POSITION: Head of School LOCATION: Chicago West Suburbs
Start Date: Immediate
Our school is a private academy where positive relationships unlock academic potential. We're a non-traditional private school that individualizes teaching methods and curriculum for middle and high school students. Our supportive campus environment provides a space for students to flourish.
The Head of School serves as the leader of the location, manages ongoing daily operational school activities, enrollment growth, and is directly responsible and accountable for ensuring the fulfillment of educational goals and all outcomes of the school. We are seeking positive, confident, entrepreneurial and energetic self-starters to lead this location.
You're most likely a fit if:
You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment where “everything is possible” but resources can sometimes be scarce.
You’re passionate about developing people and feel successful when your team drives results.
Compassion and communication are at the heart of your style.
This probably isn't for you if:
You are uncomfortable being accountable to quantitative results.
You have little to no experience managing or motivating a high EQ team.
You have little to no experience working in a highly relational environment where inspiration, relationships, and persuasion are more important than the hard sell. (Compassion and communication win the day here!)
You struggle to synthesize information into a coherent strategy and plan.
You aren’t passionate about the mission, issues, people, or ideas that support our mission.
The Day to Day:
As necessary, hire enthusiastic and competent staff and teachers who possess the requisite subject-area expertise and an ability to prepare students to be highly competitive in high school and beyond.
Represent the school to all relevant audiences, have a solid grasp of the school’s features and articulate them convincingly.
Create and lead a school culture that maintains a focus on a positive student experience, academic results and collaboration.
Develop and lead a system for the ongoing evaluation of teacher performance that expects measurable results, supports improvement, and rewards achievement.
Develop and manage a system of collaborative faculty analysis of student performance results that ensure a data driven instructional strategy.
Refine and direct the school’s academic program
Implement the school’s academic offerings in coordination with our curriculum model.
Ensure alignment of curricular standards with required school-based testing.
Create ways to monitor and improve student learning; support and implement a tracking system that allows teachers, the leader, and parents to know what standards students have mastered and those for which further work is required.
Take responsibility in ensuring the school achieves accreditation from the appropriate educational institutions.
Lead and direct the school’s admissions program
Lead the admissions process:
Manage documents, data and applicants effectively and timely.
Understand the characteristics of a successful school visit and develop a welcoming atmosphere.
Expand applicant pool with open houses and appropriate marketing.
Conduct intakes with parents and incoming students.
Effectively lead the re-enrollment process; create strategies for retention and to prevent attrition.
Identify barriers to full enrollment.
Take ownership of all functions of the school
Manage all aspects of the school, including budgets, managing costs, revenue targets and reporting on specific metrics.
Be available for parents and students to address any of their questions or issues.
Provide consistent communication both within the school and with all stakeholders.
Provide consistent, compassionate customer service to parents, students and referral sources.
3 to 5 years demonstrated successful leadership experience and a deep respect for teaching and learning
Excitement for alternative or non-traditional education systems
Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree preferably in Education, Business or Organizational Development
Experience interacting directly with variety of stakeholders
Culture building, team creation and inspirational leadership experience
A passion for delivering mastery-based education to students with learning differences, including social and emotional differences.
Experience managing a budget, financial reporting and tracking specific metric performance
A demonstrated track record of success, career progression and increased responsibilities
A passionate belief that students achieve the highest academic standards when there are appropriate school process & procedures.
Management & Leadership
Managerial, program development and leadership experience in an educational school setting.
People management experience, including:
Ability to recruit and lead a professional staff.
Experience with providing professional development and mentoring
Strong ability to create and maintain work place culture
Ability to drive the overall success and best represent Fusion core values resulting in recognition of staff.
Visionary leadership that can articulate the value of Fusion.
A focus on collaboration, with agility in balancing varying points of view in the process of decision making.
Accept ownership and take responsibility for achieving specific metrics of success.
A passion for serving students.
Personal motivation and passionate about achieving goals and deadlines.
Persuasive communications skills, with a strong customer focus.
Ability to quickly build relationships.
Ability to defuse tense confrontations and create harmony.
Enthusiasm and flexibility.
High energy and tenacity.
Highly organized with effective time management skills.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex.
Additional Salary Information: Salary listed is an approximate range and does not include annual performance bonus.