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Academia Antonia Alonso
Barley Mill Plaza, Building #26 4403 Lancaster Pike
Wilmington, Delaware 19805

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Job Details
Job ID: 1fb4bf79-644a-4759-b871-b2303ea60377 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: 5/3/2017 Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description
Academia Antonia Alonso
Job Description
Head of School
 
 
Summary of Position
Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School (La Academia) is a dynamic and community-focused elementary school that opened its doors to 300 students in grades K-1 in the fall of 2013.   In the fall of 2017, La Academia will have 500 students K-4 and in the fall of 2018 will complete the matriculation goal of 600 students in grades K-5. La Academia is the first Dual Language and Expeditionary Learning elementary school in Delaware. The Head of School is in a unique position to create a transformative educational environment as the school realizes its mission to provide an academically challenging two-way immersion program to grow students who are bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.
The school’s board seeks school leader that will recruit outstanding teachers, create an exciting and engaging school culture, continue to cultivate and develop the school’s program, and establish a world-class school curriculum. A successful candidate must possess a passion for student learning, a strong commitment to the community, and a vision for instructional leadership that will ensure the highest standards of instruction and student success. The position reports directly to the Board President.
 
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s or Doctoral Degree in education from an accredited college or university
  • Five (5) years of instructional/classroom experience.
  • Exceptional organizational, communication (writing and speaking in Spanish and English), public relations, and interpersonal skills.
  • Able to prioritize and effectively manage competing tasks and responsibilities.
  • Able to sustain a calm, reasonable approach, and communicate effectively in stressful or problematic situations.
  • A Delaware Principal Certification or proven ability to meet certification criteria is preferable.
  • Skilled in the use of the internet, email, and Microsoft Office.
 
Specific Responsibilities
Instructional Leadership
  • Establish and maintain high expectations for all students and holds the belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels.
  • Lead the staff in maintaining fidelity to the Expeditionary Learning philosophy and approach to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • Lead the staff in developing and maintaining their expertise on the conditions and pedagogy that promotes high quality bilingual teaching and learning, including the Two-way Immersion Observation Protocol.
  • Work with Expeditionary Learning and the Center for Applied Linguistics to create and execute a yearlong schedule for professional development. Ensure professional development aligns with the mission, vision, and goals of the school.
  • Ensure that curricula are academically rigorous, relevant, equitable, and engaging for students, employing techniques of active pedagogy.
  • Develop instructional schedules for classes, special subjects, and inclusion. Ensure common planning time for teachers. Ensure schedules support instructional and curricular goals.
  • Maintain compliance with all aspects of the Charter Performance Agreement and the charter’s curriculum, instructional program, and strategies.
  • Collaborate with the Board, Expeditionary Learning and the Center for Applied Linguistics to develop and implement a school improvement plan that supports increased student achievement and success.
 
School Culture  
  • Establish a strong school culture based on the vision, mission and philosophy of the school as articulated in the school’s charter.
  • Model and promote respect for the diversity of student backgrounds, experiences, developmental needs and learning approaches.
  • Model an attitude and mindset of constant learning and the importance of ongoing development of all members of the school community.
  • Ensure that there is a safe, secure, orderly, and productive learning environment. Working knowledge of Responsive Classroom and Mindfulness practices are expected.
Data Driven Decision Making
  • Ensure that data collection systems are in place and that data is being analyzed and used to improve instructional practices, curriculum and assessment practices.
  • Propose school-wide instructional goals to the Board of Directors based on data and performance.
  • Ensure that teachers provide assessment information and data to parents during parent teacher conferences.
  • Develop a plan and implement strategies for raising achievement in subgroups who do not make AYP or who score below expectation.
 
