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High School Academy Superintendent

The High School Academy Superintendent is responsible for the administration and execution of the High School program while ensuring that it embodies the program mission and collaborative interests of the administration, faculty, and students served. The Superintendent will lead the Advisory Committee made up of industry experts in secondary education. 

The Superintendent will be driven by six key responsibilities:

  1. Shaping a vision of academic success for all students. An effective leader makes certain that the notion of academic success for all gets picked up by all employees of the high school.
  2. Creating a climate hospitable to all students. This means developing a professional community of educators that help guide one another and generate support for our students.
  3. Cultivate leadership for all high school employees. The need exists for all employees to shape the future of the work. Innovation and improvement needs to be nurtured and rise up from everyone on the team.
  4. Improve Instruction. The Superintendent must work relentlessly to improve achievement by focusing on the quality of instruction.
  5. Managing People, Data and Processes. The Academy Director needs to make good use of the resources at hand in order to get the job done. This means assess the performance of your employees, use data to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of programs and processes that have been established, including outside agencies and institutions that we partner with or may partner with in the future.
  6. The Superintendent is responsible for developing a strategic plan alongside senior leadership that leads to sustainability and long term growth of the program.

 

Major Areas of Accountability

  • Drive growth in the program and provide leadership focused on annual improvements in key performance areas (student achievement and progression as well as increased enrollment)
  • Ensure that the high school curriculum, standards and assessments are properly aligned to measure the appropriate outcomes and goals of the program.
  • Collaborate with the academic team to ensure that the policies and services provided are aligned to insure appropriate students’ progress and support.
  • Actively participate in regulatory and accreditation activities
  • Act as a spokesperson for the high school program at national and regional conferences and workshops
  • Network with schools and outside agencies to pursue opportunities for new growth channels and endorsement opportunities
  • Direct the instructional design and development of courses and assessment utilizing current and emerging technology and pedagogy in education.
  • Provide leadership and direct recruitment of faculty members aligned to standards required by accreditors and the mission of the school.
  • Lead market research efforts to ensure the programs remain competitive.
  • Working with the Assistant Academy Director, ensure that all program service levels are consistently met and that student satisfaction and retention are high.
  • Lead and coordinate the activities of the Advisory Committee and any other additional committees that may become necessary for the program
  • Working with the Assistant Academy Director , develop and monitor student surveys to insure quality results for our students
  • Coordinate with the Career School in offering vocational elective selections
  • Oversee and coordinate activities with the Job Corps and build additional partnership where appropriate
  • Work with State Departments of Education to ensure state recognition of the High School Diploma

Knowledge and Skill Required

  • M.S. Degree in the field of Secondary Education, Administrative endorsement preferred
  • Minimum 10 years experience in secondary education with at least 5 years in a leadership/supervisory role
  • Excellent analytical, communication (including social media) and technology skills are required
  • Understanding and experience with High School equivalency testing programs and alternative school programs
  • Successful experience with online learning and instructional design
  • Ability to interface with outside agencies and their leaders to develop potential partnerships
  • The desire to learn how emerging technology can be applied to new models of learning
  • A deep understanding of the needs and services required to support the at risk student population
  • A comprehensive understanding of the online secondary education for profit and non-profit market
  • Full understanding of the national standards movement, state regulations and requirements that impact faculty, school accreditation and content.

Judgement Required
Incumbent has authority to initiate actions, make decisions and establish policy with review by the Chief Certification and Licensing Officer, executive leadership team, and in coordination with the faculty and school administration.

Influence on Costs and Sales
Incumbent's decisions directly impact operating costs and directly influence customer retention/sales.

Personal Requirements

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Works well with management, peers and subordinates
  • Ability to travel as needed (up to 50% if outside of Scranton, PA)
  • Professional presentation skills

Supervision of Others

  • High School Assistant Academy Director
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