Career and Technology, District Administrator, Principal
Dynamic position available with a new, innovative charter school in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.Imagine a school where each student builds foundational skills to pursue a chosen path to thrive college, at work and in life. Polaris Tech is that school – aspiring to turn the imagined into a reality.
The centerpiece of Polaris Tech’s curriculum is the introduction of six 21st Century Career Pathways:aerospace, health science, information technology, logistics, advanced manufacturing, and business management.The Career Pathways are reinforced by a rigorous course of academic study delivered through a blended and adaptive educational content technology, a focus on work and life skills, and balanced by an emphasis on the health and wellness of each student.
The Executive Director will serve as Head of School as its executive officer with responsibility for all aspects of corporate and community engagement, business management, educational delivery strategies, operations and school effectiveness.During the Planning Year the Executive Director will report to the Planning Committee until the transition of Polaris Tech governance to the Polaris Tech Board of Directors.At that time the Executive Director will report directly to the Board.The Executive Director will be responsible for upholding the Polaris Tech mission and ensuring Polaris Tech’s positive and sustained impact on student and family outcomes, industry interests, community needs and the school’s and South Carolina’s achievement goals.
If you have a successful record of non-profit and/or education leadership and a desire to make a difference in the education and career paths of young people this may be the perfect fit.This position does not require school administrative experience or certification.Inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to
Develop, manage and monitor Polaris Tech’s strategic plan.
Develop and sustain strategic partnerships aligned to the Career Pathways.
Develop and sustain community relationships.
Develop and sustain SC Public Charter School District relationship.
Act as a catalyst for collective impact to improve education for all students.
Academic Innovation & Impact
Oversee the work of the Director of Teaching, Learning and Accountability and the Director of Programs to ensure operational, academic and instructional success.
Ensure the implementation and fidelity of Polaris Tech’s innovative and comprehensive model of education.
Establish a learning culture to meet and exceed the Performance Framework goals and objectives.
Provide resources and direction to the staff to improve teaching and learning.
Educational Content & Delivery Systems Strategies
Monitor and analyze the benefits of new and trending electronically delivered content and delivery tools to maximize an individualized school experience.
Ensure that the Information Technology infrastructure optimizes the delivery of educational services to staff and students when, where and whom they will be most effective.
Optimize resources to provide the educational and professional development opportunities to ensure that the teaching and administrative staff use the Information Technology tools effectively.
Financial, Legal & Operations Acuity
Oversee the work of the Director of Finance and Operations to build capacity to be financially sustainable.
Oversee and administer annual, 5-year and 10-year budget.
Establish and nurture relationship with funding resources.
Oversee school, district, state, and federal reporting mandates.
Manage compliance of programs with state and federal mandates.
Participate in all standing Board Committees and oversee the Executive Team to promote shared decision-making and accountability for approaches to operations, instruction, school management and student outcomes.
Interpret and implement Governing Board policies, corresponding rules, and regulations.
Recruit, hire and manage all key administrative staff.
Report Polaris Tech Charter School needs to the Board of Directors.
Positive Learning Culture
Facilitate communication among all stakeholders.
Exert a positive and professional attitude in working with all stakeholders.
Build and lead a learning organization culture aligned to the organization’s mission and vision.
Ensure resources for the implementation and support of staff development.
Ensure commitment to the rules for appropriate student and staff conduct.
Behave in an ethical manner pursuant to the South Carolina Code of Ethics, Rules of Conduct.
Uphold the Core Values, Guiding Beliefs, Disciplines and Principles always.
Successful tenure (at least three years) in a public, private or non-profit leadership role, preferably with a startup enterprise or charter school.
Experience leading a complex, multi-pronged, mission driven enterprise.
Valid South Carolina administrative credential (optional).
Master’s degree (MBA, MPH, M. Ed) or equivalent experience.
Demonstrated strategic understanding of and commitment to personalized learning, student-centered strategies and competency-based progression to mastery aligned to student and industry goals and interests.
Demonstrated ability to forge successful collaborative relationships with business, industry and community partners.
Demonstrates understanding of the strategic design and implementation of instructional, content and administrative technologies.
Exhibits a commitment to promoting academic freedom, trust, and respect among faculty members and school staff.
Well versed in promoting a positive achievement oriented, learning culture among staff and students.
Demonstrates outstanding oral and written communication skills.
Professional development and experience in adult mentoring.
Successful grant writing and fund development experience.
Polaris Tech Charter School will open in August 2018 to serve approximately 250 middle and high school students. The educational approach is derived from the personalized learning framework emphasizing student agency and accountability in a blended learning and project based environment. The school's mission - 'to unleash student potential and cultivate aspirations - where students are college-r...eady, career-focused and invest in the community' - guides the multi-pronged curriculum and student experience.