Executive Director - Provost Academy South Carolina
Edison Learning, Inc. - Columbia, SC

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Job Summary:
The Executive Director will maintain oversight of the operations of the school and ensure that the school’s mission and vision are upheld. The Executive Director will oversee all school operations and be responsible for all state reports and school performance. The Executive Director will manage all board meetings and prepare content for board meetings, as well as be responsible for the budget and other district financial reports and accountability. They will be responsible for recommending salaries, raises, promotions and terminations to the Board and will make the final decision on personnel issues. The Executive Director will communicate all necessary information to the Board of Directors and the State Department of Education. The work hours for the Executive Director will be primarily from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and evening and weekend hours will also be required in order to communicate with families and staff members on an as-needed basis.

Main Responsibilities:
Academic Achievement

Establish high expectations for student achievement and communicate these expectations through a variety of methods (newsletters, presentations, memos) to internal and external stakeholders on a regular basis
Monitor and analyze overall program effectiveness and identify areas needing improvement and intervention
Implement a comparative monitoring system that analyzes the performance of each program facility and measures it against the overall program model
Communicate academic progress to stakeholders on a quarterly basis and provide an annual summary to the Board of Directors and the State Department of Education
Monitor and evaluate staff to ensure quality instruction and student achievement
Lead professional development activities that increase staff expertise and knowledge
Ensure that continuous improvement is guided by student academic standards; school performance standards; and concrete data from Provost, state, and local assessments
Establish differentiated programs and processes that address a diverse student population and raise the achievement level for all students
Work closely with EdisonLearning to implement innovative remediation programs that improve the success rates of credit deficient or at-risk students

School Oversight and Operations

Develop and implement the mission and vision of the school
Ensure compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations and policies
Submit all reports to the State Department of Education and Board of Directors in an accurate and timely manner
Lead the selection and hiring of personnel based on ability, qualifications, past performance and school needs
Follow Provost Academy/EdisonLearning guidelines and rubrics for evaluating staff members
Provide leadership in identifying and solving issues and problems facing the Provost Academy program
Delegate authority where necessary while maintaining appropriate controls in all program facilities throughout the state
Facilitate communication and build professional relationships with the Board of Directors through phone calls, email, memos, meeting agendas, reports, presentations, and handout materials
Oversee day-to-day operations of the school and manage problems in a timely manner
Lead staff meetings and communicate frequently with staff members both in person and via phone or e-mail

Fiscal Viability

Monitor closely the school budget and meet regularly with the School Operations Manager to discuss deviations
Review regularly enrollments and withdrawals as well as program facility attendance in order to anticipate enrollment trends and understand their impact on the budget
Submit all financial reports and records in an accurate and timely manner
Explore opportunities for additional revenue through grants and partnerships

Community Relationships

Participate in strategic planning meetings to discuss growth and development opportunities for Provost academies
Establish strong links with school districts, youth organizations and other community partners in order to develop opportunities for the school and it students
Collaborate with the Community Outreach Director and approve all student enrollment, recruitment, and retention programs
Build community through regular visibility at program facilities and nearby communities
Communicate actively with parents and students in a one-to-one environment in order to get constructive feedback on the efficacy of the school, staff and programs
Oversee efforts to create a school-culture that fosters a sense of community and belonging in order to improve student retention

Professional Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge of state standards, testing requirements, and graduation requirements across core content and electives
Evaluate progress toward instructional goals and make adjustments in order to meet these goals
Participate in professional development activities and industry trade organizations
Maintenance of the Virtual Academy Learning Environment
Commit to the use of cutting-edge technology
Communicate problems and suggestions for improvement with EdisonLearning colleagues on a regular basis
Implement innovative concepts that address specific student needs as needed
Maintain confidentiality as required by the company and by law

Key Relationships:
Internal: Teachers, Advisors, Tutors/Paraprofessionals, Director of Instruction, Director of Special Education, Community Outreach Manager, Data Owner
External: Parents/Guardians, Students, Charter Board, State Department of Education

Key Behavioral Competencies :
Personal Accountability - When committing to do something, does so decisively, responsibly and with urgency. Can be relied on consistently, including:
Demonstrating a strong sense of urgency through prioritizing and following through on commitments
Meeting and frequently exceeding hard to reach goals and objectives within tight timeframes

Decision Making

Makes timely decisions
Takes bold, decisive action or makes commitments, despite risks, conflict or uncertainty, after considering the available courses of action and the needs and values of others

Customer Service Orientation

Demonstrates concern for meeting internal and external client and stakeholder needs in a manner that provides satisfaction for the customer, (within the resources that can be made available)
Shows a passion for improving service delivery and a commitment to continuous improvement

Relationship-Building

Establishes rapport with people easily
Develops and maintains a network of contacts who can provide information, help and access to others

Background:
State Secondary School Principal Certification
Masters Degree in Administration/Academic Leadership
Minimum seven years school leadership experience
Experience as an administrator in an at-risk or alternative educational environment preferred
Experience with online learning preferred
Strong written and oral skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook
Proficiency with multimedia communication tools, such as discussion boards, web logs, email, instant messaging and audio podcasts
Ability and availability to travel weekly throughout the state (typically day trips or overnight)
High degree of flexibility
Demonstrated ability to thrive in a fast-paced work environment

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