Dir of Education
AMIkids - Bennettsville, SC

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AMIkids is a non-profit dedicated to helping troubled youth develop into responsible and productive citizens. AMIkids’ mission is to protect the public safety and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff. AMIkids works in partnership with youth agencies, local communities and families.

Position Summary

The Director of Education is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of academic programming, policies and procedures. Employee functions to ensure quality learning services are provided through professional development and effective classroom management skills of instructional staff. Position is responsible for developing and maintaining positive relationships with school district contract managers and professionals. Employee executes all education components of the Personal Growth Model (PGM), and ensures compliance with all applicable local, State and Federal regulatory and contractual requirements governing academic programs. Employee ensures all staff is appropriately trained and certified. Employee assists the Executive Director/Principal in development and implementation of program policies and procedures.

Essential Job Functions

Establishes effective Interpersonal skills to encourage positive cooperation in the work p l ace, and increase team success through meaningful interactions with Treatment, Behavior Modification, and Behavior Health Overlay Services professionals.

§ Maintains open communication for the development of effective working relationships with all levels of staff and colleagues, as well as external agencies and professionals; develops and maintains community relations and effective key customer and contractor contacts.

§ Develops respectful, trusting and enthusiastic work environment to encourage innovative problem solving and creative program development; enforces the principals of professional conduct ethics, and AMIkids values.

§ Participates in and conducts staff meetings and interactive training to develop open communication and for the dissemination of information, e.g., problem resolution, policy interpretation, procedural changes.

Provides effective Leadership to motivate and guide staff toward the successful accomplishment of established education goals and objectives; facilitates a successful and collaborative work environment.

§ Schedules, trains and evaluates both certified instructional staff and non-certified departmental personnel in the achievement of program objectives and long-term goals; assists in hiring qualified employees.

§ Develops, coordinates and conducts various structured and informal staff training to facilitate professional development and effectiveness; researches and delivers instructional materials; assists teachers in obtaining and/or maintaining required certifications.

§ Identifies and facilitates professional growth opportunities; encourages a flexible and responsive work environment; plans and conducts staff meetings and interactive training for the dissemination of information, e.g., problem resolution, policy interpretation, procedural changes.

§ Develops partnerships with and maintains contacts with key individuals of state job services, the youth services department, local school systems and service providers in the district; serves as School Advisory Council (SAC) chairperson; oversees all School Improvement Plans and related processes.

§ Serves as liaison for the Institute to school district contract managers; submits required reports and documentation to school district contract managers; acts as liaison between AMIkids corporate office, AMIkids institutes and programs, local School Board, and regulatory agencies; develops positive school/community relations with industry contacts.

Participates in the administration of program management and development functions; ensures all functions and programs under charge are performed within established budgetary parameters.

Practices effective organization, time management, and project management skills to ensure practical and efficient direction of services; ensures timely processing of administrative functions.

Coordinates, administers and supervises various program operations, e.g., staffing, activities, reporting, budgeting.

Ensures documentation required to receive educational funding is complete and submitted following established guidelines

Coordinates and utilizes available Institute and community resources in support of education programs, youth program completion and reduced recidivism.

Researches and evaluates education trends and industry developments to enhance program guidelines and processes.

Drafts and submits documentation and information in support of program reporting and/or requests for proposals as directed; participates and/or leads various special projects as directed; participates in a wide variety of miscellaneous projects in support of the AMIkids mission.

Manages a wide variety of administrative duties as it relates to departmental operations, e.g., accreditation status, testing compliance, transcript requirements, student records, master teaching schedule, and contractual education requirements.

Attends all required training/professional development events and maintains all appropriate certifications and licenses.

Ensures all appropriate certifications, licensing and educational requirements are maintained and in compliance with all applicable regulatory standards.

Directs and implements Academic programs while ensuring the integration of educational services with the Personal Growth Model; coordinates and oversees delivery of appropriate educational services by qualified staff in the achievement of favorable academic outcomes; executes all applicable policies and procedures.

§ Develops and implements academic policies and procedures of the assigned institute in support of AMIkids and local school board goals and objectives; executes all activities toward the achievement of established goals and objectives.

§ Provides supervisory review of Education programs, planning, and services; reviews youth evaluation and development plans to ensure services are individualized and meet the needs of each youth; collects and evaluates client baseline data and develops academic agenda for the accomplishment of desired outcomes.

§ Directs, develops and implements Academic programs optimizing educational opportunities and promoting intellectual development of each student; reviews staff assessments of students in their academic and social environments; directs the development and implementation of Individual Academic Plans (IAPs); directs the implementation of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

§ Directs the development of curriculum to ensure core course work, academic requirements and GED preparations are met for all subjects, e.g., Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Science, Reading.

§ Coordinates and evaluates new and existing programs and testing procedures to determine effectiveness of academic programming in collaboration with various faculty members, e.g., institute administrators, teachers, and corporate staff.

Ensures education components are consistently implemented with integrity and fidelity; maintains current knowledge of industry trends and regulatory requirements.

§ Encourages the development of creative learning environments and teaching methods to facilitate student involvement and success; coordinates scheduling, planning and implementation of various activities and events for student enrichment, success and development.

Oversees the timely accomplishment of appropriate documentation, data entry, and submission requirements as defined by industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Performs related duties for which the incumbent is qualified as necessary.

Minimum Education, Training and Experience

Master’s Degree in Education Leadership or closely related field; supplemented by two (2) years professional experience working with children to include supervisory/administrative responsibility; or any combination of education, training and experience equal to or greater than defined regulatory requirements.

Certifications, Licenses and Registrations

Must satisfy criminal background check and drug screening as defined by state requirements.

Must possess and maintain current Teachers Certification as defined by local and/or state requirements.

Must satisfy physical abilities and medical testing as defined by federal regulations.

Must obtain and maintain appropriate crisis intervention and physical restraint training and certification as defined by state requirements, e.g., Protective Action Response (PAR), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), Safe Crisis Management (SCM).

Must obtain and maintain current CPR and First Aid Certification by nationally recognized organization.

Must possess and maintain valid driver’s license in the state of employment; may be required to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with passenger and school bus endorsement.

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