Daily Operations
  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the school.
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal regulations and reporting.
  • Develop and implement effective management structures, strategies, and procedures.
  • Work collaboratively with the Charter Management Organization and the school's Operations Manager in all areas of administration and management, including student transportation, health and safety regulations, and out-of-school programming.
  • Ensure that teachers maintain accurate records and record grades and attendance accurately in eSchool.
  • Ensure that the Special Education Coordinator maintains accurate records and that all cases are in compliance with State and Federal regulations.
  • Oversee the organization of student files and databases, including enrollment documents, residency documents, medical records, and free and reduced lunch applications.
  • Oversee Enrollment initiatives ensuring to meet or exceed goals for regularly scheduled unit counts.
  • Supervise the Instructional Coach(s) and the Dean of School Culture and Climate.
  • Maintain strong relationship with Board of Directors and attend monthly meetings of the Board.
 
Budget/Finances
  • Collaborate with the Board of Directors and CMO to ensure proper budgeting, accounting, auditing, and financial planning.
  • Prepare detailed budgets and monitor budget categories and expenditures. Participate on the school’s Financial Oversight Committee.
  • Provide priorities for fundraising projects to the Board of Directors.
  • Collaborate with the school’s Board of Directors to define fundraising priorities and support fundraising activities.
 
Personnel
  • Lead the creation of a great work environment for all staff
  • Develop an interview process and framework to successfully evaluate potential candidates.
  • Collaborate with the school leadership team to conduct the recruitment and selection process for all personnel and to make recommendations to the school’s Board of Directors on all hiring and termination actions; and, oversee those processes and documentation.
  • Supervise, and support a staff of administrators, teachers, and support staff.
  • Maintain accurate personnel files according to DDOE regulations..
  • Evaluate teachers annually using DPASSII policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with the School leadership team to annually review and update the staff handbook and personnel policies.
 
Parent and Community Involvement
  • Develop and maintain a program to integrate parents and other community members into the culture of the school, to increase participation among underrepresented parent groups.
  • Ensure teachers regularly communicate with parents and conduct parent-teacher conferences at least two times per year.
  • Oversee the parent and community volunteer training program and connect trained parent and community volunteers to staff.
  • Maintain accurate and updated records on background checks for all volunteers working directly with children.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with community members and organizations to support the education program and operations at La Academia.
  • Collaborate with the School leadership team to review and revise the parent and community handbook on an annual basis, ensuring that families access all services available to them through the school and its partners. 
 
Key Personal Attributes
 
Mission-driven : Makes decisions based on the values of EL and the mission of the school; believes that good is not good enough; only great will suffice; disciplined in staying on course.
Strategic : Able to anticipate problems, devise and carry out plans; manage time, work and resources effectively; prioritize and organize strategies to reach goals.
Collaborative : Establishes and maintains a culture where students and staff are treated with respect and appropriately included in decisions; gives credit and empowers others.
Tenacious : Shows a relentless drive and determination to achieve outcomes and results; adjusts course quickly when necessary; shows resilience when meeting obstacles or failure.
Emotionally intelligent: Able to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions; shows self-knowledge, awareness of others, and ability to influence group dynamics; demonstrates professional maturity.
Culturally savvy : Has experienced and successfully navigated the challenges of a multi-cultural educational environment, demonstrating sensitivity to different cultures, languages and value systems.
Passion for working in the field and commensurately strong work ethic.
Successful leadership of a public or non-public school serving low income and EL students, with significant result in closing student achievement gaps. Educational philosophy aligned with the tenets of Expeditionary Learning, experience in an Expeditionary Learning school preferred.
Demonstrated success in encouraging and engaging parental involvement.
Commitment to accountability for all aspects of school’s charter, academic performance agreement, and school operations.
Demonstrated bilingual and bi-literate proficiency in English and Spanish and bicultural fluency with American and Hispanic cultures, experience in a bilingual school preferred.
Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Able to hear within normal range, with or without amplification.
Able to participate in activities that may include standing, sitting, walking, and to perform work requiring visual acuity.
 
Anticipated start date: July 1, 2017
Deadline to apply: May 30, 2017
 
Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all new employees hired after December 31, 1995
 

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