.
Facilitates ongoing communication between faculty and administration.
Fosters communication and collaboration among faculty, staff, parents and students.
Support school goals and encourage participation from all stakeholders in school programs and activities.
Represent the school with regional and state committees, facilitate the development and understanding of county, state, and national education policies.
Represent the school to the community in the School District 51 through community contacts, membership in community organizations, and support of public information activities.
Fosters a climate of innovation and experiential learning.
With the staff, facilitate the resolution of any problems that might arise among teachers, students and parents.
Attend all school events as necessary.
Develop, implement and maintain standard and benchmarks for IACS PreK-8 curriculum.
Leads vertical teaming initiative throughout the PreK-8 program.
Use data effectively to monitor and evaluate student progress and lead instructional/curricular improvement.
Direct the total educational program of the school.
Recommend curricula changes that have been developed through board policies and procedures.
Stays current in and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of effective, research-based practices to improve student achievement.
As appropriate, oversee and conduct leadership training for teachers and students.
Provides or arrange for professional development and leadership opportunities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Educational leadership, communication, conflict resolution, creativity, problem solving, decision making, and time management.
Commitment to IACS Mission and Vision.
Demonstrated flexibility and experience in effectively solving challenging problems through a positive, collaborative approach.
Demonstrated commitment to accountability requirements and strategic planning.
Demonstrated experience in the instruction of students with varied learning styles and levels of mastery.
Expert-level written and oral communication skills.
Strong interpersonal and team building skills.
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines.
Knowledge of and commitment to character development.
Entrepreneurial outlook and charter school commitment.
Demonstrated knowledge of school law.
Educational experience required:
Masterís Degree in Education required.
Minimum of 3 (three) years teaching experience required.
Minimum of 3 (three) years Administrative experience in a school setting required, 5 years preferred.
Willingness to obtain continuing education as needed to perform well in the position.
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