College Park Academy (CPA), a new public charter school, is opening its doors for the first time in August 2013. Sponsored by the 18 year old College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP), a 501(c)(3), the CPA Founding Board seeks a dynamic and accomplished individual to assume the position of its first Executive Director. The Executive Director, who is the Head of School, reports directly to the Board of Governors, works closely with the Executive Director of CPCUP and will supervise the principal of the School. The Executive Director will assist the Board in making decisions in all areas covered under school governance and charter guidelines. The Executive Director will manage the School ' s relationship with the University of Maryland, City of College Park, Prince George's County School System, Elected Officials & Community Leaders and other constituencies. Part of the responsibilities of the Executive Director include working with CPCUP to make local elementary schools more attractive to College Park parents and working with the University of Maryland to expand the University Center for Young Children (a pre-kindergarten program) to neighbourhood schools.
The school will open with 200 students in grades 6 and 7. By adding a grade per year, CPA will grow into a 6-12 college prep school with 700 students. A site for the School for its first two years has been identified; sites for the permanent School are being evaluated. The School will be open to Prince George's County residents who wish to access one of the most rigorous, high quality college prep programs in the nation.
The position requires prior senior leadership experience at a charter school, non-profit or for-profit organization. The ideal candidate will have successful charter or independent school start up experience. Alternatively, other non-profit or for-profit start-up experience is very important. The Executive Director will be an inspiring leader and effective communicator; be skilled at fostering a climate of excellence, innovation, cooperation and growth; have significant hands-on management experience; possess effective problem solving skills; have an accomplished background in budgeting, fund-raising, strategic planning and building community support. He/she will be politically astute and enthusiastically aligned with the School's philosophy, mission and values. He/she will have experience working with a Board,elected officials and community leaders. He/she must have a positive, cooperative attitude toward both the County public school system and the County teachers' union. He/she must: be passionately committed to children; demonstrate an ability to focus on attaining rigorous academic goals for all students; be accountable; and be committed to attaining academic goals based on comparative and longitudinal measures. The successful candidate must also have a solid commitment to and belief in: students learning at an accelerated pace; on-line education; Advanced Placement; character development; a rigorous college preparatory environment; and the concept of taking college credits at the high school level.
The vision for College Park Academy is to become one of the top college preparatory schools in the nation. It is intended for highly motivated students interested in a rigorous academic program directed toward college entrance. The aim is to provide the opportunity for students to earn up to 60 college credit hours (including up to 25 UM credits) while in high school to prepare them for college. More information about the school is available at: www.collegeparkacademy.com.
CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM
CPA will be one of the first ''bricks and clicks,'' schools in Maryland, combining onsite instruction with online instruction and an on-line curriculum. This blended approach allows students, faculty and parents to engage both on and offsite. The school's web-based curriculum was created by Connections Education, one of the top K-12 online companies in the nation, serving over 50,000 students in more than twenty states. The online curriculum and instruction platform will allow students to accelerate at their own pace and get remedial help in real time. Instructional technology will also allow a much wider array of courses to choose from than is available in traditional schools.
A strong, positive relationship exists among the Prince George's County Board of Education, the City of College Park, the University of Maryland, and the Prince George's County Educators' Association. This lays a firm foundation for the success of this endeavour. The School is strongly supported by the President of the University of Maryland and the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park. The Founding Board members include the Dean of the School of Education/University of Maryland, Vice President/Administration and Finance, current Interim Executive Director, two College Park City Council members (one of whom is the former Chair of the CityPark Educational Advisory Committee), and the local State Senator. Except for the Executive Director, employees of the school will be employees of the Prince George's County Board of Education. CPCUP is an exciting, innovative community development partnership owned by the City of College Park and the University of Maryland.
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an exemplary leader. A highly competitive compensation and benefits package (commensurate with qualifications and experience) will be provided to the successful candidate.
The successful candidate will start as soon as possible but not later than July 2013. For best consideration, candidates should apply before February 15, 2013.
Qualified candidates interested in this opportunity are invited to submit a resume by attachment and in WORD or PDF to the Founding Board in care of:
Interim Executive Director, College Park City-University Partnership
Interim Executive Director, College Park Academy
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